About Us

The Hutch Lodge

Centrally located in the small, quiet town of Cooper Landing, Alaska The Hutch Bed and Breakfast is a welcoming, family-friendly lodging experience. Twelve rooms are available in the main lodge with a king, queen, full and twin size beds. Every level has a common area available for all guests to use.   Continental breakfast is available every morning from 7 am to 10 am. We also offer a covered picnic area with barbecue grill and a nightly campfire in our covered pavilion. Laundry, ice and freezer space are available for a minimal fee. 

 

Our History

The Rabbit Hutch

Bill and Pat Smith, pictured right, opened the Hutch in the mid-1990's. They built the cedar lodge with the goal of accommodating guests from around the world. 

 

The Hutch earned its name from the family's love for bunnies. They had several rabbit hutches throughout the property. Eventually, bunnies ran freely throughout the yard and could be seen roaming the grassy field throughout the summer. In the early days they offered employee housing for those working at Summit Lake Lodge. 

The Hutch Sign made by Rabbit
Owner George and Shirley

Our Story

George and Shirley became the owners of the Hutch in 2004. They had traveled to Cooper Landing to visit a few friends during a summer vacation. Falling in love with the gorgeous scenery they decided to make the area home. 

George grew up in Syria, Virginia at the base of the Shenandoah Mountains in a house with two siblings. After graduating from high-school, he joined the military and served four and a half years in the Air Force. He served as the chief mechanic during the Vietnam War and spent time in Japan, the Philippines, and Thailand. His time was spent working on planes often twelve at a time. After being discharged from the military, he moved to Grapevine, Texas where he had careers with Braniff Airlines and FedEx. George met Shirley in 2002. 

THE BELLHOP

George, owner and bellhop, enjoys coffee and a good joke.

 

Have a funny story?

Tell it to him around the campfire.

GARDENER

Shirley, owner and flower master, enjoys time spent in the garden and with family and friends.

 

Have a fun family tradition? Tell it to her over breakfast. 

Shirley grew up in Foristell, Missouri, West of St.Louis as the oldest of five siblings. Following, graduation from Wentyvill high-school she started her career with a local telephone company and later worked her way up to become the Network Operations Manager for Verizon. She attended Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and went on to pursue her Master's Degree. After 35 years she retired from Verizon in Irving, Texas and moved to Cooper Landing, Alaska. In 2004, Shirley opened her own business, the Hutch B & B.