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Historic Elegance on Main Street in Downtown Talkeetna

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:7
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

3 Bedroom. 2 Bathroom. Sleeps 7. Historic 1918 cabin with a modern addition.

Belle's prime location right on Main Street in beautiful downtown Talkeetna coupled with the historic attraction makes Belle's a perfect place to stay. We are located within steps to ALL major attractions. No driving required, EVERYTHING is within walking distance. Surrounded by lush landscaping, your stay will be very private and quiet.

We feature brand new luxury mattresses and premium bedding. Two nicely-appointed bedrooms offer Queen beds while the third bedroom has a Full/Twin bunkbed plus an additional Twin for a total of 7 guests. The larger spacious bathroom in the new addition has a full tub/shower and the other bathroom in the original cabin has been renovated to modern standards with a wide shower, toilet and vanity.

A full kitchen allows for meal preparations. The kitchen is part of the original 1918 Belle McDonald cabin but has all modern appliances, including oven, toaster oven, coffee maker, and a small (not fullsize) refrigerator. With all the delicious restaurants within walking distance you may not find yourself cooking much... also there is no TV at Belle's Cabin.

The gardens have been loved and cared for over the years and in summer bursts with gorgeous flowers of many varietals and a large assortment of peonies. Some of the peonies in the garden are the first ever recorded grown from seed at this high latitude.

Dating back to 1918, Belle's Cabin was originally owned by Belle McDonald, an indomitable, hardworking trading post operator who lived in Talkeetna for over 40 years. A large addition to the cabin was recently added and designed with modern standards which complement the original historic structure.

After Belle McDonald, Roberta Sheldon made this cabin her home. Roberta lived in Talkeetna 50 years, authored two local bestselling historic books, and was the wife of Don Sheldon, who was known as one of the world's foremost mountain-glacier pilots. Don's air rescues, pioneering flights, mercy missions, and everyday adventures are recounted in many books, on The Discovery Channel, and in numerous articles including National Geographic, LIFE Magazine, The New York Times, Reader's Digest and Sports Illustrated. Roberta and Don Sheldon owned & operated Talkeetna Air Service until 1975, when Don died of cancer. The local Sheldon Community Arts Hangar was the base of operations for Don; it housed his airplanes, mechanical and woodworking shops, stored an extensive collection of climbing gear he loaned, and hosted many of the early mountaineers who pioneered climbing routes on Mt. McKinley/Denali, and was known as the Sheldon Sheraton.

Although Belle's Cabin is located on Main Street it remains a quiet retreat due to the positioning of the house and the lush landscaping. It is truly a gem of a property that will add to the memories you make exploring Talkeetna and the grandeur of Alaska.
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Member since: 2015

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/26/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1765 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 7
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 3: 1 double, 2 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed

    Bunkbed = double on bottom / twin on top. 2nd twin in room....moreless

  • Belle's Cabin has three bedrooms: two Queen bedrooms in the Sheldon addition and one bedroom in the Belle's Cabin wing. All bedrooms are nicely appointed with brand new, luxury bedding. The Queen Mattresses are brand new Stearns & Foster Lake Shore Luxury Firm Euro Pillowtops. The bedroom in the Belle's wing (3rd bedroom) has a full / twin bunkbed plus an additional twin. The Twins feature brand new Englande Pillowtop mattresses. A New Graco Pack & Play portable crib is also available....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

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  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

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  • Large bathroom with tub/shower is in the Sheldon Addition and the second smaller bathroom with shower is in the Belle's wing. Both have been updated with new modern amenities....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Enjoy the prime location of being downtown Talkeetna with the privacy of a tucked away home with beautiful gardens and historic charm and elegance. Belle's cabin in a one-of-a-kind vacation rental in Talkeetna....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Books about Alaska, including two local best-sellers by author Roberta Sheldon: The Heritage of Talkeetna, and The Mystery of the Cache Creek Murders...moreless

  • Games:

    Brand new Checkers, Chess, Jenga and Playing Cards. ART SUPPLIES: Watercolors, brushes, water color paper and various other art supplies including a stand-up wooden French Art Easel....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Bluetooth speaker available playing tunes....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Belles' Cabin is located on Main Street in walking distance to all major attractions. Ziplining. Rafting. Flightseeing. Dining. Entertainment. Museums. Ranger Station. River Front views of Denali....moreless

  • Monument View:

    Spectacular views of Mt. McKinely (Denali) and the entire Alaska Range from the banks of the Talkeetna River at the end of main street. 5 minute walk from Belle's Cabin....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting

Dining

  • Dining:

    One large dining room table with seating for 6 is in the Sheldon Addition. A second small seating area for 2 is in the kitchen in the Belles' wing. ...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    wifi available...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Brand new Comphy.com brand Premium Luxury Sheets and pillowcases...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided:

    Brand new Comphy.com brand Premium Lush Bamboo/Cotton Towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Full kitchen in the Belle's Cabin wing of the house. Stove, microwave, oven, fridge, sink (no disposal), coffee maker & grinder, coffee, tea, toaster, plus all the essentials needed to prepare meals...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Lawn / Garden
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
May 26 - Sep 17, 2017
2 night min stay
$449
High Season 2018
May 25 - Sep 16, 2018
2 night min stay
$459
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$325

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning Fee $75
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Tax Rate 5%

Notes:

Sleeps 7 in beds. Up to 3 additional guests are allowed ($20 per person per night) only with Advance Written Approval by the Sheldon Family at booking, and will need to provide their own bedding, sleeping bags, mats, air mattresses, etc.

