Aloha & welcome! Hale Kolea (Ha-lay Co-lay-ah) Cabin is a modern log cabin vacation rental in the rural neighborhood of east Talkeetna, Alaska, just a 15-minute walk from the historic downtown district. The cabin's name is Hawaiian for "Kolea House", named after the kolea bird or Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) that migrates nearly 3,000 miles (4,828 km) twice a year between Hawaii and Alaska. Hale Kolea Cabin was built in the spirit of this phenomenon and to celebrate the plethora of natural and cultural connections that exist between Hawaii and Alaska.
Hale Kolea Cabin is a smoke-free and no pets custom log cabin that measures 616 sq/ft. (57.23 sq/m) and designed with a welcoming open studio layout (no bedrooms). Hale Kolea Cabin is ideal for two persons with an available queen bed. Modern amenities include:
Hale Kolea Cabin is a no-host boutique log cabin with a fully equipped stainless steel kitchen and separate laundry room. The bathroom suite features a luxurious glass-walled shower w/ pebbled flooring and a custom cedar Finnish sauna. Hale Kolea Cabin is committed to sustainability by using:
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The Talkeetna and Chulitna Rivers join the Susitna River at Talkeetna, an Indian word meaning "river of plenty" (K'Dalkitnu). Originally a Tanaina Indian village before Europeans arrived, Talkeetna was established as a mining town and trading post in 1896, before either Wasilla or Anchorage existed.
Gold was found on the Susitna River and brought prospectors to the area, and by 1910, Talkeetna became a riverboat steamer station. In 1915, Talkeetna was chosen as the site for the Alaska Engineering Commission, who would build the Alaska Railroad, during which time the community peaked near 1,000. However, a dramatic decrease in population occured with World War I and completion of the railroad in 1919. According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, Talkeetna's population was 876.
Talkeetna, 154 miles (247,839 km) south of Denali National Park, is home base to world-class salmon fishing, rafting, mountain climbing and flight-seeing to nearby Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley), the highest mountain peak in North America at 20,310 feet (6,190 meters). Other popular peaks include Begguya (Mt. Hunter) and Sultana or Menlale (Mt. Foraker).
Popular festivals include The Oosik Classic Ski Race & Tour in March; the "Moose on the Loose" Parade and auction on the 4th of July; and Winterfest during the entire month of December, which includes The Wilderness Woman contest and the Bachelor Auction & Ball.
Talkeetna was the inspiration to the hit series, "Northern Exposure" and is a 2.5 hour drive from Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska.
The core downtown area is classified as a National Historic Site, with buildings dating from the early 1900s including Nagley's General Store, Fairview Inn and the Talkeetna Roadhouse.
Honorary mayor of Talkeetna is a cat named Stubbs.
Check out the EVENTS calendar for what's happening in Talkeetna today!
Hale Kolea Cabin's minumum 2-night stay includes no-host accomodation for a maximum of 2 persons. Rates are season dependent with the popular high season being in the Summer:
Above base rates are not inclusive of the following: A 5% bed tax (on total nights' stay), a $60 cleaning fee (per visit), a $250 refundable incentive deposit and VRBO booking fee. For more details on availability, rates and to secure reservations, please visit us at: vrbo.com/436655