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
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
We loved our stay - excellent location, very clean, well stocked cabin. Dave was helpful and friendly. We will definitely try to book here again if we get to Fairbanks!
Rural Alaska on the outskirts of town
This cozy cabin sits on a lake next to the Chena River. A short walk through the forest where moose frequently roam takes you to the Tanana River which is frozen over in the winter. Dog sledding is available just across the lake at Trail Breaker Kennels. The large windows of the cabin face north for a nice view of the aurora when visible.
David, the owner, lives in the big cabin across the lake and was quick to respond when we got locked out of the cabin. Getting to play with his pups, Fred and Joni Mitchell were always a highlight. With all the acreage and forest it felt like being in rural Alaska, yet stores and restaurants were just minutes away. Well worth the stay.
Best of both worlds! Comfort, convenience and surrounding beauty with views of the Aurora!
We came to Fairbanks for four nights in early March to see the Aurora. We've stayed at many rentals around the country over the years, and this was the most unique and wonderful stay we've ever had. The Trail Breaker Cabin was perfect!! It's just a few minutes from the airport and from Fairbanks, but the location is in a large, picturesque wooded area that feels like you are miles into the wilderness. There were two of us, but the cabin would have easily slept more. The cabin is lovely, very nicely decorated with all the amenities we needed and more. We rented a car at the airport to drive into town. We saw the Aurora 3 out of 4 nights, which was fantastic. The first night we watched the Aurora dance across the sky from the cabin window (and ran outside because we were so excited). The second night we took the Northern Lights Tour to Chena Hot Springs (on their website), and the third night took one of the Aurora chasing tours out of Fairbanks that drove us far out of the city. Each night was amazing and different. The fourth night was cloudy and no Aurora, but we didn't mind. The cabin owner, Don Monson was very kind and helpful, and we drove over to the sled dog kennel where Christine was also friendly and informative, telling us about raising sled dogs. It was an amazing trip, and the Trail Breaker Cabin was PERFECT!!! We would definitely stay here again!
Loved watching the dogs run past the cabin!
Sweet cabin! Clean. Great kitchen. Special artwork. Wonderful walking trails. Fun hearing the dogs across the pond and run past the cabin. We had a peaceful and lovely stay.
Thank goodness for a flat tire...
We had planned to go for a drive the first day in Fairbanks. We woke up, noticed a flat tire on our rental car. We decided to go for a walk and met the property owner. It was such a great encounter and he helped us so much we decided to stick around and explore the property instead.
We had a wonderful interaction with the people working in the kennels. They gave us good suggestions on other things to do and see for the remainder of our visit in Fairbanks.
The house was very clean and comfortable. The kitchen was the most well equipped we've seen in a rental. There were also many choices for coffee.
We did get to see the northern lights and are already planning a return trip.
Wonderful, cozy cabin and a great getaway!
My wife and I couldn’t have asked for anything more for our stay in Fairbanks to see the Northern Lights. The cabin was spotless, comfortable and warm. Every question we had was addressed immediately. Just a wonderful experience altogether!
The McLennans were great guests. The cabin looked as if no one has used it. We would welcome them back any time.