|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Located less than 30 miles north of Fairbanks, Nautique Sky cabin feels like you just drove into the wild. The cabin sits on the top of a hill and its large north-facing windows offer beautiful views of pristine Alaskan scenery.
No running water or electricity (see below for specifics)! Our cozy little cabin will give you the opportunity to share a true rural Alaskan experience with your family and friends.
It can accommodate up to four adults with a queen size bed in the loft upstairs, and a queen size fold-down futon downstairs. You will be able to cook yummy dinners in our small but fully equipped kitchen, while enjoying the homey feel of propane lamps and the warmth of the fire in the wood stove. You will also get to use a real "outhouse" instead of your typical flushing everyday commodity for a lot of locals living up here in Fairbanks!
Soak in our wood burning Hot Tub, relax, and admire the northern skies... If you visit during the winter, you will be spending the night in one of the very best spots to enjoy Northern Lights viewing in the vicinity of Fairbanks! Winter activities in the area also include dog sledding (we offer private tours on site), cross-country skiing, snow-machining, winter biking, and snowshoeing.
During the summer, you will be able to enjoy 24 hours of sunlight. Fishing, picnicking, floating, and hiking opportunities are nearby at the Chatanika River Recreation Area, and the White Mountains National Recreation Area (see pics).
ACCESS TO THE CABIN
Nautique Sky cabin is located about 28 miles from downtown Fairbanks. Access to the Cabin is on paved roads, with only the final 1/2 mile on a very good gravel road.
We strongly suggest that you rent a car as public transportation is limited in Fairbanks. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is not required to access the cabin, but is recommended during the winter months.
INTERACTION WITH GUESTS
We will be meeting with you at the beginning of your stay to show you how everything works in the cabin and how to use the hot tub. A cellphone will also be available on-site so that you can call us if you have any questions later on.
We provide SLED DOG TOURS (winter only) and KENNEL VISITS (year-around) for guests who are interested in meeting our dog team. Both sled dog tours and kennel visits are very personal experiences as we only offer tours to our cabin guests. Please contact us for more information.
THE "OFF-THE-GRID" WAY OF LIFE
The cabin is located 5 miles past the power grid of Fairbanks and is completely "Off-the-Grid." - How does all this work?
*Light is provided with mounted propane wall fixtures; very easy to use and put off an "old fashioned" yellow glow.
*The stove is similar to the one you have at home, a propane powered gas range.
*Water is provided in 7 gallon jugs that sit over the on the spigot and it's hands free. If you need it hot, let it sit on the wood stove.
*The fridge is an ice box with blocks of ice in it upon your arrival.
*There is no shower at the cabin, but we have a Hot Tub! Take soaps and shampoo into the tub for a very nice bath. Water is changed between each and every booking and is usually coming from a nearby river. It is minimally treated in an effort to keep it as clean, and chemical free as possible.
*Toilet? Surprise, would of course be an outhouse! Don't be afraid to keep the curtain open, especially with the Northern Lights out.
Our cabin is pet friendly, upon approval. Please, notify us in advance if you plan on bringing your pet(s) with you. We do require a $25 pet cleaning fee (non-refundable), and a $100 pet deposit. The pet deposit will be refunded to you the day after your departure, unless your pet(s) caused any damages to the cabin or the property. Also, we ask you to respect the following:
- Pets are not allowed on the furniture at any time (unless you bring your own cover and bed sheets to protect the futon and the bed);
- Pets must be in a crate if left alone inside the cabin;
- Pets can never roam the property unattended;
- We do not assume any responsibility if your pet(s) get injured while on our property.
Prices listed include a 8% local bed tax required by the North Star Borough.
We fell in love with Nautique Sky cabin while looking for a home shortly after our move to Alaska. Although we found another place to call home, we kept the beautiful little cabin in mind and were finally able to acquire it a couple of years later! Since then we have kept working towards our dream of being able to spend everyday home with our dogs, while offering a unique experience to our guests: quality nightly rentals and personalized dog tours from a prime spot to enjoy Alaska's amazing skies!
Loraine and Deke purchased this cabin in 2014
It was going to be hard for this place to live up to the expectations we had for it, but it did! I rented the Nautique cabin with my wife and sister for a very brief trip to Fairbanks. Loraine and Deke were very helpful and responsive in the lead-up to our arrival, which had us contacting them to coordinate check-in close to midnight, but they didn't seem bothered by it. The cabin itself is cozy and well-appointed. The wood-fire oven was already going when we arrived. Loraine had lots of helpful tips for our visit. Our primary goal was to see the aurora, which we did. It was even visible from the glass doors of the cabin, which allowed us to view them in comfort. The hot tub is also really worth it, and not as difficult to get into or out of as one would think in sub-zero ambient temperatures. Deke gave us an informative tour of his sled dog operations, which my sister thoroughly enjoyed. We had a great time here; Loraine and Deke were lovely hosts, and our only regret is that we were unable to stay longer.
