Alaskan log home near Fairbanks, in private, quiet, sunny location, great view, and close to the University and town. Experience real Alaska in comfort! Ideally located on the outskirts of town. Accommodates up to six people. The house has two bedrooms with very comfy queen beds and a loft with a queen futon.
Travelers often refer to the log home as a 'cabin', probably because of the log construction, but the place is a log house with full amenities-- running water, full shower, two bathrooms, washer and dryer, beautifully equipped kitchen, standard oil furnace heat (but also has a high efficiency, clean burning wood stove), etc.
Located in a quiet residential setting on the outskirts of College, Alaska. Twelve minute drive to the University, 15 minutes from the airport, and 20 minute drive to downtown. Enjoy the Aurora Borealis from the deck or hot tub, explore your creativity in the ceramics studio, check out the wood-fired pizza and bread oven, go sled dog mushing, or drive to the Arctic Circle, Brooks Range, Arctic Coastal Plain, Alaska Range, or the internationally renowned Denali National Park or Chena Natural Hot Springs. See the Trans-Alaska pipeline or visit the amazing Fairbanks Icepark in winter. Lots to do within easy reach! Free high-speed wireless internet, nice office work space with a view of the Alaska Range, fresh eggs daily from the chicken coop (Oct 2014 chicken update-- chickens have moved on to their next existence, and the chicken coup will be filled with new baby chicks in spring 2015, but we still get fresh eggs from the neighbor's chickens in the meantime!!), espresso maker, and fresh garden goodies and berries (when in season). Snowshoeing, hiking and mountain biking trails out the front door, and ski trails nearby! Watch a movie on the big screen, and enjoy the comfort and ambiance of the wood stove. Peaceful, private, relaxing setting. Makes a great getaway, or home away from home!
My interaction with guests varies widely, depending upon guest preferences and needs. I enjoy meeting guests, and hearing their travel stories and experiences. I take extra care to be sure my guests have what they need, and that they have an excellent Alaskan experience.
The neighborhood is quiet, nestled in the forest, and even though my place is located close to town it offers excellent privacy. Hiking trails are right out the front door.
Having a car is helpful for getting around, if you want to see the area. My place is an easy 15-min drive from the airport.
No more than six people. Dogs on approval. No cats or other pets please. Absolutely NO smoking or drugs. I aim to host responsible, respectful, considerate guests that seek a true Alaskan travel experience. Instead of requiring expensive security deposits or charging higher cleaning costs, I simply ask that guests leave the house clean and orderly, as it was when they arrived, including washing the linens (which helps me defray some of the costs of house cleaning, to pass those savings on to guests). Price includes all taxes.
Mark's log cabin is serene and relaxing, nestled into the hillside amongst the trees with great southern exposure. Mark is a wonderful host and his friendly Labrador "Porter" kept some great company. I would recommend this cabin to anybody who enjoys the outdoors and a good bit of solitude.
We will be visiting again.
This was both our first visit to Alaska and first time using AirBnB, and was a resounding success.
Mark was a gracious host and ensured there was everything we needed to have a great time. He was always available, though never invasive, ensuring that we had great local knowledge of where to have the best experiences. He sent a very useful list of information ahead of time and this helped plan some of our time.
Mark's house is a beautiful log home set to the north of Fairbanks town. We used it as our base camp for seeing the area and taking part in local activities. Mark greeted us upon arrival and we toured the house. It is a wonderful, cozy, log home with all amenities you could want - including wifi internet and a huge projector!
The interior of the house is complemented with exterior features such as: spacious deck, hot tub and beautiful views.
The location is perfect for viewing the Northern Lights, either at the local viewpoint (Murphy Dome), or just soaking away the days toil in the hot tub.
Activities further afield that we did including dog mushing, Chena hot springs, ice museum, dalton highway as well as local museums. We also snapped some stunning photos of the Aurora Boreolis which made the late nights very worthwhile.
The locals were always friendly and never rushed, always having some insight into the area, the history, or insider info.
We have already started to work out how we could come back a week earlier next year and enjoy more of the winter activities.
This cabin was a great place to stay for our weekend in Fairbanks. The home is very clean, comfortable, and quiet. Mark is a great host and made our stay quite enjoyable. Getting to meet Porter, the dog, put a smile on our faces as well! I would definitely recommend this cabin for anyone looking for a nice, quiet place to stay in Fairbanks that has excellent views and great chances of seeing the Northern Lights!
