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The Professors Elkhorn Mountain Cabin Retreat

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Last updated: 01/19/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Helena cabin description

The Professor’s Elkhorn Cabin is a modern Log House built in 1982. Nestled on the edge of the trees at a little over 5000 feet, often times during the summer it is refreshingly cooler here than in town. Your stay here will be a quiet one. The house is 1/2 mile down a private lane which has five homes. One of the adjoining landowners has 6000 acres - his neighbor is the 300,000 acre Helena National Forest and Elkhorn Wildlife Management Unit.

Needless to say there are many wonderful day hikes in the area including 8491 foot Casey Peak. We can furnish maps and guides to local hikes and fishing. Some of the best trout fishing in the world is nearby (one little stream is only 4 miles away).

We have his and hers mountain bikes you can borrow to go for a ride and explore around.

We have lots and lots of wildflowers - we'll leave a book for you.

The cabin is furnished with many antiques and uniques plus art from many Montana artists, photographers and ceramicist.

'The Best Small Art Town in America':
Helena has been named 'The Best Small Art Town in America' - you don't have to wander around town too far before you realize why. I'm proud to contribute to places like the Holter Museum of Art, The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts and The Myrna Loy Center for the Performing and Visual Arts and Helena's Professional Symphony.

Live Music:
Alive at Five rotates around town on Wednesday evenings during the summer, closing off a block, providing live music, food and crafts.

Montana is a small town:
This house was new to VRBO in 2010 - I have listened to the advice of a friend of mine who has a VRBO listing in Missoula, MT. Many of his favorite visitors are return visitors and friends of past visitors. He has a long list of glowing Guest Comments. I am offering this cabin at a reasonable price because also I want to get to know return visitors and their friends.

Warning, on your return home you may wind up developing the urge to buy a new mattress after staying here.

This house has always been a non-smoking household.
Please, in respect to others and because of the threat of forest fires, no smoking in the house or on the property.

JVT

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Property Type

      • Cabin

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Not Suitable For Children
              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

              • Bedroom 1

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              • Bedroom 2

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              • Convertible bed(s)

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              • Queen size Bed Sealy Posturepedic in upstairs bedroom - King Size Sealy Posturepedic in downstairs bedroom, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Hide-a-Bed Couch, size = Full/Double in Living Room...moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              Other Amenities

                  • Half price lift tickets for Great Divide Ski Area

                  Entertainment

                  • Books:

                    Montana Writers, lots of bird, plant, tree ... guides...moreless

                  • CD Player
                  • Music Library:

                    AM/FM Reciever w/ local station presets + CBC Canada AM stations, 5 CD Changer - Lots of CDs Jazz, Blues, 70's rock, Classical, Bluegrass, World - Separate Weather Radio...moreless

                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    NOTE: There is NO Television, NO cable and NO Satellite at this location...moreless

                  • Stereo
                  • Television:

                    NOTE: There is NO Television, NO cable and NO Satellite at this location...moreless

                  Theme

                  • Away From It All
                  • Romantic

                  Attractions

                      • Museums

                      Leisure Activities

                          • Wildlife Viewing

                          Location Type

                              • Mountain View:

                                Take a stroll along the mowed paths in the field or along the private road and enjoy views of Casey Peak. Go for a bike ride or a jog and enjoy beautiful sunset light on the Elkhorn Mountains....moreless

                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                              • Fishing
                              • Hiking
                              • Mountain Biking
                              • Rock Climbing

                              Dining

                              • Dining:

                                Ready for 3 - 3 additional chairs and additional table leaves available - seating for 10 additional on deck...moreless

                              • Dining Area
                              • Seating for 6 people

                              General

                              • Clothes Dryer:

                                New XL Front Load 7.3 cu.ft quiet + Anti Bacterial mode...moreless

                              • Hair Dryer
                              • Linens Provided
                              • Parking Off Street
                              • Telephone:

                                There is no long distance provider on this line for outgoing calls - you will need a calling card if you don't have a cell phone...moreless

