Talkeetna, a village north of Anchorage, is known for its artistic and rustic atmosphere. The Swiss Alaska Inn, a small hotel, is in the forest near the town of Talkeetna but far enough to feel isolated. What I liked about this hotel was the service. The owners, Renamary and Vern Rauchenstein, are so friendly and make your stay as comfortable as possible. They have a small restaurant with a combination of typical American food and Swiss / German. It's not very expensive and if you are only staying one or two nights in Talkeetna, this place is worth it.
The Fairview Inn is one of the most interesting places in this very interesting town. It was built in 1923 and which, to this day, remains the most central place in this small town. On the ground floor there is a bar known for its live music and wild west atmosphere, including a bear skin on the roof. Upstairs there are rooms that are available for renting, and which now are being renovated. The building itself looks almost enchanted and is very famous all over Alaska.