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Historic Elegance on Main Street in Downtown Talkeetna. Belle's Cabin.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,765 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom. 2 Bathroom. Sleeps 7. Historic 1918 cabin with a modern addition.

Belle's Cabin prime location right on Main Street in beautiful downtown Talkeetna coupled with the historic attraction makes Belle's a perfect place to stay. We are located within steps to ALL major attractions. No driving required, EVERYTHING is within walking distance. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and lush landscaping, your stay will be very private and quiet.

We feature luxury mattresses and premium bedding. Two nicely-appointed bedrooms offer Queen beds while the third bedroom has a Full/Twin bunkbed plus an additional Twin for a total of 7 guests. The larger spacious bathroom in the new addition has a full tub/shower and the other bathroom in the original cabin has been renovated to modern standards with a wide shower, toilet and vanity.

A full kitchen allows for meal preparations. The kitchen is part of the original 1918 Belle McDonald cabin but has all modern appliances, including oven, toaster oven, coffee maker, and a small (not full size) refrigerator. With all the delicious restaurants within walking distance you may not find yourself cooking much... also there is no TV at Belle's Cabin.

The gardens have been loved and cared for over the years and in summer bursts with gorgeous flowers of many varietals and a large assortment of peonies. Some of the peonies in the garden are the first ever recorded grown from seed at this high latitude.

Dating back to 1918, Belle's Cabin was originally owned by Belle McDonald, an indomitable, hardworking trading post operator who lived in Talkeetna for over 40 years. A large addition to the cabin was recently added and designed with modern standards which complement the original historic structure.

After Belle McDonald, Roberta Sheldon made this cabin her home. Roberta lived in Talkeetna 50 years, authored two local bestselling historic books, and was the wife of Don Sheldon, who was known as one of the world's foremost mountain-glacier pilots. Don's air rescues, pioneering flights, mercy missions, and everyday adventures are recounted in many books, on The Discovery Channel, and in numerous articles including National Geographic, LIFE Magazine, The New York Times, Reader's Digest and Sports Illustrated. Roberta and Don Sheldon owned & operated Talkeetna Air Service until 1975, when Don died of cancer. The local Sheldon Community Arts Hangar was the base of operations for Don; it housed his airplanes, mechanical and woodworking shops, stored an extensive collection of climbing gear he loaned, and hosted many of the early mountaineers who pioneered climbing routes on Mt. McKinley/Denali, and was known as the Sheldon Sheraton.

Although Belle's Cabin is located on Main Street it remains a quiet retreat due to the positioning of the house and the lush landscaping. It is truly a gem of a property that will add to the memories you make exploring Talkeetna and the grandeur of Alaska.

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Marne Sheldon
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018

About Marne Sheldon

Belle's Cabin was the home of Talkeetna's first businesswoman, Belle Lee McDonald (who lived in Talkeetna 40 years) and later became the home of Roberta Sheldon. Roberta Sheldon lived in Talkeetna over 50 years and was instrumental in helping shape the charm of the town today. She also authored two local best-sellers: The Heritage of Talkeetna and The Mystery of the Cache Creek Murders.

Roberta and her husband Don Sheldon owned and operated Talkeetna Air Service, which Don founded in 1948. Don Sheldon was known as one of the world’s foremost mountain-glacier fliers. His air rescues, mercy missions, pioneering flights and everyday adventures are recounted in numerous articles including LIFE Magazine, The New York Times, and Reader’s Digest. An area on Denali is named The Don Sheldon Amphitheater; where the historic Sheldon Mountain House is located (built in 1966). The book Wager With The Wind was written about Don, and numerous stories about Sheldon are featured in many books about Alaska. In addition, Don flew 26 missions in World War II and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and four other Air Medals. The Sheldon Community Arts Hangar here in Talkeetna was the base of operations for Don; it housed his airplanes, mechanical and woodworking shops, stored mountains of climbing gear he loaned, and hosted many of the early mountaineers who pioneered climbing routes on Mt. McKinley/Denali. Don Sheldon died of cancer at the age of 54. Roberta never remarried.

Belle’s Cabin (the original two-room cabin structure) dates back to 1918. In 2003 Roberta had Master Logger Arthur Mannix and his team add a large addition to the original cabin, and made it her home. Roberta dearly loved the community and people of Talkeetna.

