Homer Port is located in the Kenai Peninsula Borough of Alaska. It is famous for Homer Spit; a narrow 4.5 mile long gravel bar which extends to the bay where Homer Harbor is located. After the Good Friday Earthquake in 1964, little vegetation was left on the spit because much of its coastline had dramatically sank during the catastrophe.
Homer is the southernmost town on the Alaska Highway system. It also forms part of the Alaska Marine Highway where two important docks are situated. The Pioneer dock is for the ferries and the Deep Water dock is for cargo ships. There are local water taxis as well as charter, commercial and sport fishing boats and research ships to help you around Homer. There are also scheduled flights to Kenai and Anchorage in the regional airport.
It is fondly called the “cosmic hamlet by the sea” with snow covered mountain top and a relatively cool weather all year round.
Arts and crafts are plentiful in this enchanting town. Many artists have personal studios where art pieces can be acquired. Among them are: Paul Dungan Pottery at Icy Bay Drive and the Moose Run Metals at East End Road. The Lynn Marie Naden’s Gallery is open upon appointment.
Oceanview Gift shop, Local Showcase, Bear Creek Winery and Lodging, Alaska Wild Berry Products, Up North Gifts and Homer’s Gold Mine Gifts are among the many gift shop in the city where you can find beautiful souvenir from your trip in Homer.
Things to See
Homer is ideal for the nature lover in you. It is home to a number of birds. Gull Island can be reached via ferry and is a well-liked destination for bird watching. The annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival in May showcases the migration of birds in the area. A number of bird species can be sighted in this area, among them are: dowitchers, western sandpipers and surfbirds. Kachemak Bay is also the home of humpback whales, barn door halibut, salmons and orcas. Cook Inlet was a coal mining area until World War II and is also the home of a number of species.
Homer is also the “halibut fishing capital of the world” because halibut and salmon are abundant in the area. It is also home to oyster farming because of its ideal environmental conditions. Sport fishing and trekking its luscious forests are real fun. Black and brown bears as well as wolves and moose are among the mainstay of the forests.
The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve has a display known as the Alaska Islands and Ocean visitor center which teaches environmental issues to its visitors. There is also the award winning cultural and historical Pratt Museum.
The Salty Dawg Saloon, a cabin built in 1897is the town’s most famous landmark. Other prominent sights are St. Nicholas Church, Otterbahn Trail and the Synergy Artworks across the harbor. A number of boardwalks are ideal for a stroll.
Restaurants and Bars
Abundant food awaits you upon your fun filled day in the beautiful outdoors. From sourdough to salmon, you are sure to find your own gastronomical treat in any of the restaurants in Homer port.
Cafés include Fresh Sourdough Express Bakery/Restaurant in Ocean Drive and Café Cups serve tasteful cuisine as well as beer and wine over at Pioneer Avenue.
The Homestead at East End Road is set in a log building is one of the most expensive diners in Homer. They serve seafood and salads with wine.
Fresh seafood, Alaska sourdough pancakes, prime rib Friday and Saturday nights are the treat of Caribou Family Restaurant on the East End Road.
Fat Olives on Ohlson Lane serves a variety of seafood, sandwiches, pizza, lamb, steak and beer and was included in the New York Times review. The Saltry Restaurant in the Halibut Cove is the perfect place to enjoy a bite and your favorite drink.
The magnificent Homer Port’s outdoor and the lovely town will be one of your favorite vacation spot.