Snoqualmie and Stevens Pass Winter Safety
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Thursday, December 12, 2019

Snow has come to Cle Elum and while we are all happy about the flurries of white flakes all around us, it can also lead to less-than-desirable driving conditions. Even for people that are used to driving in the snow, each year seems to bring new challenges. This is why it is so important to take precautions when driving over Snoqualmie or Stevens Pass this winter. We want all of our guests to arrive to their homes safely!

Preparing Your Car

Anyone who is planning on driving over in a front-wheel-drive or a back-wheel drive, be sure to get some chains. Les Schwab Tires will sell winter chains to you and if you end up not using them at the end of the winter season, you can return them. Practice putting the chains on and taking the chains off your car before you start your trip! On that note, be sure to pack water-repellant gloves in your car in case you need to put chains on. There is nothing worse than feeling your fingers freeze off because you have to put chains on and you forgot gloves.

All-Wheel-Drive vehicles or 4-wheel drive vehicles can be improved with a set of snow tires or studded tires. DO NOT use chains on an All-Wheel-Drive vehicle without consulting the Owner’s Manual of your vehicle. Some AWD vehicles are ok with chains, on others, chains can cause damage to your car. For the vehicles that cannot accommodate chains, please see the list of WSP-approved “alternative traction devices” to stay as safe as possible. Be sure to carry chains or an alternative traction device as a precaution. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, “Studded tires do not satisfy state chain requirements. If chains are required on your vehicle, you'll have to install them even on studded tires.”

Be sure to check the Washington State Department of Transportation website for any travel alerts or recommendations before you get started on your trip. You can see the current snow conditions from the pass cameras and whether chains are currently required. You can see Snoqualmie Pass’ conditions here and Steven Pass’ conditions here.

Before your trip, consider packing an emergency bag with extra blankets, a roll of toilet paper, and some snacks. It’s never a bad idea to be too prepared.

Driving Over the Pass

Snoqualmie and Stevens pass are very popular, which means that there is a high priority in keeping the passes safe for travelers. If the pass is open, the pass is safe to drive over. Just as long as you follow the requirements of the road. Both passes will have up-to-date vehicle requirements that will let travelers know if chains are required. There are two types of notices that will ask drivers to put on chains. “Chains Required” and “Chains Required on all vehicles”. 4WD or AWD vehicles that are under 10,000 pounds do not need to install chains during “Chains Required”. They will be required to install chains if conditions worsen to “Chains Required on all vehicles”. This is the last step before the pass is closed.

If you are required to put on chains during your trip over the pass, please pull to the side of the road on one of the designated chain-up and chain-off areas. These areas will be indicated with signs as well as lots of semis putting chains on or off. You can also see a complete map of these areas here.

Be sure to leave plenty of room between you and the person in front of you, even if you have a 4WD or AWD vehicle. AWD and 4-Wheel drive vehicles are great for getting from point A to point B, but not better at stopping than a front-wheel drive vehicle. It’s all-wheel-drive, not all-wheel stop.

Make sure to take all the necessary safety precautions. We want our guests to arrive to our homes safely so that they can have a great trip.

For more great information on winter driving tips in Washington State, please see the Washington State Department of Transportation website where you can find more information including a Winter driving guide, winter driving checklist, and more!

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What is the Difference Between AirBnB Superhost and AirBnB Plus?
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Monday, May 13, 2019

What is the difference between Airbnb Superhost and AirBnB Plus?

Table of Contents

  • History
    • Airbnb Superhost: Started in 2016, automatically reviewed 4 times a year.
    • Airbnb Plus: Started in 2018, hosts must apply
  • Eligibility
    • Airbnb Superhost: Must meet 5 criteria to qualify for Superhost status
    • Airbnb Plus: Must meet 6 criteria to qualify for Plus
  • Applying and Fees
    • Airbnb Superhost: Automatically reviewed 4 times a year, no application fee.
    • Airbnb Plus: Must apply for Airbnb Plus, $149 application fee.
  • Pros and Cons
  • Links


Airbnb Superhost

Airbnb launched its Superhost program in 2016 to recognize hosts that set and uphold high standards for hosting. Superhost status is automatically given to any hosts that meet the qualifications during AirBnB’s review dates.

