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Halloween Events in Central Washington
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Tuesday, October 9, 2018


Haloween is right around the corner and that means pumpking picking, hauntings, and costumes. Thankfully we have compiled all of the Haloween-style events happening in Central Washington in 2018. Enjoy!

Ellensburg

Huffman Farms U-Pick Pumpkin Patch

October 1st through 31st

This event is held every Saturday and Sunday in October from 10am to 4pm. At the Huffman Farm in Ellensburg, guests can choose their own perfect carving pumpkin straight from the vine.

Also guests can enjoy the other activities Huffman Farms has to offer. Guests can make their way through a corn maze, enjoy a petting zoo, and enjoy farm-fresh food from the Farm Kitchen Cafe.

Located at 6181 Wilson Creek Road in Ellensburg, you can find more information about this event at HuffmanFarms.com.

Haunted Forest and Corn Maze

October 12th through 27th

Enter the haunted forest if you dare! This event is designed to scare you. Guests will enter the haunted forest where they will be met with jump scares, scary images, carnage, and more! This event is recommended for people 10 years old and older. Guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight to get from the parking lot to the Silo Cafe where they will buy their tickets.

Tickets will be sold until 9:45pm for $10 for children aged 12 years old and younger. Anyone over 12 years old can purchase a ticket for $12.

You will then be handed a lantern and enter the forest. Once you exit the forest, if you don't have to change your pants, you can hang out with the other survivors by our fire pit and make s'mores.

Located at 6181 Wilson Creek Road in Ellensburg, you can find more information about this event on their FAQ page and HuffmanFarms.com.

"Flocktober" and "Mill-o-ween"

October 21st

This event is fun for the whole family and is held from 10am through 2pm. There is a pet costume contest happening at noon where the best dressed pets and owners will be awarded a prize for first and second place. Guests can also enjoy getting their face painted, painting a paper plate pumpkin, and decorate their very own cookie.

There is also a variety of food available for guests to snack on during the event.

Located at the Old Mill Country Store at 500 W 3rd Ave in Ellensburg. For more information about this event check out the Facebok page.

Downtown Trick-or-Treat

October 31st

Kids can walk through downtown Ellensburg to go from store to store to collect candy. The CWU Army and Air Force ROTC will be there to provide pedestrian safety at crosswalks. This event begins at 3pm and goes on until 6pm.

Located in downtown Ellensburg, you can find more information about this event at EllensburgDowntown.org.

Cle Elum

Spooky Suncadia

October 27th and 28th

This family friendly event includes a costume contest, trick-or-treat, and a Pumpkin Party! Kids can create a dream catcher, carve and decorate their own pumpkin, and build a Halloween bear. Adults can have fun at Beary-Scary Bingo on Saturday from 7 to 9pm for only $10 per person.

For additional information about activities and locations, contact the concierge at (509) 649-6461.

Boo-Elum!

October 31st

There will be a kids Halloween parade starting at 5pm in Downtown Cle Elum. Afterwards kids can enjoy going trick-or-treating from store to store.




Suncadia Harvest Festival 2018. Fun For All!
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Monday, October 8, 2018


Last weekend was the start of the annual Suncadia Harvest Festival and what a wonderful weekend it was! The sun was shining, the air was crisp, and the harvest festival was in full swing.

Events and Activities

For Children

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  • There is fun available for the entire family, although most of the activities are for children. To the right of the enterence there was a hay maze and pyramid where kids could climb to the top of the hay pyramid, slide down to enter the maze, and run around until they found the exit. Parents or guardians could keep a watchful eye from the sidelines all the while and signs were posted encouraging children to not climb on top of the maze.
  • Beyond the maze there was pumpkin picking where children could look for their perfect pumpkin. Pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors were strewn about so that the children were not limited on choices.
  • To the left of the enterence there were carriage rides, pony rides, and a petting zoo. Guests could get up close and personal with goats, sheep, and other farm animals. They could also take a small stroll on a pony or explore the beautiful Suncadia Resort property with a carriage ride. However, if you bring your dog, you will be asked to stay at least twenty feet away from the farm animals so that they will not get spooked.

