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Debi Hanson

Member since: 2007
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Speaks English

Riverfront Cozy Log Cabin/Beautiful Furnishings. Amazing views of Aurora & river

7 Reviews
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Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday cabin in Alaska - Riverbend Log Cabins

Authenic Alaskan Log Cabin with full kitchen/bath.

For an unforgettable Alaskan experience, we invite you to stay in our beautifully hand crafted log cabin. Built on the banks of the scenic Chena River, Riverbend Log Cabins offers a peaceful and secluded 3 ½ acre setting that is centrally located between historical Fairbanks and North Pole Alaska. The rustic elegance of the Sourdough Cabin is enhanced by the beautiful river view and surrounding boreal forest. Trees have been cleared in front of the cabin to provide an unobstructed view of Northern Lights. Abundant wildlife – moose, eagles, beaver, waterfowl are often seen from the cabin. Moose frequently visit the property – both during the summer and winter months.

The Sourdough Cabin features lovely, comfortable furnishings and beautiful artwork. An outdoor log steam sauna provides a perfect way to relax after a long day. For enjoying the outdoors the Sourdough cabin features a cobblestone patio with a gas propane grill, a small lower deck with a porch swing and a larger second story balcony with table and chairs. The fully equipped kitchen includes a stove and oven, microwave, dishes, cutlery, toaster and coffee maker, refrigerator and everything needed for meal preparation. The cabin is stocked with complementary Alaska blend gourmet coffee and condiments.

The Sourdough Cabin has one upstairs bedroom with a queen sized bed constructed from local diamond willow. The pillow top mattress is fitted with 100% high thread count cotton sheets, soft blankets and comforter. French doors lead to an upstairs balcony with beautiful river and northern lights views. The bathroom features a shower, pedestal sink, toilet and heated floors. The cabin is perfect for 1 or 2 guests.

Comments from previous guests:

** Sourdough Cabin was perfect for us as we were celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniv and the cabin surpassed all of our expectations! The cabin was a true log cabin and decorated beautifully! The bed was soooooooooo comfortable and the grounds were gorgeous! We picked raspberries off of our deck! Our hosts provided our Gold panning gear and we had a Blast at Pedro Mine site. We enjoyed the Howling Dog Saloon, Silver Gulch Brewery, Chena Pump House Restaurant and Chatanika Lodge for dining and music. The North Pole and Tanana Valley Farmers Market are great stops too for Alaskan souveniers and foods. We LOVED Fairbanks and hope to return again soon! God Bless!

**We spent 10 days in the Riverbend cabins (December 2011 - January 2012). And in one word I can say that everything was PERFECT. 1. Location: 20 min. driving to the University and the downtown in Fairbanks. 12 min. to the supermarket in Fairbanks or in North Pole. 50 min to Chena Hot springs. 2. The place really beautiful. Everything snowy and so quiet. I suppose in summer it is also very beautiful. 3. The cabin (Sourdough) so cozy!! 100% clean. Warm. Perfect for a couple. 4. The owners - wonderful people. 5. Of course we will stay there again and again! I think we were really fortunate to find this cabins!

In addition to our Sourdough cabin, Riverbend offers the Chinook cabin. The Chinook features 2 upstairs bedrooms, a downstairs full bath with shower and Jacuzzi tub and a half bath upstairs. The cabin comfortably sleeps 4 guests. For more information on the Chinook cabin, please see VRBO listing #118558.

Listed below you can find information on local activities. In addition our Website has an activities page with links to some attractions.

Our Facebook page has more pictures and comments from guests. (See link below.)

No indoor smoking

Sorry, pets are not allowed

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Debi Hanson (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks English

About Debi Hanson

Bruce & Debi have lived in Alaska for a combined 57 years. Bruce is an avid hunter, fisherman, craftsman and gardener. Debi enjoys spending time with the grandchildren, various forms of glass art, watercolor, gardening and visiting with our guests. Bruce is looking forward to his upcoming retirement from the University of Alaska and Debi is a retired bookkeeper.

Debi Hanson purchased this cabin in 2002

Why Debi Hanson chose Alaska

We both had a lifelong dream of building a log home. When we found this property, we 'just knew' it was the perfect land to start the process of fulfilling our dream. The combination of the serene riverfront location, the surrounding boreal forest, wildlife, wild berries and flowers gives the feeling of being in a sacred, special place. We made the decision in 2006 to build additional cabins so that we could share our dream with others. We thoroughly enjoy the wide variety of guests that stay in the cabins. We love sharing information and stories about our Alaskan lifestyle and hearing about the lives and travels of our guests.

