Legends & Lies: A Gold Rush Saloon Experience

  • Port

    Skagway, Alaska, US

  • Activity Level

    Easy

  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD

    Price between $51-$100
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 2½ Hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

A 30-minute tour of the town kicks off this fascinating glimpse of a bygone era, when a rough and ready crowd roamed the streets of Skagway, and Paradise Alley was anything but the highway to heaven implied by its name.

You're headed to the Historic Skagway Inn, located on Paradise Alley. The establishment was famous, or perhaps infamous, for being the largest brothel in Skagway during the Gold Rush era. Just outside its doors, prospector JD Stewart was robbed of his gold takings (today's equivalent of $77,000) -- a lesson for braggarts everywhere.

The inn is the perfect backdrop for this highly entertaining, hands-on tour that makes you'll feel as if you've stepped back in time. Enter the Saloon Dining Room to meet costumed characters from the past. They'll treat you to a colorful rendition of their own 'biographies', as well as stories and songs from the Gold Rush.

You'll learn to make classic stampeder libations -- beverages that warmed the hearts of the prospectors, both the lucky and the downtrodden. You will use ingredients straight from the inn's kitchen garden and make two different traditional drinks (with a choice of alcohol or no-alcohol recipes). These are named for the ladies of the Skagway Inn, according to an old Alaskan custom. Some of the more famous concoctions include Alice's Bucking Caribou Concoction and Essie's Northern Lights, garnished with edible gold.

As you sample the beverages and nibble on an array of snacks -- salmon or cheese quesadillas, halibut mini-cakes, chips with rhubarb salsa, and reindeer pig-in-a-blanket, you'll hear stories -- fact and fiction -- and music played on an upright piano. Finish with a Prohibition-era Shrub and Iceworm toast to your willing or unwilling induction into the great Order of the Sourdough.

Leave with a signature saloon glass and drinks recipes, and a whole host of wonderful memories.

Ride the SMART shuttle back to the ship.

Notes:

Minimum age is 16 years; minimum age to sample the beverages is 21 years. Persons under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a legal guardian aged 21 years or older. Photo ID required.