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NEWS (Cities & Towns follow after the News)

Winter Is Great at the San Juan Islands

It's not too early to plan your Winter Escapes: Exhilarating Outdoor Adventures, and Exceptional Indoor Travel Experiences in Snohomish County, Washington

Olympic National Park and Forest is the perfect place to throw caution to the wind and test one’s sense of adventure.

What to See & Do in Tacoma +Pierce County? Plenty

Traveling with your Pooch: Discover Dog-friendly Snohomish County

The Museum of Flight Celebrates its 50th Anniversary with New Aviation Pavilion and Education Center

Check out the Kitsap Peninsula's Events & Activities,

What to See & Do

Washington's Wineries

Did you know? Washington State is the second largest producer of wine in the nation, contributing more than $3 billion to the state economy and employing more than 14,000 people.

Prosser’s The Vintner’s Village --

is nestled in the heart of Yakima Valley’s and is one of the most convenient communities of some the of the best wineries in the state. The village is home to 13 award-winningwineries and tasting rooms, all within easy walking distance of each other.

A few key wineries to watch in Vintner’s Village include:

Prosser - Olsen Estates Winery --

100 years of family growing tradition in Yakima Valley and counting. This relatively young winery has been supplying grapes to some of the biggest and best wineries in the state for decades and just recently started holding back the cream of the crop of its grapes to create its own wine. With scores of 91 from Wine Spectator for its very first ever red, the Rouge des Coteaux and winning “Editors Pick” from Wine Enthusiast for its 2006 Chardonnay, the lineup of spring releases will be worth waiting for.

Milbrandt Vineyards Winery --

Like Olsen Estates Winery, Milbrandt Vineyards Winery is family owned and operated producing 18,000 cases. Under the talented direction of winemaker Gordon Hill, the winery crafts signature, award winning wines using selected grapes under the Milbrandt Vineyards Winery, Traditions and Legacy labels.

The Winemaker’s Loft --

Winemaker Michael Haddox had a vision to not only create his own wine but also to help other winemakers realize their dreams. The Winemaker’s Loft is an incubator winery that allows 6 start up wineries to utilizes its production facility and provide tasting room space. The wine incubator method is becoming increasing popular to help small wineries shoulder the costs of creating their first vintages.

BELLINGHAM

What to See & Do

Mt. Baker Region Goes Green

Whatcom County has been named the #1 Environmental Protection Agency Green Power Community in the Nation. Bellingham and Whatcom County earned the top status by the EPA in regards to communities committed to alternative energy resources.

Both the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County purchase 100% green power.

Bellingham was also recognized as the first city in Washington and the most successful community in the country to be designated a Green Power Community.

Community members are doing their part to have less impact on the environment:
Western Washington University started purchasing 100% Green Power in 2005, thanks to a student-led initiative that passed by 84.7%. The Bellingham City Council unanimously voted to purchase 100% Green Power, starting in 2007. The Whatcom County Council voted to purchase 100% Green Power, starting in 2007. it has become the #1 Green Power Community in the nation by purchasing approximately 11% Green Power.

Bellingham has earned a renewable energy demonstration project. Solar panels have been installed on the Environmental Learning Center rooftop in Maritime Heritage Park.

Get On The Water in the Bellingham Mt. Baker Region

Enjoy the water whether it's on a multi-day guided tour or just a relaxing paddle amid wave-carved Chuckanut sandstone walls and inviting coves. For those who seek to linger at a slower pace, set sail for just a few hours or splurge on a multiple-day charter that takes you out and away from it all. Rent a private yacht to see the bay in luxury. Or enjoy a glorious sunset tour of the local coastline. Explore the nearby islands aboard the San Juan Island Commuter ferry, or go international on a day trip from Bellingham to Victoria, B.C.

For the animal enthusiast, gasp at what you'll see on a whale watching cruise that departs from Bellingham daily. Legendary salmon fishing is an exhilarating way to catch your next dinner!

Cultural Diversity Appeals to all the Senses

Artistic talent abounds in the Bellingham Mt. Baker region--engaging visual art, captivating theatre productions in breath-taking settings, and unique musical delights!
Western Washington University: home to a nationally recognized outdoor sculpture collection. Free walking tour brochures are available at the visitors center.

Culinary Hounds Discover Region's Farm Map and Guide

More than 60 local farms entice culinary experts to taste and savor the treasures of Whatcom County.

A wide range of berries, apples, pears, hazelnuts, wine, and fresh organic meats and cheeses tantalize and satisfy every taste bud!

A few of the many farms:

McPhail Berry Farm in Lynden --

features a kitchen for making your own jam.

Boxx Berry Farm in Ferndale --

offers a grassy playground and picnic area surrounded by towering evergreens - a perfect spot for fresh strawberry shortcake.

Appel Farm --

known nationally for its handmade artisan cheeses. Visitors can tour the operation and watch as cheese is made.

For a full listing of events happening in the Bellingham Mt. Baker region, see the official calendar for Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism, 904 Potter Street, Bellingham | WA | 98229,

CHELAN

Where to Stay

The Lake House at Chelan for Golf, Wine & Family Time

Located in the heart of downtown Chelan with stunning lake views, The Lake House at Chelan offers fully furnished, richly appointed residences and vacation rentals. The Lake House is just steps away from Lake Chelan at 402 West Manson Highway, close to award-winning wineries, golf courses, and outdoor activities including beach volleyball, basketball courts, tennis courts, skateboard parks, walking trails and a water park. The Lake House features a unique combination of services and amenities with team members handling everything from housekeeping and grocery shopping to renting recreation equipment, arranging wine tours and making golf tee times or dinner reservations. The adjoining Pool House is a 4,000 square foot activity center for owners and guests, offering a year-round pool and hot tub, Splash Zone, fitness room, game room, indoor/outdoor kitchen and more. Experience The Lake House Lifestyle, as an owner or a resort guest. For more information, please call (509) 293-5982 or visit www.thelakehousechelan.com.

DARRINGTON

What to See & Do

Outdoor Adventure Awaits in Darrington

From hiking and horseback riding to fishing and whitewater rafting, outdoor enthusiasts will discover a playground filled with old growth forests, fragrant wildflowers, and wildlife such as bald eagles, Calliope hummingbirds, mule deer and wild turkeys.

Fishing
Freshwater anglers will find plenty of salmon, native and hatchery steelhead trout, and other game fish in the cold flowing waters of the Sauk and Stillaguamish Rivers.

Hiking

Some of the best hiking trails for all levels of ability and fitness are nestled right here in the Darrington area.

Outback by Horseback

Saddle up on a trusty steed to explore the deep country of the North Cascades.

Rock Climbing

Three O’clock Rock. Exfoliation Dome. Green Giant Buttress. The names of these rugged and remote mountains may be humorous but the climbs offer experienced rock climbers serious challenges and breathtaking rewards.

Whitewater Rafting

For breathtaking Cascade Mountains and wildlife views, take an exhilarating rafting trip on the Sauk River, one of the few rivers in North America that actually flows north.
More Outdoor Adventure & Recreation Opportunities

For locations and directions, go to www.DarringtonWATourism.com.

Where to Stay

Shelter with a View: Camping, RVing, and Rooms with Views

A variety of public and private campgrounds are available for tent camping and RVs throughout the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and in the Darrington area.

Campgrounds

Bedal Campground
Cascade Kamloops Trout Farm & RV Park
Clear Creek Campground
Squire Creek Park & Playground

Hotels, Motels & Inns

Darrington Motor Inn
Medallion Hotel
River Rock Inn

Check Before You Go:

For road & trail conditions within the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, call the Darrington Ranger Station at 360-436-1155

Mountain Loop Scenic Byway – access from either Darrington to the north of Granite Falls in the south

Suittle River Road – also known as Forest Road #26, access to Glacier Peak Wilderness

Website: visitor@snohomish.org

For more information contact Snohomish County Tourism Bureau at 1133 164th Street SW, Suite 204, Lynnwood, WA 98087

KITSAP PENINSULA

What to See & Do

Get Away From It All on the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails

There's no better way to explore the Kitsap Peninsula's 370+ miles of shoreline than by water and the Kitsap Peninsula National Water Trails is a spectacular way to see our mountains, wildlife, parks, beaches and marinas.

Whether you want to camp at a secluded spot or have access to hotels, restaurants and microbreweries, you can plan your trip at VKP website. Bring your own equipment or rent kayaks and paddleboards from Olympic Outdoor Center in Port Gamble, Poulsbo and Silverdale or from Kingston Adventures on Apple Tree Cove.

Featured Destination - Seabeck

A View to Remember. Seabeck is one of the most beautiful spots on the Kitsap Peninsula and even though it's close to Silverdale hotels, shopping and restaurants, you'll feel like you're a world away from the stresses of everyday life when you're there. Explore by car, bike or boat and be sure to stop at the old-fashioned general store to stock up on picnic goods. There's also an espresso stand and the popular Seabeck Pizza. Area highlights include: Guillemot Cove Nature Preserve, where you can visit a historic Stump House, and the aptly named Scenic Beach State Park, where you can camp or explore the rocky beach.

Featured Trips & Tours

Check out the new Visitor Guide and Outdoor Recreation & Bike Map. It includes 14 popular cycling routes that will take you from Hansville to Gig Harbor and everywhere in between. There's also information about lodging, communities and attractions around the Kitsap Peninsula. Look for the guide on WA state ferries, in ferry terminals, at bike shops, at the Silverdale REI and in more than 134 visitor locations around the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas, including chambers of commerce, visitors' centers, ports, marinas and parks.

Kitsap Region Foodie Finds

Bremerton's Honor Bar
Chef Alan Davis likes nothing better than to visit the Bremerton Farmers Market and create a simple, elegant dish out of whatever looks fresh and delicious. His seasonal menu features American classics with a twist, along with half-off wings on Wednesdays and half-off martinis on Thursdays. There's a pet-friendly patio with a view of nearby Evergreen Park and the Port Washington Narrows. And bartender Claire Kinzel is always concocting something tempting out of local fruit, botanicals and spirits. Try the grass-fed beef, Hama Hama oysters and cheese plate with housemade cracker.

New Foot Ferry Schedule: 

It's even easier to travel between the Bremerton and Port Orchard waterfronts with extended summer hours for the Kitsap Transit Foot Ferry. The fare is $2 for a scenic 10-minute ride.

No reservations required on routes serving the Kitsap Peninsula region. Let VKP help Plan Your Visit.

Plan an event at one of the Kitsap Peninsula's unique venues. Whether you're hosting a family or military reunion, 50th anniversary party or a team-building retreat, we have options for every budget. From grand ballrooms, special event and meeting rooms to rustic barns, formal gardens and waterfront hotels, you'll find a variety of choices to make your event a memorable event.

Arrive By WA State Ferry, Tacoma Narrows or Hood Canal Bridge, Bus, Boat or Bike
The Kitsap Peninsula is just 30-60 minutes from downtown Seattle and Tacoma via one of four WA State Ferry routes, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in the south, Hwy 3 from the south, and the Hood Canal Bridge.

Find more info 24/7 at Things to Do, Events, Places to Go, Eat & Drink, Recreation and Plan Your Visit. Check visit our new Blog, and stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Visit Kitsap Peninsula, 9481 Silverdale Way, Suite 281, Silverdale, WA 98383

Kingston

Art Exhibit: Max Hayslette - The Rugged Coast
Art exhibit featuring more than 30 recent works from local famous artist Max Hayslette. There will be several pieces in this collection which will be hosted at Almost Candid Frame & Fine Arts in Kingston. Familiar artistic scenes include Point No Point Lighthouse, Mount Rainier, Rialto Beach, and much more! For an introduction and bio 
click here. 

