Hearthstone Newsletter • December, 2016 • www.HearthstoneMcCall.com     
Boating in McCall

In this issue:

Happy Holidays
Making the Most of your Ownership: The New and Improved Hearthstone Website
Meet the Newest Members of the Team
Goose Lake Road Improvements
Staff Recommendation: Alpine Pantry
Splish, Splash!
McCall Winter Carnival 2017: 1 Valley, 100 Years

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U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

For almost 50 years, the U..S Forest Service has provided the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree and this year's 80 foot Engelmann Spruce was taken from our very own Payette National Forest at the base of the Little Ski Hill just west of McCall. Honoring the area's rich forestry and logging history, Forest Service workers used traditional skills and a crosscut saw to cut the tree - a technique which had never been used before on a Capitol tree. The tree made a 3,000 mile journey before being placed the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Mike Lamm, President of the Payette Lakes Ski Club notes, "This is just one more special event that will be a part of the Little Ski Hill's great history."

Fun for the Family: Idaho Jr Steelheads Hockey

McCall Restaurant

The excitement of the Idaho Junior Steelheads fast, hard hitting hockey combined with the great music and entertainment make for an action-packed evening fun for the entire family. Tickets to games held at the Manchester Ice and Events Centre are $10 for adults, $6 for Seniors and $5 for Youths, children under 12 are free. The season runs through March and upcoming games are posted at the Hearthstone office or click here for their full schedule.

New Mattresses & Living Room Chairs

Please do NOT feed the wildlife

We've received a great response to the new king mattresses installed in homes 11-20 earlier this year and are happy to report the remaining queen and full sized mattresses and foundations in those homes have also been replaced. We've also added new living room chairs to homes 17-20, completing living room furniture replacement throughout all homes.

Tamarack Homeowners to Operate Resort

Brundage Adds Snowmakers and Snowmobiles!


Brundage has added three snow guns to their arsenal this year to help target key areas ensuring ample snow coverage on the lower portions of the mountain. They've also added a fleet of new Ski-Doo snowmobiles and beginning December 15th, their seasoned guides can lead you into the backcountry. Check out their website for a full list of details or call (208) 634-4151 ext. 124 to book your backcountry snowmobile adventure.

Happy Holidays!

Vacation in McCall As we reflect on another wonderful year at Hearthstone, our gracious thoughts are with all of our wonderful Hearthstone owners, their families, friends and our many guests.

We wish you very Happy Holidays and much joy in the New Year.

Cheers to 2017!

Making the Most of your Ownership: The New and Improved Hearthstone Website

The Hearthstone website will be receiving a much needed upgrade later this month. We are looking forward to a Hearthstone website that is easier to scan, read and navigate, and features new photography that more accurately represents the many improvements to the homes and property made in recent years while highlighting the benefits of fractional ownership at Hearthstone.

Hearthstone on the web

The website will also feature tours of each floorplan helping prospective owners, renters and guests get a better sense of their accommodations. We're hoping this serves as a better marketing tool for prospective owners as well as a resource for many of our incoming guests visiting Hearthstone and McCall for the first time.

We anticipate these changes being completed before the holidays. Stay tuned!

Coming in 2017! The owners access portion will be receiving some upgrades next year. The design will feature the same look and feel as the main site with streamlined navigation making the owners only area more user friendly.

Meet the Newest Members of the Team

Diane Peterson, Cooper Docken

Diane Peterson, Concierge
Diane Peterson's introduction to McCall was on her honeymoon 30 years ago when her husband brought her to his family's summer cabin on Payette Lake. He mentioned then, they would live here someday. It took some time and perseverance but in 2003, Diane and her husband built their own log home and have enjoyed McCall throughout all of it's seasons. Huckleberries--Diane can not get enough of them! In the summer, Diane can be found foraging for her "Purple Gold" or dropping a hook and a line into one of the mountain streams. Winter has endless fun times for Diane and her family as they enjoy snowshoeing, skiing and tailgating with friends. Diane joined the Hearthstone Owner Services team in July and we are grateful to have her friendly, exuberant personality and cheerful laugh in the office. Her attention to detail is fantastic and she's made it her personal priority to ensure Hearthstone owners are making the most of their ownership. "McCall is where my family is truly at home. Relaxing at the beach, walking a well known path or exploring a new hiking trail. All seem familiar because we are 'home.' Being here at Hearthstone allows me to see the joy of sharing our home with others."

