Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon

Modern Log Cabin Vacation Rental with En Suite Sauna in Talkeetna, Alaska

Bedrooms Studio
Space 616 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Convertible Bed(s), 1 Bath (Sleeps 2)

Hale Kōlea (Ha-lay Co-lay-ah) Cabin is an available custom built log cabin vacation rental located in the rural neighborhood of east Talkeetna, just a 15-minute walk from the popular historic district. We are a SMOKE FREE & NO PETS establishment that measures 616 sq/feet (57.23 sq/m) and designed with a welcoming open studio layout (no bedrooms). Hale Kōlea Cabin vacation rental is an ideal getaway for two persons with a queen bed available.

Modern amenities include: Wi-Fi, LCD TV (no cable or satellite), Blu-ray/DVD player with Internet streaming options, Sony speaker i-Dock/Bluetooth stereo and an en suite Finnish sauna.

Hale Kōlea Cabin vacation rental is a NO HOST log cabin with a fully equipped stainless steel kitchen and separate laundry room. The spa-like bathroom boasts a luxurious glass walled shower with pebbled flooring & a custom en suite Finnish sauna. Hale Kōlea Cabin's furnishings have been meticulously selected to reflect a Hawaiian sensibility and include items such as hand quilted Hawaiian pillows, custom artwork and stunning solid maple hardwood flooring. Hale Kōlea Cabin vacation rental is committed to sustainability by using: LED/CFL lighting, ENERGY STAR efficient appliances, windows, doors, and insulation; ESP certified cabinetry, recycled quartz counter tops and biodegradable cleaning products & supplies.

Come experience the spirit of aloha at Hale Kōlea Cabin! Also visit us at:

More Details

Property Manager
Richard Cheney
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2018

About Richard Cheney

Hale Kōlea Cabin is a labor of love project by owner, Richard Cheney and his partner Kalani Chong. Richard, a graduate of University of Michigan, grew up in Williamston, Michigan and has been a Hawaii resident for over 35 years. Richard is a 12-time Honolulu Marathon and 3-time Iron Man finisher. His partner Kalani is a Native Hawaiian whose lineage can be traced back to Hawaii's Princess Ka'iulani. Kalani enjoys traveling to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and collecting vinyl records as art. Both live in Honolulu, Hawaii and work in the health care industry.

Richard Cheney purchased this cabin in 2012

Why Richard Cheney chose Talkeetna

Richard and Kalani unknowingly fell in love with Talkeetna while on a March 2012 winter vacation that began with Anchorage, then Fairbanks and eventually ended with a picturesque Aurora train ride to the charming town of Talkeetna. One night's stay in Trapper John's Cabin is all it took to launch research of available real estate that quickly led to groundbreaking four months later on July 3, 2012.

What makes this cabin unique

For the past 3 years, a kōlea bird or Pacific Golden Plover appeared every August at Richard and Kalani's residence in Honolulu, Hawaii. Every day this kōlea bird could be seen grazing the grassy parts of their property for an insatiable appetite of insects, all while enjoying the warm Hawaiian sun. Every April, their bird would vanish and heed its migratory call to flock north to Alaska. This miracle instinct fittingly inspired the cabin's name, Hale Kōlea (Ha-lay Co-lay-ah) or 'Kōlea House'.

We sincerely appreciate your interest in making Hale Kolea Cabin as a part of your next Alaskan adventure. We look forward to your stay.

*Inclusivity Disclosure:

Hale Kōlea Cabin has and will always welcome:

ALL Races

ALL Religions

ALL Countries of Origin

ALL Sexual Orientations

ALL Genders

ALL Abilities

You are safe here.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Talkeetna

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 616 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
  • Village ...
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Luxurious bathroom suite w/ adjoining custom built Finnish cedar sauna
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom Area - 1 queen , No designated bedrooms; open studio layout
  • Open, studio-style layout (*Note: No Designated Bedrooms); Queen size Beds (1).
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • porch/lanai
  • long term renters welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting
Honda EU2000i Back up generator available and operated only by discretion of Management


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(84 traveler reviews)

91% Complete
8% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Modern Log Cabin Vacation Rental with En Suite Sauna in Talkeetna, Alaska
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 84 reviews
Palmer, AK

Beautiful Talkeetna Cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this beautiful cabin! It really couldn't have been better. One of the best equipped rentals we've stayed in with lots of kitchen staples. Jolene and her lovely family checked us in, with their adorable little girls providing helpful information and cuteness! They provided great information on local ATV trails and we were able to ride from the driveway about 16 miles out with some beautiful views of Talkeetna River and the mountains. This cabin brought our two favorite places together- Alaska and Hawaii! The Hawaiian theme is fun and we loved learning about the artwork. The sauna is great!! We want to build our own now! This cabin is clean, comfortable, and well-equipped, do not hesitate, you will pay a lot more for a lot less at other rentals.

  • Submitted: 13-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Megan, mahalo for taking the time to review your experience! Awesome to hear the kitchen and custom Finnish sauna met your satisfaction. Jolene & her family are quite charming. Glad you had the ohana (family) experience and were provided with helpful recommendations for the wonderful Talkeetna views you mentioned. Please visit us again and share your praise with friends and family. Best of the season to you and happy travels. Aloha!
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

The cabin & amenities were amazing. Very comfortable, relaxing & exactly what we were expecting.

