Testimonials

What Our Guests Say

We receive many thank you notes and letters during the course of the year and provide a sampling of them here as assistance to future guests who have not visited with us in the past…..

Our reputation for professionalism and quality may be further confirmed by calling the Anchor Point or Ninilchik Chambers of Commerce directly.

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John,
We can’t express what a wonderful and exiting vacation we had at your resort. The accomidations were superb, the adventures were wonderful and exciting and so well planned out by you and your staff in advance there was no guess work on our part but to enjoy every moment of the time we spent there. A big thank you goes out to Mary and Gary on all they did for us. We couldn’t have found a better place to spend both our birthdays and 45 wedding anniversary! We have already started talking about returning next year. Again, thank you for a wonder experience!
Del & Judy Denekas (Wolf-Denekas Adventure Team)
Loveland, Colorado

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John,
I keep meaning to send you an e-mail but somehow the time/days have just slipped away. I just wanted to send you a huge thank you; Shane and I enjoyed our time in Alaska tremendously! We have never been on a vacation where we are still talking about it a month later and trying to figure out when we can get out there again. People ask us what our favorite part was and we honestly can’t say because everything was perfect. However, if we did have to narrow it down it would be the time we spent at the cabin overlooking the inlet and the mountains (and enjoying the moose). Thank you again for everything; it was the best vacation we’ve ever been on and the best planned/organized vacation!
Emily Bezdicek & Shane Zuhlsdorf

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John,
We had an uneventful trip back to Colorado Springs – just the kind we like as far as flying goes.

I felt compelled to take a minute to let you know what a great trip we had when we visited Soaring Eagle. I honestly cannot think of a thing that I would change. It was perfect! You orchestrated our time so well, your vendors are top notch and you were a most gracious host – just enough presence throughout the week.

Our cottage was more than comfortable, our activities – all the best of memories.

Concluding our trip with the white water rafting was definitely an adrenaline type experience! The water is HIGH right now and the guides love the rush (to say the least)!

Thank you for your careful planning, attention to detail and your role in giving us these special memories. It was a BLAST! Take good care,
Mary and Terry Brace

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John,
The Mulkey family from SC wants you to know how much we enjoyed our stay with you at Soaring Eagle. Everything was as advertised, and better. All of our questions were answered quickly before and after we arrived. All of the excursions we signed up for were fantastic and the guides were very courteous. Your efforts to make our dream vacation a reality were greatly appreciated and we will have memories that will last.
Bill Mulkey, SC

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Soaring Eagle is an outstanding lodge. Very high quality cottages were so well maintained, one would think they were built and furnished the year before. Beautifully maintained grounds abounding in green grass and flowering plants were most impressive. The view from Lodge grounds was stunning. Blue Cook inlet waters, the snow capped mountains in the background and Bald Eagles soaring by in profuse numbers – with a brilliant blue sky – are sights I will never forget.

All fishing arrangements were excellent. All guides, boats, captains, etc were first class. John and his staff are extremely attentive to one’s every need. If you need or want something, simply let it be known. It will be taken care of immediately. My week at Soaring Eagle in June 2010 was an unforgettable experience. It could not have been better.

John and Staff, a great big thank you for a wonderful week.

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John,
I wanted to take this belated opportunity to thank you for the best vacation. This was a birthday present for my husband and ended up being a life’s adventure for both of us. You and your company treated us like VIP and the accommodations were 5 star and better. John you had everything laid out for first timers which was very much appreciated. Our hope is that next year we will be able to bring some family up to enjoy the view and the sights of Alaska in its finest. The fish are wonderful tasting. Thanks again for all the you did for us.
Chris Monson, Arizona

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Hello John,
Just wanted to drop you a note to thank you so much for helping us plan our trip. It was an Excellent vacation. We had no clue that the drive-times and distances in Alaska were so different from home, thus your instructions were invaluable. And . . . Soaring Eagle was definitely a “5 Star” accommodation. Nicer than my home . . .

Especially loved the plane ride into Katmai to see the bears and the kayaking trip, where we paddled about 6 feet from some orcas! We also did get to see Mt. McKinley – on 2 days!