For Everyone

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  • An activity that is fun for children and adults alike is Pumpkin Archery. Participants are given a brief safety lesson on how to use a bow and arrow and when to retrieve arrows and when NOT to retrieve arrows. A worker nearby is watching and ready to help if the kids need more guidance. Bows differ in pull strength so that anyone can have fun with this activity. 
  • In the middle of the festival there is live music provided by Chinook Entertainment from 10-11:30am, 12:30-2pm, and 3:30-5pm. When live music is not playing there is a dance instructor teaching basic dance moves to the guests.

For Adults

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  • For the adults, there are tastings from 2-4pm. This year they had beverages from Dru Bru Brewing Co., Bad Grany Cider, Heritage Distilling Co., and Browne Family Vinyards. Adults can choose to buy 4 tastings for $8 or 10 tastings for $15.

Food Available

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Behind the pumpkin picking there are a row of food stands available.

  • There is a tamales stand that must have been amazing because they were sold out by the time I got there at 1pm.
  • There was a hot dog and chips stand where guests could purchase good-sized hot dogs for $5 and a bag of chips for $1.
  • There was a snow cone stand to get beautiful rainbow ice delights for $5.
  • There was also a coffee stand where you could warm up with a cup o' joe or re-energize with a Red Bull drink.
  • Suncadia Dining was also available by the live entertainment where you could get a variety of other options like burgers, salads, and fries.
  • For dessert you can get your classic cotton candy, or you can get some homemade mini doughnuts and decorate them with a variety of syrups and sprinkles.

Shopping Booths

Vacation Rental 365_ Suncadia Harvest Festival_ ShoppingTo the right of the enterence there are a row of shopping booths. These booths sell:

  • lavender soap
  • homemade Christmas ornaments
  • knitted and croquet accessories
  • home furnishings made out of wine barrels

In front of the enterence to the live music there is a booth where children can create their own headband unicorn horns. This was adorable; there were little unicorns running around everywhere.

There are more shopping booths to the left of the live music. These booths have:

  • a face painting stand
  • henna tattoo stand
  • home furnishings
  • bath and shower soaps
  • art from local artists, and more!

Final Thoughts

Vacation Rental 365_ Suncadia Harvest Festival_ DogHere are a few of my final thoughts after attending the 2018 Suncadia Harvest Festival.

  • If you are not familiar with the Suncadia Resort, look up directions to the Harvest Festival. My husband and I assumed that there would be clear signs leading us to the Harvest Festival and there were small signs with unclear arrows pointing forward. We could not tell when we were supposed to turn and ended up pulling into a parking lot to look up directions.
  • You are able to bring dogs as long as they are leashed at all times. I would recommend bringing a water dish and food dish if you plan on spending a couple hours there since there were no water dishes available for pets.
  • Most of the activities are for children so if you have kids, they will have a ball at this festival!
  • More information about the Suncadia Harvest Festival is available here and here.



Upcoming Fall Events 2018
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Thursday, September 20, 2018


Everyone put on your scarves and pick up the nearest pumpkin because fall is upon us! You know what that means: pumpkin picking, spiced lattes, corn mazes, scary movies, ghosts and goblins, harvest festivals, and the big dirty run. Wait, what were the last two? Harvest Festival and the Big Dirty Run? These are two great events happening in October at the Suncadia Resort!

Harvest Festival

Suncadia Harvest Festival Aerial View
Credit: Derek, Owner of Vacation Rental 365

Suncadia Resort has hosted a Harvest Festival at Nelson Farm for thirteen years! This event lasts goes on for two weekends in October and is a celebration of everything fall. They have a corn maze, pumpkin picking, crafts, a petting zoo, pony rides, fall sports, food trucks, face painting, and live music. Kids and kids-at-heart will both enjoy the fun-filled days at the Harvest Festival!

Big Dirty Run

Credit: Presidio of Monterey

Suncadia also hosts the Big Dirty Run, happening this year on Sunday, October 14th. This is not your traditional 5K run. Runners will have to run, walk, crawl, and climb to get through their course, which goes through the messy and muddy back trails of Suncadia’s Nelson Preserve neighborhood. This is definitely not a run for the neat-freaks as participants are known to finish the run absolutely covered in mud. Once you cross the finish line, you’ll be rewarded with an ice-cold glass of beer (or root beer for those under 21). Tickets are available now on the Suncadia Resort website.

Vacation Rental 365

Vacation Rental 365 offers six amazing properties in Suncadia Resort that are sure to make you feel pampered as you enjoy the fantastic fall events Suncadia Resort has to offer. Additionally, Vacation Rentals 365 offers properties all around Suncadia ranging in size, price, and exclusivity. Don’t ‘leaf’ us hanging, book today!