This is a great little cabin off the grid! The owners have set up all city folk for success here. The inside is cozy and has pretty much everything you need to function here. There is a wood burning hot tub and an outhouse. I thought going to the outhouse would be impossible in -25 degree weather, but it's not nearly as bad as I thought. I didn't take the walkways for granted! It was very clever to install that because it made getting to these outside spaces very convenient in chilly weather. I got to meet the dogs which was a treat (not enough snow to go sledding though darn!!!) I didn't look at the map closely, but realized when I was on the highway to the cabin, that it was the same highway for Ice Road Truckers. I used to really like watching that show. Deke says the truckers like to hang out at Hilltop Truck Stop (it's the last stop for quite a distance). You can also see parts of the Alaskan Pipeline from the highway. Although I didn't get to see the northern lights during my stay (it was cloudy every night I was there), it was still an enjoyable stay!
We planned this trip over a year ago for our anniversary and studied things out thoroughly, reading every review we could find...we completely agree with all other posts! The cabin was perfectly cozy and honestly...everything about our 5 night stay over Thanksgiving was amazingly magical and exceeded expectations in every way. It's taken us over a week to write this because we still can't come up with words to adequately describe our experience...it all seems like it was a dream!
We were fortunate to see the lights every night and the only regret was not having more time and not having enough snow to go dog sledding...we will definitely be returning for that! The tub was absolutely amazing...even with temps 5 to 15 below we spent plenty of time in it enjoying the aurora. Even the outhouse was a cool experience:) As long as you're prepared for the elements, you can't get much better than this...Deke and Loraine were fantastic and provided everything we needed. Anyone looking for an amazing Alaskan adventure would be wise to book a few nights (or a full week!) off the grid at this indescribably perfect location.
The Nautique Sky Cabin was perfect for our Alaska vacation! Secluded but not to far from town. No city lights means we got to see the northern lights perfectly! A dream come true! The cabin had everything we needed even a small radio to break up the peace and quiet. The kitchen was well equipt. The bed in the loft was so comfortable and perfectly positioned so when you lay down you could see the aurora. We even slept one night on the futon downstairs and that was comfy too! The hottub was so much fun and it worked out perfect for us. We stayed for 8 nights and never got sick of the place.. even using the outhouse was fine! They make everything so cute and cozy! We didn't want to leave! Do not hesitate to book this cabin.. You won't regret it! And there is so much to see and do in Fairbanks and the surrounding area! We will definitely be back and we want to stay at Nautique Sky cabin! Thank you Deke and Loraine for sharing your beautiful cabin with us :)
Nautique Sky is the name of a custom built log cabin situated on 10 acres of black spruce forest on a quiet dirt road. The photos don't reveal the fact that there is 360 degrees of privacy and an excellent view of the sky. The cabin is off the grid and "dry," which means no electricity or running water but there are lovely propane lights, an ice box and 5 gallon water containers which run into the sink. It's fun!
The wood fired hot tub took me by surprise...the experience is unique compared to "the usual" fiberglass hot tub. Nautique Sky's hot tub is constructed of wood and filled with fresh river water. It's easy to light a fire in the stove which heats the water faster than I expected. Do you know what it is like to sit by a fire and feel the heat radiate off? Those same waves of heat move through the water, it felt lovely. The wooden tub, river water and snap, crackle, pop of the fire created a strong connection to nature. Spent far more time in the tub than I expected to!
The owners of the cabin are a pleasure to meet. Every detail has been thought of and they live right up the road if a guest might want some assistance. Loraine introduced me to their mushing team and demonstrated how the sleds operate which I found interesting. Nautique Sky is a wonderful cabin cared for by a conscientious and delightful couple. A++++++++ in every way.
If you have plans to visit the Fairbanks area, a stay at Nautique Sky cabin will be among the highlights. The cabin is on a quiet road off of the Elliott Highway, nestled in spruce forest. The care and love that Loraine and Deke have put into Nautique Sky is evident in every inch of the cabin. It is exceptionally clean and cozy, and decorated with unique touches of Alaskan wilderness. The wood fire-powered hot tub was so relaxing (even in the summer!) after the two week backpacking trip we had just finished in Gates of the Arctic NP. We can't wait to return in winter to experience the aurora from the comfort of the hut tub.
Deke and Loraine were gracious, helpful, and even invited us to their house during our stay to meet their dog team. No mushing in the summer, of course, but that just gives us yet another reason to return in the winter.
The cabin may not be for everyone--the bathroom is an outhouse (charmingly decorated), no running water (provided in 7-gallon jugs), and no electricity (but no need for it!)--but if you are even slightly considering staying at Nautique Sky, you should. It was one of the highlights for us during our nine weeks of traveling this summer.
Easy two wheel drive access year round!