Nestled among forested mountains on the shores of Resurrection Bay, Seward is the gateway to the world-famous Kenai Fjords National Park, where those tidewater glaciers thunder into the sea. The community is a favored launching point for quintessential Alaskan adventures like sea kayaking, hiking, deep-sea fishing, wildlife viewing, and flight-seeing. Seward event venues feature a taste of the city's past, as do the art galleries and shops of Seward's historic district.
The two-hour-long drive between Seward and Anchorage's Ted Stevens International Airport is an experience in itself, along the coast and across two mountain passes on the Seward Highway National Scenic Byway and All-American Road. The airport is served by a number of major airlines. Alaska Airlines offers flights to Chicago, Seattle, Portland, and Denver; Delta flies to Seattle, Salt Lake City, and Minneapolis; United offers flights to Chicago, Denver, and Seattle; JetBlue flies to Seattle; Frontier flies to Denver; and US Airways flies to Phoenix. In town, taxis, seasonal shuttle services, and water taxis get visitors around easily.
Meeting venues in Seward are nontraditional, to say the least. Encounters with puffins, octopus, and sea lions can be part of a meeting for up to 100 participants at either Alaska SeaLife Center (Alaska's premier public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center) or the University of Alaska's Seward Marine Center. More traditionally, there are venues such as the AVTEC Student Center, which can seat up to 350 for a meeting.
Six hotel venues in Seward include the Seward Windsong Lodge, which can accommodate a meeting for up to 200 people. For smaller meetings, there is the Breeze Inn, which can handle up to 80; the Holiday Inn Express, which can seat up to 75; and the Hotel Seward, which can accommodate 55 in its Liberty Theater.
For special events, popular options include the Branson Pavilion, a covered picnic area on the waterfront with a large built-in grill, and the lodges of Kenai Fjords Tours located at Fox Island on Resurrection Bay.
The Seward dining scene is rich with interesting possibilities. Award-winning Chef Kevin Lane at Chinooks Waterfront Restaurant uses only fresh, local seafood, and the Apollo Restaurant is a Greek family-owned local favorite. For a party atmosphere, there is Seward Brewing Company or the quintessential outdoor Alaskan experience of the Exit Glacier Salmon Bake. For dinner with an historic ambiance, there are Ms. Gene's Place fine-dining restaurant in the Hotel Seward, Christo's Palace, with its historic cherrywood bar; and Smoke Shack, where wildly popular BBQ ribs are served from its location in an old rail car.