These are our personal, non-exhaustive
recommendations. No paid advertisements. We hope they help you enjoy Homer while you're here.
Two Sisters Bakery
An excellent stop for breakfast, lunch, and wonderful baked goods! Lunchtime can be very busy in the summers.
Duncan House Diner
Homer's classic all-day breakfast diner with Alaskan flavors like reindeer sausage and sourdough toast.
Fresh Catch Cafe
Everything you need to know is in the name.
The Saltry Restaurant
Captain Pattie's Fish House
Fresh, delicious seafood right from the ocean.
Remote dining in Halibut Cove across the bay from Homer.
True North Kayak Adventures
Explore the best of Kachemak Bay with True North Kayak Adventures via kayak, SUP, or water taxi.
An excellent place for a seaside walk, even during a high tide. Another perk: you're a short walk away from Two Sister's Bakery
Trail's End Horse Adventures
See what the country is like out East End Road, closer to the head of the bay, from horseback.
The Fly Box
Enjoy some river fishing as opposed to ocean fishing.
Charter Fishing and Local Adventures.
Alaska Ocean Pros offers world class fishing with a small town appeal. Join Captain Gabe Linegar and crew for a truly memorable experience.
Enjoy some halibut fishing by a family owned and operated business with over 30 years of experience in Kachemak Bay.
A short, 15-30 minute hike depending on your pace with a beach as your reward destination. About 4 miles north of Homer, turn left off of the Sterling Highway directly across from Diamond Ridge Road in order to access the trail.
Carl E. Wynn Nature Center
Perched above Homer, this trail system covers a fraction of the 140 acre wildlife preserve. An excellent spot for birding, with the chance of spotting black bear or moose. If your interests tend towards local history, you can learn about the Wynn Homestead.
Hiking Trails Across the Bay.
You can access these trails by taking a water taxi across the bay. We recommend Mako's Water Taxi, which you can find in the "Transportation" section below.
Grewingk Lake | Easy
3.3 miles | ~200 feet elevation gain
A very popular hike, this trail brings you through a boreal forest to the glacial lake.
Grace Ridge | Med.–Hard
8.3 miles | 3,156 feet elevation gain
You can begin at either end of this trail for spectacular views of the bay and Cook Inlet.
For more info on these trails and others, we recommend these sites:
Grewingk Glacier | Hard
12.6 miles | 2,027 feet elevation gain
Difficult but rewarding trail that begins at the glacier lake trailhead.
Saddle Trail/Alpine Ridge | Med.–Hard
3 miles | elevation gain varies
Head south at the top of the Saddle Trail. The trail disappears above the tree line, but the views are incredible.
The Pratt Museum
Points of Interest.
Old Inlet Bookstore
This is a favorite place. If you're a bibliophile, you will want to spend hours here. Andy has books on everything and a good selection of books about Alaska.
The Homer Spit
If this isn’t already on your list of things to see, we highly recommend enjoying an afternoon out on the spit, visiting stores, seafood restaurants, or walking through the harbor with a nice cup of coffee.
A natural history museum with a lot of information about early life in this region of Alaska.
Alaskan Coastal Studies
Guided natural history tour across Kachemak Bay.
K Bay Escape
Enjoy Alaska in a remote dry cabin with stunning panoramic views of Kachemak Bay.
Unique cottages with modern comforts and the beautiful views of Homer and its backdrop of the Kenai Mountains.
Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center
Homer is blessed with a treasure-trove of marine biodiversity. Learn the what's and why's here and then take a walk down to Bishops Beach.
*This is a great place to bring your kids.
Wild Rose Bed & Breakfast
Quaint, private lodging in log cottages.
Mako's Water Taxi
Mako's provides an excellent and affordable taxi service across the bay. Go hiking!
Homer Ferry Terminal
Take the ferry to Seldovia, Kodiak, or further down the Aleutian Islands.
Kostas Taxi Service
A convenient form of transportation to get around town.
Homer's answer for Costco. It has a little bit of everything.
Safeway is your most typical grocery store. If this is your first time away from the lower 48 states, expect higher prices due to shipping.
Homer General Store
Although town is not far from the spit, if you need something quickly, the Homer General Store can be a great help.
Homer Medical Center
Despite its remote location, the Homer Medical Facility is notably well-equipped.
SVT Health & Wellness
High-quality health and dental services.