When is the Best Time to Visit Cle Elum?
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Wednesday, April 24, 2019

When is the Best Time to Visit Cle Elum?

If you're looking for a cut and dry answer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration determined that the most ideal weather in Cle Elum occurs between July 2nd and September 16th.  Ideal weather is defined as:

  • Average daily temperature between 55 and 75 degrees Farenheight
  • Chance of rain is less than 14%
  • and there is no snow on the ground.

But if you ask us, the best time to visit Cle Elum depends on WHY you're visiting.

Affordable Vacation

If you are looking for the most affordable time to visit Cle Elum, the best bet is to visit between March-May and October-November. These are the times when traditional vacations rarely happen, so renting a luxury vacation home becomes extremely affordable. At Vacation Rental 365, we actually offer all guests their 3rd night FREE during these times. Additionally, during these times you really get the chance to experience the peace of the small-town life.

This isn't to say that there isn't anything to do in Cle Elum during these times. Guests can enjoy the shops in downtown Cle Elum or Roslyn, hike, or bike around Suncadia Resort. I'll tell you a secret: the weather starts warming up around mid-April, and so you can start enjoying the sun and keep to your budget! Additionally, Suncadia has events happening every weekend for guests to enjoy. Click here for the most up-to-date events.

Boating, Jetskiing, Kayaking, etc.

Of course, if you are looking to enjoy the water, you want to visit Cle Elum in the summertime when it's nice and hot! But don't let be intimidated by the dates the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration set; it starts getting warm in Cle Elum as early as May. There are tons of wonderful water activities to enjoy in Cle Elum:

There are more reasons to visit during the summer than just water activities. There are tons of local events happening all the time! The Roslyn Farmer's Market begins in June and is a local favorite for fresh produce and one-of-a-kind artisans. Swiftwater Winery hosts its annual Summer Concert Series starting in July. If you're traveling with kids or pets, Dawson Park in Suncadia is a great place to enjoy a nice day outside. There's a fenced dog park and plenty of room for kids to run around and play. Also, Suncadia Resort has two championship golf courses available to the public: Prospector and Rope Rider. Vacation Rental 365 even has some homes right on the green!

Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, Skiing, etc.

Cle Elum is a wonderful place to enjoy a blanket of snow. There's plenty of snowmobiling trails and the snowshoeing/ cross-country skiing trails in Suncadia are miles long! This last year we started getting snow in December and experienced Snowmageddon 2019 in February! Guests are advised to expect snow if they book a stay between December and March.

Remember that if you plan to visit Cle Elum during the Winter to bring chains or equip your vehicle with studded tires. Coming over Snoqualmie or Stevens pass can be tricky if you are not comfortable driving in the snow. You can check the road conditions of the passes here. Once you are over the pass, snowplows maintain city roads.

Additionally, all Vacation Rental 365 driveways will be cleared before any guests arrive. We also provide snow shovels during guests' stay so we don't interrupt their stay with our snowplow. If a guest would like us to clear their driveway during their stay, please make prior arrangements by emailing us at or calling us at (855) 698-7365. We would be happy to do this for you!

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Do you know the perfect time to visit Cle Elum? Wonderful! Be sure to book a home with Vacation Rental 365! 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.

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Time to Celebrate Mothers in Cle Elum and Suncadia Resort! May Events and Activities
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Monday, April 15, 2019

May is a time for relaxation, rejuvination, and celebrating Mothers Day. Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum, and Roslyn are hosting several events in May to help guests and locals enjoy the beautiful spring weather and celebrate Moms.

Spring Crafts

Every Saturday in May from Noon – 2PM

Create your own Rainbow slime or Lava Lamp at The Lodge in Suncadia Resort

Cost: Rainbow Slime - $5, Lava Lamp - $15


Mommy and Me Paint & Sip Tea Party

May 11th from 10AM – Noon

Spend the morning with your family and paint with your little ones. This class is offered at The Lodge in Suncadia Resort and comes with two canvases, assorted teas, tea breads, muffins, and cookies for you and your kids to enjoy! You can paint a masterpiece that can be displayed together or stand alone. The artists will help you and your kid to work together to create your unique work of art.

