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Home of the Great White Owl

By Elizabeth Rogers
Published: 09/16/18 Topics: Comments: 0

Many, many years ago a great owl species was discovered to be popular in the Pacific Northwest - the great horned owl. Who knew, that there would be a chance to discover such a rare one right among a most popular valley in Washington state.

The bird watching opportunities out in Oroville can really tell a tale, as this one will.

Eden Valley Guest Ranch has recently been home to the Great White Owl. Within the last year, this divine white great horned owl has made itself at home over at the Eden Valley Guest Ranch out in Oroville.

He seems to be all around the ranch, year round. Robin Stice, owner and operator of the Eden Valley Guest Ranch, notes, "He fledged around July of 2017 and has made the ranch his home, for the last year or so."

This feathered beauty is about 15-17 inches in size and has a very defining look to him. With mustard yellow eyes and glistening white feathers, he soars around the guest ranch only going within a mile distance of the place. "He's definitely marked his territory, it's only about a mile in length. He'll fly about a third to a half mile in distance and then make his way back.", Stice states.

After doing extensive research on the type of great horned owl that he might be, a discovery has been made - the great white owl of the Eden Valley Guest Ranch happens to be a rarity. At first glance, one would think he was an albino owl, but then his eyes become noticeable. They are striking and noted to be a vibrant mustard yellow color - Again, something that is rare for this type of species.

If you're an avid animal lover, you may know of the term, "leucism". This a condition in which an animal suffers a full (or even a partial) loss of skin pigmentation, resulting in why the great white owl might be so very white. As stunning as he is, leucism seems to be the cause of his striking white feathers.

Stice tells me that, "When we first noticed him, he seemed to be a bit more afraid of the guests [or people in general.] But, now he has gotten used to them, probably knowing they won't harm him, but rather gaze at his beauty."

Although, the thought of any being - bird or not, losing pigmentation can be inspiriting, the discovery of the great white owl of Eden Valley has been a special addition to the ranch for the owners as well as guests that are visiting.

Avid bird lovers will enjoy the rarity of the great white owl, while gazing into his deep yellow eyes. Stice mentions, "He seems to be a pleasant owl, living in his own little world and care free among the valley of Oroville."

Bird watching and wild life viewing are always popular in the state of Washington. The valleys and mountains that line the state are home to many different species, specifically of owls and birds, like the great white owl of Eden Valley Guest Ranch. Visitors come from all over to view special species as such.

The great white owl has been around for over a year now, making Eden Valley Guest Ranch is territory.

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Author: Elizabeth Rogers – Great White Owl of Eden Valley, Eden Valley Guest Lodge
Blog #: 0605 – 09/16/18

OutlookOkanogan.com a new Vacation Rental Management Business.

By Elizabeth Rogers
Published: 07/09/18 Topics: Goldener Inns, Sunspots Vacation Rentals, Vacation Rentals, Vortex Managers Comments: 0

Clyde & Sandy Andews - OutlookOkanogan.com
Clyde & Sandy Andews - OutlookOkanogan.com

With the growth of Vacation Rentals around the world, a new company named "Outlook Okanogan" was started in June by long time valley residents and lodging experts Clyde and Sandy Andrews of Oroville.

"Although we have been operating the Camaray Motel for years, we frequently stay in vacation rental homes when we travel personally. We can see that many second home owners in the Okanogan Valley need reliable local management to safely rent their homes for profit." says Clyde.

The new business is located in Oroville and offers staff and services throughout the entire valley including, Omak, Oroville, Okanogan, Tonasket, and down to Brewster. The new website is OutlookOkanogan.com

Guests will find a wide variety of cabins, condos and homes advertised on OutlookOkanogan.com including rentals all over the Northwest from rental partners. The website features many large photos, 360 degree panoramas and even three dimensional tours that allow guests to virtually walk through a home before booking.

Outlook Okanogan has partnered with the Vortex Organization, a back office service company, that allows them to combine global advertising, stunning photography, world class website, reservations and 24/7 customer service..

Sandy notes, "Most local managers try to do it all themselves and property owners fail to earn sufficient income. With Vortex we can offer owners maximum income, with minimum fuss. We do it all."

Unlike most managers, Outlook Okanogan offers services a-la-carte so owners can choose from their Full-House full service program, or pick and choose the services they want such as hospitality grade housekeeping, world wide advertising, home watch and guest services.

Outlook Okanogan programs are on a flex-fee basis so that owners only pay for what they want. The company even has booking only services for owners who already do their own rentals, often from afar.

Clyde and Sandy, originally from Portland and Centralia respectively, have been valley residents for 10 years, and in the hospitality industry for decades. They also provide extra bookings and marketing to local inns, resorts and hotels usually with no up-front cost and payment is fully contingent meaning all properties only pay when the new company makes them money.

"Every one wants to make money, but safety is first which is why having professionals like Clyde and Sandy onsite is crucial to operating a vacation rental home safely." Said Penny Taylor a Vortex Partner.

" There is really no other rental organization that can match our flex-fee prices along with our commitment to take very attentive care of their homes' said Clyde. "We even have home-minder services for second home owners who do not want to rent."

OutlookOkanogan allows guests from around the state or around the world to discover a most prized destination in Washington. Whether it be a romantic getaway or a family outing with your loved ones, customers can now book instantly online with great rates and friendly service.

To book online, go to OutlookOkanogan.com or call 509-846-7900, open every day of the year. Owners are invited to call for free market evaluation of their property.

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Author: Elizabeth Rogers – Public Relations, MayPartners.com
Blog #: 0593 – 07/09/18

AtTheBlue.com at Blue Heron Resort

By Libby Rogers
Published: 04/22/18 Topics: Hood Canal, Timeshares, Vacation, Vacation Rentals Comments: 0

Yourshare.biz which offers resort and owner direct vacation rental bookings for timeshare properties announced today that it has opened a new website for the Blue Heron Condos on Washington State's pristine Hood Canal. Read more Leave comments

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