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.
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.
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.
Northshore Gymnastics' 15,000-square-foot facility boasts training equipment and devices such as 40' x 40' spring floors, a ski floor, five trampolines, and vault tables. Northshore aims to provide a fun and family-focused atmosphere, and their friendly stable of coaches are tasked with not only teaching basic skills, but also helping youngsters gain self-confidence and socialization skills.
Woodinville Wine Tastings unites four wineries that sit within a pleasant walk of each other. At Davenport Cellars, patrons may sip cabernet sauvignon aged in French oak beneath impressionist oil paintings of natural landscapes. John Patterson of Patterson Cellars lets more than two decades of experience shine through in swirling elixirs, and red blends at Pondera Winery show a range of crimson shades like a bull’s anger-management counselor. Bordeaux grapes from a handful of Columbia Valley vineyards mingle in the shop’s cuvee, and guests at William Church Winery stroll beneath walnut-hued barrels, clicking together glasses of a pinot gris that hints at lemon zest and green apples.
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
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.