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“My first stay at a B&B. What a great experience.”
—Linda, Plainfield IL

Mary's Stories

Mt. McKinley
Published June 2007 in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner.

Part of what contributes to the total guest experience of staying at a bed and breakfast is the visiting that goes on at the breakfast table. Guests love sharing their activities and adventures with other guests. The conversations are warm and inviting for all of those who wish to join the morning chit-chat. Sometimes a guest arrives at the Inn who has studied Alaska and knows more about our state than the Innkeeper. Sometimes a guest knows it all, right or wrong, and does not hesitate to impart their often humorous wherewithal to all that will listen. And, sometimes a guest comes knowing only what they saw on a National Geographic special.

Several years ago two nice young men in their early twenties were visiting Alaska as a college graduation gift from their parents. After spending three days in Fairbanks, they arrived early for breakfast eager to continue their travel adventure on to Denali. The breakfast group this morning was the two of them and six middle-aged, well traveled folks, most of which had children about the same age. As typical, the conversation lead to what have you done and where are you going next. Someone asked the boys what their plans were for the day. With much excitement they said they were going to Mt. McKinley.

Another guest asked if they meant Denali. One of the young men responded they were not going to Denali. They had heard Denali was very, very crowded in the summer so they had decided to go to Mt. McKinley instead.

With that statement uttered, silence fell across the table. None of the polite, understanding guests offered advice or correction but simple wished them good luck. Everyone’s interest instantly turned to oohing and awing about what was on their breakfast plates and eventually the breakfast talk found a new topic. When the boys checked-out of the Inn, the Innkeeper suggested they stop at the visitor’s center in Denali as there was a great deal of information available about Mt .McKinley that might be helpful on their journey.

Amaretto French Toast

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of milk or half & half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 teaspoons almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 12 slices French bread
  • Pam
  • Powdered sugar, chopped almonds, maple syrup

Preheat the griddle to 350 degrees and spray with Pam right before adding the bread.

Slice French bread 3/4 inches thick. Dip the bread into the egg mixture. Cook the bread slices on a griddle until golden brown, approximately 4 minutes on each side. Sprinkle the French toast with toppings and powered sugar. Serve hot.

INN TIPS. Slice the French bread the day before and place it on a plastic tray. Cover the tray with a clean dish towel. Let the bread sit covered on the kitchen counter for at least eight hours; up to 16 hours is OK. Dip both sides of the dried bread into the egg mixture and place the slices on the hot grill. Make use both sides of the bread are coated with the egg mixture but not soggy. Do not soak the bread or let it get too wet.

Out of Almond extract? Substitute 4 tablespoons of amaretto flavored coffee syrup. Delete the sugar.

Substitute blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, bananas, or combine fruits as a topping. Flavored syrups also add variety.

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Fairbanks, Alaska 99701

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