8th Annual Savor the San Juans

Food at COHO

Indulge all your senses during the San Juan’s month-long medley of food, farms, and art.

Savor the San Juans is back for the eighth year running and it’s shaping up to be better than ever. During this month-long festival there will be more than 20 unique events. Restaurants throughout San Juan Island, Orcas Island, and Lopez Island will feature specials. And, several of the San Juan’s top hotels, B&Bs and resorts will offer lodging specials.


How are we making the pot even sweeter? We’re offering low fall fares!


7 Bites Not to Miss in Victoria BC

Food. It’s at the heart of nearly every amazing trip. From quaint cafes and all-day brunch spots to gastrobups and fine dining, Victoria BC does not disappoint.

Food. It’s at the heart of nearly every amazing trip. From quaint cafes and all-day brunch spots to gastrobups and fine dining, Victoria BC does not disappoint.

To help you get a jump-start planning your what-to-eat route while visiting British Columbia’s capitol, we’ve outlined seven of our favorite spots.  (more…)

AVIC teams up with US partner – Kenmore Air


Innovative designed floats by EDO Floats

Kenmore, WA – AVIC will debut the first Chinese made seaplane in the US. Using innovative designed floats by EDO Floats, and with their co-operation to obtain US and Chinese airworthiness certification, the Y-12s will be fully transformed into amphibious aircraft. The transformed Y-12s certified under FAA and CAAC will increase their competitive edge in the international arena.

AVIC has ordered 100 sets of floats from EDO Floats. The revolutionary floats will be made of carbon fiber, which is more reliable, durable, lighter plus more resistant to corrosion. (more…)

Where to Sip Cider this Fall

Sample cider at the San Juan Island Distillery

Our favorite places to sample cider in Seattle, the San Juan Islands, and Victoria.

Cider. Sweet and crisp, it combines all the good time fun of a cold beer with a fruity flavor that’s surprisingly refreshing. Though originally the preferred beverage of American colonists, cider had lost favor among US drinkers. But a few years ago that changed. Now craft brewers throughout the North American Continent have begun embracing the craft.

Particularly popular among the gluten-free and female drinking crowds, cider is praised as the lighter and less bitter beer. It’s even been heralded as the “new wine.” Chefs have taken to pairing it with fatty fish, hearty pasta, and rich desserts.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, land of the apple orchard, brewers have been surprisingly hesitant to dabble with the crisp fruit as they’ve remained focused on hops. But as more and more give it a go, our region’s been treated to exceptional pours. These guys and gals know how to craft unique flavor profiles and they’re bringing that experience to cider. Here are some of our favorite cider destinations.  (more…)

2 Days in Seattle

Seattle glows in pockets. While the bustling downtown shopping scene is a great place to find the latest sneakers, the real Seattle is tucked into its eccentric neighborhoods and scattered along its fringes. Parks nestle next to homes and against eateries big and small. Statues pop up across the city, resting next to bus stops, underneath bridges, and outside restaurants. Shorelines are speckled with beaches, docks, and views of ferries. Though the frequently drizzling climate might make you inclined to carry an umbrella, it’s hardly a reason to stay indoors. Simply don the Seattleite form of mittens – a strong cup of coffee – and take to the streets.


4:30 PM – Volunteer Park
Tucked among some of Seattle’s oldest homes, on the north end of Capitol Hill, is a conservatory packed with plants from across the globe. It’s hard to decide which is more beautiful – Volunteer Park’s idyllic setting or the view of the city, mountains, and water from the top of its brick water tower. (If you can pick, let me know.) This century old garden, built by the Olmsted Brothers, offers playgrounds for the tots and strolling for adults. Young adults can frequently be caught starting impromptu games of freeze tag and capture the flag. Warm your hands and your belly at the nearby Volunteer Park Café where they offer a daily selection of house made pastries and warm cups of caffeine.

Volunteer Park – 1247 15th Ave. E, Seattle 98122
Volunteer Park Café – 1501 17th Ave. E, Seattle 98122 (more…)