Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn
What We Love
- Soak under the stars in a hot tub built into a deck overlooking a pond
- Fully equipped kitchenettes are handy for longer stays
- Manager’s welcome reception with wine and snacks each evening
What To Know
- The inn is 12 miles from downtown Juneau; rent a car for flexibility and freedom to explore the area
- Although children are permitted with prior approval, this is primarily an adult-focused inn
- Keep your exterior door closed—bears occasionally amble around the inn’s grounds
This contemporary three-story Alaskan cedar home overlooks a glacial kettle pond in the Tongass, the world’s largest temperate rainforest. Rustic though it may appear from the outside, Pearson’s Pond is downright plush inside with overstuffed chairs, featherbeds, and–in the upper-end suites–pitched ceilings with skylights.
Bed & Bath
The inn’s five full and partial suites are well-suited to longer stays—they’re spacious, have extensive kitchenette facilities, are warmed by eco-friendly electric fireplaces and lead out onto the beautiful outdoor gardens. Other perks? Spa robes, flat-screen TVs, fast WiFi, four-poster beds and black-out shades (helpful given Alaska’s 18 hours of daylight in the summer). Bathrooms are small but thoughtfully equipped (hair dryers, robes and slippers) in the smaller studio suites, and outfitted with two-person Jacuzzis and rain showers in the largest suites.
Although the inn bills itself an “adventure spa,” Pearson’s Pond has little in the way of indoor common areas. Guests do have use, however, of an attractive two-story lobby (where evening wine and hors d’oeuvres are served), a breakfast room with a pantry stocked with snacks and breakfast items, and a small but well-equipped gym. The most meaningful amenity here is nature: the inn is surrounded by gardens, a hot tub overlooks the pond for which the property is named, and the owners can set you up with every imaginable outdoor activity.
In the Area
It’s a five-minute drive to Mendenhall Glacier, which you can view across a rippling pond from a visitor center or hike to by booking a tour with Above & Beyond Alaska. Nearby at Auke Bay, feast on short-order burgers, halibut sandwiches and milk shakes at the loveably dive-y Hot Bite. It overlooks the marina, a great place to rent kayaks and charter fishing boats. On your way into downtown Juneau, stop by the tasting room at Alaska Brewing Company to sample well-crafted local beers (including the Winter Ale, distinctively brewed with Sitka spruce tips). For astounding views of Gastineau Channel and the city’s historic downtown, ride the aerial tram (or hike the steep trail) up to Mount Roberts.
How to Get There
We took a helicopter ride to the Mendenhall Glacier and landed on it with a 30 minute or so walk. We also had a river float and a plane ride over several small Glaciers - all of this was put together by Maryann. She was a pleasure to work with and made our trips easy for us first time Alaskan travelers. Aside from one small issue, that was not her fault we had a perfect time on these trips. Would not hesitate to book with Pearson's Pond on our next visit to Alaska - we booked out of Juneau and Skagway.
We couldn’t have chosen a more magical location for our dream wedding! Maryann was so wonderful to us & took care of everything. Pearson’s Pond was beautiful, luxurious, & peaceful. We had lots of activities available to us even though it’s early spring. We went bike riding, took some nature walks, & drove down a breathtaking coast on Maryann’s recommendation where we saw bald eagles & a tucked away shrine. It was close enough to town for delicious restaurants & far enough away to feel cozy & romantic. We’ve been trying to think of some drawbacks or critical feedback, but really, there was nothing disappointing about this experience. Our glacier wedding was beautiful & Maryann arranged everything so that it was simple & stress free for us. We were pampered & our every need was attended to right away. I highly recommend Pearson’s Pond!!!
Beautiful, sumptuous luxury right on the brink of nature. The whole property is sculpted and relaxing, but the real treat is Maryann's generous and sincere hospitality. The place literally has all you need, I didn't even have to leave for a few days! Lots of extra treats make you feel cared for, but it is also very private. Good kitchenette in the room, and a great layout. Very clean, and I'm particular. I enjoyed the garden spa, too, and all this in the off season. Thanks Maryann, I needed that!
We cannot say enough about Pearson‘s Pond. From its picturesque setting all the way to the hospitable owner, Maryann, it was, hands-down, our best trip and most memorable moment ever!
The inn itself is nestled in a beautiful part of Juneau, and as the name suggests, it has a beautiful pond out back. Inside, it’s beautifully decorated and very comfortable. We loved our room, and our balcony, and pretty much everything about this place. In the mornings, Maryann brings breakfast and pretty much is a wealth of information about the area.
Weddings can be stressful, but Jack and I really didn’t have to do anything. Maryann took care of everything. She arranged for our helicopter transportation to the glacier, our officiant, and pretty much everything that goes along with getting married in Alaska. It was easy as pie. Not many people can say their wedding was a piece a cake but ours definitely was. The glacier itself? Wow!!! Everything about this trip was perfect. Our time at Pearson’s was so homey and comfortable that we felt like we were true Alaskans.
This is the first time that my husband and I have ever been on vacation and not wanted to come back home. Like we literally had to make ourselves go to the airport, and we literally drug around for a week once we got home, wishing we were back at Pearson’s Pond.
Pearson’s Pond is my favorite travel memory to date. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better place to stay - especially since Maryann devotes her time and attention to taking care of her guests as if they are the only guests in her inn.
We will be back.
We booked Maryann's place for our 25th anniversary trip. It really lived up to all of our expectations based on the stellar reviews. Maryann made us feel at home during our whole stay. She has a wealth of knowledge of all things local and gladly booked us into all of the attractions we wanted to see. Her breakfasts were awesome and we enjoyed chatting with her and other guests about everything from the weather (it rained alot during our visit) to the various activities of the previous day.
We didn't take advantage of much of what Maryann offers on site during our stay as we didn't have the cooperation of the weather most days. We would certainly take advantage of the bicycles, kayaks and outdoor cooking on a future visit. Pearson's Pond is a very beautiful and convenient location close to the Mendenhall Glacier.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and hope to get back to Juneau one day. When we do we will definitely stay at Pearson's Pond again.
Suggestions to make this an even better place to vacation? We didn't mind it at all, but the little breakfast room was a little cramped so that privacy during breakfast was just not possible. The suite we stayed in had a nice jacuzzi tub, but it was the kind where the nozzles blow air instead of circulating water. Since it was unseasonably cool in June when we visited we found that the jacuzzi air was cold which made for a pretty quick cool down of the tub water if you ran the air for any length of time. We would have preferred a more traditional water jet tub. Maybe Maryann could consider that when it comes time to update or replace the tub.