Who Is Lulu”?
Our unique property is designed for a rustic and authentic adult glamping experience nestled in natural landscaping. This is the perfect location to reconnect with nature. Unwind as you sit by the glampfire and take in the views of the Knik River and Pioneer Peak as you reminisce about your day or plan your next adventure.
Each tent is tastefully decorated with a queen size bed, linens, seating for two, rugs, pillows, decor and comes with an outside awning.
Wifi is available in a common area, it does not reach our tents.
We ask that shoes are removed and left outside the tent to keep floors clean.
Please note that there is no electricity to our tents.
Shared porta toilets are available on site.
Currently there are no shower facilities on property, however, local laudromats have coin operated showers.
Free parking is available on site
Only 45 minutes from Anchorage and 15 minutes to downtown Palmer. We are located near a variety of activities that are sure to please any traveler. Home to the Alaska State Fair, Palmer also boasts shopping opportunities at quaint boutique style shops, casual dinning, local breweries, access to many levels of hiking from beginner to expert. Visitors can enjoy atv rides, helicopter tours, plane rides, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boards, river tours, the Reindeer Farm, Hatcher Pass, Independence Mine, blueberry picking and so much more!
Other things to note
There are seven river view glamping tents and two meadow view tents on site.
Unlike so many other Alaskan towns, the rural community of Palmer doesn’t have a history rooted in gold mining, but rather one in farming. It was set up as an agricultural community for families voluntarily sent to the area under a government initiative during the Great Depression. What was then known as the Matanuska-Susitna colony was officially established under the Federal Emergency Relief Administration as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal. The community quickly grew as families flourished. Even today, Palmer is a rapidly growing town, with farming still at the heart of daily life.
The town itself has preserved much of its historic charm, with wooden storefronts and an old-fashioned “Main Street” home to a few shops and eateries. The Palmer Visitor Center is right in the downtown area. It’s a good place to stop for information on things to do in the area. Palmer is also home to the Alaska State Fair, which takes place each August and offers plenty of carnival rides, foods, concerts, cultural events, and, best of all, giant Alaskan produce.
Palmer is quite scenic, with Pioneer Peak and the Knik Glacier Valley to the east and the Talkeetna Mountains to the northwest. Nearby activities take full advantage of this beautiful terrain. This includes touring Hatcher Pass, a recreational area home to the Independence Mine State Historical Park. Walk the mine site or take to one of the area’s main trails to hike, mountain bike, or rock climb. The area’s many mountains and abundant snowfall also make it a popular spot for snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, and snow machining.
Farther afield, the mighty Matanuska Glacier is about an hour’s drive east. Whitewater rafting, helicopter flightseeing, and guided hikes are just a few of the many other activities available.
Located just 45 miles northeast of Anchorage via the Glenn Highway, Palmer makes for an easy side trip. Visitors predominantly reach Palmer by rental car from Anchorage, Valdez, Copper Center, and occasionally Fairbanks.
Just 45 minutes north of Anchorage, these two adjoining towns offer easy access to the gorgeous Matanuska Valley, as well as mountains and glaciers.
BEST THINGS TO DO IN PALMER / WASILLA AREA
1. Visit the Matanuska Glacier
For a great day trip, follow the Glenn Highway on your way to Palmer and the Matanuska River Valley; within an hour you’ll be surrounded by dramatic scenery. There’s lots to see and do on this scenic drive, including an easy hike to a 200-foot waterfall and a historic village. For other activities, go with a guide:
You can experience the thrill of walking on the gorgeous glacier, take an ATV or Jeep tour, go rafting on a glacial river, or try ziplining.
You can even combine the thrill of dogsledding on a glacier with an exciting flightseeing trip that lands right on the glacier, where you’ll meet the dogs before they pull you around the ice!
2. Take a Scenic Drive to Hatcher Pass & Independence Mine
Explore scenic Hatcher Pass on a 3-hour round-trip drive from Anchorage—the road is about 60 miles long and offers lots of opportunities for recreation.
The gorgeous alpine tundra bursts with wildflowers in the summer and is packed with snow in winter.
At the top of the pass you’ll find amazing views of mountain ranges and peaks, some great blueberry picking, and Independence Mine Historical State Park—a former gold mine where you can explore the fascinating old buildings.
3. Devour the Agriculture
In the fertile Matanuska Valley, where vegetables grow to be monster-sized, agricultural tourism is definitely a thing. Drive the Old Glenn Highway, a country road through land that has been farmed for decades. See animal-raising in action (and get a history lesson) at the Musk Ox Farm, and take the kids to pet a reindeer at the Reindeer Farm.
Want to go with a guide? Sign up for a tour with Alaska Farm Tours and stop at 3 farms to experience what life is really like for Alaska’s farmers. And to sample the goods, head to Raven’s Perch, at the Knik River Lodge, which serves farm-to-table dishes with spectacular views.
4. Get in the Air
If you’re short on time, or just want to experience Alaska’s majesty from above, a flightseeing tour is the answer. You can choose from short 1-hour sightseeing tours, soaring over glaciers, to longer day experiences that can include glacier trekking, ice climbing, heli-hiking, iceberg kayaking and paddleboarding, and more. The sky is the limit!
5. Go for a Hike
This area serves up a wealth of scenic parks and trails to explore. One amazing option is The Butte, a small mountain with a short but steep climb that gives you a great view out over the area’s farmland and out to craggy peaks and the Knik Glacier.
If you’re feeling ambitious, Hatcher’s Pass offers a couple 8-mile (full-day) hikes, like Gold Mint Trail or Reed Lakes. Or grab the opportunity to take a guided hike on the Matanuska Glacier itself.
6. Explore the History
This area offers a fascinating look at how settlers arrived and how agriculture developed. One of the most interesting stops is the Colony House Museum in Palmer, which was built for the New Deal resettlement project undertaken by the Roosevelt Administration in 1935.
You’ll learn how this project came to be—possibly even from descendants of the original colonists who settled here back in the day.
7. Visit Local Breweries
“Fresh and local” doesn’t just apply to the produce in the Palmer/Wasilla area—you’ll also find a wealth of innovative breweries creating unique beers. It’s truly a local experience—not only is the beer brewed locally, but the breweries are great way to meet locals and experience the local culture for yourself.
Stop by craft breweries like Bleeding Heart, Arkose, Bear Paw River Brewing, and Matanuska Brewing and see what flavors they have on offer!
8. Celebrate at the Alaska State Fair
Come late summer, everyone gears up for the Alaska State Fair, which has been around for 75 years and takes place at the fairgrounds in Palmer.
Alaskans love it and so will you! Expect carnival rides and games, fantastic concerts, uniquely Alaskan food, and vendors selling only-in-Alaska goods that are perfect for souvenirs.
You’ll even see some of the giant vegetables this area is famous for…a 127-pound cabbage, anyone?!
Are you ready to book a trip of a lifetime? Look no further
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