Mark's log cabin was amazing. It's located just far enough from town to allow perfect viewing of the Northern Lights and yet close enough to all other fun places in Fairbanks. The neighborhood is quiet and the trees around give you a sense of privacy. The house inside it's very cozy and warm (even in winter), there's plenty of light in the living room – I loved the huge windows and the view! It is very clean and it gives you a homey feeling because it has everything you'd need, more stuff and appliances than I have at home :)
Mark was extremely helpful and resourceful, he told us about cool places to visit, good restaurants and breweries in town, and even brought beer and grilled a salmon for us that he personally caught - it was delicious! We couldn't have asked for a better host, Mark is an amazing person who truly cares about the environment. The entire cabin is built around maximizing resources, it's very efficient (even the hot tub believe it or not), it allows guests to recycle and compost, the products and cleaning supplies are all natural and these are all things that my husband and I appreciate very much.
Beautiful indeed! Just as described, this place is terrific! Mark was incredibly helpful with directions and suggestions of things to do around the area, and when he was out of town, his friend Andrea was equally prepared to help us with everything we needed.
This place has all the modern amenities you are used to, combined with plenty of DIY/off-grid accoutrements. We were an odd couple - one of us an avid backpacker, the other a hotel-only type - but this house fit the bill perfectly for us both. We both want to return to Alaska, specifically to this home, and to bring other members of the family!
Our main goal in visiting Alaska was to view the northern lights, which we did - from the cozy confines of the hot tub! But we left with not only the desire to return but also the inspiration to build and find ways to live our lives back home more sustainably. Thank you Mark and Andrea!
My fiance and I came to Fairbanks with the express goals of seeing the Northern Lights and experiencing dog sledding. We wanted to experience a private, rustic getaway without forgoing all of the modern comforts of home.
When the internet allows individuals to advertise for themselves, it's usually rare for the reality to exceed expectations. We were pleasantly surprised to find that's exactly what happened with Mark's rental. Mark was overwhelmingly hospitable, always checking in on us without being obtrusive. His home is wonderfully situated on the end of a quiet street, with multiple clearings in the trees through which to view the skies. We were able to see the aurora from the porch and the master bedroom on multiple evenings during our visit. Mark's cabin is the perfect expression of the Alaskan spirit, with log cabin construction, a cozy clean-burning wood stove, updated kitchen, and large windows through which to view the aurora (if you're lucky enough to see them). We would return in a heartbeat. This is the best Airbnb place to stay in Fairbanks, hands down.
First the positives:
I had booked a trip to Alaska as a surprise for my boyfriend's birthday and for our stay in Fairbanks, I chose Mark's log house. From the moment of booking, Mark was nothing but super helpful - he gave recommendations for things to do & places to visit on our trip - all of which turned out to be excellent. Upon my request, Mark graciously bought us supplies for breakfast. He is very methodical & sent detailed instructions before our travel began, which I am glad I read - it had very useful information such as what roads NOT to take to get to his house in winter, even when a map application insists on them. Reading those instructions saved us a lot of hassle!
The log-house is a dream house for a vacation. It is a gorgeous home, a romantic haven with all amenities, lovely decor and adorned with beautiful knick-knacks that Mark has collected from his travels around the world as well as his own pottery (which is splendid)!
Mark is a very intelligent man, a smart conversationalist and the perfect host. He has a generous nature and shared his meal with us on more than one occasion. He invited us for a pizza party where we each made a pizza in the brick oven in his studio - very fun experience. We enjoyed our conversations with Mark very much and indeed, we felt that we had gained a friend - the most important reason to travel - see new things, meet new people, understand new perspectives and make new friends!
Now the one and only negative: Once you have met Mark and stayed at his log house, you would NOT want to leave. Instead, you would want to extend your vacation indefinitely! That could cause some financial and logistical issues!! ;)
Other than that, Mark's log-house is the perfect place to stay in Fairbanks!
I am a freshwater ecologist with the University of Alaska, in Fairbanks. When not teaching or doing ecological research I enjoy adventure travel, fishing, biking, skiing, pottery, boat building, yoga, varied and healthy cuisine, cooking, and gardening. I live an active life, free of drugs and tobacco. (I do enjoy proper amounts of good espresso, wine, beer, and occasionally whiskey!)