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Chief Joseph Welcomes Everyone

By William May
Published: 12/17/09 Topics: Comments:

Can I invite you to the most unique and remote mountain lodges in Washington State?

It is called Chief Joseph Lodge and sits dead center in the middle of the state and five miles up from the summit of Blewett Pass highway. Click here to take a look. ( There are photos, videos, maps calendar and rates.

In fact, it is so far off the road that in winter we have to send a 10 person snow cat to pick you up at the nearest road. Yet it is just a 2 hour drive from the Seattle area. Just 30 minutes from Leavenworth and 30 from Roslyn Cle Elum. Or you can snowmobile in with your group. In summer you can drive a quiet mountain lane to the front door.

The place sleeps 14 people in rustic log beds and everyone can have the kind of mountain experience most folks only dream of. Bring your family, bring your group and leave your stress behind.

Built of hand scribed logs this 5 bedroom, 3 bath giant is completely off the grid, but has its own high tech silent generator You'll probably just sit back in the cathedral ceiling great room, or lounge on the deck and marvel at the sights. You can toast your toes in front of the massive stone fireplaces.

But there is fun here too. Satellite TV brings the big game to the multiple big flat screen televisions. There is a pool table, pine ball machine and all that rugged outdoors to hike, ski and explore. The kitchen has all conveniences and even cowboy saddle bar stools. And the place is full of western memorabilia and trophies. The kids will love it.

Chief Joseph welcomes everyone. Bring your family, bring your group. But leave your stress behind.

P.S. You may be wondering about the name. It is documented that Chief Joseph, the Nez Perce Native American Chief who spoke the immortal words of "I will fight war no more forever" actually passed over Blewett Pass and stopped long enough to water his horses and buy supplies. We like to think he picked this very spot because of its beauty and majesty. You will probably agree.

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Author: William May – Manager, Sunspot Vacation Rentals
Blog #: 0131 – 12/17/09

Tips on how to conquer jet-lag during the holiday rush

Published: 12/01/09 Topics: Comments:

The holidays are tough enough on our bodies, so why can’t we get to where we need to go and not worry about having our body-clocks catch up to the new timezone?? Unfortunately jet-lag is unavoidable, but you can try a few simple tips to m Read more

Complaints, Compliments and Compassion

By William May
Published: 11/19/09 Topics: Comments:

For a number of years our company has been donating vacation rental use to a wonderful group called (Formerly Their mission is to enrich the quality of life for children and adults with di Read more

Complaints, Compliments and Compassion

By William May
Published: 11/18/09 Topics: Comments:

She wanted to go to the beach. It was to be a special trip with her daughter who had special needs. Larger homes were her preference, but a plain ocean front condo was her budget. She asked for a first floor home and a vendor to provide oxygen. Read more

There's heavy snow in the Cascades this weekend!

Published: 11/07/09 Topics: Comments:

The Washington state Department of Transportation has temporarily shut down two highways in the Cascade Mountains due to heavy snow from a fall storm and plans to close a third. The Washington state Department of Transportation has temporarily shut down two highways in the Cascade Mountains due t Read more

Everything Robert Fulgham Learned in Kindergarten

By William May
Published: 11/01/09 Topics: Comments:

I stumbled onto an Internet posting the other day that told me it has been twenty years since Robert Fulgham wrote "Everything I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten". Read more

Leavenworth Fall Festivals in Full Swing!

Published: 10/19/09 Topics: Comments:

Fall is here and that means the little town of Leavenworth will be gearing up for their famous Fall festivals. The mountain trees start to show off their glorious red, orange and yellow colors against the bright green evergreens. There's sti Read more

Swine Flu and travel insurance QA

Published: 10/04/09 Topics: Comments:

I found a really good article about Swine flu and travel insurance...we don't offer travel insurance at this time for our homes but it's something we might consider in the future. Is swine flu covered by travel insurance? Read more

Razor clam digs are planned for the Washington Coast

Published: 10/04/09 Topics: Comments:

If you're a fan of digging for Razor clams - get your boots and your shovel ready! Five razor clam digs have been planned: Oct 16-19, Nov 4-7, Nov 14-17, Dec 2-5, Dec 31-Jan 3. They are all evening digs. Our Pacific Beach and Ocean Read more

Leavenworth gets Amtrack service!

Published: 09/22/09 Topics: Comments:

Amtrak has just announced train service from Seattle to Leavenworth beginning Friday September 25th. That means you can experience the fun of train travel and the charm of Leavenworth's Bavarian Village, without having Read more

Why settle for a standard hotel room?

Published: 09/15/09 Topics: Comments:

Comfortable pillows, homemade meals and bedrooms big enough to walk across without tripping over furniture. If you thought these were pleasures you had to give up when you decided to do take a vacation, guess again! Read more

Remembering the "Thank You" Game

By William May
Published: 09/01/09 Topics: Comments:

Surprises are great. And thank you's are best. In an industry like property management that requires attention to detail, constant supervision and reconciliation of occasionally conflicting goals between guests and owners it is too easy to forget the little personal things that make life worth liv Read more

Ocean Shores and Westport are Beaches Like No Other

By William May
Published: 08/01/09 Topics: Comments:

A truth in advertising disclaimer is required first. Although I haven't lived in the area in almost 40 years, I must admit that I did grew up in several towns on the Washington Coast. Up until 4th grade the town of Raymond was where my parents lived and, you know how that goes, so did me. After th Read more

Summer in Mazama is in full swing!!

Published: 07/16/09 Topics: Comments:

The arrival of the very first Winthrop Artisan's Market has kicked off what promises to be a great summer in the Methow Valley filled with fun events and festivals and lots of sunshine! Read more

Ocean Shores Calendar of Events

Published: 06/30/09 Topics: Comments:

There's some great events coming up at Ocean Shores. Let our Ocean Shores property be your home away from home as you're exploring Ocean Shores. Read more

World's First Vacation Rental Multiple Listing Service (MLS)

By William May
Published: 03/18/09 Topics: Comments:

The every increasing cost of advertising on the mammoth impersonal vacation rental listing websites has spawned innovation. On April 6th, the Vacation Rental Association, with the help of Plumbob Publishing is unveiling the first every Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for Vacation Rentals. T Read more

You Can Still Go On Vacation

By William May
Published: 03/09/09 Topics: Comments:

What will happen if unemployment hits 8% in the US? If you passed remedial math in school you know that means 92% of folks are still employed. While the 92% may be holding back on expenses but life goes on. The employed will continue to buy groceries, clothes, cable TV, phone services and - make n Read more

Cleanliness is a top priority for our homes

Published: 02/18/09 Topics: Comments:

Cleanliness is a top priority for our homes I came across an article this morning written by a housekeeper who worked in Yellowstone National Park in one of the upscale resorts in the park. Read more

The New World of Publishing

By William May
Published: 01/23/09 Topics: Comments:

I have been in, around, up to and about communication, journalism, advertising, marketing and publishing for a lot of years in one form or another. But this is a new era. The era of online publishing. Our company Plumbob Publishing is a thrown back to the era when journalists actually tried to veri Read more

Why You Can't Shoot Vacation Rentals with a Camera

By William May
Published: 01/15/09 Topics: Comments:

Well of course you can. Today everyone has a camera or two or three. They've moved up from the decades old Brownies to Polaroids to click and shoot and now into the world of digital and now to sophisticated digital cameras with large formats (pixels) and self correcting shooting. So h Read more

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