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Modern Log Cabin Vacation Rental with En Suite Sauna in Talkeetna, Alaska

Bedrooms Studio
Space 616 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath (Sleeps 2)

Hale Kōlea (Ha-lay Co-lay-ah) Cabin is an available custom built log cabin vacation rental located in the rural neighborhood of east Talkeetna, just a 15-minute walk from the popular historic district. We are a SMOKE FREE, NO PETS and #OpenToAll establishment that measures 616 sq/feet (57.23 sq/m) and designed with a welcoming open studio layout (no bedrooms). Hale Kōlea Cabin vacation rental is an ideal getaway for two persons with a queen bed available.

Modern amenities include: Wi-Fi, LCD TV (no cable or satellite), Blu-ray/DVD player with Internet streaming options, Sony speaker i-Dock/Bluetooth stereo and an en suite Finnish sauna.

Hale Kōlea Cabin vacation rental is a NO HOST log cabin with a fully equipped stainless steel kitchen and separate laundry room. The spa-like bathroom boasts a luxurious glass walled shower with pebbled flooring & a custom en suite Finnish sauna. Hale Kōlea Cabin's furnishings have been meticulously selected to reflect a Hawaiian sensibility and include items such as hand quilted Hawaiian pillows, custom artwork and stunning solid maple hardwood flooring. Hale Kōlea Cabin vacation rental is committed to sustainability by using: LED/CFL lighting, ENERGY STAR efficient appliances, windows, doors, and insulation; ESP certified cabinetry, recycled quartz counter tops and biodegradable cleaning products & supplies.

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More Details

Property Manager
Richard Cheney
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
21 September, 2018

About Richard Cheney

Hale Kōlea Cabin is a labor of love project by owner, Richard Cheney and his partner Kalani Chong. Richard, a graduate of University of Michigan, grew up in Williamston, Michigan and has been a Hawaii resident for over 35 years. Richard is a 12-time Honolulu Marathon and 3-time Iron Man finisher. His partner Kalani is a Native Hawaiian whose lineage can be traced back to Hawaii's Princess Ka'iulani. Kalani enjoys traveling to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and collecting vinyl records as art. Both live in Honolulu, Hawaii and work in the health care industry.

Richard Cheney purchased this cabin in 2012

Why Richard Cheney chose Talkeetna

Richard and Kalani unknowingly fell in love with Talkeetna while on a March 2012 winter vacation that began with Anchorage, then Fairbanks and eventually ended with a picturesque Aurora train ride to the charming town of Talkeetna. One night's stay in Trapper John's Cabin is all it took to launch research of available real estate that quickly led to groundbreaking four months later on July 3, 2012.

What makes this cabin unique

For the past 3 years, a kōlea bird or Pacific Golden Plover appeared every August at Richard and Kalani's residence in Honolulu, Hawaii. Every day this kōlea bird could be seen grazing the grassy parts of their property for an insatiable appetite of insects, all while enjoying the warm Hawaiian sun. Every April, their bird would vanish and heed its migratory call to flock north to Alaska. This miracle instinct fittingly inspired the cabin's name, Hale Kōlea (Ha-lay Co-lay-ah) or 'Kōlea House'.

We sincerely appreciate your interest in making Hale Kolea Cabin as a part of your next Alaskan adventure. We look forward to your stay.

*Inclusivity Disclosure:

Hale Kōlea Cabin has and will always welcome:

ALL Races

ALL Religions

ALL Countries of Origin

ALL Sexual Orientations

ALL Genders

ALL Abilities

You are safe here.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Talkeetna

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 616 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
  • Village ...
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Luxurious bathroom suite w/ adjoining custom built Finnish cedar sauna
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom Area - 1 large double bed , No designated bedrooms; open studio layout
  • Open, studio-style layout (*Note: No Designated Bedrooms); Queen size Beds (1).
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • long term rentals available
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting
Honda EU2000i Back up generator available and operated only by discretion of Management


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Modern Log Cabin Vacation Rental with En Suite Sauna in Talkeetna, Alaska
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Washington, DC

Perfect, quiet getaway — plenty to do, or better yet, just chill

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a few nights on a 1400-mile road trip around Alaska in mid-August. We loved Talkeetna and this cabin is, from what we saw, the best of all choices here, especially if you want to do stuff on your own schedule. It rained off and on while we were there, but the sound of it on the roof is lovely — and quite nap-inducing! The house is everything it claims to be; a wonderful place for a couple (or solo traveler) to have a refreshing getaway. Treat yourself!

  • Review Submitted: 18/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hank, sounds like you had a refreshing and relaxing stay in Talkeetna. Thank you for staying at Hale Kōlea Cabin and considering us the best of the many choices available. Thank you for spreading the news about us and we welcome you should you choose to return and experience Talkeetna in another season. Happy travels!
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Olympia, WA


  • 5 of 5

The attention to detail was fantastic! The merging of two cultures was beautiful! Will absolutely recommend to others!