Welcome to the start of Farmers Market Season!

Annapolis, Port Orchard

Annapolis Sunday Market
Included in this years market network is the NEW Annapolis Sunday Market with antiques, collectibles, original fashion, deluxe junk, estate treasures, and much more! Annapolis is a fabulous place to boat, bike, or stroll through to grab a beer, coffee, or something delicious to eat. There also happens to be a great pit stop where you can relax on a deck and take in the waterfront scenery.

A Taste of Kitsap Peninsula

Kitsap Peninsula Is A Mecca for Award-Wining Local Brewers!  If you love local micro-brews and pubs, head to the Kitsap Peninsula and we'll keep you in good spirits.
The population of award-winning local brewers is exploding, as well as pubs that serve our famous local micro-brews. You can enjoy a tour of local brews with Peninsula Brewery Tours. They take care of the driving so you can enjoy tasting great local brews like award winning Sound Brewery, Valholl Brewery and Hood Canal Brewery in the Poulsbo area Slaughter County Brewing in Port Orchard.

Lots of restaurants carry Washington's famous local brews including Silver City Brewing and Hales Ale House in Silverdale. In Poulsbo, tap into Tizely's Euro Pub and the Loft. In Kingston head to Main St. Ale House, and for a taste of history, stop by the historic Port Gamble General Store & Cafe.
 
Whatever activity you are enjoying on the Kitsap Peninsula you're sure to work up an appetite. You'll find lots of eating and dining options; from bistros serving fresh local, bakeries serving gluten free-treats, sit-down and to-go places offering mouthwatering wood-fired pizza. We also have excellent sushi bars in all corners of the region. Use

Gardens

Bloedel Reserve 
Featuring many events, including Live music, workshops, lectures, and guided walks such as plant identification tutorials. This award winning garden offers a unique blend of natural woodlands and manicured landscapes with events that are fun for all ages and occasions
 
Heronswood - Kingston

Discover the Gardens of the Kitsap Peninsula
Now is the perfect time for a weekend tour around our beautiful gardens and nurseries. Elandan Gardens & Bonsai Museum features ancient miniature trees, many now in full bloom. Local favorites for a wide selection of unusual plants include Valley Nursery in Poulsbo, Dragonfly Farms, Nursery & Cafe on the way to Hansville, and  Bainbridge Island Gardens & Cafe.

ARTS, CULTURE & HISTORY!

Indie Book Store Events
Local indie-bookstores offer a wide variety of guest speakers. For current events, please visit any of the following bookstores on the Kitsap Peninsula. Mostly Books in Gig Harbor, Liberty Bay Books, and the Book Stop in Poulsbo. Also check out events hosted by West Sound Reads, a consortium of Kitsap Regional Libraries and local independent book stores.  

Theatre, Dance & Music Performances & Events

The Kitsap Peninsula is home to hundreds of talented actors, singers and performers. Below are a few April-May shows...  

All great reasons to spend the night and weekend at one of our very friendly and affordable Poulsbo area hotels and B&Bs like Clearwater Casino Resort, Poulsbo Inn, Poulsbo Guest House International, Port Gamble Guest House, and Foxbridge B&B.  
  
NEW EASY ACCESS TO VISITOR INFO! 

Get easy access for download information about the Kitsap Peninsula including the new Water Trails Map, Visitor Brochures, Bike Maps, Brews & Bites Tours and other info. Call 800-337-0580 -  info@visitkitsap.com.

Heronswood -  Kingston Gardens

These beloved, internationally famous gardens were purchased last year by the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe and are now open for weddings and other events.

White Horse Clubhouse - Kingston - Golf

This beautiful new golf course clubhouse with full-service dining and catering, is now open for business events and celebrations.

Bremerton Artwalk

First Friday - 5 to 8 PM

Charleston Arts District Artwalk
4th Saturday - 12 to 8 PM

Downtown Poulsbo Artwalk
2nd Saturday - 5 to 8 PM

The Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort.

Try your hand at lady luck and enjoy FREE Live Music featured every Friday & Saturday at Beach Rock Lounge. 

Parks/Environment/Recreation

Clear Creek Trail
Great Peninsula Conservancy

North Kitsap Trails

Woods & Wildlife - Treez, Inc.
Stillwaters Environmental
Poulsbo Marine Science Center
jNorth Kitsap Trails Association

WSU Beach Watchers

Kitsap Audubon Society
Kitsap Parks & Recreation
West Sound Cycling
Kitsap Mountaineers
Kitsap Runners
Olympic Kayak Club
Olympic Outdoor Center

Kitsap Peninsula Is A Mecca for Award-Wining Local Brewers!

If you love local micro-brews and pubs, head to the Kitsap Peninsula to keep you in good spirits. The population of award-winning local brewers is exploding, as well as pubs that serve our famous local micro-brews. You can now enjoy a bus tour of local brews offered by Peninsula Brewery Tours. They take care of the driving so you can enjoy tasting our great local brews from award winning Sound Brewery, Valholl Brewery and Hood Canal Brewery in the Poulsbo area; Slaughter County Brewing and MoonDogs, Too in Port Orchard.

FOOD

Whatever activity you are enjoying on the Kitsap Peninsula you're sure to work up an appetite. You'll find lots of eating and dining options; from bistros serving fresh local, bakeries serving gluten free-treats, sit-down and to-go places offering mouthwatering wood-fired pizza. There are also excellent sushi bars in all corners of the region. VisitKitsap.com/Dining to search for eating and drinking ideas to suit your mood.

Thunderbird Stadium

Kitsap Destruction Derby
Join the fans in the stands for out-of-your seat excitement at the Kitsap Destruction Derby.

Falcon Productions Gun & Knife Show

Fresh Local Farmers Markets!

Bainbridge Island
Saturdays - 9am - 1pm
Town Square at City Hall Park

Poulsbo
Saturdays - 9am - 1pm
Corner of 7th & Iverson

Kingston
Saturdays - 10am - 2pm
Mike Wallace Park - next to Ferry

Suquamish
Wednesdays - 3pm - 7pm
Park across from Shell Station

Silverdale
Fridays 10am -3pm
Near Kohl's entrance @ Kitsap Mall

Bremerton 
Thursdays - 4pm - 7pm
Evergreen Park
Sundays - 10:30am - 2:30
On the Boardwalk

Port Orchard
Saturdays - 9am - 3pm
Harrison Ave · next to Marina Park

Introducing the new Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails Map

Includes marinas, boat launches, shore access, rest stops, retail shops, rentals, services. Available at REI in Seattle.

The Kitsap Peninsula is becoming a natural hot spot for every taste and/or age

Bug Museum & Nature Shop
Bremerton
Open daily 10 am-6 pm
Cool, weird and interesting live bugs. FREE! Directly across from mothballed aircraft carriers on Charleston Ave.

The Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum & Evergreen Children's Theatre
Bremerton  
Escape into the magical world of puppetry! The museum delights and educates visitors of all ages with exhibits and hands-on puppet experiences. The Children's Theatre brings live performances by some of America's premier puppet artists.

Poulsbo Marine Center
Exhibits cover the marine environment and sea life, including a touch tank for children of all ages.

Naval Undersea Museum
Keyport
10am - 12pm
Come by on the first Saturday in October, November & December for science, art, history, and the intrigue of the undersea world!

Local Gardens to Inspire and Admire 

Albers Vista Gardens
Enjoy this garden located on a southwest-facing hillside in Bremerton overlooking the Port Washington Narrows, Albers is an oasis of common and unusual horticulture specimens.

Elandan Gardens
Ancient Bonsai & Unusual Plants
Bremerton-Port Orchard

Dragonfly Farms & Nursery
Unusual Plants
Hansville

Mesogeo Gardens -
Exotic Plants & Landscape
Bainbridge Island

A Little Night Music... A Few Local Venues 

Whiskey Creek Steakhouse, Jazz Canvas, Global Bean, Bistro, Four Swallows, Treehouse Cafe, Winterland, Manette Saloon, Moon Dogs Too, and Pegasus Coffee House. 

Bremerton Artwalk
First Friday - 5 to 8 PM

Charleston Arts District Artwalk
4th Saturday - 12 to 8 PM

Downtown Poulsbo Artwalk
2nd Saturday - 5 to 8 PM

Bainbridge Island Artwalk 
1st Friday - 6 to 8 PM

Port Orchard Art Walk 
3rd Friday - 4 to 7 PM

The Kitsap Peninsula is the perfect place for enjoyable bike rides along back country roads and shorelines.

Dauntless Book Store 
Official KPVCB Annex
Located in historic Port Gamble
Bike rentals also available!

Silverdale Antiques
Silverdale Way & Bucklin Hill
Open Tuesday-Sunday 

Elandan Gardens
Bremerton/Port Orchard
Open Friday-Sunday
Hwy 16 location near Hwy 3.
Internationally acclaimed Bonsai Garden collection.  

Parks/Environment/Recreation

Clear Creek Trail
Great Peninsula Conservancy North Kitsap Trails

Woods & Wildlife - Treez, Inc.
Stillwaters Environmental

Poulsbo Marine Science Center
North Kitsap Trails Association

WSU Beach Watchers
Theler Wetlands

Kitsap Audubon Society
Kitsap Parks & Recreation

WA State Parks - Kitsap

West Sound Cycling
Kitsap Mountaineers

Kitsap Runners

Olympic Kayak Club
Olympic Outdoor Center

Museums/Arts

Bainbridge Island Historical Society

Keyport Naval Undersea Museum
Sidney Museum & Art Gallery
Suquamish Museum
Evergreen Children's Theatre & Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum
Kitsap Historical Society & Museum
Gig Harbor Harbor History Museum
 

November is the perfect month to watch salmon return to their natural spawning grounds.

For the quintessential Kitsap Peninsula experience, sign-up for the popular Salmon & Hatchery Tour.  Join Suquamish Tribe fisheries biologist and salmon habitat expert, Paul Dorn, for a visit to a local salmon hatchery (Saturdays only). This fun and very easy paddle trip will take you on an inspiring and educational journey through salmon and wildlife habitat. You can also use our special Kitsap Peninsula Salmon Loop Map to enjoy a self-guided tour of habitats located throughout the region. A perfect time to enjoy a weekend visit!

Fine dining at Alderbrook serves the best the season has to offer. Local merchants put out delightful seasonal fare and unique gifts. Check out Alderbrook Resort & Spa's weekend specials and book a night or weekend!

Live Performances on Kitsap Peninsula

The Kitsap Peninsula is home to hundreds of talented actors, singers and performers. See them perform at our many popular small local theaters. Listed below are just a few.

Silverdale Jewel Box Theatre - Poulsbo

Bremerton Community Theater
Bainbridge Performing Arts
Jazz Canvas

The BI Metro Park & Recreation
Western Washington Center for Performing Arts 
West Sound Entertainment Association

Kitsap Peninsula Visitor & Convention Bureau | 9481 Silverdale Way, Suite 281 | Silverdale | WA | 98383
Bainbridge Island
9am - 1pm
Madison Avenue

9am - 1pm
Corner of 7th & Iverson

3pm - 7pm
Park across from Shell Station

Shopping

Downtown Poulsbo is where you'll need at least a day to spend shopping, but if you only have an hour or so, don't miss Les Saisons. There is so much eye candy at this boutique, you'll be staying a while.

Find farm-fresh products
Bremerton's Fresh Local
serves as the link between local sustainably grown and produced food and the consumer. Fresh meat, organic grains, jams, soups, cheeses, you'll find it all!

Museums

Take a stroll down Memory Lane with Kitsap History Museum! The First Friday program offers free admission, demonstrations and live presentations.

