|Hearthstone Newsletter • June, 2016 • www.HearthstoneMcCall.com|
In this issue:• Keeping Hearthstone at its Best
• The Registry Collection
• The Newest Member of the Team
• Whitewater Adventures
• A Day in the Backcountry
• Highlighted Hikes
• McCall Events You Can't Miss!
• Limited Rental Opportunities
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Did You Miss the Annual Owners' Meeting?
If you missed the Annual Owners' Meeting in March, it's not too late to get up to speed on all things Hearthstone. Both the presentation and the audio recording of the meeting can be viewed on the Owner's Access portion of the Hearthstone website. Topics discussed by PRR Management include annual financials, refurbishment projects, the challenges of space available and opportunities in the resale market.
New Restaurant: Veg'd Out
Nestled in the Hotel McCall courtyard is the new restaurant Veg'd Out. Boasting delicious homemade soups, complete with optional bread bowls, as well as an extensive salad bar, potato bar, and delicious pulled pork and teriyaki chicken sandwiches, Veg'd Out is a great place to grab a healthy, fresh lunch or early dinner. It has quickly become a local favorite.
Don't Feed the Wildlife!
It is always exciting to view the deer and foxes who wander through Hearthstone and it can be tempting to touch or feed them, but there are several reasons why this is unsafe for both the animals and our guests. Human food can cause health problems for other species, wild animals often lose their natural fear of people as a result and are more likely to be killed by vehicles, and wild animals who come in close contact with humans or pets can spread more disease. Additionally, petting wild animals can cause the mothers to reject their young. Please remember that while seemingly tame, these animals are wild and can injure you or your pet so please avoid contact.
Albertsons Replaces Paul's Market
The Paul's Market in McCall has transitioned to become an Albertsons grocery store. The McCall location was one of four Paul's Stores that Albertsons purchased early this year. Albertsons plans to expand the store later this fall adding a pharmacy, floral department and a Starbuck's coffee stand.
Check Out: Friendly Reminders
Dog Days of Summer
With another season upon us, we want to remind our pet owners that while visiting Hearthstone, dogs must be kept On a Leash at All Times when outside the home. Pet owners are also responsible for removing and disposing of pet waste from Hearthstone property. Bag dispensers are located in the phonebook drawer in each home and at the pet stations which are located at the front and the back of the property. Violation of these rules, and all other rules outlined in the pet policy, may result in suspension of pet reservation privileges. We love having your dogs at Hearthstone, but ask you to please be fully compliant with the rules and regulations regarding pets!
Valley County/Meadows Valley is a Finalist in America's Best Communities
The Valley County/Meadows Valley area earned one of eight finalist spots in the America's Best Communities competition. The area has been awarded $100,000 and a chance to win the $1,000,000 community revitalization grant which will be awarded in 2017. The revitalization plan for our area can be found on the America's Best Communities website.
Limited Rental OpportunitiesRenting a spacious, beautifully-refurbished home at Hearthstone is a wonderful way to experience McCall, Idaho. With on-site concierge, maintenance and housekeeping teams dedicated to making your stay effortless and only a short distance from downtown, you will simply not find anything like it in the McCall area!
Contact the Concierge without delay to make your summer or fall reservations now, as availability is limited and won't last long. It never does!
Keeping Hearthstone at its BestAs we shook off winter's embrace this spring, Hearthstone began the major task of refreshing the landscaping throughout the property. Hearthstone contracted a local landscaping company who spent a week removing all of the existing bark and woodchips and refreshing the grounds with two semi-truck loads of vibrant, new bark. Special attention was also paid to the vegetation. Bushes and trees have been pruned, and dead shrubs and groundcover have been replaced ensuring Hearthstone is the picture-perfect place for your next summer stay. Numerous interior projects were also completed this spring to ensure your Hearthstone home looks as good today as it did when it was first built. You'll sleep well knowing new plush, pillow top mattress and boxspring sets were placed on the king beds in homes 11-20. The remaining queen and full beds in those homes will be replaced this fall. The bedrooms in homes 3-6, 9-10 and 17-20 also received new bedroom carpet with the remaining homes scheduled for bedroom carpet in 2017. Cedar homes 15-18 will stay cooler this season with their new AC units and homes 19 and 20 received a fresh coat of interior paint. To top it all off, housekeeping has thoroughly deep cleaned each home and the maintenance team has devoted time to repairing and repainting each home's garage. Lastly, a new commercial washing machine was purchased for the housekeeping department helping the team to stay efficient with laundry operations during the busy summer season. Twenty three percent (23%) of your annual assessment is dedicated to the capital reserves fund and used, with approval from the Board of Directors, to fund all of the refurbishment projects keeping not only your home, but the surrounding landscape, a signature piece of of the Hearthstone property, looking better than ever. And we think you'll agree!