5 of the Best Cle Elum Restaurants
Posted by VR365 | Friday, June 15, 2018


One of the best parts of traveling to a new city or town is experiencing the local food scene. Cle Elum is no different! We have everything from upscale restaurants to cafes serving up feel-good food. Enjoy delicious food and friendly service when you visit any of these great Cle Elum restaurants.

Are you looking for more great places to eat in Kittitas County? From more Cle Elum restaurants to places in Ronald or Roslyn, we’ve listed them all in our free Vacation Guide! You’ll also find out our picks for the best hiking trails, parks, museums, and golf courses in the area. Plan your Cle Elum getaway in no time at all when you use our free Vacation Guide!

Visit These Fantastic Cle Elum Restaurants

The Sunset Cafe

For a great brunch and even better desserts, visit The Sunset Cafe! Open every day of the week from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., this is the perfect place to visit for those early-morning or late-night cravings. They have a great selection of sandwiches and soups, as well as a great beer menu which features some local brews.

Cottage Cafe & Fireside Lounge

Another popular cafe in the area is Cottage Cafe & Fireside Lounge. Cottage Cafe has a wide selection on the menu, with delicious omelettes and other breakfast items as well as some scrumptious soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches, and steaks. Their onsite bakery is not to be missed, either! Enjoy any of their pies to-go or order a slice fro the table. They also feature delicious biscuits, cornbread, cobblers, and cookies.

The Orchard

Located in downtown Cle Elum, The Orchard is one of the few upscale restaurants in town. It is open from Wednesday through Sunday from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. for dinner service, though they do host monthly tasting events. Check their calendar for the dates! The menu features dishes made with the best local ingredients. Since the selection of dishes is seasonal, the options frequently change. However, everything is always delicious, refined, and beautiful. Don’t be surprised if you mistake your plate for a work of art!

Swiftwater Winery

Another fantastic restaurant with seasonal selections is Swiftwater Cellars. Though wine may be their main product, they put the same amount of care and attention to detail in their restaurant. Their menu changes based on the time of year and ingredients available, though you’ll usually see plenty of choices that feature expertly prepared and locally caught fish.

Stella’s Cle Elum

Named one of the best delis in the state, Stella’s Cle Elum features fresh and healthy options on its menu. If you’d like to eat lighter on vacation, you can enjoy one of their delicious salads or all-natural smoothies, which feature no added sugar. They often feature great sandwich specials that are sure to be delicious.

Stay with VR365

After you’ve enjoyed a meal at these Cle Elum restaurants, return to a beautiful rental property from VR365. We have the best selection of rental properties in Kittitas County, with homes in Suncadia Resort, Roslyn Ridge, and near Lake Cle Elum.

Consider booking Domerie View, a premier four-bedroom, three-bathroom home near Lake Cle Elum. You’ll love soaking in the stunning views of the lake and the nearby mountains, or relaxing in the living room, in front of the fireplace.

Browse our full selection of homes and book today! We look forward to having you.




4 of the Best Suncadia Events
Posted by VR365 | Friday, June 1, 2018


 

Enjoy fun and festivities during your trip to Cle Elum! Suncadia Resort, a gorgeous mountain resort with many fabulous amenities, is host to a number of fantastic events during the year. From seasonal celebrations to holidays, there are so many awesome reasons to visit. Find out everything you need to know about the biggest Suncadia events. Plus, discover how to book the most gorgeous rental properties in Kittitas County.

Are you looking for some great events in Roslyn to match these Suncadia events? Then download our free Vacation Guide! We’ve listed the best things to do in Suncadia and Roslyn. From relaxing by Lake Cle Elum to shopping in town, find out how to have a relaxing Kittitas County getaway. Download the Guide today to get started!

Enjoy the Best

Summer Fun

Summer in Cle Elum means warm weather, swimming at the lake, and the Backyard BBQ Summer Saturdays event from Suncadia Resort! Every Saturday in July and Augustin, the Suncadia Nelson Dairy Farm will host a Backyard BBQ. This event includes live music, a menu of delicious BBQ, beverage tastings, and even some kid-friendly fun. Bring your own sunscreen and lawn chair, and they’ll supply the good times! You can pre-purchase tickets for $15 for adults and $10 for kids ages 3 to 12. If you purchase at the door, tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for kids. Check out the event page on the Suncadia website to get a full list of the upcoming tastings and concert.