Airbnb Review Dates Are: January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, And October 1st


Airbnb Plus

Airbnb launched Airbnb Plus in 2018 to mark AirBnB’s 10th Anniversary. Airbnb Plus is considered a ‘hotel-like tier of service’ and is only available for a very exclusive set of hosts. Once a listing is eligible for AirBnB Plus, hosts that wish to be considered for AirBnB Plus have to go through the following process:Complete a Home Checklist, Schedule and complete a remote visual assessment, Complete a home visit with a third-party inspector, Reviewing the home visit report and making any necessary changes


Airbnb Superhost


  • Airbnb account in good standing
  • 4.8+ average overall rating
  • 10+ stays in the past year
  • 0 cancellations in the past year
  • 90% response rate to new messages within 24 hours

Airbnb Superhosts are valid for the current qualification period and are renewed if hosts meet the qualifications for the next period. If a host fails to meet the qualifications, the superhost status will be automatically revoked.

Airbnb Plus


  • The listing must be an entire place or private room with a private bathroom
  • The listing must be in a qualifying location
  • 4.8+ average overall rating
  • Accepted 95% of booking requests over the past year
  • Not canceled any reservations
  • Maintained Airbnb Hospitality Standards

Airbnb Plus status is valid for all long as the listing continues to qualify and is solely up to AirBnB’s discretion.

Applying and Fees

Airbnb Superhost

As of April 2019, there is no application and no fees associated with becoming an Airbnb Superhost. Airbnb automatically adds new qualifying superhosts during their review dates.

Airbnb Plus

Once a listing meets the eligibility criteria, the host must click a button on the listing to be considered for AirBnB Plus. There is an application fee of $149 per listing to schedule an AirBnB Plus home visit.

The Airbnb Plus Application Process:

  • Complete a Home Checklist
  • Schedule and Complete a remote visual assessment
  • Complete a home visit with a third-party inspector
  • Review the home visit report and make any necessary changes to meet the program’s qualifications

Pros and Cons

Airbnb Superhost

Benefits of AirBnB Superhost: Earn up to 22% more than traditional Airbnb hosts, Featured in guest search results, emails, and more, Superhosts get an additional 20% on top of the usual bonus when they refer new hosts

Airbnb Plus

AirBnB Plus Benefits: 7x more listing views 70% more nights booked, All-New design and layout for your listing page, An immersive photo home tour so guests can visualize the space, Categorized placement in search results, Interior design advice, editorial suggestions, and professional photography, Priority Airbnb support

Airbnb Plus Drawbacks

  • The requirement to List Exclusively
    • This requirement states that any property within the Airbnb Plus program can only be listed exclusively with AirBnB plus. This means that these properties would not be able to be listed on VRBO/ HomeAway,, Expedia or any other online booking system. If an AirBnB Plus listing is found to have been in violation with this requirement, Airbnb can remove you from the Program indefinitely.


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Avoid the AirBnB or VRBO Booking Fee!
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Monday, February 18, 2019

So you've found the perfect home for you and your guests! It's available for the dates you want and the price is within your budget. You go to check-out and notice that there are all these extra service fees that are pushing the price up. What? You don't want to pay for all that! You just want a wonderful, fun vacation at the lowest price possible. But if you're booking through any of the following sites, you could be paying more than you need to be.

The following are the service fee rates for the most popular vacation rental booking sites:

This can be potentially HUNDREDS of dollars you are losing out on because of one little mistake: you aren't booking direct. Let me explain.

Sites like AirBnB and VRBO act like a travel agent for vacation rentals, connecting guests to vacation homes that they may be interested in. People can use sites like AirBnB if they only have one home, or if they are a property management company, like Vacation Rental 365. If they are a property manager, this means that they are going to be increasing their prices to account for the service fee that they're being charged.

A property that is $400 per night on AirBnB would only be $334 per night if you book directly through the property manger.

That's $66 a night that could be put towards other great things during your trip!

So how do you get the best deal? Well, for Vacation Rental 365, you can google Vacation Rental 365 or click the link here. This will take you to our direct website. From there you can find all kinds of beautiful properties in Cle Elum, Roslyn Ridge, and Suncadia Resort that are available at the lowest prices possible! Just enter the dates you are looking for and click 'Find Rental' on our homepage. Once you find a house that catches your eye you can take a virtual tour without ever leaving your living room! Not only that, but has lots of amazing resources for upcoming guests. You can find information about recommended activities, local attractions, special offers, and upcoming events!

Don't spend more than you need to. The next time you book, remember to book direct.


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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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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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