                              • Towels Provided
                              • Washing Machine:

                                New XL Front Load 4.0 cu.ft quiet SenseClean™ System ...moreless

                              • Wireless Internet

                              Kitchen

                              • Dishwasher
                              • Kitchen:

                                What you want in the kitchen, toaster, electric tea kettle, hot air popcorn popper, juicer, crock pot, rice cooker, pots, pans, cookie sheets ... Wide variety of Cookbooks, 60+ herbs & spices ......moreless

                              • Microwave:

                                New, Large...moreless

                              Outside

                              • Deck / Patio:

                                Variety of chairs, picnic table and benches. North West, watch birds and sunset East with roof - watch sunrise -stay out of the noon-day sun South - wonderful place for Yoga - sleep under stars...moreless

                              Payment Type

                              • Amex
                              • Discover
                              • Mastercard
                              • Visa
                               

                              Reviews

                              Write a review 4.8
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                              Rental basis: Per property
                              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                              Winter
                              Jan 3 - Apr 30, 2015
                              3 night min stay
                              $90
                              $630

                              Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

                              Thanksgiving
                              Nov 22 - Nov 30
                              5 night min stay
                              $120
                              $770
                              Christmas / New Years
                              Dec 22 - Jan 2
                              5 night min stay
                              $120
                              $770
                              My Standard Rate
                              7 night min stay
                              $110
                              $3,000

                              Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

                              * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                              Additional information about rental rates

                              Fees:

                              • Tax Rate 7%

                              Notes:

                              50% deposit (check preferred) to reserve, balance upon arrival


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                              Last updated: 01/19/2015
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                              Location

                              6 Miles
                              Nearest Airport
                              HLN - Helena, MT

                              Car: Recommended

                              Guest have been seeing elk for the past two weeks - numbers ranging from 1 to 22 at any one time (recent pictures of elk added).

                              Bird Watching - 5/09/2014 - All the migratory birds are back. Hummingbirds, Tree Swallows, Mountain Bluebirds, Killdeer and Common Nighthawk are all nesting here or on neighboring properties. We have about 40 other bird species that are here year round.

                               

                              Owner info

                              Year Purchased: 1990

                              About the owner: I (Jeff Van Tine) am just starting my 10th year of teaching Photography at Carroll College in Helena. I was a 2010 recipient of an award from the Hunthausen Center for Peace and Justice. This award made it possible for my students to photograph portraits of homeless people at the God's Love Shelter here in Helena. Prints accompanied by their stories were on exhibit at several Helena venues in 2010 and 2011. I grew up in Northern Delaware and have lived in Helena since 1980. I thought that I would just live here a couple of years and then move on to a nicer place - I haven't found that nicer place yet. My photography has been published and collected throughout Montana and nationwide. Some of the organizations who have used my images include, The Nature Conservancy, Montana Wilderness Association and The Sierra Club. My images are sold at Helena's Holter Museum of Art and Latigo and Lace in Augusta, MT.

                              Why the Owner Chose Helena:
                              My mother purchased the house in 1990. In 1998 she decided to trade houses with me - she moved back into town and I moved to the Cabin in the Mountains. This place is a special refuge from the hustle and bustle of the real world. At the same time, town is nearby if needed. On a larger scale, Helena is halfway between two of our National Wonders - Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.

                              The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
                              Eating breakfast or dinner on the deck is a wonderful experience. Seeing the sun rise and set over the mountains, watching and hearing hummingbirds plus the many other birds at the feeders and in the trees surrounding the house seems to make time stand still. Wildlife regularly seen on the property includes Elk, Mule Deer, White Tail Deer, and Fox, . Wildlife seen near by includes: Fox, Coyote, Moose, Black Bear, Pine Martin and Bobcat. Birds: Many birds can be seen if you keep the feeders here from going empty (we supply the seed). Some of the regular visitors include: Black Capped and Mountain Chickadees, Pygmy, Red and White Breasted Nuthatch, Downey, Hairy and Pileated Woodpeckers, Crossbills, Grosbeaks, Junco and Three kinds of hummingbirds. Others seen around the property include Owls, Ravens, Red Tail Hawks and Wild Turkey.