4th of July

Celebrate this nation’s independence during your Suncadia stay! The fun lasts for the whole week of the 4th, and includes fun for the entire family. Participate in the Suncadia Americana Games, enjoy some of the kid-friendly classes, go on a guided hike with the whole family, or try your hand at some of the contests. No matter your preference, you’ll find something fun to enjoy. Check the event page on the website to see the full schedule!

Harvestfest

Just because the weather starts to cool doesn’t mean the fun has to! The annual Suncadia Harvest festival welcomes the arrival of fall with two weekends of seasonal events. This event, like the Backyard BBQ event, is held at Suncadia’s Historic Nelson Farm and includes live music, a hay maze, a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, pony rides, food trucks, beer garden, and so much more! There’s even pumpkin archery! You won’t want to miss this event.

Winterfest

Suncadia’s longest festival is Winterfest. Typically starting after Thanksgiving in late November, Winterfest extends to the end of the year. It includes Christmas-themed events, like breakfasts with Santa and holiday dinners, as well as winter activities like ice skating, and rope-tow inner tubing. You won’t want to miss the annual Running of the Elk 5K Race or get your last-minute shopping done at the Holiday Bazaar. Finally, you can welcome the new year with the NYE Family Celebration.

Stay with VR365

The first step to attending one of these fantastic Suncadia events is booking a room with VR365! We have a wonderful selection of properties in Suncadia Resort, including 12th Manor in Suncadia. This four-bedroom, four-bathroom property is a premier home for families traveling for an annual get together or reunion. Amenities include an outdoor gas fire pit, ping pong table, and a gorgeous view of one of Suncadia’s golf courses.

Check the rest of our homes and book today. We look forward to having you.




Why You Need to Visit the Roslyn Farmers Market
Posted by VR365 | Friday, May 18, 2018


If you’re looking for the ultimate opportunity to browse through handmade goodies from local artisans, then you’re in luck! The Roslyn Farmers Market is the perfect place for first-time visitors of Kittitas County to get to know the amazing area vendors. Whether you’re looking to purchase some food to take back to your VR365 rental property or you’re searching for the perfect souvenir, you’ll find it all at this great marketplace!

Are you looking for more fantastic local attractions, like the Roslyn Farmers Market? Download our free Vacation Guide! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite area restaurants, hiking trails, parks, golf courses, and more. Whether you’re traveling with friends or family, you’ll be able to plan your trip to the Cle Elum region in no time at all! Download our Vacation Guide today!

Visit the Roslyn Farmers Market

The 2018 Roslyn Farmers Market will be open from June 10 to September, 9, every Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The market is held along Pennsylvania Avenue, near some of the other fantastic restaurants and museums in downtown Roslyn.

Preview the Vendors

While the vendors are still being chosen for the 2018 season, you can get a preview of the craftspeople who attended in previous years. The booths range from local wineries and breweries to non-profit organizations. Are you planning on taking advantage of the wonderful kitchen in your VR365 property? Then shop the fresh produce, meats, cheese, and more. Washington is home to some world-class fruit farms, so be sure to pick up a couple of peaches, apples, or cherries during your visit. If you’re traveling with children, there are often face painting booths or music playing.

If you’re looking for the perfect souvenir, you’ll find it with no problem! You’ll find everything from handmade soaps and lotions made with locally sourced ingredients to expertly-crafted jewelry. If you’re shopping for a foodie, take back some smoked meats or jerky. You can even find some beautiful decor or art to display in your home! This is truly the one-stop-shop!

You don’t have to worry about finding a delicious meal or snack to enjoying while you browse! There are typically plenty of fantastic food vendors. From authentic Mexican cuisine to some creative hot dogs, there’s a little bit of everything.

Stay with VR365 During Your Stay in Kittitas County

After your day of exploring the Roslyn Farmers Market, return to a gorgeous property from VR365! We have an incredible selection of homes in Kittitas County. From properties in Suncadia Resort to homes located in the Roslyn Ridge, there are so many gorgeous rentals from which to choose!

