Alaska Premier Charters Inc. Wild Strawberry Lodge Sitka Alaska

Fortress of the Bear

May 19th, 2013

As part of the team here at Alaska Premier Charters, one of my primary duties is showing guests the beautiful city of Sitka. There is great historical significance here as Sitka has the exact location where Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867. Sitka boasts twenty-four attractions listed on the National Register of Historic Places, seven of which are National Historic Landmarks. However, one of my favorite places so far is the Fortress of the Bear.

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June 4th, 2013

The Wild Strawberry Lodge got a considerable facelift earlier this year. We are always trying to better the facilities and experience here at Alaska Premier Charters, Inc. Part of ramping up for the busy fishing season is to make sure that the guests have impeccable rooms to stay in during their visit. Over the past 23 years the success and reputation here has grown and we have looked to continue to ensure and even improve upon the overall experience. We look to provide the best comfort possible for your stay. For returning guests, we can assure you that you will be pleasantly surprised by the upgrades!

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Julie Hughes Triathlon


We just let our staff know there is a Julie Hughes Triathlon on Saturday May 18th at 8:30a.m. The Baranof Baracudas Swim Club is organizing Sitka’s annual Julie Hughes Triathlon. The triathlon will begin at Blatchley Middle School at 8:30 A.M. sharp. This challenge begins with a 5-mile run, followed by a 12-mile bike ride, and finished by a 1,000 meter swim. There will also be a short version of the course for participants 12 and under. The entry fee this year is $25 per person. Participants can enter as individuals or as teams.

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Our Clamming Adventure

May 12th, 2013

Our Clamming Adventure (Dictated by Kiana Belcher)

Clamming is always a fun adventure. So when it was time to get up at 6am, I was already wide awake and bushy-tailed. After a delicious breakfast I couldn’t finish, we decided it was time to round up all the gear necessary for our trip. Clam shovels, buckets, and of course life jackets were loaded. I knew dad wouldn’t forget to pack the lunch, but I had to double check to make sure we didn’t leave the donuts behind! I spied the box and peering inside I saw not only chocolate and sprinkle varieties, but maple bacon bars as well. Pleased with the contents of that box, I helped load the rest of the gear and we headed out.

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New Fuel Dock!

May 11th, 2013

Yesterday lines were packed at the fuel pumps as the Sitka Fuel Dock hosted its grand opening. Petro Fuels wanted to give a little something back to the community while also promoting their brand new fuel dock. To celebrate the occasion they offered .25 cents off every gallon of gas which brought the price down to $4.10 per gallon of regular. This exclusive offer for a reduced price on fuel was available only at the Petro Express Station located at 614 Katlain Street.

The reduced prices created quite a stir as customers lined up at every pump and cars spilled onto the street and at times were blocking traffic for several minutes at a time. The people were still polite despite the lines. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised to have several locals make small talk with me while waiting our turn. One lady encouraged me to say hello to her dog “Koi”, who was more than happy to accommodate any extra attention directed her way. I even spotted several people carrying small gas cans into the station to have them filled as well. Despite the commotion and sheer volume of people, it appeared that no one was in a huge rush.

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At age 73 I find that sitting and trolling, with an occasional interruption by a fish, is my speed. I have recommended your organization to my friends, I emphasize the very productive fishing, the fine accommodations, the efficient and friendly help and the first rate captains. -Jim Vander Stoep