Get an armchair view! Follow the link to Mike Barnet's Nu Americas video series about life around the Kitsap Peninsula. Enjoy!

More Great Things to Do

Enjoy a relaxing weekend retreat and take a walk in the woods along the stunning Clear Creek Trail (thank you, Tex) located in sunny Silverdale. It's a perfect time to see the flowers and trees in bloom and hear birds sing. Visit the Kitsap Audubon Society to learn more about the 350-plus species that call the Kitsap Peninsula home.

The Kitsap Peninsula is conveniently located on "The Natural Side of Puget Sound™ and easily reached by ferries, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, sailboat, yacht, seaplane and, of course, by eco-friendly bicycle or kayak! For more info, VisitKitsap.com!
                                                                                        
www.VisitKitsap.com  ·   Official tourism site for the Kitsap Peninsula
The Kitsap Peninsula Visitor & Convention Bureau is located at 9481 Silverdale Way - Suite 281 | Silverdale | WA | 98383

NEW - Port Gamble's "Night on the Town"

Every First Friday - 4:00PM - 8:00PM
Businesses in Downtown Port Gamble are open late. Local Art Walk. Plus a goumet dinner offered each month at the General Store.

360.297.8074 for more information or to make your reservations.

Performances by the Poulsbo Leikarringen Dancers throughout the day. Don't miss this wonderful culinary adventure into the Norwegian Culture. 
Price: $18/adults, $10/Children 10 and under
For more information call (360) 779-5209
www.poulsbosonsofnorway.com

The Puget Sound Navy Museum--

is a convenient walk from the Bremerton ferry terminal.

The museum collects, preserves, and interprets the naval heritage of the Pacific Northwest for the benefit of the U.S. Navy and general public. It offers a variety of exhibits along with a gift shop, children's area, and research library. The museum recently celebrated its one-year anniversary in historic Building 50 with the opening of a new exhibit and the anticipation of more to come.

The Puget Sound Navy Museum first opened its doors to the public in 1954 as the Shipyard Naval Museum. A dedicated group of volunteers ran the museum for the first fifty-four years of its existence. In the fall of 2007, the museum moved into a new building. It became an official U.S. Navy museum in March of 2008, and three professional staff members were hired.
    
Starting with approximately 600 objects, the museum's collection now numbers more than 12,000. Today, visitors can explore the naval history of the region and experience life as a sailor through exhibits about the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, the USS John C. Stennis, and much more. The museum's most recent exhibit, Teamwork, Dedication, & Skill: PSNS Shop 31, highlights the tools and equipment used and jobs performed by the men and women of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard's machine shop. The exhibit utilizes historic and contemporary photographs, documents, and objects from the shop.
   
The museum is located in historic Building 50 adjacent to the Bremerton ferry terminal, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and the Bremerton Harborside Park. Built in 1896, Building 50 served as the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard's first Administrative Office. The 114-year old building underwent a city-funded $6 million renovation after being moved to its current location.
       
The Puget Sound Navy Museum is open to the public: Monday through Saturday, 10:00am - 4:00pm and Sunday, 1:00pm - 4:00pm. The museum is closed on Tuesdays during the winter months (October through April).

Admission is free and parking is available in free two-hour spots or paid parking lots in downtown Bremerton. For more information call (360)479-7447

Where to Stay

Alderbrook Resort --

Relax & Refuel: Need a quick getaway? Overnight accommodation for one night, $40 gas card. Sunday thru Thursday - restrictions apply

Foxbridge --

where each guest is treated like family. Active Military Discount! 

Inn at Port Hadlock --

Where hips meets luxury . . . with a splash of history. Overlooking a 160-slip marina that is only steps away, the Inn offers a vast array of vistas and activities, including our 3 story, world class fine art gallery, as well as our new day spa. While you're here enjoy the Stay & Dine Package, overnight accommodations with Dinner and Appetizer for two starting at just $199 plus tax.

LEAVENWORTH

What to See & Do

Your Leavenworth Adventure Awaits!

Come for a week and you'll leave with another month's worth of fun on your to-do list. Spend an afternoon (or a few) tipping your glass and tickling your taste buds at our numerous award-winning wineries, breweries and distilleries.

Brats, beers, and schnitzel? Sure, you're in Bavaria where restaurants tickle every taste bud. There's also South American cuisine, Italian delicacies, fine dining, farm to table, pub food and so much more! Walk the downtown to find treasures, pleasures and keepsakes in our charming shops. In Leavenworth, you don't just shop....you discover.

Jump just outside of town and let the endless sunshine recharge your batteries. Hike, bike or dip your legs in the river.  There's golfing, horseback riding, zip lining, birding and rock climbing, rafting and kayaking. To plan your next adventure in Leavenworth visit www.leavenworth.org.

Village Art in the Park
Weekly, Friday- Sunday
9:00 AM-6:00 PM

Founded in 1966, this outdoor art show is sponsored by a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarships for art education. Village Art in the Park supports amateur and professional artists and takes place in Front Street Park. For more information visit villageinthepark.org.

Shopping

Unearth imported treasures you expect to find in a Bavarian Village but don't forget the handmade chocolates, cured meats, cheese, unique clothing, local and regional wines, fine china, jewelry and so much more! Go ahead. Take Bavaria home with you.

Dining

Brats, beers and schnitzel? Of course! In Leavenworth there are so many choices. Taste your way through town with German, South American, Italian,  Farm to Table, Asian, Tapas, Wood Fire Pizza, Pub style, and the list goes on!

For more information please contact the Leavenworth Chamber | P.O. Box 327 | Leavenworth | WA | 98826

For details contact Leavenworth Chamber | P.O. Box 327 | Leavenworth | WA | 98826

More fun things to do:

MOUNTAINS
Climb, Boulder, Hike or Bike. Spend the day on the mountain, you'll be glad you did!

Trail & Outfitter Info

GOLF
Beautiful 18 hole courses, putt putt for the kids, or a real putting course complete with goats (really).

ATTRACTIONS

From Wine Tasting to Tours and so much more. For more information please go to web site Leavenworth.org or contact the Leavenworth Chamber, P.O. Box 327, Leavenworth, WA 98826, or call 509-548-5807.

Yodel & Win a Leavenworth Getaway!

Leavenworth is on a mission to find out who has the best yodel this side of the Alps! Is it Yodel Ay Hee YOU?

1. Put yourself on camera showcasing your best yodel!

2. Click on and enter. The winner will be selected by our judges from the TOP 5 yodels with the most public votes and will enjoy a Leavenworth Getawaym free!

Gazebo Entertainment

1. Alpen Folk-button accordion, hammered dulcimer, zither, bass and guitar combine to give an unmistakable, irresistible alpine sound.
2. Kerry Christensen-master yodeler performed at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center for almost seven years.
3. The Bonnie Birch Trio- performs a lovely blend of music in many styles - and your requests are always welcome!
4. The General 7-Dixie Army Band- the number 1 ranked National Guard Band in the USA, playing lively Dixieland jazz.

Village Art in the Park-Thursday's thru Sunday's

Exhibits from renowned professional and amateur artisans art on display in the city park Thursday through Sunday.
Time: 9am-6pm
Contact: 509-548-5809

Hike of the Month/Icicle Gorge

A gentle loop trail that traverses both banks of the Icicle River. A great trail for those that want to experience the magic of the Icicle Valley without the effort of up and down with significant elevation gains. One side of the river is dry and sparsely vegetated while the other is a canopied forest. Guess which one is south facing and getting the most sun?.

Hiking Information  

Climb of the Month/Careno Crag

Careno Crag is the second largest formation of rock in Leavenworth behind Snow Creek Wall. The rock is located on the south side of Icicle Creek canyon across the street and up the hill from the Snow Creek parking lot. Careno Crag is approximately 450 feet high offering many high quality crack and face climbs up to four pitches in length. The approach takes about 15 minutes to popular climbs like the Regular Route, and the Bale/Kramer Route.

Fruit Stands and Farms

Bavaria may be in our blood, but orchards root us...literally. Our warm summer weather and crisp shoulder seasons have made our region perfect for growing pears and wine grapes, not to mention apples, cherries, and more.

In Leavenworth, you don't just shop...you discover. Unearth imported treasures you expect to find in the Bavarian Village: nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, beer steins, music boxes, and holiday decorations, of course.

Leavenworth is filled with dining options to please every palate. Enjoy German, American, Mexican, Italian, French , South of the Border or Vegetarian along with sweet treats made fresh daily at bakeries.

Brewery & Distilleries

Yes, distilleries. You may know about our burgeoning wine scene, but craft liquor and beer makers can be scene-stealers, as well.

Museums

Come take a step back in time and discover our history. Learn about our pioneer roots and the American Indians who called this valley home for ages.

Wineries & Wine Tasting

We're tempted to call this one of the best-kept secrets in the Northwest...except the secret is out! Wineries in the Leavenworth area, marry distinctive wines with world-class service to create an experience not found anywhere else. Whether your tastes run red or white, your friends will be green with envy when you tell them all about your wine adventures in and around the Bavarian Village.

Summer Recreation

Cycling & Mountain Biking

If you love to ride, Leavenworth is your paradise. Road warrior? Miles of scenic byways beckon. If dirt's your thing, our top-notch trails can't be beat, including the brand new Stevens Pass Bike Park. Leavenworth is home to a vibrant and growing cycling community, both to folks who moved here for that very reason, and visitors bitten by the biking bug who come here again and again.

Fishing

Cast your line in the Wenatchee and Icicle Rivers all through spring and summer. The Wenatchee is open for Salmon fishing for the first time in 20 years, and the kids fishing pond at Blackbord island is brimming with fish! In Leavenworth, it's easy to catch your limit all four seasons.

Golfing

Just another day on the course? Not here it isn't. If you haven't played with lush trees, running rivers, wildlife, and sunshine, you haven't played in Leavenworth.

Horseback Riding

Giddy up! Leavenworth features all manner of horseback riding for your pleasure, whether it's your very first time out, planning for a pack trip, or an all-day ride over the river and through the woods (literally), we have what you're looking for.

Paddleboarding & River Surfing

Come see why this area is a hotbed for this growing sport & activity. A water sport as gentle or thrill-seeking as you wish, our local outdoor sports purveyors will get you up to speed on what you need to get out, get wet, and come back for more.

Rafting & Kayaking

Start in the Icicle River floating into Leavenworth, or attack the Wenatchee River running from Leavenworth and its class III rapids & waves. Run with professional guides, it's a trip high on adventure but low on hazards. Do you have little ones or would rather step out of the raft on the dry side? Class II rapids are for you. If you're an adrenaline junkie, Leavenworth holds our Class IV "Triple Shot" and "Tinley Falls" rapids.

For more information contact the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce at media@leavenworth.org or write at P.O. Box 327/940 Hwy 2,m Leavenworth, WA 98826
509-548-5807

More things to See & Do

Brewery & Distilleries Have you visited the new brewery yet? You may know about our burgeoning wine scene, but craft liquor and beer makers can be scene-stealers, as well.

Wineries Whether your tastes run red or white, your friends will be green with envy when you tell them all about your wine adventures in and around the Bavarian Village.

Wine Tasting Rooms The Cascade Valley Wine Country is one of the hottest up and coming wine hotbeds in the Northwest.

Movies & Arcade The popcorn's hot, the movies are new releases, the games are cool, and they're all waiting for you.

Museums Come take a step back in time and discover this history. Learn about pioneer roots and the American Indians who called this valley home for ages.

Spas Luxuriate in the world-class spa experiences Leavenworth offers. You deserve it.

Shopping In Leavenworth, you don't just shop...you discover. Unearth imported treasures you expect to find in the Bavarian Village.

