700 Sq. Ft., 1 Bedroom Cabin With All Utilities And Full Kitchen. Private Sauna.
Peter D. Armington
About Peter D. Armington
Peter retired in 2011 after a 38-year career working as a park ranger for the National Park Service. He served as the Chief Ranger of Denali National Park from 2003 until 2011. He started his NPS career as a backcountry/climbing ranger in Colorado's Rocky Mountain NP. Subsequent assignments took him to Yosemite, Grand Teton and Isle Royal National Parks. Peter specialized in search and rescue throughout his NPS career. He developed a revolutionary new helicopter rescue technique in Grand Teton which in 1994 earned him the Hal Foss Award, the highest annual award presented by the National Association for Search and Rescue. In a formal 2009 ceremony in Washington DC, the Secretary of the Interior presented Peter with the prestigious peer-nominated Harry Yount Award, the highest honor an NPS ranger can aspire to. He remains most proud of all the lives he and fellow rangers helped save during his career. In 2013, the Discovery Channel asked us to participate in an episode of their "Buying Alaska" series. We did it for grins and giggles and got paid gas and lunch money for three long days of shooting. How generous! One can still find our episode with a Google search. Martha is originally from Connecticut, and while always a New Englander at heart, loves the freedom of living in rural Alaska. Being able to walk out the door, dogs in tow and off leash, into miles of woods, gravel roads and trails, is a step back into her childhood. Martha worked for the National Park Service for 30 years as a ranger specializing in law enforcement and emergency services. She started as a patrol officer with the United States Park Police in Washington DC and as a horse patrol ranger at Cape Cod National Seashore. Subsequent patrol and supervisory assignments took her to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Finishing her career working in Denali NP was the icing on a very delicious cake. A fledgling Master Gardener, Martha spends as much time "in the dirt" she can.
Peter D. Armington purchased this Cabin in 2009
Why Peter D. Armington chose Talkeetna
When looking for a house or piece of property, did you ever discover one where you immediately knew that "this is it"? Driving up the Basecamp driveway in the Fall of 2009, and before even seeing the cabin, Martha and I looked at each other and just knew this was going to be the special place we'd spent three years searching for in Talkeetna. Camp 1, the Guest Cabin, was completely renovated by Pete in 2015. Newcomers to Basecamp, even service delivery folks, always comment on what a great view and location we have. You can't see another structure from our 5 acres except for a barn on the distant horizon. On a clear day from either the decks of the sauna or the campfire circle, the views of Denali, Mt. Foraker, Mt. Hunter and the expansive Susitna River Valley are amazing. You can't see the mountains from the cabin itself, nestled as it is in a grove of white birch and spruce trees. We can't bring ourselves to cut these trees down just to open up a mountain view. You'll just have to take a sauna, sit around the campfire circle or take a walk around the property and surrounding country to take in the views.
What makes this Cabin unique
The privacy and views from Basecamp's ridgetop setting cannot be matched by most lodging accommodations in Talkeetna or in the flat birch forest along the Talkeetna Spur Road where other lodging options are located. We have year-round road access and most modern amenities, but are "off-the-grid"; we have no commercial utility services. Solar panels and a backup generator charge the batteries that provide all of our electricity needs. Talkeetna Basecamp is a road accessible rural Alaska property surrounded by wild lands. Our location is why we see moose, an occasional bear and other critters so often around Basecamp's 5 acres. The Talkeetna Mountain Range, to the east of Basecamp, serve as a beautiful backdrop for the local pond and surrounding wetlands adjacent to our property. Mew gulls and Sandhill cranes annually migrate to nest in this wetland. They are a joy to watch and listen to. We love to swim in the pond once it warms up around the middle of June. Spring through Fall, guests can hike or walk into the surrounding country right out of the front door of the cabin.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
This is an adorable cabin with so much attention to detail. If I ever built I cabin I would want it to look like this, inside and out. Besides that there is an incredible view of Denali from the property and the owners are super nice and accommodating. Would recommend it highly to all!
What a fantastic spot. The cabin was cozy and comfortable, easy to cook in the great little (well-stocked) kitchen. We loved exploring the property and the surrounding area. Only problem was we didn't have longer there!
Quiet, peaceful, beautiful
The only problem we had is we didn’t have enough time in Talkeetna to take advantage of this property. It was everything we were expecting and promised. We will be back.
Paradise with a Mountain View
If you have ever looked at a Thomas Kinkade painting and wondered what the log cabin looked like in the painting....this is it!!! This cabin is so beautifully appointed and every decoration and detail has been thoughtfully executed. The cabin is super clean. The bed is cozy and comfortable. There is a way to make coffee - you just need to boil water on the stove. The shower has everything you would need. The hosts are attentive and helpful and ready to answer any question you might have quickly. Besides the cabin, there are some other amazing features to this property. There is a greenhouse and a suana and a beautiful deck that lets you just gaze at Denali while you sip your morning coffee or evening drink. The view is absolutely stunning! They have a dog and cat that are just adorable and friendly. I had been missing my cats so a perfect morning was having my coffee on the deck while petting Mishka, their super friendly cat! There is not any wifi or cable but they do have a tv and dvds if needed. We came home every evening exhausted so we didn't really need them, It was nice to unplug from everything. I loved the big shower and the pebble rock floor of the shower. This is truly a special place with every amenity you could possibly think of. I look forward to returning again as soon as possible!
They missed out
I'm sorry that my clients backed out at the last minute. They had a long trip and made the decision they wanted to be closer to town and in more of a resort atmosphere. I would love to book your cabin again for my guests. This is paradise to me.
Piece of Paradise
This place is hard to describe because of it’s beauty. We found the place super easy and right when we parked, Peter came out and greeted us. He was so personable when explaining where everything was and what we had available to use and experience. There were well parked signs to our “Camp One” cabin and a couple trails down to the garden full of fresh herbs and vegetables and the greenhouse and Sauna. Cute outdoor fireplace with chairs were available as well as a seating area above the sauna with the most spectacular views of Denali. The sauna was easy to work and was one of our highlights of the stay.
Our cabin was perfect. The decor made it feel warm, cozy, and welcoming from the start. The kitchen was stocked with an assortment of tea, hot chocolate, and coffee as well as a stove, microwave and fridge.
Highly recommend!! We will be back! Thank you for the wonderful hospitality Peter and Martha!
A must-do is to take a flightseeing trip over Denali National Park, especially one which includes a glacier landing. Flights are not inexpensive but are a once in a lifetime experience. Go for it; our visiting friends and family do. We recommend Talkeetna Air Taxi (TAT). There's a reason why 80% of Denali climbers use TAT to fly them in to climb Denali. TAT offers a $25 dollar per person discount to Talkeetna Basecamp guests.
Stop in at Nagley's General Store on Main Street at least for a cup of their multiple coffee offerings. This local institution was built in the early 1900's and houses the village mayor - Stubbs the cat.