Things To Do in Washington

Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Starters at LeftBank Wine Bar (Up to 40% Off)

LeftBank Wine Bar

Washington Street

Sip El Corazon wines and dig into starters such as antipasto, a cheese platter, or bruschetta topped with melted blue cheese and local honey

$35 $21

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Admission for One or Two to the Murder Mystery Dinner at The Pierce County Asylum (Up to 54% Off)

The Pierce County Asylum

New Tacoma

Guests receive dinner and frights in equal measure during interactive murder mystery including 30 actors and puzzles that need solving

$65 $32.50

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$24.95 for a Movie for Two and Concessions at Cinetopia (Up to $50 Value)

Cinetopia

Multiple Locations

A movie experience enhanced by extra-wide leather seats, wine and cocktail menus, and blockbusters on enormous hi-def screens

$50 $24.95

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for $25 Off Any Program For First Time Customers at Drama Kids International

Drama Kids International

Multiple Locations

For $5, receive a coupon for $25 off any program for first time customers

$5

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$15 for a Shared Tasting for Two with Take Home Growler at Lazy Boy Brewing ($25 Value)

Lazy Boy Brewing

Everett Mall South

Award-winning brews are crafted in front of brewery guests as they traverse the facility and taste pours of five beers

$25 $15

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Harlem Globetrotters Game at the ShoWare Center on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

Harlem Globetrotters

ShoWare Center

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Ball-spinning antics abound as this world-famous exhibition basketball team dazzles in a comic and athletic performance

$67 $40

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$32 for Shooting-Range Package for One at The Range ($67 Value)

The Range

Yakima

The package includes rental of a lane, gun, and safety gear as well as ammunition and two targets

$67 $32

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10 or 15 Krav Maga Self-Defense Fitness Classes at Dojo 3 (Up to 95% Off)

Dojo 3

Renton

Instructors lead 17 weekly self-defense and hand-to-hand combat classes, teaching students to defend themselves in real-world scenarios

$200 $10

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$32.50 for Chalk Paint Workshop – Artworks Spokane, Artworks Garland, or Artworks Coeur d’Alene ($65 Value)

Artworks Spokane

Multiple Locations

Professional artisans lead workshops that teach how to transform ordinary surfaces into works of art

$65 $32.50

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Visit for 2 or 4 or One-Year Family Membership to Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden (50% Off)

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

Federal Way

Sprawling outdoor garden and arboretum features more than 700 species of rhododendrons, as well as azaleas, orchids, magnolias, and trees

$16 $8

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Kiteboarding Class for Two or Paddleboard Rental for One at Bellingham KitePaddleSurf (Up to 37% Off)

Bellingham KitePaddleSurf

Bellingham

Instructors teach students kiteboarding skills at Locust or Hunter Beach or turn them loose with paddleboards to explore Squalicum Harbor

$449 $299

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Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa at White River Amphitheatre on August 2 at 7 p.m. (Up to 43% Off)

Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa

White River Amphitheatre

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Seminal pop-rock band with hits “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” and “Centuries” joins forces with Grammy-nominated rapper behind Blacc Hollywood

$34 $19.50

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$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

$129.95 $49

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$995 for Houseboat Rental for Friday–Monday or Monday–Friday from River Ranch Boats ($2,000 Value)

River Ranch Houseboats

Burbank

Luxury houseboats with slate tile floors, a waterslide, and a gas grill sleep up to 12

$2,000 $995

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Lakewood Panthers Game for Two or Four, or Season Pass for One at Pierce Community College (Up to 53% Off)

Lakewood Panthers

Pierce Community College

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The Panthers dribble into a new season looking to defend their crown as champions of the ABA’s Pacific Northwest division

$16 $10

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Beer and Pub Food at Bushnell Craft Brewing Company (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Bushnell Craft Brewing Company

Redmond

Loyal customer base pairs wide beer selection with greek fries with feta and paprika and garlic parmesan wings in friendly atmosphere

$30 $15

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Bowling or Cosmic Bowling with Pizza for Two or Four at Spin Alley Bowling Center (Up to 55% Off)

