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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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Talkeetna Cabin Rental Photos and Description

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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(54 traveler reviews)
Modern Log Cabin Vacation Rental with En Suite Sauna in Talkeetna, Alaska
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 54 reviews

Wonderful, clean, modern cabin

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Hale Kolea cabin in Talkeetna. Even though it's "in town" the forest surrounding the cabin makes you feel like you are way out in the wilderness. The cabin is well equipped and very clean. The sauna was wonderful after a long day of traveling. Talkeetna has some really great places to eat. We stayed four different places in Alaska during our trip, this was definitely our favorite.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ryan, thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Hale Kola Cabin. We definitely feel that our location, a 15-minute walk, east of the summer bustling Main St., is a perfect locale to reclaim a sense of privacy in a cozy neighborhood atmosphere. The Finnish sauna is a popular reprieve especially during the upcoming winter months. A perfect treat after a day's journey or night braving the cold for an Aurora Borealis sighting. Mahalo for your business and we look forward to hosting you in the future. Safe & happy travels!
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Awesome Modern cabin

  • 4 of 5

Very nice modern studio Log cabin in a quiet neighborhood not too far from the downtown area shops and restaurants. Great walk in shower with plenty of room for two people. Didn't use the Sauna but it looked nice. Nice lighting and furnishings, but could of used another night stand by the bed. Bed area was a little cramped as it was pushed up against the wall. Overall, we wish we had more time and would definitely recommend this to our friends and stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha John! Thank you for sharing your experience. Hale Kolea Cabin was designed with an open studio layout, mindful of symmetry and balance. We market ourselves as not having a designated bedroom. In order for us to comply with your preference for an additional night stand, we would need to downgrade the current queen bed to a double. We feel a double bed is truly cramped for two people; therefore we opted for just one mango wood night stand in the space provided. Richard is a fan of an accessible night stand, therefore he is the one that sleeps closest to it. Also, you may have noticed, above the head of the bead are three recessed dimmable LED lights for your reading pleasure. The switch for these lights are easily accessible from bed. We're curious, how did you enjoy the complimentary chocolate macadamia caramels and Hawaiian roasted coffee? We would be blessed to host you again and as always we wish you the happiest of travels.
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Exceptional property, we want to return

  • 5 of 5

Hale Kōlea far exceeded our expectations. It is the perfect combination of rustic and convenient. This cabin is solid wood from the maple floors to the teak tables, to the perfectly fitted logs. A thoroughly modern kitchen, dimmable lights, westward facing high windows and a walk-in shower that we are going to try to create in our own home. Hale Kōlea is a very carefully planned retreat, perfectly provisioned with just the right kitchen wares, just the perfect place to lie back and imagine that Sam McGee and White Fang are just next door. But they are not, there is only a sweet yellow cat next door that loves his belly scratched. It is a nice walk to downtown Talkeetna 's cafe's, inn's and taverns all within a few steps of each other. And if you walk South a few hundred feet, you reach the airport; jumping off place for all the wonders of back country Alaska. We took the Air Taxi Denali flight and glacier landing. That was just so incredible you can't really process what you are seeing right away. You have to come back to Hale Kōlea, sit on the front deck with a cold beer and slowly process what you have just seen. All and all, this place was perfect for the two of us, and we've seen a lot of places in our 53 years of marriage. This was one of the best! And did I tell you about the excellent little library, I regret that we had to leave before I could finish Denali Stories. And by the way, it has a TV that might work we don't know because we never found time to watch it.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bill, mahalo for your lovely review! It really is such an honor, four years into deciding to offer Hale Kolea as a vacation rental, to receive such high praises. You've touched our hearts with such kind words. Thank you for choosing Hale Kolea Cabin as home base for your Alaskan adventures. We'd love to see pictures of your shower renovations and are proud to have provided you inspiration. Thank you for noticing the various woods we have used to adorn our cabin: from the hand-scrapped hardwood maple floors, to the African sapele dining light and teak and mango wood end tables. We have also had the once in a lifetime pleasure of a flight-seeing experience and glacier landing with Talkeetna Air Taxi. We understand how awe-struck you were afterwards. We were in tears, so fortunate for the opportunity to witness the shear beauty of Mother Nature that requires our constant protection. Thank you for enjoying our tiny, thematic "library" celebrating the Alaska-Hawaii connection. We look forward to your return to finish your readings and further experience the joys of Alaska & Talkeetna. Also, rest assured, the TV works just great and Netflix, along w/ an excellent collection of DVD & Blu-ray movies, are provided. Best to you and as always, safe and happy travels!
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Great location

  • 4 of 5

Loved the location - an easy walk to the funky sweet town of Talkeetna. I had to take a pic of the floor in the bathroom as it is made of beautiful river rocks. The owners were helpful and accommodating. The only complaint is the location of the bed and no black out curtains on the high up windows made it challenging to sleep during the long lit summer days in Alaska. We did bring eye covers for sleeping and ended up sleeping at the foot of the bed so we wouldn't face the uncovered Windows. Beautiful, quiet place.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Carol, first off thank you for your business and choosing our home to stay while in funky Talkeetna. Weʻre glad you enjoyed the eclectic nature this tiny town has to offer. Our showerʻs river rocks were especially appropriate since Talkeetna is near the convergence of three mighty rivers. Thank you for heading the provided instructions to bring your eye shades for sleeping, as Alaksa in the summer is the Land of the Midnight Sun. We continue to not provide black out shades for the upper triangular windows due to akward & unsightly applications currently on the market. Most renters during our summer months are satisfied with the eye shades they bring. Should you decide to return we would like to extend you a discounted stay during our lovely winter months where Talkeetna receives only 3-5 hours of daylight. Again, thank you for your honesty and as always, safe and happy travels!
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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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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:
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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
May 1 2018 - May 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Summer (Peak Season)
Jun 1 2018 - Aug 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $60
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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Talkeetna 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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