Horseback Riding in Leavenworth

Saddle up and leave your worries behind as you escape to a slower pace of life, no rush hour traffic, no deadlines, just you and your trusty stead exploring the great outdoors.

Horseback Riding Options

How about a cookout with BBQ chicken and freshly baked beans after an entertaining

Hayrides

Barn Beach Reserve & A Book For All Seasons

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbers--Snow Creek Wall Reopened

National Forest managers have reopened Snow Creek Wall, a flagship high crag rock-climbing wall home to the well documented Outer Space route that they closed April 1 to protect raptor nesting sites. Well the chicks have hatched and flown away, so come and climb. The area is located about five miles southwest of Leavenworth along Icicle Creek Road (Forest Service Road #76).
Directions Courtesy of wenatcheeoutdoors.com

Hiking

Red Top Mountain
Watch Hawks And Search For Agates

Come and see the historical  fire lookout, old growth trees and one of the best hawk watching spots in Washington. Teanaway Ridge serves as a handrail for migrating ospreys; golden and bald eagles; Cooper's, sharp-shinned, and red-tailed hawks; and turkey vultures. Other wildlife includes mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, and a variety of songbirds. It's also a great place for agates and godes (a fine-grained form of quartz that has colored bands of minerals. )

Directions: From Hwy 97, take FS Road 973 (near Mineral Springs). Follow the road W To FS Road 9703 and then follow that road to it's end. From the parking area, follow the old road to where the trail splits. The left fork climbs very steeply to the top of Red Top where the old fire lookout makes a good viewpoint. Near this point is the junction with Blue Creek Trail No. 3364.2 which heads E and downhill 2 miles to end at FS Road 9702. The trail continues N through agate and geode beds.
Trail length: 2.3 miles
Fees: None
Trail Etiquette: Although it's ok to dig for agates or geodes, take only a few samples. It is important to back fill your holes and not to dig around tree roots.
Elevation Gain: 480 feet starting at an elevation of 4,880.

New Wildlife Viewing Map

Leavenworth's Waterfront Park located right behind the shops is home to raccoons, river otters, deer and mink. Osprey fish on summer evenings. Ingall's Creek Trail, 12 miles from Leavenworth look for black bear signs: scratched trees, tracks and scat. The wilderness area is a habitat for cougars, bobcats, wolverines, martens and mountains goats. Walk 1 to 15 miles of backcountry trails during the summer months. For these and other wildlife viewing sites you can come to the Visitor Center at 940 Hwy 2 for a free map or View Online

Family Walk

Mountain Goats, Alphorns, Glockenspiel

What could be more exhilarating than waking up to the sounds of birds and the aroma of mountain air laden with blooming flowers, mixed with enticing scents of restaurants preparing breakfast in Leavenworth. At 8:15 and 9:15 am you can hear the musical prelude of the alphorn. Mountain goats are grazing above the putting course, take a bet on whether the glockenspiel will open and then enjoy the summer music playing in the gazebo as our downtown specialty shops amaze you with gifts from around the world.

Float The River

Kayak, Canoe, Tube, Raft, Swim
The weather is warm and it's a great time to get in the water and have fun! If you haven't already, come find out why Leavenworth is a paddling mecca for Washington. Lakes, scenic flatwater, steep creeks, secluded eddys--come enjoy!

Rafting

Some of the best white water in the state for extreme rafters.  Start in the Icicle River flowing into Leavenworth or take the Wenatchee River running from the Bavarian town and it’s Class IV, famous for it huge wave.  There are 8 rafting companies ready to give you the thrill of a lifetime.  For those not so adventurous we have scenic float trips where you can watch deer, identify birds, see animal tracks and if your lucky see a beaver and its baby in the water.

The Athlete:

Trail users will find about 2,500 miles of recreation trails available for hiking, horse use, trail biking, and mountain pedal bike use. The winter months also bring opportunities for cross-country ski trips along developed, signed trail systems. Some trails are open to a variety of uses, while others are restricted to non-motorized use alone

Make Leavenworth your base camp for Ski spots, mountain biking, kayaking-- biking, hiking, rock climbing, and mountaineering a stone's throw away. Enjoy our Bike & Brew festival an IMBA sanctioned XC bike race, a rigorous 8.6 mile race with 1,800 feet per lap. A beer festival follows. Enjoy 5 and 10k runs, or our annual Hog Loppet—a 30k ski trek. Chicks on Sticks is a 8k ski  race for women gently competing against each other. A portion of the proceeds are donated to breast cancer research. 

The Intellectual: Educational and Historical trips.

Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum is the largest nutcracker museum in North America, tour the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery and watch the return of the salmon, visit nearby Rocky Reach Dam and learn how Leavenworth went from a dying mining/lumber town to one of the top destinations for 2.5 million visitors a year.

Barn Beach Reserve

Visit Barn Beach Reserve—it is the home of an environmental learning center, an arts facility, and the Upper Valley Museum at Leavenworth. The Reserve and an adjacent city park combine to create a protected greenbelt of more than 50 acres of mature, streamside forest that includes Blackbird Island, a popular stop on Audubon's Great Washington Birding Trail.

The Reserve already has begun sponsoring educational programs and, when building renovation is completed in 2007, will provide a first class visitor experience with exhibits and programming that connect science and nature, the arts, and cultural history in the Greater Wenatchee Valley.

The Isolationist:

Secluded cabins where the river lulls you to sleep, lodges where you have to go up by Snowcat in the winter—Mountain Home Lodge is located above  a secluded 20 acre meadow overlooking the Cascades, and surrounded by forest www.mthome.com  to experience a winter wonderland. Another incredible skiing opportunity where they have to trek you in—Scottish Lakes: www.scottishlakes.com/newlook/Home.shtml all are available a stones throw from Leavenworth. There are over 2,500 miles of trails where you can enjoy incredible alpine scenery and leave civilization behind.

The Foodie: Culinary tours and adventures.

Visit Leavenworth’s 8 wine tasting rooms and 9 local wineries.  You can go by limo, or drive yourself. Gourmet winemaker dinners are also available.  Visit the restaurant showcased in Culinary Travels—Pavz, Alley Café—featured in NW Best Places, Visconti’s featured in Wine Spectator magazine.  Where else can you enjoy Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Thai, German, American and vegetarian choices within blocks of each other.

 Where to Stay

Mountain Home Lodge

 www.mthome.com/dining.html offers Your dinner begins each evening with fine wines and tantalizing appetizers such as wild mushroom strudel, basil crostini or tomato kalamata bruschetta. This is followed by an elegantly served three course dinner at your private table, featuring Chef Thomas Obregon's seasonal selection of such entrees as aged Angus beef tenderloin with delicately whipped horseradish, fresh wild salmon with seasonal beurre blanc or apple-wood smoked breast of duck with Oregon marionberry compote; preceded by fresh Lodge baked bread and a delicious soup or salad. Your dinner is completed with an exciting dessert accompanied by our delicious Caffe Umbria coffees or selection of fine teas.

Sleeping Lady:

http:www.sleepinglady.com/dining  The freshly prepared food, with vegetarian choices, fish, and lavish desserts, enhance the opportunity for relaxed creativity in the Kingfisher dining hall.

Mountain Springs Lodge

Enjoy gourmet dining in a mountain setting by a rock fireplace in the Beaver Creek Lodge. www.mtsprings.com/dining.html

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

Olympic National Park and Forest is the perfect place to throw caution to the wind and test one’s sense of adventure.

Camping, hiking, mineral hot springs, and scouring the rain forest round out the adventure in Olympic National Park and Forest. Additionally there are four properties that make a great home base for adventure travelers: Lake Quinault Lodge, Lake Crescent Lodge, Log Cabin Resort and Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort.

Camping is not for the weary but it is a great way to connect with nature and the outdoors. Camping in Olympic National Park and Forest is something not to be missed by the adventurer due to the close proximity to hiking, water sports, hot springs, rain forest and massive trees. Campgrounds include Log Cabin Resort RV and Campground where you can sleep under the stars next to the lake, Lake Quinault RV and Campground along the shoreline of pristine, glacier-fed Lake Quinault and Sol Duc Hot Springs RV and Campground, located along the Sol Duc River in a peaceful, secluded setting conveniently close to the resort’s hot spring mineral pools. Reservations are also now accepted.

Olympic National Park and Forest is a hub for great hiking. From Marymere Falls and World’s Largest Spruce Tree Trail to Sol Duc Loop and Seven Lakes Basin & High Divide, hiking is a natural way to explore the peninsula and satisfy one’s curiosity for the great outdoors.

The Quinault Rain Forest in Olympic National Park and Forest is one of the wettest and most spectacular settings around, averaging 12-14 feet of rain a year. Lake Quinault Lodge is the only accommodation actually situated in the heart of the rain forest. Departing from the lodge, the Lake Quinault Rainforest Tour offers a three-hour in-depth experience of emerald-green forests dripping with bright moss, cascading waterfalls and the largest wild population of Roosevelt elk in the U.S.

There are many other activities for the adventure traveler on the Olympic Peninsula, all of which can be found at olympicnationalparks.com.

SAN JUAN ISLANDS

What to See & Do

Check out these Savor the San Juans events, with updates at www.visitsanjuans.com/savor

W I N T E R 2 0 1 7

You'll love the romance of the San Juans this winter. There's nothing like the San Juan Islands on a sunny--- or even a rainy--- winter day. Go beachcombing with your sweetie, or take a silent walk in the woods. Enjoy a spa day with a relaxing massage and sauna. Evenings bring succulent seafood and a glass of local wine by candlelight, more stars than you can count, and the quiet of island nights.

Don't miss these Winter Romance & Valentine's Day Specials 

The islands are the ideal romantic escape in the wintertime. Beaches are quiet, but there are still places open to listen to jazz, sip a cocktail made with local spirits, enjoy a great meal and slip into a comfortable bed---all at quiet-season rates.

Thinking of getting married in the San Juans? Here's everything you need to know!

A dream destination for brides and grooms, the San Juan Islands offer stunning vistas, quaint or grand venues, gorgeous flowers, luscious seafood, and locally produced wine, beer, cider & spirits. You can also rent all your tents, tables and chairs on the islands, find an officiant, caterer, or florist--and that perfect honeymoon spot.

A New App for Exploring the San Juans  

San Juan Islands Insider is a new app that helps you find more great places to visit on Lopez, Orcas, Shaw and San Juan Islands. Get points for visiting certain island sites, and redeem those points at island businesses for discounts or special services.

A new museum, performing arts and more        

There's nothing better in the middle of winter than easing into a relaxing retreat in the San Juan Islands. Fall in love with the small-town charm and natural beauty of the islands. Make your visit even more enticing, with lodging and dining specials. Check into a cozy bed & breakfast inn or historic hotel, and spend the day browsing the new Islands Museum of Art (IMA), or get pampered in a spa or salon. In the evening, experience the performing arts at a community theater. Enjoy a gourmet dinner or a glass of locally made wine, cider or spirits by a warm fire. 
 
As you plan your ferry travel to the San Juans, you can now make vehicle reservations at www.takeaferry.com.  

San Juan Islands -- Washington's Newest Scenic Byway

Joining vacation spots like Myrtle Beach, S.C., Chesapeake Bay, Quebec City and the Glaciers of Alaska, the San Juan Islands are #14 on a list of 31 places to vacation to this summer as named by the New York Times. "Take in the stunning beauty of this popular tourist spot - an archipelago of more than 450 tiny islands roughly halfway between Seattle and Vancouver B.C. The 45-minute ride between San Juan Island and Orcas Island has been described by a writer for the travel section as "the most beautiful trip in the entire Washington State ferry system." 

