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Riverfront Cozy Log Cabin/Beautiful Furnishings. Amazing views of Aurora & river

Bedrooms 1
Space 450 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Authenic Alaskan Log Cabin with full kitchen/bath.

For an unforgettable Alaskan experience, we invite you to stay in our beautifully hand crafted log cabin. Built on the banks of the scenic Chena River, Riverbend Log Cabins offers a peaceful and secluded 3 ½ acre setting that is centrally located between historical Fairbanks and North Pole Alaska. The rustic elegance of the Sourdough Cabin is enhanced by the beautiful river view and surrounding boreal forest. Trees have been cleared in front of the cabin to provide an unobstructed view of Northern Lights. Abundant wildlife – moose, eagles, beaver, waterfowl are often seen from the cabin. Moose frequently visit the property – both during the summer and winter months.

The Sourdough Cabin features lovely, comfortable furnishings and beautiful artwork. An outdoor log steam sauna provides a perfect way to relax after a long day. For enjoying the outdoors the Sourdough cabin features a cobblestone patio with a gas propane grill, a small lower deck with a porch swing and a larger second story balcony with table and chairs. The fully equipped kitchen includes a stove and oven, microwave, dishes, cutlery, toaster and coffee maker, refrigerator and everything needed for meal preparation. The cabin is stocked with complementary Alaska blend gourmet coffee and condiments.

The Sourdough Cabin has one upstairs bedroom with a queen sized bed constructed from local diamond willow. The pillow top mattress is fitted with 100% high thread count cotton sheets, soft blankets and comforter. French doors lead to an upstairs balcony with beautiful river and northern lights views. The bathroom features a shower, pedestal sink, toilet and heated floors. The cabin is perfect for 1 or 2 guests.

Comments from previous guests:

** Sourdough Cabin was perfect for us as we were celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniv and the cabin surpassed all of our expectations! The cabin was a true log cabin and decorated beautifully! The bed was soooooooooo comfortable and the grounds were gorgeous! We picked raspberries off of our deck! Our hosts provided our Gold panning gear and we had a Blast at Pedro Mine site. We enjoyed the Howling Dog Saloon, Silver Gulch Brewery, Chena Pump House Restaurant and Chatanika Lodge for dining and music. The North Pole and Tanana Valley Farmers Market are great stops too for Alaskan souveniers and foods. We LOVED Fairbanks and hope to return again soon! God Bless!

**We spent 10 days in the Riverbend cabins (December 2011 - January 2012). And in one word I can say that everything was PERFECT. 1. Location: 20 min. driving to the University and the downtown in Fairbanks. 12 min. to the supermarket in Fairbanks or in North Pole. 50 min to Chena Hot springs. 2. The place really beautiful. Everything snowy and so quiet. I suppose in summer it is also very beautiful. 3. The cabin (Sourdough) so cozy!! 100% clean. Warm. Perfect for a couple. 4. The owners - wonderful people. 5. Of course we will stay there again and again! I think we were really fortunate to find this cabins!

In addition to our Sourdough cabin, Riverbend offers the Chinook cabin. The Chinook features 2 upstairs bedrooms, a downstairs full bath with shower and Jacuzzi tub and a half bath upstairs. The cabin comfortably sleeps 4 guests. For more information on the Chinook cabin, please see VRBO listing #118558.

Listed below you can find information on local activities. In addition our Website has an activities page with links to some attractions.

Our Facebook page has more pictures and comments from guests. (See link below.)

No indoor smoking

Sorry, pets are not allowed

More Details

Debi Hanson
Member since: 2007
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 6, 2018

About Debi Hanson

Bruce & Debi have lived in Alaska for a combined 57 years. Bruce is an avid hunter, fisherman, craftsman and gardener. Debi enjoys spending time with the grandchildren, various forms of glass art, watercolor, gardening and visiting with our guests. Bruce is looking forward to his upcoming retirement from the University of Alaska and Debi is a retired bookkeeper.

Debi Hanson purchased this cabin in 2002

Why Debi Hanson chose Fairbanks

We both had a lifelong dream of building a log home. When we found this property, we 'just knew' it was the perfect land to start the process of fulfilling our dream. The combination of the serene riverfront location, the surrounding boreal forest, wildlife, wild berries and flowers gives the feeling of being in a sacred, special place. We made the decision in 2006 to build additional cabins so that we could share our dream with others. We thoroughly enjoy the wide variety of guests that stay in the cabins. We love sharing information and stories about our Alaskan lifestyle and hearing about the lives and travels of our guests.

What makes this cabin unique

Quiet, peaceful riverfront setting, centrally located between Fairbanks and North Pole, Alaska. The rustic elegance of the cabin, comfortable furnishings and beautiful artwork is enhanced by the gorgeous river view and surrounding boreal forest, creating a perfect place to rest and relax on your holiday or vacation. Riverbend's Sourdough cabin provides an excellent location to view and photograph the Northern Lights. (Note: Our property with the Northern Lights in the background is featured on the front page of the 2012 Fairbanks Vistior's Guide). Opportunities to view and photograph a variety of wildlife (moose, waterfoul, beaver & eagles). Fishing in front of the cabins, nearby hiking trails and centrally located to Interior Alaska's activities and attractions.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Staying here was by far the highlight of our honeymoon trip in Alaska. Everything was perfect! The cabin was extremely clean, cozy and welcoming! Bruce and Debi were amazing hosts. (We loved their dog Molly too!) I cannot imagine finding a better place in Fairbanks. If planning a trip to Alaska - I highly recommend spending some time in Fairbanks and staying here! You will not be sorry! We travel often and this is the first time I have been motivated to give a review. Awesome place. Lots to do in the area. We enjoyed the Northern Lights from the upper deck of the cabin. We will be back!
Sep 2014
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Fairbanks

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Sourdough cabins bathroom has a shower, pedestal sink, toilet and heated floors.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • The Sourdough cabin has an upstairs bedroom with a queen sized bed and 36' flatscreen TV with DirectTV & a video library. French doors lead to a balcony that has a patio table and chairs - perfect for relaxing and enjoying the beautiful river view.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
For guests who need to wash clothing, Forbes laundry in North Pole (a ten minute drive) is a great choice. Nearby is the Santa Claus house and the Visitor's Center.