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was exactly as described & went beyond on my expectations. Exactly what we were looking for Very well equipped and very nice. Thank you

  • Submitted: 2-May-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Debbie, thank you for sharing your experience. So happy to hear we exceeded your expectations. You made a great choice in staying at Hale Kolea Cabin. We look forward to sharing our cozy piece of luxury with you whenever your plans route you back to Talkeetna. Safe and happy travels!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great place

  • 5 of 5

Coming back for sure

  • Submitted: 19-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jay, thank you for choosing Hale Kōlea Cabin. There are many acomodation options in Talkeetna and we're glad to hear you're considering returning. We appreciate you spreading the word about us. Until next time, safest travels to you!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great Cabin in the Woods

  • 5 of 5

Very cozy cabin with a great location. Just as described. Owner was very accommodating to a change in our schedule. I highly recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: 1-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jeff, mahalo (thank you) for choosing to stay at Hale Kōlea Cabin. We're travelers too and appreciate fexibility with change of plans. Glad we were able to acomodate you to your satisfaction. Please call on us when you're back in Talkeetna. Safe travels!
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Clean, cozy, relaxing, and lots of attention to detail.

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was the perfect winter wked getaway from Anchorage and the sauna was amazing.

  • Submitted: 21-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Heather, thank you for choosing Hale Kōlea Cabin. Your winter getaway sounded perfect. Glad you were able to enjoy the Finnish sauna. Please call on us again should you need another staycation. All the best to you in 2018. Happy & safe travels!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Small but mighty!

  • 5 of 5

Once you walk in the door you are transported to a Hawaiian environment. Surf board on the wall, excellent artwork from the Islands make you feel like you are in a lush rainforest in Hawaii. The windows bring the outside in and the sauna is so awesome to warm you up from hiking in Denali National Park. This place is "stocked" with spices, mosquito spray and things you would normally buy on your trip. We left our "bear spray" there to add to the collection. Jolene, the manager, will show you how everything works and is a native so knows the Talkeetna area well. The shower, linens and sauna make you think you are in a high end suite, then you walk out the door to paradise. Loved the K2 flights that you can walk to from the cabin. The town is walking distance but you need to know your location because it gets dark there--no street lights. I hear you can see the Northern Lights from there. We weren't lucky because of clouds. Just beware of cruise ship passengers by the bus loads invading the small quaint town. Thank you Richard and Kalani.

  • Submitted: 17-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Susan, thank you for sharing your experience. Wow, lush rainforest! Glad to hear the cabin exceeded your expectations and offered you the chance to unwind and relax. Thank you for commenting on our wonderful manager Jolene. We are extremely fortunate and blessed to have her as an integral part of our team. Please visit us again, perhaps in the wonderful off-tourist season and maybe catch the amazing Northern Lights. Until then, safe and happy travels!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
120 Miles
Anchorage International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Denali Brewing Company
Nearest Train
Alaska Railroad
Nearest Motorway
16 Miles
Parks Highway Alaska 3
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Swiss Alaska Inn
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Susitna River Beach Area
Car: not necessary

Talkeetna is the 'gateway' to Denali National Park & a great home base for activities such as: flightseeing tours to Denali (Mt. McKinley); mountaineering; salmon & fly fishing; hunting; horse back ridding; zip lining; cross country skiing; wilderness hiking; snow machining; dog sledding; shopping; restaurants and local craft fairs.

Evening summer concerts in the park are a favorite attraction for locals and visitors. Talkeetna was the inspiration for the popular TV series, 'Northern Exposure'.

Popular festivals are the Moose On The Loose parade & auction in July and Winterfest during the entire month of December, culminating with the Wilderness Woman contest and Bachelor Auction & Ball.

The core downtown district is classified as a National Historic Site which includes buildings dating back to the early 1900s, including Nagley's General Store, Fairview Inn and the Talkeetna Roadhouse. Mayor of Talkeetna is a cat named Stubbs.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cabin rental in Talkeetna

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer (Peak Season)
Jun 1 2018 - Aug 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Post Summer
Sep 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2018 - Apr 30 2019
2 night minimum stay
May 1 2019 - May 31 2019
2 night minimum stay
Summer (Peak Season)
Jun 1 2019 - Aug 31 2019
2 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2019 - Sep 30 2019
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$79.1
Damage Deposit C$329.6

Check in time: 3 pm
Check out time: 11 am

Discounts automatically applied for stays 7+ nights; reducing nightly rate by 13.79%.

Unauthorized checkout after 11 am will be subject to a $100 withholding from the incentive/damage deposit.

*Note: Credit card processing fee will be deducted from any incentive/damage deposit refund. As of Feb. 16, 2016: all bookings subject to VRBO service fee.

*Inclusivity Disclosure:
Hale Kōlea Cabin has and will always welcome:
ALL Races
ALL Religions
ALL Countries of Origin
ALL Sexual Orientations
ALL Genders
ALL Abilities
You are safe here.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
Contact Manager