Shopping in Central Washington
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The holidays are upon us and Central Washington has all of the local treasures that guests can explore and enjoy when they are Christmas shopping.


Fused in Roslyn is a glass studio, gallery, and gift shop. Beautiful glass work is wall to wall in this local gem. Fused also offers events for kids and adults. They encourage guests to create and believe in the beauty of glass art. Guests can create jewelry, serving trays, dishes, vases, decorative art pieces, seasonal decorations, ornaments, or even your own landscape to be framed. Project pricing varies from $35-75 depending on the size and complexity of the piece.

Fused is located at 101 E Pennsylvania Ave, Roslyn, WA 98941.

More Information: or call them at 253-653-4768

The Boutique at Swiftwater Cellars

The Boutique at Swiftwater Cellars gives guests a unique selection of home furnishings and accessories. In addition to one-of-a-kind items, they also have fashionable clothes, beautiful jewelry, trendy handbags, and more! The pieces in Swiftwater Boutique are guaranteed to make your home stand out!

The Boutique at Switwater Cellars is located at 301 Rope Rider Drive, Cle Elum, WA 98922

More information: or call them at 509-674-6555

Ireland Jewelers

Ireland Jewelers in CLe Elum is a second generation jewelry and gift store that specializes in natural semi-precious stone pendants. The talented jewelers can take custom orders and can do quality jewelry repair. They can also be found at local farmers markets in Cle Elum, Ellensburg, and Auburn from May to October.

Ireland Jewelers is located at 111 E 1st St, Cle Elum, WA 98922

More information: Find Ireland Jewelers on Facebook or call them at (509) 674-2500.

Mountain Elegance

If you are looking for stunning home furnishings, look no further than Mountain Elegance Furniture. They offer furniture for all areas of your home: dining room, living room, bedroom, and more! But furniture is not the only thing that Mountain Elegance offers; they have amazing art, lamps, and rugs to compliment your beautiful furniture. Mountain Elegance also has an online store so guests can enjoy Mountain Elegance wherever they are. 

Mountain Elegance is located at 603 E 1st Street, Cle Elum, WA 98922

More information: Mountain Elegance Online Store, Moutain Elegance Website, or call them at (509) 674-0111

Mac-A-Bee Gifts of the Southwest

This family-owned and operated gift shop boasts over 54,000 items which includes furniture, home decor, art, oils, fudge, clothing, jewelry, and more! This store brings the southwest to the northwest with their wide selection of home decor items. Open everyday except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays. New items arrive daily so there is always a new treasure to find!

Mac-A-Bee is located at 71 Airport Rd, Cle Elum, WA 98922

More information: Find Mac-A-Bee on Facebook or call them at (509) 674-7055

Vacation Rental 365

The best gift for the holidays is being able to spend time with the ones that are closest to you! At Vacation Rental 365 we offer luxury vacation homes that are sure to delight and amaze. Whether you are looking for an oversized hot tub, a heated game room, or a home where you can bring your dog, we have the perfect vacation home for you!

Vacation Rental 365 homes are located in Cle Elum, Roslyn, Suncadia Resort, Hood Canal, and Long Beach.

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Perfect Winter Day in Cle Elum
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Winter is such a wonderful time to be in Cle Elum! The snow is on the ground, the scenery is beautiful, and eveyone is alight with holiday cheer. There is so much to do during your stay here that it's hard to narrow it down, but here is our perfect winter day.


Pioneer Coffee Roasting Company

The Pioneer Coffee Roasting Company off I-90 in Cle Elum offers a quaint and cozy atmosphere to have excellent, locally roasted coffee. They offer delicious scones, breakfast burritos, and gluten-free pastries. They also offer a good selection of local beer and wine if you would like to stop by later in the day.

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Winter Activity

Suncadia Resort

There are so many fun activities to be had at Suncadia Resort during the Winter, especially when there's snow! Guests can enjoy ice skating at the Villiage Pavilion, flying down the inner tubing hill with a rope tow return, or have a peaceful winter ride with Suncadia's sleigh rides. See our Family Friendly Winter Activities blog.

Suncadia Resort also offers guided winter fly fishing tours. These tours can be as short as 2 hours, or as long as 6 hours. The shorter tours include fly fishing gear, supplies, waders, boots, warm beverages, and snacks. If conditions are right, guests will be able to snowshe to a remote part of the Yakima River.

