Looking for things to do in Homer, Alaska?
Come Adventure with us at the Dean Family Farm and Art Studios
for a heartfelt, one of a kind, and truly magical experience…
Join Alaskan artists, Ranja and Jeff Dean for this unique, guided tour. You’ll be immersed in our creative Alaskan lifestyle as you meander through a menagerie of art and animals, gardens and architecture; from patchwork quilts to timber frame barns, towering beach logs and arched roofed structures, innovative tools, farmstead gadgets and both fine and functional artwork.
Learn about life in Alaska, fitting with the climate, and following the seasons, about animal and plant breeds that thrive in the North, creative building, flower foods, wild foods, herbs, and herb drying. You’ll visit working art studios and see art in the making.
The educational tour lasts around 2-1/2 hours, ending in our home, with refreshments, homestead stories and a visit to the apple tree dollhouse. It’s a glimpse into the lives of an Alaskan family as we share a lifetime of inspiration, dedication, and diverse creative output. Our hope is to bring magic to your day and inspire and encourage you in your own originality.
Our farmstead is nestled among the red-caned wild roses, up against the hill overlooking Kachemak Bay and the Kenai Mountains.
To visit Jeff and Ranja’s homestead is to step into an alternate reality, one filled with magic and beauty at every turn. The first thing that struck me on a visit to their place was the wonderfully unique architecture of their handmade buildings (house, workshop, barn, goat house, even the tool shed, chicken coops and rabbit hutches!) and the way they fit so perfectly into their environment, including the gardens which are every bit as beautiful as the structures.
Stepping inside their home I found delightful surprises around every corner – from homemade benches and quilts to a dollhouse, rounded countertops and beautifully worked doors and windows. Everything on the homestead is a testament to the imagination, creativity, and skill of the Deans.
And then there is the wonderful menagerie of unique animals that they have there – a yow, shaggy donkeys, goats, a grazing pig, etc. Every time I visit their homestead I come away inspired and with a silly grin on my face, thrilled to know a couple like Jeff and Ranja who have truly mastered the art of living and artful living.
As a local guide, I was excited to bring some of my guests out to the Dean homestead. They were as taken with the place as I was, and one guest told me afterward that her experience there had been ‘life-changing.’ I will certainly try to include a visit to the Deans with friends, family, and guests coming to Homer in the future!Carla Fabian
Here are a few of the things you’ll see and learn about.
- Our timber frame studio with its arched doorway and hammer beam roof
- Magical barns and animal houses
- Beautifully landscaped herb, rock, and vegetable gardens
- A large variety of Alaska hardy fruit trees and berry bushes
- Sculptures in bronze, wood and other materials
- Unique, Heat tinted, engraved steel wall art
- Carved wood panels and Ink miniatures
- An apple tree doll house
- Beautiful, Ferro-cement rabbit houses
- Rustic and unique animal breeds including:
- Shaggy Donkeys
- Wooly Milk Goats
- A grazing long haired Pig
- Yow (Yak/Cow-cross)
- A sporty handmade donkey cultivator
- Innovative solar thermal system
- The versatile Timber Jig timber framing tool
- Walk through garden tool shed
We’re also working on a 700 square foot art gallery and museum which we hope to have open this summer.
In all my years as a lover of the artful melding of landscape and built environment, I have never seen such a high degree of creative diversity, magnificent craftsmanship, and architectural charm as the Deans have created. From the elfin chicken houses and rabbit warrens, the enchanting donkey and goat barns, the handmade house chocked full with a lifetime of artistic output, the prolific vegetable and herb gardens, and down to the last hand-hewn garden tool – it is inspiring to the highest degree and like nothing you have ever seen!Betsy Webb
This place is magical. I can never describe it to people and do it justice. I have been to their place a million times and never cease to be surprised and enchanted each time. The thought and care put into every corner, every curve, and every surface makes the whole farm an intertwined piece of art. It is my favorite showcase of how to live thoughtfully, how to live with beauty, how to be intentional in the creation of our lives. That is no small task. For the first-time visitor, to see it all in a few hours will be overwhelming. No matter how many times you visit, you will leave questioning how you live your life, how you can bring more love and creativity into it. If nothing else, I bet you will leave at least wondering why your house has so many boring square corners.Kyra Wagner
These are a few details to keep in mind:
- We’re located in Homer, Alaska on the beautiful Kenai Peninsula. About 10 minutes from downtown, and 15 minutes from the airport. It’s an easy drive to find us. We don’t provide transportation but suggest you contact one of the local cab companies if you need to. Make sure they know to pick you up 2.5 hours after the start of the tour.
- Tours are by reservation only.
- Please book your tours online. For same day booking, we require a 2-hour minimum before the tour time.
- We work hard to provide a quality experience, so please plan on spending at least two and a half hours with us. The walk distance itself is not long, but you’ll be outside much of the time. After the walk, we’ll visit the gallery, gather for cookies and drinks.
- Your group may not be the only guests; we take up to twelve guests per tour.
- Wear season/weather appropriate clothing. The weather here in Homer can change fairly quickly so be sure to come prepared.
- If you arrive early, you may have to wait in your car while we finish preparing for your tour.
- Our tours are by reservation only. This is our home; please respect that.
Prices are $55 per adult, $35 per child 3-12, under 3 free, prices can change seasonally. For safety purposes all children must be supervised by an adult at all times, children under 3 must be in a backpack carrier. Each tour has a three person or $165 minimum.
Hassle-free Cancellation Promise: We know travel plans change and sometimes it’s necessary to cancel. That’s why you may cancel your reservation for a full refund if you notify us 48 hours before your scheduled tour. No questions asked. We often have a waiting list so we can not refund if you do not notify us 48 hours before your tour.
For more information call 907-299-5175 or send us an email.