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Wendy Smith-Wood

Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, german

Beautiful, Comfortable Private Cabins; authentic Alaska, outstanding views.

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin


Alaska Cabin Rental Photos and Description

HOMESTEAD CHARM, UPSCALE COMFORT, 360 VIEWS. Alaskan wilderness all to yourself.

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.

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  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Wendy Smith-Wood (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, german

About Wendy Smith-Wood

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

Why Wendy Smith-Wood chose Alaska

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.....

What makes this cabin unique

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.


based on 10 traveler reviews

Beautiful, Comfortable Private Cabins; authentic Alaska, outstanding views.
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Stay More than One Night!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I took our three out of state visitors on a tour of South Central Alaska and we spent a night here staying in both Blueberry and Woody Guthrie cabins. Having a full stove in one of the cabins was ideal for cooking up a yummy breakfast. While the cabins are roomy and comfortable, we spent most of our time out on the decks gazing at the mountains and spotting sheep. This is a great location for exploring the Matanuska glacier. I highly, HIGHLY recommend hiring Wendy to be your guide. My husband and I live in Anchorage, are both retired geoscientists and even we learned so much about this glacier from Wendy. In addition to a mandatory visit to the glacier, there are lots of hiking opportunities in the area which you may find more exciting than the standard “gravel groomed paths” common to established parks. Bring binoculars, bird books, maps and a sense of adventure!

One (of three) cabins is reserved for travelers with a pet. Not having a pet, I appreciated our cabin being fur free. While the cabins are not "en suite", the bath house is immaculately clean. And summer visitors do not need flashlights (maybe a sleep mask instead!).

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alexandria, VA

Wonderful Cabin, Wonderful Host!

  • 5 of 5

While planning our 17 day trip to Alaska, I read about the Matanuska Glacier and thought it might be fun to check it out. In order to visit, we needed to find a place to stay the night, and I found Wendy's cabins on VRBO. It looked fabulous online, and when we pulled up, it was exactly as I hoped it would be. As we pulled in, Wendy was on the hill waving so we'd know where to pull in. There were about 7 Dall sheep up on the mountain across the road and we watched them for while.

The cabins are beautiful. Wendy's art is on the wall and it's all fabulous. The beds are comfortable and the views from the deck are incredible. The kids never said a word about not being able to watch tv - my son sat outside and looked at the sheep with his binoculars and I taught my daughter how to crochet.

Wendy does weekend workshops making silk scarves and she invited my daughter and I to come to her studio to see what she and two women who were staying in another cabin had made that weekend. The scarves were amazing! I would fly to Alaska just to do one of her weekend workshops and make some of my own, while also taking in the beautiful scenery around her cabin.

The screened in fire pit near our cabin was an added bonus, but since we were only there one night, we didn't make use of it. The bathrooms and showers were immaculately clean.

We planned to hike the glacier with Wendy the following morning, but it was raining pretty hard and we decided to head down to Seward instead. The drive to and from Wendy's cabins on the Glenn Highway is spectacular and not to be missed.

We also appreciated Wendy's recommendation for dinner and breakfast at the Sheep Mountain Lodge, just a little way down the road. Both meals were fantastic.

If you're planning a trip to the Matanuska Glacier, this is a perfectly relaxing and scenic place to stay, and you won't find a better host.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Anchorage, Alaska

large family with dogs

  • 5 of 5

We are a large family from Anchorage. We decided we wanted to go away for a much needed break. We werent sure what to expect from the dry cabins. We had two of the three cabins. As we had our chihuahuas with us had the pet cabin, for other travellers with allergies they allow animals only in this one. It was very comfortable for my husband and I, our dogs and youngest child. However, our 4 older children got the Woody Guthrie cabin, pet free cabin. I was jealous. That cabin was light and airy, so much larger just like a 5 star hotel, the only difference was you had to walk to the bath house. Each cabin has its own shower room assigned the Woody G. Had the bath shower full bathroom assigned, just as you would have at home, everything was immaculately clean. Wendy made sure we were comfortable and made to feel at home. A great hostess and artist. I wish i could post our pictures to show other travellers how tranquil the setting is, it is just 50 yards off the road, inside the cabins you do not hear traffic, you cannot see the road from any of the cabins. We stayed for 2 nights would of happily stayed a week. We got to use the new fire pit for making smores, Wendy kindly started the fire for us. We cooked all our meals on the stove in the smaller pet cabin and we were totally able to. There are places in driving distance to go out to eat, however, that was not what we wanted for our getaway.

