Turn of the century charmer provides convenience to local venues and bus line
About Kathy Alonzo
I own, operate, and personally oversee three quality vacation rentals in the Fairbanks area: a downtown location that sleeps 2, a two bedroom log home that sleeps 4 in a quiet neighborhood, and a huge natural log home in a prime area for aurora viewing that sleeps 8.. I hosted guests at A Moose in the Garden B&B for 10 years before my grand baby arrived and changed my life's direction. I now have changed the B&B into a vacation rental and purchased other properties to provide QUALITY vacation homes for travelers from around the world. I have made so many friends over the years. It's not a job, it's a privilege to assist my guests. I have been a primary school teacher for over 23 years and continue to teach. I love children and feel after all these years that I am now a grandma to them and love them like they are extended family. Please feel free to email me with any questions about my other properties: #430134 or #789637
Kathy Alonzo purchased this House in 2016
Why Kathy Alonzo chose Fairbanks
The minute I walked into the house I felt an instant connection. The historical touches gave this place an immediate homey feel. I visited at different times of the day and found the area to be a quiet location. This property is perfect for a short term lease for travelers to the community for work or pleasure. Contact me directly about short term leases.
What makes this House unique
The advantage of staying here is the ability to find a lot of venues to eat, drink, shop, and be entertained within walking distance. It also is close to the events that are in the downtown area like the start of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, WIEO, Open North American Sled Dog Race, Iron Dog, and much more. The bus system is practically at your doorstep.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Excellent service, lovely warm environment
My first time trying and air B&B, and Kathy I'm so glad I picked your property instead of a cold hotel. I couldn't imagine a more perfect property thank you for money well spent, and excellent customer service.
A wonderful little home in a so-so neighborhood
The house is extremely nice. I'm not one to notice furnishings generally, but it's clear the host went out of her way to give the place a really classy feel with a lot of unique antique furnishings. The kitchen is a little small but has everything you need. I could go on saying nice things about the house, but trust me you'll like it.
The only problem is the apartment building next door and a general vibe in the immediate neighborhood. It's got a rough, hard living vibe that had me peeking out the window to check on my truck a couple times a night. I never felt in danger and nobody did anything overt but I wouldn't consider it a safe place for children to walk around alone. However, the Thai House across the street is excellent.
Thank you for your review. I am so unhappy that you felt worried about your vehicle. With the off-street parking there has never once been an incident in the history of the property. Guests have left their stroller in the fenced area and even when I have left the shed open with all my lawn equipment - nothing was disturbed. But I totally get where you are coming from. I am always cautious in unfamiliar areas and always lock my vehicle. When I read your review to my daughter...she laughed and said, "That sounds like you mom!" Next time you visit, I would suggest that you may be more comfortable at my Lead Dog Cabin property which is in a neighborhood outside the city yet centrally located. VRBO # 789637. I also rent VRBO # 430134 which is in a rural setting. I love providing comfortable lodging for my guests and have become friends with so many over the years. I want them all to feel comfortable and happy. When I have singles traveling, I take particular care to greet them and even take them on tours. I enjoy sharing my unique northern town.
Majority of our stay was very positive. The rental is right in the heart of downtown and is a short drive from many sites and activities. Communication with the property owner before and during our stay was easy and access to the rental was secure. The property had everything we needed for a week long stay including plenty of towels, kitchen items, etc.
Unfortunately, there were a couple of negative aspects that prevent me from giving this rental 5 stars. During our fourth night, there was an intense domestic dispute right outside that went on for close to an hour in the middle of the night causing police to arrive to diffuse the situation. Obviously this was of no fault of the property owner but definitely something worth mentioning as it made for an uncomfortable last couple of nights. Lastly, I appreciate the security of the rental with the code lock entry, however seeing a camera in the kitchen was definitely unsettling and prevented us from feeling comfortable enough to sit at the kitchen table. Meals were eaten on the coffee table and we consciously avoided the area where the camera covered as it felt like a violation of privacy having it in the living space. If the camera is meant to track people coming and going from the rental, that’s fine but it should be placed in the foyer and not in living areas.
Overall, we were happy with our stay but would hope that the camera would be addressed for future guests.
This is a darling house in a GREAT location!
Kathy's place in town is the perfect place to stay during your Fairbanks adventure-at least in the winter (since that is all we know). It is just as described, and Kathy is a very responsive and attentive host. The bed was super comfortable, and the living area is very spacious and warm, with lots of seating and a television with ROKU-so we were able to use our HULU and DirectTvNow accounts along with Netflix. The kitchen is small but Kathy brought in an additional dorm fridge as we prepared all but 3 meals at "home", and there were 3 of us staying (note, the hideabed is in a nook IN the bedroom, so keep that in mind). She also brought us a larger coffee maker and an electric tea kettle when we asked. The location is perfect, and aside from the snow removal equipment (city) it was very quiet. We were blessed to see the Aurora a couple nights, and totally enjoyed the Cultural/visitors center and the Museum of the North, which is at the University . We actually spent 2 afternoons there, it was fascinating if you like that kind of stuff. We ate at the Thai restaurant across the street (which was excellent), as well at The Crepery and The Pita Place (near the college)-also an awesome meal.
I highly recommend Raven's Rest to any couple looking for a charming place to stay with an exceptional host. You will NOT be disappointed, I promise!!
Very nice house in the middle of the city. Great and cozy. We liked it very much. We will be back.
Lovely house, great location
Great house! Walking distance to shops and restaurants downtown, bus station, cultural center. It was -24 degrees outside and we were nice and warm inside. Kathy was very helpful.
The Thai House Restaurant is right across the street and the Craft Market Gift Shop is next door. The house is easy walking distance to the Chena River where many major winter events are held each year. The city bus goes right by the house and the main terminal is within sight of the house a block away.