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Washington We’re With You!

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

While not in harm’s way at Veranda Beach, our hearts and prayers continue to be with the thousands affected by Washington’s wildfires this summer. We concur with Governor Jay Inslee that the Washington blazes have “burned a big hole in our state’s heart” and we marvel at the incredible outpouring of that same heart!

Largest Fire in History
The Okanogan Complex fire is the largest fire in Washington State history now encompassing some 300,000+ acres. The fire is being fought by more than 1200 firefighters from as far away as Australia and is only 10% contained.

Lives Lost
Three firefighters lost their lives as they battled with their teams to keep others safe. Our hearts and prayers go out to their families and loved ones. We cannot begin to express our thanks and appreciation for all firefighters everywhere who continue to put themselves at risk to keep our homes, county and own friends and families safe.

A Number of Washington Homes Lost
Again, while we are in no danger at Veranda Beach, the fires have taken many homes including the family home of one of our Veranda Beach Crew in the Tonasket area. They will need our help now, and for many days to come.

Despite the incredible sense of loss and fatigue, our county has come together in this time of need. From flying red balloons, filling small red wagons, hand painting rocks and preparation of personal care packages, to hundreds of thousands in donations to local businesses to look after our firefighters, we are #OkanaganStrong! Many of our Veranda Beach Crew assist daily with moving horses and helping out relatives and friends.

A SMALL RED WAGON AND GIFTS GO A LONG WAY IN THE OKANOGAN.  Read Jake Whittenberg's story about 8 year old Okanogan Levi Stone.

A SMALL RED WAGON AND GIFTS GO A LONG WAY IN THE OKANOGAN. Read Jake Whittenberg’s story about 8 year old Okanogan’s Levi Stone.

We are monitoring the fire situation and in touch with those coordinating assistance efforts to ascertain how we can best help.

If you wish to be of assistance in any small way, please contact Rhonda Hinkley, the General Public Liaison at 509-429-9328 or direct message her on Facebook. Furthermore, any organized groups that would like to join the volunteer effort in the many areas needed from the distribution center in Tonasket, please send your contact information via direct message to Rhonda on Facebook and a volunteer coordinator will contact you. “We have only been into this for a little over a week and we have a long way to go,” reports Rhonda. “Any help to ‘spell’ our faithful volunteers and give them a break would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for all the outpouring of support and prayers we are experiencing!”

Summer at the Beach despite the Wildfires
In spite of some pretty smoky days at Veranda (and throughout the Okanogan), life carries on at the Beach. Over the last two days visibility has improved greatly and Homeowners and Guests are at the beach, on the lake, in the pool, playing volleyball, on the golf course and some dedicated fitness buffs are even out cycling and jogging again. The forecast is for improved conditions in the days ahead.



Another great way to help is to continue to visit our beautiful state of Washington, to support our local businesses, and aid in economic recovery. While we are most certainly #OkanoganStrong, we welcome all the support offered by neighbors far and wide. And thank you for it with all our hearts.

Loving the Long, Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer…

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Time may be flying everywhere else, but not at Veranda Beach.  Here, you can still enjoy Nat King Cole’s long, lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer… those days of soda and pretzels and beer…

Nat King Cole's lazy, hazy, crazy, day so fsummer are still available at Veranda Beach
as well as milkshakes and burgers and fabulous Veranda Beach Cellars wines…

You see Veranda Beach is about a simpler time, a time wear blackberries were just a fruit (are they even anything else now actually?), a time where kids ran barefoot with unbridled freedom, only coming home when they were hungry or it got dark.

Veranda Beach is about community as well.  About impromptu potluck barbeque parties and bocce on the green space until dark, and “Go to my Den” (today’s version of “Kick the Can”) after dark.

Check out the Screamin’ Good Deals and join us at Veranda Beach.  Like Nat King Cole, you’ll wish that summer could always be here.

Spring Cycling, Hiking and Golf… oh my!

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Yes, just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, Veranda Beach spring vacationers have so many activities to choose from…

Ian MacLeod and Ross McGaw cycling from Veranda Beach

Road cycling is all the rage right now, however this appears to be no fad, but a sport with staying power;  and the Okanogan County delivers fabulous road biking routes with Veranda Beach as your base.  Both serious cyclists and leisurely riders will enjoy the backroads of the Okanogan.   Penticton’s Ironman cycling route through Canada’s South Okanagan popularized that race, and just across the border in our Okanagon County,  you will find the same spectacular scenery of vineyards, orchards, rivers and lakes, only with roads far less traveled, and thus perfect for road cycling from Veranda Beach!

