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

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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

Property Manager
Richard Cheney
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 10, 2016

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.


based on 59 traveler reviews

Modern Log Cabin Vacation Rental with En Suite Sauna in Talkeetna, Alaska
average rating of 4.9322033 based on 59 reviews

Time well spent!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great home base for our first trip to Alaska. This cabin is very well planned, tasteful, relaxing and rejuvenating. Everything you need is where it should be. Cabin was very clean. The Owner and Manager are friendly and professional. The kitchen is very well stocked with staples, spices, oils, awesome coffee, teas, tasty chocolates and almost anything you could need to prepare meals.

The sounds and smells of this place are unforgettable: Periodic train whistles and small aircraft engines quietly mix with sounds of the forest. Clean smells of cedar/pine in the cabin blend with the beautiful pine/birch/aspen rain forest smells of the region.

We stayed here the 3rd week of September. The fall colors were amazing throughout the region! We got to see the beginnings of winter with snow creeping down the higher mountains. The town of Talkeetna was relaxed and shifting from busy summer season to quiet winter. Everyone we talked to had a story to tell, and time to tell it. This is a cool, laid-back town.

The in-house library is a nice touch. We enjoyed "Talkeetna Good Time" and the local history books.

In town, the historical society's museum and the ranger's station are both worth a visit. Don't forget the river trails and beach. We enjoyed seeing bald eagles while watching the blue/green waters of the Talkeetna River mix with the sandy waters of the Chulita and Susitna Rivers.

We enjoyed the Roadhouse, Denali Brewpub, Mountain High Pizza Pie and all the other local restaurants and shops we visited. We had hoped for a flight-seeing tour from Talkeetna Air Taxi, but the weather conditions weren't optimal for flying. Hopefully next time!

Give yourself plenty of opportunities to see Mt. Denali. It was hidden behind clouds much of the week, but when the skies cleared, wow! The views from the river beach and overlook are amazing!

Denali State Park is relatively close with some good trails and viewpoints off the highway. Denali National Park is beautiful if you have time to make the drive. We were happy to see a family of moose and some elk there. Visit the sled dog kennels if you go there and see the puppies.

We also enjoyed the 26 glacier cruise out of Whittier which we took the day we flew out of Anchorage.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rob, thank you for taking the time to detail what sounds like a phenomenal first trip to frontier Alaska! We take great contentment in knowing you felt the comforts of home at Hale Kolea Cabin. We cherish our time in Talkeetna and appreciate the nuances you mentioned of the buzzing flights heading over Denali and the whistling trains traversing the village throughout the day and night. This is the soundtrack to Talkeetna. A charming destination full of small town wonder and hospitality. Thank you for highlighting the many activities that gave substance to your Alaskan experience. The "LINKS" section of our website at can be helpful in planning these adventures and seasonal activities in and around Talkeetna. Rob, we look forward to your return to Alaska, expounding your chronicles of our glorious 49th state. Safest travels!
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Great cabin

  • 5 of 5

Nice little cozy cabin. Very clean and owners are very easy to work with. Very happy with our stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kristina, thank you for taking the time to review your stay! We appreciate your kindness & business. Please call on us again should you decide to revisit Talkeetna village. Happy travels!
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  • 4 of 5

We had a very relaxing and beautiful weekend. The cabin was very clean, cozy and comfortable. We loved it.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sharon, thank you for your review and for choosing to stay at Hale Kolea Cabin. We're curious to know what more we could have provided to earn an additional fabulous star. Please consider us again in the future. Happy travels!
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Clean, comfortable, accommodating and relaxing place to stay in Talkeetna

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying at Hale Kolea Cabin. It is perfect and we will be coming back again! It has all the amenities we need to cook in ( we like to cook our own food). It is well kept and clean with everything in good working order. Love the safe for the environment theme with the products here too and the natural stone floor shower. It is so close to everything. Thank you for sharing your little bit of Hawaii in Talkeetna with us. We love Hawaii too !

Sharon and Harry Fedorek 8/23/16

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sharon, thank you again for your repeat business and returning to lovely Talkeetna. We're honored to have you as our very first return guests! And to hear that you may be staying with us for a third time is quite an honor. We enjoy hearing you find the kitchen functional for your cooking creations. And thank you for appreciating our effort towards sustainability and providing biodegradable products and supplies. Please keep in touch and we look forward to hearing about your future adventures. Happy travels!
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Beautiful Hale Kōlea Cabin in the Woods

  • 5 of 5

We loved our 3-night stay at the Hale Kolea Cabin! Thank you Richard & Kalani!

Perfect location - close to Talkeetna, but far enough away from the hustle & bustle of the town - in a very quiet & safe neighborhood.

The owners were easy to work with and quick to respond to questions.

The cabin was immaculate. Clean, neat, spacious with everything in working order. We loved the Hawaiian décor. Everything you see in the photos is accurate, except it's all better in person! Beautiful high-end finishes throughout. Comfortable bed (we like a firm mattress) and wonderful bed linens. Large bath with huge shower. We used the Finnish sauna - what a treat and so relaxing. Kitchen was well-stocked.

We arrived late at night, check-in was a breeze. We thought we'd have to go out the next morning for our coffee fix, but we found the Hawaiian roasted coffee in the freezer - so thoughtful of the owners and so convenient. Wi-Fi connection was excellent. Thank you, Richard & Kalani, for the box of Chocolate Macadamia Caramels from Hawaii. We shared our box of caramels on our Alaska cruise with my brother & his wife who have spent the month of March in Maui for the last 30 years - they recognized the box of caramels right away!

We checked-out on a Wednesday and our damage deposit was refunded the next day.

There is a reason why this property is 'frequently booked' and consistently highly-rated. Clean, well-maintained, beautifully decorated, spacious cabin in a great location - all with great customer service. What more could you ask for!

We would recommend Hale Kōlea Cabin to friends and family.

Thank you Richard and Kalani for a wonderful & memorable stay at Hale Kōlea Cabin!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Linda, a big mahalo to you for your complimentary details and stellar review! It is nice to know our efforts are making a positive difference. We are extremely blessed to have guests such as yourselves take great pleasure in our cozy cabin that has given us so many memorable moments. Much aloha and love has been spent creating the Hale Kolea Cabin experience from the carefully selected design aesthetic to the warm and welcoming staff, seamlessly orchestrated by our amazing manager. We could not do this without her. Thank you for your appreciation to details and allowing us the opportunity to pamper you during your Alaska stay. We take pride in knowing we have enhanced your experience of unique Talkeetna. Please keep in touch through our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr & Pinterest accounts. Best to you and happy travels!
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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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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
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

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 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
  • Housekeeper Included
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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