Spin Alley Bowling Center

Shoreline

Big-box speakers, video screens, and lights turn bowling into a club-like activity as groups enjoy pizza between frames

$39.95 $20

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Four-Week Fit Challenge or One Month or 10 Sessions of Group Personal Training at Iron Core Fit (Up to 91% Off)

Iron Core Fit

Kirkland

Get in shape under the guidance of experienced trainers who give you the tools to reach your goals in a group class focused on your needs

$249 $29

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at Trinity Martial Arts Academy (60% Off)

Trinity Martial Arts Academy

Richland

One month of karate classes and a free gi (uniform)

$100 $40

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Exotic-Car Ride-Along or Driving Experience from Imagine Lifestyles (Up to 67% Off). Four Options Available.

Imagine Lifestyles

Sanderson Field

Ride shotgun while a professional takes the wheel, or drive yourself during multiple high-speed laps in an exotic car

$249.99 $99

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One Month of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes or 16 Classes with Uniform at True Martial Arts (Up to 89% Off)

True Martial Arts

Sammamish

Martial-arts students gain strength, stamina, and self-defense skills; registration fee and uniform with top, pants, and belt included

$200 $27

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$200 for $400 Groupon — South Puget Sound Scuba Diving

South Puget Sound Scuba

Olympia

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$400 $200

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Six Weeks of Unlimited CrossFit or Kickboxing with Optional Private Sessions at Edmonds CrossFit (Up to 62% Off)

Edmonds CrossFit

Edmonds

Ever-changing CrossFit workouts build strength, flexibility, endurance, and more; intense kickboxing classes teach fundamentals

$225 $99

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$25 for $46 Groupon — Elite Danse Studio

Elite Danse Studio

Bremerton

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$46 $25

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for A Package Of 4 Private Yoga Classes At $126 ($180 Normally) at Body Mind & Spirit Yoga Center

Body Mind & Spirit Yoga Center

South Hill

For $5, receive a coupon for a package of 4 private yoga classes at $126 ($180 normally)

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One 30-Class Yoga & Fitness Pass or Six Months of Unlimited Classes from MetaBody (Up to 94% Off)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$350 $20

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$24 for a 2-Hour Painting Class Plus Drink at Palettes and Pairings ($40 Value)

Palettes and Pairings

Multiple Locations

Intimately sized classes of aspiring artists work to reproduce featured paintings while they drink wine or consume appetizers

$40 $24

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One Month of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes for One or Two at Lenderman's Academy of Martial Arts (67% Off)

Lenderman Academy of Martial Arts

Parkland

Martial arts classes for all ages get participants punching, kicking, and learning self-defense

$160 $53

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10 or 20 Outdoor Boot-Camp Fitness Classes from Pulse Boot Camp (Up to 86% Off)

Pulse Boot Camp

Pulse Boot Camp - Forsgren Park

Amid fresh air, Coach Cassie pushes her clients through strength, core, and cardio routines that are both fun and powerful

$200 $29

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$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport ($300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

$300 $20

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Winery Tour for Two or Four, or Four-Course Dinner for Two at Chateau Faire Le Pont Winery (Up to 47% Off)

Chateau Faire Le Pont Winery

Wenatchee

Winemakers demonstrate how different varietals are crafted as groups sip on wines; four-course meal includes wine-blending session

$50 $27

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$22 for an Introduction to Sewing Class and 10% Off Purchases at Quality Sewing & Vacuum ($49.99 Value)

Quality Sewing Centers

Multiple Locations

Students learn to create their own tote bags using basic techniques such as sewing seams, topstitching, and handle placement

$49.99 $22

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$19.99 for Wine Tasting for Two with a Take-Home Bottle at Locati Cellars ($39 Value)

Locati Cellars

Walla Walla

Sample the family-run winery's vintages and blends of regional wines and take home your favorite bottle

$39 $19.99

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$78 for $150 Worth of Music Lessons — Sound Lessons

