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“I want to move there after the stay” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chitina Guest Cabins

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Chitina Guest Cabins
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Mile 32.2 Edgerton Hwy, Chitina, AK 99566   |  
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Plano, Texas
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“I want to move there after the stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2011

Michael and Kris were wonderful hosts during our stay. We booked the bunk house (I traveled with my mom and my mom's friend on this trip, and the bunkhouse can house maybe up to 10 persons), and since we were their first spring/summer guests, we had the whole bunk house by ourselves. It had a stove, fridge, towels, and coffee. Michael had plenty of water prepared in bottles for us to use. He offered to show us his own fish mill after our trip the next day, and our tour was late, so Michael made two trips to the mill just to show us. Michael would have made us a fresh salmon if he caught any. Michael and Kris and Michael prepared a nice platter of their own smoked salmons for us. Michael showed us his crafts and artwork, and even picked a stone right off his yard for my mom (who loves rocks). Kris and Michael gave us some little rocks as souviners. Michael showed us where animals usually show up, and even found us some mushrooms and cooked for us. He even tried to show my mom how he could catch the greyline just by hand. I absolutely loved their dogs, especially the husky. The husky stayed outside the house and protected us for the night. It was such a delightful stay and we would have thought Chitina is the place for a vacation until we stayed at the guest cabin. We had a lovely stream outside the bunkhouse, and saw a blackbear, goats up on the mountains in the morning. It was great! However, please note that my mom and I did not require much for housing, so if you are looking for a bathroom/shower inside the bunkhouse, you may be disappointed. There is a outhouse outside the bunkhouse, and Michael is building a shower (which will be done in 2 months according to Michael). If you are okay with spending a little more time to use the shower away from the bunkhouse, then you will be fine. Definitely beats the Kennicott lodge or the hotel/motel in chitina.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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    5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2010

Mike and Kris have a destination with a difference in Chitina....tucked away in the prisitine forest ,hand hewn log cabins built by Mike himself, and a delight to stay in. .....and the salmon sampler comes as a bonus. Do yourself a favour and spend some time here experiencing real Alaskan hospitality without all the frills of suburbia.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2010

On the way to Kennicott we stopped in Chitna for the night. We were lucky enough to come across the Chitina Guest Cabins and booked a cabin sight unseen. We were a little surprised when the owner took us away from the house down a brookside trail and then up a steep hill to the cabin we rented. Immediately we decided we would not take all our luggage up to the cabin. The cabin we stayed in is a single room with a large double bed high off the floor with warm flannel sheets and plenty of blankets and quilts. There is no running water but the owners gone out of the way to make it very comfortable. They have a gas stove, a washing basin with plenty of water stored in the cabin, and an electric heater. The outhouse is just a few steps away and also very nicely stocked. We were glad we didn't bring up our luggage...as it felt more like a romantic getaway cabin bringing only a few items up that we would need for the night. Showers are available by arrangement with the owners in a separate location. One of the things that won us over with this stay was the salmon appetizer that the owners sent up to the cabin in a basket shortly after we arrived. They smoke their own Copper River Salmon ( caught nearby ) and make a sampler of smoked salmon with crackers. Breakfast is provided and is also brought to you at the cabin for a romantic breakfast in bed feel.

While we were there a large moose and her two young were frequent visitors to the narrow valley corridor where this B&B is situated. The town center of Chitina is only another mile or two down the road as is the start of the 60+ mile gravel road leading out to Mcarthy/Kennicott. This B&B made a nice stopover before driving that long road.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Mile 32.2 Edgerton Hwy, Chitina, AK 99566
Location: United States > Alaska > Chitina
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Chitina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We invite you to stay with us and experience the natural beauty of Alaska.....Located in Chitina, at the gateway to Wrangell St. Elias National Park, our "Alaskan First Class Log Cabins" were built by the owners with local spruce logs including the log furniture.To begin your Real Alaskan Adventure in Chitina, our cabins are a beautiful hike from the parking area. During the short walk we may encounter grayling or an otter in our stream, perhaps an eagle soaring overhead and if we are lucky, a sheep peering down from the hillside or mountain above. From our walk to the cabins, the cabins themselves, to the outdoor plumbing, a visit with us is like stepping back into time and history for a true taste of the "Last Frontier". ... more   less 

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