About the property
- Cabin360 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
One-room cabin with fully equipped kitchen.
This very new, Scandinavian-influenced design, 360 sq ft cabin is modern, with all of the amenities needed for your perfect weekend getaway or week-long stay in Homer. The views are fabulous of Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet. The cabin is consistent with the "tiny house" concept, providing everything you need efficiently in a small space.
The cabin sleeps two in a queen-sized bed, that has a gel mattress and two-inch memory foam topper. The luxurious cotton sheets, down pillows and comforter make this bed truly comfortable.
The kitchen is fully-equipped with a two-burner stove, a small refrigerator, microwave, and counter-top oven. All of the pots, pans, dishes, and utensils you need are provided. There is no dishwasher.
There is a full bathroom with shower, sink, and toilet. The dining room table seats six people comfortably.
The cabin is located a 2 minute walk from a sandhill crane nesting area. From May into September, sandhill cranes can be seen overhead and walking along the street. Moose are regularly seen year-round walking though the property or in the neighborhood. A walk on the streets in the neighborhood offers majestic views of Kachemak Bay. When you are ready to walk the beach, go out to eat, get some groceries, or explore Homer, it is only an eight-minute drive into Homer and another ten minutes to the Homer Spit and Harbor for fishing, kayaking, and boating.
We have fast wifi and good cellular coverage at the cabin.
The cabin has a great deck and tables and chairs for eating and relaxing outside. There also is a loft in the cabin with extra sleeping space. Ask about the possibility for extra guests. We now have a Pack-and-Play for your baby or toddler and one twin blow-up mattress. An extra fee of $20 per stay is charged for more than two guests -- including infants and children.
For those guests desiring a sauna, we have a traditional Finnish wood-burning sauna. For an extra fee of $35 your hosts will warm the sauna up for you if you provide 24-hour notice.
Coffee and teas are provided for your convenience.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- english, finnish, Some German
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 20, 2018
About Helen Armstrong
Charlie moved to Alaska in 1963 and Helen came in 1981 (after growing up in Florida and living in Finland and the Midwest). They met at the University of Wisconsin. They lived in Anchorage for 35 years, but have recently built a new home next to the Sandhill Crane Cabin. Charlie has been everywhere in the wilds of Alaska when he was a hard-rock exploration geologist and Helen has been to many rural villages all over the state as a cultural anthropologist. Charlie currently works as a GIS manager for an engineering firm and Helen is retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They have two grown daughters living in Norway and Anchorage. Charlie and Helen enjoy exploring and enjoying the Alaskan outdoors, skiing, hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, or just enjoying a walk on the beach. Charlie particularly enjoys back-country skiing. They also love Scandinavia and Scandinavian design, which has influenced their taste in the cabin. Helen was an AFS Intercultural Programs foreign exchange student to Finland, as well as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Helsinki. Charlie traveled extensively in Sweden and they met in a Scandinavian history class.
Helen Armstrong purchased this Cabin in 2015
Why Helen Armstrong chose Homer
Helen and Charlie have always loved visiting Homer and, after owning a home for 32 years on the hillside above Anchorage, they decided to move to Homer. Homer has always been a place for them where the minute they arrive, they feel a calmness of spirit and relaxation. Homer also appealed to them because of the stunning beauty and the amazingly friendly people who live here. Thus, they decided to eventually retire in Homer. After searching for an ideal lot with a view, Charlie found this lot with an unusual view of both Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet. The cabin is the first phase of their building. They wanted a place to have family and friends visit, but not have a huge house-- thus the idea of a guest house was born. In 2017 they moved into their new home next to the cabin.
What makes this Cabin unique
The thing we love most about the cabin is the view, absolutely the view. It also is a beautiful, lovely cabin only minutes away from Homer. The cabin is beautifully decorated and constructed.
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Cozy cabin with stunning views
THis was our first trip to Homer and we picked the perfect place to stay. Helen and Charlie are great hosts and have created a lovely retreat with amazing veiws. THe inside of the cabin is charming and styled simply and beautifully. We only wish we could have stayed much, much longer. We are already dreaming iof returning.
A beautiful cabin with a view to match
Helen made us feel welcome and answered our questions about the area. The cabin is so perfect and comfy, exactly the perfect for a relaxing vacation.
Perfect little cabin, ideal for two people.
The Sandhill Crane Cabin is a lovely cozy place situated high above Homer offering spectacular views of the water. Nice and quiet. Right next to a breeding spot for Sandhill Cranes. We walked the short walk to see them each morning. Cabin is uniquely decorated and equipped with everything you might need. Highly recommended.
Among the best VRBO properties I've experienced!
Everything about this property is exquisite! The way the cabin sits on the lot maximizes stunning views of the bay surrounding Homer. The cabin itself is thoughtfully designed to maximize space and comfort. The kitchen is well-stocked, not with cheap rental house basics, but rather with beautiful dishes (many of them handmade pottery), a sensible collection of cookware and utensils, and even organic coffee. The decor is, again, what you might find in a stylish home, above and beyond typical rental decor--Alaskan prints, pillows made by the owner and other sweet Alaskan touches. The bed is incredibly comfortable! There are windows everywhere, and the blackout shades were top notch. We absolutely loved our stay, and Helen and her husband made us feel very welcome while giving us space to do our own thing. We will absolutely be back!
What a nice review! I am grateful that so many of our guests appreciate the time and energy we have put into the Sandhill Crane Cabin for our guests enjoyment. I have to say that Michelle and her daughter and their friends were absolutely wonderful -- respectful, appreciative, interesting, and kind.
We could have stayed all summer! Helen and Charlie have created a space that is more than just a place to stay - it's a haven to replenish, reconnect, immerse in the beauty of the world. The big windows make the space light and airy, while still feeling cozy. The well-thought-out placement of the space let us enjoy the endless, stunning views while maintaining privacy. We tend to be a little introverted, but loved talking with Helen & Charlie, hearing their excellent recommendations of things to do, places to eat, hikes to wander. They hit it on every one. THIS is why we stay in VRBOs, rather than an impersonal, same-everywhere motel.
Of all the places we've been, this is truly our favorite place. It's magic and we highly recommend it. We started dreaming of returning before we even landed home.
Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We loved having you visit as well. We would love to have you visit again. The best part about renting out our cabin is meeting interesting and awesome people like you and Ben. Thank you!
It was the perfect space in a perfect place!
We absolutely loved staying here. The cabin was so cute,and had everything we needed. The sofa bed was so comfortable. Helen and Charlie gave us great advice on things to do in town and were so friendly. I highly recommend couples to stay here. The porch has beautiful views no matter where you look and the drive to and from the cabin to Homer Spit is beautiful. It is only a short 10- 15 minute drive to downtown Homer and the Spit. Great price for a all you get! LOVE IT! Would totally recommend and stay there again.
The area surrounding Homer truly is one of the most beautiful places in Alaska and well worth the trip from Anchorage or Kenai. This incredible area is filled with mountains, glaciers, Kachemak Bay, and amazing views of volcanoes. The town offers excellent restaurants, cafes, art galleries, and a museum. Homer is known not only for its outdoor activities, but for its art and many galleries. The Homer Spit offers all kinds of great activites--world-class halibut and salmon fishing, kayaking, whale watching, wildlife and bird viewing, charter boats, and boat tours. With the long daylight hours in the summer, there is plenty of time to do everything you want to do!
Additional information about rental rates
A minimum of two nights stay required. Pets must be pre-approved by owner; no pets in cabin unattended; pet waste must be removed. Pets are not allowed to wander free on the property.