|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
The Chugach Mountains loom out the back door to your private, spacious, fully furnished duplex house located in an older quiet east-side neighborhood. Fully fenced private yard and entrance for this established Anchorage rental home. Two bedrooms, each with a pillow top quality queen bed, and two full-size futons in living area. Dining table sits six people comfortably. Easy access to the Glen Highway heading north to Fairbanks and the Seward Highway going south to Homer and the Kenai River, where one can find world-class fishing. You may just see a moose sauntering down the street or lazing in the yard after chomping on our berry bushes!
Bed linens are 100% cotton. Large bathroom with tub/shower, plush cotton towels, hair dryer; fully equipped kitchen with all utensils plus coffee maker, Keurig, pots and pans, microwave, dishwasher, washer and dryer, propane and charcoal grill. The living room has Wi-Fi, 40 inch flatscreen HDTV/VCR, DVR, cable, phone.
Close to shopping, bus lines, restaurants, cultural attractions. Anchorage boasts the world class Anchorage Museum of History and Art, great restaurants offering fresh fish caught in Alaska waters and vegetables grown in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley; fabulous shopping, from Nordstrom to SoNo boutiques and stores specializing in Alaska hand-crafted arts and crafts. Minutes from downtown, the Alaska Railroad Depot, Providence Hospital, Alaska Regional Hospital, Alaska Native Medical Center, Alaska Native Heritage Center, University of Alaska, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson military bases. Summer and Winter outdoor activities abound in the nearby Chugach National Forest, Russian Jack Park and Coastal Trail. Fur Rondy in February and The Iditarod in March is a great time to come!
Gunner, a chocolate lab makes the final decision on pet guests!
Please let me know if I may answer any questions regarding your trip to Alaska! We would love to have you at our Anchorage vacation home.
Your Hostess, Michele Palatas.
Visa, MC accepted.
I moved to Alaska from Los Angeles in 1998 to work in the Arctic. Deadhorse, Alaska on the edge of the Beaufort Sea was my base of operations for four and a half years. WesternGeco, the company I worked for then sent me down on the Kenai peninsula for six months, where I lived in a cabin on the Moose River in Sterling. Then I decided it was time to buy a house in Anchorage. I purchased a duplex and turned half into a fully furnished GuestHouse where I now live with my chocolate Lab, Gunner. I enjoy meeting people from around the world who frequent the GuestHouse. I also have a dogwalking business, Bubbas Dog Walking.
Michele Palatas purchased this house in 2002
Anchorage is a great base for exploring the wild wonderful place called Alaska! It is a gorgeous drive south on the Seward Highway heading down to Girdwood, Seward, Homer, Hope, Coopers Landing and places in between on the Kenai Peninsula. There is much to see and much to do, especially in the great outdoors! Anchorage offers great restaurants, shopping, museums, citywide trails for biking, hiking, skiing....mountains for snowboarding, downhill, snowmachining and dogsledding........heading north to Denali, Fairbanks, the arctic brings unimaginable wonders to see and experience!
Michele, You are a "gem" of a hostess with your welcoming personality, ...initially with communications before our trip here to Duben Place, with all of your pretty flowers; I've never seen such tall delphiniums in my life! We enjoyed all of the info you provided for traveling, after which it was a delight to come 'home', cozy and quiet, and with your interesting Native tribal art.
We appreciated being able to use some kitchen items , like olive oil and plastic wrap and not having to buy all of these, etc. Using our computer with your Wi-Fi connection was very helpful also.
Three fun tours were: 1) Whittier Blackstone Bay boat tour from Major Marine Tours-Beautiful! 2) Denali natural history bus tour, 3) Seward Resurrection Bay boat tour with Major Marine Tours - saw sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals and one whale that surfaced (just for us) five times!
We enjoyed many walks/hikes such as 1) Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, 2) along Ship Creek,... many were fishing, 3) Campbell Creek greenbelt's surprise was our seeing several sockeye salmon! 4) Kincaid Park......., 5) University Lake had lots of dogs off-leash with owners, all exercising. 6) Eagle River Nature Center, 7) We saw four moose in different places; 8) Thunderbird Falls from car to falls is just one mile.
