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Richard Cheney

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Modern Log Cabin Vacation Rental with En Suite Sauna in Talkeetna, Alaska

Bedrooms Studio
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Convertible Bed(s), 1 Bath (Sleeps 2)

Hale Kōlea (Ha-lay Co-lay-ah) Cabin is an available custom built log cabin vacation rental located in the rural neighborhood of east Talkeetna, just a 15-minute walk from the popular historic district. We are a SMOKE FREE & NO PETS establishment that measures 616 sq/feet (57.23 sq/m) and designed with a welcoming open studio layout (no bedrooms). Hale Kōlea Cabin vacation rental is an ideal getaway for two persons with a queen bed available.

Modern amenities include: Wi-Fi, LCD TV, Blu-ray/DVD player with Internet streaming options, Sony speaker i-Dock/Bluetooth stereo and an en suite Finnish sauna.

Hale Kōlea Cabin vacation rental is a NO HOST log cabin with a fully equipped stainless steel kitchen and separate laundry room. The spa-like bathroom boasts a luxurious glass walled shower with pebbled flooring & a custom en suite Finnish sauna. Hale Kōlea Cabin's furnishings have been meticulously selected to reflect a Hawaiian sensibility and include items such as hand quilted Hawaiian pillows, custom artwork and stunning solid maple hardwood flooring. Hale Kōlea Cabin vacation rental is committed to sustainability by using: LED/CFL lighting, ENERGY STAR efficient appliances, windows, doors, and insulation; ESP certified cabinetry, recycled quartz counter tops and biodegradable cleaning products & supplies.

Come experience the spirit of aloha at Hale Kōlea Cabin!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Richard Cheney (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Richard Cheney

Hale Kōlea Cabin is a labor of love project by owner, Richard Cheney and his partner Kalani Chong. Richard, a graduate of University of Michigan, grew up in Williamston, Michigan and has been a Hawaii resident for over 35 years. Richard is a 12-time Honolulu Marathon and 3-time Iron Man finisher. His partner Kalani is a Native Hawaiian whose lineage can be traced back to Hawaii's Princess Ka'iulani. Kalani enjoys traveling to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and collecting vinyl records as art. Both live in Honolulu, Hawaii and work in the health care industry.

Richard Cheney purchased this cabin in 2012

Why Richard Cheney chose Alaska

Richard and Kalani unknowingly fell in love with Talkeetna while on a March 2012 winter vacation that began with Anchorage, then Fairbanks and eventually ended with a picturesque Aurora train ride to the charming town of Talkeetna. One night's stay in Trapper John's Cabin is all it took to launch research of available real estate that quickly led to groundbreaking four months later on July 3, 2012.

What makes this cabin unique

For the past 3 years, a kōlea bird or Pacific Golden Plover appeared every August at Richard and Kalani's residence in Honolulu, Hawaii. Every day this kōlea bird could be seen grazing the grassy parts of their property for an insatiable appetite of insects, all while enjoying the warm Hawaiian sun. Every April, their bird would vanish and heed its migratory call to flock north to Alaska. This miracle instinct fittingly inspired the cabin's name, Hale Kōlea (Ha-lay Co-lay-ah) or 'Kōlea House'.

We sincerely appreciate your interest in making Hale Kolea Cabin as a part of your next Alaskan adventure. We look forward to your stay.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(50 traveler reviews)
Modern Log Cabin Vacation Rental with En Suite Sauna in Talkeetna, Alaska
average rating of 4.98 based on 50 reviews

Perfect for a get-away

  • 5 of 5

Me and my wife came here for our honeymoon, and it was perfect. We were looking for a place where we could be away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday, and that is exactly what we got. The employees involved in this reservation were friendly and helpful, and the property is like a fairy tale.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Clark, thank you for sharing your experience. We're very grateful that your parents enjoyed their stay with us so much that they sent you our way for such a momentous occasion. Congratulations and may you have an amazing fairy tale life and live happily ever after! We look forward to your return to Talkeetna village. Safe travels!
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"Vacation from your vacation"

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful Talkeetna cabin was our splurge lodging for a 2 week trip. It didn't disappoint.