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                              Photos

                              • Sunrise from the deck June 2012

                                Sunrise from the deck June 2012

                              • View from the north - Snow makes for lots of wildflowers

                                View from the north - Snow makes for lots of wildflowers

                              • Closer view of East Deck - plenty of chairs tables, Hummingbird feeders

                                Closer view of East Deck - plenty of chairs tables, Hummingbird feeders

                              • Living Room - Doors out to South Deck

                                Living Room - Doors out to South Deck

                              • Elk grazing in the pasture in June - photo taken from east deck

                                Elk grazing in the pasture in June - photo taken from east deck

                              • Northern Lights from East Deck 6/29/13  1:45am

                                Northern Lights from East Deck 6/29/13 1:45am

                              • Cell phone picture from driveway of 7 Elk on the private road as sun set 5/5/14

                                Cell phone picture from driveway of 7 Elk on the private road as sun set 5/5/14

                              • View across dining area to kitchen showing a glimpse of the south deck

                                View across dining area to kitchen showing a glimpse of the south deck

                              • Microwave, a few utensils and spices + functional antique milk shake machine

                                Microwave, a few utensils and spices + functional antique milk shake machine

                              • Living Room, 100's of CD's Clasical, Rock, Blues, Jazz, and World music

                                Living Room, 100's of CD's Clasical, Rock, Blues, Jazz, and World music

                              • Toaster, Electric Hot Water pot, some tea and cloth place mats

                                Toaster, Electric Hot Water pot, some tea and cloth place mats

                              • Lawyers cases in the main floor bedroom ,books by Montana writers, Birds, travel

                                Lawyers cases in the main floor bedroom ,books by Montana writers, Birds, travel

                              • Northern Lights from East Deck (Viewpoint above valley clouds) 5/31/13 12:36 am

                                Northern Lights from East Deck (Viewpoint above valley clouds) 5/31/13 12:36 am

                              • Out for an evening walk - view of the cabin June 2012

                                Out for an evening walk - view of the cabin June 2012

                              • View of the East Deck - there is also a South Deck - bird feeders

                                View of the East Deck - there is also a South Deck - bird feeders

                              • Spring view from the East Deck

                                Spring view from the East Deck

                              • Moon over Casey Peak, the Elkhorn Mountains - June 2012

                                Moon over Casey Peak, the Elkhorn Mountains - June 2012

                              • Northern Lights from East Deck 5/31/13 12:05am

                                Northern Lights from East Deck 5/31/13 12:05am

                              • View of the kitchen with large refrigerator, gas range, coffee pot, and knives

                                View of the kitchen with large refrigerator, gas range, coffee pot, and knives

                              • Pretty much anything you could ask for in the way of spices

                                Pretty much anything you could ask for in the way of spices

                              • Zone thermostat plus some of the larger Books in the main floor bedroom

                                Zone thermostat plus some of the larger Books in the main floor bedroom

                              • Pantry with more Pots, pans, Crock Pot, Salad spinner, Air Popcorn Popper

                                Pantry with more Pots, pans, Crock Pot, Salad spinner, Air Popcorn Popper

                              • Bedroom Closet and bookcase with Oversize Books in the main floor bedroom

                                Bedroom Closet and bookcase with Oversize Books in the main floor bedroom

                              • Queen Sized Bed  in the main floor bedroom

                                Queen Sized Bed in the main floor bedroom

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                              This listing was first published here in 2010.

                              Date last modified - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

                              $90 - $120 per night (USD)
                              Minimum stay: 3-7 nights
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                              • Sleeps
                                6
                              • Bedrooms
                                2
                              • Bathrooms
                                2
                              • Property type
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                              • Reviews
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                              Member since: 2010
                              Speaks: english
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                              • Calendar last updated: 01/19/2015
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