Pat first traveled to Alaska in 1965 with his older brother, from a Chesapeake Bay island town. He was was immediately intrigued by the subsistence lifestyle and oceanside wilderness accessible only by boat.
Early on, he and his brother spent several years building a wilderness lodge, that has become world renowned over the last forty years. 17 acres adjacent to the lodge is where Pat and Barb decided to build their first home. The original cabin was 12 x 16, without water and electricity. Barb joined Pat in 1976 and were married on an overlook near their property.
Around that time they began commercial fishing which became their life long passion. Their fishing operation and business extended from the Gulf of Alaska to the Bearing Sea and the Aleutian Islands. Pat and Barb have been in every Alaskan port from Seattle to Nome and Homer is by far most enchanting.
In 2005, as their business became more successful they began construction on their dream vacation home. The home itself was inspired by their nautical lifestyle. Upon entering you will find a warm Alaskan ambiance surrounded by custom woodwork with 16 different hardwoods.
Their property located in China Poot Bay is just a 20 minute boat ride from the harbor and surrounded by beautiful Kachemak Bay State Park. Five years after the completion of their summer home, Pat was injured in a car accident. His injuries left him confined to a wheelchair making it difficult to visit across the bay.
Many friends and visitors who have visited our home have highly suggested that we use this as a rental since my injury we have not been able to enjoy it and would love to share it with the rest of the world. Our second home where we reside now is only 10 miles across the bay in the city of Homer and I am by the phone all the time since I am wheelchair-bound and would be happy to talk to any prospective clients that want to know more about the area as I have a great deal experience here. My number is 907-399-7111. With my disability I often see a number that comes up but cannot tell Siri to answer it so I will call that number back immediately if I am available.
We hope our lodge across the bay can be a space for you & your crew to make the best Alaskan memories.
Listen to KBBI’s “From Wheelhouse to Wheelchair”
“The Chart Room at Land’s End Resort on the Homer Spit was standing room only on Wednesday night as Homer captain Pat McBride rolled up to the mic. He gave his presentation, “ From Wheelhouse to Wheelchair” with his wife Barbara McBride by his side. It was organized to coincide with the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council meetings. Here are McBride’s full remarks.”