750 sq ft with 1.5 bedroom, 1 bathroom/shower, full kitchen, deck
About David Monson
David Monson came to Alaska in 1977 to work as a lawyer for the Alaskan Railroad. After discovering the office life was not for him, he worked as a King Crab fisherman in the Aleutian Islands. In 1980 he discovered a love for sled dog racing and met his future wife, Susan Butcher. Together they ran the Iditarod and 1,000 mile Yukon Quest, along with many other races for over 25 years. After living in the Alaskan wilderness for many years, in 1990, David and Susan purchased the property on which Trail Breaker Cabin sits in Fairbanks, Alaska. The property boarders the Chena River and thousands of square miles of untouched Alaskan wilderness. After a battle with leukemia Susan passed away in August 2006. Her family, including two daughters, operate the kennel and continue the legacy of this historic place.
David Monson purchased this Cabin in 1990
Why David Monson chose Fairbanks
The property is very close to the Fairbanks airport and shopping, but, thanks to the trees, the lake and the river, it feels peaceful and secluded. This was the first cabin the family built and called "home" on the property. Because of their expanding family, David and Susan built their current house. Even though they no longer live in this cabin, the family will always be sentimentally attached to this cabin, their first home in the big city of Fairbanks.
What makes this Cabin unique
No other cabin in Fairbanks can offer the beauty and peace combined with the easy access to Fairbanks venues that this cabin offers. Sitting on the deck, gaze across the lake watching the wildlife Alaska offers and enjoy a morning cup of coffee. Watch the northern lights from the warmth of the indoors through the two large picture windows. A stay at this cabin would be the icing on the cake for your Alaskan experience
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Children not allowed
Minimum age of primary renter:18
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Cabin in the woods
No washer dryer...but great place
This was a very comfortable house, close to everything in Fairbanks. It was fun to catch site of the dogs being trained.
An unexpected gem in Fairbanks!
I booked this property for a 2 night stay and wasn't expecting much. Boy were we surprised! First, it's literally 5 minutes to everything, including the airport. The property is updated, clean and stocked with anything you'll need. I've been to several VRBO's where you have to buy your own toilet paper,
paper towels, etc, not here! David is an exceptional host that provided excellent information on the area as well as addressed any issues that arose.
One thing that didn't really stand out in the reviews that I read was you are staying on a secluded property on a private road. The Chena River borders the property and there is a large pond as well. Another wonderful surprise is David's Alaskan Husky dog kennel that has won the Iditarod sled dog race multiple times. Twice per day the dog sled team runs around the pond to get some exercise. We also did the evening tour of the dog kennel. It was an amazing experience, super educational and entertaining as well. The gift shop at the kennel was well stocked and very affordable.
An experience all in itself. Beautiful cabin, friendly people, incredible location. Wonderful stay on a lovely piece of property! Hope to come back one day.
Trail breaker cabin
Lovely home, convenient to many shops and airport.
Beautiful Modern Cabin!
You must stay at this beautiful cabin! It is so clean and has all the amenities you could ever need. The property is gorgeous, with a beautiful path to the lake behind the cottage. It’s a 2 hour drive to Denali and a 1.5 hour drive to Chena Hot Springs. It is conveniently located near the Fairbanks airport and minutes from a grocery store. I would absolutely stay here again. David was extremely responsive and accommodating. He gave us some great recommendations. Thank you for the wonderful stay David!