Shop Locally, IT MATTERS!

I was cruising Pinterest last night and came across these really great posts about shopping locally.

“When you buys something made by a person, there is something special there, and you do feel it.  The consciousness with which a thing is made is often more important than the thing itself.”  J. Donald Walters

“Did you know that if each of us spent $100 a year more on local businesses instead of chain stores, it would put an extra $3 million a year into our economy, not only that but it would create thousands more jobs every year.  #supportlocalbusinesses”

“Put your $ where your heart is….buy local”

and my personal favorite “When you buy from a small business, you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home.  You are helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy get his team jersey, a mom to put food on the table and a help a dad pay a mortgage or student pay for college.”  Megan Young

Some interesting facts….When you buy local, you will often see the owners of these businesses running the counters.  They stock or make local products and buy local services.  These same local businesses support local events, sports teams & charities 250% more than big corporations.  Buying local keeps 4 times the money in the economy compared to shopping at chain stores.

I plan to do all of my Christmas shopping locally this year.   How about you?

Until next time, Cindi

Feed The People

We used to send out Christmas cards to our Clients.  Not the prestamped ones either.  We would spend hours and hours handwriting the cards, then addressing them, and mailing them.  Our list started out small and I could get it done in a day, but then over time, it got so large that I would have to hire people to help me get them done.

Then, I received one from a person who I do business with and an idea came to me.  It was really nice to get a card, but it wasn’t personal, it was just a “thank you for your business” and stamped with the names of the people that worked there.  While it was nice to receive, I wondered how many they sent out, how much each card cost, and did receiving that card make me feel warm and fuzzy?  Well, it did and then it didn’t.  Then, a thought came to me:  “What would happen if we sent out an email Christmas card to our Guests and use the money spent on cards as a donation to our local food bank!  Would people appreciate that they were helping to feed local families from different parts of the country or would they prefer to receive a hand written Christmas card?”

I took a leap of faith and sent that email out and then promptly went to the local food bank and made a donation in the name of Wallowa Lake Vacation Rentals & their Guests and it felt sooooooo good!  Warm and fuzzy!  Mission accomplished.  That year, the food bank was at an all time low for monetary donations and it felt good knowing that we (you and I!) were giving to these families and making their holidays better.  Warm and fuzzy!

Again, we will be doing this for our local food bank.  But, we are adding to it this year.  For every new Facebook like we receive between now and December 7th, we will add $1 to that total.


Until next time, Cindi

Partnerships are a good thang’

We spend a lot of time in the day trying to come up with ways to make things better, run smoother, work smarter not harder, etc.  And, we had a great idea of a new partnership that we could offer to our customer, all the while promoting another business that we love, and providing another great service to you!

We are very pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Sugar Time Bakery of Enterprise to bring you cinnamon rolls delivered to your cabin/home so when you walk in the door–what do you smell?  Yup, fresh, gooey, lil-bit-o-heaven, cinnamon rolls.

And, these aren’t your tiny little ones that you could eat 2 or 3 of and feel like you maybe ate one?  We are talking monster rolls.  Huge, beautiful, homemade rolls drizzled with a powdered sugar frosting, all fresh to greet you after a long travel to our beautiful area.

Gotta go now….I am drooling and just remembered that I have one of these that I “must taste to check quality” and a hot cup of coffee that need to partner up.

Until next time!  Cindi


7 Wonders Of Oregon

7 Wonders Of Oregon

Emily Forsha with Travel Oregon knows what she is talking about!

Ms. Forsha just wrote a story called “The 7 Wonders of Oregon” that hit the “air” today.  In her little ditty she mentions Stein’s Distillery, Arrowhead Chocolates, Terminal Gravity as well as the Wallowa Lake Tramway and Hells Canyon.

Well done Ms. Forsha!  You picked places that as a local I too think they are note worthy!  As many of you followers know, I love to do “research” at Arrowhead Chocolate.  I consider it my personal obligation to sample their salted caramel mocha atleast monthly.

Terminal Gravity hosts an open mic night that recently showcased my friend’s son Casey Kiser and his band SORRY NEIGHBORS.  Great food, good beer, great music….can’t beat that combination!

Stein’s Distillery?  Yum…their cordials are my absolute favorite!  They are donating a basket to the Enterprise Education Foundation’s dinner auction in April, and I plan to put down the change to take that basket home with me.  Worth….every….penny!

The kids and I visited the Wallowa Lake Tramway as tourists a few years ago.  Spent the day up there, loved it!  It was so peaceful, and quiet, and fun to go and experience it with the innocent eyes of my kids that had never been up before (yes, I know that is terrible!).  We hiked, we enjoyed the wildlife, we ate at the Summit Grill, we just enjoyed.

There are a lot of great businesses in Wallowa County and the sites of our grand County are breathtaking.

Why don’t you come and see what Ms. Emily Forsha is talking about!

Until next time,



Social Media has come to Wallowa Lake Vacation Rentals!

We finally joined the Social Media world and now we tweet, pin, Facebook to reach our customers.

It was a slow process to begin tweeting; it seems a little pushy to always be showing up in someone’s feeds all the time, but people have asked us to tweet, so tweet we will do!  

We also have started pinning to Pinterest.  I do love Pinterest.  It gives me a whole lot of information, ideas, recipes, fun fashion, photography, all in one location.  Our website has the capabilities to PIN/TWEET/FACEBOOK, so it is fun for our Clients to be able to share their love of Wallowa Lake with their peeps that run in their circles.

Facebook was actually one of our first ventures of Social Media.  I find Facebook the easiest to use, so we post a lot more here.  If you haven’t LIKED us on Facebook yet, you might want to.  This is where we post specials, events, and friendly competitions!  To like our Facebook page, please visit us here :

Happy Tweeting/Pin-ing/Facebooking to you!  

Competition is a good thing…..

We all deal with competition; and while it often feels like a threat, it can actually become a good thing.

We aren’t the only rental company at Wallowa Lake, there are several other companies.  While we all are competing for the business, most of us are really good about referring to other companies when we are either full, don’t have a suitable house, etc.  I always figure that as long as people are coming to our area, even if they aren’t staying with us, they are still going to spend their money here, support the local businesses that support the schools, clubs, etc., and if they come back, maybe next time they will stay with us.

Competition though can also bring out the worst in some people.  We were at a High School sporting event last night and the crowd was less than supportive during the game over a few questionable calls.  While I might have agreed with the boo’s, it made me ponder what is it that we are teaching our young men and women who are playing the sport by showing such poor sportsmanship.  

I talk to my kids all the time about first impressions, lasting impressions, and how one moment of heated emotion can turn into a lifetime first impression of someone who is judging you off of that one moment.  First impressions of how we act, what we wear, how we treat others, all reflects upon not only them, but their family as well.  As I sat across the gym and watched this one guy in particular get so upset that he was screaming at the ref and his face was bright red, I watched what I assumed what his child on the court get a technical foul….geeze, wonder where he learned that from?

So, back to competition being a good thing… is, this I firmly believe.  Competition ensures that you try your best, do your best, be your best, at every opportunity that you have to be successful.  It does not, however, have to become something that causes your fellow peeps to wonder if you are going to have a stroke.  Competition to earn your business makes sure that I am keeping up to date on all the technology that I can to make shopping Wallowa Lake Vacation Rentals easier, and competition keeps us constantly updating the homes to make sure that your stay is perfect.

Competition, when used correctly, can ensure that the world is always improving….we just have to figure out a way to get that guy across the gym to see it my way……

Until next time, Cindi