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Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields

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2699 Waldheim Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99709-6061
+1 907-455-6469
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I wrote a prior review commenting "we'd be back" and yes, we've been back several times !!

Mary is a most wonderful person and has become a very special friend to us. Each time we've... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Whitney, Texas, USA
A memorable, educational and heartwarming experience - a remarkable woman!

My wife and I were planning to visit Fairbanks for a few days while on our AK vacation and after... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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I invite you to visit my home, when you come to Fairbanks. I can introduce to my big , friendly huskies, (incase you need a dog- fix while you're away from your own dog) and explain what it's like out on the winter trail camping at 30 ° below zero. I will compare the camping with the routine on the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest ( I was the first woman to complete the race back in 1974, the second running.) And I will share tales of the 1,200 mile dog sled journey in Siberia, the greatest adventure I've experienced so far. Of course you'll check out the garden and go in the cabin and have some home baked refreshments, (You may have seen the cabin on the Home & Garden show) I feel so lucky to live here and I love to share my life with travelers.
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2699 Waldheim Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99709-6061
+1 907-455-6469

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Mary is a most wonderful person and has become a very special friend to us. Each time we've visited, we've learned so much more about Mary's adventures, not only with the Iditarod and Yukon Quest, but with the camping/mushing experiences she's had over the years,...More

Thank CarolK09
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were planning to visit Fairbanks for a few days while on our AK vacation and after reading all the tripadvisor reviews this activity was at the top of our list. According to her web site "tours" ended about 15 Sep but...More

Thank MT1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a pleasant visit with Mary, and her dogs, first outside, then up to her lovely home to talk about Alaska and dog sleding while sipping on some tea and tasting cranberry bread. The visit went over what it was scheduled for, but there was...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were treated as valued guests in Mary's home. The pace was thoughtful, we moved from one setting to another - the garden to the dog yard to the campfire to her kitchen - and it was all seamless and natural. The mood was friendly...More

1  Thank jwilberg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family group of 12 adults from both the East and West coasts started our vacation in Alaska with our visit to Tails of the Trail. It could not have been a better start. While certainly the opportunity to directly interact with Mary's dogs (and...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were a group of 12, six couples staying 2 nights in Fairbanks the beginning of September (we stayed at the fun Aurora Express B & B in Fairbanks). Our one free day we visited with Mary Shields in the morning and did the Riverboat...More

Thank LoveToTravel524
Reviewed 12 September 2017

What can we say about Mary Shields that hasn't been already said. My wife and I turned out to be the only two people on that day and it turned out to be one of the best experiences of our life. Mary is many things...More

Thank BhaktaVinayak
Reviewed 10 September 2017

This was an excellent choice.Mary is so inspiring and tells such good stories.Her dogs are loving and funny.One of the highlights is when she gets the guests to howl and the dogs howl back!Her cabin is delightful and warm,the bathroom is clean,her cookies are delicious.Don't...More

Thank Yvonne1155
Reviewed 8 September 2017

If I could only do one or two things visiting Fairbanks THIS is a must. Mary was so welcoming we felt like company not customers. She gave us lots of up close time with her dogs and a great storytelling time in her home. Wow!...More

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Thank Goeatinfairbanks
Reviewed 7 September 2017

My girlfriend had surprised me with this portion of our trip and I have to say it was one of the funnest things we did in our trip to AK. The feel of meeting Mary and her beautiful dogs and puppies was very intimate and...More

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2 March 2017|
Response from love2go2015 | Reviewed this property |
You can probably contact Mary through her website to ask about schedule for the summer of 2017.
14 July 2015|
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Response from maryshields | Property representative |
I lie about 12 miles northwest of Fairbanks. If you have a rental car, allow yourself 30 minutes to drive out, so you can enjoy the ride and see the variety of owner-built homes, and the lovely boreal forest along the way... More
18 June 2015|
Response from AlanandSara2015 | Reviewed this property |
Just give Mary a call. She will surely greet you openly and honestly. She will certainly take every chance she can get to share.