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Von & John

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About Von & John

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    Talkeetna, Alaska
  • Interests
    Travel, Backpacking, Hiking, Horses, Reading
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, Princess & NCL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Barcelona, Venice, Grand Cayman, Fanning Island, Transpacific, Panama Canal, Mediterranean...

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  1. How could I forget the cheese plate... Love the cheese plate - great anytime... Appetizer Salad Plate Soup Option Entree Dessert
  2. Escargot & French Onion Soup! Cafe Al Baccio
  3. Alaska's 14-Day Quarantine is currently in effect until June 2nd. At this point it is hard to say whether the Governor will extend it. Alaska opened phases 3 & 4 this past Friday - in time for the Holiday Week-end... Talkeetna was packed with peeps from out of town - I would guess mostly from Anchorage Bowl & Mat-Su. As far as cruises go - it will be next to impossible w/out Vancouver being open. However, people are still planning trips here & hope to be able to enjoy the state. Quarantine - whether State or Community mandated will be a deciding factor in whether these trips will happen. We are looking forward to a summer of travel w/in state!
  4. @island lady Slight update... I heard a rumor today that the Wild Flower has been purchased & is operating as a Tapas Restaurant... We may head into town tomorrow - if so, I will verify. We hear that downtown is packed w/ Anchorage Peeps - up enjoying the week-end!
  5. The cabin is up on a hill, above the B&B... A number of years ago, Denali View was for sale - Johnny & I regret not purchasing when we had the chance, timing just wasn't right for us... Talkeetna Alfresco Dining: Denali Brew Pub - Lunch / Dinner & Snacks - Featuring Denali Brewery Beers, Alaska Meadery, Alaska Ciderworks & Denali Spirits Talkeetna Roadhouse - Breakfast (Huge) / Lunch & Bakery - Featured on Man vs Food West Rib - Great for Friday night Burger & Brew / Halibut and home to the "Sewards Folly" Burger - Featured on Man vs Food Mountain High Pizza Pie & Beer Garden - Fantastic Pizza, Flatbreads & Sandwiches Kahiltna Bistro has a large outdoor deck - but we've never eaten there. There are a number of Food Trucks & small walk-up places w/ limited outdoor seating... There are additional places to dine - w/ limited or no outdoor seating... If Denali is out - I highly recommend Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge Deck for Hors D'oeuvers & Beverages!
  6. Unfortunately Wildflower recently closed permanently & sold their equipment about 2 weeks ago. If you make it to Talkeetna - most of the restaurants are now open - some are enjoying dine in, others take out only & others outdoor dining. It will be interesting to see what will happen in the next few weeks. Have a fantastic trip! Denali View Lodge has amazing Views!!!
  7. I just realized I misstated our status. Tomorrow, Friday - 05/21, Alaska will move forward with both Phase 3 & 4 together...
  8. Stan -- Best Wishes - Sorry to hear of your challenges w/ the floods! Which dam are you located near? We have friends not far from Midland - but they are far enough away they do not anticipate being impacted. I haven't looked recently to see if anything has happened @ Dow.
  9. State of Alaska Re-Opening entering Phase 3 tomorrow... Even w/ moving forward w/ the state reopening - the 14-Day quarantine (for anyone entering the state) was extended until June 2nd. It's possible the quarantine may be extended again... In the meantime, activities & lodging are reopening across the state, I leave you with this NPR article: While The Tourists Are Away, Alaskans Will Play https://www.npr.org/856171287
  10. If you do come - I hope you enjoy your trip!!! Which B&B are you staying at? How long ago was your last visit? There are 2 restaurants w/ nice big decks... One is much newer than the other 🙂 Wishing you the best of luck on your travels, either way!
  11. Governor Dunleavy announced yesterday, he believes we will be heading into Phase 3 Reopening in a few days... Even w/ moving forward w/ the state reopening - the 14-Day quarantine (for anyone entering the state) was extended until June 2nd. It's possible the quarantine may be extended again... In the meantime, activities & lodging are reopening across the state, I leave you with this NPR article: While The Tourists Are Away, Alaskans Will Play https://www.npr.org/856171287
  12. Sounds Great Greg... Back to accruing VAC Time must feel Great 🙂 Cheers to enjoying the cruises when they arrive!
  13. Thank you for the enjoyable & positive review! I just read it today & it provided relief to our realities today... We should have been cruising 03/15 -3/30/20 on Celebrity Eclipse Santiago (San Antonio) Chile to San Diego, CA. However, it was not to be... Hope you are staying Safe & Healthy!! Cheers -- Von
  14. Our Trip was a little different than what you are looking at - but may help w/ a few of the same ports... The cruise before ours had more of the ports you are looking at, plus went to St. Petersburg & Tallinn. We did a Transatlantic on the Getaway - Copenhagen to New Orleans - October 2019 Prior to heading across the Atlantic - we enjoyed our visits to: Copenhagen, Denmark Rotterdam, Netherlands Southampton, England Le Havre, France Portland, England Cork (Cobh), Ireland Due to Wind & Weather – we missed Ponta Delgada, Azores
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