What makes this cabin unique

Quiet, peaceful riverfront setting, centrally located between Fairbanks and North Pole, Alaska. The rustic elegance of the cabin, comfortable furnishings and beautiful artwork is enhanced by the gorgeous river view and surrounding boreal forest, creating a perfect place to rest and relax on your holiday or vacation. Riverbend's Sourdough cabin provides an excellent location to view and photograph the Northern Lights. (Note: Our property with the Northern Lights in the background is featured on the front page of the 2012 Fairbanks Vistior's Guide). Opportunities to view and photograph a variety of wildlife (moose, waterfoul, beaver & eagles). Fishing in front of the cabins, nearby hiking trails and centrally located to Interior Alaska's activities and attractions.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Staying here was by far the highlight of our honeymoon trip in Alaska. Everything was perfect! The cabin was extremely clean, cozy and welcoming! Bruce and Debi were amazing hosts. (We loved their dog Molly too!) I cannot imagine finding a better place in Fairbanks. If planning a trip to Alaska - I highly recommend spending some time in Fairbanks and staying here! You will not be sorry! We travel often and this is the first time I have been motivated to give a review. Awesome place. Lots to do in the area. We enjoyed the Northern Lights from the upper deck of the cabin. We will be back!
Sep 2014
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5
based on 7 holidaymaker reviews

Riverfront Cozy Log Cabin/Beautiful Furnishings. Amazing views of Aurora & river
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
5

The BEST place to stay in Alaska!

  • 5 of 5

Debi and Bruce Hansen are the perfect hosts of this beautiful log cabin retreat about 20-25 minutes east of Fairbanks city center. The photos online are beautiful, but even they don't do it justice. My husband and I stayed there when a foot of snow covered the ground and truly made the place a majestic winter wonderland. Debi greeted us with amazing home-baked blueberry banana nut bread and a perfect log cabin straight out of a magazine. She and Bruce are so warm and welcoming and always made sure our needs were taken care of. We went on Bruce's 2 hour snow mobile tour down the frozen Chena River and through the snow-covered woods. It was one of the most fun activities of entire week in Alaska! The location of Riverbend is excellent for northern lights viewing - we saw the lights three nights in a row by the fire pit! We roasted marshmallows and hot dogs and listened to music as we looked up to see the green beauties dancing across the night sky. We even saw a moose one night! He was quite friendly and didn't pay any attention to us. Riverbend is in a great location close to convenience stores, restaurants, and only 15-20 minutes from North Pole, AK (a must-do for any winter Alaska/Fairbanks traveler). We stayed in the Sourdough cabin which is perfect for 2 people, the most romantic getaway my husband and I have ever experienced. Thank you Debi and Bruce and come see us in Austin sometime!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for such a wonderful review. It was truly our pleasure to host you in our Sourdough Cabin! We love it when our guests are able to experience the amazing Northern Lights and Alaska’s incredible beauty and wildlife! Having such fun guests like you makes our job easy! We hope to see you again!
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Shenandoah Valley, N. VA
5

The Sourdough was PERFECT!

  • 5 of 5

The Sourdough was just what we were looking for - we did quite a bit of research before settling on Riverbend - weren't disappointed. Beautiful and comfortable. Outfitted with everything we needed. Debi provided us with a wonderful banaba/blueberry bread that we had for breakfast all week. The cabin was warm and a perfect place to venture into the beauty of Alaska during the day, and with the frozen Chena river a perfect place to see the northern lights at night. We watched them one night from the comfort of our bedroom! Bruce and Debi kept us informed of the good times to see them - and even started a fire in the firepit for us on the last night when the Aurora was very active - in fact they called us as we were packing to let us know as it was so early! The Chinook is bigger with a roomier kitchen and bath, but for us the Sourdough was perfect. Kitchen is well stocked. We didn't avail ourselves of the sauna, but there are robes if you dare! We liked the convenience of cooking our own meals. A wonderful coffee is provided. Not much more than 30 minutes from the airport and far enough out that there is no light pollution. Thank you for a perfect vacation - absolutely wonderful! We'd love to return and highly recommend it - went primarily to see the Northern Lights and were not disappointed - Good food and drink is no more than 15 minutes away and Chena Hot Springs Resort is less than 60 miles away. Far enough from the city to be wonderfully alone yet no more than 20 minutes from city center.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

WOW, what a great place to stay!!

