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The Outdoor Adventure Center's wildly experienced guides have led groups off the grid for more than a quarter century, pursuing rugged fun in the scenery and fresh air of mountains, rivers, and coastlines. Explorers at heart, the staff boldly launch kayaks into the ocean around the San Juan Islands and conquer the frothy waters of the scenic Skykomish River, known for its beginner-friendly rapids, migrations of spawning merpeople, pool and drop areas, and breathtaking views of 5,000-foot mountain peaks. Horseback and hiking trips delve into the lush woods, and nature photography excursions pause to celebrate the beauty of the wilderness near Index. The core team of 14 guides takes safety seriously, most with certifications from the American Canoe Association, training in wilderness first aid, CPR, and swiftwater rescue, and life vests tattooed over their chests.

14300 NE 145th St.
Woodinville,
WA
US

Established: 2003

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 11?25 people

Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours

Brands Used: USA gymnastics

Pro Tip: Be sure to call and register for the correct level of class ahead of time, as space is limited.

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Gymnastics

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Q&A with Kimberly Smothermon, Coach And Owner

When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?

I started gymnastics when I was young and then started coaching, as I loved the sport and didnt want to leave it. I opened my own gym 11 years ago and have loved working with children. We are a non-competitive gym because I feel, after competing myself as a child, that too many hours in the gym isn't healthy. But gymnastics is a great sport. It helps in every other sport and is fun.

What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?

That we are a non-competitive gym with seven Exhibition teams that perform at schools. The teams ... range in age from five years old through High School.

What special training do you or your staff have?

Myself and several staff members are USA gymnastics members and have been to USA national congress several times. [We are] also first aid and CPR certified.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

Our gym is a fun, and we teach in a loving and fun atmosphere. We love all children regardless of their age, size, or skill level.

14102 NE 189th St.
Woodinville,
WA
US

The viewers of Evening Magazine had 131 choices for Western Washington’s best fitness instructor of 2012, but Sheree James and her team at Shake It Off Dance Fitness came out on top. It’s no surprise, considering the staff turns dance fitness into full-on festivals of fitness, spurring on rooms full of exercisers through Latin-inspired Zumba dance classes, as well as hip-hop and urban striptease aerobics. It’s not all about cardio at Shake It Off, though; instructors also lead Zumba toning, during which students shimmy and shake while holding a weighted bar or a maraca made of cement so that they simultaneously forge muscles.

15610 NE Woodinville Duvall Rd.
Woodinville,
WA
US

Everyone has the potential to be an artist, but sometimes it takes the proper inspiration to unleash their talent. At The Drunken Easel?housed inside the historic Woodinville Mercantile Building?that muse comes in the form of hops, fermented grapes, and fellowship. With step-by-step guidance from a painting instructor, students wield brushes and provided beer or wine as they attempt to recreate a featured painting, or simply let their imaginations run hog-wild across the canvas. After the lesson/soir?e, each pupil can take their masterpiece home for submission to a gallery opening or a grand usurping of their kids's refrigerator paintings.

12601 Northeast Woodinville Drive
Woodinville,
WA
US

Baseball players can't skimp on their hitting, pitching, and catching skills if they want to dominate the game—a fact that the instructors at Northshore Sports Complex know well. In 1982, Cody Webster earned the title of MVP while playing for the Kirkland Nationals All-Star Team—the first US team to win the Little League World Series. He continued to play throughout high school and college, and went on to coach for Pepsi Baseball. His cohort, Craig Bishop draws on 20 years of coaching experience at high schools and colleges. Together, the duo shares the task of teaching students the fundamentals of the game inside batting and pitching cages.

Surrounded by a chain-link fence and divided by safety nets, their astro-turfed cages shelter machines that launch baseballs and softballs straight down the plate. These projectiles can reach speeds up to 85mph, which would be really scary if the baseballs weren't tranquilized beforehand. Sans the machines, pairs can take to the cages to hone their pitching and catching abilities.

14220 NE 193rd Pl.
Woodinville,
WA
US

Stan Barrett already had a winery and a passion for French cuisine when, in 2002, he found himself in need of a winemaker. He found Sean Boyd, who had worked at wineries in France, New Zealand, and around the world. As of today, Boyd's favorite part of the wine-making process is the final blending stage, when he gets to tap into his creative side and combine fermented juices into their final state. He still learns new techniques and oversees every step of production at Woodinville Wine Cellars, where the staff specializes in crafting small-batch, additive-free wines using only grapes sourced from Washington vineyards. They let the wines age for up to 18 months in French oak barrels, which allows them plenty of time to take on complex flavors and read Madame Bovary.

It's this dedication to detail that has earned Boyd various accolades for more than a dozen wines, including the deep cabernet sauvignon, peppery rose, and rich Last Man Standing malbec. Over time, the selection has included more than 45 styles, some of which are produced only rarely. Most of the small batches that are currently available, though, are uncorked during tastings at the winery's creek-side tasting room. Barrett also owns Art Culinaire, the North American importer of Lacanche ranges.

15029 Woodinville Redmond Rd NE
Woodinville,
WA
US

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