  • Review Submitted: 07/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karla, thank you for sharing your amazing experience! Glad to hear you enjoyed our theme of marrying Hawaiian and Alaskan cultures in our decor, inspired by the natural phenomena of the kōlea bird's migratory pattern between these states. Thank you for referring us to your friends and family. We'll keep our light on for you whenever you choose to revisit. Until then, travel well & travel safe.
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First class all the way!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed driving Hatcher’s Pass, a beautiful day.

  • Review Submitted: 04/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Curt, it's always a beautiful day when someone says we're first class all the way. Thank you for your confidence in staying with us. Best to you and safe travels!
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Anamosa IA

Great place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was wonderful! Very clean and well stocked with towels, coffee and other basics. Jolene was very helpful when we needed something or had questions. We highly recommend this property. Thank you for sharing this lovely cabin with us.

  • Review Submitted: 01/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bonnie, thank you for choosing to stay with Hale Kōlea Cabin. We're glad to hear you made good use of Jolene as she is a wonderful asset and great resource for all things Talkeetna. Please call on us should you find yourself in our neck of the woods again. Until then, travel well and travel safe.
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Baxter, MN

Wonderful Talkeetna Cabin

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely love this cabin, this is our second stay here and we can’t recommend it enough. Within easy walking distance to Talkeetna and in a quiet neighborhood, it is a perfect spot to spend quality time while enjoying everything this community has to offer. Thank you to Richard and Kalani !

John and Kristin, Baxter, MN

  • Review Submitted: 29/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: John & Kristin, we are so fortunate for your return stay! We love that you keep in touch with us through Twitter and the occasional email shout out. We love that you get our style and that you get what Talkeetna is all about. Please keep in touch and as always, safe travels.
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Tucson, AZ

Cozy, complete, and charming!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for two fantastic weeks in Talkeetna, AK at the Hale Kolea Cabin and it was truly a gem of a home base.

Our check in was seamless and Jolene the caretaker was super friendly with our walkthrough. She was flexible when we arrived a little early and really helpful in pointing out the details of the cottage and how to get the most out of our time there.

The bed was soft and comfy with plentiful pilllows. The sitting area was just right for the two of us relaxing after a day’s adventure. The kitchen had all the usual suspects plus some surprising staples in the pantry. We prepared the majority of our meals and it was easy to get to know the new cookware, appliances, and the like. The washer and dryer worked like a charm and made traveling light a breeze. Parking, heating, ceiling fan, and lighting were all impeccable.

Hale Kolea truly provides outstanding accommodations for lucky Talkeetna visitors. There were thoughtful touches in every corner of the the cabin and Hale Kolea felt like home. We look forward to staying there again.

Every Blessing.

  • Review Submitted: 22/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Julie, first we'd like to thank you for choosing Hale Kōlea Cabin out of the numerous choices in the area. We take great comfort in knowing you were settled enough to call the cabin home for your two week stay. Thank you for your praise of Jolene. We are so fortunate to have found her and consistently hear nothing but praise for her from our guests. Please call on us again should you need another peaceful respite in charming Talkeetna. As always, be well & safe travels!
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Nearest Airport
120 Miles
Anchorage International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Denali Brewing Company
Nearest Train
Alaska Railroad
Nearest Motorway
16 Miles
Parks Highway Alaska 3
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Swiss Alaska Inn
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Susitna River Beach Area
Car: not necessary

Talkeetna is the 'gateway' to Denali National Park & a great home base for activities such as: flightseeing tours to Denali (Mt. McKinley); mountaineering; salmon & fly fishing; hunting; horse back ridding; zip lining; cross country skiing; wilderness hiking; snow machining; dog sledding; shopping; restaurants and local craft fairs.

Evening summer concerts in the park are a favorite attraction for locals and visitors. Talkeetna was the inspiration for the popular TV series, 'Northern Exposure'.

Popular festivals are the Moose On The Loose parade & auction in July and Winterfest during the entire month of December, culminating with the Wilderness Woman contest and Bachelor Auction & Ball.

The core downtown district is classified as a National Historic Site which includes buildings dating back to the early 1900s, including Nagley's General Store, Fairview Inn and the Talkeetna Roadhouse. Mayor of Talkeetna is a cat named Stubbs.


Rates & Availability

Contact Manager

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$82.33
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$343.05

Check in time: 3 pm
Check out time: 11 am

Discounts automatically applied for stays 7+ nights as follows:
May & Sept: 11.42% (approximately $155/night)
June thru Aug: 10.26% (approximately $175/night)
Oct thru April: 10.3% (approximately $130/night)

Unauthorized checkout after 11 am will be subject to a $100 withholding from the incentive/damage deposit.

*Note: Credit card processing fee will be deducted from any incentive/damage deposit refund. As of Feb. 16, 2016: all bookings subject to VRBO service fee.

#OpenToAll Disclosure:
Hale Kōlea Cabin has and will always welcome:
ALL Races
ALL Religions
ALL Countries of Origin
ALL Sexual Orientations
ALL Genders
ALL Abilities
You are safe here.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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