Guest Post: Solar Hot Water

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I have for you today another fabulous guest post by Ron Friedman. If you've been wondering about an efficient way to get hot water to your yurt, he has a solution for you - solar hot water! Enjoy! *** Solar heated hot water is an under-utilized technology, often overlooked due to our … [Read more...]

Yurts on NPR

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"From Mansion to Yurt:" this radio interview broadcast on UPR, Utah Public Radio (part of the NPR digital network) recently interviewed a Rainier Yurt Owner. This "regular-guy" is so thrilled with his buying experience and the entire process of building his Rainier Yurt that in the last month he has … [Read more...]

Earth Day

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Each year on Earth Day, April 22, the Peace Bell at the United Nations will ring at the moment spring begins. As this occurs, a celebration of life will cover our globe as bells ring in every community and people join in heartfelt love and devotion to the care of this nest in the stars: Earth, our … [Read more...]

Practical Yurts

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written by Steven W. Hatch, this is a great resource for every aspect of the buying and building process and addresses many or the challenges along the way. If you are looking for low-cost, alternative housing options, living closer to nature, off the grid, wanting to go green or just simplifying … [Read more...]

Mother Nature Knows Best

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In a recent study by University of Colorado, researchers found that after a week of camping (staying in tents, RV, cabins or a yurt) a camper's circadian rhythm reset to follow Mother Nature's sunrise and sunset. That means a better nights sleep ... which means happy campers! If you want to … [Read more...]

Burning Man 2014 … Got Yurt?

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This year Burning Man celebrates "Caravan-sary:" For centuries, Silk Route travelers crossed paths in caravansaries, bustling caravan stops offering more than just shelter from the desert wilderness; they were vital centers of cultural exchange, bringing together traders, pilgrims, monks, nomads, … [Read more...]

Yurts and Wineries

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American wineries, especially from the West Coast Region (Washington, Oregon, and California), are definitely drawing a parallel as the world’s top wine destinations. From Napa Valley to Walla Walla, the  American wine culture is at an all time high. So is wine tasting! One way for a winery owner to … [Read more...]

It’s Pi Day!

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It's here again! Pie Day. Or ... pi day! Pi - that mathematical ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Today millions of people worldwide, from elementary school children to retired scholars, will celebrate both a mathematical constant and a sweet filling in a wheaten crust. In other … [Read more...]

Rainier Yurt Tour

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Come on down for a yurt tour! Just south of Downtown Seattle, about a 25 minute drive from Pike Place Market, you will find the impressive manufacturing plant that is home to Rainier Industries - parent company of Rainier Yurts. Throughout the year, we have folks drive or fly in from all over the … [Read more...]

How Safe Are Yurts?

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Whether you're staying in a yurt short-term, like a weekend getaway, or planning to live in one full time, you want to know that you are safe and secure. There are several yurt components to consider when we talk about being safe in a yurt. Structural safety: Every Rainier Yurt is engineered and … [Read more...]