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“Quiet, relaxing most pleasant”
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The boardwalk down to our private lake in the early morning fog. Beautiful!
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The boardwalk down to our private lake in the early morning fog. Beautiful!
Some of our guests enjoying a wild Alaskan moose right below the cabin in our front yard! Guests enjoying the wildlife from the cabin!
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The boardwalk down to our private lake in the early morning fog. Beautiful!
Some of our guests enjoying a wild Alaskan moose right below the cabin in our front yard!
Guests enjoying the wildlife from the cabin!
The sleeping cabin, tiny but warm, safe, tranquil. Best of beds (2), handcrafted.
kitchen area with electric fireplace heater
View out front of morning sunrise!!!! You have to get up early to see scenes like these (4:30 am!).
View from outside of cabin window!
Interior of cabin view kitchenette area. It smells of fresh wood (cedar) and pine! All custom built!
Our guests with some whopper king salmon! The largest one weighed 68 pounds! Caught Aug. 2, 2015!
The front door stained glass entry. Quite the door for a 'cabin' .
New sleeping cabin picture taken April 10, 2014 after a late spring snowstorm!
picture taken at entry door
We have an active eagles nest on the lake!
Your host, Jim Oltersdorf of The Discovery Channel fame in the wilderness (300 miles in!)
A pic I took of another bull caribou out front. All caribou have antlers, which, they shed them.
Arctic tern in flight.  We have a small rookery by the second lake we have out front!
Alaskan brown bear getting lunch. We can offer a recommendation of who to go with to see these!
Some of my friends having a great day!
Out front with another bull caribou who has an itch!
Pristine wilderness.  We offer recommendations for guide service for photographers
Pristine wilderness.  We offer recommendations for guide service for photographers
A great day in these fishermen's life! We can help put you there!!
Okay, I just HAD to do this!
Again, a picture taken in front of the facilities. Wow! This is our front yard!
Cabin looking down boardwalk through trees towards cottage.
Your other host, Lisa enjoying real Alaskan adventure! Lisa is also on The Discovery Channel.
I think she's more interested in me? We have a great deal of experience with these giants.
A newly-hatched Spruce grouse in our front yard. Great creatures large and small!
Photographing in the wilds! This is your host, Jim Oltersdorf.
Remember the little baby spruce grouse? This is what they look like when grown up!
Morning sunrise out front! Taken about 5am!
A birding area not far from our house!
Taken from a bush plane, its wonderful photography!
Your host, Jim, 'hanging around'! Jim is known worldwide for his extreme and high-risk photography.
View from studio apt. down to the 'commons' area for our guests.
stairs to sleeping loft
interior view
kitchen area
Interior of cabin
The old shed made famous by The Discovery Channel!
Front view of cabin
View of early morning light on cabin.
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Studio, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Soldotna, Alaska

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waynewb20...
Minnesota
1 review
“Quiet, relaxing most pleasant”
Reviewed 13 October 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Enjoyed our stay immensely. The cabin, however compact, was all that we needed . Enjoyed the BBQ along with the beautiful scenery. Jim is the most gracious host and will do whatever necessary to make your stay memorable. I have been coming to Alaska since 1970. The next time I come back , I would certainly prefer to stay here again. Also appreciated that Wi Fi was available.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
13 Jan 2016
Thank you so very much for your kind and considerate review of us and our facilities! We feel very good about you Wayne and anytime you ever need a place to stay in Alaska, please stop in! Jim/Lisa
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birdvest
Flagstaff, Arizona
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Charming, unique cabin by the lake”
Reviewed 16 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015
1
person found this review helpful

We stayed in the upstairs "studio" apt and loved every minute of it. We ate all of our meals out on the front deck with the view of the lake and the other very cute cabins. We constantly scanned for moose on the lake, but had to settle for a pacific loon.

Jim and Lisa were great! They even helped me find a good doctor in town when I needed one after I had left there place ( only because they were already all booked up.)

If you needed ANYTHING, either Jim or Lisa would drop what they were doing and help you with it.

Being so close to Fred Meyer's store was a real plus, while the cabins felt like we were way, way, out in the country.

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Liked best: The view and laid back atmosphere
Liked least: Can't think of anything
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
13 Jan 2016
Thank you so very much, it was without question, our distinct pleasure to have you not only as our wonderful guest, but, to aid in your need. Please come back anytime! Jim/Lisa
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RQZ821
Lambertville, New Jersey
1 review
“Awesome place, great owners. Period.”
Reviewed 11 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

My son Matt and I visited the Kenai Pennisula to go salmon fishing and sight-see. I happened to book 3 nights at Jim and Lisa's "A Walden's Pond" and glad I did. What a place - great views, peaceful, and just truly great owners. Matt and I spent a fair amount of time chatting with Jim and Lisa, sitting around a campfire telling stories. Honestly, if you really want to experience Alaska's Kenai, this is the place. By the time we left, it was though as we had known Jim our whole lives. Just a really super guy and full of great stories and experiences in Alaska. If you don't get to Jim and Lisa's place you're missing out - truly.

Travelling group: Other
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
18 Aug 2015
Thank you so very much for your kind and wonderful review. We know we "put it out there" for scrutiny of everyone and we sometimes hold our breath in hopes we don't get the arrow into our hearts. You make it so worthwhile understanding that we make every attempt to see that our guests are comfortable, safe, warm and enjoying what we have to offer. Thank you once again and you are welcomed back anytime!!! Jim.
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mallarila...
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Amazing Place, Amazing Jim!”
Reviewed 19 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Place is so awesome! This place will really help you clear your head. Also, Jim, the owner is so hospitable as well as his daughter and his wife.

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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
23 Jul 2015
Thank you so very much for your kind words! It is greatly appreciated! We strive to make our guests stay in the best place and work hard to insure all guests are comfortable, warm, safe and enjoy our facilities. We love people and find that it enriches our lives tremendously to get to know them like yourselves! Again, thank you and we hope we have the distinct pleasure to host you again someday in the future! Jim.
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Laura T
Waverly, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fun on the Lake”
Reviewed 15 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014
1
person found this review helpful

Our stay at the small sleeping cabin on the lake was a wonderful experience. We loved that the location seemed remote while so close to town. We received excellent directions to the property and it was a breeze to find. We so enjoyed the owners, Jim and Lisa, Who were so hospitable and really added to the stay with their local advice and stories of "life in Alaska". We even had a deck party with the other folks staying there. The sleeping cabin is small, but has everything you need. It has a lot of special touches, from a copper sink to stain glass windows, that really class it up. The only thing I would add is more hooks to hang my stuff on! It's a very economical choice for the area and not your typical hotel room. If you are looking for an Alaskan experience with the convenience of a nearby town, this is the place for you. We definitely will be staying here again on our next trip to the area.

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How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
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Liked best: Location, hospitality of the owners
Liked least: Not enough hooks to hang my stuff on.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
20 Mar 2015
We enjoyed your company and as excellent guests of ours, you are most welcomed back anytime! Thank you so much for your kind review!!!!!
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