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New Alyeska/Girdwood VRBO! Upscale Custom Craftsman 2 Blocks from Resort Base

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Girdwood - Blue Door VRBO

3 Bedrooms, 2 Full and One 1/2 Bathroom, Sleeps 8

Beautiful Custom Craftsman-style home built in 2010 is your perfect destination stay in Girdwood. Featured in Alaska HOME magazine Winter 2014 issue.

Great location with walkability access to slopes, restaurants, bike/hiking trails. On the Glacier Valley shuttle bus route as well. Quick walk to ski lifts and Day Lodge (winter) area hiking trails, Crow Creek Mercantile, Post Office, and Girdwood Clinic.

Whether your travels to Girdwood are winter or summer, our location makes a perfect base for day trips to explore the Kenai Peninsula or Prince William Sound. In summer, the Kenai Peninsula offers the outdoor enthusiast unlimited options: hiking established USFS trails, mountain biking, guided whitewater rafting or kayaking, clear water fishing, ocean shore dip-netting, or a gorgeous scenic drive all the way to Homer and Kachemak Bay.

Prince William Sound and all it has to offer is easily accessible via the Whittier Tunnel, a quick 30 minute drive south from Girdwood. Seward is about a 2 hour drive south on the Seward Hwy from Girdwood. Both are deep sea ports for cruise ships, the Alaska Marine Ferry system, and numerous local fishing charters and scenic cruise boats to view marine wildlife and blue-ice glaciers that cap surrounding mountains.

Another day trip option during the summer is to catch the morning Alaska Railroad train at the Girdwood "Depot" for a breathtaking and relaxing 3-hr train ride in glass-domed cars to Seward, take an ocean cruise charter out of Resurrection Bay to the Kenai Fjords National Park for a couple hours, wander the streets of historic Seward, then catch the evening train back to Girdwood. The train route is different than the Seward Hwy corridor so you get to see mountains, glaciers, rivers and wildlife that are not accessible by road. Alpine Air, located at the Girdwood Airport offers summer helicopter tours and glacier dog-mushing rides in Punchbowl Glacier above Girdwood.

Winter activities include backcountry skiing in Turnagain Pass -- a mere 15 minute drive south, cross-country skiing here in Girdwood at Moose Meadows, and the 5-mile Nordic loop accessible near the Hotel Alyeska. Chugach Powder Guides offers heli- and cat-skiing for the serious powder hounds. Downhill skiing on Alyeska Mtn is just two blocks away with high-speed quad lifts to whisk you up the mountain. There are also two Magic Carpet conveyors for beginner skiers/boarders right at the base.

We are happy to assist you in planning your adventures -- whether day excursions or exploring the local features of Girdwood and Glacier Valley.

Our home has a very comfortable, well-furnished living area open to the kitchen and dining area. There are three large bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a large, fully-equipped and stocked cook's kitchen, gas fireplace, radiant floor heating, and wrap-around covered deck. Master bedroom with king bed and en suite bathroom on main level, two large bedrooms with mountain views, and full bath upstairs.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Robin Smith
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
19 October, 2016

About Robin Smith

Mike and Robin are long-time Alaska residents. Robin is a lifelong Alaskan, growing up in Fairbanks. Mike came to Alaska in the mid-1970s flying his Cessna 140 from Idaho to southwest Alaska, eventually making his way to Fairbanks. Mike has been involved in the aviation industry forever and Robin is a geologist and a licensed Realtor®.

Robin Smith purchased this house in 2010

Why Robin Smith chose Alaska

We've always been skiers and took family ski trips to Colorado annually, as well as ski trips with friends to Whistler, BC and Utah. After a lifetime in Fairbanks, we decided to leave the cold, dark winters and move to Girdwood, purchasing our lot in 2005. Once we settled on just the right house plan, construction began in 2009 and we moved in to our new home Christmas Day of 2010 with some interior work yet to complete.

We love the fact that Girdwood is midway between Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula, or Prince William Sound via the Whittier Tunnel which makes our location a perfect base for visitors to explore the greater area--just as we have!

What makes this house unique

Our home was designed for Girdwood -- rain, snow, sunny days -- which makes the wraparound covered porch/deck a great feature. You can sit outside and enjoy the ambiance, be it rain, snow, or sun and be sheltered from the elements. No snow shoveling the deck in the winter!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"What a small world that our good friends stayed here just days before us! A beautiful home, perfect set up for a family. Enjoyed ringing in the New Year in our favorite town.
Dec 2015
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based on 8 holidaymaker reviews

New Alyeska/Girdwood VRBO! Upscale Custom Craftsman 2 Blocks from Resort Base
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

The Perfect Girdwood Home

  • 5 of 5

This house has a casual elegance that made our stay care free. Totally beautiful spacious open floor plan, appointed with quality linens, towels, comfortable beds and cool furniture. It was spotless when we arrived and stocked with all the kitchen equipment, spices and basic necessities. No need to run out for this and that - it was all there. The layout of the house is perfect for family togetherness and for privacy if you need it. Plenty of room to spread out and to gather. Robin was great to communicate with. She gave us many activity ideas for the area. We emailed back and forth, no issues - easy peasy.