Register for this event here.

Cost: $75 for one adult and one child. $30 for each additional child.


Mommy Market

May 11 from 2PM - 7PM

This is an event to celebrate all the wonderful moms out there. Whether you are a new mom, or your a grandMom, you will be pampered here at this FREE event. You will sip on mock-tails and cocktails from Dry Soda Co and Heritage Distillery. Relax with complimentary tapas-style spa treatments from Glade Spring Spa. Browse some local artisans and spa products as a final touch. This event is located at the Owens Ballrom at The Lodge in Suncadia Resort.

For more information about this event, please call (866) 904-6300

Cost: FREE


Mother's Day Brunch

May 12th from 11AM - 2:30PM

It may not be breakfast in bed, but it may be even better! Treat mom to brunch at Portals Restaurant in beautiful Suncadia Resort.

To make a reservation, please call (509) 649-6473

Cost: Adults - $46, Kids (4-12) - $23, Kids (up to 3) - FREE


Soaring Over Suncadia Kite Festival

May 25th from 10AM – 4PM

Let’s go fly a kite! Up to the highest height! Join guests and locals at Nelson Farm at Suncadia Resort for the Kite Festival. This event is sponsored by The Suncadia Fund for Community Enhancement and an affiliate of The American Kitefliers Association. For more information about this event, please contact Casey Shearer at (206) 280-7187.

Cost: FREE


Live Music and Dancing

Every Saturday Night from 8PM – 11PM

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

Cost: FREE


Bluegrass Concert at the Grange

May 11th from 7PM – 9PM

The Grange welcomes the Rusty Hinges Bluegrass Band to their stage. Each member of the Rusty Hinges is a veteran of the Pacific Northwest bluegrass scene. Doors open at 6:30 and the event will start at 7PM.

For more information about this event, please contact Sally Gililand at (206) 854-2936.

Event Location: 1361 Ballard Hill Road, Cle Elum, WA 98922 USA

Cost: $12 for guest over 12 years of age, guests under 12 years old are FREE


Kickin Karaoke and DJ

May 10th and May 24th at 9:30PM

Sing your heart out at the world famous Brick Saloon in Roslyn, Washington!

For more information please call (509) 649-2643

Cost: FREE


Stay with Vacation Rental 365

What better gift to give Mom than a wonderful experience and treasured memories? Pamper mom with a luxury vacation home in Suncadia Resort. Elk Run Lodge in Suncadia sleeps 14 people, so there's more than enough room for the entire family to gather and celebrate Mom! This beautiful lodge is located on the 4th hole of the Rope Rider Golf Course and is walking distance from Swiftwater Winery. Mom can have some 'me-time' at the Glade Spring Spa and the family can have dinner at Portals. Be sure to book through Vacation Rental 365 for the lowest rates and no service fees!

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Most Beautiful Places in Cle Elum and Roslyn
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Monday, April 8, 2019

Cle Elum is a nature lover's paradise. There are so many beautiful natural sights to hike, walk, or drive to. Cle Elum is surrounded by mountains, lakes, and rivers, so your next perfect nature photography moment is never far away.

Lake Cle Elum

Lake Cle Elum is a local hotspot for fly fishing, jet skiing, rafting, or swimming. It's a beautiful way to spend the day. For more information on Lake Cle Elum, be sure to check out our blog post, Lake Cle Elum and What You Need to Know. If you're looking for the perfect vacation home to spend all day by the lake, be sure to check out our home, Lakeside.

Cooper Lake

Only 15 miles west of Roslyn, there is a mountain oasis. The Cooper Lake Swimming Hole gives locals a great place to swim, enjoy a rope swing, and cliff dive. But maybe the best part is the serenity this location offers.

Pete Lake

The trail to Pete Lake is one of the most popular hiking paths in Washington because of it's diversity in uses and wildlife. Guests can watch the birds, photograph the flowers, or take a swim in the lake.

Manastash Ridge Trail

The Manastash Ridge Trail gives hikers 360 degree views of the surrounding areas. This trail offers wildflowers, mountain views, and ridges.

