You don't have to travel to France to enjoy a good wine. In its tasting room, Tres Hombres Wine Group brings together fine wines from Belmonte Cellars, Icon Cellars, and Pleasant Hill Cellars.
Dan Williams, the owner of Belmonte Cellars winery, culls grapes from Washington vineyards to create rich cabernets and merlots. He then transforms the fruit into award-winning small batches that boast flavors ranging from light cherry to herbal and spicy.
Icon Cellars' Jim Garner also introduces palates to handcrafted, award-winning wines that focus on Rhone varietals. Larry Lindvig at Pleasant Hill Cellars handcrafts his wines, too, creating a variety of European blends.
Lindvig's Pleasant Hill Cellars 2001 Columbia Valley cabernet actually inspired Garner to spend time with Lindvig at Pleasant Cellars and learn the wine-making process. Eventually, Garner became an alternating proprietor with Lindvig at Pleasant Hill, opening Icon Cellars in 2010.
The son of a Navy officer, Mike Ainsworth spent much of his childhood island-hopping across the South Pacific. Regardless of the shore on which he landed, the budding fisherman celebrated the opportunity to test its surrounding waters for fish. Now, Ainsworth shares his passion and expertise for fishing on his guided trips. He tailors expeditions for beginners—teaching tricky maneuvers such as fly-casting and testing fish’s ability to grant wishes—and whisking groups to the best fishing spots in Washington State in his stable Hyde Professional Series drift boats.
Over the years, Ainsworth has helped tykes reel in fish that matched their height and watched amazed as a 78-year-old guest singlehandedly reeled in a 4-foot-long king salmon. Despite his own quest to mark off elusive prey from his personal fishing list, Ainsworth maintains that his favorite part of his fishing expeditions is the look on guests' faces when they reel in their very first catches, a moment he often captures on film.
Something strange happens as soon someone steps through the gates outside of Camlann Medieval Village. The past seven centuries of human existence instantly disappear, and that same person?who once existed in a world of smart phones and talking fire hydrants?now finds his or herself in living history museum of the medieval era. A narrow street winds through a rural village, where villagers make their artisanal goods in full view.
Another attraction inside Camlann Medieval Village is The Bors Hede Inne Restaurant, which keeps its doors open year-round. An innkeeper greets guests and welcomes them into the dining room, which is usually warmed by a roaring fireplace. There, glasses of mead accompany rotating monthly entrees made using authentic recipes right out of the 14th century.
Running through a dark tunnel. Crawling under barbed wire. Jumping over leaping flames. What sounds like a stroll through Evel Knievel's kitchen is actually Hell Run Seattle, a real-life battle of brawn and determination. Throughout the 3.15-mile course, athletes encounter 12 obstacles, including mud pits, burning barrel rings, and a 20-foot plank wall. At the end of the grueling race, participants throw back a beer, then unwind by boogieing to live music at the after-party.