From Glacier Bay Cottage, you can cross the road and find a quality gallery/cafe. In another direction, you'll find a 1930's-style petrol museum, and down the road a brand new health food store/indoor-outdoor cafe. Also in town are a grocery store and a Toshco (Gustavus-style Costco). Wireless internet access is available through Gustavus Community Network (requires payment for use).
A ten to twenty-minute walk can bring you to the winding Salmon River, or the small boat harbor, busy every high tide. The Land Legacy "Nagoonberry Trail" begins about 20 minutes away, a winding trail through fields and forest frequented by birds, moose, and bears. The sandy ocean beach is about a 30-minute walk, where you can relax, walk endlessly, see shorebirds, eagles, and ravens. Fish or fly fish off the dock itself. This is where daily fishing tours and whale watching tours leave the float next to the ferry dock (Look forward to seeing humpback whales feed at nearby Point Adolphus, and perhaps see orcas, sea lions, sea otters, and many birds). The Alaska Marine Highway ferry makes trips to Hoonah, Juneau, and Pelican weekly.
Consider Spirit Walker: independent kayaking with guides leaving daily from Gustavus beach; or choose Glacier Bay Sea Kayaks, renting kayaks daily or for trips, with guides both in Gustavus and in Bartlett Cove at Glacier Bay National Park.
Bicycle the ten miles of paved road between Gustavus airport and Glacier Bay Park; head for the hills and mountains out Rink Creek, about 5 miles away, or find your path along the other many rural dirt roads between rivers, beach and mountains. You'll find excellent artist galleries (Lou Cacciopo, master carver; Carole Baker, water colorist and printmaker), plus additional shops and unique sites, like the Husky Ranch.
Sunnyside Market offers a selection of health foods and sandwiches, the Blackdog offers fish tacos most afternoons or eat in style at one of the local inns (Gustavus Inn, Annie Mae Lodge, Glacier Bay Country Inn, Beartrack Inn) or the Glacier Bay Lodge dining room. Dining out is a bicycle ride or a taxi ride away from the 4 Corners.
Each morning taxis and busses take visitors to the Glacier Bay National Park, where a 150-person tour boat travels the 65-mile glacial fjords up to incredible tide water glaciers and back by late afternoon. Expect the unexpected on this ranger-interpreted trip of a lifetime.
You can also stay in Bartlett Cove: walk trails to Bartlett River (half day) or Bartlett Lake (full day); or travel the beach to Point Gustavus. Enjoy programs at the Glacier Bay Lodge: Enjoy ranger-led hikes and slide programs, spend time in the natural history exhibits, visit the gift shop, and have something to eat.
Whatever you choose, you'll find Gustavus and Glacier Bay a wealth of fun in a magical setting!