Alyeska Hideaway | Charming Log Cabins in Alaska
If you’re looking for one of the best log cabins in Alaska or headed to Alyeska Resort, booking a stay at the Alyeska Hideaway cabins is a must! 45 minutes from Anchorage in the charming mountain town of Girdwood, these cabins are in a fantastic location within minutes of the resort, hiking, waterfalls, glaciers, and more
If you’re anything like us, there’s not much that compares to the peacefulness of staying in a cozy, memorable cabin…and it’s hard to top a stay in Alaska’s Alyeska Hideaway cabins.
The Alaska log cabins are in Girdwood, mere minutes off the renowned Seward Highway on the route from Anchorage to Seward. Here, guests have the opportunity to relax, recharge, and enjoy the vast Alaskan wilderness and breathtaking scenery.
While the Alyeska Hideaway cabins are fantastic for getting away and unplugging, they’re also conveniently located just 45 minutes from Anchorage and six minutes from Alaska’s only ski resort, Alyeska Resort.
There are also countless hiking trails, waterfalls, great restaurants, shopping, and guided activities just a stone’s throw away. In our opinion, Alyeska Hideaway is among the best log cabins in Alaska!
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Alyeska Hideaway Cabins Overview
- Location: Girdwood, Alaska, about 45 minutes south of Anchorage
- Price: $180-330 per night
- Amenities: Outragesouly comfy beds, wood-burning stove, wi-fi, full kitchen, deck, private fire pit
- Open: Year-round
- Best thing about these log cabins in Alaska: The uber-close proximity to endless adventures with the simultaneous ability to unplug in nature
Alyeska Hideaway has three log cabins, all set up similarly. We stayed in the Glacier Cabin and had the absolute best stay (we may or may not be 100% ready to build an Alaska log cabin of our own!). The cabins are exceptionally clean, cozy, and equipped with everything you could possibly need.
The Glacier and Alyeska cabins are both one-room lofted cabins with a comfy queen bed downstairs and additional beds up in the loft. Both of these Alaska log cabins have a wood-burning stove and dreamy bathrooms with a beautiful clawfoot tub. Naturally, we took advantage of both after jam-packed days full of Alaskan adventures!
The third cabin at Alyeska Hideaway, the Placer, is a two-room cabin well-suited for families. Aside from a full kitchen, the Placer cabin has a BBQ grill on the deck, a king bed upstairs, queen bed downstairs, and a queen-sized pull-out sofa sleeper.
Each cabin has a well-equipped kitchen complete with spices and other staple ingredients, wi-fi, a flat-screen TV, front deck with seating, and a fire pit in the back. The lovely, friendly hosts live in their own cabin onsite and are available if needed.
Alyeska Hideaway Amenities
- Wood-burning stoves
- Fire pits
- Deck with chairs to enjoy nature
- Heat (it is Alaska afterall…)
- Well-equipped kitchens
- Clawfoot tubs
- Flat-screen TVs
- Comfy Beds
- Cozy lofts
- Jam-packed binder with area recommendations
- Incredibly helpful hosts onsite who are Alaska natives
Things to do Near Alyeska Hideaway Cabins
Alyeska Resort is Alaska’s only destination ski resort, and is chalk-full of things to do. The Alyeska Hideaway log cabins are less than 10 minutes from the resort, so it’s a must during your stay.
If visiting in the winter, don’t miss the opportunity to ski the longest double black diamond run in the entire world (!!), ride the aerial tram, or relax at Nordic Spa. Summer at Alyeska offers many other activities including hiking, mountain biking, and scenic rides on the Alyeska Aerial Tram.
Year-round, the resort has several amazing dining options. Don’t miss Bore Tide Deli & Bar at the very top of the mountain, where you can take in views of the Turnagain Arm as you enjoy a cocktail or comfort foods including bison chili.
