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Animal Kingdom: Planning a Log Home for Jack Hanna

A love nest with southern charm and pioneer panache for famed TV host, Jack Hanna
by Jessica Bizik | Photos by Heidi Long

It’s a zoo out there. And no one knows this better than globetrotting syndicated TV-show host Jack Hanna, who spends his days in the wild exploring nature’s beasts.

Jack Hanna's Getaway Log Cabin

So it’s no surprise that when he’s home, it’s all about comfort and ease. He applied this same notion to his charming guest cabin on the family farm just outside of Bigfork, Montana, that he shares with his wife, Suzi.

Love Nest
Measuring just 760 square feet, this jewel box of a house was designed for maximum fun in minimal space.

It’s a setting that easily sleeps (and feeds) four. Dubbed Elk Cabin for its location on an old elk farm, this mini-getaway is so sweet and secluded that Jack sometimes calls it “The Honeymoon Suite.”

Southern Charm
Part of what makes Elk Cabin so romantic is its air of authenticity, modeled after log homes that Jack remembers as a kid in Tennessee. There isn’t a lick of drywall in the guest cabin—just 8-by-12-inch white pine logs from Idaho and a few touches of fragrant juniper with purple and red undertones.

Cozy great room with roaring fireplace and stone hearth

Pioneer Panache
For timeless appeal, the crew minimized reminders of the modern world without eliminating any creature comforts.

“We hid the TV, refrigerator, dishwasher and all the electrical work behind custom panels designed to match the cabinetry,” says friend and builder Randy Baker.

Outside the cabin sits a true piece of history: a covered wagon (built by one of Jack’s close friends) that was driven hundreds of miles for the Treasure State’s 1993 centennial celebration.


Home Details:
Square footage: 760
Builder: Randy Baker
Designer: Snow Country Construction
Log Producer: Log Crafters Log & Timber Homes

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6 Responses

  1. I love the design of this cabin. How can I get more information/pricing for this cabin? Thank you Jayne

    Jayne RadzwilkaApril 21, 2008 @ 10:34 amReply
  2. Would like to get more info on this Hannah guest cabin

    Tom GreeneJune 3, 2013 @ 12:36 amReply
  3. Can you send me info on this cabin? It’s great. Thanks

    Peggy JeffriesAugust 4, 2013 @ 11:01 pmReply
    • Peggy: You will need to contact the log producer, Log Crafters Log & Timber Homes (800-735-4425;, for specifics.

      Log HomeAugust 5, 2013 @ 3:06 pmReply
  4. The beautiful stone work in that cabin was done by a very talented stone mason named Waldy Lindner, but he has passed so only his beautiful stone work will live on in Montana………

    Mary RossJune 22, 2014 @ 1:05 amReply

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