Roberta’s children Kate Sheldon and Robert Sheldon and Robert's wife Marne welcome you to their historic Talkeetna gem.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Talkeetna

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1765 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Large bathroom with tub/shower is in the Sheldon Addition and the second smaller bathroom with shower is in the Belle's wing. Both have been updated with new modern amenities.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed , 2 single bed , 1 bunk bed , Bunkbed = double on bottom / twin on top. 2nd twin in room.
  • Belle's Cabin has three bedrooms: two Queen bedrooms in the Sheldon addition and one bedroom in the Belle's Cabin wing. All bedrooms are nicely appointed with brand new, luxury bedding. The Queen Mattresses are brand new Stearns & Foster Lake Shore Luxury Firm Euro Pillowtops. The bedroom in the Belle's wing (3rd bedroom) has a full / twin bunkbed plus an additional twin. The Twins feature brand new Englande Pillowtop mattresses. A New Graco Pack & Play portable crib is also available.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
Enjoy the prime location of being downtown Talkeetna with the privacy of a tucked away home with beautiful gardens and historic charm and elegance. Belle's cabin in a one-of-a-kind vacation rental in Talkeetna.


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Historic Elegance on Main Street in Downtown Talkeetna. Belle's Cabin.
average rating of 4.8157897 based on 38 reviews

Beyond Expectations

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we walked in the door we felt welcomed, from the fresh flowers to the hand written welcome. The location was everything we hoped for, walking distance to all the Talkeetna treasures. The gardens were magnificent, the peony roses took me back to my childhood. Nothing was left out!. Coffee, tea, easel with drawing supplies, someone thought of everything, down to the books on the shelves. I have stayed in many VRBO homes, but this one definitely surpassed all the rest.

I would definitely recommend Belle's Cabin and if the future holds another trip to Talkeetna, I would undoubtably stay again.

Thank you Sheldons!

The Blackburn's , Winter Haven Fl

  • Review Submitted: 30/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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wonderful cabin

  • 5 of 5

Extremely well maintained and cleaned cabin, also very well supplied. One has to remember that the refrigerator is not a full size one so refrigeration space is limited. Our party of 6 had plenty of space to feel comfortable. Talkeetna is a very interesting little town full of history. Bell's cabin is full of history itself. The owner are just a phone call away if any problem arise.

We enjoyed our stay in Alaska enormously.

  • Review Submitted: 02/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The cabin was perfect for our group of 8.

  • 5 of 5

It was very clean and the owners were very easy to communicate with. We were able to walk to any place in Talkeetna’s Main Street area. We will absolutely book this cabin if we are in Talkeetna again. Thanks for a wonderful place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 06/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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In Love With Talkeetna

  • 5 of 5

Our first visit to Talkeetna was wonderful and Belle’s Cabin was the perfect home base for exploration. The cabin is charming and comfortable! Would definitely stay again!

  • Review Submitted: 04/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Experience!

  • 5 of 5

Belle's cabin is comfortable and beautifully decorated; as well as being located within walking distance to Talkeetna's shops and restaurants. We highly recommend Belle's and will tell all about our stay!

  • Review Submitted: 05/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location! Beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

So happy we chose Belle's for part of our Alaskan adventure! Beautiful place nestled in Talkeetna! Loved reading the guestbook and the warm inviting welcome. Thank you the enjoyable memorable experience!

  • Review Submitted: 30/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Talkeetna State Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Historic Fairview Inn. Denali Brewery.
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Talkeetna Train Depot
Nearest Motorway
14 Miles
Parks Highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Many on Main Street
Car: not necessary

The historic village of Talkeetna is nestled at the base of North America's tallest peak Mt. McKinley (Denali). Talkeetna has an outstanding panoramic view of the Alaska Range that can be enjoyed and photographed from several places as you wander through our town, and discover what this unique location has to offer: Flightseeing, fishing, riverboat tours, float trips, hiking, nordic skiing, mushing, mountain climbing, ATV and snowmachine tours, and ziplining, art galleries and gift shops, places to dine and a locally brewery... and of course year-round frontier hospitality!


Rates & Availability

Contact Owner

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$101.61
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$406.44

Sleeps 7 in beds. Up to 3 additional guests are allowed ($20 per person per night) only with Advance Written Approval by the Sheldon Family at booking, and will need to provide their own bedding, sleeping bags, mats, air mattresses, etc.

A three night minimum stay is required for Labor Day weekend, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, certain Oosik Classic dates (3rd weekend in March), and Memorial Day weekend.

The person making the reservation is the person who is staying at Belle's; the reservation is not being booked on behalf of another individual.

If you cancel within 30 days of your stay the full rental rate will be charged.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.