Movie Set Travel: Into the Wild
Ever wish you could throw in the towel and take off? Today's pick is for you then. Into the Wild is about a fresh-out-of-college student who abandons everything he has--including donating his $24,000 savings to charity--and picks up and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wild.
That young man is played by newcomer Emile Hirsch, who makes a point to prove that having it all, including being a top student, athlete and overall rich white kid, can kinda suck. Of course he meets a cast of interesting characters along the way. It's being called one of those introspective films that will make you think twice. (It's produced and directed by introspection kingpin Sean Penn.)
This one was shot in some of the stunning Alaskan wilderness, so we offer you some cool things to check out in Anchorage:
Where To Stay: 15 Chandeliers B&B Inn -- One of the state's most quaint properties, 15 Chandeliers actually has, yes, that many chandeliers. The property's over 7,000-square feet and features a huge garden with a patio for relaxing on. There are just 5 rooms, so it's quiet and you get a delicious breakfast each morning: the perfect place to find yourself.
Where To Eat: Marx Brothers Cafe -- This award-winning and nationally recognized cafe serves local Alaska seafood and encompasses just 46 seats in a cozy frame house built in 1916. The menu changes each week and it's the perfect place to treat yourself to a swanky meal. Don't miss the Katchemak Bay Oysters with pickled ginger-vodka sorbet.
What to See: Alaska Native Heritage Center -- Visit this sprawling 26-acre site and learn about Alaska's Native peoples. There are performances, artifacts, films and even a lake to stroll around. It's not cheap at $21 a person, but certainly interesting.
[Photo: Paramount Vantage]