McCarthy Lodge and the Ma Johnson's Hotel

McCarthy Lodge and the Ma Johnson's Hotel Restored Alaskan Ghost town. New Alaska Cuisine. Authentic Hotel is a living museum.

Surrounded by more mountains and glaciers than anywhere else in Alaska, McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel are the highlight of any Alaskan vacation. Fully restored Living Museum Hotel won recognition as "Authentic, Memorable and Sustainable" from National Geographic's Traveler Magazine. National Geographic recognizes us for our "Sense of place". Visitors to Alaska that discover McCarthy and join us during the summer are always wowed by the real Alaska during their stay with us. Our staff live here. Our purpose is to exceed your expectations!

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General Manager: Neil Darish

Kennicott Wilderness Guides
01/20/2019

Kennicott Wilderness Guides

“Every individual has within their abilities the capability of accomplishing extraordinary things. They just have to learn how to do it”
Brian Tracy
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Few people come to us already knowing how to ice climb. Some may be avid climbers, with a lifetime of experience on rock, and never held an ice axe. Some put on a harness for the first time at our office. For everyone, the joy that accompanies learning and accomplishing a new skill is extraordinary. The view isn’t too bad from the top either!
#alaskavacation #alaskabound #alaskaadventures #thebestofalaska #alaskaiceclimbing #travelalaska #alaskapackrafting #alaskguiding #wrangellstelias #iceclimbing #climbing #climbinglife

What could you possibly do in such a remote place as ours?
12/11/2018

What could you possibly do in such a remote place as ours?

Some of the most amazing scenery in the world is right out our back door in the Kennicott Valley. Not that it is easy to get to however! Backpacking across the Kennicott Glacier is not for the unprepared. But if you take on the journey you’ll be rewarded by scenes of unimaginable beauty, like this one captured by client @chrisranieripics on our Glacier & Tundra trip in 2017. Thanks for sharing Chris!
#glacier #backpacking #backpackingalaska #kennicottglacier #icefordays #packsaddleisland #wrangells #wrangellstelias #bluewater #wilderness #truewilderness #notforthefaintofheart #wortheverystep

07/01/2017
Golden Saloon, McCarthy

Golden Saloon, McCarthy

Need another reason to celebrate besides the fact that it's Friday and a holiday weekend?! It's 2 for 1 Burger Night at The Golden Saloon! 🍔🍻



#goldensaloonmccarthy #mccarthyalaska #2for1burgernight #alaska #sharingalaska #burgerspecial #beer

Jeremy will be foraging in McCarthy & teaching some new techniques to our chefs at The McCarthy Lodge Bistro in June
05/13/2017
Jeremy Umansky Announces Location for Larder, His Modern Ethnic Delicatessen

Jeremy will be foraging in McCarthy & teaching some new techniques to our chefs at The McCarthy Lodge Bistro in June

Since leaving chef Jonathon Sawyer’s side at Trentina, Jeremy Umansky has been fine-tuning his modern ethnic delicatessen concept, Larder, while scouting for the perfect location....

Golden Saloon, McCarthy
08/28/2016

Golden Saloon, McCarthy

Time to wake up the buildings.
02/11/2016

Time to wake up the buildings.

10/02/2015
Artifact Fence Installation

Artifact Fence Installation

This video is documentation of the installation of a sculpture titled "Artifact Fence" by artist Brian Enright. Brian has been working on the fence for…

Meanwhile, inside the mountain...
09/17/2015
Road To The Motherlode

Meanwhile, inside the mountain...

Neil, Mark and Gary explore a tunnel that could be the only path into the Motherlode mine.

Alaska Artisanal
07/07/2015

Alaska Artisanal

Dessert at the McCarthy Lodge and the Ma Johnson's Hotel Bistro. Obviously it was too good to share.

The wilds of Alaska - FT.com
07/02/2015
The wilds of Alaska - FT.com

The wilds of Alaska - FT.com

Alaska’s The tourist boat chugged into the inlet, bumping and grinding against the chunks of ice. Then the captain cut his engines, and we were almost still; but there was no silence. Instead there came from inland the noise of a war zone. This

07/01/2015

Hey friends of McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel - COME STAY WITH US THIS WEEKEND!~ We still have a few rooms available for the 4th of July weekend!!!

