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Bear Paw Studio Retreat is located on a beautifully secluded 20 acre private forest, with only a two mile drive to Soldotna boasting an array of coffee shops, grocery and specialty shops and restaurants. Bear Paw is located in the lower level of our home, has a private entrance, designated parking and plenty of parking for tenant boats or extra vehicles. With king and queen beds in the sleeping area, Bear Paw Studio comfortably accommodates two to four guests. Bear Paw Studio is a recently completed addition to our home, so it is brand new with modern kitchen appliances and lovely Alaskan decor. Complete with a very large bear hide covering an entire wall! Black out window coverings provide sufficient darkness during our bright summer months allowing our guests to get a good night's sleep. There is a large freezer exclusively for guest use, which is particularly useful during fishing season. Fish cleaning, however, is prohibited on the premises, due to potential attraction of bears. During the summer months, Bear Paw is a perfect fisherman’s retreat. In winter, when snow is abundant, we maintain several cross country ski trails and have a fabulous sledding hill for those who desire snowy adventures. Bear Paw has something for everyone traveling to the Kenai or Soldotna area.
We are Jayson and Jackie Kempf, the property owners. We were both born and raised on the Kenai Peninsula and grew up enjoying the many outdoor activities "Alaska's Playground" has to offer. We have two amazing sons, Anderson, who is 13 and lives at home, and Nelson who lives with his beautiful wife, Keeley and our perfect grandsons, Kaarlo and Chet, in the ‘lower 48.’ We spend our summers fishing on the Kenai and have a total blast filling our freezer with our winter supply of Sockeye salmon. We enjoy camping around the state of Alaska during our fair weather months and traveling to warm and tropical destinations during our cold months when time allows!
Jackie Kempf purchased this studio in 2002
I drove down from Eagle River with my two kids for a football game and was so happy to find this place. It is conveniently located near town but is in an area that is quiet and secluded. While we were not there for fishing, there were things on site to accommodate that need. I really enjoyed all the personal touches in the studio and the owner was so helpful with directions around town and was very accommodating with our need for a later check out. I have already recommended this place to friends who often go to this area for fishing. If we ever have a need to stay the night in Soldotna again, this will be the first place I check!
The place and the people are great. I will go back and spend each night there. Can not think of anything that i could say that was negative.
It is comfortable, quite, and clean. Dont worry about your car getting dirty going down the wet gravel roads. It is a rental car, who cares.
It is no more that 1 1/2 hour drive to what will become your favorite fishing hole. Or 10 minutes from what will become your local eatery.
We made the right choice as to where to stay. If you pick this as your VRBO it will not be a mistake. And to top off everything i have said
you can not beat the price. If you pick somewhere else, you are making a mistake. OK Jackie go ahead a send me the $ for saying all
that good stuff. And i did not get to meet them they were on vacation somewhere warmer.
Can't say enough good things about our stay at the Bear Paw Studio. It is perfectly located close to town but you feel far away from everything. Its cozy and peaceful, equipped with everything you need and more. Jackie & Jayson are wonderful hosts and helped us in tons of ways. They even met us at the river for some fishing!! We look forward to returning. You can't go wrong here!!
We were in Soldotna for a three day swim meet and knew our boys would need to get lots of rest to perform well! This place was perfect. It is "off the beaten path" but so close to town. Jackie was very accommodating from our first inquiry and even allowed a very late check out when the meet ran much later than expected. We felt right at home and appreciated the great hospitality. We will come back if in the area again! Thanks Jackie!
The studio was easy to find and located in a secluded area just outside of Soldotna. We were close enough to town for supplies but was also able to enjoy the quietness of the woods. The studio was new, clean, comfortable and well appointed. Jackie was gracious and generous. We hope to stay here again and recommend it to others.
Our family of 4 stayed in the studio for three nights. We traveled back and forth to Homer for fishing. Jackie and family were extremely accommodating. Jackie checked in via text frequently and provided great insight as we traveled around the area. They packaged our fish and provided freezer space. We had everything we needed. I would for sure stay again. Highly recommend.
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1 night minimum stay
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Additional guests considered on an individual reservation basis for an additional cost.
Check in time is 3:00 and check out time is noon.
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