Whitetail Club Blog

How to Winterize Your Home

While winter is technically still a few weeks away, the shorter days, colder nights and some early onsets of snow have officially arrived here in McCall, Idaho. In preparation for another frosty season, it’s important to make sure mountain homes are winter ready.

Follow these simple tips to protect your home from the elements and stay cozy all season long:

Earth: Move your potted plants indoors and begin planting spring bulbs that thrive even during the frigid months ahead. Ensure the plants and trees in your yard are breeds that can make it through extreme temperatures; if not, then take additional steps to protect them. A proper kept yard is important not only for the health of the landscape but also for the safety of you and your family. Tree branches that hang too closely to your home and electrical wires should be trimmed back to avoid becoming a hazard when snow and ice begin weighing them down. Also remember to clean out gutters and downspouts where leaves and debris can build up and freeze, causing them to detach from your home.

Air: Drafts can enter from a variety of locations, including windows and doors. If needed, add a door sweep or weather strip to fill the gaps. For leaky windows, it might be a good idea to switch out summer screens for storm windows and install window insulator kits.

Water: The winter can wreak havoc on your pipes, especially if they aren’t well insulated. Cold air can freeze the pipes, causing them to burst and flood your home. To prevent this, wrap the pipes in foam rubber sleeves and heating tape, which you can find at your local hardware store. Also make sure to drain your garden hoses, air conditioner pipes and other lines, which can cause internal pipe bursts when turned on. In addition, keep your AC water valve and the water valve to your house off when you are not occupying the home.

Fire: Winter is a dangerous time for your home, because dirt buildup and gas leaks can create fire hazards when the heat is turned on. It’s always a good idea to hire an HVAC professional to inspect and clean your furnace before each winter, as well as check your ducts for joint leaks. Make sure you stock up on furnace filters, change them monthly and move any flammable items away from your heating system. Also, consider using a programmable thermostat to keep energy costs down.

Click here for more winter home protection tips.

By |November 19th, 2014|Real Estate|0 Comments|

David Poe Concert Photos

Acclaimed singer/songwriter David Poe rocked the house on his November 8 visit to McCall, Idaho. The LA-based musician headed up the mountains to perform as part of the Shore Lodge concert series. The intimate evening included a VIP meet-and-greet and live performance for a limited selection of guests. Poe shared stories from his impressive career and performed original songs from his new album, “God & The Girl,” which made for a truly wonderful evening.

For those unable to join us, stay tuned for 2015 concert dates and other special events at Shore Lodge and Whitetail Club. Next up: save the date for December 6 as Chef Topple hosts Corliss Estates and Tranche Cellars for an incredible winemaker’s dinner event.

Three Things To Consider When Buying A Second Home

When the real estate market bottomed out nearly three years ago, most potential second-home buyers abandoned the idea of purchasing that long-awaited dream home. But since then, U.S. home values have continued to climb steadily month after month, with the median home value recently topping out 20 percent higher than back in 2011.

And Americans are starting to take notice, too. Last year, 13 percent of homes purchased were intended vacation homes, up 11 percent from the year before, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Now that the market is ripe, a vacation property is becoming more of a reality than ever for many potential buyers. If you are ready to make the investment, bear in mind a few key considerations before deciding on the ideal second home:

Research: If you’re not exactly sure where you want you want to purchase your vacation home, do some research to find areas off the beaten path. Stay away from typical vacation spots where home prices are inflated. Instead, you can usually find a less expensive home somewhere else that has more amenities, simply because it’s not located in an overpopulated area. For instance, our homes at Whitetail Club rival some of the most beautiful vacation homes in the country, but remain at recession-era pricing because McCall, Idaho has flown under-the-radar for many years, only gaining national attention relatively recently. And don’t think you’ll sacrifice amenities, either. Our community sits near the stunning expanse of Payette Lake and the surrounding Salmon River Mountains, where opportunity for adventure and relaxation abound. Not to mention, Whitetail Club members also get a world of benefits, including unfettered access to a world-class, 7,200-yard golf course, state-of-the-art fitness center and a 6,000-square-foot Fish & Swim Club.

Location: The most important aspect of buying your Idaho vacation home is location. Ideally, you and your family will spend vacations here for many years to come. So whether you are choosing a mountain home or a beachfront property, you’ll want to make sure the area suits you and your family’s interests before locking yourself into the big purchase. A great way to get a feel for the town is to stay a while, either by renting a place or staying at a nearby hotel. For those interested in checking out homes at Whitetail Club, our sister property, Shore Lodge, located on the beaches of Payette Lake, is the perfect place to experience McCall at its best.

Budget: Vacation homes tend to cost more than primary homes with the same price tag, typically because they have higher mortgage rates and extra overheads like off-season maintenance costs, landscaping expenses and club membership dues. Try to leave room for these and any other unexpected costs in your budget. A vacation home is meant for escaping troubles, not adding to them, so be sure to make all financial considerations accordingly. At Whitetail Club, we have a team of seasoned salespeople who would be happy to share more insights on what it takes to maintain a second home and how we as a private club community can assist. For more information on real estate opportunities, please visit www.WhitetailClub.com or call Whitetail Club Realty at (208) 634-1725.

