RoughWoods Inn earns its name from the rustic décor of this cozy, family friendly café and inn. The chain-saw carved bear who greats visitors at the front door as well as the numerous wood carvings inside the dinning room were the work of Larry Coy, husband of owner Ruth. Meet “Earl the Burl” as well as other burl fixtures throughout the café. These burls made their way via riverboat to Nenana from the Coy homestead on the Kantishna River.
The café offers home style cooking, with daily specials and homemade pies . If you are lucky there will be an Alaskan wild blueberry pie in the cooler. Breakfast is served all day and espresso is available
RoughWoods is probably the smallest (and we think the best) microbrewery in Alaska. Choose from our selection of German style beers--served in-house only.
Six rooms are available for nightly accommodation. Three rooms include buck beds in addition to queen and king size beds, making this a family friends inn. All rooms have private entry, T.V. and WiFi. All except one small room have kitchens.
RoughWoods is open year round, however, the café is closed on Tuesdays.
A bit about our community: Nenana , a village of approximately 400 people , is at the very heart of Interior Alaska, located at the confluence of the Tanana (does not rhyme with Nenana) and the Nenana Rivers. Historically Nenana served as a fish camp for the Athabascan people living in the Interior, and later as a base for the construction for the Alaska Railroad. Nenana’s location on the Parks Highway and Tanana River affords its continued importance as a major river port for shipping by barge, goods to villages that have no road access, along the Tanana and Yukon Rivers.
Our winters are long, cold and magical with Aurora displays and air that sparkles. Long sun-filled summer days find most Alaskans too busy playing and working to do much sleeping. We can, after all, sleep during the dark days of winter.