We also enjoyed: 1) the Aurora Borealis show at the Center for Performing Arts, shows the best of thirty years - absolutely spectacular! 2) The Alaska Native Medical Center is free and has many displays of native art; 3) the float planes taking off and landing at Lake Hood were interesting; 4) Anchorage Museum was big so we did just the Native exhibits with old artifacts from the Smithsonian. There are many other things that we liked......Your home is conveniently located and that made our stay more enjoyable too.
The location of this house rental was minutes from the full marathon start line...which was perfect! We enjoyed the accomodations thoroughly...fresh coffee, laundry facility and gracious hostess who helped us with figuring out how to use the DVD player! This is the ideal way to travel to Alaska since the prices can be extreme. It was very neat and clean when we arrived. We highly recommend it!
We cannot say enough great things about the Duben Place. Traveling from Ohio for our honeymoon, we decided against a hotel & opted to stay in a more private setting, & we are so glad we chose this place. It ended up being more affordable & far more peaceful & comfortable than any hotel. Michele was a wonderful hostess. Our few encounters with her were very enjoyable & she was incredibly helpful at ensuring our stay was enjoyable & providing any recommendations (you'll have your own personal entrance to the guest house but Michele does live right next door & in the same complex, which still allows for privacy but she is easily accessible in case you need anything).
Our flight got in early in the morning (2:00 am) & we were so grateful that the fridge & cupboards were stocked with fresh breakfast foods (milk, OJ, yogurt, blueberry muffins, cereal, etc.) when we woke up in the morning. Knowing we were on our honeymoon, she also stocked the fridge with a bottle of champagne & two chilled glasses – not too many hotels will do that. The fresh roses & tulips & chocolates were generous personal touches. Outside there were even lilac bushes…in late June (lilacs are our favorite flower). Also, the bedrooms each had black-out curtains in the windows, which were appreciated given the extended amount of daylight during the summer months.
The guest house is just a short drive to nearby general stores and also to downtown Anchorage, where we enjoyed many restaurants, the Solstice Festival, rented bikes & traveled the Tony Knowels Coastal Trail, & hiked many of the trails at the beautiful Kinkade Park (not all in the same day!). It was also within minutes of the on-ramps to the highways for our trips to Seward & Denali. Best of all, it was also just a few driving minutes from the start of the Midnight Mayor’s marathon (which, yes, we ran on our honeymoon). The onsite laundry facilities were certainly appreciated after all of this! The Wi-Fi was also very helpful so we could look up directions to all of these places (our phones did not get service in Alaska, so no GPS, 4G, or calling for help if we got lost).
This was our first experience staying in a place like this & we highly recommend it. It has certainly changed the way we travel & we now look for other places like this before we look for hotels. We hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did & we hope you enjoy your trip to Alaska – it is truly a beautiful & breath-taking state.
We loved the house and found Michele the best possible hostess. She thought of everything we would need and things we didn't know we would need. The kitchen was fully equipped with everything to fix meals, and when we made chili we found chili powder. The beds were comfortable, the living area provided enough space to eat, hang out and play games. Michele provided a bookcase full of Anchorage and area brochures and maps of places to visit. She is indeed a thoughtful hostess, even providing pastries and roses upon our arrival. A great trip was made better because we stayed at Duben Place.
Two boomer couples, using Duben Place as 7-night base for exploring Anchorage and day trips - Girdwood, Seward, Denali overnight. Both Duben Place and Michele were perfect choices for us, with a beautifully furnished, very clean, and soo comfortable home and yard, with a well-equipped kitchen (Need spice or ingredient? Its likely there), washer and dryer, plenty of helpful brochures and guidance, and Michele available to answer questions or offer helpful guidance.
We found the place conveniently located on a quiet street about 15 minutes drive from downtown, yet very close to major roads in any direction leading to the days' destinations. Shopping very close by.
We used Duben Place for breakfasts in the mornings, for kitchen-table planning, and for dinners and relaxing, in addition to the two comfortable bedrooms.