For the longer tours, guests will be able to float on the Yakima River in a drift boat. These trips include the shuttle, equipment, supplies, waders, boots, lunch, and warm beverages. Beginners are welcome!

To book a Winter Fly Fishing Tour, call the Suncadia Resort Concierge to schedule: (509) 649-6461 or find more information on their website.


Beau's Pizza & Pasta

After a long day of fun at Suncadia Resort, you can put your feet up and enjoy some pizza made from scratch. Beau's Pizza, Pasta, and Steak features a large fireplace and round tables to encourage a friendly atmosphere. All of the pizza sauce are prepared fresh and the pizza dough is hand tossed. They have unique pizzas like the Pollo Bianco, which features grilled chicken, bacon, onion, garlic, ricotta cream sauce, parmesean, and mozzerella.

For more information about Beau's Pizza, Pasta, & Steak, see their website.


Keg Cellar Tavern

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name.

The Keg Cellar Tavern is beloved by locals and gives all guests a welcoming feeling. The Keg Cellar Tavern offers burgers, chicken wings, salads, tacos, fried food, sandwiches, and classic coctails. They have a DJ on Fridays so guests can go dancing and enjoy great music.

More information about the Keg Cellar Tavern can be found on their Facebook page.

Home Sweet Home

Vacation Rental 365

After a long day of fun in the snow, it's nice to go back to your home away from home. Whether you want a hot tub to soak your troubles away, or a game room to keep the good times going, you can find your perfect winter getaway with Vacation Rental 365.

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Vacation Rental 365 is Honored with the Homeaway Hero Award
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Friday, November 16, 2018

Rezfest 2018 was a wonderful experience to talk with other leaders in the vacation rental industry, learn new skills and techniques to improve our guests' experience, and recognize leaders in the industry. However, a highlight of Rezfest 2018 was Vacation Rental 365 being honored with the Homeaway Hero Award.

The Hero Award was presented to Vacation Rental 365 for being a Hero for travelers in need. The Homeaway Team wrote to Vacation Rental 365, "Thank you for being a hero to travellers in need! We so appreciate all you do to help stranded travelers, and how flexible and easy your team is to work with! You are the reason travelers love cavation rentals!"

The VR365 family is honored to be recognized by Homeaway Corporate as an essential leader in the Vacation Rental industry.

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New Year Events in Central Washington
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Ring in the New Year with tons of fun activities in Central Washington!

Fantastic Flashback NYE Family Celebration

December 31st starts at 6pm

Suncadia Lodge is celebrating the beginning of 2019 with a 1980's inspired Prom Night. Evening events include coctail hour, dinner, throwback cocktails, kid's activities, live music, and a champagne toast at midnight. For guests over 21 years of age there is going to be a seperate lounge where you can enjoy some casino games.

Price: Tickets for Adults are $84

For more information about this event and to order tickets, see the event at EventBrite.

New Years Ten Course Tasting Menu - Orchard Restaurant

December 31st

Gather with friends and family and enjoy a night of cocktails, hand-crafted, farm to table food, wine pairings, and so much more!

For more information about this event please see Orchard Restaurant's Facebook page.

Singing Hills Barbershop Group

Every Tuesday starting January 1st, 7:30-9pm

The Singing Hills Barbershop group is a group of individuals in the Ellensburg community that love to sing Barbershop music and they are hoping that you join them! There's no experience necessary, all you have to have is a sense of good fun and a desire to learn new music!

Location: Ellensburg Adult Activity Center - 506 S. Pine St.

For more information about this event, contact

First Friday Art Walk

January 4th from 5-7pm

Downtown Ellensburg celebrtes the beginning of the new year with an Art Walk that brings all forms of art together. This event is meant to honor the local artists and their work.

Location: Downtown Ellensburg

For more information about this event, see the City of Ellensburg's website.

Live Music at Cle Elum Eagles

Every Saturday starting January 5 at 8pm

Dance the night away at the Cle Elum Eagles #649 on the largest dance floor in Kittitas County! This event is going to be held at the Cle Elum Eagles #649, 220 N Pennsylvania Avenue, Cle Elum WA 98922

For more information please call (509) 674-2385

Ellensburg Winterhop Brewfest

January 19th from noon-5pm

Ellensburg is hosting the 14th Annual WinterHop BrewFest so that beer lovers all over the country can sample beer from ove 30+ PNW Breweries in more than 12 venues in Historic Downtown Ellensburg. Tickets go on sale December 1st and are $40 each. Tickets include admission to the event, a commemorative tasting glass, and 5 scrip. An additional scrip can be purchased at the information trailer.


