GETTING THERE American Airlines offers connecting flights from Reagan National to Anchorage. Era Aviation offers nonstop flights from Anchorage to Fairbanks from $296 round trip. A one-way ticket from Anchorage to Fairbanks on the Alaska Railroad costs $159. WHERE TO STAY The Lodge at Black Rapids Milepost 227.4, Richardson Hwy. 877-825-9413
www.lodgeatblackrapids.com Bright, spacious rooms have down duvets and local paintings. There are five miles of ski and snowshoe trails. Rooms from $175. Riverbend Log Cabin & Cottage Rentals 410 Nordale Rd. 907-490-6613
www.fairbanksrivercabins.com Log cabins have kitchens, balconies, barbecues and access to a sauna and cross-country ski trails. Cabins from $169. WHERE TO EAT Silver Gulch Brewing & Bottling Co. 2195 Old Steese Hwy., Fox 907-452-2739
www.silvergulch.com About a dozen local beers on tap for washing down burgers, chops and pizzas. Entrees start at $11. The Pump House Restaurant & Saloon 796 Chena Pump Rd. 907-479-8452
www.pumphouse.com Specialties are steaks, Alaskan seafood and wines from the Pacific Northwest. Entrees start at $17. WHAT TO DO Chena Hot Springs Resort Milepost 56.5, Chena Hot Springs Rd. 907-451-8104
www.chenahotsprings.com Offers cross-country-ski rentals for $25 and access to the hot spring pool for $10. Pool hours 7 a.m. to midnight.