What are Upcoming December Events in Cle Elum and Suncadia?
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Tuesday, November 26, 2019

What are some upcoming events in Cle Elum and Suncadia Resort?

Featured Events:

Other Events:

Suncadia Winterfest

When: November 28th – January 1st

Where: Location varies based on event

Price: Price varies based on event

Every year Suncadia Resort hosts their Winterfest, a collection of events, crafts, and activities lasting a little over a month around December. Traditional holiday activities like Gingerbread House decorating, a tree lighting ceremony, and meeting with Santa are available, as well as some events you can only get at Suncadia Resort! For example, Suncadia Resort is inviting The Grinch himself from Whoville to spend a morning with guests and children on December 21st. There will be donuts, ice skating, cocoa, and photo opportunities with this legendary character.

Christmas in Cle Elum

When: December 7th

Where: Downtown Cle Elum

Price: The Event is FREE! Food and Activities May Have Additional Charges

Cle Elum is celebrating the Holiday Season with a fun-filled day on the first weekend of December! Events will begin at 8 AM with a breakfast with Santa and last until 8 PM with a performance of Christmas Shorts by the Boulet Theatre. Guests can enjoy holiday events like a Snowball Drop with The Grinch, Santa Visits, the Parade of Lights, and more! Bring your family and friends and support local businesses at Christmas in Cle Elum!

Ho Ho Homicide Holiday Murder Mystery Dinner

When: December 20th

Where: Smokey’s Bar-B-Que

Price: $50 per person

Smokey’s Bar-B-Que is the place to go if you are looking for an interactive themed mystery game! They host a Murder Mystery Dinner about every other month, complete with costumes, role-playing materials, food, and drinks! In December, Smokey’s Bar-B-Que is inviting you to an evening of great food and horrifying entertainment. The five-course dinner menu will feature a Garlic & Cranberry Rack of Pork Roast and Baron of Beef Roast! Come and solve the mystery of who ran Daffy the Elf over with a reindeer!

Christmas Day Dinner Buffet

When: December 25th

Where: Portals Restaurant in Suncadia Resort

Price: $80 Adults, $40 Kids (5-12), FREE ages 4 & under

Take Christmas Day off and let Suncadia Resort do the cooking for you! Enjoy an all you can eat buffet at Portals Restaurant, featuring traditional Christmas Dinner entrees like prime rib, ham, and more! Be sure to sign up for this event ahead of time because tickets are going to go quickly.

Snow & Spirits

When: December 15th

Where: Orchard Restaurant


HDC Mixology Class

When: December 21st, 6 – 7:30 PM

Where: Suncadia Resort


Wine 101 – with Mark Rowan

When: December 8th

Where: Orchard Restaurant


Live Music at the Cle Elum Eagles

When: Every Saturday from 8PM

Where: Cle Elum Eagles #649


Painting with a Princess

When: December 28th at 1PM

Where: Suncadia Resort



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Should My Home be a Vacation Rental?
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Important Traits of Popular Vacation Rentals:

  • Size of the Home
  • Pet-Friendly?
  • Location
  • Amenities
  • Length of Owner Stays

So you are thinking of turning your home into a Vacation Rental? Wonderful! It’s a great way to earn some extra money when you are not living in it! But not every home is cut out to be a Vacation Rental. More and more guests are expecting better homes, more premium amenities, and fantastic locations. Here are some helpful tips to help you find out if your home should be a vacation rental!

Size of Your Home

First things first, is your home 3 bedrooms or larger? If not, your home is likely to not get as many bookings. Studies have found that 3 bedroom homes or larger perform significantly better than smaller homes. These homes are great for family get-togethers, friend reunions, and more. If your home is 3 bedrooms or larger, that’s great news!


The second thing to consider, do you want your home to be pet-friendly? Let’s look at the statistics. In 2018 we found that homes that allowed pets performed 38% better than homes that did not allow pets. Homes that allowed pets in 2018 had an average occupancy percentage of 33.22%, whereas homes that did not allow pets had an average occupancy percentage of 24%. 2018 Occupancy Percentage, Vacation Rental 365

Many guests are looking to travel with their furry friends. Most pet-friendly homes require a guest to pay a pet fee if they know they are going to be bringing their dog to their home. This pet fee can help offset some of the costs in managing a pet-friendly vacation home. But the real benefit to having a pet-friendly vacation home is taking advantage of the opportunity cost from the guests that wouldn’t have stayed with you otherwise.


