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One of Seward's Best Vacation Homes + Large Cedar Sauna!

(36 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/23/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property


A premium Alaskan-style cedar lodge awaits your arrival for a Fun Family Vacation, Getaway, or Corporate Layover. Your security deposit is refundable by check mailed within 3 days after departure. Please call with any questions, weekly rates, or exceptional requests 907-422-0405. Check in time is at 4:00 pm and check out time is at 11:00 am,. Please advise in advance if you need additional consideration for your arrival time. Our rates are for eight guests maximum, and includes city and borough 11% taxes, also included are bikes-helmets, pellets for the stove, sauna, BBQ, and lots of wood for the fire pit!

Greetings from the Alaskan Riviera! Seward is the playground for Alaskans and the World. This vacation home is constructed of tongue and grooved mature red cedar with tall ceilings throughout, and many pieces of Alaskan artwork.

We are walking distance to the harbor, grocery and liquor stores, restaurants and bars, Seward's Visitor Center/Chamber, and the Free Seward Shuttle Bus.

Additional amenities includes free pick-up and delivery from the Seward airport, Seward bus charter, Alaskan Rail Road terminal, or the cruise ship dock.
This property has an additional cabin in the back; one side is a living room, and the other is a six (6) persons cedar sauna. Nothing better after a day of halibut or salmon fishing, hiking, or zip lining through the mountains than a hot sauna.

Exit Glacier, located on the edge of the massive Harding Ice Field is fifteen minutes from Seward driving. Exit Glacier Guides in Seward can provide glacier hikes for most abilities. Take a marine wildlife cruise with Major Marine Tours or Kenai Fjord Tours. Both provide once in a lifetime fun during your adventure.

Kenai Fjords National Park is just a couple of miles south of Seward. Hiking trails surround the Resurrection Bay area. Please research Seward's Great Race! The Mount Marathon Race is the second oldest race in the country! Imagine racing up and down a 3,022 foot mountain through ice, mud, vines, brown bear country and mountain scree in less than an hour! More than thirty-thousand people come from all over the world on the Fourth of July to witness and participate this spectacle.
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/23/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Minimum twenty-one years of age...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    A high chair is provided....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Outside smoking allowed...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Our apologies we have many steps, we are working on another site with wheelchair accessibility. Stay tuned....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Master Bedroom: 1 king

    Elect blanket, Flat screen TV, Black out blinds, & Chairs....moreless

  • Queen Room: 1 queen

    New queen, elect blanket, view of backyard, trail, & trees....moreless

  • King Room: 1 king

    New king, elect blanket, view of backyard, trail & trees....moreless

  • Upper: 2 twin/ single

    Loft above Great Room, great for youth, napping and reading....moreless

  • In the master bedroom there is a vanity in the wardrobe area for make up, hair care and dressing, chairs, TV and cable, en suite bathroom with large new step in shower. All beds are new, with comfortable linens, electric blankets, and lots of pillow choices. All bedrooms have tall ceilings, mirrored closet doors for dressing, overhead lighting, windows with blackout blinds and reading lamps. The Master Bedroom has views of the front area and Mt Marathon in the distance....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    New features, vanity, tile floor, and 60 x 34 step in shower...moreless

  • Master Bathroom: toilet, shower

    New features, vanity, tile floor and 60 x 34 step in shower....moreless

  • Two nicely appointed bathrooms with unique aged wood vanities, new toilets, tile floors and large step in showers. Includes blow dryers, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Towels and wash cloths supplied....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Our staff is available for local pick up from the train, cruise dock, or Seward Airport for your convenience....moreless


  • Books:

    Some books, local and current reads available. Magazines and newspapers....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    DVD player ...moreless

  • Music Library:

    Music is available on Cable TV located in the 800 channels, includes music of all genres....moreless

  • Pool Table:

    Pool tables are found at Yukon Bar and The Breeze Inn among other locations for players over 21....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    GCI Cable, WIFI...moreless

  • Television:

    70' HD flatscreen, DVD player and DVR, many channels available....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Historic downtown via free shuttle a mile and a half away!...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Views of Mt. Marathon from the front of the house....moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    Although the location map tells you that we are 2.5 miles from Resurrection Bay, the harbor is about 1 mile or less....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Our dining area is near the great room, nice lighting, with a sliding glass door out to the rear deck. Dining table is thick glass, w/place mats, and four of the six chairs covered with buffalo hide....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Air conditioning is not necessary for most. Windows and doors have screens, enjoy the fresh air....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    New LG front loading dryer....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    Wi-fi, Cable TV, DVR, DVD. WIFI password Greatbear...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All bedding, soft sheets, blankets and quilts, comforters and electric blankets are provided for your comfort. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Unique Alaskan appointments to make our visitors welcome....moreless

  • Parking:

