Denali Dome Home
First Nationals neighborly service makes the difference
Given how long Ann Langenberg-Miller and Terry Miller have owned Denali Dome Home Bed and Breakfast, they certainly qualify as proprietors of a Mom and Pop operation. More like Grandmother and Grandfather, Ann said of the Millers, both in their 60s. Located in Healy, Denali Dome Home opened 26 years ago in the shadows of Denali National Park and the tallest peak in North America. The 7,200-square foot geodesic bed-and-breakfast features seven bedrooms with seven private baths and several common areas. Longevity has worked in our favor, Ann said. Were also fortunate to have created a tradition of hospitality and personal service that keeps us busy with returning guests. Langenberg-Miller knows of what she speaks. Talking in mid-June, the Millers looked at their booking schedule. They showed limited rooms available through the next two months. During the peak summer season, theres no room at the inn. Both of us still really enjoy what we do after all this time, Terry said.
Vast knowledge of the area
Staying at Denali Dome Home promises an Alaska experience like the ones featured online, in books and magazines and on television. Breath-taking beauty and wild nature surround the B&B. A stay with the Millers also comes with their vast knowledge of the area, all the ins and outs and of what to see and do. From personal experience, they know things the Internet may not. Taking the government-offered shuttle into the park may be better than some full-day tours, Ann said. Also, there are advantages of not going into the park first thing in the morning. We enjoy serving a full breakfast to our guests each morning before a big day in the park, and The Mountain can often be seen in the afternoon. Well point you in the right direction to the right restaurants, the ones with the best desserts. We know the rafting companies with the best safety records and which dog mushing businesses take best care of their guests. The Millers also rent cars to visitors through their Keys to Denali business. They offer a free pick-up and delivery service with the rental.
Tradition in a somewhat non-traditional spot
Denali Dome Home sits on seven private acres 12 miles north of Healy and just 20 minutes away from the Denali National Park entrance. Its a business, but the Millers run it like a home. Guests are asked to remove their shoes at the front door. They rise and shine in the morning with a full breakfast prepared by Terry. Were a traditional bed and breakfast in a somewhat non-traditional spot in the world, Terry said. Weve always concentrated on individual service, value and hospitality. In turn, we believe we welcome some of the nicest guests imaginable.
Right next door
The Millers believe in the tradition at Denali Dome Home. They also think its that tradition that led them to banking with First National Bank Alaska. Well that, and the convenience of its proximity. First Nationals Healy Branch is the lone financial institution in the area, and it just so happens to be located within walking distance of Denali Dome Home. The only bank in the Denali Borough, the Mayors office and the Chamber of Commerce are right across the street, Ann said. We often say we live in Healys financial district. Healy and Denali Borough boast a population of about 1,900 Alaskans. But thousands of visitors from all over the world visit throughout the year. First Nationals Healy Branch opened in 2008, saving many locals the need to drive 110 miles north to Fairbanks to see a banker. Its become an almost daily pleasure to see the Millers come in the branch for one thing or another, whether its to make change or help an employee open a new account, Healy Branch Manager Marty Crow said. Were a community-minded bank and having Denali Dome Home and the Millers nearby has only helped the bank feel part of the greater Healy community. Its those personal connections that lead to our customers receiving the best service around. Besides being neighbors, the Millers and First National have worked on numerous financing projects. Notably, the couple has used services like equity lines of credit and relied on the banks mortgage loan expertise. A lot has changed in our 26 years in business from a technological standpoint, but were still the ones taking care of all our bookings, Terry said. Were a lot like First National in that sense. Treating people honestly and providing a great experience isnt going away anytime soon. Learn more about Denali Dome Home by visiting denalidomehome.com