Is your home near local attractions or events? If your home is close to local events and attractions, you are sure to get more reservations. Guests want to be close to the best things to do in your area! Make sure you highlight why guests should choose your home in the property description.


Hot Tub, Beargrass Lodge, Vacation Rental 365 Does your home have a private hot tub or game room? Homes that offer premium amenities like a private hot tub, heated game room, or pool access, are going to perform much better than homes that do not. Guests rent vacation homes to get away and enjoy themselves. Give guests as many opportunities as possible for them to pick your home instead of someone else’s.

Owner Stays

Are you planning to use your vacation home for Owner stays more than 30 days out of the year?Take into consideration how many times you are wanting to stay at your vacation home and what time of the year you’re planning to stay. Do you want to use your home for a summer getaway? Guests may want to also. Try to plan your owner stays to your location’s off-season to avoid filling your home’s busiest time with owner reservations. Most holidays, prime summer, and prime winter are times to avoid, but it will depend on your location’s attractions. If you are staying at your home, that’s a time that a guest can’t stay at your home, and that’s missed revenue.

Now that you have determined whether your home should be a Vacation Rental it’s time to go into how to properly manage your property! Please see our next blog post for Part 2 of this series. Subscribe to our emails to get notified when we post it!

If you don’t want to manage your vacation home, email Vacation Rental 365. We are a proud management company in Cle Elum Washington that manages over 45 luxury homes in Cle Elum, Suncadia Resort, and Ronald. We have 6 years of experience behind us and we promise to treat your home like our own. Click here to learn more about our management services or click here to send us a message about your home! We would be more than happy to talk to you about what we can do for your home!

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Why Choose Vacation Rental 365 for Your Holiday Getaway?
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Friday, November 8, 2019

At Vacation Rental 365 we pride ourselves on, not only giving our guests beautiful homes but also beautiful experiences. When you stay with Vacation Rental 365, we want you to know that your experience is our top priority. We are proud of our team that makes it possible to provide all our guests with incredible memories. But don’t take our word for it! See what previous guests had to say of their stay with us during their Holiday getaway!

The Experience

Ridgecrest Hideaway from December 22nd through December 26th: “We had a wonderful Christmas complete with two days of beautiful snow falling. Great walks in the snow and family time around the fireplace.”

We are so happy when guests share with us how they enjoyed their time in Cle Elum. Taking a family walk in the snow and warming up by the fireplace at Ridgecrest Hideaway sounds like a perfect day! We love it when it snows in Cle Elum! Not only does it make everything sparkling and beautiful, but all of the fun winter activities are in full swing! We’re thinking snowball fights, sledding at Suncadia Resort, and sleigh rides!

The Reservation Process

Domerie View from December 14th through December 16th: “[VR365] was very good at communicating all aspects of the stay including cost, transportation, recreation, and the status of various amenities.”

Domerie View

Thank you! Our staff makes it a top priority, especially in the winter months, to make sure that our guests are fully prepared for their trip over the pass. We are always happy to provide your group with any resources you need so that you can get to your home safely and enjoy your time here! Feel free to ask us about our recommendations for restaurants in the area or kid-friendly activities to do! Whatever you need, we got it.

The Home

Lake Cabins Lodge from December 23rd through December 27th: “It was a wonderful vacation in the Washington mountains with a family of 10! The interior of the home was clean & nicely furnished. The whole family enjoyed sitting around the fireplace and Christmas tree while playing games, chatting, and listening to holiday tunes. The 3 bedrooms were very comfortable & roomy with adequate sleeping space for 10 adults. The game room was an added bonus. The hot tub was enjoyed by all. The family loved the scenic view out the HUGE picture windows. A holiday filled with great memories.”

Lake Cabins Lodge,

All of our homes are ready for the holidays with a Christmas Tree, perfect for the upcoming trip from Santa! We are so glad to hear that our guests enjoy the decorations and get into the holiday spirit at our homes. Lake Cabins Lodge is a perfect home for two families to celebrate Christmas together watching the snow fall outside the picture windows.

Elk Sedge in Suncadia from December 27th through January 1st: “This property was so CLEAN AND COZY the moment we walked through the doors!! The cleaning crew is AMAZING! We were fortunate to have early access and when we walked in the beautiful Christmas Tree was lit and the feeling was so warm and inviting! This home was stocked with EVERYTHING you could ever need in the kitchen and such quality dishes!!! The home had a fabulous flow and each bedroom was spacious and so well-appointed! The kids Cubs Den was such a hit with the little ones. They felt like they were camping and having a little light in there was perfect for them to read!! We cannot say enough good things about this home!! … VR365 ROCKS!!”

