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Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields

2699 Waldheim Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99709-6061
+1 907-455-6469
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A Morning Well Spent

Mary Shields, an icon in her own right, is so adorable! She worries about your comfort the entire... read more

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Reviewed 4 days ago
Judith M
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Darlington, South Carolina
What a treat!

If you'd like to know what it's really like to live in Alaska, build your own log cabin, and finish... read more

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SandyInNC
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Asheville, North Carolina
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I invite you to visit my home, when you come to Fairbanks. I can introduce to my big , friendly huskies, (incase you need a dog- fix while you're away from your own dog) and explain what it's like out on the winter trail camping at 30 ° below zero. I will compare the camping with the routine on the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest ( I was the first woman to complete the race back in 1974, the second running.) And I will share tales of the 1,200 mile dog sled journey in Siberia, the greatest adventure I've experienced so far. Of course you'll check out the garden and go in the cabin and have some home baked refreshments, (You may have seen the cabin on the Home & Garden show) I feel so lucky to live here and I love to share my life with travelers.
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2699 Waldheim Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99709-6061
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Mary Shields, an icon in her own right, is so adorable! She worries about your comfort the entire you visit! She is awesome, describing in detail her races in the Iditarod and Serbia. Her dogs are friendly and well trained. She shared a home-baked cake...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you'd like to know what it's really like to live in Alaska, build your own log cabin, and finish the Iditarod, go see Mary! She's delightful and has lots of great tales to tell! We spent the morning with her and thoroughly enjoyed meeting...More

Thank SandyInNC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We feel so fortunate to have met Mary and have her share her experiences with us. She spent well over 2 hours with us. We talked one on one with someone who made history. She welcomed us into her home and told us her life's...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I visited Mary Shields while on vacation in Alaska. Mary's tales of mushing, and life in Alaska in general, were very engaging. It was fun to meet some of the members of her team. Great family activity. Highly recommended.

1  Thank Rene S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the most wonderful time in our visit to Mary Shields. She received us into her home and told us her life story and the adventures she lived as a musher. She takes you back to a different time and you get to live...More

1  Thank Catarina88
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wife and I had one of the best trips of our lives. Mary was a huge part of that! Loved the dogs , the stories and our time spent with Mary! Well worth the price and time! Thank You Mary. The Hosey"s

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1  Thank greg1171
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What some people could only think to read about in a book or see on the Discovery channel we got to experience first hand from an amazing person and the 1st woman to cross the finish line of the Alaskan Iditarod. Mary Shields not only...More

1  Thank Michelle R
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Spent a very interesting morning in Mary Shield's garden listening to her share her stories of the trails she covered with her sled dogs. She is a wealth of knowledge and a wonderful storyteller. We met her sweet pack of sled dogs. She invited us...More

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Reviewed 13 June 2017

Visiting is believing. Mary Shields' career inspires awe. The first woman to win the Iditarod, I wanted to see where and how she lived. Even more striking is what a wonderful eloquent hospitable person she is. Not only is she an outstanding musher, she is...More

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Mary S, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Thank you for this wonderful review. While I was the first woman to finish the iditarod sled dog race, I am sorry to have left the impression that I crossed the finish line first! It was an achievement to cross that finish line, period, and...More

Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

My husband and I can't truly express how inspiring our visit was with Mary Shields. We had a chance to glimpse into the life of a musher and talented Alaskan. Mary shared her experiences with dog training, sledding and life in Alaska through the seasons...More

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Mary S, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

I love sharing my Alaskan life with small groups and weaving you into my life with my loving dogs. We are at the prime of summer now with the garden nearly planted, the birds singing away and nests hatching. Thanks for being such an enjoyable...More

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crenwick46
2 March 2017|
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Response from love2go2015 | Reviewed this property |
You can probably contact Mary through her website to ask about schedule for the summer of 2017.
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JohnI7653IE
14 July 2015|
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Response from maryshields | Property representative |
I lie about 12 miles northwest of Fairbanks. If you have a rental car, allow yourself 30 minutes to drive out, so you can enjoy the ride and see the variety of owner-built homes, and the lovely boreal forest along the way... More
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pushpasss
18 June 2015|
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Response from AlanandSara2015 | Reviewed this property |
Just give Mary a call. She will surely greet you openly and honestly. She will certainly take every chance she can get to share.
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