Making the Most of Your Ownership: The Registry CollectionOne of the many perks of Hearthstone is the optional Registry Collection membership. Although we aim to make every visit to Hearthstone an unforgettable experience, variety is the spice of life and the Registry Collection provides opportunities to travel to properties across the globe. Whether you prefer lounging on the beaches of Mexico, exploring massive barrier reefs in Belize or quietly slipping away to the mountains of Colorado, as a member of the Registry Collection program, you have access to a world of unforgettable luxury experiences. Hearthstone owners are always eager to share their latest experience with the Registry Collection. Our owners have traveled to a variety of amazing locations and here are a few recent raves! Scott Mallory: The Grand Colony - Belize
All the registry properties we have visited the past eleven years have been fantastic, but the best so far has been The Grand Colony in San Pedro, Belize. The Grand Colony is a 5 star property located near the world's 2nd largest Barrier Reef and provides some of the world's best snorkeling and diving opportunities. San Pedro, Belize is a great island to relax and leave it all behind! Ray Rumpel: The Purgatory Lodge - Durango, CO
The Purgatory Lodge in Durango was pretty phenomenal. We stayed on the top floor which had its very own concierge dedicated to the guests on our floor and the amenities and pool facilities are great. Only 25 miles outside of town, there many things to do in Durango and the big highlights were taking the scenic train ride from Durango to Silverton and we also took a scenic drive on the Million Dollar Highway. Krafft Family: The Grand Mayan - Riviera Maya, Mexico
We loved The Grand Mayan because it was so kid friendly with pools exclusively reserved for Registry Collection members so they were never crowded. The best part was that they have professional photographers on site available to take family portraits on the beach and we only paid $35 each for the photos we wanted! Just avoid the people luring you into a presentation, they can be pretty smooth. Tim Collias: Club Paradiso - Podere San Filippo, Italy
Club Paradiso is a several hundred year old villa located in a charming little town between Florence and Siena. It was outside of the more populated areas but still close enough to take day trips into the cities. The villas have been completely redone with modern conveniences and the resort is next door to an olive oil and wine estate. Everywhere we ate in town had great food and was reasonably priced. What more could you ask for!
The Newest Member of the Hearthstone TeamWe are excited to welcome Tricia Johnson, our new Owner Services team member to Hearthstone. Originally from Weiser, Idaho, Tricia's family has maintained a second home in McCall since the 1970s where she learned to water ski on Payette lake and downhill ski on the slopes of Brundage. "I really enjoy meeting new people from all over the world and I'm excited to master my job here at Hearthstone." A year-round McCall resident since 2012, Tricia enjoys "glamping" and hiking into mountain lakes while hunting for gold and huckleberries. She's also a talented fused-glass artist and provides the local mosaic shops with her handmade wares. Be sure to stop by the office and meet Tricia during your next Hearthstone visit.
Whitewater Adventures: The River of No ReturnFor the adrenaline junky or the laid-back outdoor enthusiast, whitewater rafting is a must-do when visiting Idaho. We recommend Mountain River Outfitters, a favorite of both owners and Hearthstone guests, for an unforgettable rafting experience on the Salmon River near Riggins, Idaho. Riggins is "Idaho's Whitewater Capital" and located about an hour north of McCall. Upon your arrival in Riggins, MRO will transport you to your launch point and their seasoned guides will lead you on a fun-filled river adventure. Mountain River Outfitters offers a wide variety of rafting trips, with lengths from a half day to several days. Additionally, rafters who opt for a half-day morning float can also add in a jet boat ride upstream in the afternoon. Whether you are game for a two day rafting trip or a lazy afternoon on the river, whitewater rafting on the Salmon River an experience you do not want to miss.
Off the Beaten Path: A Day in the BackcountryValley County and neighboring Idaho County have vast amounts of backcountry with a rich history, deeply rooted in mining from the late 1800s through the 1900s. Some mining still occurs today, especially in the Stibnite area. For the history buff, or anyone who wants a glimpse into the past, here are our recommendations for backcountry adventures. Warren Auto Tour: Warren, Idaho is one of the oldest settlements in what eventually became the state of Idaho. Its mining history dates from the early 1860s through the 1930s, with sporadic mining continuing today. Many of the original buildings are still standing, and the town boasts a population of 12-14 full time residents. The McCall Forest Service office offers the Warren auto tour, complete with a map and tapes, which provides various historical, biological and geological background for various places along the way. Upon arriving in Warren, there is also a walking tour available. Secesh.net details the locations on the foot tour of the historic mining town. If you're interested in soaking in a hot springs en route to Warren, Burgdorf Hot Springs is highly recommended (and just two miles off of Warren Wagon road). Burgdorf was founded at the turn of the century and served as a "resort town" for nearby miners. There is a large, luxurious hot springs pool for soakers to enjoy. Rich in history, the original cabins are still standing as well as the two-story log cabin hotel. Yellow Pine, Idaho: Continuing on from Warren, take Elk Summit Road and Big Creek Summit Road on to Yellow Pine. The drive itself, on dirt roads, provides beautiful scenery. The advent of Yellow Pine followed the original Warren mining boom. Now famous for its annual harmonica festival hosted the first weekend of August every year, Yellow Pine was originally established to serve as a sort of backcountry trade center to meet the needs of miners from Stibnite to Warren. Many original buildings still exist, including an old red school house nicknamed "The University of Yellow Pine," and a hardy population of thirty or so inhabitants continue to call the village home, despite the difficulty of accessing Yellow Pine in the winter. Stop in at one of the bars for a cold one, peruse the old-time store, and visit the Pioneer Cemetery, located about 1/4 mile outside town, before heading back to McCall. Bonus Location: No Business Lookout A road trip through Burgdorf, Warren, and Yellow Pine will occupy an entire day but if those three stops have not quenched your thirst for backcountry adventures, visit the No Business Fire Lookout. Located at the top of No Business Mountain, this active lookout offers breathtaking views of Long Valley, Weiser Valley, and Indian Valley. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, the lookout itself has a unique appearance. It is a two-story, log structure painted white. The lookout is approximately 45 minutes from McCall. Take West Mountain Road, from Red Ridge Road, until the signs for No Business Lookout. Turn right onto forest service road 185A and follow it until you reach the lookout. Bring a picnic and a camera. The views are unmatched.