Washington State has just conferred official Scenic Byway designation upon the ferry routes of the San Juan Islands and the rural roads of Orcas and San Juan Islands. The ferry routes follow the marine waterway system established originally as the canoe routes for the Native people of the Pacific Northwest, specifically the Coast Salish in this region. The Salish Sea surrounding the San Juan Islands is named after them. Now their historic canoe routes, still being paddled during the annual Canoe Journey each summer, are Washington State's first Scenic Byway along a marine route.

Some Interesting Facts About the San Juan Islands

--The flight time from Seattle is 30-60 minutes. 

--There are on average 247 days with sunshine a year and about half the annual rainfall of the Seattle area, Portland, Oregon or Vancouver B.C. The Islands bask in the “rainshadow” of the Olympic Mountains.

--There are no traffic lights anywhere in the islands. People don’t even honk. 

--San Juan County has more miles of marine shoreline (408) than any other county.  It is one of the best places in the world for shore-based whale watching.

--There are no rivers in the islands, but there are several waterfalls (on Orcas Island).

--Shaw Island School is the longest continuously operating school in Washington State.

--Roche Harbor’s business license is one of the first issued in Washington State.  Roche Harbor Lime and Cement Works was established as a business prior to statehood in 1889.

--President Theodore Roosevelt slept at Roche Harbor’s Hotel de Haro twice – 1906 and 1907 

--John Wayne’s custom over-size bathtub is still in use in the Hotel de Haro. Wayne was once an annual visitor to the marina and resort.

--The Pig War (1859 – 1872) on San Juan Island was the last time that Great Britain and the U.S. opposed each in war. Walk the sites of this historic time at both American Camp and English Camp which comprise the San Juan Island National Historical Park.

--General George Pickett, of the famed “Pickett’s Charge” at the Civil War’s Battle of Gettysburg, was a commander of the American forces during the Pig War.

--Construction of the redoubt at the top of a hill in the American Camp, to let the cannon oversee the water approaches to the island, was supervised by engineer Henry Martyn Robert. Later in his military career, Robert discovered a fascination with parliamentary procedure, and went on to author “Robert’s Rules of Order.”

Friday Harbor: One of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations

From dynamic downtowns and stunning architecture to cultural diversity and commitments to historic preservation, these destinations boast a richness of character and exude an authentic sense of place.

Friday Harbor is a picture-perfect historic seaport surrounded by spectacular mountain and marine views.  With a natural grandeur that combines salty breezes, vibrant blue water, pebbled beaches and fragrant woods, it is a rare, unspoiled retreat ideal for outdoor adventurers, wildlife enthusiasts and history buffs alike. 

Friday Harbor was incorporated in February, 1909 and is still the only incorporated town in the San Juan Islands.  Many Centennial events and activities are being planned for 2008-2009 to celebrate 100 years of community history, development and pride. Friday Harbor is a small, well-preserved community tucked between Seattle, Vancouver B.C. and Victoria B.C.  A year-round destination, it is accessible only by ferry, boat, seaplane or airplane. There are no bridges between the islands or to the mainland. Visitors can easily get around on foot to indulge in the eclectic collection of art galleries, coffeehouses, boutiques and eateries.  Nestled in the center of a “rain shadow” cast by the mountains on the Olympic Peninsula, Friday Harbor enjoys nearly 250 days with sunshine each year and only about half the annual rainfall of the nearby Seattle area, making it a place where kayaking, biking and walking are as common as driving.

Though only one square mile in size, this town boasts nearly 150 historic buildings reflecting the community’s civic, commercial and residential history. It is one of Washington’s few seaport villages to survive the turn-of-the-century fires that engulfed other cities. Its authentic downtown streetscape is the gateway to discovering the rich history, rural character and pristine marine environment of the San Juan archipelago. www.historicfridayharbor.org.

In and near Friday Harbor, there are six National Historic Register sites. These landmarks transport visitors back in time and tell the story of the Territorial Northwest. From the historic village of Roche Harbor to the San Juan Island National Historical Park, where exhibits, historic buildings and re-enactors bring to life The Pig War – a 13-year standoff between British and American troops in the late 1800s – the wealth of historic resources belie the island’s small size.  

Island Farms & the Best of Northwest Cuisine

Farm to table, all island grown and prepared, this food is FRESH. The longest transport time between islands is only one hour, so how old could it be?

Many of the restaurants and B&Bs participate in the ICL program, which stands for Islands Certified Local.  These businesses use a minimum of 5% local farm products from the San Juan Islands, such as vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, herbs and so on.  Many island chefs have their own organic gardens, walking from the garden to the kitchen as they prepare the evening’s seasonal menu.  Farms abound throughout the islands, providing a large assortment of choices for chefs and guests alike. www.sjcarc.org

The Complete Lavender Experience

You won't forget Pelindaba Lavender once you visit this beautiful farm on San Juan Island. Here, the owners handcraft an ever-growing and diverse range of exclusively lavender-based products as part of their uniquely holistic and self-contained ecological adventure.

The owners call Pelindaba Lavender a "Place of Great Gatherings." The first field was planted in 1999 and the retail outlet was opened two years later. The elegantly packaged lavender led to having the largest portfolio of on-farm handcrafted lavender products in the nation, offering hundreds of botanical decorative culinary, personal care, therapeutic, household and pet care products -- all based on the natural properties of this extraordinary plant.

This is the only certified organic flowers and essential oils that are harvested or distilled by the owners, and chemical fragrance is never used to artificially enhance the aroma. In addition to admiring the beauty of this farm, the integrated model of sustainable agriculture has enabled the owners to preserve the farmland from further development, protect it from pollution, create employment opportunities for fellow islanders and provide a destination of natural beauty for residents and visitors alike.

Handcrafted Lavender products are available from the on-line store, from Product Galleries at the Farm & downtown Friday Harbor and from other off-island locations, including amazon.com.

For more information contact web site www.pelindabalavender.com or send an e-mail to admin@pelindaba.com.

San Juan Island's Sculpture Park

Over 100 sculptures and 19 acres of nature trails await visitors. Open Daily - dawn to dusk. Donation Box and trail maps are at the park entrance.

For more information call 360-378-8887.

Friday Harbor's Island Museum of Art

Changing exhibits of local and regional artists

314 Spring Street, Friday Harbor.

Spring Street Landing Aquarium

Exhibits on the diversity of local marine life.

Located in the Passenger Ferry Terminal

The Whale Museum

In 1979, the Whale Museum became the first museum in the country dedicated to the nterpretation of whales living in the wild. Visit the historic 114-year-old building and dive deeper into the sights and sounds of the whales' world. In the second floor exhibit hall you'll probably feel dwarfed by life-sized whale models and skeletons. See the latest wildlife film in the theater, or read about current scientific research on local species. The exhibit hall is a tapestry of art and science in glass, wood, digitization, and bone. On the ground floor, in the store and gallery, are the resources and tools for serious wildlife viewing in the islands.

Your visit will be even more memorable by participating in a range of fun and engaging programs for children and adults. Hear lectures, pod nods, scholastic programs, and guided museum tours. Visit Lime Kiln Point State Park, the world's first whale watch park and the site of the Museum's Whale Research Laboratory. Watch the orcas from shore and listen to their calls over the underwater microphones broadcast throughout the park. In addition to the whales, other fascinating wildlife abound. At low tide, explore some of the most diverse and accessible tide pools on the island.

Location: The Whale Museum, 62 First Street, N., Friday Harbor, WA; 360-378-4710 or 1-800-946-7227. For more information go to web site www.whalemuseum.org.

SEATTLE

For information about Seattle events year-round, contact the Seattle Convention & Visitors Bureau, One Convention Place, 701 Pike Street, Suite 800, Seattle, WA 98101; 206-461-5800; or check web site www.seeseattle.org.

What to See & Do

Georgetown Neighborhood Home to Largest Urban Winery on the West Coast

Georgetown, one of Seattle's oldest neighborhoods, is experiencing a resurgence of eateries, watering holes, boutiques and more. Adding to the mix of historic buildings is the brand new Charles Smith Wines Jet City. With views of Mt. Rainier and Boeing Field, the 32,000-square-foot space is the largest urban winery on the West Coast. This Seattle winery is the latest creation of Washington State winemaker, Charles Smith, who was named Winemaker of the Year by both Food & Wine (in 2009) and Wine Enthusiast (in 2014) magazines.

Joining in the neighborhood's rebirth, trendy restaurants, pubs and even a chocolate factory are repurposing century-old buildings in Georgetown. Fran's Chocolates specializes in handmade chocolate-covered salted caramels and truffles. Georgetown Brewing Company, a local craft brewing company offers beers on tap or kegs to go. All three options offer tours and tastings to visitors.

Regional Day Pass Eases Transit Use for Seattle Visitors
ORCA Card

Seattle's One Regional Card for All (ORCA) adds new regional day pass, a program that aims to make it easy for visitors and local residents to use Seattle's public transportation services. For adults, a Regional Day Pass will cost $8 and is valid for unlimited rides on transportation services with fares up to $3.50. These services include the bus, light rail, commuter rail, streetcar and foot ferry operated by Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit and Sound Transit. Passes will be available at ORCA revalue locations, online, by mail and by phone. For more information, visit metro.kingcounty.gov.

Space Needle

Built for the 1962 Age of Space World's Fair as a symbol of the future, the Seattle Space Needle continues its legacy as a model of "what if" thinking with its latest wave of technology. The Space Needle developed a virtual reality experience for guests to go on a "halo walk," a virtual trip around the outside edge of the tower, 520 feet above the ground, and an online service that helps visitors plan their trips to Seattle. Last year, the Seattle attraction unveiled new technology including a mobile app, a digital interactive wall, digital kiosks that allow guests to take a 360-degree tour of "never seen before" experiences and an online memory book to store guests' photos and highlights. For more information about the Space Needle's latest technological additions visit spaceneedle.com.
Impressionism Exhibit Makes Last Stop in Seattle

Seattle Art Museum

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) features 19th century artists on display including Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh. Seattle is the last opportunity to view the renowned collection before it returns to the National Gallery following an international tour. Advance tickets are now on sale. For more information, visit seattleartmuseum.org.

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The Museum of Flight Celebrates its 50th Anniversary with New Aviation Pavilion and Education Center

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Museum of Flight began construction on its new Aviation Pavilion, a 140,000-square-foot structure that will house more than 20 commercial and military airplanes once finished. Upon completion of the $31 million pavilion, aircraft including the museum's recently restored Boeing 747Jumbo Jet and 787 Dreamliner will be moved to the Aviation Pavilion. The museum will open an exhibit spotlighting the aircraft under the new pavilion in 2016. The museum also recently opened a new $2.5 million Alaska Airlines Aerospace Education Center. The center is open every day and is staffed with an education professional to provide guidance about the museum's educational programs and science, technology, engineering and math opportunities everywhere. Services are free with admission to the museum.

For more information, visit museumofflight.org.

M/V Sally Fox, Seattle's Newest Water Taxi Takes To Puget Sound
M/V Sally Fox

Seattle's newest water taxi, known as M/V Sally Fox, now sails in Puget Sound. Named after Sally Willinger Fox, longtime resident of Vashon Island who passed away in 2007, the new ship carries walk-on passengers between downtown Seattle's Pier 50 and Vashon Island, an island nestled in the "Heart of the Sound." With both indoor and outdoor seating, the brand new 104-foot-long water taxi can carry 250 passengers and 26 more bikes than current vessels like the Melissa Ann. Sally Fox also features Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant amenities including restrooms, wheelchair tie-downs, six video displays for safety announcements and closed caption programming. A second identical ship to be known as the M/V Doc Maynard is under construction and is expected to be delivered this fall. One-way tickets are $5.50 for cash-paying individuals and $4.75 for ORCA card holders.

