The Sequim Lavender Farm festival transforms scenic Carrie Blake Park into a fragrant oasis celebrating the bounty of Sequim-Dungeness Valley's lavender harvests. After arriving at the festival via bus and ferry, herb aficionados can peruse more than 150 booths bursting with lavender-laden goods produced by members of the Sequim Lavender Farmers Association, as well artisanal crafts, international foodstuffs, and wine gardens. Carrie Blake Park also serves as a launch pad for bus tours that wind their way through seven regional lavender farms, encompassing 50 acres and 100,000 soil-bound lavender plants. Fair-goers can frolic through each farm's visually unique fields, picking their own lavender to fill vases or grace boutonnières for lonely scarecrows. Workshops, demonstrations, crafts, and live music also pepper plots, rendering each farm a festival unto itself.
Heartland Jiffy Lubes enjoy the benefits of being under the Heartland Automotive Services umbrella, putting them in good company along with more than 435 Jiffy Lubes nationwide that service more than five million customers each year. They specialize in the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change, which comes standard with a fresh-from-the-box oil filter and up to 5 quarts of quality motor oil, plus a comprehensive lineup of other vehicle maintenance checkups. Highly trained technicians also perform cosmetic and mechanical services including inspections, emissions testing, transmission service, and counseling for 1960s Corvettes that are going through a mid-life crisis.
Victoria Transmission and Auto Care's team of licensed automotive techs keep vehicles healthy through frigid winters with eco-friendly services. During the transmission service, mechanics replace transmission fluids and filters before ensuring external components are intact and secure. Car-whisperers also run through a 37-point safety inspection that checks to see if automobiles are prepared to deal with starting up in cold temperature and to avoid snowmen in crosswalks. As techs carry out the roughly three-hour service, customers can relax in the newly renovated customer-service area, where they can sip a complimentary beverage while surfing the web via free WiFi. Patrons who work downtown can also schedule pickup and drop-off services in advance with Victoria Transmission and Auto Care's shuttles or tandem time machines.
Unique Auto Werx's owner and chief vehicular rejuvenator, Andy, details the interiors and exteriors of boats at docks, dry ports, or within his shop. At all locales, Andy consults with the vessel's captain to decide which services will best cleanse the effects of a boat's summer mud-fights with rival catamarans. Depending on need, preference, and time, Andy's detailing digits may scour the cabin, vacuum rugs and upholstery, polish mirrors and glass, and shine chrome rails and fixtures. A soft buffing and protective waxing can pamper the exterior, along with conditioning treatment for teak hardwood and lessons for the keel on how to handle unintended crashings of octopus weddings.
Peninsula Co-Op deftly plays the role of grocer, convenience store, and service station in outposts across Vancouver Island. A booklet of five car-wash passes entitles its bearer to five touchless carwashes and one roundtrip astral projection. A series of micro lasers vaporizes any wandering insects and maps the contours of each vehicle to determine its size. Two presoak cycles pry dirt and grime loose from exterior surfaces before flushing it all away with two soft water rinses. A Turtle Wax tri-coloured triple-shine treatment adds a luminous sheen that all but guarantees a red ribbon at the next town fair, and a clear coat protectant encases rides in all-weather armour. Any remaining product is swept off its feet by a debonair spot-free rinse, as the Laserdri similarly elopes with any remaining moisture. While the exterior enjoys its spa service, an under-carriage wash blasts filth from beneath, and a tire and wheel cleaner restores tires to a deep black shine and leaves rims clean enough to cut pizza.
Ken Messerschmidt's family has been keeping car windows smooth and clear since the 1920s, when his grandfather opened one of Victoria's first auto glass companies. Having expanded to such advanced procedures as sunroof installation, the company continues to repair windshield nicks with lifetime-guaranteed efficacy. Upholstery services keep the insides of cars equally pristine, patching over threadbare spots or erasing the effects of nailing the baby's carseat down in back.