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.
The tours offered by Private Eye On Seattle Tours focus on the darker side of the city, specifically its true crime and hauntings. Led by Jake, a paranormal and forensics enthusiast, each jaunt through Seattle's nefarious past promises historical anecdotes and plenty of sight-seeing, though a recent article in The Seattle Times warns that it's "not for the squeamish."
The haunted happenings ghost tour, for instance, takes groups to such ominous-sounding spots as the old burial ground and the mortuary under the cover of darkness. For more verified accounts of nastiness, guests can opt for the Queen Anne true crime tour, which charts a path between the scenes of various crimes, both solved and unsolved. Jake explains such dastardly tales as the case of the missing soy sauce as guests snap photos and search for clues that the police missed the first time around.
As the founder of Seattle Food Tours, Michael Rogers couldn't have started a more perfect business for himself: as a former chef and frequent traveler, he appreciates the feeling of discovering new places. He's surrounded himself with a team of similarly knowledgeable tour guides, including a professional baker, a wine tasting expert, and an international tour guide.
Given the group's impressive backgrounds, it's not surprising that they operate top-notch excursions. They lead the curious through Pike Place Market, and even though it's one of the most visited culinary destinations in the country, their trip grants access to five spots not featured on any other market tour. A progressive dinner through Belltown Restaurants welcomes groups to sample libations from a nationally renowned cocktail bar, and taste the creations of a sushi chef who is a two-time James Beard nominee. Each outing can be amended for vegetarians or those with fork allergies, or reserved for private groups.
During Seattle Trivia Crawls, participants 21 and older make their way through a Seattle neighborhood as they prove their existing know-how in bouts of pub trivia. At three local bars along the way, teams of up to five share food, drinks, and minds to compete in rounds of general-knowledge questions that range from "Yesterday's News" to a Jeopardy!-style contest. The evening culminates in the crowning of bar-crawl trivia champion, who receives prizes to take home to the locker in which they get stuffed every night.
The Hawaiian sport of stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is both fun, and great form of exercise. Lakes, rivers, oceans, ponds...SUP can be experienced wherever there is a body of water. Stoke Harvester offers SUP rentals, and guided tours of the Puget Sound, and Lake Washington. Experience the water like never before.