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Family Friendly Winter Activities in Central Washington
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Sunday, November 11, 2018

Residents of Central Washington have woken up to a crisp chill in the air and ice on their windshields. That can only mean one thing: winter is coming. Horray! Soon the snow will be on the ground and on the treetops and people all over the country are going to be flocking for the festive family-friendly winter activities that Central Washington has to offer!

Cross-Country Skiing

There are nine cross-country skiing trails in Cle Elum in a wide range of difficulty and length. The most family-friendly trail is the Swauk Forest Discovery Trail.

According to Dan A. Nelson from Snowshoe Routes: Washington, "The Blewett Pass area may be one of the finest snow recreation spots in the state, with trails set aside for motorized and nonmotorized recreation. The Sno-Parks are used by all, but snowshoers and skiers can find quiet solitude even in this popular winter playground. What's more, you can find richly rewarding routes to explore wether you have just a few hours to roam or a few days."

This trail is 2-5 miles long and should take around 2-5 hours to complete. This trail is best from December to late March. The trail head is Green Trails: Liberty No. 210.

For a complete list of cross-country skiing trails in Cle Elum, see

Suncadia also has Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing trails. The trailhead is at 3600 Suncadia Trail, Cle Elum. Guests can rent cross-country skiis for $25 for 2 hours or $40 for 24 hours. Guests can rent snowshoes for $18 for 2 hours and $30 for 24 hours. Additionally, guided ski or snowshoe tours are available.

Please book these tours 48 hours in advance.

You can find more information about Suncadia's cross country trails at Suncadia's website, or by calling (509) 649-6400.


Suncadia offers a rope tow inner tubing hill for guests of all ages! Guests can experience the rush of rushing down the hill and continue the fun with the rope tow return. You can enjoy the fast-paced ride and beautiful view as you speed down the hill. The price of admission for Suncadia's Inner Tubing Hill is $20 per session, per rider.

For more information please see Suncadia Resort's website.

Ice Skating

Suncadia offers ice skating at the Village Pavilion. They offer morning, afternoon, and evening sessions. Guests of all ages can enjoy flying around the enclosed rink and enjoy the wonderful scenery that Suncadia has to offer.

The price per session is $15 for ages 12 and under and $18 for ages 13 and up.

For all-day passes, the price is $25 for age 12 and under and $28 for age 13 and up.

Ice Skating Hours of Operation

  • Fridays: 6-9pm
  • Saturday: 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm, 6pm-9pm
  • Sunday: 10am-1pm

For more information about Suncadia's Ice Skating, please see Suncadia's website.

Sleigh Rides

Guests can ride around the picturesque landscape of Suncadia in a sleigh, pulled by the gentle Percheron horses, Tip and Lucky. Reservations are reccomended.

Cost: $24 per adult, $18 per child (ages 3-12 years old). Age 2 and under are free, but must sit on their parent or guardian's lap.

For more information about the Suncadia sleigh rides, please contact the Concierge desk at (509) 649-6461.


There are many places that guests can rent Snowmobiles in Central Washington.

Motor Toys offers Snowmobile Rentals that are easy to operate, comfortable, and ready to go! This snowmobile rental includes everyting you need. Guides at Motor Toys can point you to some great riding areas, or if you just want to ride with a guide, you can get a guided trip.

All guided trips include:

  • snowmobile
  • pick up and delivery
  • helmet with faceshield
  • gloves
  • instructions
  • post ride refreshments.

More information on Motor Toys Snowmobile Rentals on their website.

Webb Powersports offers Ski-Doo Snowmobiles in Roslyn, Washington. They do offer guided tours and delivery and pick up. For more information on renting snowmobiles from Webb Powersports, please see their website.


Several Vacation Rental 365 homes come with sleds and wonderful small private sledding hills.

For our recommedations on homes that come with sleds or homes that are especially wonderful in the winter, please contact us at (855) 698-7365 or email us at

You can find more information about our recommended winter activities on our website.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! December Events
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Thursday, November 1, 2018


Winterfest  - November 17th through January 6th

Suncadia Resort is hosting their annual winter wonderland experience with a variety of fun activities and special events. Guests and residents alike can join in the fun! Meet Santa or show off your moves on the ice skating rink. Suncadia's Winterfest is sure to keep the whole family entertained.

