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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.




4 of the Best Things to do in Cle Elum
Posted by VR365 | Friday, April 27, 2018


Are you ready to plan your trip to Cle Elum, WA? With Suncadia Resort to the west and the town of Roslyn to the north, this small central-Washington town has plenty of great attractions surrounding it! Whether you’re interested in visiting a local distillery, hiking the local trails, or visiting the gorgeous Lake Cle Elum, we’ve got the perfect options for you. Discover the best things to do in Cle Elum!

Are you looking for more great things to do in Cle Elum? Or maybe you’re interested in things to do in Roslyn, WA? We can help! Download our free Vacation Guide to find out our picks for the best of best in the Cle Elum area. Our free Vacation Guide is the perfect trip-planning tool. Plus, you’ll get a closer look at some of VR365’s gorgeous properties. Download it today to get started!

The Best Things to do in Cle Elum

Cle Elum Restaurants

From family-friendly bistros to delicious Italian cuisine, enjoy delicious food during your Cle Elum stay! Parlour Car Bistro is a relaxed restaurant that features a fantastic menu of fine-dining picks as well as a great drinks menu! Another outstanding option is MaMa Vallone’s Steak House. While there are plenty of delicious options on their menu, the highlight is Bagna Cauda. Enjoy cooking vegetables and meat in a cast iron skillet of simmering olive oil, butter, garlic, and anchovies.

Cle Elum Shopping

Enjoy a bit of shopping during your Cle Elum vacation! Tuckaway Antiques is a fantastic little store that’s full of interesting and beautiful antiques. If you’d like to create a scrapbook of memories from your trip (or enjoy any other type of crafting), stop by Ruby’s in Cle Elum! Are you in need of some outdoors equipment? Sportland is the place to go!

Heritage Distillery

Visit the Heritage Distillery Company’s storefront in Roslyn, WA, to enjoy a taste of award-winning spirits. Try the Brown Sugar Bourbon, once named the World’s Best Flavoured Whisky from the World Whisky Awards in 2018. This is the largest independently-owned craft distillery in Washington.

Suncadia Resort

If you’re staying in one of VR365’s properties in Suncadia Resort, you’re in luck! There are plenty of great things to do on the grounds. Enjoy hiking or golf during the summertime. Visit Dawson Park, a community park that was named in honor of one of Suncadia’s original designers. It includes a disc golf course, a children’s playground, a basketball court, a dog-friendly park, and more!

If you’re looking for things to do in Cle Elum in winter, Suncadia Resort is a great place to start. They have excellent skiing, snowboarding, inner-tubing, and more!​

Stay in a Home from VR365

Are you ready to explore the best things to do in Cle Elum? Then book a home with VR365! We have an incredible selection of properties, from Suncadia Resort homes to accommodations in Roslyn Ridge. Each of our stunning properties features fantastic amenities, gorgeous views, and comfortable furnishings.

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

Are you looking for a list of upcoming events in Cle Elum? Visit our Facebook page! We’re always posting about great local concerts and festivities!




Lake Cle Elum and What You Need to Know
| Friday, April 13, 2018


A trip to Kittitas County isn’t complete without spending a day relaxing by Lake Cle Elum! This gorgeous reservoir is a local hotspot for fly fishing, jet skiing, rafting, or swimming. While this lake may have gained national exposure thanks to a popular tv show, around Cle Elum, it’s known as a wonderful way to spend the day. Experience the beauty of this local attraction for yourself when you stay with VR 365!

After a day of fun and working up an appetite at Lake Cle Elum, be sure to enjoy a delicious meal at one of our local restaurants. Download our free Vacation Guide to get a complete list of our favorite places to eat around town. You’ll also find our recommendations for the best museums, golf courses, spas, and hiking trails. Before you know it, your Cle Elum vacation will be planned, all thanks to our free Vacation Guide! Download it today to get the inside scoop on the best of the best of Kittitas County!

Spend a Day at Lake Cle Elum

Lake Cle Elum is located by Ronald, WA, near the Teanaway Community Forest. You may recognize this setting from the TV show Northern Exposure, which filmed many of its scenes in Roslyn, another local town, and set the fictional village of Monanash on the lake. Around Kittitas County, however, Lake Cle Elum is best known as a great place to spend a warm summer afternoon.

While this lake is a hotspot for swimming and fly-fishing, it’s an especially popular setting to spend the day on a boat. It’s common to see visitors water skiing, rafting, and windsurfing on the waters of the lake. Are you interested in renting a boat? Head to Cascade Playtime Rental, located in Ronald. They’re just a five-minute drive from the lake, making them the most convenient rental around! They offer jet skis, kayaks, canoes, and pontoon rentals. Once you rent your boat, drive to one of the local Lake Cle Elum boat launches and enjoy your day! Fair warning: the level of the lake changes through the year, as it is an irrigation storage reservoir. While you should be able to access the lake year-round, it may be more difficult to launch your boat on certain days, when the level is lower.

Stay with VR 365

Of course, if you rent a gorgeous lakefront house from VR 365, you can take your rented boat to the private, gated boat launch that is easily accessible from the property. Consider renting Lake Cabins Lodge only a 3 minute walk to Speelyi Beach or Beechwood Lakehouse, a secluded private three-bedroom, two-bathroom cabin that provides access to a private Lake Cle Elum beach. This includes a gated boat launch that is just one-half block away! Beechwood Lakehouse also features a private hot tub and is pet-friendly. That’s right: the whole family can join you on vacation! This home is ideal for families traveling together for a quiet, annual vacation. With lakefront and mountain views and great year-round activities, you won’t believe your luck!

Browse through the rest of our gorgeous accommodations and book your stay today! We look forward to having you.




Testimonials

Wintergreen Retreat “We spent a wonderful week at Wintergreen Retreat. The cabin was very clean and comfortable with nice furnishings. The property management team at VR 365 was very responsive and easy to work with. Do not hesitate to book this cabin, you will be glad you did.”

- HUMISTON 7/29/17

Evergreen Mountain Lodge “Wonderful home for our family reunion! The home and property is so clean, inviting and relaxing. The lake access and beach is close too. Everyone thought it was the best home we have ever been in for our family reunions. The games in the garage were a big hit: air hockey, foosball, pool, video games, etc. Overall, we just couldn't have had a better week. We loved our stay at Evergreen Mountain Lodge. Thank you VR 365 for making the home and our stay so great!”

- RUTH JACKSON 7/17/17

PG Hilltop “Large house with room for all of us! Great included amenities like billiards, board games, televisions in every room, hot tub, etc. Mountain view is excellent. Great thoughtful touches like coffee filters readily available and a binder full of local information. There was nothing missing that we needed. We'd go here again."

- 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!"

- KLINKENBERG 8/06/17

Elk Sedge “Truly a gorgeous house. Stocked with everything you need for family fun! Property management company was great!"

- PORTER 7/12/17

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