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The Cove Earns Four-Star Rating from Forbes Travel Guide

This holiday season, we are both ecstatic and proud to announce that The Cove, an acclaimed full-service luxury spa located alongside McCall’s iconic Shore Lodge resort, has earned a prestigious four-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide, the leader in luxury travel ratings since 1958.

Just three years after its birth in 2011, The Cove joins Forbes’ exclusive list of star rating winners worldwide, and we couldn’t imagine a better holiday gift to receive. With this accolade, Forbes acknowledges The Cove for its authentic McCall spirit, luxurious environment and its dedication to “the ultimate private and uniquely tailored spa experience.”

The Cove is now one of the (if not the only) Forbes Travel Guide four-star spas in the state.  The four-star rating, which is among the most sought-after honors in the hospitality industry, recognizes The Cove as a distinguished spa that offers consistently high standards of service and a refined guest experience in an inviting and serene environment. For more than 50 years the Forbes team of professional inspectors have traveled the globe evaluating the world’s best hotels, restaurants and spas against a rigorous set of more than 500 criteria.

55+ Housing Market Remains Strong

As we enter the final days of 2014, we can look back on a year that has been kinder to the real estate market than many prior. With steady surges in home values, a rising demand and sharp increases in builder confidence, 2014 was full of encouraging highlights that point to better days ahead.

While the industry as a whole is on the right track, it’s the 55+ market that continues to catch experts’ attention. According to Steve Bomberger, chairman of the National Association of Home Builder’s 50+ Housing Council, demand for 55+ housing has never been higher. And it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down anytime soon. Recent third-quarter results from the NAHB 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI), which measures builder sentiment and anticipated six-month sales outlook, shows 55+ builder confidence is the highest it’s been since the inception of the index in 2008.

As demand for 55+ housing increases, baby boomers are beginning to discover new, off-the-grid places to retire. And our hometown of McCall just happens to be one of those, according to Where to Retire magazine, the nation’s leading authority on retirement relocation. The acclaimed publication featured McCall in its October issue, calling our mountain-lake town an “undiscovered haven” that offers a “comfortable, friendly setting for retirees.”

The spread highlighted just about everything that makes McCall such a great place to retire, from the soothing untouched nature and friendly neighbors, to the one-of-a-kind shops and locally-owned stores.

The recent recognition, along with word-of-mouth, continues to elevate McCall as one of the Pacific Northwest’s top retirement destinations. In the heart of it all, you’ll find our very own Whitetail Club, an upscale gated community perfect for active retirees and second home owners. With 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, Whitetail Club offers an attractive option for baby boomers or anyone looking for high-quality homes, luxurious amenities and endless opportunities for adventure.

For more information on McCall, Whitetail Club and the many things that make this place such a unique place to retire. For more, visit Where To Retire magazine online.

By |December 10th, 2014|Real Estate|0 Comments|

Winter in McCall

As the holidays approach and the year swiftly comes to a close, we are again reminded that winter in McCall is nothing short of breathtaking. With shimmering fields of white anchored to mountains of ice-kissed pines, McCall truly is a winter wonderland. But the beauty is only half the story.

At Whitetail Club, we have exclusive access to a world of amenities and an endless array of adventure that await just beyond our doorsteps. So, whether you’re an extreme sports enthusiast or a first-time trailblazer, you don’t have to look far to find the perfect adventure. Here’s a look at a few outdoor activities that should be on every Whitetail member’s to-do list this season:

Alpine Skiing: With more than 300+ inches of snowfall each year, it’s no wonder McCall has quietly become one of the top destinations in the Northwest for Alpine Skiing. Our neighboring Brundage Mountain has a little something to do with it, too. Boasting more 1,500 acres of terrain, Brundage offers 46 named trails, a wide range of glades and an Easy Street learning area for kids and newbies. Not to mention, the celebrated ski resort also offers some of the best backcountry skiing and snowboarding in the nation — and it’s only six miles from Whitetail.

Nordic Skiing: Not a downhill fanatic? No worries. Whitetail Club has more than five miles of scenic, groomed trails perfect for Nordic skiing or snowshoeing. For those who want to venture out further, McCall and the surrounding areas offer an additional 60 kilometers of premier Nordic Trails.

Snowmobiling: Ranked 6th in the North Western United States for snowmobiling, Valley County has 544 miles of groomed, well-kept trails, making it possible to never take the same route twice. From gentle slopes to challenging hillsides, there’s a trail for everyone.

