Holland America Line‘s McKinley Chalet Resort, located at the entrance of Denali National Park, has announced exciting updates for guests enjoying Alaska Cruisetours this summer. The resort’s food and beverage team has unveiled revamped menus for its two on-site restaurants, and the resort has achieved Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, ensuring that guests are served fresh, locally sourced, sustainable seafood. This milestone underscores Holland America Line’s commitment to sustainability and providing top-quality culinary experiences.

An Unforgettable Alaskan Experience at McKinley Chalet Resort

McKinley Chalet Resort
Exterior of McKinley Chalet Resort

Nestled on the scenic shores of the Nenana River, McKinley Chalet Resort offers a unique blend of adventure and relaxation just moments away from Denali National Park. The resort spans 60 acres, with Denali Square at its heart. Denali Square is a vibrant hub featuring restaurants, outdoor fire pits, and live entertainment designed to enhance the Alaskan experience for visitors. This picturesque locale is perfect for soaking in the majestic views and immersing oneself in the beauty of Alaska.

Sustainable Seafood Certification

In June 2024, McKinley Chalet Resort proudly received Marine Stewardship Council certification, a significant achievement that highlights the resort’s dedication to sustainability. This certification is one of the most credible standards for certified seafood globally, ensuring that the seafood served at the resort is sourced responsibly. Holland America Line had already set a precedent by becoming the first global cruise line to receive this certification earlier in the year, and the resort’s accreditation further advances the company’s Global Fresh Fish Program.

Seafood Certification McKinley Chalet Resort

Michael Stendebach, Vice President of Food, Beverage, and Rooms Division for Holland America Line, expressed pride in extending the promise of fresh, sustainable fish beyond their ships. He praised the culinary team at McKinley Chalet Resort for their efforts in furthering the industry-leading program and creating inspiring fresh seafood dishes for guests.

Refreshed Menus at McKinley Chalet Resort

The culinary team at McKinley Chalet Resort has introduced new menus at the resort’s two popular on-site restaurants: Karstens Public House and Canyon Steakhouse. The refreshed offerings feature authentic Alaska specialties made with fresh, local ingredients.

Karstens Public House

Karstens Brisket Sandwich
Karstens Brisket Sandwich

Karstens Public House now offers a new menu for small plates in its outdoor area at Denali Square. This allows guests to enjoy quick drinks and snacks while taking in the breathtaking views or listening to live music. Some of the new menu items include:

  • Seafood Queso Dip
  • Asparagus Fries
  • Fuji Apple & Bacon Slab Salad
  • Alder Grilled Sockeye Salmon

Canyon Steakhouse

Canyon Steakhouse Mussels
Canyon Steakhouse Mussels

Canyon Steakhouse has revamped its dinner menu to feature a variety of seafood and meat dishes, showcasing the resort’s commitment to quality and sustainability. Highlights from the new menu include:

  • MSC Certified Fresh Alaska Halibut
  • Steamed Mussels
  • Smoked Salmon Chowder
  • Steakhouse Burger

New Offerings at Denali Square

In addition to the culinary upgrades, McKinley Chalet Resort has introduced several new offerings to enhance the guest experience at Denali Square.

Live Music and Outdoor Bar
Denali Square now features live music every evening, creating the perfect ambiance for relaxation and socializing. To complement these nightly performances, the resort has introduced a new portable outdoor bar, Denali Square Bar, where guests can enjoy refreshing beverages and snacks while basking in the midnight sun.

Exclusive De Lijn Gin
Guests can now savor Holland America Line’s exclusive De Lijn Gin at bars and restaurants throughout McKinley Chalet Resort, adding a touch of luxury to their dining experience.

“Life in Denali” Educational Talks
In partnership with the Denali Educational Center, the resort is hosting weekly “Life in Denali” educational talks. These 45-minute programs, held in the Denali Square amphitheater, provide guests with fascinating insights into the natural wonders and wildlife of Denali.

Alaska Artist in Residence Program
The Alaska Artist in Residence program at McKinley Chalet Resort showcases the talents of local artists, offering guests the opportunity to engage with and appreciate Alaska’s unique arts community.

Nightly Nature Walks and S’mores
Guests can participate in guided nightly nature walks to explore Denali’s stunning landscape under the evening sky, followed by s’mores at the resort’s fire pits.

Family-Friendly Scavenger Hunts
Families can embark on fun-filled scavenger hunts designed especially for kids, allowing them to explore the resort grounds and create lasting memories.

Holland America Line Cruisetours

Holland America Line’s award-winning Cruisetours combine an Alaska cruise with an overland tour to Denali. The cruise line is unique in extending these tours into the Yukon, providing an unparalleled experience. All Denali Cruisetours include a seven-day Glacier Discovery cruise featuring Glacier Bay, College Fjord or Hubbard Glacier, the Inside Passage, and up to three nights at McKinley Chalet Resort.

With its commitment to sustainability, culinary excellence, and enriching experiences, Holland America Line’s McKinley Chalet Resort offers an unforgettable Alaskan adventure for all its guests.

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