Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all!

It's been a crazy week with all the snow, slush, hail and rain! It's still snowing in Portland, but if the weatherman is accurate, the rain will come in the next day or two and hopefully the snow will become a distant memory. We haven't had any sign of snow or ice on the coast for a few days now.

I'll make this posting short since we all should be spending time with family and friends.


Friday, December 19, 2008

Light Snow Last Night - Still Ok!

We had some snow overnight, but it looks like it might rain. The Portland Metro area freeways are all fine and the best way to get to us without using chains is to go south to Salem and then take the #22 to #18 all the way to the coast, go north on #101 towards Tillamook. When you are close to Pacific City. you will see signs that say Pacific City, Sand Lake......turn LEFT (the name of the road is Brooten Rd.) and go a approximately 2 miles. Turn LEFT at flashing red stoplight (Pacific). Cross over river and turn RIGHT at stop sign (Cape Kiwanda Dr.). Continue going straight for approximately 8 miles (there will be 1 stop sign, but just continue straight ahead). Turn LEFT at the Sandlake Store and Gas (a small store on the corner of our road). You are now on Galloway Rd.. We are located 1/2 mile on your left. Look for our small sign on left. We are BEFORE the big left curve in the road.

If you don't drive south to Salem and decide to take the shortest route, please be aware that chains are REQUIRED on #6

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Back To Just Rain

For now, the snow and ice has all disappeared and we're back to just some rain. Of course, things change quickly, but I'll try to keep you updated each day on our current weather conditions. Stay tuned!!!


Monday, December 15, 2008

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!!

If you live anywhere in the northwest, you're are experiencing the "Arctic Blast" along with us! It doesn't snow very often on the Oregon coast, but when it does, it's spectacular. This is the tree right across the road from us in front of the inn.

Sunday it started snowing and turned Sandlake Country Inn into a winter wonderland.

Our dog Sandy always loves playing in the snow! She's a lab, malamute, Australian Shepard mix, so her malamute comes out at the first sign of snow. The first time she experienced snow was a few years ago here at the Inn and she actually started making her version of snow angels! She laid down, put her nose in the snow and started pushing the snow around.

If you haven't stayed with us before, you'll have to come and meet Sandy, our official meeter and greeter. She's not allowed in any of the guest areas inside, but she loves to show you how sweet and gentle she is when you're in her favorite playground.....the grounds of our property. She can ev
en show you where the beaver dam is. Ron and Sandy take a stroll most every night in search of Mr. Beaver. There's a beaver family in the creek on the west side of our property (not the creek by the Cottage).

Unfortunately, the snow has mostly turned to ice now and we're looking forward to the temperatures rising one of these days and getting back to normal. Come and join us on the beautiful Oregon Coast in the never know what to expect!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Join Us For the Holidays

On Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, on Comet, Cupid, Donder and Blitzen......Uh oh, this little guy is so full of our wonderful homemade cookies, I don't think he's even in the running for Santa's sleigh this year! Come and help him out by lightening his load of cookies!

Sandlake Country Inn is open for the holidays. If the craziness of the season is getting to you, come and get away where things are calm and peaceful. The common areas are decorated, but you'll find th
e guest rooms as usual.

If you join us before Christmas, you may want to take a little drive to the Tangier outlet mall in Lincoln City to take advantage of the sales for those last minute gifts. If you're here AFTER Christmas you can take advantage of the extra price reductions.

Our folk art bears are ready for Christmas. These bears are very special. They were created by the chain saw artist Wibb Ward (1911-1984). Wibb Ward lived just down the road and was one of the first chain saw artists. His work is renowned and is also in the Smithsonian.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Green Lodging Certification

It's official, Sandlake Country Inn is now a certified green lodging property! What does this mean? It means that we have met the guidelines of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild's "Green Inspection Program". This program has been developed with a partnership with Sustainable Travel International.

Going "Green" doesn't have to mean that you can't enjoy luxury! In fact, most of our guests over the years have no idea that when they stay with us we are a "green" property.

Since we purchased the inn 7+ years ago, we have made a commitment of our business practices to promote the sustainability of our planet's natural resources. Here are a few things we have done to help

  • Compost
  • Recycle
  • Buy locally when possible
  • Use environmentally friendly cleaning products with all natural ingredients
  • Use durable products instead of throw away
  • Use e-mail for most all business communications
  • All bubble baths & lotions are environmentally chemicals, all natural products
  • Purchase our lotions & bubble bath in bulk & provide each guest room with reusable glass containers instead of disposable travel bottles
  • When an appliance breaks, we've replaced it with an energy efficient appliance.
  • Purchased a TerraPass for each of our vehicles to eliminate it's carbon footprint
  • Replaced light bulbs whenever possible with florescent or LED blubs
  • Encourage our guests to reuse their towels if they feel comfortable doing so
  • Reusable grocery bags when shopping (Costco has great ones 3 in a pack for $4.00)
We will soon make Green Tags available to our guests who want to help mitigate the carbon footprint of their trip. Sustainable Travel International is providing U.S.-based Green Tags from the portfolio of activities managed by the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. BEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping stabilize our rapidly changing climate by providing high-quality, Green-e certified renewable energy certificates they call Green Tags. BEF operates projects that meet strict eligibility and performance criteria based on national standards.