Sunny Springtime in the North Cascades!

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After one of the wettest and snowiest winters the Northwest has ever seen, the Mysty Mountain Properties team is reveling in the recent sunshine and looking forward to another great season of festivals in Leavenworth to celebrate the arrival of spring! Nothing completes a trip out to the Cascades quite like a visit to the charming Bavarian town

First on our list is Spring Sensations, a month-long celebration of one of the area’s most important harvests – the pear.  See the calendar for a complete list of activities, as well as dozens of local restaurants’ pear specials!

Another must-see in April is the Leavenworth Ale-Fest, especially for the beer-lovers in your group. Taking place April 22-23, the event will showcase the best of local beer, as well as breweries from around the nation. This year marks the 9th annual Ale-Fest, which has served as a fundraiser for the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, another great stop during your visit!

In line with true Bavarian tradition, Leavenworth’s Maifest heralds the beginning of spring with a weekend packed with activities including outdoor concerts, dancing and the raising of the 95-foot tall Maipole!

Frühlingsgrüβe and see you there!

Save Up to $250 on Your Spring Getaway!

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Up to 6 Extra Guests Stay Free & Other Great Savings!*

Spring is the time for huge savings. Pick your favorite promo from the 3 fantastic options below, and add a complimentary early check in or late check out upon availability!

Traveling with a bigger group? Gather your family and friends, and get up to 6 extra guests free! You can save as much as $250 on your Mysty Mountain booking with this incredible deal – just call us at (206) 219-6427 today to receive your discounted quote and book today.

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If you’re looking for a quiet romantic getaway instead, never fear! We are still offering 15% off two nights or your 3rd night free with promo codes SPRING15 or SPRING3RD on our website, www.VacationRentalCabins.com. The longer you stay, the more you save!

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For all the pet parents out there, up to two pooches can stay FREE in spring! After making your reservation, call us at (206) 219-6427 and we will apply this pet-friendly discount. Our pet fee is typically $20 per night, so this is an $80 value for two pups staying two nights!

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Once you’ve picked your perfect promo above, add a complimentary early check in OR late checkout FREE upon availability! You can arrive as early as 10 am or stay as late as 6 pm with no additional charge. That’s a $75-$100 value for absolutely no cost! Just call us 1-2 days prior to your check in for an early arrival, or the day before your departure during business hours, and we will confirm availability.

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Whichever of these incredible discounts you choose, we are confident that you will have an amazing and unforgettable stay at one of our vacation rental cabins in the incomparable North Cascades. Thanks for reading, and happy adventuring!

Own a vacation home: Dream Investment Opportunity!

Here’s an opportunity you’ve been dreaming of. Own a piece of paradise and pay a small fraction, if any, of the cost of ownership!

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This spectacular Skykomish riverfront home has undergone a meticulous $125k remodel. It features south facing, sweeping mountain and river views, high-end finishes, multiple fireplaces, decks and outbuildings, and an expansive master suite. Consider it the perfect getaway within an hour from the city with plenty of space for the whole family. This is a fully furnished, turn-key opportunity with tons of vacation rental income potential!

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Located just outside of Index, it’s an outdoor enthusiast’s playground with world class fishing, rafting, skiing, hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking right outside the front door.

It’s not often that riverfront homes in the Skykomish river valley come on the market. There are only a finite number of them, and due to modern building and environmental regulations, it’s very unlikely that any new homes with river frontage right in the backyard will ever be built.

The projected vacation rental income of this home after all management fees is approximately $27,000 to $30,000 a year.  At a price of $425K, it is easy to do the math and determine that this purchase will mostly pay for itself!

Interior Living 1 copyTo schedule a showing  and for more information about this property or Mysty Mountain Properties full service management program, please contact us right away. This opportunity won’t last long!

Click HERE for Property Info – MLS# 898159


If this particular property is not right for you, but you’d like to learn more about purchasing an income-producing vacation home, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free expert consultation.

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SeaMyst Realty
206.550.8720
dave@seamystrealty.com

Savor the Snowy Winter Season at our Washington State Cabin Rentals!

