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 »
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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.
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 »
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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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 »
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
Whistler is one of my favorite places I have ever been to. So far, I’ve been their twice and the second time was as awesome as the first. This means I am very excited to let you know that Clipper Vacations is selling Whistler two day lift tickets this year in addition to our Whistler Overnight Packages. If you don’t know very much about Whistler, let me tell you a few of the things that I love about it.
It’s called the Pacific Rim, this wild west furthest-most point of British Columbia in Canada – gazing to sea from my little Zodiac while out on a whale watching tour, the next land mass is… Japan!
I was wrapped up warm and dry, as I shared the bay with 4 or 5 large grey whales spouting and diving in the water around me, hardly making a ripple in the water at all. Calm and quiet, gentle giants, unaware that their presence was making momentous memories that I would cherish far into my dotage!