Why You Need to Celebrate the Holidays at the Alaska Governor’s Mansion

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Snow is falling, carols are on the radio, and holiday cookies are baking in the oven. Don’t let the cold convince you to go into hibernation this winter! Come join us at the Silverbow Inn in downtown Juneau for a cozy kickoff to your holiday season. Our favorite way to get into the Christmas spirit is by visiting the Alaska Governor’s Mansion for their annual holiday open house. You don’t want to miss out on this Christmas-themed fun ‒ it only happens once a year! Learn more below, and don’t forget to download our free Vacation Guide to make the most of your stay at Silverbow Inn.

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What Is the Alaska Governor’s Mansion?

Located in the heart of Alaska’s state capital, the Governor’s Mansion is just a 5-minute walk from your room at the Silverbow Inn. Built in 1912, the mansion is home to current Alaska Governor Bill Walker and his family. The 26-room building consists of ten bathrooms, six bedrooms, and eight fireplaces. Its stately grounds feature the meticulously-carved Governor’s Totem Pole, an art piece commissioned by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Tours aren’t usually offered of the 14,400 square foot manor; the holiday open house is a special occasion you simply can’t skip!

Rockin’ Around the Governor’s House

Each year, the Alaska Governor’s Mansion opens its doors for the holiday open house. Governor Walter Eli Clark, the mansion’s first occupant, started the tradition in 1913. To this day, it continues to bring joy to the entire Juneau community. Alaskans delight in the opportunity to shake their governor’s hand while admiring the home’s festive decorations. Of course, the table of delicious Christmas treats is also a major attraction.

It’s hard to say if the governor or his guests have more fun, but the event is a success every year. Local music groups and individuals perform holiday classics. Children watch the toy train traverse its model winter village. Visitors admire the cheerful display of decorated gingerbread houses. If you’re in Juneau in December, make sure you take advantage of this exclusive chance to tour the Alaska Governor’s Mansion. There’s no better way to meet the locals and delight in the holiday fun!

Stay at Silverbow Inn Any Time of Year

FamilyRoom-SilverbowInnAfter spending the evening at the Alaska Governor’s Mansion, end your day with Silverbow Inn’s cookie and cocoa happy hour, one of our signature amenities. Enjoy your treats in our rooftop hot tub while overlooking the breathtaking natural scenery that Juneau has to offer. Don’t forget to stock up at our nightly candy bar before heading to bed!

Our comfortable accommodations are perfectly catered to fit your vacation needs. Our Family Room is perfect for a family of five. Your kids will love the twin bunk bed and bubble bath, and the third-floor windows offer a spectacular view of the capital.

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We look forward to hosting you soon! Once you’ve found the perfect accommodation, it’s time to explore the rest of what Juneau has to offer. Want the inside scoop on can’t-miss events, outdoor adventure tours, and historic sites in the city? We’ve got you covered! Don’t forget to access our free Vacation Guide today!