Cindy Unger
Also – Linda and Sarah!

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Hello John,
Well, this email is extremely belated, but as I see Fall starting, I couldn’t let this summer go without thanking you for the amazing summer vacation my family and I had in Alaska. Soaring Eagle exceeded our expectations in every way, and you couldn’t have been a more perfect host! We had such a wonderful time, and saw absolutely everything we wanted to see and more. Of course, we talked to you often during our week with you, so you heard about all our adventures. And the trip up to Denali was great, too. We got to do everything we planned; flying over Mt. McKinley, ATVing, a raft trip, and an amazing full day trip through the park, where we saw wolves, bears, caribou, moose, fox, and all the little critters the park has to offer. All in all, it was exactly the summer we wanted. If we come again, we just want to add a little more fishing, so we have a better chance of catching something! My sisters, mom and I all want to tell you how grateful we are for your attention to detail and all your work on our behalf. We’ve been telling our friends about Soaring Eagle, and wearing our caps with pride! If we can ever manage a return trip, it will certainly be to stay with you once again. Take care, and thanks again.
Sincerely,
Kathleen

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Hi John,
This is just another testimonial from very happy and well satisfied clients.  We had a fantastic time and the accommodations were superb.
When one makes a selection based on descriptions and photos from the internet you truly don’t know for sure what you are getting into.  The photos of Soaring Eagle make it look great, but in reality the cottages are far BETTER than the photos – Fantastic.
You have thought of everything.  All of the plans for us worked out great.  It is relaxing to turn all of the planning over to you.  All we had to do was indicate what we wanted to do and you took care of the rest.  We appreciated you coming out to meet us each day as we returned to Soaring Eagle to see how our day went.  Of course each was unbelievably great.
The fishing was more than we expected.  After an hour of halibut fishing our arms hurt and we were happy to switch to salmon.  Gary was a terrific guide for the stream fishing that we did.  We really wished we had more time to stream fish for the silvers and Dolly Varden.
Joyce shows everyone the photos of the bear watching, her high point of the trip (even though she caught that 15 lb Silver).  I can’t believe that we were 10 to 15 feet from brown bears and they paid no attention to us.
We have recommended Soaring Eagle to several and will continue to do so. In fact just this morning I referred you to our banker.  Overall this was a fantastic experience.  You truly made it one of the most memorable vacations and fishing trips we have ever had.  Thanks you for everything.

Duane & Joyce
Missour
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Hi John,
My family and I would like to thank-you for your hospitality, great services & directions and the outstanding associates you work with such as the fishing guides. Everyone was very professional, experienced and focused on us, to ensure we had a successful visit or outting.
Regards,
Eric and Tricia Kohrt

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Hi John, we had such a wonderful vacation at Soaring Eagle Lodge and we owe it all to you. You planned a fabulous trip for us, everything was just perfect. We saw so much wildlife and brought home so much fish, it was just great. You are so organized and it made for a stress free vacation. Perhaps the best testimonial came from my wife on our last day when we were out horseback riding. She turned to me and said, “Mark this is the best vacation we have ever been on!” That was saying a lot as our last three were to the Greek Islands, Italy and Argentina!
Thank you for every thing and if you should speak to any of the guides you arranged for us tell them “THANKS” one more time for us as they were the best. We’ll be booking with you again that’s for sure.
Mark, Sara and Spencer

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Hi John! Peter and I want to express our gratitude for your wonderful hospitality, attention to detail, and thoughtful planning devoted to your terrific operation and our vacation. We would love to return and we’d highly recommend The Soaring Eagle Lodge. Your lodges, stocked kitchen, fireplace, laundry facilities, immaculate facilities and grounds, daily guides, fishing gear, and instructions were all so pleasing, comforting and helpful. We greatly enjoyed meeting you and your generous time sharing your knowledge of the rivers, fishing, and more. We also greatly enjoyed Mike, the Hamiltons, Kay and Nigel as guides, – and too much more to mention.
Best wishes,
Brenda and Peter

