Owner built on the bluff overlooking Kachemak Bay.
About Steve Hughes
I first came to Alaska in 1976, In 1977 I began a journey around the world that lasted four and half years. In 1982 I settled back into Alaska in earnest. I built a cabin across Kachemak Bay, then began building our home on the Homer Bluff in 1995. Everything on our property is custom built, including your lodging. The timber frame portion of our house is made from beetle-killed spruce off this land. I have worked in mineral exploration, carpentry, fishing, as a teacher, and presently as an RN in our local hospital in the Emergency Department. I met my wife, Robbie, the green thumb of the family, in our hospital in 1989. Our daughter, Hailey is in college. We love to travel and meet people from different places and cultures which is the primary inspiration for having a vacation rental. I think we live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and it is good energy and a great pleasure to share this with others.
Why Steve Hughes chose Homer
We are fortunate to live in an area of such sublime natural beauty. To see each day's unique texture and color of the sea or a simple walk to sit near the bluff and watch the dalliance of Eagles fills the senses and affirms how grand it is to be alive.
What makes this Apartment unique
Gardens for the eyes and stomach to feast upon. Trails to explore on the property. A peaceful, uncrowded setting. Sidewalk a mile up to Ocean Overlook Park or 2 miles down into town. Great Bird Viewing off the Bluff framed by the Kenai Mountains and Homer Spit. Plenty of room for your boat if you're down trolling for Kings or fishing for Halibut.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
Please check with Steve for a quick orientation before lighting the wood stove in the Cliff Dwelling or Sauna. I'll usually get it fired up for you.
Please use the squeegee and leave the sauna in good order.
Have a great time!
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
The apartment was very clean with outstanding views but that is only a small part. Our host took us on a tour of the property that included a huge greenhouse where we were invited to pick and enjoy any produce there. We had ripe, off the bush raspberries by the handful for our breakfast.
He offered to stoke up the wood-fired sauna but the weather was so glorious we didn’t want to be inside. We did climb up to the lookout atop an observation hut and just gaze at Kachemak Bay.
We travel using VRBO a lot. This property is one of the best experiences we have ever encountered.
We loved our stay at this beautiful property! Comfortable, relaxing, amazing views, congenial hosts. We were so impressed by the thoughtful, beautiful design of the buildings and grounds. Really inspiring. A most memorable stay!
Great views and kind hosts. We are a family of four and highly recommend this property if you're looking for a tranquil, relaxing Homer experience.
A Home away from Home
I stayed with Steve and Robbie first in Sept 2015, and was blown away by this unique place and its kind hosts. When I was able to return to Alaska this year, it was clear for me that a stay with them in Homer would be very high up on my list, and I am so happy that this worked out again and I got to stay for 5 nights.
Steve and Robbie are such kind and approachable hosts, and make you rather feel like a visiting friend while fully ensuring that you keep all the privacy you want. The apartment is located a short drive outside of Homer and built as a raised standalone building, so you have a great view and it's totally quiet (you need to have a car though).
The apartment itself is amazingly well thought out, has everything you might be looking for at exactly where you would expect it to be, and was obviously designed and furbished with a loving eye & heart. It has home owner quality, and I enjoyed every minute of my stay there. The bed was probably the most comfortable I had on my whole 5 weeks trip through Alaska.
For me, Homer is such an amazing place to visit, and Steve & Robbie's "Road Less Travelled" apartment plays a great role in that. I plan to be back in Alaska in 2019, and will make sure to stay here again. I already can't wait for it!
My husband and I will always remember our time at A Road Less Travelled as the highlight of our great Alaskan adventure. Steve and his wife Robin are both awesome, kind souls who greatly supported our quest for adventure by day, peace and tranquility by night. The apartment and the entire property are works of love and years of effort. Steve excels at building and Robin excels at landscaping and gardening. Their combined efforts have created a private Zen space for anyone who has the pleasure of visitng the homestead they have created.
Paradise in Homer
This home made our trip to Homer unforgettable. The house has a marvelous view and the gardens were beautiful. Plus, the house has everything you need to feel right at home. Steve was a great host!!
Homer has many attractions to entertain visitors with varying interests. Although there is more going on in the summer, winter provides good opportunities also. Our new modern library aimed at Grewink glacier is a welcome place to explore or sit around the fireplace with a good book. The Oceans and Islands Visitor Center offers exhibits and live bird viewing cams with trails leading down to the slough and Bishops Beach. The Pratt museum has outdoor and indoor exhibits that showcase local history. There is a fantastic network of cross country ski trails and a rope tow for downhill skiing and tube sledding at Olson Mountain. Trolling for Winter Kings has become increasingly popular.
In summer, Pier One on the spit offers local theater. The annual shorebird Festival occurs every spring and the Wooden Boat Festival happens in the fall.
Across the bay is the 400,000 acre Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park which is accessible by boat taxi for those who enjoy hiking among mountains, rivers, lakes, and glaciers. Seldovia and the artist community of Halibut Cove are also easily accessible by boat, ferry, or plane.
Although the Homer Harbor is primarily home to a local fishing fleet there are also many excellent charter operations for bird and sea creature viewing as well as Halibut and Salmon fishing.