The Sheldon Chalet, a family-run luxury wilderness lodge that sits at an elevation of 6,000 feet just 10 miles from Denali, is being recognized by Fodor's Travel as one of the 100 best hotels in the world. Fodor released its list last week after taking a four-year hiatus.

The Sheldon Chalet is the sole Alaska property on the list and one of only 15 in the U.S. It's only accessible with a helicopter trip across the Alaska Range and Ruth Glacier. Luxury accommodations include five-star meals of fresh Alaska seafood, fur throws on each bed and arranged outings of mountaineering, rappelling and plane tours.

The lodge is the fulfillment of one family's decades-long dream. Patriarch Don Sheldon was a pioneer pilot. Under the Homestead Act, he helped survey the land where the chalet now sits. Don and his wife Roberta built a mountain home just for themselves, but it attracted adventure tourists from around the world. They dreamed of building a larger place one day, but Don passed away before that could happen.

Don's son and daughter-in-law carried on the dream and opened the Sheldon Chalet in early 2018.

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