Gustavus Inn

Gustavus Inn

  • Locations: Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
  • Activities: Dining & Culinary Experiences, Lodging
  • Certified Since: 2013
  • GustavusInn.com

Gustavus Inn is an original homestead at the edge of the wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park. Lesh Family owned since 1965, founder Sally Lesh poured over the Gourmet Magazine when it arrived in the weekly mail by plane and produced James Beard inspired food from the bounty of the nearby ocean, wild fields and organic garden to host her guests in style. In 2010, her son David and wife JoAnn, carrying on the tradition at Gustavus Inn, were designated an America’s Classic by the James Beard Foundation, the Oscars of Food.

Today, the Inn represents the homestead lifestyle by serving wild foraged food at every meal, living lightly on the land by gardening, composting and running a very efficient operation. In Spring, our favorite is the greenhouse where we grow all the starts for the garden and keep tomatoes and basil inside. All products must be shipped in and then disposed of so there has always been enforced thrift and reuse for the hotel and kitchen. Free bikes encourage personal exploration. Otherwise we take all our guests to their tours in order to minimize parking and vehicles for the community. As community stewards, we have fostered many local operators into the tourist trade, creating the small scale ecosensitive tourism Gustavus is known for.