Elk Sedge in Suncadia

Reviews like these make our hearts grow three sizes! We are so thankful for the opportunity to make our guests so happy! Our goal is and always will be, to create exceptional experiences for our guests. We consider it a job well done when we can read reviews like these!

New Holidays Homes Available in 2019!

Alpen House

Alpen House, Vacation Rental 365

3 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 10 Max Occupancy

Available for Christmas!

Alpen House is in the family-friendly community of Roslyn Ridge. This beautiful home features stunning views from the outdoor deck, private hot tub, propane BBQ, and trailer parking. This home is perfect for a family get-together, with enough space for 10 people to stay comfortably. This fantastic location is ½ mile to Speelyi Beach at Lake Cle Elum and has access to the Roslyn Ridge Pool and Activity Center in the summer!

Majestic Pines

Mountain Pines, Vacation Rental 365

2 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 8 Max Occupancy

Available for Christmas!

Majestic Pines is a beautifully designed, comfortable cabin built right in front of Suncadia's Nelson Preserve. It is 2 miles from the lovely and serene Lake Cle Elum. This cabin offers the privacy and peace needed for a relaxing weekend away from the city. However, if a round of golf is what you are looking for, Suncadia Resort is only a few miles away. During the winter you can go ice skating or sledding. And for wine lovers, there is a wine tasting at Swiftwater Cellars right at Suncadia Resort.

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Tips and Tricks for Christmas in Cle Elum
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Friday, November 1, 2019

Cle Elum is such a beautiful place to visit during the holidays. We usually have a light dusting of snow, everyone’s in the Christmas Spirit, and there are so many fun activities to enjoy! If you are planning on visiting Cle Elum this holiday season, here are some tips and tricks to make the most out of your stay!

Check the Pass Report

The key to getting to Cle Elum safely is to make sure to check the pass report for Snoqualmie or Steven’s Pass. These passes are very popular and so they don’t experience closures for very long. However, just because the pass isn’t closed doesn’t mean that no additional precautions are necessary. We recommend taking a 4-wheel drive car and having a set of snow tires or chains, just in case. Additionally, if you’re staying with us at Vacation Rental 365, be sure to double-check the winter requirements for your home. Some of our homes require 4-wheel drive vehicles AND studded tires or chains to get to the property in the winter. You can check for this information in your rental agreement. You can check on the Snoqualmie Pass Road conditions here and the Stevens Pass Road conditions here.

Review the Local Events Calendar

The #1 place to go for fun events and activities in Cle Elum is Suncadia Resort. Anyone, not just Suncadia guests, can enjoy the fun activities that Suncadia has to offer! During the winter they have family-friendly activities like building a Gingerbread House or stuffing your own stuffed animal. There’s also plenty of activities for those over 21 years old, like their HDC Mixology Class! You can see all of their upcoming events here. But Suncadia is not the only place to enjoy fun-filled events! Be sure to check our Local Events page for all the most up-to-date Cle Elum events!

Plan Your Stay with our Winter Activities Page

Don’t worry about Googling ‘What to do in Cle Elum?’ We have compiled all our favorite winter activities in one place so you can plan your stay quickly and easily! We have recommendations for Cross-Country Ski trails, Snowmobile rentals, sledding, and more! Learn about all of the winter fun that is available in Cle Elum here.

Stay with Vacation Rental 365

Get into the festive spirit and stay with Vacation Rental 365. All of our homes are going to have a Christmas tree set up after December 1st, perfect for hiding presents under! You can view all of our available homes here. Be sure to check out our newest homes: Alpen House, Majestic Memories, and Hawks Landing. Call us at (855) 698-7365 if you have any questions!


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Yakima River Retreat “This cabin is not a cabin at all but a really spacious beautiful lodge-style home. Deer wandered throughout the weekend and the view of the nearby river completed the fairy tale scenery. Add into that a nice hot jetted tub soak overlooking that beautiful setting, from the warmth of the very luxurious master bathroom, completes the restful stay for us. We would definitely come back to this lodge for summer or winter stays. ”

- 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!"

- STEPHENS 10/23/18


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