Tom and Hobbs met in Talkeetna in ’93 and spent most of the next ten years not only restoring the lodge, but shaping it into a legend of frontier construction executed with artisan skill. Stone, wood and glass were combined to give a cohesive visual experience, whether cozy indoors, or touching nature outdoors.
Tom Kluberton came to Juneau in 1984 doing computer consulting. On his first trip to the Alaskan interior in 1988 he stumbled onto the abandoned lodge near Talkeetna. It took years to understand all the reasons why, but he decided to buy the old lodge right on the spot. A long time professional cook, and a love of sharing great food with good company at the Inn, keeps Tom's computer career firmly in the backseat.
Tracey "Hobbs" Butler came to Talkeetna one winter for what was supposed to be just another stop amidst her travels, far from her home in England. She is a superb baker and avid gardener, these skills combine with her hospitality experience in Europe to ensure that guests enjoy all the special touches here at the Inn.
Tom’s son Airon helps the family business maintaining the 12 acres of lawns, gardens and forest. The Inn’s beautiful lawns are perfect for bocce, badminton and croquet.
The family blends their talents in ways guaranteed to provide you with an unforgettably pleasant stay.
Hobbs & Tom prefer a plant-based whole food diet, but Tom can be omnivorous when tempted.
They're both able to chop wood or forage for wild edibles, and know quality whether they see it or dish it out.
Like you, they have stories and friends from the far corners of the earth, they're looking forward to meeting you and creating some new ones...