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Hi Everyone,
As you can see from the attached photos, our fishing trip to Alaska was a great success. The photos include my sons Mark and David, and a friend from Florida, Tom Hallis. Every day was filled with excitement, including a great catch of Halibut, Lingcod, and rock fish on the first day (our daily limit), and two very large King Salmon (32 lb and 34 lb) on the last day. (The salmon fishing was my favorite.) David caught the largest fish of the week, an 80 lb Halibut that caused a lot of excitement as it had to be shot twice before being brought on board. Each of us carried back as extra luggage about 70 lb of frozen filets. In addition to the great fishing, we saw an abundance of wildlife including bald eagles, black and brown bears, mountain goats, sea otters, hump back whales, and several moose. We stayed at a wonderful lodge near Homer, Alaska called Soaring Eagle Lodge, owned by John Burns. The trip was truly awesome, and I really look forward to a future fishing trip to Alaska. I hope you enjoy the pictures. Warm regards,
Ray 

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John,

Just a note to let you know that we appreciate how much you’ve done to make our vacation spectacular and stress free. We so much appreciated your daily schedules, itineraries and directions as well as your expert pick of the adventures we enjoyed. This trip has been more than we could of ever hoped for and we know that it was mainly because of you. Thank you so much. You have a beautiful place here. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Ann

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John,

Our trip was a spectacular two weeks. After moving from hotel to hotel the first week, we really needed the second week at Soaring Eagle to plant ourselves every night and get settled. Thank you very much for planning all of the details for everything. It would have been impossible to be organized and on time and prepared for each adventure leg of our trip without your help. Your cottages are extremely comfortable even without the spectacular view out our front door. They were clearly the best accommodations we stayed in throughout our trip and we really look forward to returning.

Thanks for everything,
Keith and Mary

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Hi John,

We’re very slow at getting this done, but Steve and I wanted to thank you for the super We were just reminiscing and looking at your website again. We came last August for a week on our honeymoon and enjoyed ourselves so much. We plan to come back again, hopefully next year or so. We have also referred others to you and have assured them they’d have such a wonderful time. Thank you the seamless planning. It was nice to have our entire week layed out for us and not have to worry about anything. Your grounds are beautiful and the cottages so cozy and clean. Looking forward to our next visit to Alaska and the Soaring Eagle Lodge. Take care.

Sincerely,
Melissa and Rob
Eureka, CA

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Dear John,

We’re very slow at getting this done, but Steve and I wanted to thank you for the super vacation we had in AK! It was a great way to celebrate our 30th anniversary (July 10). We were very impressed by your attention to details. The “cabin” was fabulous; very comfortable, well planned, and equipped. We enjoyed the various outings and found all the guides to be exceptional – friendly, knowledgeable, and accomodating. Your daily itinerary sheets and other info. sheets were helpful and interesting. So, keep up the good work! We’ll be happy to tell everyone we know about what you can provide and direct them to your website!

Thanks again,
Janet and Steve
New Brighton, Minn

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Greetings John,

Just wanted to say thank you again! You made our trip to Alaska absolutely wonderful by providing great accommodations, and setting up outdoor adventures with qualified and wonderful people. My friends and I could not have asked for a more perfect vacation! We will definitely recommend the Soaring Eagle Lodge to anyone planning a trip to Alaska!

See you on my next Alaska adventure!

Kind Regards,
Leslie
San Jose, California

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John,
Allen and I wanted to thank you for planning our best vacation ever. We thought it would be impossible to top our Costa Rica fishing vacation we took last year, yet our Alaska vacation beat it easily.

The Soaring Eagle cottages were outstanding, cozy and immaculate. The view from the cottages was spectacular. Who would have ever thought that the Soaring Eagle Lodge actually had soaring eagles passing by many times a day. What a sight!

Our fishing trips and adventure trips were awesome. Our boat captains and guides, Eric, Ben and Rich were great. When we visit again, we’d request the same gang and accommodations.

We also appreciated the daily itineraries. Your attention to details is amazing. You have definitely found your calling.