Sound Lessons

Fircrest

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$150 $78

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$45 Buys You a Coupon for 25% Off the First 3 Months of a Membership at Novalife Fitness

Novalife Fitness

Newport

For $45, receive a coupon for 25% off the first 3 months of a month to month membership at Novalife Fitness

$45

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10 Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Raindrop Yoga Studio (Up to 57% Off)

Raindrop Yoga Studio

Lake Stevens

Yoga classes such as heated flow, candlelit yin, and vinyasa aim to challenge the body and calm the spirit

$80 $39

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Golf Round for Two with Cart Rental and Two Beers at RMG Club (Up to 55% Off). Six Options Available.

RMG Club

Multiple Locations

Golfers tee off at one of three courses, including McCormick Woods, which was highly rated by Golf Digest and Golf Week

$110 $55

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$10 for Two Beer Flights for Two at Zythum Brewing ($16 Value)

Zythum Brewing

Fairfield

Two guests get five 4-ounce samples of local beers made the old-fashioned way

$16 $10

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$5 for $10 Worth of Services at Graham Fitness

Graham Fitness

Graham

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$10 $5

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Visit for Two or Four to Kids Discovery Museum (50% Off)

Kids Discovery Museum

Bainbridge Island

Hands-on exhibits such as Science Hall, Our Town, and Pirate-themed Tree House ignite kids’ imaginations and promote exploration

$12 $6

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One-Month Beginner's Karate Package with Uniform for One or Two at Karate West (Up to 89% Off)

Karate West

Multiple Locations

During a month of classes, certified instructors lead beginner students through the basics of karate; packages include a uniform

$190 $23

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One Month of Unlimited Hot Yoga or 10 Classes at Mantra Hot Yoga (58% Off)

Mantra Hot Yoga

Gig Harbor

During 90-minute Bikram yoga sessions, students move through a series of 26 poses in a room heated to 105 degrees

$140 $59

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$50 for $100 Worth of Martial Arts at Team Mean MMA

Team Mean MMA & Fitt Camp

Snohomish Business Park

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$100 $50

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All-Day Paintball Package with a Gun and Mask for Up to 4, 6, or 12 at Paintball International (Up to 89% Off)

Paintball International

Multiple Locations

Equipped with rental paintball guns and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

$160 $20

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Four Weeks of Beginner Karate Classes with Uniforms for One or Two from Kids Love Martial Arts (Up to 90% Off)

Kids Love Martial Arts - Seattle

Multiple Locations

Instructors teach kids the fundamentals of karate, helping them build discipline and strength while releasing pent-up energy

$199 $22

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$22 for $40 Worth of Horseback Riding — Legacy Farm and Stable

Legacy Farm And Stable

Loon Lake

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$40 $22

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5 or 10 Island Grooves Hula Classes at A Honu World of Hula (Up to 55% Off)

A Honu World of Hula

Mukilteo

Classes combine traditional Hula and Tahitian dance techniques, working cores with low-impact moves

$50 $25

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10 Boot-Camp Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Seattle Boot Camp (Up to 71% Off)

Seattle Boot Camp

Town Center

Trainers lead high-intensity routines blending cardio, resistance-training, core-training, and flexibility exercises to tone bodies

$120 $39

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One or Three One-Hour Lessons for One or Two at NW Golf Academy (Up to 56% Off)

NW Golf Academy

Clackamas

PGA Class A professional teaches the basics like proper setup before helping students build their swing one element at a time

$75 $59

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Dance Workshop or One-Month Drop-In Classes at The Dance Within (Up to 58% Off). Eight Options Available.