Jude Brunt at the top of Cactus Mountain at Veranda Beach

Hiking at Veranda Beach has proven a most popular activity over the years with three trails to choose from, and each varying in difficulty and aptly named.

  1. The Beach Trail is a fabulous, easy, partly shaded walk along the Beach, perfect for families with small children.
  2. The Lakeside Trail is our moderate trail, climbing in elevation, to take in spectacular views of the Resort, Veranda’s Vineyard and Lake Osoyoos.
  3. The Cactus Mountain Trail is, as it is named, a mountain trail, climbing up beautiful Cactus Mountain overlooking the Resort, Lake Osoyoos and surrounding mountains and once at the top, the view is seemingly endless stretching south to Tonasket and north to Oliver!

Paul Doherty tees it up at Oroville Golf Club - 10 minutes from Veranda Beach.
Golfers can start their stick swinging spree at our local Oroville Golf Course, hop across the border to play Osoyoos, Inkameep Canyon or Fairview Mountain, or head South just an hour to take in Washington’s newest course quickly climbing the ranks, Gamble Sands.  There are over 10 area golf courses to choose from!

Add in a kite flying with the kids,  casting a fishing line right from our Veranda Beach dock or at one of the nearby mountain lakes,  touring the local wineries, and of course, time to relax,  and you’ve got the makings of a fabulous Spring vacation!

Many thanks to our previous Veranda Beach models Ian McLeod, Ross McGaw, Jude Brunt and Paul Doherty for permitting the sharing of their photos!

Veranda Beach Awarded Trip Advisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence Award

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Veranda Beach - Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

Veranda Beach is thrilled to have been honored with a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire Veranda Beach Crew and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Jim Hammond, Managing Partner of Veranda Beach. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.  It is reviews like “HEAVEN – look no further” and 43 other Veranda Beach TripAdvisor reviews that contributed to this Award!”

Veranda Beach - TripAdvisor Review HEAVEN - look no further“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”

Veranda Beach is Blooming with Flowers, Great Spring Deals and Garden Cottages!

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Forsythia in Bloom at Veranda BeachSpring has sprung at Veranda Beach…  colorful crocsuses, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and forsythia now adorn the gardens, birds sing through the day and Lake Osoyoos is warming.  And the best tell tale sign that Spring has arrived…  our cottage owners & vacation guests are returning to the Beach!

One need not wait for summer to enjoy a fabulous time at the Beach.  Spring is a perfect time to step back in time, relax and enjoy…   from leisurely strolls along the Beach and fantastic reads… to invigorating hikes, cycling, golfing, fishing, flying kites, antiquing, wine touring and special events… your Beach Escape awaits!

Save 30% on Spring Beach Escapes

Spring savings are also available to anyone attending our Special Events through June 29th…

Veranda Beach is blooming with more than just flowers this Spring.  Our new Garden Cottages are bursting forward as well to welcome the new season!

Call our Veranda Beach Crew at 1-888-476-4001 to book your Spring Beach Escape or inquire about our Garden Cottages today!

New Veranda Beach Garden Cottages and Hillside Hacienda Collection are Proving Popular!

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Veranda Beach’s new Garden Cottages are proving popular with unbeatable value at $319,900 with their close proximity to the Village Center amenities and Veranda’s sandy beach. “The floorplans are fantastic, the location is unbeatable and at these prices they will not last long” Those are the comments as the new Veranda Beach Garden Cottages were released this past month.

Veranda Beach Garden Cottages Renderings

Also proving popular, for unbeatable lakeview value and upgraded architecture and furnishings is Veranda Beach’s new Hillside Hacienda Collection…. incredible views, Mediterranean influenced design, and private courtyards with outdoor fireplaces await.
Veranda Beach Hllside Hacienda Collection

Veranda Beach also offers the rare opportunity to own in a working vineyard with their Vineyard Cottages, also well appointed and boasting incredible views.   Pictures are available in their Vineyard Cottage Gallery.

Three distinctive neighborhoods to choose from, same Veranda Beach brand promise of exceeding expectation!

Celebration News from Veranda Beach

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Happy Canada Day and Independence Day everyone!  We are celebrating with one day sales, barbeque parties, and open houses!

