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3 Rustic Elegant Suites (sleep 12+) - Fish, hike, site-see from your doorstep

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Minimum Stay 2 nights

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About the property

3 Beautiful Alaskan Themed Suites with scenic views - sleeping From 4 To 14.

Moose Comfortable Vacation Rentals is a HIDDEN TREASURE waiting for you to discover. You can relax in luxury and begin your Alaskan adventure.

This particular listing is for our SALMON RUN SUITE, however, we offer 3 new, totally private, Alaskan themed suites.

These suites can easily sleep from 4 to 14.

Cozy Moose sleeps 4, with an open floor plan - VRBO# 674142

Lazy Bear sleeps 4, with a separate bedroom - VRBO# 673526

Salmon Run sleeps 6, with an open floor plan - VRBO# 670030

Lazy Bear and Salmon Run are adjoining suites and can easily accommodate larger groups. All the suites have a rustic elegance decor with All the Comforts of Home. We have panoramic views of Pioneer Peak, the Chugach mountain range, and the Knik Glacier. Surrounded by woods, there are trails galore to take a leisure stroll and a peaceful meadow to enjoy. We are minutes away from 5 lakes, all stocked with fish. So grab your fishing poles and enjoy the day! Whether a small gathering, or a family reunion, come make our home the start of your Alaskan adventure.


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Donna Davis
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About Donna Davis

Johnnie and Donna came from the deep South, so southern hospitality is a part of who they are. Like other young couples, they came to Alaska seeking an adventure, reared their family, and now enjoy their grandchildren.

Johnnie has worked in the Information Technology department of the local electric cooperative for over 36 years. Donna worked as an Administrative Director of the local community senior center, managed an adult day care program for the frail and elderly in a home-based business for 15 years, and recently retired.

Now they are ready for their next adventure, sharing their home and hosting families so others can enjoy their own Alaskan adventure.

Why Donna Davis chose Palmer

Palmer is a small community town, populated by colonists in the 1930s, with a lot of history that is still remembered and celebrated with Colony Day events in June and December. Combine the small community atmosphere with the breathtaking beauty of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley surrounded by mountains; add the long days of summer that produce the most extraordinary flowers and vegetables highly admired at the Alaska State Fair in late August; and top it off with all the fishing, hunting, 4 wheeling, snow machining, cross-country skiing, wildlife viewing in your front and back yard. We have been blessed to have found our small piece of the Last Frontier.

What makes this lodge unique

Location, location, location! Moose Comfortable Vacation Rentals is located on over 3 acres of Alaska wilderness, surrounded by spectacular panoramic views of the Chugach Mountain Range, Pioneer Peak, and the Knik Glacier. Canoe Lake (stocked with fish) is within walking distance and just a bit further is the Kepler-Bradley Lake State Recreation Reserve that includes miles of well-maintained and marked wilderness trails that weave among 13 lakes with stunning mountain views along the way. We border the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge which is rich with wildlife, moose, wolf, beaver, etc., salmon streams, nesting eagles along with other birds of prey, water fowl and migratory birds.

Yet, just a few miles away you will find great restaurants, fun shopping, emergency clinics, and a hospital. And the city of Anchorage, with all of its attractions, is only 35 miles away.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

3 Rustic Elegant Suites (sleep 12+) - Fish, hike, site-see from your doorstep
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

Beautiful, clean, & comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 nights here as a family of 5-6. It was a little crowded once everyone was settled in for the night, but we didn't mind (still more spacious than a hotel room!!!). During the day, everything tucked away nicely into the large closet. Beds were comfortable (we found an "egg crate" mattress topper to use on the hide-a-bed which was actually comfy), shower was great, all linens & towels are superb, furnishings are fabulous ... it really was a great place to stay.

We utilized the gas grill twice & the fire pit once. The view from the porch is beyond beautiful.

Very basic spices included, no condiments or saran wrap/tinfoil. Dishes were adequate, although I did purchase a couple aluminum foil pans for some meals in order to bake a quick meal. Appreciated having a griddle & a crock pot!