For more information about Seattle's water taxi services, visit kingcounty.gov.

The Panama Hotel Named 60th National Treasure Panama Hotel

The National Trust for Historic Preservation recently named Seattle's 104-year-old Panama Hotel a national treasure. The hotel is an intriguing cultural resource where visitors can still see the trunks and suitcases that Japanese Americans were forced to relinquish when they were sent to internment camps during World War II. Although the hotel's basement recalls a shameful memory of America's past, the Panama Hotel also presents a glimpse of a time when Seattle's Japantown was a vibrant commercial hub. As a national treasure, the hotel hopes to preserve the unreclaimed belongings. Currently, the National Trust is working to secure a National Parks Service grant to inventory, document, catalog and research the unreclaimed items. For more information, visit panamahotel.net.

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Chihuly Garden and Glass Joins Seattle CityPASS

CityPASS has joined forces with Chihuly Garden and Glass in its Seattle CityPASS attraction booklet. Chihuly Garden and Glass joins other great Seattle attractions such as the Space Needle, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Seattle Aquarium and two option tickets with the choice of visiting EMP Museum or Woodland Park Zoo and Pacific Science Center or Chihuly Garden and Glass. Adult Seattle CityPASS booklets are $69, while youth booklets (ages 4-12) are $49. The collection of tickets saves 49 percent of what each would cost if it was purchased separately. Seattle CityPASS booklets may be purchased at any of the included attractions or online at citypass.com.

For more information contact Visit Seattle
One Convention Place | 701 Pike Street, Suite 800 | Seattle, WA 98101
T: 206.461.5800 | F: 206.461.5855 | Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am - 5:00pm
pr@visitseattle.org

Blake Island’s Tillicum Village Offers Visitors a Unique New Show

Visitors to Seattle can view century old traditions of Native Americans when they visit Blake Island’s Tillicum Village. Argosy Cruises, a familyowned and locallyoperated Seattle company, recently updated its Tillicum Village experience, a boat trip from the Seattle waterfront to Blake Island in Puget Sound where guests experience Northwest Coast Salish culture in an authentic longhouse. Newly-debuted changes from the menu, stage, sets, lighting, regalia and performance offer an authentic presentation of the customs, beliefs and dances of the Northwest Coast Salish culture. To ensure that visitors have a truly authentic Coast Salish tribes experience, Argosy worked directly with tribal members from early on in the show planning process. In addition to new show content, state-of-the-art lighting and musion technology projects filmed imagery in a lifelike manner woven seamlessly with live acting to tell the story of the Coast Salish tribes. The show purposely utilizes technology and historical live dance to project the native culture as one that has thrived and will continue to thrive in the Northwest.
Argosy Cruises, (206) 623-1445;

Space Needle Joins Seattle CityPass

CityPass has joined forces with the Space Needle and now includes the iconic attraction in its Seattle CityPass attraction book. The Space Needle joins other great Seattle attractions such as the Pacific Science Center, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Seattle Aquarium, Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame and an option ticket with the choice of visiting Woodland Park Zoo or the Museum of Flight. Adult Seattle CityPasses are $59, while youth passes (ages 4-12) are $39. The collection of passes saves 51 percent of what each ticket would cost if it was purchased separately. Seattle CityPass may be purchased at any of the included attractions or online at www.citypass.com/city/seattle.html.

Where to Stay

Sheraton Opens FOUR Points

Four Points Sheraton Seattle Center opened in August 2011 and is conveniently located within walking distance to the Space Needle and Seattle Center and Monorail. The property includes 158 rooms and a 520 square-foot meeting room. Each room is equipped with a large work area, a 42-inch flat screen TV and complimentary internet. The hotel also features breakfast and dinner service, full bar, secure parking, onsite parking center, valet dry cleaning and a coin-operated laundry.
www.starwoodhotels.com.

Hotel FIVE Now Open in Downtown Seattle

Hotel FIVE, the newest property of Pineapple Hospitality, is now open with 120 guestrooms. Previously a Ramada, Hotel FIVE is a new urban industrial-inspired boutique hotel located in downtown Seattle on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Blanchard Street. Hotel FIVE offers completely renovated guest rooms featuring hardwood floors, urban industrial art and furnishings designed by Interior Design International of Seattle. Hotel FIVE is conveniently located near popular tourist attractions like Seattle Center and Pike Place Market, as well as being centered between the business hubs of downtown Seattle and bustling South Lake Union.
(206) 682-6979;

Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau Provides Travel Booking Service

The Seattle Super Saver website enables one-stop shopping for lodging, transportation, tours, sightseeing and other Seattle activities. This program regularly features tickets to the most popular civic festivals, special events and major cultural exhibitions, travelers can book at www.seattlesupersaver.com or call (866) 285-2535.
Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, (206) 461-5806;

Hyatt Place Opens New Seattle Hotel

Hyatt introduced its Hyatt Place brand to Seattle with the opening of the new Hyatt Place Seattle/Downtown hotel on June 1, 2010. Located within walking distance of the Space Needle, the hotel features 160 guestrooms, indoor swimming pool, in-room refrigerators, 1,460 square feet of meeting space, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi internet throughout.
Hyatt Place Seattle/Downtown, (206) 441-6041;

Courtyard by Marriott Opens New Hotel in Seattle’s Historic Pioneer Square

Courtyard Marriott has brought a historic building back to life as its new Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square hotel. The 1904 Alaska Building, in the heart of Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square district, originated as a bank to accommodate prospectors flocking to Seattle during the Klondike Goldrush in the late 1800s. The building opened as a hotel on June 1, 2010 with 262 newly designed guestrooms, a restaurant with full service bar and over 4,600 square feet of meeting space. The hotel has 26 guestrooms dedicated to stays of 30 days or more, offering cooking amenities and sleeper sofas. The hotel’s location puts its guests within walking distance of Seattle’s sports stadiums, as well within close proximity to the city’s top attractions.
The hotel is also adjacent to the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, providing direct connection to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport via Sound Transit’s new Link light rail service.
Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square,
(206) 409-7487;

Hostelling International Seattle Opens Doors of American Hotel Downtown

Hostelling International in the historic American Hotel in downtown Seattle is an 89-room, 294-bed hostel with rates beginning at $29 per bed for dorm-style accommodations for Hostelling International members. Dorm-style accommodations for non-members are $31 per bed. Private rooms are available for $86 a night for up to two people, with extra persons in a private room for an additional $9. A continental breakfast and sheets, towels and pillows are complimentary. Other amenities include computers, laundry facilities, a self-serve kitchen and storage lockers.
American Hotel Seattle. (206) 999-5088;

Hyatt Regency Bellevue Opens Doors to Second Tower Expansion

The expansion introduced a second tower with 43,000 square-feet of meeting and event space, as well as 351 new guestrooms. With the opening of the second tower, the hotel houses 733 luxury guestrooms, 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space as well as a 7,000 square-foot workout complex.
(206) 957-8305;

Hyatt at Olive 8 Opens in Downtown Seattle

The Hyatt brand has expanded its holdings in downtown Seattle with the opening of a $175- million, 39-story hotel-condominium project located one block north of the existing Grand Hyatt Hotel. Opened January 30, 2009, Hyatt at Olive 8 features 231 condominiums on the upper 22 floors and 346 hotel rooms on the lower 17 floors. The entire building is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It is the first mixed-use hotel and residential project to achieve such certification in Seattle. Hyatt at Olive 8 also becomes one of only 20 hotels in the U.S. to be officially designated “green” by the LEED Green Building Rating System. Key elements of the energy-saving and eco-friendly building include low-flow plumbing fixtures, dual-flush toilets, a low-chemical mechanical water system and landscaping maintenance that uses minimal city water thanks to native plant species and irrigation systems. On-site amenities available to both condominium owners and hotel guests include the locally-sourced restaurant Urbane, an eco-friendly spa, saltwater pool, housekeeping, drying-cleaning services, valet parking and 24-hour room service, in addition to separate lobbies and elevators for the hotel and condominium components of the building. Hyatt at Olive 8 also contains 11,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space.
(206) 957-8305

Four Seasons

The Four Seasons brand returned to Seattle in 2008 with a 21-story hotel and condominium tower in the heart of downtown, adjacent to Pike Place Market and the Seattle Art Museum. The luxury hotel features 134 guestrooms, 13 suites, a signature water-view restaurant, event and meeting space including an expansive ballroom and an outdoor pool overlooking Elliott Bay. The hotel’s restaurant, ART Restaurant & Lounge, has a “best source” philosophy of using the freshest local ingredients, not only in its main dining room, but also in its in-room dining and catering menus. Overseeing the food and beverage for the hotel is acclaimed Seattle chef and Four Seasons veteran, Executive Chef Kerry Sear. The project was developed by The Seattle Hotel Group LLC, which is comprised of local investors John Oppenheimer, president and CEO of Seattle-based Columbia Hospitality; former Seattle mayor Paul Schell; and entrepreneur Bruce McCaw.
(206) 913-3848

GROUND TRANSPORTATION

Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau Offers Two Visitor Centers

Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau (SCVB) opened its second visitors’ center at the Market Information Center in June 2009 at the entrance to the Pike Place Market at First Avenue and Pike Street. A collaboration between SCVB and the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority, the center facility serves the needs of Seattle visitors and locals, as well as the Pike Place Market neighborhood. The Market Information Center is open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Formerly the Citywide Concierge Center location, the Seattle Visitor Center and Concierge Services opened in 2008 and is located in the upper Pike Street lobby of the Washington State Convention Center. Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the highly visible location allows the center to assist more visitors and convention attendees. The center features large plasma-screen displays of Seattle information and real-time Seattle-Tacoma International Airport flight information.
Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, (206) 461-5839

Learn to Sketch Seattle’s Surroundings Like a Pro

Learn the skills necessary to sketch Seattle’s sights, while learning the back-story behind some of Seattle’s historical architecture with the new Travel to Sketch architectural sketch and walking tour. The neighborhoods, locations and subjects vary depending on the group’s interests. Tours are offered every Friday with the option of either a three-hour or six-hour class. Supplies are provided, including a sketch book to keep. No sketch experience is required.

For more information, visit www.traveltosketch.com.

See the Seattle Sights Through the Lens of a Camera

Shutter Tours’ new, three-hour walking tour through downtown Seattle is designed for visitors looking to improve their travel photography while learning historic and fun facts about Seattle. Each tour offers lessons in photo composition and is for both the beginning and experienced photography lover. Cameras are not provided but a simple disposable camera will work for the tour. Groups are limited in size to ensure quality interaction and attention from guides.

Emerald City Exploration Package at Hotel 1000 Available Via Seattle Super Saver

Now available for reservations via the Seattle Super Saver Hotel program, Seattle’s Hotel 1000 is offering the Emerald City Exploration Package. The package includes Luxe accommodations, complimentary valet parking and two adult Seattle CityPasses which grant admission into the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Pacific Science Center and either the Museum of Flight or Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum. Children’s CityPasses are available for an additional $39 per pass. The package is $329 plus tax and is available through March 31, 2010. For additional package components and to book, visit www.seattlesupersaver.com.

Operated year-round by Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Seattle Super Saver hotel booking program offers dynamic rates from over 60 Seattle area properties, as well as periodic rate specials and packages. The program offers a high level of customer service and a rare package of consumer benefits including no booking or hidden fees, no pre-payments and no cancellation fees up to 24 hours before check-in.

Travelers may book at www.seattlesupersaver.com or by calling toll free within the U.S. and Canada at (800) 535-7071; from outside the U.S. and Canada, the number to call is (206) 461-5882. Phone lines are staffed by knowledgeable reservationists who personally inspect each property and can advise of hotel features and location, as well as make bookings. Reservation lines are open 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Pacific Time), Monday through Friday.

Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau
One Convention Place | 701 Pike Street, Suite 800 | Seattle, WA 98101
Tel: 206.461.5800 Fax: 206.461.5855 | Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am - 5:00pm
pr@visitseattle.org

New Heritage Guides Offer Visitors a Look at Historic Seattle and King County

History buffs traveling to Seattle and King County now have three new, free destination heritage guides to help with trip planning. The guides highlight the history of the area via the themes of maritime, agriculture and industry and feature more than 70 sites, including historic landmarks, museums, festivals and scenic drives. Guides contain historical descriptions, addresses and GPS coordinates for featured sites. Additionally, five featured sites per guide have audio clips that are accessible via listed telephone numbers.

The destination heritage guides are available at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the Colman Dock on the Seattle waterfront and at the Seattle Visitor Center and Concierge Services desk, located at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in downtown Seattle. The guides are also downloadable at www.destinationheritage.org.

For more information on Seattle contact the Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau
One Convention Place | 701 Pike Street, Suite 800 | Seattle, WA 98101
Tel: 206.461.5800 Fax: 206.461.5855 | Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am - 5:00pm
mailto:pr@visitseattle.org or check web site visitseattle.org
Courtesy CityPass, Inc. CityPass has announced the addition of the Space Needle to its Seattle CityPass attraction book. The Space Needle joins other Seattle attractions such as the Pacific Science Center, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo and an option ticket with the choice of visiting the Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame or the Museum of Flight. The collection of passes is priced 46 percent less than if each ticket was purchased separately. Effective April 1, adult Seattle CityPasses are $54, while youth passes (ages 4-12) are $39.

New Humboldt Penguin Exhibit at Woodland Park Zoo

The Woodland Park Zoo has a new Humboldt penguin exhibit. A colony of 20 endangered Humboldt penguins moved into a 17,000-square-foot exhibit that replicates shoreline cliffs and features viewable nesting burrows and rocky tide pools. Special windows and acrylic walls allow spectators underwater vantage points. The exhibit also features crashing waves and a beach that mimics the desert coast of Punta San Juan, Peru, home of the largest colony of wild Humboldt penguins.

As part of Woodland Park Zoo’s commitment to “green” practices, the exhibit has been designed with sustainable technologies, using geothermal energy and a filtration system that will save three million gallons of water and 75 million BTUs of energy each year. The exhibit is also designed to contain and recycle all storm-water runoff, preventing the pollution of natural resources like Puget Sound.

For more information on the Humboldt penguin exhibit or Woodland Park Zoo, visit www.zoo.org.

Pacific Science Center Hosts their "Biggest" Exhibit

Featuring a Momentasaurus skeleton measuring 50 feet long and 18 feet tall, Colossal Fossils: Dinosaurs Around the World will hit the big-time. The exhibit includes fossils, skeletons, eggs and artifacts that have helped scientists figure out how the dinosaurs looked, moved and lived. In Seattle for the first time, this 12,000-square-foot exhibition provides a glimpse millions of years into the past, to a time when dinosaurs ruled the earth.

The exhibit coincides with the IMAX feature Dinosaurs Alive 3D, a three-dimensional film where paleontologists educate and 3-D computer-generated dinosaurs entertain.

For more information, visit www.pacsci.org/colossalfossils or call (206) 443-2001.

Seattle Aquarium Re-Opens After Major Renovation

Seattle's waterfront is undergoing major changes which are nearing completion, including opening of a remodeled and expanded Seattle Aquarium. The project included replacing the pilings that support the aquarium's primary pier, an 18,000 square-foot expansion to the existing building, a completely new exterior and the addition of a 40-by-18-foot, 55,000-lb. viewing window into the new 120,000-gallon showcase exhibit. The exhibit, called Window on Washington Waters, showcases the salmon, sea anemones and other sea life native to Neah Bay at the northwestern point of Washington, an area with some of the state's most diverse saltwater environments.

For more information, visit www.seattleaquarium.org or call (206) 386-430

A Boat for Those Without

Although Seattle is known for having the most pleasure boats in the country per capita, not every Seattleite owns one. For locals and visitors who want to experience Seattle's boating culture firsthand, but are not ready to put a down payment on their own vessel, Seattle Ferry Service offers fun, quirky tours of Lake Union. The narrated tours take visitors around the lake, providing humorous insight into the area's past and present, along with views of the famous houseboats and colorful waterfront. The best option for out-of-towners is the Sunday Ice Cream Tour, departing from Fremont every hour on Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in the summer. The tour costs $10 for adults, $6 for children and for a few dollars more, the crew serves up ice cream, soda, coffee, tea and their signature chocolate root beer float.

For more information, visit www.seattleferryservice.com or call (206) 284-2828.

Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau, One Convention Place | 701 Pike Street, Suite 800 | Seattle, WA 98101; Tel: 206.461.5800 Fax: 206.461.5855 | Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am - 5:00pm

Seattle Art Museum Unveils Major New Addition

The Seattle Art Museum unvieled a 118,000-square-foot addition to its downtown Seattle campus, allowing greater display of the museum's permanent collections of contemporary, African, Oceanic, Northwest Coast, American, European and other art. Designed by Allied Works Architecture, the expanded museum offers 70 percent more gallery space, new public space, a new restaurant, expanded museum store and infrastructure for future growth. The addition will also feature two floors of free public space which will include a major installation of Cai-Guo Qiang's Inopportune: Stage I and Illusion, featuring nine actual-size cars suspended from the museum's ceiling. .

The Seattle Art Museum was founded in 1933 and features three locations throughout Seattle. In addition to its downtown campus, the museum operates the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Olympic Sculpture Park. The sculpture park, an 8.5-acre public sculpture garden, opened in January on the city's central waterfront in downtown Seattle.

For more public information, visit www.seattleartmuseum.org

Olympic Sculpture Park Open

Olympic Sculpture Park opened to the public, unifying the Belltown neighborhood in downtown and the Seattle waterfront. The nine-acre sculpture park features a 2,500-foot, descending, z-shaped pedestrian path connecting downtown Seattle with a beach on the waterfront. With sweeping views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains, the path takes visitors past sculptures and major works by world-renowned artists such as Richard Serra, Alexander Calder and Mark di Suvero.

The park also features the PACCAR Pavilion, a glass and steel structure with space for art, performances and educational programs, as well as the Gates Amphitheatre, an outdoor structure that will host performances and films.

Open to the public and free of charge, the Olympic Sculpture Park was commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum to create a green space in the heart of the city for the public to enjoy.

For more information, check web site www.seattleartmuseum.org.

Flying Heritage Collection (FHC) One Stop for the Past, Present and Future of Flight

The Flying Heritage Collection (FHC) of rare, historic aircraft and artifacts will relocate to Paine Field, 20 miles north of Seattle, this summer. Formerly located in rural Arlington, Wash., Seattle investor Paul G. Allen’s collection of operational WWII and Cold War aircraft will be housed in a hangar adjacent to the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour. The move will allow the collection room to grow and increase public access to the vintage aircraft. The close proximity to the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour will make Paine Field a one-stop destination for visitors to experience the past, present and future of aviation.

More than just relics from a bygone era, the aircraft in the FHC are kept in flying condition and are flown semi-regularly during the summer months to keep them operational and allow the public a chance to see them in action.

For reservations with the FHC tour coordinator, call 360-435-2172 Thursday through Saturday between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Pacific time. For more information, check web site www.flyingheritage.com or call 360-435-2172.

SNOHOMISH COUNTY

It's not too early to plan your Winter Escapes: Exhilarating Outdoor Adventures, and Exceptional Indoor Travel Experiences in Snohomish County, Washington

Plan your winter travel editorial content with these helpful suggestions of Christmas and winter activities and attractions in Snohomish County, located just 30 minutes north of Seattle, Wash.

Located between the emerald green waters of Puget Sound and the snowcapped Cascade Mountains, Snohomish County is a magical wonderland of sparkling Christmas events, snowy outdoor adventures, and cozy indoor activities perfect for solo travelers, couples, and families.

Exhilarating Outdoors, Rejuvenating Spas

From the mountains and coastal areas of the Pacific Northwest, bald eagles gather along the Sauk, Skykomish and Snohomish Rivers in winter to feast on spawning salmon. In some areas, they number in the hundreds! You can see them up close from the comfort of a multi-passenger river raft, captained by experienced and knowledgeable guides.

From Thanksgiving through Easter, the Cascade Mountains in Snohomish County provide countless opportunities for fun in the snow, including family snow play, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and snowmobiling.

After a day of vigorous playing in the snow, it’s time to kick back and unwind. Ease tired muscles with a massage, step into a hot tub for a leisurely soak, or simply snuggle up in front of a warm fireplace.

Indoor Adventures and Spirited Libations

Painters, sculptors, architects, carvers, and other artists have used the area’s mountain views, sandy shores, flowing rivers, invigorating weather, and natural sounds to create exceptional works of art. See many of these expressions in galleries and public areas throughout Snohomish County. Learn about the artists and how their life’s experiences shaped their crafts.

From biplanes built in the early 1900s to today’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners, aviation has played a key role in Snohomish County’s history and economy. Relive the glory days of daring barnstorming pilots, see surviving World War II military aircraft and some of the most important aircraft from the Golden Age of Aviation, catch a glimpse at the future of aviation, and take a tour of the only commercial jet assembly plant open to the public!

For thousands of years, Coast Salish tribes fished, hunted, and lived in this region now called Snohomish County. After Captain George Vancouver claimed the Pacific Northwest for Great Britain in June 1792, small settlements began to form by 1853. People from the East Coast, Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, and other parts of the world came as loggers, farmers, fishermen, ranchers, sailors, soldiers, and fortune seekers – all searching for new life or riches. Museums and heritage centers throughout Snohomish County bring those personal stories to life through events, exhibits, interactive displays, and multimedia.

Performing arts take center stage during the cooler months, and provide entertainment for the whole family. Learn about the upcoming seasons at the Edmonds Center for the Arts and the Everett Performing Arts Center.

When the kids are full of boundless energy but it’s raining outside, take them on a quick escape! Snohomish County has plenty of indoor attractions and fun centers for kids to play, giggle, and even learn about the world around them.

Snohomish County is packed with craft beverage artists who take pride in their craft, and who create award-winning, diverse, and unique craft beverage products for all to enjoy. Learn about these distilleries, breweries and wineries as you taste and enjoy the local liquid arts.

For more information contact the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau, 1133 164th Street SW, Suite 204, Lynnwood, WA 98087

Traveling with your Pooch: Discover Dog-friendly Snohomish County

With so many dog-friendly places to romp, roam, and relax in Snohomish County, you’ll be happy to bring your pooch with you to enjoy every moment of adventure in this beautiful and popular corner of Washington State!

Let’s Romp: Dog Parks

A number of off-leash dog areas (OLDAs) have been set aside for the enjoyment of canines and their human companions.

Let’s Walk: Dog-friendly Hiking Trails & Walks

From mountain tracks to urban paved trails, Snohomish County offers plenty of pooch-friendly paths for exercise and exploration.

Let’s Eat: Dog-friendly Dining

Many restaurants welcome customers with well-behaved dogs to dine on the patio. Let’s

Stay: Dog-friendly Accommodations

Snohomish County offers a wide range of lodging options, and many welcome well- behaved dogs and their human friends.

Good Dog: Snohomish County Off-Leash Dog Area Rules

Rules and etiquette for the dog park. <

Helpful Tips for Traveling with Your Dog

For more information on dog-friendly activities and amenities, high-resolution images, and other communities and activities for visitors to see and do, contact Julie Gangler, media relations, 206-789-6647 or j.gangler@q.com.