The Dance Within

Multiple Locations

Instructors from diverse dance backgrounds lead welcoming classes ranging from burlesque to belly dancing

$60 $30

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Two-Hour On-Ramp Session with Optional One Month of Regular Classes at CrossFit Tukwila (Up to 60% Off)

CrossFit Tukwila

Tukwila Commerce Center

Small classes welcome newcomers in learning the basics of CrossFit with personal coaching to help each individual reach their full potential

$50 $20

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Four Classes at barre3 (Up to 57% Off)

barre3

Mill Creek

The barre3 workout combines yoga, Pilates, and the ballet barre to develop lean muscles, burn calories, and improve posture

$80 $39

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Sporting Clays Outing for Two with Optional Equipment Rental and Safety Class at Red's Fly Shop (Up to 65% Off)

Red's Fly Shop

Kittitas

Built along the Yakima River Canyon, seven sporting-clays stations simulate real hunting conditions for game-bird species such as chukars

$100 $48

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Round of Golf with Cart Rental for Two or Four at Gleneagle Golf Course (59% Off)

Gleneagle Golf Course

Gleneagle

18-hole, 5,851-yard course winds through towering cedars and firs and scenic waters

$85 $35

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Wine Tasting with Pizza, Glass, and Bottle of Wine for One or Two at Gougér Cellars Winery (Up to 51% Off)

Gouger Cellars Winery

Ridgefield

Sample award-winning syrah and cabernet blends, zinfandel, and dessert wines alongside gourmet pizza, and take home commemorative glasses

$51 $25

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for 15% Off at Lake Tapps Pilates Studio

Lake Tapps Pilates Studio

Booney Lake

For $5, receive a coupon for 15% off

$5

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Wine Tasting and Appetizers for Two or Four at Scatter Creek Winery (Up to 53% Off)

Scatter Creek Winery

Tenino

Sample the family-run winery’s reds, whites, and dessert wines, such as their award-winning dry gewurztraminer with hints of elderberry

$30 $15

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Short-Track Racing Experience or Ride-Along at Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (Up to 55% Off)

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Evergreen Speedway

Professional drivers sate passengers’ need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

$99 $49

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Movie, Popcorn, and Soda for Two from Far Away Entertainment Theaters and Cinemas (Up to 53% Off)

Far Away Entertainment Theaters and Cinemas

Multiple Locations

At seven theaters, moviegoers can enjoy popcorn and soda while catching the latest Hollywood films, second-run flicks, or foreign cinema

$34.50 $15

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$21 for $60 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Full Impact Fitness and Training

Full Impact Fitness And Training

Chehalis

From the merchant: A great opportunity to learn one of the fastest growing and oldest sport in the world, while having a great time.

$60 $21

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One or Two Winery Passports, Valid at 15 Wineries from Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail (50% Off)

Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail

Yakima Valley

Winery passport unlocks benefits at more than 15 wineries; completion of passport warrants exclusive invitation to an event in August

$10 $5

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$59 for a 3.5-Hour Whale-Watching Trip from Outer Island Expeditions ($109 Value)

Outer Island Expeditions

Multiple Locations

Veteran skippers welcome 12 tourists onto vessels and guarantee encounters with underwater giants during whale-watching tours

$109 $59

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18 Holes of Golf with Cart Rental for Two or Four at Holmes Harbor Golf Course (Up to 49% Off)

Holmes Harbor Golf Course

Freeland

The 18-hole layout checks in at 4,279 yards for a par of 64, meaning most full rounds can be played in just over three hours

$80 $47

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$59 for Spartan Race Entry and One Spectator Pass to the Pac West Sprint on August 8 ($145 Value)

Spartan Race

Camas

Surrounded by rolling hills and lush forests, Spartans navigate tricky obstacles at Washougal MX Park

$145 $59

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Train with Special Guests The Fray & Matt Nathanson at Gorge Amphitheatre on Saturday, July 25 (Up to 53% Off)

Train

Gorge Amphitheatre

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Three-time Grammy winners Train (“Drops of Jupiter,” “Meet Virginia”) join forces with fellow heartfelt rockers The Fray and Matt Nathanson

$32 $15

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Three Pilates Reformer Classes at Pilates Revolution (65% Off)

Pilates Revolution

Kingston

From the merchant: Classically trained Pilates Instructor, utilize both Apparatus and Mat work to help you evolve your body!

