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
Pearson's Pond and Maryann truly made our Babymoon to Alaska the best trip we could imagine! Maryann is the sweetest person you can imagine and was so accommodating before our stay even began. Booking was easy and she gave us recommendations on what to pack and things to bring. The location of Pearson's Pond is excellent - it is an easy drive into town and to the airport but still close to hiking/biking trails and Mendenhall Glacier. The rooms were perfect, so comfortable and cozy! We stayed in a Deluxe Room and it had everything we needed and more. Maryann truly thinks of everything! Her breakfasts were DELICIOUS! We didn't use the hot tubs outside because I was pregnant, but they looked so comfortable! We did make a campfire one night and made smores which was so much fun. Be aware if you go to Juneau in May, the pollen is crazy! We weren't bothered by it, but we talked with lots of people who were having issues with it. Maryann also booked such incredible excursions for us that helped us create amazing memories! She is so knowledgeable on all things Juneau and gave us great recommendations on food, things to do and what to see! It's hard to choose a favorite excursion because they were all incredible. We did the Tracy Arm Fjord and Sawyer Glacier Cruise (absolutely breathtaking views), Salmon Fishing (Caught the first King of the season & Capt. Kevin was hilarious!), Whale Watch (Incredible crew!), Floatplane & Salmon-Bake (Most delicious salmon ever!). We also really loved biking to Mendenhall Glacier, visiting the Shrine of St. Therese, checking out the Alaska Brewing Company and eating at Twisted Fish (Scott the Bartender was HILARIOUS & I had the most delicious Salmon, Crab, shrimp pastry). My husband and I were so happy we got to stay a full week in Juneau, so many people we spoke to were visiting Juneau by cruise ship and they were wishing they had more time. All of the locals said we were seeing Juneau the best way by being "independent travelers". I highly recommend Pearson's Pond and we can't wait to visit again with our daughter! We told Maryann that we entered as guests and left as friends!
Pearsons pond is the best place in Juneau to stay hands down. Maryann will treat you like family and arrange anything yippy might want top do or see while you are in juneau. But make sure yup contact the resort instead of going through a travel site you will get a better rate and they don't always know everything that is available.
So disappointing! Rooms are small and unattractive. The “spa” is a hotub and creaky tiny sauna. The breakfast is not enjoyable. The proximity to the airport is not worth staying here as the drive to town is easy.