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

Bedrooms 1
Space 450 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Barbecue


About the property

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

Debi Hanson
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 March, 2017

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Fairbanks in Fairbanks North Star

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Sourdough cabins bathroom has a shower, pedestal sink, toilet and heated floors.
  • 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.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • 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
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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)

Riverfront Cozy Log Cabin/Beautiful Furnishings. Amazing views of Aurora & river
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Magical place

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing adventure. The cabin was absolutely perfect. Me and my husband are living in Florida and wanted to see scenery and snow. This place was a winter wonderland. The fire pit outside kept us warm while we got to watch the northern lights . So amazing to see. The town was a perfect location for many activities, dog sledding, Santa's house, and the hot springs. I would recommend this place for anyone. I would love to come back in the summer . A+ Bruce and Debbie were very nice and we loved Molly too

  • Review Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Gem on the River w/ views!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay at the Sourdough cabin. It was the perfect size for 2 people. We ate most meals in as there is a small kitchen with plenty of pans/utensils to cook with. Not far from town or any adventure you may do. Great location on the river. Moose often walk through the property. If the northern lights are out you can see them from the balcony or walk to the river a few steps away to get a large open sky view. A++, highly recommended. We thouroughly enjoyed being lazy and adventurous all at the same time.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Simply Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here over the Christmas Holiday and loved it. The cabin was cozy, comfy, and had every amenity I could possibly need. The view was outstanding, the hosts were amicable, and the location was superb. I would recommend to anyone!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best place on our Trip

  • 5 of 5

What a super place to stay. We spent five weeks this September (2016) travelling around Alaska and the Yukon by car. We had a three night stay with Debi and Bruce in their Sourdough Cabin, it was just perfect. The welcome we received was exceptional and from the very start of making our booking Debi could not have been more helpful. I just did not want to leave! The cabins are both in true Alaskan Log Cabin style and really are the "real deal". Sourdough for two people was so cosy and all the little personal touches made you feel completely at home. We arrived to fresh flowers, fresh home grown tomatoes, home baked loaf and even a birthday card for my Husband, as I had mentioned it would be his birthday during our stay. So much appreciated by us both. This venue is top of our list of all the places we stayed during our trip . The location is within a short drive to North Pole where you can meet Santa if you want and pick up supplies from a very good local supermarket. Another short drive to Fairbanks with all the different things to do which a larger town offers, including and excellent Vintage Car Museum. There is fishing on the Cheena River and Gold Prospecting and also of course a drive out to the Cheena Hot Springs. In the winter of course there will be all the winter activities and how I would love to be there in the snow and experience a winter wonderland with the northern lights dancing above and warm and cosy little hideaway to curl up in. . We will definitely return and cannot recommend Riverbend enough. It was everything we hoped for, Debi and Bruce could not have been more helpful and welcoming. Thank you so much, you're the best!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review! We are honored to hear the Sourdough cabin was your favorite accommodation during your Alaska/Yukon tour! We love that our guests appreciate our little Alaskan paradise as much as we do! It was a joy to meet you and we look forward to seeing you again - hopefully in the winter so you can experience the amazing Northern Lights!
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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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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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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!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Fairbanks, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Aurora - Ice Art - Dog Races
15 Feb 2017 - 1 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Late Spring
2 Apr 2017 - 9 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £79
Tax Rate 8.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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