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After an uncommonly light snow season last year, here at Mysty Mountain Properties we are celebrating the return of winter to the Pacific Northwest! We’ve pulled together some of the North Cascades’ and Stevens-Pass area’s best offerings to help you make the most of your Washington State cabin getaway.

Stevens Pass is experiencing an incredible snow season so far. If you’re heading up to take in the world-class slopes, skip the line and save by adding discounted lift tickets to your cabin
reservation! Mysty Mountain Properties is offering all-day lift tickets for $15 off regular price (before tax). Bonus: At the end of a long day on the mountain, check out the winter music concert series at the resort’s lounge, the Foggy Goggle, every Saturday night through the first weekend of March.

When we’re not skiing or snowboarding, us Northwesterers love our hiking, and we won’t let winter weather stop us from trekking through our beloved mountain scenery! Although many trails are too snowy to ascend at this time of year, Wallace Falls remains a great option year-round. Just outside of quaint Gold Bar, WA, the park offers an old growth forest, numerous rushing rivers and streams, and of course the stunning 265-foot waterfall.

On his last stay at our picturesque Riverside Ranch, Mysty Mountain owner Dave and his fellow cabin-dwellers treated themselves to a home-cooked meal from Index-area professional chef Kellie Whitcomb. After 30 years of experience serving the Sky Valley, Whitcomb knows comfort food and is ready to help you perfect your mountain vacation with services from in-home cooking to catering and meal delivery. Contact Kellie (425-293-5283 or kelliewhitcomb@yahoo.com) to customize your delicious culinary experience!

Let’s get out there and enjoy the winter wonderland while it lasts. Happy travels!

Autumn Arrives in the Mountains!

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After an unusually hot summer, Washingtonians are looking forward to once again donning our rain jackets, cozying up in our fleeces and embracing the upcoming autumn. As the leaves fall and the days grow shorter, the Pacific Northwest offers a new host of exciting activities. From the changing of the leaves, to pumpkin patch day trips, autumn in the Cascades can be just as beautiful as the summer – just remember to bundle up!

We polled our staff for their favorite fall activities, and here’s a list of our best suggestions:

Leavenworth Oktoberfest

Leavenworth’s 17th annual celebration of everything Bavarian promises to be more fun than ever with live bands from across the US and Germany, dancing, vendors and of course plenty of bier!

Join in the merriment the first three weekends of October. For tickets and other festival information, visit the Leavenworth Oktoberfest website.

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One of the best parts about fall is a visit to one of Washington’s many pumpkin patches for an afternoon of getting lost in corn mazes, sipping hot cider and picking out that perfect pumpkin. Our favorite pick is Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Patch in Snohomish. Their 10 acre corn maze is always a treat and the country store offers tons of freshly grown and locally made goodies. For a complete list of Washington’s pumpkin patches, visit this site.

Fall hikes

Although the Northwest isn’t known for its fall colors, it does boast a few hikes that showcase some beautiful autumn leaves.  Granite Mountain is a challenging 8.6 mile roundtrip hike through alpine forests and streams. As you emerge above the tree line and into a meadow stained with fall oranges and yellows, you’ll enjoy a beautiful view of Mt. Rainier from the summit lookout.

For an easier trek, head to the Old Sauk River Trail where the hues of autumn are not only present among the big leaf maples, but also in the trail’s abundant mushrooms! The flat and wide trail is a great stop for the whole family to stretch their legs along the Cascade Mountain Loop Highway.

Hard Cider Tasting Room – Cashmere

ApletsCelebrate the spenders of another apple harvest by tasting cider at the Cashmere Cider Mill Tasting Room in Cashmere. Their Lady Blush varietal is a crowd favorite!

Aplets and Cotlets Factory Tour

To further honor Washington’s rich tradition of apple harvesting, visit the Aplets and Cotlets Factory in Cashmere for a factory tour where you’ll see how the sweet treats are made, as well as sample the freshly made candies.

Where is the fall taking you? Let us know your favorite spots for adventure, food and relaxation this season!

