The SpaceEnjoy the midnight sun in style. You can have a summer day anywhere, but the summer nights in Alaska have a magic of their own. Your reservation includes a 13'x 10'x 6' tall tent with queen air mattress, pillows, sleeping bags that can zip together to make one big sleeping bag for two, and extra blankets. 10 miles East of Downtown Homer. Sleeping bags, pads, and pillows for extra people are $10 per day per person. Please let me know in advance if you want to rent extra camping gear. The tent is called a six person tent, but can more comfortably accommodate four.
We call our place "The Sanctuary." Moose are often born here in May, and come and go. Sandhill Cranes, Eagles, Ravens and many other bird species are often seen here. Great Horned Owls and Wilson's Snipes can be heard at night. A small creek runs along the property, and there are great views of Kachemak Bay, the Homer Spit, Kenai Mountains and glaciers, from the lawn, camp kitchen and picnic area.
The neighborhood is quiet and peaceful. Lounge around the fire pit with wood provided, and watch the sunset turn into sunrise, or watch the moon travel above the mountains. The full moon always passes right in front of the property on its journey over the mountains and bay.
A picnic table, gas grill, coleman stove, small fridge, cooking utensils, and everything you need for outdoor food preparation and dining are provided.
We have a limited water supply, so I prefer for campers to use the outhouse, located a few yards below the end of the driveway, although there are indoor bathrooms available if needed.
There is a covered, lighted deck off the sauna porch for cooking, or hanging out. Water, soap, shampoo and towels are provided for washing up inside the sauna.
WiFi is available from the house deck.
There are electric outlets in the sauna building, and guests are welcome in the living room to plug in and charge your devices, enjoy the view, or visit and look at maps and books about Alaska and Alaskan artifacts.
The garden has places for 2 groups of campers, so it doesn't get too crowded. There are three guest rooms in the house.
We have a Finnish style wood-fired sauna building, paneled inside with local cottonwood, with a secluded view of the bay and Homer Spit. Three tiers of benches easily accommodates 6 or more people. You can reserve the sauna stocked with wood, water, locally-made soap, essential oils for scented steam, shampoo and extra towels, for $20 for 3 hours. $5 extra per person after two. You can light it yourself if I'm at work. Detailed instructions are posted. I will be glad to heat it up for you if I am around. It needs about an hour to pre-heat, 2 hours in winter.
To add this cleansing, relaxing experience to your stay, let me know which day and time, and I will send you a special offer to cover sauna rental. Guest AccessCampers are welcome to hang out on the house deck and living room where you can pick up WiFi or just relax and enjoy the view.
Firewood gathering is not permitted.
Dogs must be kept under control or on a leash so as not to disturb wildlife or neighbors.
Raspberry picking is encouraged late in the summer.
I have limited access to water delivery. There's an outhouse with a nice view, a typical Alaskan outdoor experience. I encourage campers to use the outhouse, although indoor bathroom access is fine if needed. Several folks have inquired about taking showers while tent camping, so I'm offering showers in the house for $5 per shower per person. The rate for showers in town is $6. Send me a message if you want to add showers and I will add that to your reservation. Or consider getting REALLY CLEAN by sweating, scrubbing and hydrating in the sauna. Interaction with GuestsMy interaction with guests varies, as I may be working in town. I like to let folks enjoy the space to themselves as much as possible. Sometimes I have friends over for cookouts, and we often love to work late in the vegetable garden, in the midnight sun. The NeighborhoodLocated in the Fritz Creek area. A quiet, rural neighborhood abounding with native wildlife, and country roads with breathtaking views that are peaceful enough for moonlight walks.
The house is one of the original homes in the neighborhood. Most homes are on 2 and 5 acre lots.
1 mile west is the historic Fritz Creek "town center", with Fritz Creek Store, originally built in 1954 with horse power and used as a community center. It's now a small grocery store, post office, liquor store and kitchen with pizza, baked goods, soups, sandwiches, vegetarian dishes, and more. There are a couple tables, and it's a perfect stop for picnic treats.
Across the street from "The Fritz" is the log cabin Homestead Restaurant, operating since 1961, offering seafood, steaks, glacier views, a small cocktail bar, and featuring local fine art. Also nearby is the 27 acre Alaska Perfect Peony farms, with it's 1947 log cabin, peony fields and Alaska hardy perennial garden trails. Ask about the trails at the greenhouse.
Further East you'll find McNeil Canyon Meats for game and local livestock processing, McNeil Canyon School, with it's playground and surrounding wilderness trails, connects to Eveline State Recreation Site, located off Alpine Meadows Drive. The 80-acre site offers a network of trails traversing mostly gentle terrain, with scenic views of rolling hills, Kachemak Bay, the Kenai Mountains, and wonderful views of Doroshin and Portlock Glaciers. The Eveline trails offers spectacular wild flower hiking in the summer and is groomed for skiing in winter, snowshoers and well-mannered dogs are welcome. On-site parking, outhouse, picnic table. Getting AroundThe place is almost ten miles East of Downtown Homer. Close to the main road.
It's about $25 each way for a taxi from my place to downtown.
Hitchhiking is common.
The only public transportation is in mid June to mid August; Homer Trolley runs around downtown and the spit. $12 for a hop on, hop off Day Pass, 11am-6pm.
Taxis are available around town. Other Things to NoteLaundry facilities are available in town.
Blow dryer, ironing board and steam iron available.
A basket of dining and activity brochures and Homer visitor guides provided in the sauna building, and in the living room.
Area maps with trailheads marked available for loan.
Check out my guidebook on this listing for great tips on Homer activities and points of interest.