The cabin is a studio, but felt plenty large. Perfect for singles or couples.

There are many custom, high end features including an incredibly well equipped kitchen. The bathroom and sauna were especially nice. What a treat for sore muscles at the end of the day! We also appreciated having a washer/dryer half way through our trip.

Local manager was very efficient and helpful.

Staying in Talkeetna gave us great access to Denali State Park where we had lots more views of the mountain than we did from Denali National Park. Spend some time in the State park. It's less visited and affords a number of beautiful viewpoints and hikes. Talkeetna also has some fun restaurants and shops as well as a great little local museum. Don't miss the Mountaineering exhibit and a wonderful 3-D mode of Denali. You already know that Talkeetna is great for flightseeing access.

If you do choose to stay in Talkeetna, you will love this beautiful cabin.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Diane, thank you for taking the time to share what sounds like an amazing experience in Talkeetna & the lesser visited Denali State Park. We're glad you found the kitchen exceeded your needs. We love to cook (and eat!) and designed the layout to be stylish, yet efficient and functional. Thank you for feeling at home in Hale Kolea Cabin. We appreciate you staying with us and we look forward to your return. Happy travels!
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Charming cottage

  • 5 of 5

This home in Talkeetna is really charming. Richard and his wife have done a very nice job with it. It is everything the VRBO listing describes, and more.

They also pay close attention to detail and are very considerate in anticipating their guests needs. Lots of thoughtful amenities. And the kitchen lacks nothing -- well equipped and intuitive.

The neighbor hood is quiet and well located. Not in the heart of town, but very close to town.

We had a great weekend there. And would definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Scott & thank you for taking the time to share your experience! We are grateful that you decided to stay with us given the many lodging options available in Talkeetna. It's nice to hear that you enjoyed the well equipped kitchen and that it met all your needs. We look forward to your return in the future. All the best to you and happy travels!
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Amazing Little Cabin

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a couple nights at the Hale Kolea cabin in Talkeetna on a recent trip to Alaska. We found the cabin exactly as advertised and very well appointed. The cabin is cozy and relaxing with an outstanding location. The owner and the property manager are very friendly and accommodating. I would definitely rent this cabin again in the future.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Chad thank you for choosing Hale Kolea Cabin and for sharing your experience with us. We would be honored to host you in the future. Safe & happy travels!
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The pefect place to stay in Talkeetna!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had the most amazing time at Richard and Kalani's cabin. it is obvious how much thought and love they have put in designing their vacation home. Everything is top-notch and we felt so cozy and comfortable.

After spending hours exploring the area cross-country skiing, it was so nice to come home to a relaxing and therapeutic sauna.

Talkeetna is a funky little town and we felt so fortunate to have amazing views of Denali while we were there. It was also the first time we have ever had picnics on frozen lakes and big rivers. Soooo cool!

If you have the opportunity to stay at the Hale Kolea cabin, don't hesitate. You'll be so glad you did! It is the perfect space for a couple.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for opening up your home to us Richard and Kalani.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karen, you are most welcome! Mahalo for choosing our cabin as home base for your Alaskan adventures. Sounds like the Finnish sauna was a perfect accompaniment to your cross-country escapes. We are extremely blessed to have the type of renters such as yourselves that appreciate quality accommodations. Please call on us again when you return to Talkeetna. We look forward to hosting you again. Happy travels!
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Exquisite Rental

