The SpaceThe private space that we rent is the ground floor of our three story home. It has four bedrooms and can comfortably sleep seven people. If you need more space than that, we can make a special booking for you to rent our entire three-story home.
We're located a few miles east of Sutton at the end of a private road about one mile off the Glenn Highway (Highway 1), the main road linking Anchorage with Canada and the Lower 48. We sit in the middle of the gorgeous Matanuska Valley, famous for its world record-sized garden vegetables and beautiful scenery. We’re just a one-hour drive from Anchorage and about 20 minutes from the stores, shops, restaurants and other attractions of Palmer. Anchorage International Airport is 75 minutes away. Guest AccessWe offer 1,000 square feet (about 111 square meters) of private space on the first floor of our log house. The area is completely separate from the top two floors where we live, with two south-facing entrances. The space has a total of four bedrooms: one with a queen bed, a second with a double bed, a third with two twin beds and a fourth that contains one twin bed. The entire space can sleep up to seven people but we only rent it to a one party at a time. Prices depend on the total number of people, and start out at $100/night, double occupancy. Each additional person is $30/night. All rooms are furnished with a small couch or chair, as well as beautiful rugs, curtains, a night table and a lamp.
We keep a large supply of books and maps about Alaska on the bookshelf that you are welcomed to use and borrow. Just bring them back for the next person! There is wireless Internet throughout the space. Guests also have access to the yard, which includes flowerbeds, a berry patch, fire pit, BBQ grill and a deck with an incredible view of the mountains. We encourage all our guests to grill some fresh salmon, sample some of Alaska’s delicious microbrews and enjoy.
The large, central bathroom has a toilet, sink, tub and shower, and features hand made art tiles. Guests are also free to use the washer and dryer next to the bathroom. The space also includes a room for cooking and eating with a small table and chairs, a counter and sink, two burner hot plate, microwave oven, toaster, and electric kettle. We stock the small refrigerator and cabinets with coffee, tea, milk, cream and cereal.
We operate a small, organic flower farm a few miles away. The space always includes flowers that are in season.
For special occasions and larger parties we are able to rent the entire house – two more floors that include an amazing 1,000 square foot great room with panoramic views, two more bedrooms and two additional half baths. Please email us for details on renting the entire property. We will also consider special rates for long-rentals. Interaction with GuestsWe love Alaska and enjoy showing people around this amazing state. Alaska would be the 20th largest country on earth if it were an independent nation! We also love traveling around the world ourselves, and over the last couple of years we’ve had many memorable Airbnb experiences. Our friends are always telling us what an incredible spot we have, so we decided to share it with our Airbnb community.
We’re always available to answer your questions, but we give our guests their own space. We look forward to meeting you, hearing your stories and welcoming you to our little corner of paradise.
The NeighborhoodMany people who visit us come for the amazing access we have to Alaska’s pristine wilderness. We regularly see moose, eagles, owls and ravens on our 40 acres, and every once in a while a wolf, coyote, grizzly or black bear will wander through the yard. Our land is adjacent to more than a million acres of completely undeveloped state-owned land. We’re located between two crystalline streams that pour out of the mountains. If this were not Alaska, the area around us would probably be designated a national park. There are foot trails that start right out our door, or you can take a short drive up the highway to several trailheads that access the majestic Talkeetna mountains that thrust up over 6,000 feet just a mile north the house.
Palmer provides excellent access to the wild and rugged Chugach Mountains, which tower on the other side of the glacier-fed Matanuska River from the house. Palmer is also home to the Musk Ox Farm where visitors can see these prehistoric animals who are raised for their incredibly light and warm fiber, which is combed from the animals on a regular basis. Look for the tiny musk ox calves that are born each May.
We’re happy to recommend our favorite restaurants, attractions and things to do in communities across Alaska. We’re also happy to recommend nearby rafting, kayaking, climbing and hiking outfitters as well as pilots who can drop you off in the wilderness for an amazing adventure. The area around Sutton is rich with history. The nearby Alpine Historical Park in Sutton interprets the story of the Alaska Native people who have lived in the area for thousands of years, the coal mining era of nearly 100 years ago when Sutton was about the same size as Anchorage, and the construction of the Glenn Highway in the early 1940s, when Alaska was finally linked by road to Canada the Lower 48 states.
If you’re up for a road trip, Sutton is centrally located to many of the state’s top attractions. Denali National Park home to a wide variety of wildlife and North America’s tallest peak is just five hours to the northwest. (website hidden) The gateway to Wrangell Saint Elias National Park, which together with Canada’s Kluane National Park forms the largest protected area of wilderness on the planet, is only three hours away to the east. (website hidden) Hatcher Pass is a quick, 45 minute drive and is the only road up into the Talkeetna Mountains where you can hike or ski and enjoy the incredible views. (website hidden)_Pass You can climb on the 26-mile long Matanuska Glacier just an hour up the road in the morning (website hidden)
and then raft down the river that flows out of its thick, blue ice that afternoon (website hidden).
There is also mountain and rock climbing nearby. If you like to fish, there are several lakes full of trout less than an hour away. World-class salmon fishing is only 45 minutes west of the house in the Susitna River Valley, or three hours south on the Kenai Peninsula. Between our place and all of these destinations are hundreds more rivers, streams, lakes and trails that are ready to be explored. After more than 25 years in the area, we can help you plan your adventures, and recommend others who can help you enjoy a trip of a lifetime. Getting AroundThe best place to rent a car is Anchorage. We also have two old mountain bikes at the house that you’re welcomed to use.