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Historic Elegance on Main Street in Downtown Talkeetna

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

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

Belle's 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 lush landscaping, your stay will be very private and quiet.

We feature brand new 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 fullsize) refrigerator. With all the delicious restaurants within walking distance you may not find yourself cooking much...

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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 February, 2017

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.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(20 traveller reviews)

Historic Elegance on Main Street in Downtown Talkeetna
average rating of 4.75 based on 20 reviews

Lovely place - Buyer beware

  • 2 of 5

I really wanted to address this to VRBO confidentially but this seems to be the only recourse that I can find. The home was lovely, the caretakers went out of their way to see to our needs But, I was lead to believe that we would be charged "off season rates" as we were only staying for one night in the middle of winter. It was my understanding, from several phone calls, that we would be paying an off-season rate of less than the normal daily rate and that we would be charged for one night only. In fact, we were charged nearly double of what was quoted over the phone. It is a shame that the owners could not be honest about the add-ons that were a part of our charges. I am disappointed in the finality of Marne's decision to add on exorbitant extra charges.

We were respectful of the lovely home, we did no cooking, we washed and dried all of our linens and towels and tipped the caretakers very well for the extra services they opened up to us of their own volition. We also discovered, through local business owners, that this home, advertised as a part of the home that Don Sheldon lived in, (he is a local legend in aviation and now deceased) was a false accolade. According to the locals in this small town, Don Sheldon never did live in Talkeetna. The fact that we were led to believe that part of this home was Don Sheldon's previous residence was a great part of why we decided to stay there if even for one night.

So, be careful and make sure that you have ALL of the charges BEFORE you commit to booking. Had we known the total cost in advance, we would have stayed elsewhere.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent home away from home

  • 5 of 5

A great place to stay. We had everything we needed, owner was very accommodating. Everybody that came to visit us during our stay was very impressed. Will stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Cabin Nestled in The Heart of Talkeetna

  • 5 of 5

This is everything you could ask for in this Beautiful little town of Talkeetna. We felt right at home during our stay at Belle's Cabin. Everything you need or want to see is within walking distance. The cabin is a piece of Alaskan History but has all the modern comforts of your own home. This place is perfect in every little detail possible. Cant wait to come back !!!!!!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing! Extremely clean!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location! Within walking distance to everything. This home is very clean and extremely comfortable. The only suggestions I have is for better pillows, a small cooler and ice trays. This place really is amazing !

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Large, roomy yet very comfortable, cozy

  • 4 of 5

I have rented this cabin twice now for a "girls weekend" and would highly recommend it to anyone heading to Talkeetna. It is as the listing states if not better. From the cabin you can easily walk to restaurants and other local attractions. I love how the cabin is so close to the action on Main Street and yet a quiet, cozy retreat inside. If you decide to dine in you will find everything you need in this beautiful, well equipped property.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best of local history and modern comforts

  • 5 of 5

Belle's Cabin is a beautiful home in downtown Talkeetna. It is well furnished with the comforts of your own home. You will instantly feel at ease and be able to appreciate all the history of the home and town. If I can ever return to Talkeetna, I will arrange my time around the availability of this home and stay longer for the quiet comforts of both the home and town.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from 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!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Talkeetna, Alaska

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season
26 May 2017 - 17 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £241
Cleaning Fee £60
Tax Rate 5.0%

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 for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Talkeetna, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1765 sq. ft.
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
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 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 crib is also available.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Garden
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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