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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. (ChiefJosephLodge.com)ChiefJosephLodge.com. 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
Sponsor: Leavenworth Sunspots – Don't miss Christmas Lighting in the Bavarian Village. First three weekends in December every year. Friday, Saturday & Sunday. – LeavenworthSunspots.com

Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate, Mortgage, and Economy

By Thomas Wolter
Published: 12/14/09 Topics: Comments: -

KEEPING ON KEEPING ON - For the fourth week in a row the markets moved sideways, with one index slightly up, one a bit down and the third flat. Recently, there haven't been any extreme weekly market moves in the indexes, up or down. Investors aren't quite ready to believe things are as good as some 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 OutdoorsForAll.org (Formerly SkiForAll.org). 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

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

Sunspots Owners Blog 11/01/09 Your Name in the Media

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

Sometimes it is nice to see your name in the media and sometimes it is not. As the volunteer Director of the Vacation Rental Industry Association (VRIA) I receive calls from media all over the country. Speaking with most reporters reminds me of sitting in Journalism class while pursuing my college Read more

Seeing your Name in Print

By William May
Published: 10/01/09 Topics: Comments: -

Sometimes it is nice to see your name in the media and sometimes it is not. As the volunteer Director of the Vacation Rental Industry Association (VRIA) I receive calls from media all over the country. Speaking with most reporters reminds me of sitting in Journalism class while pursuing my college Read more

Sunspots Owners Blog 10/01/09 Robert Fulgham

By William May
Published: 10/01/09 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. That is stunning really because it does, as they say, seem like yesterday. Of course I've read some of his othe 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

Sunspots Owner Blog 07/23/09 - OceansShores, Westport, Ad System, GDS, Hours, OLB

By William May
Published: 07/24/09 Topics: Comments: -

We can not believe July is almost over. And the good news is that the number of email, website and telephone inquiries seems back to normal. Maybe people are loosening up or maybe its all the advertising we're doing. Sorry this blog is a little long. It is our goal to write you more often but s Read more

Sunspots Owners Blog 05/12/09 - Luxury Real Estate, VRMA-WA, Videos

By William May
Published: 07/04/09 Topics: Comments: -

SUMMER IS COMING: Finally we are seeing nice increases in inquiries for the summer. This is later than usual but most in our industry thing the latent demand will result in decent summer occupancy anyway. We continue to post additional ads for all destinations and units. LUXURYREALESTATE.COM: Read more

Sunspots Owners Blog 07/01/09 - Ocean Shores, Wesport & Advertising

By William May
Published: 07/01/09 Topics: Comments: -

We can't believe the 4th of July is upon us. And the good news the number of email, website and telephone inquiries seems back to normal. Maybe people are loosening up or maybe its all the advertising we're doing. William May Penny Taylor Sunspot Inns, Resorts Vacation Rentals ADV Read more

Owners Who Kill The Messenger. And Managers who help them.

By William May
Published: 07/01/09 Topics: Comments: -

The stinging effect on vacation rentals and vacation rental managers through out the US due to today's economy is having a effects that none of us can do anything about. The loss of demand is bad enough but now some managers are receiving those proverbial calls from owners who want to kill the me Read more

FlipKey Flips Misses the Point of Fairness.

By Ronald Wallace Lea
Published: 05/24/09 Topics: Comments: -

Half the challenge of war is knowing who the enemy is. Sometimes he paints himself as your ally. But beware; those who operate opposite to your best interest are always your enemy. Today's newsletter alerts you to a traitor in the midst of the lodging industry. Over the past months a graphically pl Read more

Sunspots Owners Blog 05/20/09 - Online Blocking, Videos, VR.WS

By William May
Published: 05/20/09 Topics: Comments: -

If banks can pass the stress test, maybe you can too ! Had a little fender bender the other day. Guy jumped out of his car and ran up screaming, I'm not happy. So I said,OK, which one are you?; Wm. May Penny Taylor Sunspot Inns, Resorts Vacation Rentals === Read more

Sunspots Owners Blog 04/18/09 - ResortQuest, Pacific Suites, Tradewinds, VRMLS

By William May
Published: 04/18/09 Topics: Comments: -

ECONOMY UPDATE: Yes the economy is affecting luxury travel like Vacation Rentals. Some markets are getting hit harder than others. From our perspective the biggest challenge in predictability. Guests seem to be booking more last-minute but the inquiries keep coming. With a bit of luck, more 12 Read more

Sunspots Advisors Blog 04/04/09 - Confidential, Economy, Wholesale

By William May
Published: 04/04/09 Topics: Comments: -

[ CONFIDENTIAL ] INVENTORY: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - We are anticipating a drop off in nights and rates on a per-property basis. But there are so many other geographic markets to work it, the future for our company is based primarily on increasing the inventory of properties. 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 Industry 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

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