All 11 acres of Wintergreen Tree Farm smell like Christmas. Noble, Fraser, and Nordmann firs—along with eight other species—stretch across its Christmas tree field, giving off a sweet scent that evokes the holiday season. Trees range from 5 to 15 feet. A trip to the farm should always culminate in a steaming mug of apple cider by the gift shop's fireplace, where you can also peruse Christmas ornaments, fresh wreaths, garlands, and boughs. And if you purchase a photo package, kids can also take turns sitting on Santa's lap, whisper their gift list, and walk away with antlers, ornaments, and candy canes.
Periwinkle Rose, an online boutique founded by a former costume designer, is filled with quality handmade garments and eco-friendly home goods from Big Dipper Wax Works and Forever New. Change up nighttime clothing routines with a pair of print pajama pants ($30), or impress fellow insomniacs in your clinical sleep study with psychedelic pajama pants ($30). Customers wishing to keep their new sleepwear in tiptop condition can peruse a variety of all-natural fabric-care products, from La Bouquetiere fabric softener ($18.50) to Forever New granular wash ($3.50–$15), a nontoxic, organic, and biodegradable formula designed to safely clean and prolong the life of clothing.
The neighborhood wine shop's cellar-like interior surrounds guests with stacked bottles of world-class wines, waiting to grace café tables during leisurely tasting tours. Approachable staff decants jewel-toned potables while patrons send each of six selections gliding across tongues like a competitive ballroom dancer in banana-peel slippers. Depending on the tasting, guests pair their favorite varietal with a selection of cheeses such as brie or swiss, specialty meats, or nonedible, but still enjoyable crystal. Those opting for an at-home tasting wow guests with a 12-bottle cellar pack of Robert Mondavi wines, enough for a generous 15-person tasting or a raucous 30-person gargling tournament.
Within a 2,000-square-foot shop, Backdrop Sports maintains and sells equipment that can turn the area’s roads and backcountry into outdoor playgrounds. Ready to fix up rides that tackle snow, dirt, or asphalt, the crew of experienced technicians performs tune-ups that help to renew skis and snowboards and improve gear performance. Leaving no detail untouched, they tune skis and snowboards by hand, waxing and grinding bases before giving each board a much-needed hug. Paying similar attention to bicycles, mechanics tighten, adjust, and lubricate everything bikes need to operate smoothly on challenging trails. The staff also can build custom bikes, cut new splitboards, and help customers navigate the store's stock of men’s and women’s apparel, mountain bikes, and snowboards.
With certifications from organizations such as the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and American Women's Self Defense Association, the coed instructors of InSights Training Center teach unarmed and armed personal-security courses under the direction of Army Ranger and Special Forces veteran Greg Hamilton. The highly-trained staff has trained more than 15,000 students in their civilian courses alone. Topics range from the Women's Basic Handgun Safety & Responsibility to the Unarmed Self Defense class, which explores the evolution of hand-to-hand techniques. Outside of training civilians, the instructors provide specialized training programs for law enforcement and the military.
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Wind-up toys and plastic vehicles overflow from toy displays inside Wishes, where shelves full of books, puzzles, and tabletop games entertain visitors. Small groups play games such as Ticket to Ride and Settlers of Catan at tables inside, and the staff helps guests find games well-suited for a family gathering or Nobel Prize award ceremony.