Recreational Properties in North Central Washington You Should Tour

Many years ago, when I first started working on the resort master plan for Bear Mountain Ranch in Chelan, Washington, we looked to the recreation-oriented projects surrounding Bend, Oregon as our models. At that time, there simply were not many significant recreational communities anywhere in Washington and we could not help but notice the similarities that the Chelan-Wenatchee area had with Central Oregon – friendly small towns, high desert arid climate, surrounding mountains, deep rivers and beautiful scenery pretty much everywhere you looked. It looked fairly obvious then, that North Central Washington had all the same things going for it that was making Bend, Oregon so successful. It was just a matter of time.

Now, 20 years later, I can see how Central Washington is finally showing the signs of that huge potential. In particular, the area stretching along the Columbia River from Vantage to Pateros has seen numerous quality projects created during the past decade or so. More are undetribly on the way. In fact, the Wenatchee area is one of the very few spots in the country that has been minimally affected by the recent downturn in the real estate market. Prices have not tumbled here, but have remained steady. Why this is so is the subject of another article, but I will point out that it's partly due to the high desirability of the area and that it was not overbuilt like many other parts of the country.

So let's take a look at a "baker's dozen" of these recreational communities. Undoubtedly I've left some good projects off the list (not intentional, we'll update this map later this summer with additional projects), but this is a good start for those of you heading over to Chelan now to look for recreational real estate and to help you make an informed decision before you buy. You might even bring the " Buying Recreational Property in Central Washington " guide with you while you visit these communities: check off the characteristics that you're looking for as you tour each of them.

What I find interesting is that each of these is distinctly different from the others, catering to different tastes, needs and recreational pursuits. Whether its golf, water sports, hiking trails, fabulous views, location, clubhouse or other amenities, one of these developments is bound to meet your desires and fit your pocket book.

There's only room for brief descriptions here, but links to websites are provided to help you continue your research of these recreation-oriented communities:

  1. Sun Mesa Preserve: Gorgeous planned community overlooking Lake Entiat with 90% open space, miles of walking and cycling trails, stunning views, future clubhouse and equestrian center. Twenty-acre parcels priced from $ 129,000 and up.
  2. Saska Hills : New community nestled into a valley on the edge of Entiat. 35 acres of open space and trails. Quarter-acre lots from $ 75,000 to $ 145,000.
  3. Bear Mountain Ranch : Master-planned community featuring a beautiful championship 18-hole golf course, trails, future clubhouse, quarter-acre lots and fractional-ownership homes with views of Lake Chelan. Lot & custom homes from around $ 900,000 up; reservations for 1/8 fractional-ownership homes.
  4. Clos CheValle : One-half acre Lake Chelan view lots surrounded by 100 acres of vineyards and open space. Miles of walking trails and a community park. Lots from $ 265,000 to $ 319,000.
  5. Beebe Ranch : ac acre riverfront lots from $ 200,000 to $ 400,000. Soon sold-out, but there are future plans for a marina and master planned resort.
  6. Ridge at the Haystack : Gated community of two- and five-acre view lots located on east side of the Columbia River. From $ 90,000 up.
  7. Silver Spur Resort : A 2700-acre private resort community of 5% 2B acre properties overlooking Lake Pateros. Clubhouse, lake access and equestrian facility. Priced from $ 84,000.
  8. Desert Canyon : Acclaimed 18-hole golf course near Orondo. Limited real estate opportunities from $ 350,000.
  9. Ravenwing Ranch : A 10,000-acre private community featuring river front access and miles of private walking and equestrian trails. View lots of 2- to 10-acres from $ 475,000 to $ 790,000.
  10. Spanish Castle Resort & Spa : Proposed resort community along the Columbia River offering condominiums, townhomes and custom homes adjacent to future 18-hole golf course.
  11. Sunserra : Condominiums at Crescent Bar overlooking the Columbia River and a 9-hole par-3 golf course. Sold out, but resales available.
  12. Sagecliffe : A 700- acreurally -based master planned resort community overlooking the dramatic Columbia River Gorge and future links-style golf course. Limited to 49 homesites priced from $ 495,000 to over $ 1,000,000.
  13. Canyon River Ranch : Co-ownership Yakima riverfront lodge suites available from $ 159,000 and up. Renowned fly-fishing and other outdoor activities.

Enjoy your tour!

Get Married in Kitsap County, Washington – 6 Easy Steps to a Small and Intimate Wedding Ceremony

Getting married in Kitsap County, Washington? As you consider what you want and desire for your wedding ceremony, your dream may be a fun, small and intimate affair.

Each year, many couples elect to be married in this beautiful County of Western Washington State that is home to small cities and towns like Silverdale, Bremerton, Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island, Kingston and more ~ ‚Äč‚Äčalso known as "West Sound."

