2014 Fall Getaways in the San Juan Islands

18 Things to do in the San Juan Islands this Fall

The Olympic Mountains line the horizon. Old-growth forests tower toward the sky. Two hundred and fifty days of sunshine fill the lakes, shores and valleys with warmth, even during the fall. These are the San Juan Islands, the gourmet archipelago at the edge of the US/Canadian border. Separated from Victoria’s twinkling lights by the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the islands offer a small town atmosphere and a place that moves on “island time.” Here is where restaurants are focused on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients; artists are known to open their studios to inquiring minds; and relaxing is expected.

November 7 – 9 – Friday Harbor Film Festival
The second annual Friday Harbor Film Festival features documentary films selected specifically to entertain, inspire and enlighten. The focus will be on the islands’ cultures, marine ecology, environmental issues, great adventures and individuals who live and work near the world’s largest ocean. All films will be shown at the San Juan Community Theater, the San Juan Island Grange and the Friday Harbor House. View a full schedule of events here.

 

November 14 – Ruth Moody Band
After four years, Ruth Moody is returning the San Juan Community Theater. Previously, she took the stage as a member of The Wailin’ Jennies, a band she founded and still plays with. November 14, she’ll be taking the stage with her newest band, the Ruth Moody Band. They bring an upbeat, folk filled sound.  (more…)

2014 Fall Getaways in Victoria

18 Things to do in Victoria this Fall

Just across the US border, history and elegance are preserved in this bustling metropolis. Though a central hub for Canadian innovation, (free, public Wi-Fi hot spots are popping up faster than you can count), Victoria still maintains its old world charm. In an eclectic mix of new architecture and preserved landmarks, this coastal city offers stunning views of the Olympic Mountains. At night, the lights from Port Angeles, WA twinkle across the Straight of Juan de Fuca as Victoria’s own Parliament Buildings and Fairmont Empress wink back. A collection of gardens are speckled throughout the city and seafood based restaurants constantly offer a selection of the day’s freshest catch.

November – December – Salmon Run at Goldstream Provincial Park
Goldstream Park Salmon RunDuring the fall and early winter, salmon fight the currents to return to the stream where they hatched four years earlier. In the temperate climate of the Goldstream Provincial Park, these battered and bruised creatures lay their eggs and die shortly after. While the spawning process certainly draws a crowd, the hundreds of eagles and occasional bear is what will really grab your attention. This world-class spawning-stream is no secret to these creatures who count on the freshly hatched salmon fry for food each year.

 

November 14 – 22 – The Secret Garden
The Four Seasons Music Theater presents a tale of forgiveness and renewal. The Secret Garden follows Mary, a small girl orphaned in India, as she returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle and his invalid son.

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2014 Fall Getaways in Seattle

18 Things to do in the San Juan Islands this Fall

The Olympic Mountains line the horizon. Old-growth forests tower toward the sky. Two hundred and fifty days of sunshine fill the lakes, shores and valleys with warmth, even during the fall. These are the San Juan Islands, the gourmet archipelago at the edge of the US/Canadian border. Separated from Victoria’s twinkling lights by the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the islands offer a small town atmosphere and a place that moves on “island time.” Here is where restaurants are focused on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients; artists are known to open their studios to inquiring minds; and relaxing is expected.

Dine Around SeattleNovember 3 – 30 – Dine Around Seattle
Eat your local heart out. Dine Around Seattle is Seattle’s biannual dinning promotion offering great deals at local, independent restaurants.

 

November 8 – PNA Winter Beer Tasting
The 27th annual PNA Winter Beer Tasting features more than 30 different breweries. Pours will focus on lagers and porters, though a few IPAs will be added into the mix. Admission includes 10 tastes. Pub style snacks will be available.

 

November 8 & 9 – Fall Orchid Show
The Northwest Orchid Society once again presents their annual Fall Orchid Show at Swanson’s Nursery. The show will feature a variety of flowers and displays. Plus, there will be an abundance of local and visiting orchid vendors presenting plants and supplies.

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2014 Fall Getaways in Nanaimo, Tofino and Ucluelet

Nanaimo morning light by Mike Thompson

Jaw-dropping mountains and more than 4-kilometers of waterfront walkways make Nanaimo, BC far more than a gateway stop to Central Vancouver Island. Sure it’s the second largest city on Canada’s western landmass and offers easy access to destinations such as Tofino, Ucluelet and Port Alberni. But, it’s also home to a collection of funky art, historic buildings and quaint pubs. It’s where you’ll find artisan honey producers and a self-guided dessert tour. It’s farm to table restaurants, breakfasts doused in hollandaise and small town charm that’s delightfully welcoming.

November 8 – Story Telling with Roy Henry Vickers (Tofino)
Join Roy Henry Vickers at Eagle Aerie Gallery for stories of his life and the inspiration of his work. Following his storytelling session, Roy will be available to meet guests and autograph his reproductions.

 

November 8 – Chefs Table with Chef David Chauvac from Le Mas Candille, France (Tofino)
Savor the sizzling glamour of the French Riviera as it meets the cool beauty of the rainforest. Chef David Chauvac of the luxurious, Michelin-starred Le Mas Candille near Cannes will be joining the Wickaninnish Inn’s Executive Chef Warren Barr and Chef David Sider for an Inspirational Chef’s Table dinner. Together, the trio will create an extraordinary evening of fine dining.

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Kenmore Air Pilot, Anna Gullickson

Anna

A lifelong passion for de Havilland Beavers lead a landlocked raised girl on a journey to become commercial seaplane pilot.

 

When “Top Gun” characters Maverick and Goose first uttered the words, “I feel the need. The need for speed,” few could have predicted how the line would change lives throughout the world. But the beckoning call of the cockpit was felt by those of all ages, including young Anna Gullickson.

 

Whether it was the idea of speed, ruling the sky or a bit of both, Anna dreamt being a pilot. Her passion for aviation was further solidified during visits to the Canadian Gulf Islands. (more…)