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Riverfront Cozy Log Cabin/Beautiful Furnishings. Amazing views of Aurora & river
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews
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Perfectly charming!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at Riverbend. Private yet convenient. The cabin was cozy and charming, and the view was divine. Great communication with Debi, who was super thoughtful and considerate to anything we might need. We can’t wait visit here again during the summer months!

  • Submitted: 8-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible Stay!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful Cabin. All the amenities one would want in a small, cozy and lovely little cabin. While the kitchen was small, there was plenty of room and gear to cover all our culinary desires. We were very happy and comfortable with our stay. The view of the property, looking out at the frozen river and watching the moon rise was amazing. We were lucky to enjoy the company of the owners over a bon fire which was incredible given the cold weather and moon glow over the frozen river and beyond. We were also lucky to enjoy the occasional visit from the local Moose and her youngster at close range. The location of the cabin was fantastic with the activities we enjoyed and the various establishments we visited. All in all a stay we would enjoy again should we find ourselves in Fairbanks in the future.

  • Submitted: 7-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, great location, wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a great time staying at the Riverfront Cabins. It was the perfect size for just me and my wife. It was very cute and warm. Debi and Bruce were excellent hosts. We arrived several hours early, and were gracious enough to invite us to check in early. Debi left us a delicious banana/blueberry/nut cake when we arrived. They helped us build a fire along the river, and shows us how to use the dry sauna. They also had great recommendations for activities. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: 13-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent stay at Riverbend Log Cabins

  • 5 of 5

Our cabin was clean and beautifully decorated. We felt very pampered staying there. Debi and Bruce were wonderful and very informative hosts. We went to Alaska to see the Northern Lights and were very successful in our quest. Thank you, Debi and Bruce for your hospitality! If we make another trip to Fairbanks, we would love to stay here again!

  • Submitted: 8-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic experience!

  • 5 of 5

Debi is an excellent host and our experience at the cabin was fantastic! The place is well appointed, has everything you can think of and more. Debi even baked us a cake! Definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: 4-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We went to Alaska to visit our son who is stationed at Fort Wainright. What a wonderful cabin and the hosts, Debi and Bruce were so gracious and kind. I could have talked to them for hours. The cabin was so clean and it had everything we needed, they even had delicious coffee beans and a french press!! They gave us fresh items from the garden too!! When we head back up there in two years, this is where we will stay again!! The property was so beautiful, it is right along the water. We were able to cook out on the gas grill with our son and his friends! I would highly recommend Riverbend and Debi and Bruce as hosts!! Debi recommended the Riverboat Cruise and it was pleasant and we learned so much about Fairbanks and the history. We also went up to Denali Park, my husband and son went Whitewater rafting and they loved it!! Thanks Debi for the beautiful place and the recommendations of things to do!! We hope to see you in two years!!!

  • Submitted: 13-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such your wonderful review! We're happy you were able to spend time with your son and the weather was so beautiful for your cook out! You are wonderful guests and we're looking forward to seeing you again!
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Nearest Airport
19 Miles
Fairbanks International Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Badger Den
Nearest Ferry
355 Miles
Valdez Ferry
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Fairbanks Golf Course
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Alaska Railroad
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Richardson Highway
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Two Rivers Lodge
Nearest Ski
13 Miles
Birch Hill Ski
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Chena Lakes Recreation Area
Car: necessary

Located on the banks of the Chena River with abundant wildlife (moose, beaver, eagles & waterfowl), the Sourdough Cabin has the best of what Interior Alaska has to offer. The cabin is situated on 3 ½ secluded, peaceful acres and sits next to Riverbend’s two bedroom Chinook cabin (see VRBO #118558). The option of renting both cabins is available for larger groups. The owner who lives on the property is happy to answer guest’s questions and help with planning your activities. During the long summer days, guests can enjoy an outdoor cookout, hike the nearby trails, pick wild blueberries and raspberries, fish for Arctic Grayling or seasonal King Salmon, go boating on the river or nearby lakes or relax on the cabin’s deck or riverbank. Summer guests enjoy nearby gold panning (we provide panning tools for the more adventurous) at public sites or Gold Dredge #8, a paddle boat ride on the Riverboat Discovery, visiting our local museums (Alaska Museum of North is a favorite), floating the Chena River or taking a drive to Denali National Park. For guests who like to fish, we do provide basic fishing gear. Our winter guests enjoy our magnificent displays of the Aurora Borealis, the wood fired outdoor sauna, dog mushing, soaking in the waters of Chena Hot Springs Resort, ice fishing and downhill and cross-country skiing. Sitting around our campfire and watching the northern lights is by far the favorite activity of our winter guests!


Rates & Availability

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3 night minimum stay

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Damage Deposit C$128.85

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