Sights and Recreation
Start out by strolling along Seldovia’s Main Street. Interpretive signs describe Alaska’s Russian history, commercial fishing, the earthquake, and more. The picturesque Russian Orthodox Church sits atop a small hill overlooking the town like a proud parent.
The Seldovia Tribe’s interesting Museum and Visitors Center (907/234-7898, www.svt.org, daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m. summer, $3) is across from the boat harbor, with exhibits on Native Alaskan culture and the town.
Just up the road is Seldovia Slough, where you can walk the last remaining section of original boardwalk—the rest was wiped out in the 1964 earthquake. Up the road in the other direction is Alaska Tribal Cache (907/234-7875 or 800/270-7810, www.alaskatribalcache.com) selling Native Alaskan–made jams, jellies, and syrups made from local berries.
Recreation and Events
One of the most fun things to do in Seldovia is to pedal out on the road to beautiful Outside Beach and Jakolof Bay, where you can savor the great views across Kachemak Bay; Herring Bay Mercantile (907/234-5500) rents mountain bikes. The Rocky River Road Trail at the end of Jakolof Bay Road is a locals’ favorite. Well-marked Otterbahn Trail leads 1.5 miles from the school grounds around the headland to Outside Beach.
For on-the-water fun, rent a kayak or take a guided tour from Kayak’Atak (907/234-7425, www.alaska.net/~kayaks); five-hour tours are $120 per person, including a delicious gourmet lunch.
Seldovia’s big party is 4th of July, which kicks this sleepy town into action with a parade, canoe jousting, log rolling, an egg toss, and other events.
© Don Pitcher from Moon Alaska, 10th Edition