What You’ll See at Dream a Dream Dog Farm
Set back in the wilds of Willow, Alaska, Dream a Dream Dog Farm is a 5,000 square foot kennel that’s owned by Iditarod mushers Vern Halter and his wife Susan Whiton. This multi-purpose facility works to breed and train sled dogs and is home to a champion team of Alaskan huskies. Guests can visit the kennel year-round and enjoy educational programs, guided trail walks, sled dog rides, and more! Here’s why a trip to the farm should be on your Alaska itinerary.
Spend a Day at Dream a Dream Dog Farm
Vern Halter and his wife Susan Whiton have completed 26 Iditarod races. Susan, a veterinarian, was awarded the Challenge of the North “Best Musher, Best Care” award as a rookie, and Vern is a Yukon Quest Champion and runner-up. He has finished the Iditarod in the Top 5 three times and in the Top 10 nine times. They are happy to answer all of your questions about the history and culture of mushing!
The farm’s Summer Tour Iditarod Program is a wonderful experience for guests of all ages. From May 15th through October 31st, guests can enjoy sled dog rides, Iditarod presentations with Vern, and nature hikes with the pups. Kennel tours are also offered daily at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended so be sure to call ahead!
Winter Treks & Tours
Are you planning to visit Alaska in the winter? You’re in luck! Dream a Dream Dog Farm offers a variety of fun winter programs from April through November. They’ll even provide winter clothing like snowsuits, gloves/mittens, and boots! Some of our favorite tours include:
- Half-Day Tours: The kennel has two half-day tours to choose from. First is the Dream Ride, a two-hour excursion that includes an Iditarod presentation, tour of the kennel, and a 6-8 mile sled dog ride. Or, sign up for the three-hour Lead Dog Tour where you can drive your own dog team with guided supervision. You’ll learn mushing basics like sled harnessing, commands, and what to expect from the dogs. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
- Full-Day Tours: This all-day group activity takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes an Iditarod presentation, Mushing 101 course, lunch, and a full afternoon of mushing. It’s ideal for families or large groups!
Come Home to Alaska Garden Gate B&B and Cottages
Now that you know all about Dream a Dream Dog Farm, it’s time to book your stay in Alaska! Our comfortable cottages, apartments, and bed and breakfast rooms are just a short drive from Willow, AK and have everything you need for a wonderful stay. We even offer vacation packages and specials to help you save on your trip! Visit our accommodations page to see what’s available and contact us today to make your reservations. We look forward to hearing from you!
Want to see the dogs in action? Read our blog about the Iditarod 2017!
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