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 would hands down recommend Pearson's Pond to everyone as THE best way to vacation in Juneau. We are so happy we found Pearson's Pond instead of doing a cruise! Pearson's Pond is a perfect central location on The Road, so close to nature and in a beautiful neighborhood near the Mendenhall River, Lake, and Glacier. Maryann is the best. We felt like we were already friends just after talking to her on the phone before the trip. She planned an amazing trip for us and gave us all the best local recommendations, like great places to eat and go and how to avoid the cruise ship tourists. We absolutely loved the glacier flightseeing, Haines river float, and whale watching trips and having free days for all the rest of our adventures. During a portion of our stay, we were her only guests and she brought our delicious breakfast directly to our room, which we really appreciated. Can't wait to return to Juneau and stay at Pearson's pond again!
I am so impressed and appreciative for MaryAnne’s outstanding hosting while I stayed at Pearson’s pond. What a beautiful, serene resort with an at-home atmosphere. I appreciate not only the beautiful setting but the warm reception and hospitality to show me the best places to visit and suggest spots to eat. I can’t wait to come back, and enjoy Pearson‘s pond again.
We stayed in a pond-side suite for four nights in late September, 2018. The owner and operator Maryann Ray tends to every detail in person, including making the most delicious breakfasts ever. She is also a fabulous "tour guide", making sure we saw and did the very best Juneau has to offer. She has owned and operated Pearson's Pond for nine years, and she knows everything you need to know or learn about Juneau and its spectacular natural surroundings. When our Taku Glacier float plane and salmon bake were jeopardized by predicted rainy weather, she arranged for us to go a day earlier than reserved and it worked out perfectly. The day we had reserved for this fantastic experience did turn out to be a total rainout. You need and want to stay here for any vacation in Juneau.
We were absolutely floored by the service and attention to detail. The on-site masseuse was hands down the best massage either of us had in years (and we get them often!) We are locals getting away for an evening, and the setting on the gorgeous little pond made both of us feel as if we were far away from our day to day life. Perfection. Wow.
Myself and my wife stayed at Maryann's place for three days and the experience was wonderful. Even though she wasn't there due to family travel, Maryann made sure everything was arranged perfectly. We enjoyed our room, ambiance and the location. I would highly recommend this place to anyone who is thinking for a luxurious place to stay.