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Open the Door to the Alaskan Adventure You've Always Dreamed of.

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Last updated: 12/10/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:13
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:Bed And Breakfast
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Rent by the room or all three available

Feast your eyes on unparalleled beauty as you relax in the hot tub after a long day of play, winter or summer. Greet the day refreshed and ready to experience all Alaska has to offer. Savor fresh-caught BBQ'd salmon and Alaska-grown produce on the wrap-around deck. Or sip your favorite wine nestled up to the massive fireplace. You're sure to enjoy every thing about Alaska's Gateway Rendezvous.

The Gateway Rendezvous's view is enhanced by the fine craftsmanship of the log trusses and posts and creative design. Large windows make the view part of nearly every room in the home. The home is extremely conducive to a large family group or friends enjoying one another's company to the full, due to the unique, open floor plan.

Two of the three bedrooms share access to a 2nd level private deck and are furnished with queen sized beds. The third has a bunk twin/full. The home also has a pack-and-play for an infant, a hide-a-bed in the TV room (making a 4th bedroom, if needed), and two self-inflating twin-sized and one queen sized mattresses. All bedrooms, baths, and the TV room are sound-insulated for privacy and quiet.

The upper level has a large shared bath, the main level has a half-bath with laundry and there is a third full shared bath with shower on the lower level. The high-capcity water heater provides ample hot water for all showers to be in use at one time.

Musicians among you will enjoy 'tinkling the ivories' on the lovely Baldwin baby grand piano in the living room. Connect your computer or player to the sound system for surround sound throughout the main living area. A seperate sound system powers the TV/media center in the 'World Room'. Wireless Wi-Fi is available throughout the home.

The wrap-around deck is furnished with a large BBQ, comfortable deck furniture, a swing, and a on-deck covered fire pit. The hot tub offers a relaxing end to your busy day (additional charges apply) as you enjoy the majestic mountain view.

Moose are regular visitors to our 'mountain top' retreat. For the past several years a momma moose has regularly brought her calves to munch on the new willow buds just off our deck. As long as you stay in the safety of the deck, you can get close-up pictures to your hearts content. Just remember they aren't tame and can be very dangerous, especially if they have their babies with them and feel threatened.

October and March are the prime 'Aurora Borealis' months, though they are visible throughout the dark months. If you're a night-owl, you may be rewarded with God's spectacular light show that will leave you breathless. A website gives regular updates on when the northern lights can be expected to light up the skies.

From our Gateway Rendezvous, you can take day-trips in every direction and experience Alaska from every angle. Everything 'Alaska' is at the doorstep. Go out and enjoy Alaska to your heart's content all day and then re-convene at the Gateway to recharge and renew - ready to enjoy Alaska's fabulous playground.

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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 12/10/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 3000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Bed And Breakfast
  • Bed & Breakfast


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Included In Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21 and older ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    This home is perfect for family groups....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is only allowed at a minimum distance of at least 20' from any of the building structure including outdoor decks. Evidence that smoking has occurred within the 20' perimeter will result in a complete forfeiture of the security deposit....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13, Beds for 13

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double, 1 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom/TV room 4: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    TV room has queen-sized hide-a-bed for sleeping...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    Pack-n-play available...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: Twin / full bunk, shared private deck, shared bath. Bedroom 2: Queen bed, shared private deck, shared bath. Bedroom 3: Queen bed, shared bath. Optional bedroom 4: TV room has queen hide-a-bed and can be used as a bedroom. Two twin and one queen sized inflatable mattresses for use wherever you want....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Shared upper floor bath...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Shared lower floor bath...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet

    Laundry facilities included on main floor....moreless

  • Bathroom 1 shower/toilet room is separate from the sink / mirror area. Bathroom 2 has a large laundry tub and walk-in shower. Bathroom 3 is a half-bath on main level and includes laundry....moreless

Other Amenities

  • A extensive list of "things to do" in the area will be included with the welcome packet. ...moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    Hook-up for in-house sound system provided....moreless

  • Television


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


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Enjoy the near 360 degree view of Pioneer Peak, the Knik Glacier and Twin Peaks cozily nestled next to the fire, from our large wrap-around decks or the hot tub. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    WIFI access code will be included in welcome packet a few weeks before arrival....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen usage can be negotiated....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Basic spice cupboard items including salt & pepper....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Two of the bedrooms share a large balcony with a fabulous view. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    The main level of the home has a wrap-around deck with BBQ, deck furnishings, and the hot tub....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub


Write a review 4.6
from 8 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 20 - Sep 5, 2017
3 night min stay
$2,430 $3,510

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$2,250 $9,750

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 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 and Rental Conditions:

  • Hot Tub usage (optional) $100
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Cleaning Fee $200
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Tax Rate 5%


Price is for three rooms (7 persons). Additional persons are $25/30 per person. Accommodations include two twin and one queen inflatable beds.

Special single-room rates available. Contact owner.

