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Charming Riverfront Log Cabin. Beautiful views of Aurora & Chena River.

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 850 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Modern Log Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, 2 Baths

For an unforgettable Alaskan experience, we invite you to stay in our beautifully hand crafted log cabin. Built on the banks of the scenic Chena River, Riverbend Log Cabins offers a peaceful and secluded 3 ½ acre setting that is centrally located between historical Fairbanks and North Pole Alaska. The rustic elegance of the Chinook Cabin is enhanced by the beautiful river view and surrounding boreal forest. Trees have been cleared in front of the cabin to provide an unobstructed view of Northern Lights. Abundant wildlife – moose, eagles, beaver, waterfowl are often seen from the cabin. Moose frequently visit the property – both during the summer and winter months.

The Chinook Cabin features lovely, comfortable furnishings and beautiful artwork. An outdoor log steam sauna provides a perfect way to relax after a long day. For enjoying the outdoors the Chinook cabin features a cobblestone patio with a gas propane grill, a log picnic table, a small lower deck with a handcrafted log bench, and a larger second story balcony with table and chairs.

The fully equipped kitchen includes a stove and oven, microwave, dishes, cutlery, toaster and coffee maker, refrigerator and everything needed for meal preparation. The cabin is stocked with complementary Alaska blend gourmet coffee and condiments.

The Chinook Cabin has two upstairs bedrooms each with a queen sized bed. Both beds have new mattresses that are fitted with 100% high thread count cotton sheets, soft blankets and comforters. The bedrooms have one adjoining wall that can be closed with a wood folding door. Each bedroom has a separate entrance. The larger bedroom has French doors that lead to an upstairs balcony with beautiful river and northern lights views.

There is a downstairs bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and shower and a half bath upstairs.

In addition to our Chinook cabin, Riverbend offers the Sourdough cabin. The Sourdough features an upstairs bedroom, a downstairs full bath with shower and a fully equipped kitchen. The cabin comfortably sleeps 1 - 2 guests. For more information on the Sourdough cabin, please see VRBO listing #465596.

Listed below you can find information on local activities. In addition our Website has an activities page with links to some attractions.

Our Facebook page has more pictures and comments from guests on their experience at Riverbend at activities they enjoyed. (See link below.)

No indoor smoking

Although we love pets, they are not allowed in the cabins

More Details

Debi Hanson
Member since: 2007
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About Debi Hanson

Bruce & Debi have lived in Alaska for a combined 57 years. Bruce is an avid hunter, fisherman, craftsman and gardener. Debi enjoys spending time with the grandchildren, various forms of glass art, watercolor, gardening and visiting with our guests. Bruce is looking forward to his upcoming retirement from the University of Alaska and Debi is a retired bookkeeper.

Debi Hanson purchased this cabin in 2002

Why Debi Hanson chose Fairbanks

We both had a lifelong dream of building a log home. When we found this property, we 'just knew' it was the perfect land to start the process of fulfilling our dream. The combination of the serene riverfront location, the surrounding boreal forest, wildlife, wild berries and flowers gives the feeling of being in a sacred, special place. We made the decision in 2006 to build additional cabins so that we could share our dream with others. We thoroughly enjoy the wide variety of guests that stay in the cabins. We love sharing information and stories about our Alaskan lifestyle and hearing about the lives and travels of our guests.

What makes this cabin unique

Quiet, peaceful riverfront setting, centrally located between Fairbanks and North Pole, Alaska. The rustic elegance of the cabin, comfortable furnishings and beautiful artwork is enhanced by the gorgeous river view and surrounding boreal forest, creating a perfect place to rest and relax on your holiday or vacation. Riverbend's Sourdough cabin provides an excellent location to view and photograph the Northern Lights. (Note: Our property with the Northern Lights in the background is featured on the front page of the 2012 Fairbanks Vistior's Guide). Opportunities to view and photograph a variety of wildlife (moose, waterfoul, beaver & eagles). Fishing in front of the cabins, nearby hiking trails and centrally located to Interior Alaska's activities and attractions.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My Alaskan winter has been complete with my stay in this little "Oasis" the Chinook Cabin at Riverbend. There are not enough positive adjectives to describe how wonderful this place really is. The cabin is very well appointed, decorated perfectly, cozy and just plain adorable. It is situated on the river in a peaceful and tranquil se...tting which was very relaxing and quite enjoyable but there were many exciting things happening as well. There were fireworks over the river on New Years Eve, dogsled teams running over the frozen river, Aurora viewing from the balcony, Momma moose and her young in the yard, plus Santa and Mrs Claus paying me a special visit during the holidays! Wow, what more could you ask for? The attention to detail and the genuine kindenss from the owners, the Hanson's, have made me feel extremely comfortable. My stay was everything I hoped for and MORE! I cannot wait until I can visit again, Thank you Debi and Bruce!
Feb 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Fairbanks

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , bath (no shower) , jacuzzi
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen Sized Beds fitted with 100% high count cotton sheets, soft blankets and comforters.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term rentals available
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • jacuzzi
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
For guests who need to wash clothing, Forbes laundry in North Pole (a ten minute drive) is a great choice. Nearby is the Santa Claus house and the Visitor's Center.


