After traveling from the end of the rainbow to the tip of the North Pole, Easter's original hippity-hoppity star is now claiming seasonal residence at the Tyson Corner Center, Arundel Mills Mall, Potomac Mills Mall, Lakeforest Mall and Marley Station. As both an adorable and educational animal, the bunny associated with Easter will be helping kids get into the spirit of egg-hunting by teaming up with professional photographers who know how to coax giggle-laden smiles out of any bundle of joy. Children can pose with the gregarious giant, embracing fluff-filled hugs, and then later enjoy their shared moments by flipping through their tangible, printed portraits and by fluttering their eyelids at their vibrant, digitally arrested stills.
With a sweeping vista of the stately Hood Canal and Olympic Mountains serving as a natural backdrop, the skilled vintners at Hoodsport Winery craft a diverse fleet of grape, fruit, and cordial wines with fresh, local ingredients. Classic varietals, such as syrah and merlot, elicit sips alongside more uncommon elixirs, such as cordials infused with loganberries, rhubarb, or raspberries. Visitors can ponder the facility's verdant surroundings during events that highlight Hoodsport Winery's numerous creations, which include gourmet jams, four types of locally roasted coffees, truffles, and fruit-flavored trading cards.
To make their award-winning, handcrafted wines, Amy and Josh Stottlemyer source their grapes from the local eastern Washington fields in the Horse Heaven Hills, Yakima Valley, and Columbia Valley. From that harvest, they craft thirteen wines, ranging from classics such as cabernet sauvignon and malbec to less-common flavors such as barbera and viognier. At tasting rooms in Lacey, West Seattle, and Hoodsport, they raise spirits at public tastings held three to five times a week. Stottle Winery also breaks into the darkest corner of the cellar during tastings of limited and reserved wines held on the first weekend of each month, and welcomes groups for by-appointment private tastings with cheese and crackers for up to 20 guests. Revelry continues at the winery’s other private events, where up to 60 guests can mingle over munchies, hum along to live music, and aggressively sniff sommeliers to teach them what it feels like to be wine.
Cool breezes spiral off the waters of Oakland Bay, gently ruffling the fairway grasses of Bayshore Golf Course, positioned on the bay’s western shore. The nine-hole, 3,002-yard course slaloms through thickets of towering pines and rolls over gently undulating terrain that golfers can traverse by foot, golf cart, or a 3-wood that doubles as a pogo stick. Those in need of tees, divot tools, or golf balls can stop by Bayshore Golf Course’s pro shop, which sells golf apparel and accessories that sport the club’s logo.
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