ALASKA home surrounded by birch trees

ALASKA home surrounded by birch trees


Nov 2009

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
3 Bathrooms

About our home

Open to offers for swaps or points. We are especially interested in Italy, France, England, or Ireland for late summer/early fall 2019 (could be simultaneous) and other North American or European destinations from 2020 on (could be nonsimultaneous or simultaneous).

Our home is well equipped for a pleasant stay in Alaska, offering you space in which to relax when you come home after an excursion. There is plenty to do around here in all seasons, but some guests have been so enchanted with the peacefulness of our setting that they have spent lots of time sitting at the windows or on the deck reading, listening to bird sounds, and watching for moose who may wander into the yard. We have wireless internet and a medium-sized LCD tv, plus lots of Alaskan videos and other DVDs for your leisure time.

Denali National Park is a spectacular place, but not the only scenic spot around. Go another direction from Fairbanks to visit a hot springs resort with cutting edge geothermal technology powering greenhouses plus a large building made of snow and ice and maintained by energy generated by the heat of the water. Or take a short walk through the woods from our house to visit a research station with caribou, reindeer, and muskoxen. Our house is surrounded by miles of hiking trails leading in all directions. If you come outside of the summer months, you stand a good chance of seeing the aurora borealis (can't be seen in the summer because the sky never gets dark enough!). Fairbanks is fun all year round.

Our frequent travel makes nonsimultaneous exchanges a strong possibility even though we do not own a second home.

We are not opposed to having older children here, but the two bedrooms, each with a queen bed, are on separate floors, so probably only smaller families with somewhat independent children would be comfortable here. That said, a family with a son and a daughter, both of college age, had a fine time here with the help of a comfy featherbed on the floor of the third bedroom which is used primarily as a quilting room. The house is not suitable for children under ten.


Elizabeth's reviews

As a host (2)

More about us

  1. We're a married couple in our mid 60s eager to start travelling more now that we are both retired. Over the last 20 years we have spent over 2 years total at homeswaps and love this way of travelling.

  2. Mark continues doing his academic research parttime and thus still wants time in London to use the British Library. We hope to arrange a nonsimultaneous swap, offering Alaska June 2020 in exchange for October or November 2020 in London.

  3. But we look forward to travel to other parts of Europe and North America also.

Swap availability

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Where is it?


Our area is in the center of Alaska and therefore much warmer than coastal areas, generally in the 20s C, though rainy spells will be cooler. The sun does officially set for a few hours as we are about 80 miles south of the Arctic Circle but at the solstice it never gets darker than what you would call dusk (you could easily read a book outside all night in June and July). We have hiking trails all around our home, winding through birch forest, and the university 3 miles away offers many cultural events including a two week summer arts festival with classes. Our home is a two hour drive from Denali National Park. One takes a bus tour into the
park (no private cars allowed) and because of the reduced traffic on the road, it is not unusual to see numerous grizzly bears (one day I saw a dozen, with half of them on or very close to the road!) as well as caribou, moose, and possibly wolves. The scenery is beautiful, with lots of variety along the road. The Fairbanks area has numerous businesses sharing area history with visitors (a paddlewheel boat trip, a gold mine with panning opportunities, etc.). Our "history" is very different from Europe's, that's for sure: Fairbanks has only been a town for a little over 100
years, and before that the only people in the area were Athabaskan
natives. Our university museum has a collection of Alaskan art, crafts, flora and fauna, and downtown there are many art galleries. Sixty miles east is a hot springs resort with a wonderful natural "rockpool." Everyone who has visited our home has had a great time and kept very busy as well as saving some time for relaxing around the house (where you might well be visited by a momma moose and her calves).

Buzzy restaurants
Riverfront deck dining on a summer's day or evening! Pikes or the Princess Hotel or the Pump House
Cool bars
Silver Gulch Brewery features locally produced beers and ales (plus good food); across the road is the Howling Dog Saloon if you want a wilder scene.
Cozy cafés
plenty of coffee shops with local character (Alaska is the only state with no freestanding Starbucks though we have them in grocery stores)
Retail therapy
Don't come here if retail therapy is your main form of entertainment, unless art galleries are your thing!
Bit of culture
University museum; Summer Fine Arts Festival
Walks in the park
You don't need a park; just walk out the door and head up the slope behind the house, and you will be connected to a vast trail system.
Spot of exercise
After a hike at Angel Rocks, continue on down the road to Chena Hot Springs for a soak in the natural rockpool.
Day tripping
Creamer's Dairy to see migratory birds; Chena Hot Springs; up to Murphy Dome for a view over miles of wilderness; or overnight for a good visit to Denali National Park

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