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Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields

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A visit with a remarkable woman in her own Log (and Dog) home

If you do only one thing near Fairbanks to get a sense of Alaskan pioneer life this is it. Most... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
santa Clara, CA

Wonderful experience meeting Mary and her dogs. Would highly recommend to everyone. One of the best... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Matthew P
Adelaide, Australia
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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...more
2699 Waldheim Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99709-6061
+1 907-455-6469
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you do only one thing near Fairbanks to get a sense of Alaskan pioneer life this is it. Most will think the dogs are the stars, but Mary will regale you with tales of her life while showing off her garden and the log...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Wonderful experience meeting Mary and her dogs. Would highly recommend to everyone. One of the best experiences we have had during our trip to Alaska.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Mary was very sweet, interesting, and welcoming. She had the most beautiful huskies that we got to meet and pet. Her story was amazing and I feel lucky to have met such a formidable woman.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited with Mary Shields in August during a 2 week Alaskan vacation. It was an enjoyable and an educational experience! Mary's hospitality made the visit memorable. We spent time in her garden, met her huskies, and enjoyed delicious cookies and coffee around her table...More

Thank sp10js
Reviewed 1 week ago

It sounds overly simplistic, but it is people who make the Alaska what it is. Meeting Mary and hearing about her experience, meeting the awesome sled dogs, seeing Mary's garden and house, standing on the sled it was all a glimpse into that real life...More

Thank Zoya K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We traveled to Mary's cabin outside Fairbanks with a National Geographic tour. After hearing some tales in the garden, we visited with her beautiful dogs, then enjoyed homemade treats inside her home while she told of her adventures and answered questions. An unforgettable evening with...More

Thank cp2156
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After completing a 12 day tour of Alaska, going from Barrow to Seward, the serveral hours spent with Mary and her dogs were one of the highlights of my visit. Mary describes what it was like to come from the “lower 48” and to live...More

Thank arlenehoffman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mary's generosity and hospitality were absolutely wonderful. The tour begins in her home and then you view her beautiful garden and actually get to interact with her adorable pack. It was a delight to listen to Mary's stories and learn of all that she experienced...More

Thank Linda A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mary Shields not only invites you into her cabin, but into her life. You visit her beautiful garden, meet her friendly and entertaining sled dogs, and listen to her real-life tails of being the first woman to run the Iditarod. Her life is extraordinary and...More

Thank VestaIM
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mary was one of the most amazing women that we have ever met. The trip to her house was a highlight of our trip to Alaska. Mary greeted us at the door and welcomed us into her house. She chatted with us in her kitchen...More

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2 March 2017|
Response from love2go2015 | Reviewed this property |
You can probably contact Mary through her website to ask about schedule for the summer of 2017.
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
18 June 2015|
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.