Roadside Stops in the North Cascades

Summertime vacations are always exciting: a chance to finally enjoy the weather in the company of family and friends. If you’re heading off to the mountains for a relaxing riverside adventure, why hurry on the way there? Washington’s scenic mountain highways afford exciting roadside stops you won’t want to miss.

Wayside Chapel – Sultan

This micro church has been enchanting visitors since its dedication in 1962. The 8 by 14 foot building contains just 4 pews and is open to worshippers of all faiths, wedding ceremonies and road trippers passing by alike. 10,000 visitors per year stop by the chapel to sign the guest book and marvel at the tiny wonder.

Wallace Falls State Park – Gold Bar (pictured left)

Highway 2 is known for its breathtaking waterfalls, and Wallace Falls certainly does not disappoint. There’s something for all skill levels among its 12 miles of hiking trails, numerous waterfalls and lush forestry and picnic areas.

Snoqualmie Ice Cream Tasting Room – Snohomish

There’s nothing like a scoop of Snoqualmie ice cream to beat the heat of a hot car ride. Their ice cream is handcrafted in small batches using locally sourced ingredients to create unique and unforgettable flavors like lemon perfection custard, Mukilteo mud and Cascade Mountain blackberry. Try their amazing shakes for an extra special treat!

Heybrook Ridge Lookout – Index

Take a break from the road to stretch your legs for a short but and rewarding hike up to Heybrook Lookout, a wooden fire lookout tower (pictured right) which stands 89 steps above the trail’s peak. The 2.5 mile roundtrip trek is well worth it – views of Mount Persis, Mount Baring and Bridal Falls on Mount Index await you at the top!

59er Diner – Leavenworth

Go back in time when you step into this 50’s style diner for some classic American grub. Throw some change into the jukebox, enjoy a fabulous shake and their signature “two napkin burgers.”

Sky Valley Visitor Information Center – Sultan

Stop in at the Information Center to learn about all the best the Sky Valley has to offer in events, sightseeing, outdoor adventure and more! Located just off one block off Highway 2, The Information Center is a convenient spot to pick up any permits you may need to fishing, hiking and camping.

Did we miss anything? Let us know what treasures you find on the way out to the Cascades this summer!

Spring Break in the North Cascades!

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The kids are out of school, the sun is out and the weather’s getting warmer – what could be better than spring break in the mountains? We’ve got plenty of availability left in April, and if you book a last-minute North Cascades getaway in April, including at least ONE weeknight (Sunday through Thursday), you can get 15% off or your 3rd night free!

This discount is so easy to redeem – just head to our website at www.VacationRentalCabins.com and enter promo code SPRINGBREAK15 or SPRINGBREAK3RD to get either of these great discounts. Of course, you can also call us anytime at (206) 219-6427 and we’ll be happy to reserve you a cabin over the phone!

Curious about some fun springtime activities with the kiddos while you relax and enjoy that mountain scenery? Read on for some great recommendations for what to see and do while the kids enjoy their days off:

11129213_10153209121998118_5185090805590284445_oSmallbrook Farm Petting Zoo: Smallbrook is a local, family-owned farm just 4 miles east of Leavenworth! They are open from 9-5 this spring and aside from the petting zoo, there are plenty of other fun activities for the little ones to see and explore! If you’re staying on the east side of the Pass, or are up for a fun day trip over to Leavenworth, this would be a great stop to make.

Ziplining at Mountain Springs Lodge: This brand new offering for the Leavenworth area has everyone super excited! Enjoy 8 ziplines total over 2 suspension bridges, crossing the Beaver Creek Valley up to 190′ in the air. Call them to find out more about when the ziplines open and to book a tour! 800-858-2276

White Water Rafting: for the slightly older and more adventurous set, try a river rafting tour with Outdoor Adventure Center, a local family-owned business based right in Index, WA, just a stone’s throw from many of our cabins! These tours include not only tons of river-rafting fun, but supper and a dip in the hot tub back at the River House afterwards. Check out their other offerings (like inflatable kayaking) as well!

