Like an escalator coated in peanut butter, your routine can easily bog you down in the quotidian. Get up, go to work, see people, go home, build dog agility course, and repeat. Experience the world you largely ignore with today’s Groupon: $25 gets you a three-hour bus tour of Seattle’s most popular sights from Tours Northwest, a $49 value. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
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The Bavarian Ice Festival blends winter activities, snow sculptures, and holiday lights into two days of revelry amid Leavenworth's ivory snowflakes. Busses operated by Alki Tours depart at 8 a.m. and deliver Saturday visitors to downtown Leavenworth, where the annual Smooshing contest finds teams of four atop 8-foot wooden planks as they glide merrily down Front Street and safely away from escaped dinosaurs. Guests can relax under warm blankets and sip hot chocolate or coffee during a 40-minute horse-drawn sleigh ride. First day visitors also take in the artwork of an ice-sculpting contest, a slippery footed tug-of-war, and an ice cube scramble or frisbee sweep for the kids.
Nestled atop a 50-foot bluff along the steel-blue waters of Dungeness Bay, Juan de Fuca Cottages overlooks the Dungeness Spit that teems with lush plant life, waterfowl, shorebirds, and seals. In the distance, the New Dungeness Lighthouse stoically guides ships, and the Olympic Mountains rub their jagged, snow-peaked backs against the horizon. With many cottages and suites sporting amenities such as whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, and full kitchens, Juan de Fuca Cottages assure relaxation and leisure amongst a landscape brimming with natural beauty. While the cottages keep guests cozy, the staff's mission is to get their guests out among the wild splendor throughout the seasons with onsite rentals of kayaking, biking, and snowshoeing equipment. The new addition of the Dungeness Bay Lodge also opens the region's effulgence of flora and fauna for parties, weddings, or pet-naming ceremonies.
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.
Seasoned charioteers at Black Beauty Line navigate winding routes past Victoria’s most picturesque locales. The average 30-minute tour circles the neo-baroque Parliament buildings that border the Inner Harbour and clip-clops toward historic James Bay Village. Riders can snuggle under provided quilts as buggies glide past sites such as the Heritage Homes, whose snowy veils on winter rides melt away for spring rides to reveal manicured gardens and groggy lawn ornaments. Along the way, charioteers impart tales and tidbits about the tour attractions, and good-naturedly pose for photos after the ride. The well-kept carriages are also available for private event rental, often for weddings. Owner Rebecca Spray brings 30 years of caring for horses to Black Beauty Line. As a member of Carriage Operators of North America, she ensures that horses are healthy, well groomed, and not actually a horse impersonator looking for real-world experience. Pets are welcome to come along for the ride, and everyone must make reservations before the tour.