The halibut and salmon we brought home was a bonus. We’ll think of our trip every time we enjoy the fish for dinner.

Chris and Allen
Palm Beach Garden Florida

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John, I just wanted to let you know you and Soaring Eagle Lodge are a number one. During our stay your attention to detail was commendable. The cottages are in awesome shape and came better equipped than a five star hotel ever could have. What a view!! Your choice of fishing charter made the whole experience even better yet, the professionalism of Eric and Elaine and Dale far out did any charter I have been on in the past, and I have been on quite a few. Deep Creek did a excellent job of processing our catch, we are all very happy with your choice. This was our first trip to Alaska but sure wont be our last. Thanks for a wonderful time.

P.S. Next trip you will have to share how you were able to have the Eagles fly by on a regular bases.That was great. Looking forward to our next adventure

Gary Bailey
Sacramento California

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We can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done for us during our stay. You’ve treated us like royalty and made our stay at Soaring Eagle very special. Beautiful location! Breathtaking view and excellent accommodations. A wonderful host!

Rich, Lynn and Sara
St. Paul, Minnesota

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You did a wonderful job in helping me plan my husbands 40th birthday. He was so surprised with the trip and how well it was planned and organized. Your assistance gave him extra time to fish, sightsee and relax with our son while in Alaska.

Thank you for the excellent service you provided and the personal care you gave. Your trip to the airport to pick up their delayed luggage, helping with the grocery shopping, early wake up calls and making sure they had what they needed for the day ahead was truly appreciated.

Michael has already mentioned several times of returning to your lodge. Of course, I will be with him the second time around and look forward to meeting you in person.

Joan Cress
North Carolina

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Dear John and Sue,
Thank you for the most wonderful vacation ever. Alaska is incredibly beautiful! And you made everything so easy. All of your recommendations were perfect. I never thought I would get to see Alaska but you helped our dream come true. Your lodge is first class and all of your personal touches really put it over the top. We’ll tell everyone all about it. You’re the best!

Rocky and Sheri
Hawaii

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Dear Mr. Burns,
Just wanted you to know what a wonderful experience I had staying at your lodge last summer. This was my first trip to Alaska but not my last. I could not believe the breathtaking view from my cottage. The snow capped mountains are extremely impressive. The entire setting is so pristine.

The highlight of my trip was the early morning silver salmon fishing on Deep Creek along with all the help I needed to learn how to catch a fish.

I was amazed at all of the beauty in Alaska. The glaciers, river and wild flowers, moose, art galleries and great restaurants all made the trip truly enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the trip to Halibut Cove and the bird sanctuary at Gull Island.

Thanks again for all of your hospitality. I do plan to visit again.

Ms Joanie M. Greer
Minneapolis

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John,
I would first like to thank you for the Alaska experience you provided for myself and my wife Cindy during our recent stay with you. Frequently vacation plans are made with high expectations that in reality are not met. We were pleased that this was not the case during our vacation spent with you at Soaring Eagle. Everything was as advertised. Our highest expectations were met and more. The cottages were beautiful and very clean with incredible views. We frequently saw bald eagles flying over. We had the added bonus of being there when the fireweed was in full bloom adding to the beauty of the great landscaping around the cottages. The fishing outfitters selected were truly professional and deeply committed to providing the kind of experience one dreams about. We could not have asked for better fishing trips which you timed wonderfully.

John, your attention to detail and your desire to help in any way possible even to meeting us at the end of each day as we pulled in from our days excursions made this the best vacation we could have hoped for. Nothing was left out. Thank you again for providing us with such a wonderful vacation experience.

Brent & Cindy Wilson
West Jordan, Utah

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Dear John
We want to say thanks for all your hard work and planning that made our Alaskan trip the best vacation we’ve ever had.

Everything was well organized, the fishing was great and even the weather cooperated. Our cottage was wonderful, and the view was breathtaking. We also enjoyed the side trips and sightseeing you suggested.

We were pleased with every aspect of our stay and we can hardly wait until we can come back again.

Jeff and Nancy West
Minnesota. 


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