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Happy spring,

Mysty Mountain Properties

From Metro to Mountain – A New & Innovative Vacation Rental Partnership!

seatosky_12-21-10We are so pleased to announce our brand new partnership with Sea to Sky Rentals, another local management company with many years of experience in the vacation rental industry. Now, in addition to our top-quality mountain cabins, we have beautiful apartments, condominiums and single family homes available right in the heart of Seattle for our guests to enjoy the vibrant city setting! Together we now offer over 60 quality vacation rentals for any budget, group size and style preference.

The owners of Sea to Sky and Mysty Mountain spent years working together on the board of Vacation Rental Managers Association of Washington (VRMA-WA), building up the quality and reputation of local vacation rental companies, and providing valuable resources for the business owners in this emerging new industry. Then, last year, during a period of personnel change at both companies, these longtime friends raised the possibility of moving into the same office and sharing several key staff members between the two companies. Since it kicked off in June 2014, this innovative merger has been a resounding success for everyone involved!

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What does this merger mean for our guests? Well, not only do we now have more staff members and expanded office hours in order to better assist you, we have doubled down on our commitment to rental quality and excellent guest care. The new “Metro to Mountain” team is determined to provide you the greatest vacation experience possible. We will offer loyalty discounts to past guests of Sea to Sky, and they in turn will offer our past guests the same great perks! We are also eager to create “Metro to Mountain” package deals, for those who want a total Pacific Northwest experience: the bustle of the city and the breathtaking Puget Sound combined with the peace and natural beauty of the North Cascades.

Call Mysty Mountain Properties at (206) 219-6427 today to find out more, and book your “Metro to Mountain” experience today!

Pet-Friendly Cabin Rentals in Washington

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Do you have winter plans to play in the snow, but hate the thought of leaving Fido behind or at a kennel?  Well if Stevens Pass area is your destination, we have some fabulous pet friendly cabin rentals just for you! The following cabin rentals are not only pet friendly, but in beautiful locations with perfect amenities for your winter get-away.  We have  a great selection of small, cozy cabins for 2-6 or larger lodges accommodating up to 16. All units accommodate 3 pooches, max. Check each unit for specific details but most cabins include the following:

  • washer/dryer
  • hot tub
  • gas BBQ
  • hammock
  • Fire Pit
  • Wood or gas stove
  • Wifi
  • Stereo/DVD player
  • TV/Satellite

Gold Sky River Cottage is located perfectly on high bank river property complete with a wrap-around deck to enjoy the views of the river and the Cascade peaks.  The deck boasts a hot tub for your whole party to soak after a day of skiing or snowshoeing, and a fire pit for the s’mores.  Kids and dogs will equally love it since there is 1900 sf and 3 bedrooms in which to spread out. Washer and dryers, movie library, TV and stereo all provided for your relaxation pleasure. Max occ. 10.

Downtown Seattle: 49 miles
Stevens Pass: 37 miles
Leavenworth: 72 miles

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Gunn Peak Getaway

Gunn Peak Getaway is great for your larger group gatherings from 6-16 people, as it has two master suites, a bunk room, and a sleeping loft. Windows stretching from the floor up to the cathedral ceilings capture the light and stunning views of the private 1.5 acres. There are plenty of nearby river hikes, and all the amenities at Stevens Pass to keep you busy.  When not adventuring outside, gather with your guests around the wood stove and get your game on with board games, Wii, or bring out your inner musician with the electric keyboard.

Downtown Seattle: 65 miles
Stevens Pass: 20 miles
Leavenworth: 55 miles

Wild Sky Escape
Wild Sky Escape

Cozy perfection for your smaller group or just the two of you, Wild Sky Escape is a private river front cottage nestled in the forest.  Savor the stunning mountain views right from the spacious deck, hot tub, or dining area, all of which look right over the scenic north fork of the Skykomish River.  Nearby bike trails, fly fishing, and just cottage relaxation are waiting for your getaway. 1 bath, 1 bedroom home with twin beds in the sleeper loft and a roomy sleeper sofa in the living area accommodate 6 comfortably.

