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The Aurora Express

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Lex, KY
Reviewed 22 July 2013

We came back to the Aurora Express B&B this June-July (2013) after having first stayed there in 2008. It was better this time than the first time. Since your "lodging" is a train car (or portion thereof), TripAdvisor apparently wants to call this a "specialty" lodging. That classification may cause people to miss out on this unique opportunity but it...

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N. Ky
Reviewed 30 June 2013

What a hoot!! A great way to start our Alaskan vacation! When we found this quirky B&B in a book, we just knew it was so "us". we made our reservations early so we could stay in the coveted caboose--The Golden Nelly"! The experience was more that we thought.... quirky, fun, good food, and most of all, wonderful hosts, Susan...

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Glennallen, Alaska
Reviewed 5 May 2013

I stumbled across a blog post which included the Aurora Express. Once I saw what it was, we cancelled a downtown hotel and made reservations with Sue. She recommended we stay in the Caboose, as it's a private car and were were on our honeymoon. Sue allowed up to check in early after sleeping half the night in the WalMart...

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British Columbia
Reviewed 16 September 2012

Susan and Mike are so much fun and their wonderful train cars really match their enthusiasm for quirky. The cars aren't 5 star but that wasn't why we went. We went because we were curious and wanting to be off the "Princess Hotel" type of tour. We won. The view was terrific out over the river, the suites were totally...

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Fort Collins, Colorado
Reviewed 23 August 2012

Most Amazing place in Fairbanks and maybe Alaska. The Owner is a real kick. We will be back and tell all our friends. The train cars are so cool. A must Stay. Food was great and scenery great. They took really good care of us, my wife has special needs and Mike and Susan took great care to meet our...

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Copper Center, Alaska
Reviewed 31 July 2012

This was just great, we can't thank Sue enough for having us and giving us a wonderful time. We stayed in the caboose. This was a very unique place with a great view. Breakfast was great, can't beat the dining car for an eating location with the view. We canceled a hotel when we happened upon the Aurora Express. Sue...

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Palm Harbor, FL
Reviewed 30 July 2012

Mike and Susan are outstanding hosts. Mike made breakfast the two mornings we were there and the food was great! I enjoyed the reindeer sausage very much. But the stories really made the experience. Susan worked on the pipeline, one of the few women to labor outside in "Extreme Conditions", which is the title of a book about building the...

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Reviewed 19 June 2012

We stayed here our first 2 nights in Alaska. It was THE best start we could have had. The view is amazing. The rooms are clean, comfortable and unique. We stayed in the caboose and loved the upstairs viewing area. The owners are very friendly and accommodating. Breakfast is delicious and provides a great way to meet other travelers. It...

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New Lenox, Illinois
Reviewed 16 September 2011

We stayed at the Aurora Express on our Alaska vacation in August. My husband is a train buff and we loved this train and the beautiful location.. We were in the "Gold Room" which was delightfully decorated. Susan & Mike are just a joy -after a marvelous breakfast, we all danced together in celebration of our wedding anniversaries. Wish we...

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Reviewed 16 September 2011

We stayed in over 15 different locations on our trip to Alaska. We will never forget this location. It was our 49th annivsary and we wanted to visit our 49th State. We could not have found a better place to stay if we had researched for a year. And it was an accidential find as we had not even planed...

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The Aurora Express is a bed and breakfast nestled amongst towering spruce in the western hills of Fairbanks, Alaska. Overlooking the mighty Tanana River and the Alaska Range, this unique property has a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. Sleep in authenic Alaska Railroad trains that have been renovated to reflect the gold rush era of the north. Join hosts Susan and Michael Wilson for Copper River smoked salmon, wild alaskan blueberry jam, fresh fruit, hot coffee and eggs every morning while you hear their stories about life in territorial Alaska and working the pipeline. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Aurora Express

Address: 1550 Chena Ridge Rd, P.O. Box 80128, Fairbanks, AK 99709-2609 (Formerly Forget-Me-Not Lodge)
Region: United States > Alaska > Fairbanks
Price Range: $195 - $303 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Forget-Me-Not Lodge And The Aurora Express Hotel Fairbanks
The Aurora Express Fairbanks, Alaska
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“Ask for a tour, if you are there in person.”
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DJMilner, 1 Sep 2016 | Read review
“The rooms are all very interesting and historic. Some are "regular" style hotel rooms, and others are like staying on a train.”
gailpie, 28 Aug 2016 | Read review
“When outside, be aware of the mosquitos. Not the B&B's fault but just a hazard of being in Fairbanks in July”
375ericp, 13 Jul 2016 | Read review
“2 cars with 2 bedrooms for two couples or a group outing. Caboose wins the cool factor, but this place is neat and any car is a winner!”
153dons, 6 Dec 2015 | Read review
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