As you plan your wedding ceremony in Kitsap County, here are six easy steps to follow for a fun and memorable small wedding ceremony experience:

6 Tips For A Fun, Small & Intimate Wedding Ceremony ~ Kitsap County Style!

1) Set A Date ~ Once you decide on having a small and intimate wedding ceremony, you'll want to set a date. The Summer months are glorious in West Sound. For a best chance at gorgeous Summer weather, set your date for July or August. June and September are "iffy" when it comes to weather. All other months are really a wild card for weather, especially an outdoor wedding.

2) You'll Need A Marriage License ~ In order to get hitched in Kitsap County, you will need a marriage license. You must apply for and purchase a marriage license and it is good for 60 days from the time of purchase. Happily, you can apply for a marriage license in any County of Washington State and it is good in Kitsap County. If you're eloping or need to get married ASAP, there is a three-day waiting period from the time of application so figure this into quick wedding plans.

Tip: To apply for a marriage license, visit the Courthouse in Port Orchard, Washington. You may also apply by mail if location and / or time is a consideration. For information, go to:

3) Select A Your Ceremony Venue / Location ~ There are many possible venues and locations for your small wedding ceremony in Kitsap County. St. Paul's Church in Port Gamble, Washington is a favorite for weddings tiny and big. The Farm Kitchen in Poulsbo is a happy place run by two amazing women who offer their venue to weddings of all sizes. Kitsap Memorial State Park is a waterfront venue that not only offers an outside space for a wedding but a building in case of nasty weather.

Tip : Visit the Kitsap County Convention & Visitors Bureau in Silverdale, WA, for more venue / location ideas and information on Kitsap County wedding services and vendors. All services provided by the Bureau are free and the staff there is a happy bundle and eager to share information with you.

4) Ceremony Officer / Minister ~ You can not get hitched without someone to marry you! You will save money by finding an Officer or Minister in West Sound rather than "importing" someone from the Seattle area. Create a short list of candidates by dong a quick search on Google. If possible, set-up an in-person meeting to insure the prospective Officer / Minister is a good fit for you. If your wedding is last minute or an elopement, a thorough phone interview will suffice.

5) Celebration Meal ~ Mmmm … time to celebrate! There are wonderful restaurants that have a "celebration feel" to them through Kitsap County. If you'd like to have lunch or dinner after your ceremony, consider Molly Ward Gardens in Poulsbo or Four Swallows Restaurant on Bainbridge Island. Consult the local Convention & Visitor's Bureau for more favors.

6) Honeymoon Night ~ Your best bet for a lovely honeymoon night? A local bed and breakfast. Illahee Bed and Breakfast in Bremerton is a waterfront B & B and popular with honeymooners and couples. This is just one example of the dozens of sweet B & B's and Inns through Kitsap County. Again, check out the folks at the Kitsap Convention & Visitors Bureau for best recommendations and website links.

Five Star Hotels in Washington DC

Basically, when traveling the first thing that people always consider first is the place where they will stay while in vacation. in choosing a place to stay it always matter to each personal preference. Like most travelers and businessmen want to stay a place where they could relax after a stressful week, meeting or conference.

The most place that people went for vacation is the Washington D.C. This is one of the busiest city every summer and winter season. People find Washington D.C the best place to have vacation due to its historic attractions and the center of business. One of the most suited place where they like to stay are the five star hotels in Washington D.C.

Five star hotels in Washington D.C brings comfort and stress reliever while your in vacation or business trip. The hotels differ in what kind of styles they have to entertain their guests. Like having their own amenities and facilities where the guests can enjoy the stay. They all have what it takes to make them feel that they are home while on vacations.

One of the amenities that five star hotels in Washington D.C have are making the rooms like a small house. Having a small kitchenette, living room with well appointed furniture and a cozy, quiet place. You are really pampered to the max with also a 24 hours room service, a clean pool to swim at, and a spa and sauna to relax with. All kinds of leisure are there to enjoy.

Example of the best five star hotels in Washington D.C are the Hay- Adams, Park Hyatt Hotel, The Mandarin Oriental and Ritz- Carlton Hotel. They are a lot more of these beautiful hotels that the place offer. You can find more when you visit our site.

Basic Elements of Search Engine Optimization in Bellingham Washington

Search engine optimization in Bellingham Washington requires local proprietors to utilize specific methods to have their content indexed by search engines. The process is not much different than what's used in other regions of the country. However, these tactics can help companies more easily reach out to the community.

There are a few approaches to search engine optimization in Bellingham Washington. Owners can enroll employees in an SEO marketing course which can be delivered in a classroom or office setting. Courses are also offered as self-paced and allow employees to participate via computer either at home or in the office.

Another approach is to hire a search engine optimization marketing consultant to train employees. This is a good option for companies that prefer hands-on interaction and personal question and answer sessions. The Print and Copy Factory at 4055 Irongate Road offers a variety of seminars and workshops. They are known as Bellingham's marketing resource center and offer much-needed business services like copy and print, book binding, and logo design.