McCarthy Lodge and the Ma Johnson's Hotel's cover photo
04/06/2015

McCarthy Lodge and the Ma Johnson's Hotel's cover photo

11/21/2014
Time Lapse Reel from Edge of Alaska

Luke is an artist working in Time lapse photography. Luke spent several winter months creating amazing atmospheric moments for Discovery's new TV series "Edge Of Alaska". As the owner of the lodge, I've spent many winters alone in "downtown McCarthy" this is the closest you can get to feeling immersed in a deserted old west, Alaskan ghost town.

Thank you Luke, for capturing a unique sense of this place.

These shots were all taken for the show Edge of Alaska on Discovery Channel. They were shot between March and May 2014. Shot and Edited by Luke McKinney Music:…

Edge of Alaska
11/13/2014

Edge of Alaska

#ThrowbackThursday: Bush pilot Mudhole Smith, Neil's hero and the man who opened the McCarthy Lodge and the Ma Johnson's Hotel, created this ad in an attempt to lure tourists to McCarthy in the early 1950s.

There’s a reason people build their lives on the Edge of Alaska and this moment is just one of the many adventures own...
11/07/2014

There’s a reason people build their lives on the Edge of Alaska and this moment is just one of the many adventures owner Neil Darish has had while living in McCarthy. Share this photo if you love the adventure of this place as much as Neil does and don’t forget to tune in to Discovery tonight to catch the newest episode! #EdgeofAlaska

11/05/2014

As everyone in McCarthy begins to hunker down for the winter, we know dreams of warm, summer days and adventures will get us through. Tell us your favorite story from your stay at Ma Johnson’s Historic Hotel on the #EdgeofAlaska.

Did you miss Neil, Jeremy, Jenny, Jason and the whole McCarthy crew on Edge of Alaska on Friday? Be sure to stop by Disc...
11/03/2014
Last Days of Winter

Did you miss Neil, Jeremy, Jenny, Jason and the whole McCarthy crew on Edge of Alaska on Friday? Be sure to stop by Discovery and watch the full episode of “Last Days of Winter,” to see what’s happening in McCarthy! #EdgeofAlaska

The last days of winter bring change. The future of town lies in the balance. Jason races the melting river crossings to reach his crashed airplane. Jeremy tests his nine-year-old son with a risky solo dog sled run through the woods.

If you missed last week's episode of Edge of Alaska, don't worry Discovery has you covered! You can catch up on the firs...
10/31/2014
Winter's Grip

If you missed last week's episode of Edge of Alaska, don't worry Discovery has you covered! You can catch up on the first episode, "Winter's Grip," before episode two airs tonight! #EdgeofAlaska

Hidden deep in the wilderness of Alaska is the toughest town in America: McCarthy. Locked in winter’s grip, the 42 souls who are brave enough to live here must battle the elements, and each other, to maintain their pioneer way of life.

Winter is coming...and there's so much to look forward to! Beautiful sunsets like these and Edge of Alaska top our list!
10/27/2014

Winter is coming...and there's so much to look forward to! Beautiful sunsets like these and Edge of Alaska top our list!

Don't forget to tune into Discovery's Edge of Alaska tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central. And check out the new Mc...
10/25/2014
McCarthy Lodge

Don't forget to tune into Discovery's Edge of Alaska tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central. And check out the new McCarthy Lodge and Ma Johnson's Hotel website NOW!

Recommended in the 2013 MICHELIN GUIDE ALASKA (“MUST SEES”). Celebrate your vacation in the only place exclusively recommended by Michelin Guide in Wrangell St Elias! “McCarthy Lodge and neighboring Ma Johnson’s Hotel offer comfortable accommodations and renowned Alaska cuisine and expert informatio…

McCarthy Lodge and the Ma Johnson's Hotel's cover photo
10/20/2014

McCarthy Lodge and the Ma Johnson's Hotel's cover photo

We are excited to announce that McCarthy Lodge and Ma Johnson's Hotel owner Neil Darish will be starring in a new show o...
10/17/2014
Edge of Alaska

We are excited to announce that McCarthy Lodge and Ma Johnson's Hotel owner Neil Darish will be starring in a new show on Discovery, Edge of Alaska! The show premieres Friday, Oct. 24, but tune into "Gold Rush Alaska" tonight on Discovery at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. Central to see a sneak preview. Like the show's page for updates throughout the season! #EdgeOfAlaska

Hidden deep in the wilderness of eastern Alaska is the toughest town in America: McCarthy.