Many thanks to the Davis' for a perfect home base during our time in their beautiful state. God bless you both!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another fabulous getaway

  • 5 of 5

We love this place and the owners are so accommodating. It's one of those best kept secrets you don't want too many knowing about...out of pure selfishness of course. You won't be disappointed if you stay here.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I just spent a week here and it was great. When you walk in the door your going to say "wow", just like we did. Everything you need is there, and then some. Centrally located for terrific sight-seeing. Highly recommended!!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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new, convenient, and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

I was working in the area. The owners are obviously conscientious, providing all the amenities one would expect and then a few more, such as fast wifi, W/D, gas grill, gas fireplace, and patio furniture. The king-sized bed was especially comfortable.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very comfortable

  • 4 of 5

Walked into a very nice place. Met every need. I had 160 Lbs of fish & left 4 coolers there hoping they can use them. Props to the interior decorator. Monte & Katie Yockey

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Absolutely wonderful place to stay - Gorgeous and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

This place is an absolutely wonderful! The owners, Johnnie and Donna, are welcoming and friendly, and have created a property that is comfortable and lovely. Everything is very clean and modern, and we were so pleased with everything. A lot of thought and consideration has gone into these suites, and it shows - everything from the decor to what is provided for use in the suite. I cooked all our meals in the suite and found everything I needed: pots and pans, storage containers, a good selection of kitchen utensils, and basic spices. I enjoyed perusing the books in the suite and sitting out on the porch, alternating between reading and just watching the mountains. It was so peaceful and restful!

They were were very welcoming to our family, even setting up a high chair and a pack n' play for our youngest. They also managed to figure out how to decorate and still keep the place child-friendly - generally I have to put a lot of decorations out of sight to keep them safe from little hands and put everything back at the end, but I didn't have to do that here. Instead my little ones could read the picture books thoughtfully tucked away on the lower shelves and enjoy the stuffed animals. The kids also really enjoyed the games in the suite, and it was a great opportunity to teach my kids how to place chess. The kids really enjoyed the swings, fort, slide and lawn. And even though this place is so child friendly, I would still love to come here as a romantic getaway - it is so suitable for either!

We had rented both the Salmon Run suite and the Cozy Bear Suite so that we'd have more room for our larger family, and that worked beautifully. I could see the adjoining suites working very well not only for a larger family, but also for an extended family or two families traveling together.

If you aren't familiar with the Palmer area, you'll find there's lots to do. We visited the Reindeer Farm, the Musk Ox Farm, Independence Mine, the Matanuska glacier, and local parks. The town of Palmer is very nice, and I would have liked to explore it a little more, but didn't get a chance. There are lovely little lakes within walking distance, and a place to rent canoes and fish less than a half mile down the road. The mountains all around are beautiful, and while you feel like you're way out in the gorgeous wilderness, grocery shopping is actually quite convenient.

We had an absolutely wonderful stay, and we highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Nearest Airport
37.5 Miles
Anchorage International Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Palmer Golf Course
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Alaska Railroad Depot in Wasilla
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Glenn Highway
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Colony Kitchen (Noisy Goose)
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

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Oct 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning Fee $75
Tax Rate 5.0%

Cancellation Policy: The 50% deposit will be refunded as follows:
• 100% if more than three months (90 days) prior to Check-in Date
• 50% if more than two months (60 days) prior to Check-in Date
• 25% if more than one month (30 days) prior to Check-in Date
• 0% if cancelled between 4-30 days prior to the Check-in Date
• Full stay amount billed for less than 72 hours or no-shows

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Gateway Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Open concept bedroom with: King size bed (sleeps 2). Queen size deluxe memory foam hide-a-bed (sleeps 2). Queen size inflatable airbed (sleeps 2). Pack-N-Play (play pen) available upon request. These suites can easily sleep from 4 to 14. Cozy Moose sleeps 4, with an open floor plan - VRBO# 674142 Lazy Bear sleeps 4, with a separate bedroom - VRBO# 673526 Salmon Run sleeps 6, with an open floor plan - VRBO# 670030
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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