Insider tip: in the summer, you can get a combo pass that includes a tram ride and $20 credit for Bore Tide. Ride the tram up, then hike down!
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
It’s no secret that Alaska is home to some of the most beautiful and diverse wildlife in the world. To get up-close and personal with animals including bears, moose, elk, caribou, musk ox, wolves, bison, and porcupines — and support a great cause — a trip to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a must.
The 200-acre conservation center is just 15 minutes from Alyeska Hideaway. It’s a safe haven for injured and orphaned animals, and visitors can tour the property and see the animals along a 1.5-mile trail via foot, bike, or car.
To truly experience all Alaska has to offer, you need to get out on the trails. There are SO many beautiful hikes near the Alyeska Hideaway cabins!
From waterfalls to wildlife sightings to Alaska glacier hikes, these Girdwood-area trails have plenty to offer every type of adventurer. Best of all, many of them are actually fairly easy!
- Virgin Creek Falls – 0.5 miles; easy
- Winner Creek – 4.9 miles; easy
- Byron Glacier Trail – 3.2 miles, easy
- North Face Trail (at Alyeska Resort) – 2.3 miles; moderate
- Crow Pass, Crystal Lake, and Barnes Mountain Trail – 6.2 miles; moderate
- Penguin Peak Trail – 6.3 miles, hard
40 minutes from the Alyeska log cabins, you’ll find one of Alaska’s most popular and accessible glaciers, Portage Glacier.
There are several hiking trails in the Portage Glacier Valley, including the spectacular Trail of Blue Ice, that get you closer to the glacier. You can also take a boat ride across Portage Glacier Lake for incredible views.
This area has fantastic campsites and if you visit in the summer, there are several places to watch the seasonal salmon runs.
Things to Know About Renting Log Cabins in Alaska
First and foremost, it’s important to remember that these log cabins are in ALASKA. That means you must make sure you’re prepared for all types of weather and adventures, both planned and totally unexpected.
It’s always fairly cold in Girdwood (although the heated log cabins may make you think otherwise) and the chance of rain is ever-present, so be sure to pack layers.
The summer highs are normally in the low 60’s, while winters bring low 20’s, occasional single-digit temps, and a lot of snow (the average annual snowfall is over 120 inches in Girdwood, while Alyeska sees a jaw-dropping 640-plus inches annually!).
It’s also a good idea to brush up on wildlife safety tips. As long as you’re prepared, staying in log cabins in Alaska will be a memory you’ll cherish for years to come.
Best Time to Stay in Log Cabins in Alaska
The Alyeska Hideaway cabins are open year-round, and each season brings completely different adventures.
If you’re hoping to ski and catch the Northern Lights, consider planning your visit during the winter months. To explore the trails, chase waterfalls, mountain bike, and spot tons of wildlife, plan to visit between June and September (we stayed the first few days of September and highly, highly recommend this timeframe).
Prices are least expensive in this entire area during the shoulder seasons of spring and fall.
Getting to Alyeska Hideaway
One of the best things about the Alyeska cabins is their proximity to other attractions and a major airport. You can fly into Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and drive just 38 miles to Girdwood — a spectacular, scenic drive.
Pro tip: stop at the little group of shops and restaurants right when you exit Seward Highway. The Speedway is the only gas station in the area, and the Alpine Cafe & Bakery is an awesome stop for coffee and treats. Grab a giant cookie!
Ready to Book Your Stay at Alyeska Hideaway?
Have we convinced you that Alyeska Hideaway has the best log cabins in Alaska?!
There are several ways to book, including VRBO and Airbnb. We personally have started to book more through VRBO, because Airbnb’s fees have gotten a bit out of control. Don’t forget, VRBO was also around long before Airbnb!
Be sure to let us know if you book a stay, or if you’ve stayed in the past, and what you think of the Alyeska Hideaway cabins! Safe travels!
Such cute cabins! I need to add this to my bucket list. Staying in a cabin in Alaska sounds so fun.