Consider booking Roslyn Ridge Retreat, this four-bedroom, three-bathroom home! This 1,900 square foot mountain home features some wonderful views of the Roslyn Ridge, as well as a covered deck, a garage game room with a ping-pong table and Pop-O-Shot. This home is also pet-friendly!

Take a look at the rest of our properties and book your home today! We look forward to having you.




Visit 2 of the Best Suncadia Golf Courses
Posted by VR365 | Thursday, May 3, 2018


If you’re looking for the premier golf courses in Washington State, you’re in luck! Suncadia Resort features two incredible public golf courses, as well as one private course, that are sure to challenge and wow you. Whether you’re a novice or have a regular tee time, you’re sure to have a great day. Find out everything you need to know about these Suncadia golf courses!

If you’re interested in other great attractions, download our free Vacation Guide! We’ve listed our picks for the best restaurants, annual events, spas, and more. We love helping our guests plan their ultimate Cle Elum getaway and our Vacation Guide allows us to do just that! Spend less time organizing your trip and more time enjoying it! Download our free Vacation Guide today!

Visit the Suncadia Golf Courses

Suncadia Resort features three golf courses which are spread out over 6,400 acres of property. Two of these courses are available to the public.

Prospector Golf Course

Prospector Golf Course first opened in 2005 and was designed by the Arnold Palmer Course Design Company. This 18-hole, 7,100-yard course offers stunning views of the surrounding forest, rolling fairways, and medium-sized greens. While this course is fine for players of all skill level, more experienced golfers will appreciate the water features and bunkered fairways found on the green. The course is open from April 9 to October 31. Times can vary based on the season, so be sure to look ahead to book your tee time!

Rope Rider Golf

The Rope Rider Golf Course is newer than the Prospector Golf Course, having opened in the summer of 2011. In its first year, it was named the Best New Course of the Year by Golf Magazine. It is located along the site of the historic Roslyn Mines and Tipple Hill, making it a challenging course. If you’re traveling with your family, this is the best course to visit. There are youth tees on every hole, and shorter three and six-hole loops. This course is open seven days a week from April 9 until October 9.

If you’d like to enjoy a quick game, stop by the Rope Rider Golf Park. This par-three course is adjacent to Swiftwater Cellars Winery and totally free!

Stay with Vacation Rental 365

If you’re planning on taking advantage of the fantastic Suncadia Golf Courses, then be sure to book your stay at one of the gorgeous homes from VR365! We have properties located in Roslyn Ridge, along Lake Cle Elum, and in Suncadia Resort.

Consider booking Crestview Lodge, a beautiful five-bedroom, three-bathroom home that is ideal for those traveling with their extended family or a large group of friends. This 3,100-square foot lodge-style home offers gorgeous mountain and lake views, as well as some fantastic amenities. With a private, six-person hot tub and a game room that includes a ping-pong table, foosball, and a flat-screen TV, the fun never stops at Crestview Lodge!

Check out the rest of our accommodations and book your stay with VR365 today! We look forward to having you.




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- SHIPP 8/22/17

Ridgeview Lodge "This house was perfect for our group. The garage was a hit with our young ones (4 yr olds and an 8 yr old) they spent hours challenging each other with the various games and riding their scooters that we brought with us. We loved the open layout of the home as well. This was our first time staying in the area for our annual family trip to watch the meteor showers and we have fallen in love with the area. We will definitely be back next year (or sooner) and we will of course book again through VR 365. We rent homes often for vacations and to be honest VR 365 has hands down been the most responsive and attentive. 10 stars for sure!"

- CONRAD 8/16/17

Wintergreen Chalet “This was our 6th year renting a place here and we love it! Close to home yet far away. The houses are always clean and ready for us. Definitely a place we love to go every year!"

- BROOKS 8/13/18

Elk Run Lodge “Our three combined families had a wonderful time in a beautiful location (Suncadia) in a spectacular house. A very clean and welcoming home that captured us and made it hard to leave. We all loved the bumper pool and ping-pong tables. The kitchen was easy to use and we prepared all of our meals on site. A dream house that made us feel special and privileged."

- RENE 7/18/17

Evergreen Escape “Wonderful family getaway! Very clean and comfortable! I would recommend this place to family and friends. We enjoyed Lake Cle Elum and Cooper Lake for fishing. Great place to ride bikes as well. The scenery is spectacular and the management was very accommodating! Thanks for a great Vacation!"

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- PORTER 7/12/17

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