A three night minimum stay is required for Labor Day weekend, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, certain Oosik Classic dates (3rd weekend in March), and Memorial Day weekend.

The person making the reservation is the person who is staying at Belle's; the reservation is not being booked on behalf of another individual.

If you cancel within 30 days of your stay the full rental rate will be charged.


Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Location

1 Miles
Nearest Airport
Talkeetna State Airport
0.1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Historic Fairview Inn. Denali Brewery.
0.5 Miles
Nearest Train
Talkeetna Train Depot
14 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Parks Highway
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Many on Main Street

Car: Not Necessary

The historic village of Talkeetna is nestled at the base of North America's tallest peak Mt. McKinley (Denali). Talkeetna has an outstanding panoramic view of the Alaska Range that can be enjoyed and photographed from several places as you wander through our town, and discover what this unique location has to offer: Flightseeing, fishing, riverboat tours, float trips, hiking, nordic skiing, mushing, mountain climbing, ATV and snowmachine tours, and ziplining, art galleries and gift shops, places to dine and a locally brewery... and of course year-round frontier hospitality!

 

Owner info

About the owner: Belle's Cabin was the home of Talkeetna's first businesswoman, Belle Lee McDonald (who lived in Talkeetna 40 years) and later became the home of Roberta Sheldon. Roberta Sheldon lived in Talkeetna over 50 years and was instrumental in helping shape the charm of the town today. She also authored two local best-sellers: The Heritage of Talkeetna and The Mystery of the Cache Creek Murders. Roberta and her husband Don Sheldon owned and operated Talkeetna Air Service, which Don founded in 1948. Don Sheldon was known as one of the world’s foremost mountain-glacier fliers. His air rescues, mercy missions, pioneering flights and everyday adventures are recounted in numerous articles including LIFE Magazine, The New York Times, and Reader’s Digest. An area on Denali is named The Don Sheldon Amphitheater; where the historic Sheldon Mountain House is located (built in 1966). The book Wager With The Wind was written about Don, and numerous stories about Sheldon are featured in many books about Alaska. In addition, Don flew 26 missions in World War II and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and four other Air Medals. The Sheldon Community Arts Hangar here in Talkeetna was the base of operations for Don; it housed his airplanes, mechanical and woodworking shops, stored mountains of climbing gear he loaned, and hosted many of the early mountaineers who pioneered climbing routes on Mt. McKinley/Denali. Don Sheldon died of cancer at the age of 54. Roberta never remarried. Belle’s Cabin (the original two-room cabin structure) dates back to 1918. In 2003 Roberta had Master Logger Arthur Mannix and his team add a large addition to the original cabin, and made it her home. Roberta dearly loved the community and people of Talkeetna. Roberta’s children Kate Sheldon and Robert Sheldon and Robert's wife Marne welcome you to their historic Talkeetna gem.


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Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/26/2017

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Photos

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Queen bedroom 2 in Sheldon addition with luxury bedding & mattresses

    Queen bedroom 2 in Sheldon addition with luxury bedding & mattresses

  • Birthday candles, balloons and stainless steel barware to help you celebrate

    Birthday candles, balloons and stainless steel barware to help you celebrate

  • Bunkroom in Belle's Cabin wing

    Bunkroom in Belle's Cabin wing

  • A French artist easel and art supplies are available if you feel inspired...

    A French artist easel and art supplies are available if you feel inspired...

  • Second bathroom, includes large shower

    Second bathroom, includes large shower

  • Large entry way

    Large entry way

  • Back of property and large garden.

    Back of property and large garden.

  • Large bathroom in Sheldon addition

    Large bathroom in Sheldon addition

  • Historic mule yoke from Belle's Barn.

    Historic mule yoke from Belle's Barn.

  • Peonys galore

    Peonys galore

  • Roberta Sheldon. Restored Belle's Cabin and was the previous owner.

    Roberta Sheldon. Restored Belle's Cabin and was the previous owner.

  • Queen bedroom 1 in Sheldon addition with luxury bedding & mattresses

    Queen bedroom 1 in Sheldon addition with luxury bedding & mattresses

  • Kitchen in Belle's Cabin wing

    Kitchen in Belle's Cabin wing

  • Dining area looking into living room, with large dining room table

    Dining area looking into living room, with large dining room table

  • Kitchen in Belle's Cabin wing

    Kitchen in Belle's Cabin wing

  • Belle's Cabin wing

    Belle's Cabin wing

  • Dining area. Historic mule yoke from Belle's barn

    Dining area. Historic mule yoke from Belle's barn

  • Sheldon addition on left with entry way. Historic Belle's Cabin on right.

    Sheldon addition on left with entry way. Historic Belle's Cabin on right.

  • Belle's Cabin wing hallway into bathroom and bunkroom

    Belle's Cabin wing hallway into bathroom and bunkroom

  • Moose Antlers taken by Don Sheldon mounted with airplane nose cone.

    Moose Antlers taken by Don Sheldon mounted with airplane nose cone.

  • Beautiful garden planted and tended to by Roberta Sheldon

    Beautiful garden planted and tended to by Roberta Sheldon

  • The majestic Alaska Range view from Talkeetna. Mt.McKinley (Denali) 3/20115.

    The majestic Alaska Range view from Talkeetna. Mt.McKinley (Denali) 3/20115.

  • Frank and Belle (McDonald) Lee 1918. Original cabin owner and namesake.

    Frank and Belle (McDonald) Lee 1918. Original cabin owner and namesake.

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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