08/28/2013

We just got a Michelin Guide recommendation for McCarthy Lodge & the Ma Johnson's Hotel. The first (and only) accommodations & restaurant recommended by Michelin Guide in Wrangell St-Elias!

As Recommended in The 2013 "Must Sees" Alaska Michelin Guide.

Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs Tracy & Mike Soptick  and granddaughter Payson.  A wonderful Saturday wedding in th...
08/05/2013

Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs Tracy & Mike Soptick and granddaughter Payson. A wonderful Saturday wedding in the lobby of the Ma Johnson's Hotel.

Thanks Alaska Magazine!  This will be fun to read!
04/24/2013

Thanks Alaska Magazine! This will be fun to read!

The faded red remnants of the Kennecott copper mines loom high above Kennicott Glacier, in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve! The glacier was named after early Alaska explorer Robert Kennicott; the company that mined the area became known as the Kennecott Copper Corporation due to a spelling error on paperwork forming the company. Be sure to check out Alaska magazine's June 2013 issue for stories about the towns of Kennicott and McCarthy and the Kennecott Mines! Thanks to Crystal Yingling for the beautiful image!

Extreme sports have nothing on these hard core Alaskans!  Congrats to all who participated!http://thingstolucat.com/2013...
04/08/2013
2013 Winter Classic

Extreme sports have nothing on these hard core Alaskans! Congrats to all who participated!

http://thingstolucat.com/2013-winter-classic

I joined Josh Mumm, Eben Sargent, and John Sykes for the ~170 mile route from McCarthy to Tok-Cutoff via President's Chair. We slimmed our packs to 30 lbs each, which included minimal glacier gear....

If your in Anchorage you should take a look at this exhibit at the Museum: http://www.anchoragemuseum.org/galleries/arct...
03/06/2013

If your in Anchorage you should take a look at this exhibit at the Museum:

http://www.anchoragemuseum.org/galleries/arctic_flight/overview.aspx

Amazing ties to WWII, McCarthy, and Aviation history!

Check this out! The new Anchorage Museum exhibit Artic Flight: A Century of Alaska Aviation has strong ties to Wrangell St Elias National Park. Who Knew that the Nabesna area was a key staging area for Russian lend lease planes in World War II and that the McCarthy areas had influence in the creation of commercial passenger airline services. I highly encourage you to see this fascinating cornerstone of our states and park’s history. Can’t get enough aviation and the Wrangells coming in May the museum will add a Wrangell specific exhibit to the show called Wrangell Mountain Skyboys: Making History above the Alaska’s copper Belt. eje http://www.anchoragemuseum.org/galleries/arctic_flight/overview.aspx

Check out our promo with Zircon Azul http://zirconazul.com/ticket-to-adventure/    Enter and win tickets to Alaska, stay...
02/04/2013
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Check out our promo with Zircon Azul http://zirconazul.com/ticket-to-adventure/ Enter and win tickets to Alaska, stay at the Ma Johnson's for 3 nights, and celebrate the introduction of Zircon Azul to Alaska.

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Thanks to our friends at John Hall's Alaska for this award!
01/31/2013

Thanks to our friends at John Hall's Alaska for this award!

Congratulations Ma Johnson's/McCarthy Lodge for being awarded the 2012 "Best Remote Lodge Experience" by John Hall's Alaska guests!

10/30/2012
10 Best US National Parks For Your World Travel Bucket List

http://greenglobaltravel.com/2012/06/27/10-best-us-national-parks-for-your-world-travel-bucket-list/

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska

At over 13 million acres, Wrangell-St. Elias is not only America’s biggest park; if it had a governor and local taxes, it would be the 41st largest state.

10 Best US National Parks For Your World Travel Bucket List, including Canyonlands, Biscayne, Theodore Roosevelt, Wrangell-St. Elias & more.

Tonight's moon dog over Ma Johnson's.
09/24/2012

Tonight's moon dog over Ma Johnson's.

Address

101 Kennecott Ave
McCarthy, AK
99588

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Featuring a 'Living Museum' Hotel, creative chefs, dramatic setting, and a famous Alaskan bush community. We are located in the very center of America's largest National Park, Wrangell St. Elias. The local hangout is the Golden Saloon, with the original bar and great atmosphere.

Telephone

1 907 554-4402

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