*Special event rate: Additional $250/day

*CANCELATION POLICY: 30+ days before rental=75% refund of funds paid, 15-30 days before rental date=50% refund, and no refunds if within 14 days of rental. Paid damage deposit fully refundable on all cancelations.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 12/10/2016
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48 Miles
Nearest Airport
Ted Stevens International Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Four Corners Lounge
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
Palmer Golf Course
6.5 Miles
Nearest Train
Wasilla Train Depot
0.25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Palmer/Wasilla Highway
2.3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Bistro Red Beet
35 Miles
Nearest Ski
Arctic Valley Ski Area

Car: Necessary

Winter or summer, we are located in the perfect spot to experience Alaska at its best. 45 minutes to Anchorage city center and all it offers, moments away from the back-country, and everything in between. Visit museums, view wild-life, ski, flight-see and land on Denali (Mt McKinley), enjoy extreme sports, white-water raft, hike, pick berries, rent a 4-wheeler and head out, get a guide for world-class fishing, experience Alaska native culture, pan for gold, attend semi-pro baseball, walk on a glacier, pet a musk-ox or reindeer, rent a canoe for the Nancy Lake canoe trail, hang glide, trail ride, sled from the mountain-top, enjoy the pristine wilderness by snow-machine...the list can go on forever! We'll work with you to help schedule a perfect Alaskan adventure!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: As newlyweds, Allen & Kathy joined the migration of 'wanna-be' pipeline workers to Alaska in the summer of 1974. They made their first home in Fairbanks, with Allen joining the Operating Engineer's Local 302 as an oiler. Kathy worked as a typist until they both quit to build a home on the outskirts of town. After a winter of the coldest temps on record (-63), partly spent living in a camper trailer as they built, and the birth of their first child in early 1976, they went to Oregon for college. In 1982, now a family of 5 with number 6 on the way, they returned to Alaska, permanently settling in the Mat-Su Valley. In 1985 they built another home and their last two children joined the family, making them an active family of 8. Allen worked first in residential then commercial construction while Kathy taught high school sciences, music, and guidance counseling. In 2002, they sold that home and 'crossed the road' to build their Alaskan Gateway Rendezvous. By this time, Allen was a master craftsman, evidenced in the beauty of this gorgeous home. A several-year long project, the home is an oasis to all who enter.

Why the Owner Chose Gateway, AK, USA:
As Allen & Kathy were preparing to move from their home of nearly 20 years, their realtor impressed them with the necessity of choosing a piece of property to call their own. Since the old house was 'in a hole' with no view, Kathy insisted that if she had to move from the home she loved and they lived where the beauty is unsurpassed, she wanted a view. The two kids left at home wanted to live in the core area of the valley to make access to everything easy - and so that their friends would come to visit. When the lots proposed by the realtor were way too expensive or not quite what they were looking for, they began to drive subdivisions in areas they thought they would like to live. They spotted this undeveloped lot on the end of a ridge with a fabulous view. After a bit of research on borough records and a call to the out-of-state owner to make an offer, in just a few weeks, the hill became theirs on which to build a dream home. It was a family affair, with kids and mom and dad working nearly day and night for months. The carpet was finally installed 3 days before Christmas in 2003. Allen brought in a HUGE local Christmas tree and hung it from the ceiling (as is his custom). A trip to the storage unit for a couch (forgot the legs) and a box of what he thought was tree ornaments and another of lights, and it was ready to decorate. Unfortunately, the box of 'ornaments' was really a box of plastic coat hangers, which became the only tree ornamentation besides the lights as the kids laughingly laid on the floor and pitched the hangers over their heads at the tree - much to Kathy's consternation. To this day, for old-time-sake, one coat hanger is usually hidden somewhere (from mom's sight) in commemoration. Allen & Kathy hope that your family enjoys this home as much as their family (now numbering 21) has for the past 10 years. Many happy events have transpired within these walls and it is their hope that the love and laughter continue.

The Unique Benefits at this Bed And Breakfast:
As they say, it's all about 'location, location, location.' There is NO location like the Mat-Su Valley. There is NO view that surpasses the majestic view of the mountain peaks. And there is NO location in the Mat-Su Valley that is more convenient to, restaurants, freeway access in all directions, wild-life, nature trails, out-door sports, etc. Anchorage is close enough to drive in for an evening dinner date and far enough away to be away from the hustle and bustle. It's all about 'location, location, location!'

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 12/10/2016

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  • Wrap-around decks with 2nd level decks for Master bedroom and 2 others.

    Wrap-around decks with 2nd level decks for Master bedroom and 2 others.

  • Sunken living room features fireplace & baby grand piano.

    Sunken living room features fireplace & baby grand piano.

  • Dining Room.  Table expands for eating for up to 15.

    Dining Room. Table expands for eating for up to 15.

  • Now that Alaska is off your bucket list, the world is your playground!

    Now that Alaska is off your bucket list, the world is your playground!

  • Magnificent log staircase.

    Magnificent log staircase.

  • Lacey Room with cozy window seat.

    Lacey Room with cozy window seat.

  • Chocolate fantasy room - with deck access.

    Chocolate fantasy room - with deck access.

  • Main Floor Half Bath / Laundry

    Main Floor Half Bath / Laundry

  • The setting midnight sun.

    The setting midnight sun.

  • Byers Peak

    Byers Peak

  • Gateway Rendezvous-perfect for your Alaska get-away!

    Gateway Rendezvous-perfect for your Alaska get-away!

  • Cozy foyer convo seating.

    Cozy foyer convo seating.

  • View of Living Room / outside deck from Dining Room.

    View of Living Room / outside deck from Dining Room.

  • Beautiful, spacious kitchen with tons of amenities.

    Beautiful, spacious kitchen with tons of amenities.

  • TV room with hide-a-bed: decorated with an international theme.

    TV room with hide-a-bed: decorated with an international theme.

  • Amber Room

    Amber Room

  • Lacey Room with deck access.

    Lacey Room with deck access.

  • Upstairs Shared Bath

    Upstairs Shared Bath

  • Relaxation at its best.

    Relaxation at its best.

  • Spectacular winter beauty.

    Spectacular winter beauty.

  • Majestic Pioneer Peak

    Majestic Pioneer Peak

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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