Featured Listing: 3304 Shaggy Mane Court

At first glance, our latest featured listing doesn’t necessarily stand out amid its natural surroundings, but that’s the beauty in it. With an exterior of thoughtfully placed stone accents and gorgeous cedar finishes, combined with carefully-crafted architecture, this home blends seamlessly into the beauty that is McCall, Idaho.

With a wide range of high-end Idaho custom home amenities like Anderson Windows, a Presidential Lifetime roof, reclaimed trestle wood cabinets, hardwood floors, granite counter tops and, of course, top-quality appliances, the home offers a premier quality of living that so many owners of Whitetail Club homes have come to love.

Part of our popular Cabin Collection, this Idaho custom home offers 3,113 square feet of space, making it great for year-round entertaining. Guests will be amazed by how the living room, dining room and kitchen flow together, creating a comfortable atmosphere that lingers throughout the home and into its three bedrooms and master suite — each boasting its own private bathroom.

Did we mention the fireplace? Placed perfectly in the master suite, the oversized fireplace offers a great excuse to cozy up in bed all day long during those cold wintery months. Relaxing not your thing? Just beyond the home’s doorstep is a world of lakes, rivers, canyons and mountains that will satisfy even the most extreme adventure-seekers. Whitetail Club members also can take advantage of a number of exclusive club amenities, including access to the 6,000-square-foot Fish & Swim Club and the award-winning 7,200-yard championship-style golf course.

To learn more about real estate opportunities at Whitetail, complete our online guest registry.

Northwest Travel Magazine Features The Cove

Our world-class spa, The Cove, has earned notable acclaim both locally, regionally and nationally since opening at our sister property, Shore Lodge, in 2011. This week, the spa was dubbed with yet another note of praise, being named an ‘Ultimate Northwest Spa Destination‘ by Northwest Travel magazine.

The feature article in this December’s issue highlights The Cove among the top spas in the area that truly embody the Northwest lifestyle.  The Cove was lauded for its seamless integration of McCall’s stunning natural setting into numerous details throughout the spa. From the towering Douglas Firs that frame the two-story lobby to the locally-sourced granite that encompass the indoor/outdoor immersion pools, the spa was thoughtfully and expertly designed to blend effortlessly into its surroundings. Even the menu at The Cove was crafted specially to accentuate the McCall lifestyle. The extensive service list includes massages meant for soothing active muscles from days of skiing or golf as well as facials that heal skin from the harsh natural elements.

For more on this story, check out the December issue of Northwest Travel and visit The Cove to experience the splendor for yourself.

By |November 6th, 2014|Lifestyle|0 Comments|

Whitetail Club Teams With Top Mountain Architect

For those of us who are lucky enough to call Whitetail Club home, we know that life up here in the Salmon River Mountains is quite a treat — to say the least. From the spectacular mountain-lake views to the endless opportunities for adventure, McCall, Idaho truly is a wonderful place to live.

Living up to the surrounding natural wonders is no small feat, either, especially when it comes to designing a home that effortlessly blends in. That’s why we called upon one of the best mountain architects in the country to help us create a very special selection of custom mountain homes. Enter the Locati Collection: designed by world-renowned architect Jerry Locati, these carefully crafted homes are not only accented by the outdoor environment, but also offer a myriad of amenities to make owners feel pampered inside as well.

And when we say “best,” we really mean best. Jerry Locati and his team of award-winning architects recently made Mountain Living magazine’s 2014 list of Top Mountain Architects. Reserved for only a few of the industry’s leading design teams, the revered list recognizes gifted professionals who possess the skills and vision to transform high-country home ideas into inspiring reality.

And inspire they did. Now among Whitetail Club’s signature offerings, the Locati Collection continues to impress buyers with its three distinctive semi-custom home plans designed to adapt to a number of household sizes and styles. Ranging from 3,500 to 5,000 square feet, the floor plans begin with four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths, and can be easily expanded to add additional bedrooms or bonus rooms. Once a floor plan is in place, the fun begins. Families can outfit the kitchen to gourmet standards, add state-of-the-art electronics or select custom cabinetry, flooring, trim and even structural details.

Because of the customizable options, each home can be configured to fit nearly any Whitetail Club homesite, whether choosing a lot along Idaho’s top-rated golf course or on a larger hillside overlooking expansive outdoor areas.

For more information on the Locati Collection plans and program details, contact Whitetail Club Realty at 208-634-1725.

Shore Lodge Concert Series Returns

Music lovers take note: Shore Lodge is at it once again, bringing the country’s most talented musicians to the backcountry for the return of their acclaimed concert series. On Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8 – 10 p.m., renowned singer-songwriter David Poe returns to Shore Lodge’s Upper Pavilion for a long-awaited encore performance.

