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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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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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

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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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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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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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