|Minimum Stay||3 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 one full-size futon 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 flat-screen HDTV/VCR, DVR, and cable.
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!
Well behaved dogs are welcome!
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 Rotti-Lab mix, Quinn. I enjoy meeting people from around the world who frequent the GuestHouse. I also have a dog-walking business, Bubba's 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 rented this for a stay over Christmas as my mom's house was overflowing. Opened the door after a long, late flight up to Anchorage and were greeted by a Christmas tree, poinsettia, and candles - and cherry white chocolate bread for breakfast in the morning. What a warm welcome! Michelle was welcoming as well. The kitchen was well equipped with kitchen tools and food basics - I could have cooked a full dinner easily. The bedrooms were cozy and the beds comfortable. We needed to do some work over Christmas and found the Wifi worked well. There were books, puzzles, movies for down time and a list of suggestions for things to see and places to eat. Thoughtful touches like reusable bags in the entry way and hand mirrors in the bathroom were appreciated. We had snow, and the walks were shoveled before we woke up in the morning. Overall it was a wonderful, comfortable stay. I would happily stay here again.
This home is immaculately maintained. Michele, your host, is easy to reach and went over and above with every detail. We arrived a day late due to our cancelled flights and she made sure our arrival was warm and welcoming. The house was warm, candles lit and she even made sure we had a snack waiting for us. Her dog friendly home even included dog bowls and treats! Laundry room was a huge plus! Kitchen is well stocked with spices and cooking necessities. Choices of coffee and tea were great too. The bathroom was clean and large, and the bedroom had the most comfortable bed that felt like a cloud to sleep on! Private, fenced yard that was easy for letting our dog out to run around. We have stayed at VRBO's for more than 15yrs and across the country and internationally and have never felt so welcome anywhere. Thank you for the love and affection you gave to our little MinPin, i knew that he was in good hands with you and Quinn! I loved meeting your dog, he is beautiful and so gentle, even with our little 10lb bundle of joy :) )
Thank you Michele, and we look forward to seeing you again! (There is also a dog walking/sitting service nearby and the contact information is on the fridge for your convenience!!)
The Duben Place was better than we expected with subtle touches of love here and there creating the perfect welcoming feel we all long for while away from home. The home reflected the loveliness of the proprietor who placed flowers in a vase as the centerpiece and yet adorning the dining table was a bowl of good chocolate. The kitchen was well stocked, right down to the kitchen matches! Our dog, who is a big part of our family was welcomed by the proprietor and her family, even so much as providing dog dishes for us to use. We cooked a fine meal and dined with our children under the glow of the chandelier. Books abound on the shelves in the home and what more can you ask for, but a clean, bright tub to soak a tired body in bubbles while turning the pages of time. Yes, our time was quite lovely and we left feeling like this was definitely our home away from home. Thank your for providing such a welcoming place to stay!
We stayed here for a week in mid-July and used it as a base for exploring Anchorage and day trips to Whittier, Turnagain Arm and Talkeetna. Very adequate for our needs. Easy access to Glen Highway for quick trips to downtown or for going out of town northward. Michele lives in the other half of the duplex but allowed us our privacy. When our plans to move to the Kenai Peninsula were delayed due to the wildfire at McHugh Creek, Michele graciously allowed us to extend our stay another night.
The property was exactly as described in the reviews. We got in late the first night and she had a loaf of bread and chocolate waiting for us. The beds were super comfy and because of the time we came, the darkening shades were appreciated (summer solstice-June.) We stayed a full week and were able to save money by eating breakfasts and a few lunches or dinners at home. We will definitely be returning again next year.
The surrounding area had everything we needed from grocery stores, Sam's Club, restaurants and movies. Definitely go to Denali Nat'l Park, Whittier, Seward. Homer is on our next trip. Fish out of Whittier or Homer. You can buy your fishing license down the road at Fred Meyer when you get there. We did an evening wildlife cruise and were not disappointed (humpback whales, otters, puffins, tuffins, bald eagles, sea lions and pipers.) We even got to see a glacier at the end. Best part of our trip.
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 16 2016 - May 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 15 2017 - Sep 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Cleaning fee: $100.00 for less than one month; Cleaning fee: $150.00 for stays of 30 days or longer added to each rental. Stays more than two months require a $250.00 cleaning fee.
Less than seven night stay is $175.00 per night, summer months; less than seven night stay winter months is $115.00 per night.
Six weeks cancellation notice required for refund, less a 25% administration fee. Less than six week cancellation, I may refund if another renter can replace your cancelled dates.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.