|Space||3,000 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Whether traveling to Fairbanks under the summer's midnight sun or winter's aurora borealis - you will find this peaceful setting a perfect base for your interior Alaskan vacation.
This 3,000sqft natural log home was built almost entirely from the white spruce trees that grew on the property. The original owner cut, hand peeled, and allowed the logs to dry. He then contracted a premier log home builder to hand scribe each log to fit into place in 1990. The log detail is a thing of beauty. It has that rustic, homey feeling that only log homes can give.
This premium log home offers views of the Alaska Range and Denali from the inside loft or while relaxing on the grand outdoor deck while grilling your favorite Alaskan seafood. During dark, clear nights enjoy star gazing and the excitement of the aurora borealis unobstructed by city lights from either inside or outside this well-appointed, truly Alaskan home.
The large upstairs loft bedroom sleeps four in a queen size bed and a pair of twin beds. Please note the set of twin beds are accessed over a low log wall using three stairs on each side of log wall. This gives some privacy from each of these adjoining sleeping spaces in the loft. This is a popular place to sleep and brings out the child in all my guests. The pair of downstairs bedrooms in the day light basement, each have queen size beds. All the bedrooms have views and are accessed via stairwells. There is also a futon bed that can be pulled out to sleep an additional two people. There are bathrooms conveniently located on all three levels.
There is a spacious eat-in kitchen and also a huge dining area that seats large groups comfortably. The kitchen is well-stocked with dishes, cooking utensils, and even spices and other essentials.
The sitting area near the fire is the most popular place to read, while the family room has a 60" curved television available for your viewing pleasure.
The keyless entry makes access convenient and there is no worry over lost keys.
Off street parking is plentiful and has headbolts for winter guests to plug in their vehicles when temperatures drop to 20 degress or colder.
I believe the peace and tranquility that guests enjoy while staying at this vacation rental comes from the "groundedness" of the home being built from truly local logs. It can't get more organic than that!
I arrived in Alaska in 1975. I have lived in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Petersburg, Arctic Circle Hot Springs Resort, and North Pole. Construction work took me around the state, but I found Fairbanks to be just the right size town for me. The people here are amazing! I have worked as an iron worker, retailer, cashier, florist, receptionist, teacher, and business owner. My talented children all live here in Fairbanks and I am now a proud grandmother.
Kathy Alonzo purchased this lodge in 2005
I bought this gorgeous natural log home property to fulfill a life-long dream of owning a bed and breakfast. After ten years of operating the B&B, I noted the need for family vacation rentals in this area and am moving in that direction.
Serene Natural Setting
Natural Log Construction
Three Acres of privacy
We were blessed to have found Kathy's home. A perfect base of operations for a perfect winter Alaska trip for three generations from 8 to 71 years young. The radiant-heated floors were toasty all the time ; the wood stove (firewood provided!) most excellent. The huge eat- in kitchen met our needs as five with views of Denali. And the table in the great room could do feasts for fifteen if needed. We had several nights of aurora displays with spotting greatly aided by texts from Kathy (!) and websites auroranotify.com and softservenews.com both of which let you sign up for useful real time automatic notifications. We also had an amazing aurora 'surgical strike' with Lynne at dogsledexcursions.com who took us out on very short notice in her funky truck. Iditarod finalist and Yukon Quest champion Bill Cotter took us dog sledding for an unforgettable 7 miles on snow and then his family warmly received us with fresh baked muffins. He's an hour out of town but the realest real deal! Kathy even texted us when the neighbors alerted her there was a indeed a Moose in the Garden...The beds were comfortable and the house is huge and beautiful. The easy trip into Fairbanks for shopping was 15 minutes. Certainly not the cheapest rental but at least in this case you get what you pay for. What a find!!
The house was great,, lots of rooms, well equipped, Kathy is very responsive to our needs. Would go again in a minute.
We were visiting to see the Aurora and not only did we see it, but one night it was right over the cabin. The home was very comfortable even in negative temperatures due to the radiant flooring, a real plus.
It was a nice place, beautiful home and well stocked. Though a bit removed from the rest of town it ended up working well for our large group. Only issue the whole time was cell service and wifi, but I believe that had to do with cell tower being down and not the accommodations. Kathy was a fantastic host was super communicative before folks arrived which helped put me at ease. Thank you Kathy for accommodating our group!
We were 2 couples who rented this house in March with the primary goal of seeing the Aurora. The cabin is very large and well furnished. It looks even better in person than in the photos. The house is oriented toward Denali which can be seen from most rooms in the house. There is also a large deck on that side of the house which I imagine would be very enjoyable in the summer when the temperatures are above freezing. The house is out of town so it is away from the city lights but still an easy drive into town for provisions. We were fortunate in that we saw the aurora 6 of the 7 nights we were here.
I gave the house 4 instead of 5 stars due to a few issues that I think could be easily remedied. One is that the vent over the stove did not draw any air out. This might not matter for just cooking breakfast but after a couple attempts at making dinners that involved smellier foods like onions or fish we just gave up because we had to open the doors and windows to air the place out. When it is 15deg out this is not really optimal. The other issue is that the downstairs bedrooms had no dressers to unpack into. While the rooms themselves are very small the closet is big enough that a small dresser would fit. I don't mind living out of a suitcase for a couple of days but if I'm staying in a home for a week I would like to unpack stuff like socks, underwear, etc.
I would also like to comment on the layout of the home. I personally like an open floorplan but the dynamics of the group should be considered when deciding to rent this home. Even after reading other reviews I did not realize that the entire upstairs, both bedroom and bathroom, has no sound or light isolation from the rest of the house. If everyone is on the same schedule this might not matter but it does if people have different sleeping schedules. Also, the upstairs bedroom is the ONLY room in the house that has a window that faces north and so can be used for aurora viewing. It IS a very beautiful window. However, when the upstairs couple went to bed, my husband and I had to sit outside (once again it was 10-15 deg out) for several hours to watch the aurora. By about 1 or 2 in the morning it fills the whole sky, even to the south, so then it was possible to move inside to watch it from other rooms. Obviously, this would not matter for a summer visit.
I would stay here again in a minute if it were just my husband and me, but it was not ideal for 2 couples.
Set in the heart of the boreal forest, A Moose in the Garden is within 15 minutes of the airport, train station, Riverboat Discovery dock, Ice Park, Ester, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Nearby are top-rated restaurants, grocery stores, and Isberg Recreational trails.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 16 2017 - Jun 24 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
If the guest wishes to cancel his/her reservation, the deposit will be refunded as follows:
100% if cancelled 90 days prior to the Check-in Date
75% if cancelled 60 days prior to the Check-in Date
50% if cancelled 30 days prior to the Check-in Date