  • 5 of 5

We had a marvelous time in this wonderful cabin and location. The description was true to the property, and everything was just as described. It was immaculate and comfortable, easy to keep tidy, and well stocked. We enjoyed the nearby cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, flightseeing (Talkeetna Air Taxi is the best!), aurora borealis photography, thank you Aurora Dora, dining at Mountain High Pizza Pie, Twister Creek, and the Roadhouse. The National Parks Service Visitor Center was delightful and it was fun to learn about Denali. I would recommend this to anyone, family or friends, or even those I don't know. A perfect couple retreat where we could be ourselves and enjoy nature.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gordon, we're so glad you were able to enjoy the many activities to be experienced in Talkeetna. We look forward to our times in Talkeetna, simply getting away from our hectic lifestyles to just cherish time together and with friends. Sounds like you were able to relish in this serenity too. Thank you for choosing Hale Kolea Cabin and including us in your Alaskan adventures. We welcome your return. As always, safe & happy travels!
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Denali Brewing Company
"Talkeetna may be a town of less than 900 residents, however they do have an amazing microbre..."
Wildflower Cafe
"Place can be hit or miss, but their soups are a standout."
Mountain High Pizza Pie
"Great pizza, perhaps the best in all of Alaska! Love their offering of make-your-own slices..."
Nagley's Store
"Historical landmark. Great for incidentals and nik naks (check the upstairs), Alaska-made ..."
Flying Squirrel Bakery Cafe
"Amazing daily bread specials and bakery! Try their apricot almond die for! ..."
Talkeetna Roadhouse
"Situated on Main Street, this landmark represents the heart and soul of all that is amazing ..."
Talkeetna Air Taxi Inc
"Flightseeing company since 1947. Located in east Talkeetna and offering a variety of sights..."
Cubby's Marketplace
"Cubby's Marketplace is an IGA Supermarket and actually the best bet for most of your grocery..."
Brown Jug
"Best liquor store on your way to Talkeetna from Anchorage. Best to buy here before last cha..."
Taco Cancun Mexican Grill
"Best Mexican restaurant in Wasilla on your way to Talkeetna from Anchorage. Owned/managed b..."
Houston Lodge Restaurant
"New family management and what a great stop along the way to Talkeetna! Immaculately clean r..."
Nearest Airport
120 Miles
Anchorage International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Denali Brewing Company
Nearest Train
Alaska Railroad
Nearest Motorway
16 Miles
Parks Highway Alaska 3
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Swiss Alaska Inn
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Susitna River Beach Area
Car: not necessary

Talkeetna is the 'gateway' to Denali National Park & a great home base for activities such as: flightseeing tours to Denali (Mt. McKinley); mountaineering; salmon & fly fishing; hunting; horse back ridding; zip lining; cross country skiing; wilderness hiking; snow machining; dog sledding; shopping; restaurants and local craft fairs.

Evening summer concerts in the park are a favorite attraction for locals and visitors. Talkeetna was the inspiration for the popular TV series, 'Northern Exposure'.

Popular festivals are the Moose On The Loose parade & auction in July and Winterfest during the entire month of December, culminating with the Wilderness Woman contest and Bachelor Auction & Ball.

The core downtown district is classified as a National Historic Site which includes buildings dating back to the early 1900s, including Nagley's General Store, Fairview Inn and the Talkeetna Roadhouse. Mayor of Talkeetna is a cat named Stubbs.


Rates & Availability

Talkeetna Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer (Peak Season)
Jun 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer (Peak Season)
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 5.0%

Check in time: 3 pm
Check out time: 11 am

Unauthorized checkout after 11 am will be subject to a $100 withholding from the incentive/damage deposit.

*Note: Credit card processing fee will be deducted from any incentive/damage deposit refund. As of Feb. 16, 2016: all bookings subject to VRBO service fee.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Alaska Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 616 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Luxurious bathroom suite w/ adjoining custom built Finnish cedar sauna
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom Area - 1 queen , No designated bedrooms; open studio layout
  • Open, studio-style layout (*Note: No Designated Bedrooms); Queen size Beds (1).
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting
Honda EU2000i Back up generator available and operated only by discretion of Management

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