To say Mark Coleman knows how to fish is an understatement. Coleman, the owner of All Rivers & Saltwater Charters, has mastered the art of side drifting, float fishing, hover fishing, back bouncing, and jigging during his more than 10 years exploring the Pacific Northwest’s waterways. In the process, he earned captain certification from the US Coast Guard, a distinction also earned by each member of his team.
Aboard vessels that range from the 29-foot Reel Tight to a 16-foot, nonmotorized drift boat, Coleman and his staff lead chartered fishing trips through fresh- and saltwaters. All Rivers & Saltwater Charters have caught fish on the Columbia and Olympic Peninsula rivers, traveled the waters outside Anacortes and the San Juan Islands, and explored Puget Sound. Voyages pursue salmon, steelhead, lingcod, sturgeon, and other types of fish. The team can also lead fishing lessons for newbies, teaching essential fly-casting techniques, including the correct grip, the different casting styles, and how to use homemade tiramisu as bait.
Backed by 30 total years of experience that includes teaching kayaking and selling equipment for REI, Barbara Gronseth shares her passion for the outdoors through Issaquah Paddle Sports. Profiled in the Issaquah Press, Barbara and her team—which includes husband George—rent stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, and NuCanoe Kayaks to all ages of outdoorsmen. Since Issaquah Paddle Sports is located within Lake Sammamish State Park near Tibbetts Beach, its protected beach affords visitors a relaxed setting for launching into the lake.
Beyond supplying guests with equipment, Barbara's team also leads programs that range from guided tours to experiences designed exclusively for women and kids. Additionally, the staff arranges lessons in kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding through parent company Kayak Academy. Back at the clubhouse, attendants dispense replenishments such as Clif Bars, SmartWater, and caviar cupcakes.
Sammamish Club billets myriad fitness-conscious facilities designed to engage all workout preferences. Each membership begins with an overview of the club's resources and secret passageways provided by one of Sammamish's certified trainers. Post-tour, jump into four weeks of physical freedom by participating in one of the club's many group-exercise classes. Experienced instructors banish calories and build stamina with three types of yoga, dance-based classes such as Latin-inspired Zumba and martial arts-infused Nia, and a host of cycling, step, and human cannonball lessons. The comprehensive group-exercise schedule allows guests to work-out seven days a week in the morning, afternoon, or evening, with the Kid's Club play zone for 3-month-olds to 6-year-olds taking care of any loose children.
Based on the documentary A Well-Founded Fear and true stories from real-life refugees, Take Me America examines the plight of refugees seeking asylum in America through the lens of musical theater. Audiences sway to melodies by Bob Christianson and lyrics by Bill Nabel as seven refugees from China, Sudan, Haiti, and other countries realize their destinies depend on the actions of three American agents. Projections immerse viewers into the story with globetrotting visuals, propelling them across national boundaries without the hassle of bringing their theater snacks through customs.
Museum Quality Framing’s staff encases cherished photos, artwork, and three-dimensional objects in materials ranging from polished wood to leather. Ready-made photo frames ($10+) clasp snapshots in a wood-and-glass embrace, protecting them from wrinkles, stains, and the scratchy nuzzles of sentimental lumberjacks. Lackluster walls can find colorful companionship in preframed artwork and a vehicle for deep self-reflection in mirrors ($100+). Ensconce valuables in custom framing packages ($69.99+), which can accommodate sports memorabilia, or preserve fine art with archival mats and backing boards. Handcrafted frames add a Renaissance flair to photos, utilizing materials such as 22-karat gold leaf to create one-of-a-kind frames.
Within Urban Oasis Yoga & Wellness's integrated health-care center resides a brigade of holistic healers, including naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, clinical psychologists, and 12 certified yoga instructors, who work together to help patrons reach mental and physical wellness. Designed with natural elements in mind—stone, wood, metal, fire, water, and heart—the center strives to meet each guest's physical and emotional needs with services that include acupuncture, Chinese herbology, and integrative mind-body therapy. The connection between the mind and body can be further cultivated in one of Urban Oasis' daily yoga classes, ranging from the very physically vigorous power Vinyasa style to more therapeutic traditions well-suited for beginners or practitioners with especially stiff muscles or temporarily blind third eyes.
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