It's helpful to work with local consultants because they can conduct multiple in-house training sessions and be reached for quick questions and guidance. Three good resources for locating marketing consultants include:,, and Businesses that prefer to work with accredited marketing consultants should obtain referrals through the Better Business Bureau.

A third approach is to outsource tasks to an SEO service company. At last count, there were more than two dozen firms that specialize in these services for the Bellingham market. A good source for researching service providers is In addition to locating contact information and available services, this directory also provides unsolicited customer testimonials.

When outsourcing projects it's best to take time to interview several potential candidates. Search engine optimization is necessary for all types of online marketing strategies, so it's best to work with full service agencies that engage in web design, online videos, podcasting, local search, link building, mobile marketing, and social media marketing.

To become recognized within the community, owners need to engage in local search marketing. Local search directories are similar to business phone directories, but with extra features.

Each of the major search providers offer local search; however, there are numerous directories geared towards this market. A few of the more popular include: DexKnows.Bellingham, Bellingham.AreaConnect, CitySearch,, Next, and

About 25 percent of website traffic is derived from local search. Therefore, publishing to directories is an essential element of SEO marketing. Local businesses can upload their contact information, business hours, website URL, and a variety of marketing materials such as product catalogs and sales flyers.

It's important to note that local search directories frequently change their format. Owners must commit to keeping a watchful eye over directory listings to make sure information is not removed or altered after publication.

Search engine optimization is a specialized field that takes time to master. Furthermore, the techniques are ever-evolving, so what works today might not be applicable tomorrow. To achieve success normally involves chasing at least one employee who is dedicated to optimizing all forms of online advertising.

Due to the complexities of SEO, the majority of business owners hand over projects to professionals. It's very helpful to work with local SEO agencies that are familiar with the region and have a good understanding of the demographic market.

Working in unison with professionals can expedite the development of solid marketing campaigns that boost traffic and aid in expanding online presence. Companies that specialize in SEO can create keyword rich content that is optimized for the Bellingham market as well as search engines.

Search engine optimization in Bellingham Washington can be a complex task. It demands strategic planning and thorough understanding of SEO methods, along with a commitment to develop new advertising campaigns on a regular basis. Working together with specialists can minimize time spent on developing campaigns and maximize marketing budgets.

Denzel Washington and My Self-Esteem Bucket

I watched an interview with two-time Academy Award Winner Denzel Washington today. His new movie (he directed and acted), coming to the theaters on Christmas Day, is called The Great Debaters . The story follows a black southern debate team during the Great Depression as they pursue the challenges of debating the white teams. Denzel knows exactly who he is!

He told how he starts and ends his day with prayer, asking for guidance, protection, and even more "thank You's". He talked about how everyone has his little bucket of self-esteem and all day long people are tipping his bucket, trying to empty it out. He said he has to refill that bucket, sometimes several times a day, and the only way to refill it is to maintain his inner peace. How does he refill it? Denzel runs to the Lord for His refills. His mother always told him, "Man gives the AWARD, God gives the REWARD."

He stuck me as a very humble man in spite of his huge accomplishments and awards. His comments also brought up a question inside of me. Do I know who I am? If I do, how do I know? And where do I run to fill up my own bucket of self-esteem? Here's my refill station and what I know about myself.

I am God's child (John 1:12)

I am Christ's friend (John 15:15)

I am united with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17)

I am bought with a price (1 Cor. 6: 19-20)

I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1: 1)

I am a personal witness of Christ. (Acts 1: 8)

I am the salt & light of the earth (Matt. 5: 13-14)

I am a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27)

I am free forever from condemnation (Rom. 8: 1-2)

I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant (Phil.3: 20)

I am free from any charge against me (Rom. 8:31 -34)

I am a minister of reconciliation for God (2 Cor.5: 17-21)

I have access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18)

I am imprisoned with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2: 6)

I can not be separated from the love of God (Rom.8: 35-39)

I am established, anointed, sealed by God (2 Cor.1: 21-22)

I am assured all things work together for good (Rom. 8:28)

I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16)

I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Eph. 3: 12)

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13)

I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15: 1-5)

I am God's temple (1 Cor. 3:16).

I am complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10)

I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3: 3).

I have been justified (Romans 5: 1)

I am God's co-worker (1 Cor .. 3: 9; 2 Cor 6: 1).

I am God's workmanship (Eph.2: 10)

I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected. (Phil 1: 5)

I have been redeemed and forgiven (Col.1: 14).

I have been adopted as God's child (Eph 1: 5)

I belong to God !!! I am God's Girl and He cherishes me! Now that builds my esteem! Yep, my bucket is full today! (C) 2007 April Lorier