Highlighted HikesMcCall and its surrounding areas have hundreds of hiking trails to choose from, and it is easy to become overwhelmed when trying to plan a hike. Look no further. Here are our top two trail recommendations for this summer. If you are feeling more adventurous, the Hearthstone concierge is always willing to provide further suggestions for nearby hikes. Blue Lake: The Blue Lake trail is a short, family-friendly hike that leads to a small, pristine mountain lake. The trailhead is a short drive from the town of Cascade, located thirty minutes south of McCall. From Cascade, take Cabarton Road to its intersection with Snowbank Road (Forest Service Road 446), and then drive along Snowbank Road for 10 miles. The road is well maintained, but rather steep. There is a decent sized parking lot at the trailhead, on the left side of the road. The trail is an easy mile, all downhill, to the lake itself. After reaching the lake, hikers have the option of taking a trail that circles the lake for an additional two miles. There is a beautiful waterfall midway around the lake. After hiking Blue Lake, many hikers enjoy driving to summit at the top of Snowbank Road, where there's a radar site that has year round snow. Louie Lake Slightly more difficult than the Blue Lake hike, the hike to Louie Lake is manageable for hikers of most abilities. Louie Lake offers beautiful views of Jug Handle Mountain, although the lake itself is worth seeing. To reach the trailhead, take Elo Road (just south of McCall) until you reach Boulder Lake Road. Turn left on Boulder Lake Road. The trailhead is located four miles down the road on the right side. The trail is approximately 1.5 miles to reach Louie Lake, along which hikers enjoy breathtaking views of Long Valley below.
McCall Events You Can't Miss!
Family Favorites!Bark in the Park - Sat. June 18
Grab your pooch and a leash and head to Ponderosa State Park for Bark in the Park! After a 3k trail walk, you and your dog can enjoy a picnic lunch, games and dog treats all while supporting MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter. 4th of July in McCall
Head downtown to Legacy Beach, Brown and Depot Park for a day of fun-filled family events featuring bouncy houses, water slides, a beer garden, arts & crafts, live music and the always popular, fireworks at dusk! Oktoberfest - Sat. October 1
Dust off your lederhosen and join MCPAWS and friends at the Alpine Village for tasty food, local craft brews, live music, costume contest, face-painting and more! This family-friendly (and dog friendly!) event has become a fall tradition in McCall.
Get Your Groove On!Summer Music Festival at Roseberry - Thu./Fri./Sat. July 14-16
Bluegrass lovers will want to hit up the 39th annual music festival located south of McCall at the historic Roseberry townsite. Don't forget your lawn chair, cooler and your dancing shoes! McCall Summerfest - July 17-24
With classical chamber and pops concerts held at various venues throughout McCall, this week-long festival is a local favorite! Visit the website for the full list of concerts and tickets. McCall Jazz: Jazz on Jug Mountain featuring Curtis Stigers & Friends - Fri./Sat. August 5 & 6
Curtis Stigers returns to host this 4th annual jazz concert event on Saturday, August 6. If one night isn't enough, don't miss the preview event, "Jazz, Wine & Dine" Friday night at Rupert's at Hotel McCall.
Fun in the Sun!Payette Lake Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Show - Fri./Sat./Sun. July 29-31
Join the fun as wooden boat owners show off their beautifully restored classics at the Shore Lodge Marina on Payette Lake. Taste of McCall - Sat. August 6
Get your foodie on while sampling the best McCall's local restaurants and breweries have to offer at the Taste of McCall. Hosted at the River Ranch, this year's event includes live music, wine tasting and food demos. Payette Lakes Fine Arts and Crafts Fair - Sat./Sun. August 20 & 21
Discover log furniture, oil paintings, stained glass and many more unique treasures. Over 75 artists travel from all over the country to participate in this event located at Fairway Park, next to the McCall Golf Course. For a full calendar of events, visit the McCall Chamber of Commerce.
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