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

Bedrooms Studio
Space 57 m²
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Convertible Bed(s), 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 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:
17 March, 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:
  • 57 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • 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
average rating of 4.914634 based on 82 reviews
Palmer, AK

Beautiful Talkeetna Cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this beautiful cabin! It really couldn't have been better. One of the best equipped rentals we've stayed in with lots of kitchen staples. Jolene and her lovely family checked us in, with their adorable little girls providing helpful information and cuteness! They provided great information on local ATV trails and we were able to ride from the driveway about 16 miles out with some beautiful views of Talkeetna River and the mountains. This cabin brought our two favorite places together- Alaska and Hawaii! The Hawaiian theme is fun and we loved learning about the artwork. The sauna is great!! We want to build our own now! This cabin is clean, comfortable, and well-equipped, do not hesitate, you will pay a lot more for a lot less at other rentals.

  • Review Submitted: 13/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Megan, mahalo for taking the time to review your experience! Awesome to hear the kitchen and custom Finnish sauna met your satisfaction. Jolene & her family are quite charming. Glad you had the ohana (family) experience and were provided with helpful recommendations for the wonderful Talkeetna views you mentioned. Please visit us again and share your praise with friends and family. Best of the season to you and happy travels. Aloha!
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Great Cabin in the Woods

  • 5 of 5

Very cozy cabin with a great location. Just as described. Owner was very accommodating to a change in our schedule. I highly recommend staying here.

  • Review Submitted: 01/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jeff, mahalo (thank you) for choosing to stay at Hale Kōlea Cabin. We're travelers too and appreciate fexibility with change of plans. Glad we were able to acomodate you to your satisfaction. Please call on us when you're back in Talkeetna. Safe travels!
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Clean, cozy, relaxing, and lots of attention to detail.

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was the perfect winter wked getaway from Anchorage and the sauna was amazing.

  • Review Submitted: 21/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Heather, thank you for choosing Hale Kōlea Cabin. Your winter getaway sounded perfect. Glad you were able to enjoy the Finnish sauna. Please call on us again should you need another staycation. All the best to you in 2018. Happy & safe travels!
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Small but mighty!

  • 5 of 5

Once you walk in the door you are transported to a Hawaiian environment. Surf board on the wall, excellent artwork from the Islands make you feel like you are in a lush rainforest in Hawaii. The windows bring the outside in and the sauna is so awesome to warm you up from hiking in Denali National Park. This place is "stocked" with spices, mosquito spray and things you would normally buy on your trip. We left our "bear spray" there to add to the collection. Jolene, the manager, will show you how everything works and is a native so knows the Talkeetna area well. The shower, linens and sauna make you think you are in a high end suite, then you walk out the door to paradise. Loved the K2 flights that you can walk to from the cabin. The town is walking distance but you need to know your location because it gets dark there--no street lights. I hear you can see the Northern Lights from there. We weren't lucky because of clouds. Just beware of cruise ship passengers by the bus loads invading the small quaint town. Thank you Richard and Kalani.

  • Review Submitted: 17/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Susan, thank you for sharing your experience. Wow, lush rainforest! Glad to hear the cabin exceeded your expectations and offered you the chance to unwind and relax. Thank you for commenting on our wonderful manager Jolene. We are extremely fortunate and blessed to have her as an integral part of our team. Please visit us again, perhaps in the wonderful off-tourist season and maybe catch the amazing Northern Lights. Until then, safe and happy travels!
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Absolutely beautiful cabin

  • 4 of 5

This cabin was even nicer in person than in the pictures online. I was so excited to see it, it is just so nice. We really enjoyed the nice touches like the box of Hawaiian chocolates, the sauna, the comfortable bed, the cleanliness, all the storage space, the washer and dryer, stunning kitchen, and the provided toiletries and laundry detergent. The place is quiet and close enough to town for a walk, although it was kind of rainy when we were there so we didn't. Richard was so great to deal with during the reservation process, and Jolene, the property manager, was super friendly and helpful. She met us there and gave us the tour, and we were in contact with her throughout our stay.

