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Welcome to Homer, Alaska

Homer has been described in lots of ways: quirky, quaint, cosmic. “Too rough and too weird to be a tourist trap,” was how one New York Times writer put it.

This picturesque community on the shores of Kachemak Bay is known for its vibrant arts scene. As the halibut capital of the world, it’s also known for its great fishing. For a small community, it has a big reputation for delicious food, including the tastiest oysters you’ll ever eat.

Homer’s jaw-dropping scenery — snow-capped mountains, the glistening waters of Kachemak Bay, the icy blue hues of glaciers — might be the first thing visitors notice, but it will be Homer’s charm that makes them want to return.

At least part of that charm is the can-do spirit that allows Homer residents to carve out a living at the end of the road. All those artists, authors, gallery owners, charter operators, commercial fishermen, lodge and bed-and-breakfast owners, restaurateurs, water-taxi operators, merchants of all kinds share a common characteristic: they’re entrepreneurs.

Some say Homer’s spectacular natural beauty ignites and inspires the entrepreneurial spirit of those who live here. Others say it’s born out of necessity. If you want to live in Homer, you’ve got to get creative and make your own job.

Want to get to know the heart of Homer? Just take a little extra time to visit with those who live here.

Whether you’re planning your first visit to the southern Kenai Peninsula or you come every summer, the 2014 Homer, Alaska, online visitors’ guide, produced by the Homer News, is designed to help you make the most of your visit and put you in touch with those people who will help you make memories that will last a lifetime. Let them know you read about them here … and get ready for the time of your life.