The location is fantastic. The village is an easy walk down the hill featuring the Mercantile grocery/liquor/general all things Girdwood store, along with good restaurants, coffee shops and yoga studios. The ski village (bakery, bike, art and wine shops) is an easy hike up the hill. We were in Alaska to attend a wedding, the welcome dinner was at the top of the mountain. We rode the tram up from the Alyeska resort, celebrated in the "deli" which is a bar/restaurant on top of the mountain that we hiked up the day before, and ended the night with a tram ride down the mountain.

We enjoyed several hikes with panoramic views up the mountain and through the woods. Waterfalls, Alaska Wildlife refuge, Portage Glacier, Whittier, cruise in Seward and visited the village of Hope. Every view is post card quality, it is all breathtaking. Girdwood, aka "Glacier City", and our perfect Alaska home rental, were the perfect base for our vacation where we began and ended each day.

Highly recommend….Enjoy!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Maryann, for your positive and descriptive comments! We are so happy you and your family enjoyed our home as well as all the sightseeing you did--way to go! Your detailed and informative comments are also very helpful for our future guests in making their vacation rental selections. Hope you had a great trip home and we'd love to see you back in AK again!! Robin & Mike Smith
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Great place for a family dinner

  • 5 of 5

The house was very nice, Robin was good to work with and returned messages very quickly. This place has everything we needed and all was very nice. Special thanks for all you did for us Robin!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This house is amazing! Great for a family or a few couples. The kitchen has everything you can think of, the rooms are spacious, the location is excellent, and the house is just so warm and inviting. We didn't want to leave!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We aim to make our guests' stay as comfortable as easy as possible, especially for family events such as weddings, reunions, honeymoons...you name it! Thank you for the wonderful review. Robin & Mike
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Perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

Our family (my husband, myself, 3 daughters, 1 son in law and our 9 month old grandson) had the pleasure of staying 2 weeks in this beautiful Alyeska/Girdwood home. It was our first trip to Alaska and we had many questions, which Robin was so helpful in answering, she was very accessible and responsive. Our expectations were by far exceeded. There wasn't one thing that we could've asked for or needed. Robin thought of everything. We felt like so comfortable and at home. We actually over bought at the grocery store-the kitchen is really well stocked.

The home is beautiful and is in a beautiful setting. We enjoyed many nights sitting on the porch with a glass of wine. The kitchen was extremely well equipped.

The BBQ was great for our 4th of July cookout, lots of storage for hiking gear, boots, etc...really good coffee provided, and we had the perfect position for watching the Girdwood Forest Fair Parade-right in the front yard! We even saw a bear run through the front yard one evening. The house was immaculate and very comfy. We had Stacy, the housekeeper do a cleaning in the middle of our stay and she was great to work with.

We definitely hope to return and hope to actually meet Robin and her family next time. We've rented places all over the world and this was one of the best rental experiences we've had.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much, Jennifer, for you detailed and useful comments! Having rented many vacation homes and condos, we want to provide all (or most all) creature comforts and provisions to make our guests' stays as effortless as possible by providing the things we appreciate having in a vacation home. Assisting with your trip planning and sightseeing tips was a real joy -- especially for folks that have not been to Alaska before. We look forward to having you and your family back again, whenever you can make it back to Alaska. All the best. Robin & Mike
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Beautiful Home In A Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in this gorgeous Girdwood home! It had everything we needed and then some! It's one of the most well appointed rental homes we've stayed in! It's the perfect location to explore this area of the state. It's excellent for all types of day trips.... Glacier Cruise, Fly Fishing, Train Ride, Zoo, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing.... The list goes on and on! Robin was great to work with and very helpful while planning our trip.... Much appreciated for us as first time visitors! We can't wait to come back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very glad your family had such a fantastic time in our home, Girdwood, and Southcentral AK! Our central location between Anchorage and Prince William Sound or Kenai Peninsula makes it the ideal "base camp" for all your adventures, big and small. We look forward to having you and family back again, for sure!!
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Spring Break 2016

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic vacation and we very comfortable in this lovely, well appointed home. We used the kitchen a lot and found everything we needed for meal preparation and serving. The location was very convenient for those who skied and those who did not. You can walk anywhere in town in a matter of minutes. If you are looking for a place to stay where you will feel as comfortable as you do in your own home - this is the place!!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad that your stay was a success and everyone was very comfortable in the home and enjoyed all that Girdwood has to offer!
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Car: necessary

The property's location has great walkability - ski lifts, the post office, grocery store, and all restaurants are all within a half mile or so from the house. The bike path that runs through Girdwood is continuous from the Hotel Alyeska all the way to Indian on the Seward Highway -- about a 35 mile round trip ride. We frequently ride just to Bird Point and back home -- only a 20 mile ride and the scenery along Turnagain Arm never disappoints!

Crow Creek Historical Mine is open summers and offers visitors a chance to pan gold and learn about the early gold miners that founded our community of Girdwood.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Girdwood, Alaska

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
2016 Winter Holiday Rates
19 Nov 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring/Summer 2017
26 Mar 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
2017 Winter Holiday Rates
19 Nov 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £409
Cleaning Fee £123
Tax Rate 12.0%

· Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
· 12% Bed Tax is not included in base rate

Cancellation policy per owner contract

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Girdwood, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2335 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • resort
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Powder Room - Toilet , On main level off entry hall
    Upstairs Full Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi
    Master Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Double vanity, private toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Has private ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower, two sinks
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , "Slope-side" room with vaulted ceiling - views of the slopes
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Bunk Bed , Twin over Full Bunkbed w/Twin Trundle & Stairs w/drawers
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • bay fishing
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

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