Putting on a truly epic performance at last fall’s “Songwriters in the Round” concert here in McCall, Poe earned himself a plethora of new Idaho fans who were mesmerized by his magical voice, beautiful sound and captivating stage presence. This time around, guests can expect the same great performance but with a unique vibe unlike any other Shore Lodge concert.

A critically-acclaimed, L.A.-based singer-songwriter with New York roots, Poe is the writer behind the smash hit “Gun for a Mouth” from the wildly popular ABC TV series “Nashville.”  As a performer, he has toured the world with the likes of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, The Jayhawks, Chris Whitley and Tori Amos. And according to Rolling Stone, “David Poe gives the singer-songwriter genre a much-needed jolt.”

If you have any guests in town to enjoy the show, Shore Lodge is offering exclusive overnight packages for show attendees. Starting at only $122 per person, guests can enjoy a one-night stay in a standard room and receive a general admission ticket to the event. The first twenty people to book an overnight package will receive a free download of David’s new album “God and The Girl.”

The venue doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are priced at $45+ tax per person with a limited number of VIP packages also available, priced at $85+ tax. For more information, visit www.ShoreLodge.com or call (208) 634-2244 to make reservations.

Featured Listing: Selway Cabin

Modern luxury and authentic mountain living don’t have to be exclusive to one another. At Whitetail Club, we pride ourselves in building homes that not only reflect the natural mountain-lake beauty of McCall, but also offer a world of custom amenities to fit any lifestyle. And our latest featured listing is a testament to that statement.

Located in the heart of Whitetail Club, on Shaggy Mane Court, our newest Selway Cabin is nearly completed. With naturally rustic exteriors, reclaimed trestle wood cabinets, granite countertops, a covered deck and front porch, and carriage house garage doors, this two-story, 2,691-square-foot Idaho luxury home truly is a masterpiece. Not to mention, it’s perfect for entertaining, too.

Guests will be amazed upon entry as the living room, dining room and kitchen flow seamlessly together, only to be accentuated by expansive vaulted ceilings. Moving upstairs, each bedroom has its own bathroom and adjoins a spacious loft game room. The downstairs master suite boasts a walk-in closet, his-and-hers dual vanity and a spacious soaker tub perfect for relaxing after the guests have left.

Priced at $849,000, the property offers easy access to Payette Lake through our sister property, Shore Lodge, and a long list of amenities, including our private 7,200-yard championship-style golf course, state-of-the-art fitness center and 6,000-square-foot Fish & Swim Club, just to name a few.

For more information on this property and other featured listings from Whitetail Club, contact Director of Real Estate Sales Joe W. Carter at 208-315-0213 or visit WhitetailClub.com.

Chef Topples Tips: How to Butcher Venison

The weekend is on the horizon. For many, the weekends are time to gather together among family and friends and enjoy a few of life’s great treasures – conversation, camaraderie and, most importantly, cuisine. There is nothing better than enjoying a meal among loved ones, especially a meal that you put a little extra TLC into.

Today, Whitetail Club Executive Chef Steve Topple is here to help get your menu going with a great tip: how to butcher venison. As we call McCall, Idaho “home,” we are accustomed to (and big fans) of having a variety of locally- and regionally-sourced meats available to us. One of the most delicious is venison. While many akin venison to the texture of a fine steak, it’s much more moist but lower in calories and fat than most beef, pork or lamb. Better tenderness and better for you? Count us in.

To get your next venison dish started, follow Chef Topple’s quick tips in this handy guide:


Serve your meat alongside a fresh seafood for a Pacific Northwest twist on surf ‘n turf or, of course, pair it with those beautiful Idaho potatoes! Whatever ends up on your dinner table this weekend, we hope you enjoy it alongside good company. And remember, if you don’t feel like cooking, or butchering your meat for that matter, come visit Chef Topple at the restaurants at Shore Lodge. He has got you covered.

Where to Retire Magazine Features Whitetail Club

Where To Retire McCall Stunning scenery, endless recreation and entertainment, and an affordable lifestyle; what else could you ask for in a retirement destination? McCall, Idaho has all of this, and more, according to a new feature in Where To Retire magazine. The acclaimed publication calls small-town McCall an ‘undiscovered haven,’ lauding untouched nature, friendly neighbors and a plethora of locally-owned businesses.

Retirees have flocked from Oregon, California, Texas and Arizona, to name a few, to enjoy both nature’s spoils and great luxuries. From snow shoeing to paddle boarding, golfing to gallivanting down Lake Street, there are boundless ways to spend downtime here in the Gem State. When looking for a home base in the heart of it all, Where To Retire cites our own Whitetail Club as an attractive option for active retirees. Among the highlights noted in our upscale gated community? An 18-hole golf course, fly-fishing and lake access as well as tennis, fitness center, pool, and of course, the iconic Shore Lodge and its full-service spa, The Cove.

For more on McCall, Whitetail and the beautifully unique opportunity we offer to retirees, click here to view the full article.