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

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,335 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

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.

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Robin Smith
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2018

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 Girdwood

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

In addition to the perfect central Girdwood location, our home was designed for Girdwood's unique climate -- 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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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Girdwood

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2335 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
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 ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Powder Room - toilet , On main level off entry hall
    Upstairs Full Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Double vanity, private toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Has private ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower, two sinks
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , "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 ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • 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
  • laundromat
  • 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
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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Alyeska/Girdwood VRBO! Upscale Custom Craftsman 2 Blocks from Resort Base
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 20 reviews

Lovely home

  • 5 of 5

The home is lovely with every amenity a person could ask for. The owners were extremely helpful with information about Girdwood and different site seeing tours in the area. The area is beautiful. The skiing was excellent although a little more visibility would have been helpful! All that damn snow. All and all an excellent stay would love to return in the summer!

  • Submitted: 20-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay in Girdwood and had all that snow to play in! We love helping first-time Alaska/Girdwood visitors experience the activities that showcase the uniqueness of our "Little Switzerland" community. We hope to see you back again for a summertime visit!
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5 star all the way

  • 5 of 5

Great home with great location. Home is very nice and great space for a couple families staying together. The owner is very accommodating and answers any questions while at the home if needed. I highly recommend this property for your stay. 2 blocks from chair lifts

  • Submitted: 7-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks you, Mike! Sounds like the you all had a great time and the races went well for the kids. The central location of the house is really a nice feature -- everything you need is close enough to walk and take in the sights and sounds of Girdwood. Thanks again for your business and we hope to see you up our way again in the future. Robin & Mike Smith
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Beautful Home, Great Location, Excellent Ammenities

  • 5 of 5

We could not have enjoyed our stay in Girdwood more. Walk able location to the slopes, right next to main bike trail, and near plenty of restaurants and all needed services. The home is beautiful, well constructed and well appointed with a well stocked kitchen and comfortable sleeping arrangements. We could not have been happier with our stay, and Robin was great in communication throughout. 5 Stars!

  • Submitted: 5-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We’re so pleased that you rang in the New Year in Girdwood and chose our home for your stay. Thanks so much for your terrific comments—we really appreciate the feedback on our efforts to make our guests feel right at home! Have a great 2018, Robyn!!
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Great location with all the bells and whistles

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time in Girdwood at this home. Very well located , we walked most of the time to the downtown, the resort and to the Hotel Alyeska where the tram is located. The home is completely modernized and has a great kitchen. It is really set up well for the location, I.e. mud benches and trays for wet shoes as well as a place to dry wet stuff all right by the front door. It made it very easy to come in and out without making a mess. Comfortable bedrooms and bathrooms All in all a really nice stay.

  • Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home, in a gorgeous location!! We hated to leave, and can't wait to come back!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect home for a family vacation, ideally located near trails, bike rentals, and wonderful restaurants all in walking distance! Everywhere you look is a postcard, and the house is fabulous!

  • Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review, Kim & Leon! We're very glad to hear your stay was enjoyable and we'd love to have you back again anytime! Robin & Mike
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Loved your house!

  • 5 of 5

Alyeska is such a pretty mountain, great places to eat and we even got to see a bear run thru the yard!

  • Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Kim! We hope your activities weren't "dampened" too much by the rain. Girdwood is a fun little town--never a dull moment with the wildlife in the summer! Thanks again for your business and hope to see you back again sometime. Robin & Mike
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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.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Girdwood

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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$198.06
Damage Deposit C$660.2

· 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 if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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