Chalet-style living. Gorgeous views. And most important, plenty of privacy. For travelers who like the personal style of a B&B but like the independence of a hotel or condo, these vacation home rentals outside Palmer offer a blissful, secluded-feeling home base for a week—or even a month or more—of exploring the Mat-Su Valley and beyond.
A House in the Woods
Set on 10 quiet wooded acres, at the base of Hatcher Pass, Rose Ridge offers two lodging options: a two- bedroom, one-bath cottage that sleeps four; or a two-story chalet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms that sleeps six. Your hosts, David and Diane, live in their own house on the property, and they will respect your privacy but are also always available to offer any tips to set you on your path for the day.
The couple started a B&B in 1999 on an adjacent property, which they ran until 2009. Both grew up in Palmer: Diane, who has worked in Mat-Su tourism for thirty years, loves area history, and David is a General Contractor; they both love hiking and camping. When they bought this property in 2001, the goal of developing it into a full time vacation rental business was realized by 2010, and David built both houses from the ground up.
Creature Comforts —and Special Touches
At the beginning of your stay, they’ll stock your kitchen with the goodies you need for a good breakfast: juice, milk, cereal, pancake mix, oatmeal, coffee, and more, so you can fix what you want when you want.
And whichever house you choose, each has the feeling of a having a lodge all to yourself. Both houses have high, pine ceilings, leather furniture and wood accents everywhere; they come stocked with game and movie libraries and a binder full of menus from area restaurants. The cottage has one king bed, one queen bed and a full-stocked kitchen, as well as TV, wifi, cable and even a washer and dryer. The chalet has three queen sized beds, the same amenities as the cottage, plus a wall of windows, art by local artists, and a balcony from which you can see the Knik Glacier up the valley.
Mountains and Moose
In either house, you get patios, BBQ grills and—because both houses are south-facing, with big windows—breathtaking mountain views. Over breakfast you can see Lazy Mountain, Pioneer Peak and the Chugach Range. On the houses’ wooded grounds, you’ll come across all kinds of birds, squirrels and even moose. By evening, you might take advantage of the central fire pit, perfect for campfires and cookouts.
Springboard for Adventure
During the day, it’s easy to take day trips to see a glacier, flightsee Denali, zipline, fish or hike, and you’re not far from area attractions such as Independence Mine, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Headquarters, the Musk Ox Farm or the Reindeer Farm. David and Diane can help suggest a good hike or point you in the right direction for a gorgeous scenic drive—but then you’re free to follow your own sense of adventure.