Downtown Seattle: 58.5 miles
Stevens Pass: 31.5 miles
Leavenworth: 66.5 miles

Newly remodeled River Rock Cottage (pictured above) is perfect for your family or group of up to 8. Featuring 2 bedrooms and 1 bath decorated in cottage fresh gingham red and blue. The stunning Skykomish river view is savored from the deck overlooking the hot tub overlooking the river. Everyone can get comfy in the plush leather couches while the chef among you preps in the kitchen with a river view.

Downtown Seattle: 57 miles
Stevens Pass: 34 miles
Leavenworth: 68.5 miles

At Mysty Mountain Properties we have 21 cabin rentals that are pet friendly for you to choose from.  Rest assured that not only will your 4 legged family members play and relax in style, so will you as you enjoy our fully appointed cabins knowing you don’t have to leave your pooches at home.

6 Fantastic Attractions near Stevens Pass

Most people in the greater Seattle area will tell you that Stevens Pass is one of the best places for skiing nearby.  But there are some other fun things to take advantage of summer or winter even if you don’t ski or snowboard.  We have come up with 6 for you to choose from. Enjoy!

1. Wellington Historical Town Site: Located along an easy railroad grade trail taking you through historical remnants of the old town of Wellington, this interpretive trail provides the history of this town once destroyed by avalanche.  The 1910 avalanche resulted in the greatest disaster on record in loss of human life. Along the way enjoy the old Cascade train tunnel. Accessible July-October after snow has melted.

2. Snow tubing at Tube City: This fabulous facility is located among the ski runs in the Stevens Pass ski park.  The runs however, are nicely situated to prevent collisions with skiers and snowboarders.  There is a single-handled rope two taking you to 3 levels of tubing runs. Although smaller children can ride with their parents, rules prohibit riders under 42 inches tall or under the age of 3.

No need to bring your own tube, as riders grab a tube as they become available, similar to a water park. Food and drinks are available at the near by ski lodges.

Hours are noon-9 p.m. Friday-Monday, open daily through Jan. 1. Tickets are $10 per person/90-minute session and tube rental. Location: Stevens Pass, 78 miles east of Seattle on U.S. 2. For information, call 206-812-4510 or go online to www.stevenspass.com.

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3. Snow shoe to Skyline Lake: This snowshoe trail is accessed conveniently near the Stevens Pass ski area.  It is a wonderfully steep (1100 feet elevation gain to the high point at 5100’) ridge walk. It is beautiful on a crisp sunny winter day.  3 miles round trip make this easily doable in a half day, unless you take advantage of the views to picnic and play at the ridge. Bring your camera since this snowshoe provides amazing views over Alpine Lakes and Glacier Peak Wilderness.  No parking passes are required at this trailhead

4. Hike Iron Goat Trail: Although this hike is 6 miles round trip, with only 700 feet in elevation gain it is more of a walk than a hike, the variety and allure of ADA accessible trails, wooden bridges, and small creeks make this a family favorite. You will start at the Martin Creek trailhead. Along the way are several old tunnels with interpretive signs filling in the history of the people that built the railway. Warning, the tunnels are not safe for entrance! Keep your eye out for the red caboose for the kids to climb on. Dates are stamped in the concrete at the entrances and give perspective to the time period in which the tunnels were built. A great stop for lunch and pretty views of Stevens Pass are at the Windy Point viewpoint. Check out the WTA website for more detailed info on this hike.

5. Mountain Biking at Stevens Pass: Looking for something to do before the mountains are covered in snow? All summer and into the fall adventures are to be found via the chair lifts and trails at the pass. Plan to ride the lifts 10 am to 6 pm and enjoy miles of trails on 6 of the available trails for bikes at the Stevens Pass Bike Park.

6. Whet your whistle at the Whistling Post Tavern: Located in Sykomish on your way up (or down) from your day at the pass, the Whistling Post Tavern is known for the best chicken and “jo-Jos” for $10. Take advantage of the pool table, TV’s and ping pong while shooting the breeze with the locals.

So leave your board and skis behind for some new fun and games at Stevens Pass!