2015 National Gingerbread Competition in Victoria

2014 National Gingerbread Competition in Victoria

Each year, Victoria is decked to the hilt with holiday cheer. Among our favorite displays is the annual National Gingerbread Competition. It’s a feast for your eyes and your nose!


Hosted by the Inn at Laurel Point, these icing coated masterpieces will be on display through January 3, 2016.  (more…)

The Origins of the de Havilland Beaver

Known to some as the Harley Davidson of the sky, the de Havilland Beaver’s squat-nosed appearance has a rugged handsomeness.


With its pug-nosed fuselage and no-nonsense radial engine, this is a go anywhere machine. In fact, unlike the majority of fixed-wing aircraft, the Beaver can get out of pretty much any situation it can get itself into.


The preferred choice of nearly all bush pilots, Beavers have been flown to small mountain lakes, glaciers, and remote beaches. They’ve carried torpedoes and delivered parts to stranded boats. They’ve been used as crop dusters, passenger caravans, and sightseeing apparatuses. You think of it, a Beaver can probably do it.  (more…)

Discover Magic in the Market

2014 Magic in the Market

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Once all is said and done with the turkey, the stuffing and the friends and family visiting, the last thing you probably want to do is start decorating.

Luckily, you can get your fill of holiday cheer without diving immediately into all the craziness of hanging garlands and lights. Saturday, November 29, head to the Pike Place Market for family-friendly kickoff to the season.

Take a free photo with Santa in front of the Market clock. Decorate cookies in the Market’s new Atrium Kitchen. And, shop for gifts and stocking stuffer. Heck, make a night of it and grab dinner at one of the restaurants. (After all, who wants to do dishes?)

Festivities start at 1:00 PM, but you really want to be there at 5:00 PM. That’s when Santa will begin the countdown to the tree and market lighting. Get ready to be dazzled.  (more…)

Three Days of Things to Do, Eat and See on the San Juan Islands

18 Things to do in the San Juan Islands this Fall

Fall in the San Juans offers a variety of fun things to do and see. These three Fall Getaway Itinerary Ideas focus on Orcas and San Juan Island. But, they only scratch the surface. Enjoy!

Day 1

Breakfast – Doe Bay Café on Orcas Island
Doe Bay CafeOn the east side of Orcas Island at the edge of Doe Bay, sits the Doe Bay Café. This quaint restaurant is attached to the Bay Resort. It offers a full view of Doe Bay and the Salish Sea. From its own organic garden to its use of locally sourced proteins, the chefs are crafting dishes with the freshest ingredients. Breakfast items might include olive oil poached duck eggs or local sockeye gravlax (a Scandinavian style of dry cured salmon) with sunny-side up eggs and whipped goat cheese.


Doe Bay Café – 107 Doe Bay Rd., Olga, WA




Explore – Poke around Eastsound on Orcas Island
Visit Eastsound’s collection of galleries and novelty shops. Stop by Darvill’s Bookstore to discover the carefully chosen selection of novels, biographies and more. If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, head to Kathryn Taylor Chocolates where the chocolates are handmade, the ingredients are predominantly local and the flavors vary widely including Douglas Fir and Blood Orange.

Darvill’s Bookstore – 296 Main St., Eastsound
Kathryn Taylor Chocolates – 109 North Beach Rd., Eastsound (more…)

5 Reasons to Visit Victoria BC this November

Kenmore Air in Victoria by Dan King Images

Chances are good this time of year you’re looking to stay warm and cozy. Typically this means indoor activities or a chance to cuddle up with someone special. From a wee nip of something tasty to discovering your favorite graphic tale, these five things to do in Victoria are sure to satisfy.


If you love beer…

Hosted by Canoe Brewpub, Winterbrau features handcrafted winter beers from more than 15 local breweries. Hosted by Canoe Brewpub, Winterbrau features handcrafted winter beers from more than 15 local breweries. As an added bonus, the Brewpub’s kitchen will be throwing down with a variety of tasty treats throughout the entire event.  (more…)