Vacation in Alaska with Inspired Creativity

Exquisite wilderness and magnificent scenery have a way of inspiring creativity. This could easily be why so many artists and musicians are drawn to the beauty and wide open spaces of Denali. it is why your vacation in Alaska can be inspired with creativity.

At Tonglen Lake Lodge, our founder and owner Donna Gates, a professional artist herself, has instilled a sense of art and music culture that is not only part of the Tonglen character, but continues to bring guests back year after year.


Our gallery is the proud host to the work of many talented, local Alaskan artists who embrace a variety of media. Included in the original art for sale is the work of Tonglen Lake Lodge founder and owner, Donna Gates.

Donna Gates

Donna, graduated from the University of Illinois Medical Center in 1980 with a Master’s degree in Medical Art. After working as a staff illustrator in the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Donna fell in love with Denali after her first vacation in Alaska. It is where she  settled and began her career in fine art.

Donna has produced over 80 limited edition fine art prints, most of which are now sold out. She primarily works in watercolor, oils, and pencil.


Throughout summer, guests can look forward to an incredible line-up of musical performances at both our indoor and outdoor venues that will enrich their vacation in Alaska.