Create your own Mini Christmas Tree - December 1, 8, and 15-23

Create your own hand crafted REAL mini Christmas Tree. You can care for and decorate your own small Christmas tree and when you get home you can plant it and enjoy it for years to come.

Gingerbread House Making - December 1, 2, 8, 9, & 15-24

Decorate your own gingerbread house with Suncadia's pre-formed gingerbread, a variety of candies, accessories, and decorating ideas. All you have to provide is the imagination. While you are decorating, enjoy a bottomless cocoa bar!

Bear Factory - December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15-23 and January 1-5

Create your own signature Bear Factory stuffed animal. You can choose your own animal, outfits, and accessories to create an animal that is unique to you.

Canvas & Coacoa- December 26, 28, 30, and January 1, 3, 5

Try your hand at painting your own art with step-by-step instructions. Classes start at 3pm exactly. Canvas, brushes, aprons, and cocoa are provided.

Winter Market - December 7, 14, 21, & 28

Enjoy Suncadia's Holiday Market with products from a variety of vendors throughout Washington. New vendors will be in daily and all products will be available for purchase.

Cookies and Cocoa with Santa and Friends - December 22 & 24

Enjoy freshly baked cookies and take Christmas pictures with Santa. Cocoa, cookies, (and spiked cocoa for those over 21) are available for purchase.



Pictures with Santa - December 8th at 11am - 1pm

Take pictures with Santa at the NWIC building on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Ugly Christmas Sweater & PJ's Day- December 16th at 10am - 5pm

Show off your creative and "ugly" side around Roslyn while you shop and eat. Visit participating businesses and fill out an entry card to win great prizes. Look for the Ugly Sweater and PJ Day poster for every entry card locations. The more participating locations you visit, the better your chances are to win!

Winter Solstice Celebration December 21st at 3:30pm

Come and celebrate the winter solstice with guests and residents at the Centennial Park in Roslyn.

Christmas Eve with Santa December 24th at 7pm

The Roslyn Fire Department hosts their 95th annual Christmas Eve with Santa. The magic begins with the lighting of the Christmas tree in front of the NWIC building on Pennsylvania Ave.


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- DHATT 1/16/19

Breckenridge Heights “The views were outstanding and the fresh snow just made it magical. I also need to give a shout-out to the great team at VR365 that we worked with. They went above and beyond to help us and were both compassionate yet professional. Do yourself a favor and rent this house! You won't be disappointed!”

- WALKER 12/18/18

Elk Sedge in Suncadia “This property was so clean and cozy from the moment we walked through the doors. The home was stocked with everything you could ever need in the kitchen and such quality dishes. We cannot say enough good things about this home! VR365 was amazing in their customer service with answering questions and making my family feel so comfortable. VR365 Rocks!!"

- CLARK 1/17/19

Beechwood Lakehouse "The cabin was very peaceful and cozy retreat that was enjoyed by the entire family during the Thanksgiving break. The deck with the hot tub and fire out / space heater was perfect to enjoy the tranquil surroundings. We enjoyed the short walk to the beach too! Overall a great vacation rental!"

- ASHOK 12/11/18

Evergreen Escape “We had a wonderful family time! The cabin is clean, cozy, and stocked with everything you need! VR365 rental staff were exceptional. We were able to enjoy the Harvest Fest at Suncadia, which is just minutes away!"

- MILLER 10/30/18

Elk Run Lodge “Our family of 10 stayed at Elk Run Lodge for my mom's 80th birthday. We were thrilled with the house. The kitchen has a large island and a very large dining room table. When my parents went to bed in the upstairs master, we headed downstairs to the game room and watched movies, played games, and ping pong. I'm terribly picky about where I stay and I loved this house and hope to rent it again!"

- KONINGH 11/16/18

Parrot Nest “Our stay was so much fun! It was a beautiful home surrounded by trees and snow. We wanted to stay for a month! This was the best vacation we have had yet!"

- BONNER 1/09/19

Cascade Mountain Villa “I visit the Roslyn / Ronald area at least 3x a year and each year the area gets more charming with new shops and restaurants. VR365 was incredibly helpful, offering suggestions for everything around town and was very responsive with any questions. It was a dream experience!"

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