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Charming Riverfront Log Cabin. Beautiful views of Aurora & Chena River.
average rating of 5.0 based on 40 reviews

A beautiful log cabin to call home over Christmas!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I had such a lovely stay at the cosy Riverbend Chinook Log Cabin over the past Christmas! Surrounded by boreal forest along the Chena River, the cabin was especially rustic and beautiful to come home to each night I was in North Pole, AK.

Built by Debi and Bruce, the attention to detail is impeccable – from the welcome basket of Christmas goodies (think cinnamon chocolates and peppermint tea) to Christmas-themed decorations around the cabin (a decorative Christmas tree above the fireplace, and even a cute reindeer night-light in the bathroom!) – it’s impossible not to feel the Yuletide spirit through their hospitality.

And Debi was such a sweetheart when she contacted us to make sure we were fine when we took a road trip along the Dalton Highway to Deadhorse after our stay at Riverbend - we really appreciate her looking out for us.

Oh, and we were lucky to have had two brilliant nights of Aurora Borealis display right outside our cabin. What a treat!

Thank you, Debi and Bruce, for the lovely stay we had! We are missing the Chinook log cabin and North Pole so much! :)

  • Review Submitted: 02/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy cottage in a winter wonderland

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable accommodations! Far enough out of town to feel out of the city but close enough to easily get into restaurants/shops. Comfortable beds, nice assortment of pots & pans, good WiFi. Would definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 31/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Springfield, Oregon

Comfortable, Clean & Cozy

  • 5 of 5

Great location, super nice owners, and very comfortable. Unfortunately they can't control the weather, so our aurora viewing was limited at best. Regardless we had a great week in Alaska. We would wholeheartedly recommend this property for your next Fairbanks visit.

  • Review Submitted: 27/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our visit and trip to Riverbend Cabin was perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Riverbend Cabins was exceptional! Our guests Debi and Bruce were outstanding hosts; they did not mind answering questions and helping us with any and everything we needed to know. Their cabin is AMAZING, we hope to be able to go there again in the Spring. Accommodations are extremely clean and very well maintained. We would not hesitate to recommend this property to anyone including friends or relatives!!! Enjoy your stay, it is a beautiful piece of property tucked away from the noise and lights of Fairbanks.

  • Review Submitted: 26/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Terrific Alaska Experience

  • 5 of 5

Our goal was to experience the Northern Lights along with winter in Alaska. The unusually snowy weather added to the winter theme, and the location had us close to snow machine opportunities, dog sled rides, ice fishing, and Chena Hot Springs to name a few.

The cabin itself was great-terrific views from the balcony, toasty warm, two bathrooms, and comfortable beds. Its proximity to the river gave us fairly easy access even with the heavy snowfall. One night a moose bedded down against the cabin, and except for the tracks, we were clueless. It was well stocked and offered videos and TV for the times travels was iffy.

Debi and Bruce were wonderful hosts. Their offers to provide a needed item or to pick it up when in town was greatly appreciated. Assistance with Northern Light viewing was helpful, and the warming fire was a huge help. We left feeling we'd made two new friends.

I have no qualms in recommending this cabin to others.

  • Review Submitted: 05/03/2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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River heaven

  • 5 of 5

Better than the pictures. Gorgeous landscaping and flowers everywhere.

Quiet. Actually a pretty good location (use the Fairbanks map they provide and it will be easy to navigate Fairbanks).Everything you need to cook whatever you want. It was a little buggy but you are probably gonna get that near any river in the area. And you are a minute walk from the river. The upstairs is cool and it is nice to have 1.5 bathrooms.

There are hundreds of little things that make it very very homey and relaxing. A great place to rent if you are actually going to hang out there (versus just sleep)..

  • Review Submitted: 29/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Fairbanks International
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Badger Den
Nearest Train
16 Miles
Alaska Railroad
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Richard Hwy.
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Chena Lakes
Car: necessary

Northern Lights viewing. Seasonal Grayling and King Salmon Fishing. Please link to our website for a list of many nearby activites and attractions.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cabin in Fairbanks

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
1 May 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$269.46

Rates are based on double occupancy.
Additional guests are $20 per night per guest.
All rates subject to change until confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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