Winter Carnival: Inspired by the first Payette Winter Games held in 1924, the McCall Winter Carnival has grown from a tiny festival of 200 into one of Idaho’s most iconic events, attracting more than 60,000 people to McCall each year. With a Mardi Gras Parade, live music, food, beer gardens, daily events, comedy shows, art auctions and snow sculptures lining the streets of downtown, the week-long spectacular, from Jan. 30 to Feb. 8, is a must-see for anyone who likes winter.

For more information on McCall winter activities, please visit our friends at the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau.


By |December 5th, 2014|Lifestyle|0 Comments|

Shore Lodge Showcases Highly-Anticipated Warren Miller Film

Those of us who spend the winter months in the mountains of McCall have another reason to celebrate. Yes, ski season is officially here! And, just as our neighboring Brundage Mountain is priming the slopes for another exhilarating winter of powder-packed glades and well-groomed runs, our friends over at Shore Lodge are welcoming everyone to start the season on the edge of their seat, literally!

This week only, Shore Lodge invites locals and visitors alike to come out to the resort’s Ford Theatre on either December 3, 4 or 5 to enjoy the highly-anticipated 65th Anniversary Warren Miller film, No Turning Back. The exciting film follows extreme skiers as they traverse Mount Olympus in Greece, the depths of Japan, the peaks of the Swiss Alps, the hometown hills of Montana and much more.

For the past 65 years, Warren Miller Entertainment has documented the cutting edge of winter sports, from early alpine racing to the birth of freestyle, extreme skiing and snowboarding. Every winter, the entertainment company releases a new film, which gives viewers an inside look at riders pushing envelopes that no one thought existed during previous winters.

For only $25, Whitetail Club members can get a ticket to any of the 7:30 p.m. showings and receive an appetizer at the resort’s The Narrows Grill before the show. For guests of the hotel who just want to see the film, tickets are priced at $10. Visit www.ShoreLodge.com for more information on this exclusive event.

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    Winemaker’s Dinner featuring Corliss Estates + Tranche Cellars

Winemaker’s Dinner featuring Corliss Estates + Tranche Cellars

Wine lovers, rejoice: The Narrows’ acclaimed winemaker’s dinner series continues on Saturday, December 6. We are thrilled to join Executive Chef Steve Topple in welcoming Corliss Estates and Tranche Cellars for this very exclusive culinary event.

These esteemed labels hail from Walla Walla, Washington, a small city with a booming wine scene. Just hours from the town on McCall, Walla Walla is now home to more than 100 winemakers, including the sisters wineries of Corliss and Tranche. As winemakers Michael and Lauri Corliss explain, the two have very distinct personalities and profiles, much like siblings would. Corliss is timeless while Tranche is more cutting edge. Neither compromise quality, they just have distinctly different paths to achieving it.

On December 6, the paths converge in the dining room of The Narrows where the two will be showcased together in a five-course pairing dinner. His expertly crafted menu will help each varietal sing.

The exclusive dinner is priced at $119++ per person. Reservations can be made online or by calling 208-634-2244.

McCall, Idaho Ranks Among America’s Best Ski Towns

While we are lucky enough to call it ‘home,’ McCall, Idaho is fast becoming one of the top U.S. destinations for skiers from across the country. Known as one of the best ski towns in Idaho, McCall has been lauded by national ski industry and travel publications, including National Geographic Adventure who dubbed our backyard among the “best secret ski towns of North America” earlier this year. The complimentary article noted that the town boasts “some of the most consistent powder skiing in the Northern Rockies.” A bold statement? Perhaps. But a valid one? Absolutely.

Here at Whitetail Club, we relish in the perks of living near the critically acclaimed Brundage Mountain, where skiers are blessed with more than 300 inches of annual snowfall. Just minutes from McCall, the gorgeous mountain boasts powder-packed glades and luxuriously wide groomed runs. The 1,500 acres of terrain offers a summit elevation just over 7,600 feet with an 1,800 foot vertical drop. With 46 named trails and countless glades and snowfields, there is no shortage of adventure at Brundage.

Yet what continues to set McCall apart is the price tag we are able to put on all of this luxury. Comparable ski areas can cost visitors upwards of $100 for a single day lift ticket while Brundage is priced at a more manageable $60 for adults and lower for seniors and children of various ages. And for second-home buyers, value doesn’t end at the lift. Idaho luxury homes are available within the Whitetail Club gates for a fraction of what similar real estate costs at some of the regions larger and more overpopulated areas. Residents here are often able to enjoy homes priced 30-50 percent lower than many communities without sacrificing the world-class amenities they expect from a private club. And of course, the access to Brundage just can’t be beat.

For more information on ski town real estate here in McCall, contact the Whitetail Club Realty Team.

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.

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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.