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The Victoria Flower Count ended with a tally of 1,392,393,203 blooms for 2014! Every year, The Butchart Gardens and Tourism Victoria team up with Victoria residents to count how many blooms are in their community. This year, the City of Colwood won the title of “Bloomingest Community” with more than a billion blooms!

Victoria is known as the City of Gardens because the climate is ideal for growing flowers, so naturally their world famous The Butchart Gardens has been nominated as one of USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice awards for Best Public Garden. In addition to The Butchart Gardens, the list also includes other northwest favorites The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island and the Portland Japanese Gardens as well as the Huntington Botanical Gardens, one of my favorite places I’ve ever visited! You have until March 31 to vote for your favorite public garden.

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat in front of Victoria Clipper
Photo: Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Society

August is one of the months in the Pacific Northwest where you can usually count on nice weather and for those looking to make the most of the end of summer, there are plenty of options to keep you busy until the start of the school year and the return to cooler temperatures.

The Seattle Opera is performing its last cycle of “The Ring” under Speight Jenkins, retiring after 30 years working to make the Seattle Opera a Wagnerian center. In Victoria, the Dragon Boat Festival is a race and festival many enjoy every year. Labor Day weekend has many options this year including Bumbershoot music festival in Seattle, Art in the Pearl in Portland, and is a great weekend to head up to Victoria where you can take in the Vancouver Island Blues Bash and the Victoria Classic Boat Festival. For fans of the outdoors, Whistler has several mountain bike and racing events.

Here is our rundown of Things to Do in August:





San Juan Island:


There are many things that make Portland a great place to visit—the beer, history, food, easy access to the coast and mountains, adventure, and the quirky people. EverGreen Escapes offers a variety of tours in and around the Portland area that provide the perfect introduction to Oregon. Read the rest of this entry »

Located just under the shadow of the Space Needle, Seattle has a new attraction: Chihuly Garden and Glass. The museum opened on May 21 as a showcase to one of the world’s most renowned glass artists, Dale Chihuly, and it is a stunning new addition the Seattle Center.

Chihuly Garden and Glass Seattle

The Chihuly Garden and Glass is located in the shadow of the Space Needle at Seattle Center

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Our first Gray Whale Watching tour of the year is this Saturday, so I thought I would share with you some photos our staff has taken on previous trips. The tour is a really great deal and fun for families. It departs from downtown Seattle most Saturdays and Sundays in March through May and heads towards Coupeville, Washington. On this daytrip you will get to spend time searching for Gray Whales as well as a couple of hours to explore Coupeville. You can learn more about Gray Whale Watching from Seattle on the Clipper Vacations website.

Seattle Gray Whale Watching

The tail of a Gray Whale spotted on one of the Clipper Vacations Gray Whale Watching Tours.

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This coming weekend the Washington seaside town of Langley on Whidbey Island hosts our favorite gathering of armature sleuths for their annual Langley Murder Mystery Weekend. Each year, the whole town gets into character playing out a brand new storyline written by local authors and riddled with clues so that you can play along as if you are in a real-life game of clue. Participants this year will be parsed with the task of uncovering who in the town has a case of gold fever – leading to them to commit murder “In Cold Mud.” Read the rest of this entry »

Alki Beach in Seattle on a sunny day

Alki Beach in Seattle on a sunny day. (Photo by Joe Mabel) via Wikimedia Commons

Seattle is having beautiful spring-like weather this week and the sun and warmer temperatures are making me excited for some great spring events coming up in Victoria, Seattle, Vancouver and Portland. Here is my round-up of some spring things to do in the Pacific Northwest:
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Valentine's Day Getaway Ideas

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The thing with Valentine’s Day is that everyone has their own idea of romance and the way we like to celebrate is very different from couple to couple. What doesn’t vary is that we all like to feel appreciated by our spouse, partner, boyfriend, girlfriend, or significant other and there are many ways to show that you care. To add a little extra special touch this year, surprise them with a getaway that really reflects who they are, what they love and that thing they just wouldn’t splurge on for themselves. With travel, whether it is just a daytrip or a weekend getaway, you also get the added bonus of some extra quality time together. Read the rest of this entry »

Chinese New Year in Seattle, photo by Joe Mabel

Chinese New Year celebration in Seattle's Chinatown International District. Joe Mabel/Flickr Creative Commons

The Year of the Dragon begins January 23, 2012 and the Pacific Northwest is ready to celebrate! Chinese New Year celebrates the new lunar year, which is based off of the cycles of the moon. Most Chinese New Year celebrations in Western culture feature lion and dragon dances and parades as well as lantern festivals. The celebration is 15 days long, this year from January 23-February 6 and throughout the Pacific Northwest, public events will be taking place to celebrate the start of the Year of the Dragon! Read the rest of this entry »

I’m always keeping an eye out for happenings in all of Clipper Vacations destinations to keep our Northwest Events calendar up to date. This week I found out about some interesting things happening in Vancouver, BC and Portland that I thought I would share!

Interesting news from Vancouver:

• If you’re looking for an alternative way to celebrate the holidays, Inside Vancouver blogs about the Top 5 Rock and Alternative Holiday Music Concerts in Vancouver

• Apparently a black bear came into downtown Vancouver on a garbage truck this week. Watch the video. Read the rest of this entry »

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