With the help of his uncle Tom Campbell, who just happens to be a seasoned enologist and viticulturist, Bijal Shah and his wife Sinead founded The Woodhouse Wine Estates in 2004. The winery's vintages are brought to life by Jean Claude Beck, whose winemaking genes reach back to Alsace, France, where his family estate has been crafting wine since 1579. The team at Woodhouse focuses on expressing the unique terroir of each grape?s origin, yielding balanced, mature wines marked by full flavors. Inside the tasting room, chandeliers sparkle over a long bar, where visitors can sip pours of any number of select wines.
Sassafras, sarsaparilla, and vanilla: above all, these are the flavors celebrated by The Root Beer Store, which is chock-full of root beers from around the country. Owner Corey Anderson grew up making root beer with his dad, generating his admiration for root-beer culture. Anderson was featured on King 5 for his passion for the soft drink, which manifests in his selection of more than 100 types from craft root-beer makers. From Hawaii to Maine to Australia, the creativity of each brewer shines in the collection, which customers browse with visions of ice cubes and ice cream to accompany them. The staff is on hand to help home brewers make their own soda with root-beer kits, extracts from different brewers, and the lyrics to the chant sung to the root-beer lord before starting each batch.
For more than 30 years, Blue Sky Outfitters has been equipping rafters to barrel down rivers throughout the Pacific Northwest. Whether floating past bald eagles on the the still waters of the Skagit River or plummeting down the 14-foot Husum Falls, the company's whitewater rafts—helmed by capable pilots—meander through wildlife that stuns with beauty. For land-bound trips, adventurers can strap on snowshoes and journey through the Leavenworth Valley, or peer through the wide windows of the Adventure Bus as it journeys through wine country
After immigrating to the U.S. from Amsterdam in 1979, Fien Hulscher and her daughter Bela founded the Islands Inn in Anacortes, instilling it with the same attentive service and cozy atmosphere with which they operated their Dutch bed-and-breakfast. Inside a Fireplace Room, royally replete with a king-size bed, Internet access, and a small refrigerator, guests can curl up near the wood-burning fireplace or snuggle within the hot blast radius of the hair dryer. Most rooms open up to sweeping views of Mount Baker and Fidalgo Bay, and several also feature balconies for breathing in the fresh mountain air and waving semaphore flags at passing ships. Elsewhere in the inn, a hot tub churns year-round, and a pool opens in the summer for swimming or sunbathing no sooner than 30 minutes after devouring the included breakfast.
From the folks behind Harmon Brewing, The Hub was, for years, just a dream of co-owner Pat Nagle. Back in 2008, the neighborhood brewpub's first location they had long envisioned became a reality. Today?at two locations?drinkers and diners can take in a game on one of the flat-screens TVs surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. As they do so, they can sip Harmon's flagship brews, and enjoy one of more than 10 signature pizzas or nine specialty burgers and sandwiches.
From the beginning, Boundary Bay Brewery knew they wanted to make the kinds of beers that they liked to drink: big, bold Northwest brews. They began producing award-winning handcrafted beers and quickly became a place where the locals love to go. They believe strongly in local economy and in keeping their community vibrant and healthy. To that end, Boundary Bay Brewery partner with at least 15 local suppliers/farmers to create a menu of fun, fresh Northwest pub food and help support over 100 local non-profits annually.
Located in a restored historic warehouse, the brewery opened in 1995 with the goal of brewing bold, flavorful beers. It quickly became popular with locals, who now make use of the space year-round. During the summer, crowds come out to dine on the deck or drink light, refreshing brews in the beer garden. Seven taps are devoted to house brews that are always on tap, while the others are for seasonal brews, brewing experiments like single hop ales and small batch beers that are only brewed rarely. Two cask beers are always available as well. When the weather grows cold, beers like Cabin Fever, a strong-brewed winter ale, rise in popularity and no table seems to lack plates of locally caught sockeye salmon or nachos with housemade salsa and a plethora of additional ingredients from the family-friendly bistro. Although the craft brewery's offerings are representative of the Northwest, the brews have amassed more than 100 impressive awards from festivals and competitions across the country.