The only downside was the wifi and the TV. Doesn't seem like a priority when vacationing in Alaska, but I knew we would spend several days in Denali without any type of connection to the "outside world" for a few days. I purposely chose this cabin because it advertised "television" and "internet connection." It actually only has Netflix, which was kind of a bummer, but I thought at least we have wifi. It didn't work almost the entire time we were there - both the Netflix and the wifi. Jolene made several attempts to diagnose the problem, and she called Richard who also made a call to the provider - which we appreciated. But it really stunk, I had some work stuff I had hoped to catch up on, and we were looking forward to some built-in "down time" during our 3 week trip. Thankfully we brought books and magazines, and even though we didn't use them, the cabin is stocked with games and DVDs. So I only mention it for future guests to beware, if you need this, you might want to check with Richard to make sure whatever the problem is, it was resolved. If this isn't important to you, then I highly recommend. The place is a stunner!! One of the nicest places we have ever rented.

  • Review Submitted: 06/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Christie, thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience staying at our home. We appreciate your enjoyment of the various amenities our cabin provides. We wish we could have provided you a better experience regarding the interruption of WiFi and no television. As provided in our preliminary check-in information to you, satellite or cable is unavailable due to our remote location. Therefore streaming and a discerning DVD/Blu-Ray collection are your only television options. We take great pride in offering our guests unparalleled experiences. WiFi connectivity and multi-media options are an integral part of today's society and should be working in perfect order. In the five years we have offered our home as a vacation rental, this has been the first incident where WiFi connectivity has failed. Diagnosing the problem does take time, especially in a remote location such as ours. Unfortunately our efforts to resolve this issue during the duration of your stay were unsatisfactory to you. We apologize for this unforeseen technical difficulty and are hopeful in its speedy resolve. Future guests should be aware that Hale Kolea Cabin will do its utmost best in assuring the comfort and safety of our guests remain paramount. Testimony to this commitment are our 70+ five star raving reviews and first listed property on VRBO in Talkeetna . We are more than just wifi internet and television and hope that future guests, as have countless of others, choose our cabin as an exceptional value in a sea of mediocrity. Much aloha to you! **UPDATE**: 9/12/2017 Wifi issue resolved w/ new modem installed, Netflix and streaming operating perfectly.
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Gorgeous Talkeetna Cabin

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at this cute cabin in Talkeetna on a slightly rainy day. We spoke with the local manager who gave us the key code and we went inside to see this beautiful, immaculately clean, well stocked home we'd enjoy for several days. We were immediately impressed with the cleanliness, modern yet cozy with a slightly Hawaiian look, and the yummy box of chocolate macadamia caramels that were a great treat. The cabin was warm and welcoming with so many little details and special touches, the owners thought of and provided just about everything any one would need. We explored the large studio style cabin, figured out how to use the highly efficient wood stove look heater, warmed our feet and set out to explore Talkeetna and enjoy dinner. Parking was always difficult downtown, but with the rain in August, we decided that driving and parking was still our best option.

We are used to sleeping in a king bed, so we had to adjust to the queen size, which was fine. It was a comfy bed. This was only our 3rd day in Alaska, so the late night sunset was still a shocker. I had a tough time sleeping with the eye mask, but got used to it.

The kitchen area was very complete, the living area very comfortable and the bathroom with the beautiful huge shower and the luxurious spa room, was clean and a great bonus for this cabin. We had plenty of storage and space for a lot of indoor time when we weren't out touring the area. We did not use the TV, but did read through some of the books, plus historical and local information. The washer and dryer were new and convenient, and we loved the availability of recycling.

We loved the Talkeetna downtown restaurants, shops and the huge river. The Denali Brewing Company, the Wildflower Cafe, and the Flying Squirrel Bakery Cafe were each fun places with good food. We did travel to see Denali show almost all its glory. A bonus was to see the moose grazing along the road side.

There was quite a bit of rain during our stay, so we did not get to take a plane ride to see this gorgeous area. The pictures are very true to the look of the cabin, and it also appears to be the nicest one we could have found.

Overall we were very happy with our stay and would highly recommend this lovely cabin for a great central location.

  • Review Submitted: 03/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cindy, glad to hear that despite the rainy weather you had a splendid experience at Hale Kōlea Cabin & the charming town of Talkeetna. We'll be sure to pass on your compliments to our manager who keeps things in amazing working order. We couldn't agree with you more and are extremely fortunate for her immaculatness. Thank you for your stay and keep us in mind should you return to Alaska. 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$76.46
Damage Deposit AU$318.57

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

Discounts automatically applied for stays 7+ nights; reducing nightly rate by 13.79%.

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.

*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.

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.