If you get the chance please try little bear cabins, my words cannot do them justice, we will be returning as soon as we can get away again. Thank you Wendy and Woody for sharing your little peace of heaven with us. A much more relaxed family

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This family were packed in a little tightly into two cabins, but certainly were able to enjoy their stay. They took full advantage of the kitchen to prepare huge family meals, and they really enjoyed the green space of our meadows and the new fire-pit pavilion. Some managed to go fishing and hiking nearby, while the rest just enjoyed their home-away-from-home, soaking up our very natural environment. I sat at the fire with them one evening and they were a delight to spend time with. I look forward to their return.
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Germantown, Maryland USA

A Perfect Launch for an Alaska Adventure

  • 5 of 5

Our first stop on our first trip to Alaska was Sheep Mountain Homestead Cabins. How pleased we were to find that all we had read and seen about the homestead was truly accurate! The cabins are private and immaculate with only a short walk to the bathhouse. And I must add it is just like your facilities at home once you open the door!

Wendy and Woody are exceptional hosts. Wendy even had phone conversations with us prior to our trip. Her advice on attractions and grocery shopping was "spot on." Upon our arrival, Wendy welcomed us with open arms seeing to our every need and orienting us to the area.

I most enjoyed my time with Wendy in her studio learning the art of Shibori while my husband soaked up the amazing mountain air with a short hike and relaxed on the porch of the cabin.

One day we explored the glacier with Wendy as our guide. It was truly an amazing experience!

We can't say enough about the homestead and the surrounding area to get a true Alaskan experience. Can't wait for our next visit!!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Carol and Lee truly enjoyed the real Alaska. Staying for several nights meant that they could experience the 'real feel' of our locale and what it offers - the glacier, the hiking, the amazing lodge restaurants and even cooking a home meal in the cabin, and stories of homestead life. There is no better place to relax with our views and our quiet woodland corner. Finding the silk studio, here away from it all, is sometimes surprising to people, but Carol, a quilter, took a one-day workshop, such fun, and left here with her dyed fabrics and scarves - great mementos of her stay.
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Impressed Eco-Adventurers

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent three nights here recently. Wendy, the host, was fantastic! She was very warm and helpful as we got settled in, and throughout our stay. However, she was not intrusive and we had plenty of privacy. When we had questions about the cabin heater, she responded (in person) in only a minute or two.The cabin was well-maintained, clean and comfortable. There is a wonderful wrap-around porch for viewing wildlife and appreciating the views of the valley, not to mention the blueberry patches all around! The bath-house was equally clean and comfortable and was only a short berry-picking walk away. We saw moose and dall sheep close by! There is an excellent restaurant within a mile and the glacier is about 10 minutes down the road. We would highly recommend this rental to anyone who appreciates the outdoors!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We want people who love the wilds of Alaska to love our place! We offer upscale accommodations in a rustic and very natural, unspoiled setting. It is quiet, peaceful, with astounding panoramic views. These two young hikers loved the fact that we had not "gentrified" our land too much and they could feel like they were truly deep in wilderness, but with all the comforts you might wish for!
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Anchorage, AK

Homestead Cabins were more than we imagined!

  • 5 of 5

My Book Group of 4 ladies stayed at Homestead Cabins (2 cabins), for 2 nights. We enjoyed the sights and scenery of the area along with a Shibori Workshop led by talented and expert teacher, Wendy Smith-Wood, owner of the place. We had a blast! Wendy was a great host, making our stay comfortable and memorable. The cabins are spotlessly clean and spacious. Our cabin had a comfortable queen and twin bed with hotel style linens. Amenities of each cabin: one with a new kitchen and dining table that easily sat all four of us, overlooked the Chugach range to the South, and, from the wrap around deck, the Talkeetna range to the North....spectacular! The bath house was impeccably clean with separate toilets and shower area - one bath area had a full bathtub/toilet/sink for privacy. There is no running water in the cabins, but a 5 gallon thermos gives all needed drinking water. Each cabin had a push button propane heater that stoked the place. I highly recommend this place for small groups who want a wonderful get away of 2-3 days to take advantage of Wendy's expertise in Shibori dying techniques. Three in our group had never touched this art form, had no previous experience with dyes, and walked away with 3-4 beautiful silk scarves. There's also the Matanuska Glacier just a few miles away to hike for added adventure. For us, it was more than worth the 2 1/2 hr drive from Anchorage for the many cherished memories. Thank you Wendy...we are planning a return in the spring!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful to see this group of old friends trying out a new activity together. The highlight for me was seeing the luminous smiles light up when we had the first silks hanging on the line to dry - they couldn't believe they'd made things so beautiful. Yet they went on to make truly fantastic shibori. I was delighted with the high quality of what they made. I had a super time with these wonderful women - lots of laughs, good food and great comversation!! Looking forward to their next visit.
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Nearest Airport
110 Miles
Anchorage International (ANC)
Car: necessary

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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May 28 2016 - Sep 18 2016
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

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Pet Fee $20
Tax Rate 5.0%

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Alaska Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3)
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • whitewater rafting
Working silk-dyeing studio, workshops and classes available - 4 people minimum. Outdoor cookhouse, firepit and grill - fully screened.

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