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Kristi McLean

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Between Beaches Pioneer Cabin and Cannery Cabin

10 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Kenai Peninsula Cabin Rental Photos and Description

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath (Sleeps 3)

Welcome! We invite you to bring your family and friends to this spectacular destination! Here you can watch the sun rise over one beach and set over the other! Our rustic 12' x 16' rental cabins, located on MacDonald Spit, are only steps away from the beach and waterfront of Kasitsna and Kachemak Bays. Each cabin, surrounded by spruce and alder, offer spectacular views of the bays, islands, and snow-capped mountains with out standing in their shade. Built by Alaskan pioneers, the Pioneer Cabin faces Kasitsna Bay and glows in the morning sunrise. The Cannery Cabin, built by Kristi and Brad, faces Kachemak Bay and catches the evening sunsets. Both cabins are equipped with full-sized bed and extra sleeping cot, full kitchens with running water, microwave, small fridge, electric heat, shower, and toilet. We provide utensils, pots and pans, towels and linens, and WIFI. Each cabin site includes picnic table, BBQ with propane, Adirondack chairs, clam rakes and buckets. Renters may use our fish cleaning table, freezer space, and rowboat. Kayaks for rent through Mako's water taxi. Whether you come to relax or play, enjoy an evening beach fire as the sun sets at 11:30 at night! Latitude and Longitude for mariners: 59.47635N 151.58977W

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Kristi McLean (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Kristi McLean

Your hosts, Kristi McLean and Brad Langvardt, are true Alaskans having spent most of their adult lives working and enjoying the great Alaska outdoors. Kristi, a life long Alaskan, was raised in a log cabin by her pioneer parents. By the age of 20, she had already coached skating and skiing, commercial fished, and was running her own boat and crew. Commercial fishing for salmon, halibut, crab, and herring have take her throughout Alaska's waters. A self-taught artist, working primarily in clay, she spends her free time sculpting in the new Alaska studio. Brad arrived in Alaska as a teenager, found work with a big-game guide, and at 21 became a registered guide. He started his own guiding business and for over 20 years guided hunters and fishermen from all over the globe. Being a pilot for over 40 years, he has been able to see most of Alaska from his plane. In addition Brad builds wood skiffs and drift boat here in his work shop.

Kristi McLean purchased this cabin in 1965

Why Kristi McLean chose Kenai Peninsula

The inspirational wonder of Alaska's marine environment is right outside your cabin door.

What makes this cabin unique

The waters of Kachemak Bay are some of the richest in the world for sea life, offering visitors an unforgettable experience. Here you will see bald eagles and sea otters from your doorstep. The unique geology of the area, has produced a fantastic setting for beach combing, tide pooling (best at minus tides), fishing and wild life. Watch the sun rise over one beach and set over the other.


based on 10 traveler reviews

Between Beaches Pioneer Cabin and Cannery Cabin
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Personal Favorite!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in this quaint, quiet cabin on McDonald’s spit back in January. McDonald’s spit is a lovely spot, one of my personal favorites among the areas located across Kachemak Bay from Homer. We spent the afternoon walking on the inner beach; spotting sand dollars and wildlife and the evening catching a meteor shower from our campfire on the outer beach. We are going to plan our next visit returning during a big low tide to view the tidepools, something I haven’t done since I was a kid.

Kristy was a wonderful host and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the history of the property and life “Across the Bay”. It is a special place, and Kristy has adorned it with care and thoughtful touches that reflect her love of the area.

The cabin was well equipped with everything we needed for a comfortable stay (even in the middle of winter!). We fell asleep listening to the tide quietly lap against the beach. If you are looking for an authentic Alaskan experience, I would highly recommend staying at Between the Beaches. We can’t wait until we can return!

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Couldn't be better!

  • 5 of 5

Two friends and myself decided to go spend the weekend at the Between Beaches cabins. We decided to go because the tides were below 3.2 and the wether was supposed to be nice. Not only was the weather beautiful and the tide pooling spectacular, but we saw an amazing northern lights show. We went out tide pooling at night to see if we could catch a glimpse of an octopus, which we did, and then we looked up for one of the best light shows I have ever seen. We actually stood there in amazment without realizing that the tide was coming up, getting close to the tops of our boots. It was a very special moment. Not only was the weather, tide pooling, and northern lights amazing but I am 8 months pregnant and I was so comfortable sleeping, cooking, and walking around, it's just what I needed. Even the ride to and from the cabin from Mako's Water Taxi was pleasant relaxing.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Homer, AK