Thorp Mountain Trail

The Thorp Mountain Trail is used for hiking and nature trips. The meadow is full of wildflowers and a beautiful view of the Thorp Valley. This trail also gives you sweeping 360 degree views of valleys, mountains, and lakes.

Suncadia Resort

The resort features over 6,000 acres of forested mountain landscape with a wealth of year-round activities from hiking to biking, spa treatments, Swiftwater Cellars winery, seasonal events like Winterfest and the Harvest Festival, along with 36 holes of golf all inside the 2.2 million-acre Wenatchee Washington National Forest.

Vacation Rental 365

So many of our vacation homes boast amazing mountain or lake views. Our home, Lookout Lodge, has BOTH! Lookout Lodge has an amazing private view of Lake Cle Elum, nestled in the middle of the forest. Guests can snowmobile to the property during the winter and enjoy sunbathing on the expansive deck during the summer.

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Roslyn Activities You Can Enjoy All Year
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Roslyn has so many amazing events and activities year-round. Suncadia Resort hosts the Suncadia Harvest Festival in October, in the summer there’s the Summer Concert Series at the Swiftwater Amphitheater, the winter brings the wonderful snow and all the activities that comes with that. But that’s not what we are focusing today. We will cover all the best Cle Elum and Roslyn events in a later blog post. Today, we are going to give you what activities you can enjoy in Roslyn, anytime of the year!

Heritage Distilling Company

The Heritage Distilling Co. is the creators behind the delicious and record setting Brown Sugar Bourbon. This whiskey was voted the World’s Best Flavoured Whiskey for the second year in a row at the World Whiskies Awards in London. Heritage Distilling Company has a location in Roslyn, Washington where guests can sample some spirits, enjoy a flight, and grab ingredients for your new favorite cocktail. The Heritage Distilling Co. is always a good place to find gifts for your adult friends. They offer fun additions to any bar or kitchen. I especially enjoy their cactus shot glasses.

Roslyn Historical Museum and Roslyn Café

The award-winning show Northern Exposure was filmed in Roslyn, Washington and used the Roslyn Café as a backdrop for many of their shots. Guests can learn all about the history of how this came to be in the Roslyn Historical Museum. Why was this quaint town of Roslyn chosen to be the setting for a major TV series? Once you have learned the history, enjoy lunch or dinner at the Roslyn Café, just next door from the Roslyn Historical Museum. The Roslyn Café delivers small town charm and amazing food. Be sure to check it out!

Mobile Massage

Even if the day is dark and dreary, you can still enjoy the lap of luxury with a massage. Not only do you get a massage, but the massage comes to you! You can enjoy the comfort of your own home (or vacation home) while getting pampered. Ashley Mankus, the massage practitioner of Cle Elum, Roslyn Massage Therapy, guarantees that every client is treated with the highest standards for comfort, pressure, style, and draping. Not to mention, guests of Vacation Rental 365 get discounted rates!

Roslyn Theatre

This quaint theatre is beloved by locals and guests alike. What keeps guests coming back is all the personality that they pack in such a little place. Roslyn Theatre itself has plush high back seats, air conditioning, and surround sound. They also have the BEST popcorn! They offer classic buttered popcorn and ‘gravy style’. The gravy style popcorn is said to be an acquired taste, but so addicting!

Fused Art Gallery

Fused offers three destinations in one: a glass studio, art gallery, and gift shop! Beautiful glass work is wall to wall, so you are sure to find a gift for even the pickiest person. If you are looking for an activity to enjoy with your family, check out the classes they offer. You can make jewelry, dishes, vases, and more. Projects range from $35 to $75. This way you know that your gift is going to be 100% unique!

Vacation Rental 365

If you are looking for a home that is close to Roslyn, our Mountain Elegance home is only 2.5 miles away from downtown Roslyn. Mountain Elegance is a stylish and modern rambler that has a little something for everyone. There's a heated game room in the garage where mom can do yoga or the kids can play Pop A' Shot. Dad can relax by the gas fireplace in the family room, or make a drink at the drink cart in the kitchen. Check out Mountain Elegance and our other properties near Roslyn here.

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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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