Michele also provided discount coupons for some major attractions (Kenai Fjords tours, for example), discounts we did not see offered elsewhere and were certainly appreciated.
Michele is very attentive to the environment and loves animals, particularly her Gunnar the dog, whom we had happy occasion to meet upon arrival, and whose approval we apparently won thanks to his expansive tolerance.
It is pretty rare for lodging and the host to rank as high points of an exceptionally enjoyable vacation, but Duben Place reliably provided us home and welcome lifting our overall enjoyment every day.
We highly recommend Duben Place (and a car).
A car is likely necessary. Access to downtown and parking were easy and inexpensive. Our one cab fare from the house at 3:00 am to the airport was reliable, $33 plus tip.
Perhaps to happy surprise, Michele and Duben Place became among our favorite memories of a wonderful Alaska vacation.
We are two related boomer couples who used Anchorage as base for our first Alaska vacation, driving on mostly nearby day trips - South to Seward, north to Denali for overnight - hiking, boating, biking, enjoying views, museums, and such. We wanted a very clean home with two bedrooms, a kitchen, and comforts for relaxing after busy days.
Michele and Duben Place offered everything we hoped for and much more. Her home is exceptionally clean (everything worked) and very warm and welcoming, from the secure but easy locking system and gates to the very well equipped kitchen. We regularly prepared meals, did laundry (important when multi-day travel and outdoor activities), relaxed and watched TV, planned and reviewed our days, and enjoyed the comfort of our rooms. Michele leaves rafts of brochures and tourist information; be sure to look for and use the discount tickets she provides (10% off for Kenia Fjords tours, for example, good stuff!) She also left a really well stocked kitchen, a wonderful and welcome feature when recipes call odd ingredients, flavorings, or spices.
The front yard is completely fenced, with beautiful flowers, a great place for relaxing.
Michele was always available and helpful, without imposing. She was a reliable source of useful information. Our impression is that she cares a great deal about the environment and loves animals.
Duben Place is a few miles and maybe 15 minutes from downtown Anchorage, on a quiet street with easy access to a major thoroughfare into town or en route anywhere we chose to go, any direction. It was also very near local shopping, a sure plus for us. Having a car is virtually essential given its location, though, so one should keep that in mind; taxi service (easily gotten even at 3:00 am) to the airport was about $33.00 plus tip.
We highly recommend Duben Place and wish Michele's lodgings were franchised to our future travel places.
We found Duben Place clean, safe and comfortable with a lot of extra touches that made us feel right at home. It is a very easy find from the airport as well as quick access to the main highways. Duben Place is a reflection of Alaska hospitality; comfortable, roomy, pleasant and down-to-earth. We'd definitely come back.
Close to shopping, bus lines, restaurants, cultural attractions. Anchorage boasts the world class Anchorage Museum of History and Art, great restaurants offering fresh fish caught in Alaska waters and vegetables grown in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley; fabulous shopping, from Nordstrom to the SoNo District boutiques and restaurants, Second Run, Blush, Bernie's Bungalow to name a few. There are many shops specializing in Alaska hand-crafted arts and crafts. Minutes from downtown, the railway depot and hospitals, Alaska Native Heritage Center, University of Alaska, military bases. Summer and Winter outdoor activities abound in the nearby Chugach National Forest, Russian Jack Park and Coastal Trail.
Fur Rondy in February and The Iditarod in March is a great time to come! Please let me know if I may answer any questions regarding your trip to Alaska! We would love to have you at our Anchorage vacation home. Your Hostess, Michele Palatas.
Other Activities: kayaking, rafting, X-country skiing
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Sep 15 2014 - May 14 2015
5 night minimum stay
May 15 2015 - Sep 15 2015
5 night minimum stay
Cleaning fee: $100.00; $150.00 for stays of 30 days or longer added to each rental.
Less than five night stay is $175.00 per night, summer months; less than five night stay winter months is $115.00 per night.
six weeks cancellation notice required for refund, less a 25% administration fee.
Dogs on approval with a $500.00 refundable deposit.
To confirm reservation, half of total booking via check or credit card; Balance due thirty days before your arrival.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
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