Historic Gustavus Inn Surrounded by Glacier Bay National Park In Gustavus, Alaska

Well Established and Profitable Business

  Glacier Bay is one of the worlds best location for Whale and Glacier viewing along with world class fishing.



1270 Gustavus Road, Gustavus, Alaska 99826. Located one mile from airport and dock on main road, 20 min by air charter or jet from Juneau. 55 mile west from Juneau, Alaska

Gustavus Airport is the 2nd longest runway in Southeast Alaska. Alaska Airlines provides summer jet service from Seattle daily. New state dock provides State Ferry Service to Gustavus and saltwater boat access in Icy Strait.

State year round maintained paved road access.


Lots A of Gustavus Inn Subdivision, Gustavus, Alaska

Parcel Size

Lot A has 5.14 acres or 223,898 square feet




7,200 sq.ft. Inn has 13 guest rooms, 11 with private baths. In addition to the guest bathrooms there are 3 other public baths.

Inn was started as a homestead home in 1925. It has been extensively remodeled and added to since then. Most of the major work has been done by the seller in stages since 1987.  2010 new dining room and deck, 2012 was a complete remodel of the kitchen area, new roof 2016, new boiler 2015, new water system 2013. State DEC approved water and kitchen and approved by State Fire Marshall.

The old work on the Inn is concrete and treated pilings with treated perimeter walls added later. New foundation work is treated perimeter stub walls on concrete footings. The Inn has 1,000 square feet of covered decks.

Several other out buildings

Greenhouse: 28′ X 16′ with attached 28′ X 12′ shop. Wired and plumbed with cold water wood frame with lexan and metal roofing 784 square feet

Generator/storage building: 24′ X 16′  wood framed with  composition roof wired no plumbing  384 square feet

Freezer and grain storage building:  26′ X 8′ with 5′ X 6′ addition. wood frame with composition roof  wired no plumbing  238 square feet

Pump house: 10′ X 11′ with water softener, mineral filter and expansion tank. wood frame, concrete slab, super insulated, heated, wired and plumbed 110 square feet

Large covered area:  50′ X 14′ fire wood, winter car port and dry storage. 4 x 6 treated posts with composition roof

Large covered area:  33′ X 20′ for winter car port and dry storage  4 x 6 treated posts with composition roof

Bike shed:  44′ X 8′ open building for storing bikes during summer and cars over the winter. yellow cedar posts with metal roof no power or plumbing

Root cellar: 16′ X 15′ earth covered building, steel and concrete. Winter freeze proof storage, wired no plumbing  240 square feet

Compost: 8′ X 12′ compost building

Burn building: rough 10′ X 8′ wood frame with metal roof for storing trash

Gardens: 2 well established organic gardens  #1-50′ X 150′,  #2-25′ X 75′


No Real Estate Taxes or Zoning


City electric , private well is 35 feet deep producing approx. 20 gals/min, public water system #AK 2130237. Last sanitary survey was done in 2012. All systems are inspected. Private septic system, Satellite TV, Internet Access

Last sanitary survey was 2017.


Sellers have scaled back full operations for the 2018 season and have lease part of the facility to a local contractor for the entire season.

Gustavus Inn is a historic homestead in the center of activities in Glacier Bay National Park. For three generations now, the Lesh family invites visitors to share their home, hearth and table for adventures in Glacier Bay and Icy Strait. The sellers maintain a full garden for their clients table, providing the freshest lettuce in Alaska, rain-kissed raspberries, and baby carrots from glacial soils on this property.

This business has high ratings on Trip Advisor, Fodor’s Choice Awards 2013, 2014, as well as “named James Beard Americas Classic 2010”, the oscars of food.

The home next door is not included but could be available by lease or sale, as well as an additional 3 A (Lot B, SE 2 A)

Gustavus/Icy Strait/Glacier Bay
Glacier Bay National Park surrounds Gustavus.  Park headquarters in Bartlett Cove is 7 miles away.  The all day Glacier Bay boat tour and naturalist led tours to see….
A new cultural tourism opportunity “Tlinght Trail” opened this year with a Tribal House “Xunna Shuka Hit”, Snow Whale skeleton, and carved canoe.
Gustavus/Icy Strait/Glacier Bay offers the following:

Glacier Bay National Park day cruise and naturalist-led tours to see glaciers, wildlife, and experience Glacier Bay.  A new 10 year concession contract between the National Park Service and Aramark assures a remarkable stability of visitor services in Bartlett Cove and Glacier Bay National Park like the boat tour, fuel sales, food/hotel operations by Aramark, guided daily walks, and kayak drop offs that provide the foundation of Gustavus Inn guest’s multi-day stays.
World-class ocean fishing in Icy Strait (King and Silver Salmon, Halibut, Rockfish)
Whale-whatching (Humpback, Orca, Minke Whales)
Kayaking – rentals, guided day and multiday
Flight tours of Glacier Bay
Wildlife viewing in the scenic context of Gustavus’ rivers, beaches, ponds, and trails

Alaska Coastal Wildlife Viewing trail, Nature Conservancy, and State Crane Reserve

Click on this link to see the Gustavus Inn web page: http://www.gustavusinn.com/index.html

Click on this link to sell a you tube video of this property: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_k9QQq4j_o&feature=em-share_video_user

Sale Price

New Reduced Sale Price $1,500,000 possible owner financing with large down payment.

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