Little Bear Guest Cabins are well-appointed, comfortable and spacious, with astounding views. We are open from May 28 to Sep 30 2015.
Come and stay in a comfortable log cabin high above the Matanuska Glacier, in a fragrant alpine meadow carpeted with berry bushes. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, wild flowers and majestic views you can relax on your deck, kick back and watch the Dall sheep graze on the crags nearby. We have a brand new fire-pit building - screened to keep out the wind, rain and mosquitoes - you can enjoy an open fire for s'mores or cooking, or use the Barbeque and tables. The silk studio is open in the summer, Wendy produces her famous silk shibori here. You can do a fiber/silk scarf workshop or try your hand at batik.
We provide an authentic Alaskan experience far from the tourist bustle, with the wilderness at your door.
Our Homestead is completely non-smoking as well as pet-friendly. We live in doggie heaven!
Bring your own food to cook in or find several lodge restaurants within an easy drive. We are easy to find, on the highway (but we don't see the road from the cabin) and have plenty of parking.
Onsite at Little Bear Guest Cabins we have 3 individual private cabins. This cabin is 'Blueberry' cabin - a hand-built log cabin in a spacious meadow with truly stunning panoramic views. Each cabin is unique and was built by the homesteader, Woody. The cabin has electricity, regulated heat and a great cell/data signal.
Fully equipped, heated, self-catering cabin includes: full kitchen with propane stove, refrigerator, microwave, coffee machine, toaster. Queen bed, Twin bed, (+trundle available) dining area, outside deck and furniture.
Central Bath-house: European style modern bath-house has private shower rooms, flush toilets, wash sinks and outside utility sink.
Located at mile 111 on the Glenn Highway, we are nestled between the Chugach and Talkeetna mountain ranges. The famous Matanuska glacier, which has access from the road, is just 15 minutes away.
There are many exciting and special activities in this area: white water rafting, ice-climbing, glacier hiking, great hiking, zip-wire, birdwatching, fishing, rock climbing, fossil hunting,rock hounding horse riding and jet-boating.
We are Wendy and Woody and we live on the homestead together with our pet husky Nick in the cabin beside the crags of Sheep Mountain. We love living close to nature and far from the crowds.
Woody cleared this homestead in 1972 and has lived on this property since then. His first 12 years here he walked a mile from the road to his first cabin and had no running water or electricity.
Woody has built hand-crafted log cabins in the Matanuska valley for 40 years. He calculates that he has built perhaps 60 log homes in that time. he started logging with horses, drawing the logs on foot and scribing them by hand. Although he now mills his logs at nearby Caribou Creek, he still finishes each log by hand and builds cabins to his own designs using a minimum of machinery.
Wendy is a British national and had a career as a mountain guide in Asia and Europe and as a professional musher training Iditarod racing sled-dogs before meeting Woody in 2001 and settling on the Homestead.
Wendy is now an award winning fiber artist and works in the Homestead Studio during the summer producing silk paintings, batiks, sculpted wearables and rare fabrics for haute couture.
Wendy Smith-Wood purchased this cabin in 1972
What have you found here that you couldn't find anywhere else?
Well, within a few weeks of arriving in Alaska, I was given permission to care-take an early 1940's homestead at Caribou Creek. Waking up in a 35 yr old log cabin, more than a mile from the road and 80 miles from the nearest town, was a searcher's wish come true - like a boy-scout's dream. Exploring the riverbed that first morning I found gigantic Grizzly bear tracks, and I knew this was what I wanted.
Fate was kind to me and within a year I was clearing my own homestead and building my first log cabin here at Sheep Mountain.
Woody says: After military service and college in the sixties, it was time to listen to my true self. So I traveled to Alaska looking for a life more in touch with my inner voice. I'd always loved the stories of the frontier and cowboys and Indians as a kid. This environment spoke to my imagination.
Homesteading was a test I chose for my own personal gratification. It challenged me to exercise my spirit, my mind, my education, my strength and resilience - to fully test my mettle.
I found a truth and beauty in the natural world and an honesty I respect.
It's as though fate put me right where I was supposed to be early in life.
Were you led here by destiny?
No, I was sent here by Bob Lucas the junkyard owner in Wasilla.....
Wendy says: This is truly a heavenly place. The scenery is world class. The sense of space, the grandeur of the mountains, the proximity of the natural world all combine to give the place a dream-like quality. I find that this fierce beauty makes me feel more alive, refreshed and more vital. There is great energy here.
I think I'm one of the luckiest people alive - it's a privilege to spend time here, and have this place as part of my life.
We are 15 minutes from the Matanuska Glacier, guided tours or ice-climbing can be arranged. Whitewater rafting is also close by. You can hike from your door in unspoiled wilderness and are likely to see Alaskan wildlife on the surrounding hillsides. Wildflowers and berries abound. A great location for bird-watching - we are on the main migration route. Our meadow is great for sketching, plein air painting or just toasting marshmallows at the fire pit.
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Open Summer only
May 28 2015 - Sep 30 2015
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
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