Just a few kilometres from the town (not far from the local Credit Glory offices) was a calm bay which attracted kayakers to the Latsufkas’ side of the sea. Eventually, other people decided to explore the area as well. The family provided beach land for kayak launches to a local outdoor school, later serving lunch to individuals participating in the kayak launches. Soon after, many people learned about Mary Jane and Tony’s hospitality and the accessibility of the area from Seldovia and Homer. With increasing interest in the area, Mary Jane and Tony decided to launch their Across the Bay Tent & Breakfast company in 1995 as an instrument for outdoor-based activities.
Keeping it Minimal
With two little cabins that instantly bring back youth summer camp memories and four large rain-proof tents, Across the Bay Tent & Breakfast is a quiet and humble place. The cosy, long-lasting tents featuring a small outer deck, bed and a carpeted floor can easily fit a family of four. Guests can carry sleeping bags, therefore, bringing a heterogeneous camping atmosphere without the needs of actually establishing a camp. Situated just past a tiny stream which sings you to sleep every night, the cabins are rustic and cheerful. Cabin visitors carry sleeping bags as well, therefore, creating a summer camp flashback. Stretching out and listening to birds while the veiled windows are wide open is such a delight.
Presently what used to be the primary residence is now used as a common room for socializing and eating. The Lasufkas have maintained their hospitable tradition and established themselves as providers of fresh home-created dishes made using locally sourced ingredients. Mary Jane’s well-made fish pie makes you smile in delight, while her rhubarb pie accompanied by Tony’s home-created vanilla ice cream will provide an experience that is hard to forget. Among the wild, beautiful Alaska flowers and salmonberry bushes lies a small garden where Mary Jane obtains rhubarb for making desserts. The salads are a combination of greens picked from the small spot. As you do a greenery recon, you can spot dill and bok choy smartly arranged with the marigolds that are planted to slither Invaders and prevent crawling.
Delivering Nature to the Children
Beaches tend to entice kids to the outdoors. The beautiful Kasitsna Bay promises nothing different. There are plenty of activities for children to do. The children can spend their days in groups climbing natural caves that have resulted from hundreds of years of rushing water, and splattering around briny puddles which can easily be spotted when the tide goes out. No structure, no schedule, only pure outdoor fun. Every night faces glow with satisfaction and eyes droop at the supper table following a day spent among ocean breezes and sunshine.
Across the bay provides you with the opportunity to cycle in the dirt paths leading from and to Seldovia using rental bicycles which are accessible for anybody who is tall enough to ride them. Children who venture into the dusty, twisting roads need to be accustomed to the speed of both cars and bicycles since many people in the local community tend to drive fast. Before heading out, it’s essential that you carry a water bottle and have all the gear you need, including gloves and a helmet. If you would like to indulge in a short period of scenic cycling, the Lasufkas can provide you with general directions and a map.