Reservations: (907) 373-2290
4725 Begich Circle
Wasilla, Alaska 99654
4755 Begich Circle
Wasilla, Alaska 99654
We welcome your comments, questions, and phone reservations between the hours of 8:00 am and 10:00 pm, seven days a week.
Agate Inn Complex
Agate Inn Policies
- Check in: 4:00 pm
- Lock-box Self Check-in after 6:00 pm
- Check out: 11:00 am
- Tax Rate: 5%
One night or 50% for longer stays.
Cancellation Policy: 14 days before arrival. Minimum $25 cancellation processing fee retained from all deposit refunds. 5% cancellation processing fee retained on deposits over $750.
Types of Payment
Advance reservations recommended
The Agate Inn is a non-smoking, pet-free property
The Agate Inn sits on a 20 acre site, three miles from the Wasilla City center and seven miles from downtown Palmer. The grounds mostly remain in the original wooded setting with several gardens and pathways. Most of the buildings have a view through the trees of Pioneer Peak, Twin Peaks or the Talkeetna Mountains. The rear of the property fronts on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway. The only animals on the property are our reindeer, native birds, squirrels, snowshoe hares and several moose wandering through during the spring, fall and winter months.
The Inn sits on a glacial moraine area called kame (conical hill deposited by a glacier) and kettle (depression from burial of huge mass of ice). Over the last 1,000 years the area has become heavily wooded with white spruce, birch, aspen, cottonwood and smaller brush. The original Indian Village of Wasilla was located about 1.5 miles northwest of the Agate Inn along the shores of Cottonwood Creek. The Village was located there because of the access to fish. It is believed that the natives from this area were wiped out by disease brought to the area by miners who started gold mining in the Hatcher Pass area around 1897. Part of the original wagon road still runs through the corner of the property owned by the Inn.
The area remained wooded and was subdivided into residential parcels around 1972. We started building our present home in 1975. It was a slow process, doing everything ourselves as funds allowed. The Agate Suites building was built in 1983 during a decade long building boom of the Alaska Pipeline days. The building was used as a residential rental until we purchased it in 1989 and began major renovation. The Agate Suites opened on July 4, 1992. In 1995, the property lying between our private home and the suites was acquired. The colonial home located on this parcel was remodeled and the three bedroom Agate Guest House was added to the Inn complex. The two bedroom Susitna Cottage was added in 1998. The 1,800 square foot Alaska Meeting Room and 1,200 square foot Aurora King Suite were added to the Agate Guest House complex in 2000. The Knik Building with four junior suites and two wheel chair accessible suites was remodeled in 2003.
What is an Agate
Agate is a semi-precious stone, reformed silicate with aligned crystals. Agates are seldom alike and display a wide diversity of color and interesting marking, making agate one of the most interesting gems to collect. Agate normally has what looks like moss or bands. Agates form by volcanic action, in cavities under great heat. Some speculate that agate may form from hot gases rich in silicate that reach a lower temperature and pressure that allows it to solidify.
Agates have been collected and used as ornamental objects , such as cameos and artificial eyes, by our earliest societies. Agate gets its name from “achates”, first recorded by Pliny the Elder in A.D. 77 in his Natural History. They were found in Sicily near the River Achates. In ancient Rome, agates were believed to be ice turned to stone.
At the Agate Inn we call the local semi-clear agate “fossilized ice.”
A variety of agate, “autachates”, gives off a smell like myrrh when burned. It was believed that to look at an agate would “rest the eyes”. Many desert inhabitants hold agate pebbles in their mouths to quench thirst. Roman emperors considered agate cups and vessels their most prized possessions and the best spoils of war. Augustus chose an agate cup as his single reward for when Alexandria was conquered. It was the highest prestige to own a cup or bowl made of agate. An agate cup would cool the wine. Physicians made agate mortars.
Agates can be found throughout Alaska. We would be happy to share our favorite agate and rock hunting locations with you.
Agate Inn Hosts
Visit with Harvey and Sandy Bowers, 45 year area residents with a wealth of information to share on Alaska geology, climbing, hiking, skiing, fishing and more.
Harvey is a retired geologist and has hiked and climbed throughout Alaska, including North America’s highest peak – Mt. McKinley.
Sandy is a practicing Certified Public Accountant in Wasilla. During the summer she’s typically tending to the gardens and expanding the landscaped grounds.
While staying at the Agate Inn, take the opportunity to meet our reindeer. Join us to feed the reindeer at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm, daily.