Years ago, Derrick and Donna Smith began brewing a quartet of ales together, the steaming vats of barley filling their small facility with steam. They quickly gained the attention of beer drinkers and critics and expanded into a 10,000-square-foot space. There, they invite you to check out new craft brews such as Classic Nut Brown Ale, Bold Belgian Pale Ale, and Seasonal Citrus Wit. Rotating seasonal suds fill the recognizable frog-emblazoned bottles with beers whose flavors vary with the season. Derrick and Donna offer clients a peek inside their operation with tours and tastings.
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.
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.
Colleen Barrow has spent her entire lifetime seeking out and memorizing the coordinates of the most scenic sights dotting British Columbia's Southern Gulf Islands. Rather than trapping them in a photo album or enormous snow globe, the local explorer shares her finds with guests through ITT Wilson's Tours. By partnering with Wilson's Transportation, Barrow coordinates luxury bus tours to castles, lighthouses, botanical gardens, and wineries. With many of the tours, guests receive a midday meal such as rustic oven pizza served at an apple-orchard picnic site, or mutton legs aged to perfection in a castle's meat cellars.
Blanshard St Winery shares its rich winemaking customs with customers, touting an expanded repertoire that includes beer and champagne kits. Stroll into the expansive winery and select from the vast collection of cellar classic whites ($175.59–$186.59), cellar classic reds ($175.59–$186.59), champagne ($216.59), and beer ($92.75). Wine and champagne batches ferment enough grapes to produce 30 bottles (750 mL each), and each beer batch decants into 46 bottles (500 mL each).
We make your winemaking experience great, and you'll have a great time drinking it. Many award winning wine kits from around the world, your choice. From the time you choose you wine it's 4 to 8 weeks later your wine is ready to bottle, cork, label and taste! All our wine is guarunteed and so is your winemaking experience