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Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields

2699 Waldheim Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99709-6061
+1 907-455-6469
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One of the VERY best things to do in Fairbanks if you want to meet a wonderful person and her... read more

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The highlight of our Fairbanks experience was the trip to Mary Shields, Tails of the Trails. She... read more

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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 yesterday

One of the VERY best things to do in Fairbanks if you want to meet a wonderful person and her dogs, as well as hear authentic Tails of the Trails. Although mostly in a wheelchair, Mary is still able to give a wonderful tour and...More

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Reviewed yesterday

The highlight of our Fairbanks experience was the trip to Mary Shields, Tails of the Trails. She welcomed us as if we were old friends dropping by for a visit. The garden proved the advantage of extended sunlight. The dogs were fun and friendly. Her...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Spent three hours with Mary yesterday morning. She is a great story teller and has a lot to talk about. Lots of fun meeting the dogs.

Thank Philontheroad
Reviewed 6 days ago

Mary Shields, an icon in her own right, is so adorable! She worries about your comfort the entire you visit! She is awesome, describing in detail her races in the Iditarod and Serbia. Her dogs are friendly and well trained. She shared a home-baked cake...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you'd like to know what it's really like to live in Alaska, build your own log cabin, and finish the Iditarod, go see Mary! She's delightful and has lots of great tales to tell! We spent the morning with her and thoroughly enjoyed meeting...More

Thank SandyInNC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We feel so fortunate to have met Mary and have her share her experiences with us. She spent well over 2 hours with us. We talked one on one with someone who made history. She welcomed us into her home and told us her life's...More

2  Thank vsattui123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I visited Mary Shields while on vacation in Alaska. Mary's tales of mushing, and life in Alaska in general, were very engaging. It was fun to meet some of the members of her team. Great family activity. Highly recommended.

1  Thank Rene S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the most wonderful time in our visit to Mary Shields. She received us into her home and told us her life story and the adventures she lived as a musher. She takes you back to a different time and you get to live...More

1  Thank Catarina88
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wife and I had one of the best trips of our lives. Mary was a huge part of that! Loved the dogs , the stories and our time spent with Mary! Well worth the price and time! Thank You Mary. The Hosey"s

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What some people could only think to read about in a book or see on the Discovery channel we got to experience first hand from an amazing person and the 1st woman to cross the finish line of the Alaskan Iditarod. Mary Shields not only...More

1  Thank Michelle R
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1 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.
13 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.