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River House - 2 bedrooms 2 bath sleeps six; beautiful living area, full kitchen

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Amazing Location Wonderful Views, Secluded Relaxing Spot yet CLose to Town

River House is a wonderful vacation rental cottage, situated on the Chilkat River in Haines, Alaska. The view is stupendous, the wildlife viewing opportunities are awesome.

River House is close to town (about 1 mile from downtown), but feels miles and miles away. You'll be at the mouth of the Chilkat River, where it meets saltwater in the Chilkat Inlet. At high tide you are on salt water; at low tide you are on fresh water. Find out more about the Surroundings...


Completely independent cottage - you can rent either one bedroom unit or the whole cottage

Upper unit: Queen bedroom, bath, living room, dining area, fully equipped kitchen

Lower unit: Queen bedroom, bath, mini-kitchen.

More Details

Deborah Vogt
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Deborah Vogt

I'm a retired lawyer, and former assistant attorney general for the state of Alaska. I came to Alaska in 1971 to go backpacking in the Brook Range; the next year a friend and I began guiding backpacking trips, which I did for 12 summers. Then law school; then 25 years in Juneau with the state. I retired in 1999; my husband died i n 2001. I moved to Haines the next year, buying the unfinished house up the hill from River House. A few years later I bought River House.

Deborah Vogt purchased this cottage in 2004


Haines Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main floor bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Main floor: Tub, shower, toilet, vanity,
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - lower unit ground floor - 1 queen , Two single memory foam sleeping pads available
    Top floor bedroom - 1 queen , Queen bed, & window ledge sleeping bench, 2 memory foam pads
  • Up a spiral staircase from main living area; Gorgeous views from the queen bed; quality linens; window reading/sleeping ledge; overhead window; dresser, bookshelf filled with books about Alaska and the north; bedside tables, radio, phone, under-eave closet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
River House has two units, each with one bedroom and a bath. The information here describes the entire cottage. The cottage itself is 2.5 stories, with the main living area on the middle, or second, floor. You can rent just the upper unit or the lower unit, or the whole cottage. The units have separate entrances.


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River House - 2 bedrooms 2 bath sleeps six; beautiful living area, full kitchen
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Great modern and cozy cabin with stunning view

  • 5 of 5

This place has all the modern conveniences yet has that wonderful South East Alaska cabin feel. Nestled on the edge of the Chilkat river delta you feel miles away from anyone, yet you are still in the town of Haines. It has all the conveniences, great kitchen, deck with views, TV and wifi for those needing to be connected. We would highly recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review! Glad you enjoyed your stay.
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  • 5 of 5

Fantastic location, view, service, furnishings - it's even better than it looks online.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! Glad River House worked out for you. Deb
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We had a great stay, clean, cozy cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in Haines and really enjoyed the comfort of River House cabins. Easy to find, close to everything. Friendly service and we will definitely book again next year!!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, glad you had a good stay! See you again next time. Deb
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Sierra Madre, California

Wonderful little place

  • 5 of 5

We rented both the upper and lower units together. The upper unit has a splendid view of the river mountains from inside the house and on the deck. We saw bear, bald eagles and seals(?) playing out front. The upstairs bedroom has a window through the roof over the bed - we watched stars, satellites and, one night, the aurora while laying snug in bed.

The location is a two minute drive or fifteen minute walk from downtown Haines, so it convenient, but it is off the main roads on a little dead-end gravel road, so you'll never see the crowds to know a cruise ship is in town. There is also a meadow and gravelly beach a few minutes walk away where we roasted marshmallows a few evenings (not sure if that is legal). The meadow was nice in early August; there was one spot where I could pick wild blueberries with one hand and wild raspberries with the other.

The house also comes with a sauna, the usual kitchen supplies, TV and, oh, a nice little bench built into a upstairs window where you can lay and look out over the river.

The lower unit is basic and does not have the views and only a minimal set of kitchen supplies, although you only have to step outside and walk a minute down to the meadow and beach.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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amazing magical spot

  • 5 of 5

We love this cabin, and the amazing location. Wonderful wildlife viewing and a small but functional space.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Britt -- I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you back again, with Poppy , Deb
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Chapel Hill, NC

My favorite accommodation in Haines

  • 5 of 5

A return visitor, as I come to Haines at least once a year - a family thing! I stayed at a variety of spots until I found River House. Regardless of the season, I love the setting, the views, the perfect size of the lower unit (for me), and the warm attentive service. It is peaceful and relaxing as a home base while supplying the energy for adventuring.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi! Thanks for the review, and for your continued patronage. See you next year! Deb
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Haines Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Halsingland Hotel & Fort Seward Lodge
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Alaska Marine Highway System
Nearest Golf
4.5 Miles
Valley of the Eagles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Haines Highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Halsingland Hotel & Fort Seward Lodge
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Heliskiing, Backcountry, Catskiing
Nearest Beach
0.01 Miles
Right out front
Car: recommended

Some people say that if you come to Haines, you don't need to go anywhere else in Alaska. Haines has it all: outdoor recreation, spectacular scenery, true small town atmosphere, and friendly 'locals.' You can visit the wonderful Kroschel Wildlife Center; explore the restaurants and shops in the historic Fort Seward; join a sightseeing/wildlife viewing tour; spend an unforgettable hour at the unlikely Hammer Museum, go flightseeing with Drake or Paul, or just snuggle in and enjoy the spectacular views from the charming River House.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

River house has two separate units and can be rented as such or as the whole cottage. Rates shown here are for the entire cottage. Please see website for rates for individual units.

50% due upon reservation, remainder on checkout. Cash or check; non-US travelers: money order. Call for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.