Fourth of July and Canada Day Sale at Veranda Beach

Our Canada Day and Fourth of July Barbeque parties are set to go and we’ll be holding an Open House each day where guests can learn of ownership opportunities at Veranda Beach including our new hacienda collection and garden cottages as well as our vineyard cottage neighborhood.

We’re also celebrating two double-golds and a silver for Veranda Beach Cellars wines at the Seattle Wine awards! Taste them at our 5th Annual Winemaker’s Dinner and the Gold Medal Experience in Seattle!

And we are celebrating the release of two new neighborhoods for cottage and hacienda real estate ownership opportunities on Lake Osoyoos!

Please join us is raising a glass this weekend as there is plenty to celebrate!

Veranda Beach Cellars Hijacks the Wine Bloggers Excursion Bus

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Veranda Beach Cellars Wine Bloggers EventThis weekend Penticton is holding the Wine Bloggers Conference, an international event of all things wine and blogging! Veranda Beach Cellars had the pleasure of hopping on the bus in Chelan and taking over for a wine tasting and 3 course paired lunch for the next two hours until the bus dropped us back off in Oroville, WA.

Trisha and myself served a delicious 3 course paired lunch prepared by the Breadline Diner which included:

Picnic Melon with Fresh Basil
Cantaloupe, honey dew, grapes, and watermelon tossed with honey and basil
Paring: 2012 Lakehouse

Spring Green Salad
8th Street spring greens, spinach, cucumbers, carrots, c’rasins, almonds and feta with rhubarb vinaigrette
Paring: 2012 Regatta Rose

Italian Chicken Sandwich
Grilled Chicken, salami, provolone with Italian dressing on rosemary bread
Pairing: 2010 Collage
Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Meanwhile Rhonda, Veranda Beach Cellars’ Wine Associate extraordinaire, explained to the group of bloggers from all over the United States and Canada about Veranda Beach and our 3 award winning wines! It was such a treat to meet influential wine bloggers with such experienced pallets and share the Veranda Beach story with them!

That leg of the excursion wouldn’t have been possible without the help from the Lake Chelan Valley Wine Association, as well as our family at Veranda Beach, including Katy Perry, Veranda Beach Cellar’s winemaker (also the owner and winemaker of Tildio Winery in Manson, WA), who has crafted our 3 award winning wines and Finis Hale, Veranda Beach Cellars’ Vineyard Manager, who carefully watches over our grapes all year long! Last but not least, a huge thank-you to the Bloggers for their attention, patience, questions, and compliments on our wines!

We had such a fantastic time and we cannot wait to have some of the bloggers join us at Veranda Beach for a true 1950’s experience!



Summer has arrived at Veranda Beach…

Friday, May 10th, 2013

While true, the official first day of Summer does not arrive until June 21st, Veranda Beach’s first day of summer arrived today!

The pool is open….

Veranda Beach Pool
And… The new Breadline Diner

In true small town fashion, word sure does travel fast!   We are very excited to announce the addition of the Breadline Diner to Veranda Beach!

Veranda Beach's New Breadline Diner MilkshakeThe Breadline Cafe has expanded its operations to Veranda Beach providing the community with the same wonderful and original home-style cuisine they serve everyday in Omak along with 1950′s Diner favorites including awesome burgers, milkshakes and malts!



Weekend Getaways in May

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

The beginning of May has brought us some amazing weather and it and it doesn’t look like the sun is going to stop shining any time soon!

This weekend is the 79th Annual Oroville May Festival on May 10th and 11th. Activities start off on Friday night with the Coronation of the May Festival Royalty. The fun continues on Saturday with a fishing tournament, pancake breakfast, Fun Run, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, farmers market, grand parade, car show and more!

Veranda-Beach-Fabulous-Fifties-Sock-HopThe Victoria Day long weekend is a busy weekend at the Beach with our Veranda Beach Cellars Wine Release     Party in the afternoon and the Fabulous 50’s Sock Hop later that night. Start the day by sampling Veranda Beach Cellars highly anticipated 2010 Collage as well as the 2012 Lakehouse and the 2012 Regatta Rose. Then hop into the time machine, put on your poodle skirts and boogey your night away at the Fabulous 50’s Sock Hop!

This year we are bringing back the popular Wine Weekend getaway! This package includes:

Veranda Beach Cellars Wine Club


  • choice of 3 nights
  • wine reception
  • winery tour
  • wine pairing dinner

To book now or for more details click here.
Cheers to more sunshine coming our way!