Snohomish County Tourism Bureau
1133 164th Street SW
Suite 204
Lynnwood, WA 98087

Places Where Couples Can Celebrate Their Romance Their Way

Couples come to Snohomish County, Washington, to reconnect, relax and renew themselves and their relationship in ways that match their style, character, and interests. The diversity of hotels, settings, and activities range from casual to elegant, relaxed to vibrant, and landscapes to cityscapes – all with options to mix and match!

For Lovers of Romance

Silver Cloud Inn, Mukilteo

Nibble on locally handcrafted chocolates with your beloved in an oversized Jacuzzi that overlooks the sparkling waters of Puget Sound. <Tulalip Resort Casino, Tulalip
Escape to a world of tranquility, revitalization, and special moments at Snohomish County’s premier four-diamond resort.

For Lovers of Nature

Arlington’s River Rock Inn, Arlington

Nestled on five private acres with nature trails and a trout pond, this spacious bed and breakfast exudes the best of Pacific Northwest living.

A River Runs Through It, Index

Perfect for snuggling and back-to-nature relaxation, the A-frame cabin offers plenty of seclusion for private moments.

For Lovers with an Artistic Soul

Inn at Port Gardner, Everett

How do you want to cozy up with the one you love? In a suite with a hot tub and private deck, in a corner suite with gas fireplace and balcony, or a comfortable room with large open-out windows?

Best Western Plus Edmonds Harbor Inn, Edmonds

Linger over your morning coffee and complimentary full breakfast at this comfortably appointed hotel situated near the beach, a waterfront park, and an easy-paced down- town filled with surprises.

For Lovers of the Shop & Dine Experience

Snohomish County is home to two of the most popular shopping venues in Washington State.

For more information please contact the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau
1133 164th Street SW
Suite 204
Lynnwood, WA 98087

TACOMA

Where to Stay

Hotel Murano Celebrates International Glass

Amidst Tacoma's rejuvenated downtown, the new Hotel Murano offers a hotel experience unseen internationally. With glass gathered from international artists; high design by corsostaicoff; luxury amenities, such as an iPod Menu and Spiritual Menu; and an ideal location, the Murano quenches one's thirst for art and comfort. From its exterior entrance where Costas Varotsos ˆ internationally renowned artist ˆ has created a large-scale masterpiece of glass called "Orizon" (horizon in Greek) conveying a relationship to the horizon and water to the interior where art is deeplyintegrated in function and design, the hotel will stimulate anyone's artistic sense.

More than 45 artists from around the world are showcased in the hotel from the lobby to the guest rooms making every step in the hotel an artful journey. As its intent, the Murano will educate and inspire guests with its pool of international talent and individual story of each artist.

On every guest room floor, the visitor is greeted with a highlighted artist, his or her story and a final masterpiece. A walk down the corridor and into the guest rooms relays the inspiration and process for the featured piece of art. Sophistication meets warmth with flat-screen televisions and iPod docking stations for sleek lounging, glass-topped vanities; custom, hand-blown bedside lamps; only-the-most luxurious beds and scrumptiously self-indulgent linens, along with clean contrasting colors ˆ providing an artful and comforting experience after a long day of travel.

To further capture the artful intent of the hotel, the Murano will publish a book telling the individual stories of every artist featured that will be available to guests and visitors alike.

With BITE - the hotel's restaurant - and lobby bar, the hotel hopes to be a center of social and business activity in the Tacoma area. The downtown Hotel Murano is located steps away from the museum district and the theater district, and immediately adjacent to the Tacoma Convention Center. It is only 20 minutes from Sea-Tac International Airport and 15 more to Seattle.

About Hotel Murano

Like its sister hotel in Portland, Ore., the Hotel Lucia (Travel + Leisure's Top 500 Hotels in the World and Condé Nast Traveler's Top 100 Hotels in the World) or the Hotel deLuxe (Condé Nast Traveler's Hot List and Top 100 Hotels in the World) in Portland, Ore., the Hotel Murano (1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, Wash., 98402 - 253.238.8000) will be unique in the Northwest with its art-inspired design and magnified focus on personal guest services. In addition to the Hotel Lucia and the Hotel deLuxe, the Hotel
Murano's family (www.provenancehotels.com) also includes the Hotel Max in Seattle, Wash., opened in October of 2005 and the Hotel Preston in Nashville, Tenn., opened in March of 2004.

For more information in regards to the opening of the hotel, photography or to visit model rooms, please contact Dina Nishioka for details at 503.295.2122 x223. Also, visit
www.hotelmuranotacoma.com for updates.

What to See & Do

Happy hour hot spots

Catch a one-of-a-kind Northwest sunset from one of the happiest spots in the South Sound. With breweries, lounges, taverns, fish shacks and upscale dining, there's a spot for every mood. Grab fish 'n' chips at Northern Fish Company for a dockside picnic, enjoy an afternoon happy hour with a side of legendary chowder at Duke's Chowder House or head to Boathouse 19 to watch the sun disappear behind the Tacoma Narrow's Bridge while sipping a strawberry-basil infused Galloping Gertie's Lemonade.

Get outside! Family-friendly activities

When the sun shines in Tacoma + Pierce County, the residents certainly know how to enjoy it. Warm summer days are that much sweeter knowing that cool, crisp nights will eventually return.

Head to one of Metro Parks Tacoma's many parks - whether you find yourself kayaking at Owen Beach on the shores of Puget Sound or winding down the lazy river and splashing in the spray park at Stewart Heights Pool.

For an animal adventure, gaze at elk, buffalo and longhorn sheep at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park as they free-roam in their natural habitat. Kids can get up-close to beavers, ducks and bats during educational sessions with animal experts.

Thinking about heading to the mountains this summer? You'll find an amazing assortment of activities, ranging from camping, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding and swimming in and around Mount Rainier National Park.

Get your beer here!

Ale trail opens in South Sound
Do you appreciate the hard work and craftsmanship that goes into making a delicious brew? Yes?! You're invited to join the Craft Crawl and taste over 100 of our locally made beers, from the fearless brewers that reign the region. You better believe it. From Tacoma to Olympia - more than 30 artisanal breweries. A rising craft culture that's just being tapped.

What exactly is the Craft Crawl? Glad you asked. With your course and passport in hand, collect stamps at each brewery you visit. Nine stamps get you a prized pint glass. Swing by any location marked with a trophy icon on the passport to show off your stamps and pick your pint. You can also pick up your glass at the Travel Tacoma + Pierce County Visitor Information Center.

With year round beer festivals [make sure to check out Brew53 this summer!] and more brewery openings in the "hop"-per, there's no doubt that here you'll sip some of the best suds in the state. Hop on the rail to ale, Tacoma's Link Light Rail, with stops at five breweries, all in the heart of downtown. Cheers to premium pints and bragging rights!

Plan your trip at TravelTacoma.com. Whether you're just starting to plan a trip to Tacoma + Pierce County, or are already in our region, it' easier than ever to plan your itinerary or search on-the-go! Beautiful visuals accompany fresh, authentic content to showcase the best our county has to offer. Start planning your trip to Tacoma + Pierce County today at TravelTacoma.com.

For more information contact Tacoma +Pierce County, 1119 Pacific Ave., Suite 1400 | Tacoma, WA 98402 | www.traveltacoma.com | [253] 627-2836

Explore the best of Winter in Tacoma + Pierce County

Do you live for the thrill of finding the best double-black diamond or just like to bask in the crisp air with a mug of hot chocolate in hand? You'll find plenty to explore in Tacoma + Pierce County, home to Mount Rainier National Park, a snow lover's paradise, and countless seasonal festivities are sure to make this holiday season the best yet! Mark your calendars to explore the best of winter in Tacoma + Pierce County!

Check out our special winter itineraries below and discover winter in Tacoma + Pierce County. You can also learn more about the area by checking website TravelTacoma.com/Tour-Professionals.

The events calendar will keep you up-to-date on all the winter festivities in the area. Mix an outdoor escape with an indoor adventure for an experience you'll never forget. Check out what you could be doing if you were here!

Winter Itineraries

Experience winter with one of your favorite activities in Tacoma + Pierce County.

Victorian Christmas Festival
Mountain Escape
Snowshoe Mount Rainier
Zoolights at Point Defiance

The Mysterious d.b. Cooper

In 1971, a mysterious man in a suit leapt from a 727 and into the darkness somewhere over Southwest Washington with a canvas bag full of $200,000. The only thing we know is a name...Dan Cooper. Explore the mystery behind America's only unsolved hijacking and how it has affected airline security through the decades. Check out the one remaining parachute provided to Cooper and a piece of the $5,800 of the ransom discovered in 1980. See FBI photos and read testimonies from those who were there. Cooper has landed.

Explore Tacoma + Pierce County 

The Tacoma Regional Convention + Visitor Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for Tacoma + Pierce County, WA. For more information contact them at
1119 Pacific Ave., Suite 1400 | Tacoma, WA 98402 | www.traveltacoma.com | [253] 627-2836

Golf season is coming!

Chambers Bay Golf Course is Washington state's golf masterpiece. The course presents golf in its purest form. It is designed in the historic links style of Scotland and Ireland. Caddies roam the course instead of golf carts. It has impressive emerald greens, dazzling fairways and brilliant tees. The Puget Sound provides a serene backdrop as the course winds through a mystical coastal setting.

Chambers Bay and Hotel Murano [2012 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List] have teamed up to give you a championship experience. Book your overnight accommodations at Hotel Murano, Tacoma's boutique hotel. They'll set up your tee-time at Chambers Bay. Hotel Murano combines modern design, all the comforts of home and world-class art to provide a top-notch experience.

Discover Sumner: Rhubarb Pie Capital

Celebrated as the Rhubarb Pie Capital of the World, Sumner embodies all things American. From a slice of Rhubarb Pie at Main Street's Berryland Cafe to a piece of rhubarb fudge at the Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse the city boasts 28 delicious ways to eat rhubarb. About a 22-minute drive from downtown Tacoma, Sumner's Main Street is known for its specialty shops, community festivals and parades. Friendly smiles and hellos are the norm no matter the season.

 For more information: The Tacoma Regional Convention + Visitor Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for Tacoma + Pierce County, WA
1119 Pacific Ave., Suite 1400 | Tacoma, WA 98402 | www.traveltacoma.com | [253] 627-2836
 

WENATCHEE VALLEY (Central Washington)

Wenatchee Valley Ice Age Floods Geological Trail

For a place that 'rocks,' head to the Wenatchee Valley Ice Age Floods Geological Trail. Here, you'll find some of the extraordinary geological features created by the Lake Missoula Floods that washed over the area approximately 13,000-18,000 years ago. The entire terrain -- hillsides, cliffs, valleys and canyons -- seen as you drive through the area, and created over millions of years, was dramatically reshaped by an unusual series of events which took place during the last Ice Age. This drivable geological trail is self-guided and takes in the remnants from the Glacial Lake Missoula floods, which scoured the central Washington landscape thousands of years ago, leaving the awe-inspiring geology visible to this day. You'll be following the route illustrated in the Trail map showing each of the 40 sightseeing stops along the way. The trail is divided into two routes on the map; a 30-mile loop around the Wenatchee Valley that lies within the other, a 164-mile loop around central Washington.

Along with the Ice Age Floods came the Ice Age hunters and the subsequent discovery of a cache of enormous spear points and knives known as Clovis Points in May 1987 in the Wenatchee Valley. The cache consisted of 69 artifacts within a contained area and, in July 2006, six of these pieces will be shown in the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.

For more information, contact the Wenatchee Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, 25 North Wenatchee Avenue, Suite C-111, Wenatchee, WA 98801, or check web site www.wenatcheevalley.org. 


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