With its historical downtown and lush greenery flanking the undulating Columbia River, Vancouver, Washington, is a Pacific Northwest paradise for the laid-back. This is just fine with Vancouver Segway Tours, a family-owned company that invites its patrons to experience the small city in one of the most laid-back manners—from a Segway.
The upright machines, which balance themselves through dynamic stabilization technology and yoga classes in their off-hours, respond to the movements of the rider, moving forward and backward along with the helmeted guests. This allows the riders to glide through the city's streets and park paths comfortably and confidently as they learn historic tidbits about the area.
The Brewcycle is a fifteen-person, 100% green, party machine! The first of its kind to roll into the Portland area, this 15 person bike let's you experience your own "sampler" of the Pearl District's Microbreweries. If you like beer, biking and combining the two...you'll LOVE us!
Cellar 55 cares for precious potables with 24-hour surveillance and a private, climate-controlled facility. Controlled access, private lockers, and personal locks keep each bottle of treasured toast-fodder secure from even the wiliest cat-burgling sommeliers. Constant conditions of 55 degrees Fahrenheit and 70% humidity preserve perfect taste and keep aged wines from complaining about the weather. For no additional charge, Cellar 55 will receive shipments of wine and place them in a customer’s private vault or hold them to be picked up. Wine collectors experiencing separation anxiety can check up on their favorite bottles seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cascade Pack & Paddle, LLC calls Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument its playground. Permitted by the US Forest Service, Cascade’s guides can lead kayak tours through Coldwater Lake within the preserve, where they introduce visitors and locals to sweeping views of majestic mountains and lush surrounding foliage. They also helm other kayak tours in local waters such as Yale Reservoir, Speelyai Bay West, and the Lewis River. If the preferred method of transportation is by foot, Cascade’s guides shepherd groups on hiking tours, some of which are canine friendly, around area trails such as Coldwater, Blue Lake, and Windy Ridge.
In the late 1800s, a well-connected Vancouver businessman named L.M. Hidden set out to build a railroad from Vancouver to Yakima in the hopes of accessing the area’s timber and mineral resources. After spending a decade building the railroad—and more than 100 miles short of the proposed destination—construction stopped. The Vancouver, Klickitat and Yakima railroad was broke.
This kicked off decades of financial struggles for the railroad. Eventually, the prospect of logging profits saw the railroad extended to Yacolt and Chelatchie Prairie. But by the late 1970s—after the decline in popularity of peg legs as a fashion accessory—the area’s lucrative logging industry was a thing of the past.
That is, until 1998, when a group of volunteers came together in the hopes of transforming the line into a functioning, historic railroad. They restored track-beds, rails, and bridges along the route, secured a fleet of historic diesel and steam-powered trains, and they began making runs on May 26, 2001. Today, they run a full schedule from May–December, including themed trips such as the train robbery or Halloween special.
When Jeremy Brown's wife was expecting her second child, the couple realized their small house wasn't going to fit a family of four. Upon moving to a 5-acre fixer upper outside Battle Ground, the pair raised their kids as Jeremy nurtured another project: using those acres to create his own winery.
Since starting with his quaint, Tuscan-inspired tasting room, Jeremy has expanded his grounds to include several large patios and a wood-fired oven in the kitchen, where chefs prepare pizzas and small plates. Live musicians grace Rusty Grape Vineyard's stage Wednesday–Saturday, adding soothing tunes that complement the tasting room's draft beers and rotating selection of wine by the glass and bottle. Available pours might include a 2011 riesling or a complex red wine whose hints of cranberry give way to an oatmeal-cookie finish.