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About the property

New 500 square foot fully appointed studio apartment on 20 forested acres!

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.

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Jackie Kempf
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
December 8, 2016

About Jackie Kempf

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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Cozy and welcoming rental

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Milford Ohio

The only word that comes to mind is what Tony The Tiger would say.... ""GRRREEEAAT"

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Harvey! Thx so much for the kind words- it was my pleasure to host you and Tonya (from the beach in Kauai - lol!)! My only regret is that I didn't have the opportunity to meet you in person! You are so right about the road! When it's raining (and I hear it rained ALOT- sorry!) - cars get soooo dirty! Much better when it's dry - but it's AK so you never know! Very much appreciate the feedback and hope to have you guys back some time!! Jackie
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The perfect spot!

  • 5 of 5

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!!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful meeting and getting to know you guys! Hope you stay with us again or at least give us a call when you are in the area!! Jackie
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If you are looking for peace and quiet -- this place is for you!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kathy - It was great to host your family! So glad the meet went well! :)
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Lehi, Utah

Wonderful Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks friends! It was so nice to meet you and get to know your family! Hope to see you again next time you visit our area! 😀 Anderson thanks you for the business, too!!!
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Duluth, MN

Great place & people!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We had so much fun visiting and hearing about all of your wonderful AK adventures! Loved the train horn.... Might have to get one of those!!! Please look us up if you are ever back in the area!
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Nearest Train
80 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Seward Highway
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

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1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Tax Rate 3.0%

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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Ridgeway Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Full bathroom, nicely appointed with shampoo, conditioner, soap and all basic amenities you will need for your stay!
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • Studio apartment with very comfortable king and queen beds, which can accommodate up to four guests. More guests may be considered on an individual reservation basis.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing

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