    Covered parking, street parking and boat parking available....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    All towels and wash cloths are stocked in bathrooms....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    New LG front loading washing machine for your clothing and bedding maintenance....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    New Lopi pellet stove in great room keeps you warm 24/7....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Keurig for that single cup of delicious coffee or tea. Several K-cups available for starters, or use the regular coffee maker for a larger group. Coffee and filters provided. Tea kettle and tea pots....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Denby dishes with serving accessories and casserole bake-ware. Nice glass assortment, wine, cocktail, mimosa, frozen beer/soda glasses in freezer. Coffee mugs, utensils for eating and cooking a plenty...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    New basic dishwasher, quiet, lets you know when dishes are clean and ready. Several selections of wash cycles....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    New appliances for your use. Well stocked pantry, nice dishes and glass ware for your dining comfort. Rachael Ray's non stick cookware, cast iron skillets, stainless pots and pans....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Counter top microwave oven in kitchen....moreless

  • Oven:

    New wall gas oven w/broiler, light, timer & clock. Great for pizza, and we have the perfect pan to fit. 3 Bears Store has Kirkland frozen Pepperoni pizzas (4), add your extra toppings & bake. Yummy!...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Many 'necessaries' provided, including dry goods, sugar, flour, cornmeal, oatmeal, white and brown rices and many more, spices, olive oil. So you won't have to run to the market for every ingredient....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Refrigerator/freezer unit in kitchen stocked with basic condiments for your use. Chest freezer available on property to store your processed fish until you return back to your home....moreless

  • Stove:

    New GE Gas range with oven, includes oven light, clock and timer. Bakeware, roasting pans, kettles with utensils. Hood/fan with light over range....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Cuisinart large toaster, single sandwich grillers and a oven broiler....moreless


  • Bicycles:

    For our guests we have six adult bicycles available for your use. This property is a to short rides into town and around the harbor, or longer rides such as out to Exit Glacier. Helmets and locks inc...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    This house has a front and rear deck. The front deck is new, the rear deck will be replaced next year 2015....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Several Kayak Tours and businesses are available in Seward and Lowell Point for your recreational enjoyment....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Front and rear lawns surround the house, with a fire pit in the rear and lawn furniture. A local trail system backs the property, and within walking distance is a soccer field and track field at HS....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Outdoor Large Gas Grill for your inside or outside BBQ entertainment....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Public pool when open is within walking distance from the house....moreless

  • Sauna:

    A Cedar Sauna for your enjoyment is located in the back side of the cabin on the property. Cabin seen in photo of the fire pit. Hot rocks for dry or steam sauna. Towels provided in Sauna....moreless



from 36 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 - Sep 30, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Cleaning $100


Full refund with at least 30 days cancellation, within a 7 day cancellation customer will be charged total amount. I will refund any days I am able to fill minus 20% cancellation fee.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 05/23/2017
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126 Miles
Nearest Airport
Ted Stevens International Airport, Anchorage, AK
0.4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
90 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.3 Miles
Nearest Train
Alaska Railroad, Seward Depot
0.2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Seward Highway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Chinooks, Rays, Smoke Shack, The Breeze, Cantina
90 Miles
Nearest Ski
Alyeska Resort Skiing
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Resurrection Bay

Car: Recommended

Two and a half hour Zip Line ride through spruce tree top and over a lake just five minutes away. Kenai Fjords National Park only ten minutes by vehicle!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: Diane has successfully worked in major commercial and residential property development and nursing before taking over as project manager for developing this unique Seward vacation rental. It is my goal to provide the very best Seward, Alaska can offer its visitors. My goal is provide a vacation home experience that offers an adventure you will never forget. Owners live quietly on-site below in the flat.

Why the Owner Chose Jesse Lee Heights (Seward, AK, USA):
Location, location, location is reason number one for choosing Great Bear. Great Bear Vacation Rental is located in a quiet cul-de-sac in town yet is within walking distance to everything in Seward. Decorated with many Alaskan pieces of art. This vacation home has six BICYCLES included, no extra fee. Cabin with Dry Cedar Sauna is also a feature of this property, also in the cabin is an extra family room, that is near the fire pit.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The great room has tall eighteen (18') foot ceilings and a beautiful western-themed chandelier. It also offers a high-end wood pellet stove to keep you cozy day and night no matter the weather. All bedrooms have high ceilings, unique and artistic decoration, very comfortable bedding, many pillows, electric blankets, AND the necessary thermal blackout-blinds. Everything is fresh and clean. If you like to cook outside, we provide a large BBQ grill for your convenience. For long summer evenings enjoy the fire pit area out back. The seasoned wood pile is tall and ready to burn.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/23/2017

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  • Steps up to the front door.

    Steps up to the front door.

  • Loft


  • Western Room with King

    Western Room with King

  • 1st bathroom

    1st bathroom

  • Sauna changing room

    Sauna changing room

  • A young bull moose saunters through the front yard.

    A young bull moose saunters through the front yard.

  • Our  guests from June 2016! Leading women's bracket of Halibut Derby

    Our guests from June 2016! Leading women's bracket of Halibut Derby

  • Wildlife Conservation Area

    Wildlife Conservation Area

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Queen Bedroom

    Queen Bedroom

  • Main Hallway

    Main Hallway

  • Large cedar sauna in backyard cabin

    Large cedar sauna in backyard cabin

  • Great bikes

    Great bikes

  • Jim's 30 lb. Yelloweye May 2016

    Jim's 30 lb. Yelloweye May 2016

VRBO #580854

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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