A Special Place

  • 5 of 5

Our long anticipated trip to Between the Beaches was finally happening. A nice water taxi ride from the Homer Spit across Kachemak Bay, through Eldridge Passage, past Cohen, Yukon and Hesketh Islands, the the iconic Elephant Rock brought us to Kasitsna Bay and McDonald Spit. A friendly greeting from Kristi, the owner of Between the Beaches, made us feel welcome from the start. We unloaded kayaks, food and personal bags then made the short carry up to the Pioneer Cabin. Kristi then led on a tour of the grounds and shared stories of family, adventures, and fishing there on McDonald Spit. The weathered grey cabin suited our needs perfectly, a comfortable bed, a nice kitchen and lights for evening reading. Our two day visit consisted of walking the beaches, marveling at the contorted rock layers at Nubble Point, enjoying the birds, the otters and paddling around Kasitsna Bay. Only the promise of a great dinner kept us from paddling on to Jakalof Bay to check out the oyster farms. We had an equally good time just exploring around the house, cabins, and sauna. Finding Kristi's and Brad's art scattered about along the paths, hanging from trees and displayed on outbuilding walls was like a scavenger hunt. One could easily spend a week at Between the Beaches and not see or do it all.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The whole family had a fantastic time staying in the Pioneer Cabin, at Between the Beaches. It is a very cozy, comfortable, and unique cabin. We had everything we needed (well stocked kitchen with oven/stove, coffee maker, microwave, etc.). We used a propane BBQ for our dinner, as well.

We were very comfortable, but two did sleep on comfortable thick mats that are available to lay out on the floor. (There are beds for 3, as well as a cot that can be put up.)

We all loved walking the beach, enjoyed a sauna, and cozied up for some games in the cozy cabin. There are so many wonderful touches, and Kristi and Brad were perfect hosts.

I would recommend this for those who want a true Alaska experience (but with all the comforts of home!).

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Homer, Alaska

Magical adventure

  • 5 of 5

Our weekend Between the Beaches was wonderful. The Other side of the Bay is always a treat, but this location can't be beat. We were too busy walking the beaches and kayaking to even think about going into Seldovia. The cabin is rustic, just the way you would want a cabin to be. There was everything you could want to cook a good meal and share a glass of wine. The bed was very comfortable and we went to sleep to the sound of the surf and the light of the full moon. There is no running water in the winter, but the outhouse was close by. All the artistic touches of pottery, driftwood, quaint paths, outdoor furniture, decks and privacy are well thought out and add a special charm. I would love to come back in the summer and use the sauna, the beautiful shower, go clamming and fishing. We will bring our kayaks again and maybe the bikes to explore more of the area. The cabin is on the road if you go to Seldovia first, but also reached by water taxi. It is not far from Homer, but worlds away.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Homer AK

Beach, Fam, Fun

  • 5 of 5

What a fun visit we had at Between the Beaches! Very nice cabin, small but cozy, comfortable, well laid out, authentic — really felt like the Alaska you read about from the old days.

The highlight for me were the beach walks with the family. If there’s wind on one side of McDonald Spit, the other side will be calm and protected. Wide open views of the Cook Inlet volcanoes on one side and the Kenai Mountains on the other. There’s great bird watching, and otters cruising around in the bay. We collected rocks, shells, driftwood. While rubber boots aren’t necessary to enjoy a long walk on the spit, I think a comfortable pair is really important to make the most of a hike and to get into the wet intertidal zone. The kids especially liked wading around the water’s edge, so the higher the boot-top the better. I would say binocs are pretty important for scanning the water and the mountains.

Also, I love saunas, and I got to take one there.

Kristi is an easy and fun host. She’s lived and worked there for much of her life, so lots of good stories and local knowledge. You can tell she loves the place by all the artistic details she’s added over the years, and she genuinely enjoyed sharing it with us. (Thanks Kristi!)

Will definitely go again when we get the chance!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
In Seldovia - 'Linwood'
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Seldovia - 'Board Walk'
Nearest Ski
7 Miles
Red Mountain
Car: not necessary

Coordinates: MacDonald Spit

Latitude: 59 28'N, Longitude 151 34'W

Between Beaches, one of Alaska's most beautiful destinations, is the ideal location for vacationing singles, couples, and families. Just as the name states; Between Beaches is situated on MacDonald Spit, a mile long finger of ancient glacier moraine, with beach frontage on Kasitsna Bay and Kachemak Bay. Located 13 miles SW of Homer and 8 miles NE of historic Seldovia, Between Beaches is easily reached by water taxi from the Homer boat harbor, the State ferry Tustumena to Seldovia, or a short airplane ride to the Seldovia airport. Arrivals in Seldovia will require a short taxi and walk.


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May 1 2016 - Oct 1 2016
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Oct 2 2016 - Apr 30 2017
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Kenai Peninsula Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 192 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Books
  • Games
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 3 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • wind-surfing

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