The pictured property falls into the larger category and wins our hearts. The photos are gorg, the listing copy entertaining and informative.
Now here’s a vacation home owner who knows what will appeal to a prospective renter.
The intro entices, “It is a little known fact. That Chief Joseph, famous for saying “I will fight war no more forever,” passed over central Washington State’s Blewett Pass stopping long enough to water his horses and buy provisions.”
Ooh, a home with a past. We’ll definitely read on.
Scrolling down a little further, we find another diamond: “Have you ever been in a doctor or dentist waiting room and picked up one of those fancy travel magazines? The ones with sapphire blue water on the front, and articles describing private island getaways, downtown penthouses, or secluded mountain retreats.
The Chief Joseph is of that caliber.”
The five-bedroom luxury log home–decked out with leather furniture and group-friendly toys like a dartboard, billiards table and pinball machine–is only accessible by Snowcat in the winter (provided by the owner) or your own snowmobile and sits atop Blewett Pass near the Bavarian-inspired town of Leavenworth. Arriving to the lodge, guests are awestruck by its details, which include (and in no order of preference) a moosehead hung on a stone fireplace, an antler chandelier and the namesake of the house himself, Chief Joseph, the Nez Perce Native American who called for peace when the U.S. tried to force his people from their native land. His figure holds watch near the dining room, a place you could easily see your family enjoying pan-roasted quail, root vegetables and mulled wine.
Doesn’t it sound like the perfect winter wonderland?
If Kris Kingle exists, then he must live here. He’s having a pint with the chief on one of the saddle bar stools. Not on Christmas night, though. He won’t sleigh and drive.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.