|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Two bedroom "treehouse" with birches inside! Close to town, tucked in the forest with great views of Kachemak Bay and and plenty of privacy. Lots of artistic touches, spacious yard and grill. Two bedrooms upstairs with queen beds and great views. Full bath upstairs. Half-bath downstairs. Cozy, very unique living space featuring original Alaska art and tons of art books. Flatscreen TV (no cable), DVD and outdoor decks. Small indoor pets permitted. We don't want to scare away the moose and wild birds.
Asia Freeman grew up in Homer and runs Bunnell Street Arts Center. She and her husband Michael Walsh are artists who are exhibiting at the Pratt Museum in June and July 2015. When Asia and Michael are traveling or on art residencies they offer their home as a vacation rental.
Asia Freeman purchased this house in 2005
Many Homerites pride themselves on their unique owner-built homes. This house was designed and owner contract by Asia's mother, Karla. It is a great example of imaginative and unique local craftsmanship.
This house is easy walking and biking access to town. Tucked in the birch forest with wonderful views and warm, plush decor and interesting art, it offers privacy and inspiration, a Shangri-La that will inspire you to write, make music or paint. You'll never want to leave.
This home was perfect for the four of us. We were off on adventures everyday which is a short jaunt to the Home Spit. The house was very comfortable and nicely appointed with art work, great views, an available washer/dryer so we didn't have to pack so many changes of clothing and one of the greatest features for my husband and myself was the super comfy Tempurpedic Queen sized bed in the master bedroom. The details in this house are really lovely. Breakfast was the only meal we cooked here as we have family in Homer and ate all dinners out, but the kitchen was totally adequate with a French coffee press, toaster, cast iron skillets and very lovely hand made mugs. The artistic details were a nice touch that we very much appreciated. All in all a great experience! Thank you Asia for making your home available to us; we plan to stay here again the next time we come to Homer!
We stayed here over the 4 th of July weekend and it was an excellent choice. The home is very unique and really gives you that Alaskan feel. When we walked into the house we were pleasantly surprised by the amazing views this house offers of the mountains and the spit (even the shower had a view!). The home is secluded enough that you really feel you can relax and have privacy but close enough to town to do all the fun things Homer has to offer. The owner Asia was so nice and very prompt in her responses. The grounds were so pretty with flowers and views of the mountains we even took some beautiful family photos in the yard. We have used vrbo for vacation lots of times and this was the first house were I really felt like I could move in and never leave. Thank you so much Asia for allowing us to stay in your wonderfully eclectic and warm home, it was a pleasure!
For local hikes, I recommend hiking Bishop's Beach (right in front of us). You can walk for up to 20 miles on a descending tide toward Anchor Point. You can also walk to Homer from Diamond Creek, 7 miles north of Homer. You can walk toward Anchor Point or Homer. You may also enjoy hiking the Homestead Trail or the Calvin and Coyle Trail. For additional information about local trails contact Alaska Center for Coastal Studies, www.akcoastalstudies.org.
You can rent bikes at the base of the Spit for a nice 5 mile ride on flat ground, working only against the wind at times. Homer Saw and Cycle is the bike rental place.
Access to Kachemak Bay State Park on the other side of Kachemak Bay is easy with a local water taxi. You can find out all about the trails at Mako's Water Taxi 235-9055 on Homer Spit. They will take you from Homer Harbor to any one of several trails for a day hike and meet you at the end of the day and bring you back to Homer. Round trip water taxis are $40 per person, generally.
For information about getting to Kodiak, google Alaska Marine Highway. You can find ticket information and schedules easily online.
There are a few very reputable local flightseeing services. I recommend Bald Mountain Air 907 235 7969 and Emerald Air Service 9097 235 6993.
Many people ask if they should go across the bay to Halibut Cove or Seldovia, quaint villages situated in Kachemak Bay State Park. Halibut Cove is a very aesthetic experience, with a lovely restaurant (The Saltry) for lunch or dinner and a few galleries connected by a boardwalk. Its like the Martha's Vineyard of Alaska. There are only 50 year-round residents, most artists and fishermen. To book your passage to the Cove aboard the Danny J Ferry (an adorable wooden boa) call 399 2683 for reservationsThere are a few places to stay overnight, including Halibut Cove Cabins ($100, one-star) and Quiet Place Lodge ($400, three-star). It is peaceful, beautiful and near the Grewink Glacier and other trailheads. Halibut Cove was developed around the Herring industry and a few of the old homes of the original Swedish settlers remain.
Seldovia is a genuine Alaskan bush community. Historic and rough around the edges, Seldovia is a lot more salty than Halibut Cove. You can go there via Smokey Bay Air (a great flight-see) or Rainbow Connection (ferry) and have lunch in one of a few local cafe/bar type places and the lay of the land in a few hours. I love visiting on the 4th of July. They have a great celebration. Also, the Summer Solstice Music Festival is a peak experience in Seldovia.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£406|