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.
10 Things To Do in the San Juan Islands this Fall
October 4 – Doe Bay Garden Harvest Happy Hour
Join Doe Bay chef, Jon Chappelle, on a garden tasting tour and help him harvest unique ingredients for a cooking demonstration of seasonal appetizers. (Participants staying at Doe Bay will receive 50 percent off their third night.)
October 4, 11, 18 &25 – Pelindaba Lavender Farm Tour & Distillation Demo
What’s it take to cultivate exceptional lavender? How is it harvested? How is the essential oil processed and distilled? What’s it used for? Find out during one of the Pelindaba Lavender Farm Tour & Distillation Demos this October.
October 4 & 5 – ARTSTOCK, Friday Harbor/San Juan Island
The eighth annual Artstock will feature exhibitions from members of the Friday Harbor Galley Association, including: Jamie Ellsworth Studio, Arctic Raven Gallery, Island Studios, Waterworks Gallery, and Ogle Fine Art Studio. Music, food, festivities, and art will be the driving forces around town. Each participating destination will be marked by amber lights, including several local eateries.
October 5 – Jones Family Farm Community Pig Roast, Lopez Island
Nothing brings a community together like bacon, except perhaps an entire roasted pig. That’s just what the folks at the Jones Family Farms are serving up during their community pig roast and potluck – mouthwateringly delicious slow roasted pork goodness. Don’t forget to bring your own potluck dish to share! (more…)
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.
11 Things to do in Victoria, BC this Fall
October 1 – 31 – Haunted Zipline
Where the ghouls are many and the monsters big, so too are those who scream as they fly. The haunted zipline tour is an interactive experience, zipping you through a night of terror and fun. (For a less spooky experience, this tour is offered during the day.)
October 3 – JumpShip 2014
This is mountain biking to the extreme. JumpShip attracts the world’s best Freeride mountain bike riders. This year’s location at Bear Mountain is sure to take the competition to the next level. In addition to watching the competition, there will be a beer garden and live music.
October 4 – Shipwreck Tours
It’s easy to be fooled by Victoria’s beautiful views, but its BC waters are home to come of the most famous shipwrecks. The Shipwreck Tour, hosted by The Maritime Museum of B.C., will include stories of the SS Valencia and the SS Princess Sophia. (more…)
To some, fall comes all to quickly in Seattle. But, to those who know the city’s intricacies, fall is a welcome time. From the unique neighborhoods and must-see sport events to the exceptional restaurants and wide array of museums, this isn’t a city that shuts down because of a little moisture. While the chance of showers and cooler temperatures might make an umbrella a worthwhile investment, it’s hardly a reason… to stay cooped up inside. Grab the Seattleite mittens – a steaming cup of coffee – and explore the known, and lesser known, hot spots.
14 Things to do in Seattle this Fall
October 2 – Brew at the Zoo
Raise your glass to elephants. Cheers to hippos. Sip and savor to baby jaguars, porcupines, otters, and giraffes. Brew at the Zoo is a microbrew event dedicated to conservation and animal celebration. With live music and award winning exhibits, this fun event is the perfect opportunity to connect with fellow animal lovers.
October 3 – 5 – The Northwest Chocolate Festival
Pure. Chocolate. Decadence. Need we say more? The Northwest Chocolate Festival gives you the opportunity to sample the finest selection from top artisan chocolate and pastry makers. In addition, you’ll be able to learn about the origins, processing, and culinary uses of chocolate. How far can you take this edible aphrodisiac? Come find out.
October 7 – Feast at the Market
The thirty-first annual Feast at the Market is a unique opportunity to enjoy a self-guided tour of tastes from more than 20 participating market restaurants including: Marche, Matt’s in the Market, Seatown Seabar, and more.
October 10 – Sounders vs. Whitecaps
Get ready to cheer non-stop. Seattle Sounders games are not for the feint of heart. We take our “Fotball” seriously. As do the folks north of the border. That’s why the October 10 showdown between the Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps is sure to be such a great game. Kickoff is at 7:00 PM.
October 10 – BREW Seattle
BREW Seattle – the largest Seattle-breweries-only tasting event – will feature the best from our local brewers. How many breweries will be represented? More than 20! Now that’s a lot of tasting. (more…)
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.
10 Things to do in Namaimo, Tofino & Ucluelet this Fall
October 4 & 5 – Queen of the Peak (Tofino)
This annual, all-women’s surf event in Tofino highlights the amazing plethora of women surfers found in the region. During Queen of the Peak, competitors vie for prizes in both the longboard and shortboard categories. In addition, there will be Zumba dance aerobics on the beach, surfing movies, raffles, and more.
October 9 – 12 – Mushrooms of the West Coast (Tofino)
Based out of the Tofino Botanical Gardens, Mushrooms of the West Coast is a three-day course designed to introduce you to the plethora of Mother Nature’s local edibles. It includes instruction on identification and use, guided gathering tours, and more.
Did you just stare that the above picture for a while? A flying orca. How cool is that! But, why is Kenmore Air considering this rather extensive paint job?
Because, we have one of the most amazing crews. From pilots to front office personnel and mechanics to customer service reps, our staff is comprised of remarkable individuals.
The folks who work here not only have a passion for being the best at what they do, they’re also committed to making the world around them a better place. (more…)