Seattle during the summer – does it get much better? We think not.
The mountains. The sound. The lake. We wake up every day excited to take it all in. It never gets old. We’re constantly stunned by how beautiful the PNW is. Heck, have you ever seen anything that comes close to Mount Rainier on a clear day? She’s big, bold and beautiful. She’s downright captivating. (more…)
Imagine Cannon Beach before its coast was lined with a concrete jungle and you might be close to picturing Tofino. At least, you’d be close to picturing Tofino’s beach. Unlike its grass-lined southern brother, Tofino’s shores are rimmed with old growth forests. Here, trunks grow out of dirt that rests next to sand.
Smack dab at the end of the road – literally, it’s the last stop on Canada’s transcontinental highway, the Pacific-Rim Highway – this quaint town has yet to be overrun by commercialized tourist attractions. It’s landscape remains pristine. It’s locals, all 1,852 of them, embody the back-country, wave-as-you-pass friendly attitude you’d expect in a small town. (more…)
Just outside of Friday Harbor – where the salt water begins to twist and turn around the San Juan Islands; where the Olympic Mountains line the horizon; and where the glaciers are vast, the old-growth forests green, and the salmon plentiful – whales swim in pods.
Whale watching season, which officially kicked off April 5, is now in full swing. We regularly hear frequently of orca sightings from our pilots and passengers. But the spot to really catch these magnificent creatures is aboard San Juan Safaris.
We partner with them for a unique one-day San Juan Island whale watching adventure. Leaving Seattle’s Lake Union dock in the morning, you’ll enjoy a 45-minute scenic seaplane ride to Friday Harbor. This charming seaside village is home to eclectic art galleries, novelty shops, and a selection of amazing restaurants. (more…)
July 4 – 5 – 4th of July Festivities
4th of July in the San Juan Islands is filled with parades, dancing and fireworks. Kids wave flags, BBQ grillers throw down and boats are decorated to the hilt in red, white and blue pride. Each island – San Juan, Orcas and Lopez – all put their own flare on the festivities, but one thing is consistent – they’re all a small-town, big time affair where folks can’t help but smile, cheer and be merry.
July 19 – 20 – San Juan Island Lavender Festival
See, smell, touch and taste lavender during the San Juan Island Lavender Festival. Held at the Pelindaba Lavender farm, you’ll have the chance to view the entire growing and harvesting process. Plus, you’ll be able to sample a wide variety of lavender goodies including lavender ice cream and lavender lemonade.
July 12 – 13 – Pacific Tattoo
Unlike the ink filled art you’re so familiar with, a tattoo’s roots go much further back. In the seventeenth century, tattoos were a demonstration of precision military drumming, piping or musical expertise used to call the troops in for the night. A two-day event, Pacific Tattoo will showcase a variety of performances that will wake up and wow even the most sedate audience members.
July 18 – 24 – Victoria International Buskers Festival
The greatest street performers from around the world converge each year on Victoria for the annual Victoria International Buskers Festival. From flame throwers and acrobats to magicians and giant puppets, you never know what you’ll see. Each event is free, though tips are always encouraged. They’re held on the street or at select outdoor venues throughout downtown Victoria.