A father-son operation helmed by Harry and Jon Huff, Streams of Dreams equips anglers with the necessary gear and knowhow for tracking down finned foes. The shop carries the industry's latest rods, reels, lines, and more. To put that equipment to the test, the Huffs offer personalized lessons that focus on vital skills, such as fly-tying and fly-casting. They also organize trips to exotic locations, including bonefishing adventures around Andros Island in the Bahamas.
In the summer, Captain Don Cartwright migrates from Florida to New Jersey to captain fishing trips off Sandy Hook and Raritan Bays aboard his 35-foot boat, the Bill Chaser. Cartwright, who has a US Coast Guard master's license and more than 20 years of fishing experience, helps groups hook everything from striped bass and bluefish to larger catches such as bluefin tuna and shark.
Sound Excursions describes their carefully curated group experiences as "field trips for adults." It's easy to see why: every outing takes groups to a new realm of Washington, whether it's the frothy shores of Puget Sound, inland forests and mountains, or tables at Seattle's thriving restaurants. The events held at these diverse locations range from culinary workshops on topics such as sushi-making and moonshine-tasting, to adventurous excursions with whitewater rafting or kayaking, to laid-back themed party cruises. For many outings, luxury transportation is provided.
The Great Divide Campground lures campers out of their tents and cabins with diversions such as fishing in an onsite private lake, swimming in a heated long-course pool, and dethawing marshmallows over crackling fires. Each of the 270 campsites adds to the natural greenery of its surroundings with a fire ring and picnic table. The campground staff peddles ice and firewood and delivers it for free, unlike pack mules that always demand tips. A private lake hosts boating and paddleboating. Other amenities include everything from a basketball court and a game room to a laundry facility, restrooms with flush toilets, and free showers. A full calendar of events is available, as well.
Just far enough outside the city to feel like a true escape, Panther Lake Camping Resort sits on 160 scenic acres where families can hike, explore, camp, and splash around the picturesque 45-acre lake. Families can set up their getaway on tent and trailer campsites with water, electric, and cable-TV hookups. Throughout the season, a variety of events keep visitors entertained with everything from kids' arts and crafts to darts tournaments to movies in the park.