  • 5 of 5

This place was wonderful!! A true Alaska log cabin with all the comforts of home!! Even DISH TV!!!! Debi and Bruce did everything to make our stay a great one. Fairbanks was awesome. Ate at Silver Gulch and Big Daddy's BBQ, great! Riverbend Cabins, Highly recommended

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Riverbend Cabins

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time staying at the Sour Dough Cabin. Everything was perfect and very comfortable. Saw the northern lights and all the recommendations from Debi and Bruce were spot on. It was a very authentic Alaskan adventure with great host. Thank you so much! Will definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tokyo
5

Fumiko&Minoru

  • 5 of 5

Thank you very much for everything while we stayed at your Cabin.

aurora and your kindness....everything was wonderful and we were very

grateful.

We will return to your Cabin again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Jersey
5

Relaxing cabin with personality and great hosts!

  • 5 of 5

The Sourdough Cabin at Riverbend was exactly what we needed for a relaxing stay in Fairbanks. The downstairs kitchen and living room provided everything from cooking a meal, planning your time in the area, and relaxing after a sauna. Yes, there is a wood-burning sauna that felt incredible on a cold evening. The upstairs of the cabin hosts the bedroom, another porch, and tons of direct TV channels for those times when you just want to relax indoors. On our second night, we looked out the windows at 1 am and saw the aurora from the upper deck. We cooked meals on the outdoor grill even as the snow fell. The cabin is right on the river with walking trails along the shoreline. Debi and Bruce are great hosts and went out of their way to ensure a perfect stay. The most recent addition, a beautiful labrador named Molly, may have you spending more time around the property than planned, as she enjoys interacting with the guests.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
19 Miles
Fairbanks International Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Badger Den
Nearest Ferry
355 Miles
Valdez Ferry
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Fairbanks Golf Course
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Alaska Railroad
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Richardson Highway
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Two Rivers Lodge
Nearest Ski
13 Miles
Birch Hill Ski
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Chena Lakes Recreation Area
Car: necessary

Located on the banks of the Chena River with abundant wildlife (moose, beaver, eagles & waterfowl), the Sourdough Cabin has the best of what Interior Alaska has to offer. The cabin is situated on 3 ½ secluded, peaceful acres and sits next to Riverbend’s two bedroom Chinook cabin (see VRBO #118558). The option of renting both cabins is available for larger groups. The owner who lives on the property is happy to answer guest’s questions and help with planning your activities. During the long summer days, guests can enjoy an outdoor cookout, hike the nearby trails, pick wild blueberries and raspberries, fish for Arctic Grayling or seasonal King Salmon, go boating on the river or nearby lakes or relax on the cabin’s deck or riverbank. Summer guests enjoy nearby gold panning (we provide panning tools for the more adventurous) at public sites or Gold Dredge #8, a paddle boat ride on the Riverboat Discovery, visiting our local museums (Alaska Museum of North is a favorite), floating the Chena River or taking a drive to Denali National Park. For guests who like to fish, we do provide basic fishing gear. Our winter guests enjoy our magnificent displays of the Aurora Borealis, the wood fired outdoor sauna, dog mushing, soaking in the waters of Chena Hot Springs Resort, ice fishing and downhill and cross-country skiing. Sitting around our campfire and watching the northern lights is by far the favorite activity of our winter guests!

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Fairbanks, Alaska

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Summer & Early Fall
10 May 2016 - 31 Aug 2016
3 night minimum stay
£443
for 3 nights
From
£148
£1,001
£4,134
 
 
Winter
1 Sep 2016 - 14 Feb 2017
4 night minimum stay
£591
for 4 nights
From
£148
£1,001
£4,134
 
 
Aurora - Ice Art - Dog Races
15 Feb 2017 - 1 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
£644
for 4 nights
From
£161
£1,126
 
 
Late Spring
2 Apr 2017 - 9 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£418
for 3 nights
From
£139
£931
£3,095
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£443
for 3 nights
From
£148
£1,001
£4,134
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £76
Tax Rate 8.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Alaska, USA

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Sourdough cabins bathroom has a shower, pedestal sink, toilet and heated floors.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The Sourdough cabin has an upstairs bedroom with a queen sized bed and 36' flatscreen TV with DirectTV & a video library. French doors lead to a balcony that has a patio table and chairs - perfect for relaxing and enjoying the beautiful river view.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
Notes:
For guests who need to wash clothing, Forbes laundry in North Pole (a ten minute drive) is a great choice. Nearby is the Santa Claus house and the Visitor's Center.

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