Cooper Docken, Maintenance
Cooper Docken started part-time in July and has quickly become an integral part of our Hearthstone maintenance team. His first-rate work ethic and great attention to detail have helped keep the homes and the Hearthstone property in fantastic condition this past season. A devout snowboarder and outdoor enthusiast, Cooper's passion for the community and for the surrounding area has anchored him in McCall. "McCall has access to so much wonderful outdoor recreation. Any day of the week, I can snowboard, hike, disc golf, mountain bike or just head out on the lake on my kayak, Plus I like to provide hospitality and service to the great people who share my passion for our little community, Hearthstone is a great fit for me," notes Cooper. When former maintenance supervisor, Joe Caward, moved to Oregon last fall, Cooper was eager to accept a full-time role. While we were sad to say goodbye to Joe, we were thrilled with Cooper's willingness to accept this new challenge and quickly learn the ins and outs of the Hearthstone homes and property.

Vacation in Idaho

Goose Lake Road Improvements

Don't be surprised when you encounter a much safer road to Brundage Mountain this winter due to a dramatic reconstruction project completed over the summer. Previously a narrow winding mountainous road with the highest accident rate in Payette National Forest, the 4 mile stretch of Goose Lake Road from Highway 55 to Brundage Ski resort has been widened and re-engineered in several areas making it easier and safer for winter travel. Areas of the road have also been regraded and even rerouted eliminating the tricky hairpin turns and greatly reducing the chance of the oh-so-common winter snowbank encounter. This $10 million dollar project is part of the Forest Highway Program and required over 200,000 cubic yards of material to complete. To give you an idea, a standard pickup truck bed can hold about 1 cubic yard! Major improvements are also planned for the Goose Lake Road and Highway 55 intersection and resurfacing the entire roadway which will be completed next spring.

Staff Recommendation: Alpine Pantry

Alpine Pantry

This coffee shop and daytime eatery is the perfect spot to enjoy a delicious and nutritious breakfast or lunch before heading out on a winter adventure.

Located on West Lake Street, just before crossing the bridge near the Shore Lodge, Alpine Pantry features local ingredients, farm fresh eggs, homemade soups and sauces and fresh squeezed juices guaranteed to satisfy your healthy cravings.

Stop in and enjoy some homemade biscuits and gravy or one of their grab-and-go Brundage breakfast burritos before heading up the mountain.

Click here for a full menu.

Splish, Splash!

Kiddie Pool

A "splash pad" aka "kiddie pool" was added this fall and there's no doubt it will be the most popular spot at the Ranch House next summer! The gated area was extended to accommodate the new pool which measures 15 feet by 17 feet and 18 inches deep. The cement patio was also expanded within the pool area to allow for additional patio seating next summer. This is just the first phase in a series of Ranch House improvements planned by the Spring Mountain Ranch Homeowners Association and next time you're at Hearthstone, check out the full design plan on display in the Ranch House which includes the addition of gazebos, playground equipment, a new firepit and the expansion of the fitness center to be built over the coming years.

McCall Winter Carnival 2017: 1 Valley, 100 Years

Winter Festival

With fireworks, parades, live music and dozens of dazzling sculptures, McCall's Winter Carnival draws upwards of 60,000 people each year. Celebrating its 52nd year, the 2017 carnival kicks off Friday, January 27th with the Children's' Torchlight Parade and opening fireworks over Payette Lake. Grab your camera and check out the snow sculptures and the Mardi Gras parade on Saturday followed by the snow bike races at the McCall Golf Course in the afternoon. Sunday, the fun and laughs continue with the Monster Dog Pull benefiting the local humane society.

Tricia Johnson

Festivities extend into the following week with plenty of daily events to enjoy throughout McCall. Take advantage of uncrowded ski slopes and sculpture viewing during the days and let the Idaho winemaker dinners, spirits and chocolate tasting, local plays and live music be the highlight of your nights. There's something for everybody!

Downtown heats up again for the closing weekend's events. Legacy Park is full of tasty food vendors and a steady stream live music will be featured on the main stage in Depot Park. The festival closes with a final fireworks farewell over the lake on Saturday evening.

Check out the McCall Chamber of Commerce for a full Winter Carnival Event Schedule

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