$150 $53

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10 CrossFit Classes at North Bend CrossFit (79% Off)

North Bend Crossfit

North Bend

From the merchant: CrossFit-certified Coaches lead class through constantly varied, high-intensity movements that work every muscle group.

$130 $27

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Wine-and-Chocolate Tasting for Two or Four at Hoodsport Winery (Up to 64% Off)

Hoodsport Winery

Hoodsport

Five samples of rhubarb, loganberry, and grape varietals harmonize with raspberry-wine chocolate truffles amid sweeping mountain views

$40 $19

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One Month of CrossFit Classes with Optional One-on-One Appointment at Out of Bounds CrossFit (Up to 78% Off)

Out of Bounds CrossFit

North Seattle/Lake Forest Park

Certified strength and conditioning coach with 15 years of industry experience leads groups through high-intensity CrossFit workouts

$200 $49

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"Farm to Glass" Distillery Tour for Two or Four at BelleWood Distilling (Up to 50% Off)

BelleWood Distilling

Lynden

Sample spirits and learn how the distillery makes them using the products of its own orchards during a one-hour tour

$20 $12

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5K Entry for One, Two, or Four to The Color Dash 5K on Saturday, August 1 (Up to 45% Off)

The Color Dash 5k

Kelso

Run or walk along a noncompetitive 5K course while getting covered in bursts of electric colors

$45 $29

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Six-Week Karate Program for One or Two at UKO Karate (Up to 76% Off)

UKO Karate

Parkwood

3,400 sq. ft. karate school with a 25-year history teaches Shitoryu, a traditional Okinawan style

$210 $59

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$87 for a French Classical Cuisine Cooking Class at Edge of Seattle Cooking ($150 Value)

Edge of Seattle Cooking

Woodinville

Executive chef guides students in the creation of a classical French three-course dinner

$150 $87

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10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Twisted Bliss Studio (Up to 69% Off)

Twisted Bliss Studio

Snoqualmie

Yoga classes in styles such as hatha, vinyasa, and toning sculpt

$120 $37

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10 CrossFit Classes at Acme CrossFit (65% Off)

Acme Crossfit

Enumclaw

From the merchant: 10-class punch card for CrossFit Striking, a unique workout that combines CrossFit and boxing.

$150 $53

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18 Holes for Two or Four with Cart Rental and Range Balls at The Fairways Golf Course (Up to 50% Off)

The Fairways Golf Course

Cheney-Medical Lake

Wetlands and native grasses line player-friendly, 18-hole course that features forward tee option for juniors and beginners

$98 $49

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Skagit River Bald Eagle Raft Trip for One, Two, or Four from Pacific NW Float Trips (Up to 51% Off)

Pacific NW Float Trips

Howard Miller Steelhead Park

Guests enjoy the Skagit River as expert guides point out majestic members of the area’s bald-eagle population in their natural habitat

$87 $43

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Learn to Spot Wild Edibles with a Nature Writer

Guided Nature Tour

Seward Park

Wild foods writer Langdon Cook meets you outdoors for a tranquil hike through the old growth of Seward Park

$25

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$8 for Movie Admission for Two with One Medium Popcorn at The Garland Theater (Up to a $15 Value)

The Garland Theater

Northtown

Munch popcorn and catch second-run flicks such as Lucy and If I Stay at a newly renovated historic theater

$15 $8

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Mulleady’s Irish Pub: A User’s Guide

Gourmet Irish Pub Cuisine | Irish Whiskey Flights | Craft Cocktails | Stone Fireplace

A Taste

  • Small plate: Mac & Blue with orecchiette and fourme d’ambert cheese sauce
  • Sandwich: The Plan B burger with a fried egg, Beecher’s Flagship cheddar, bacon, and garlic aioli
  • Entree: The Traditional with ham, bacon, black pudding, Irish knocker, scone, grilled tomato, two eggs, grilled potatoes, and baked beans

To Drink: Alongside local draught beers from Washington and Oregon brewers such as Odin’s Gift, tenders pour out spirit flights, including the Cooley Distillery Collection with Greenore 8 year, Connemara 12 year, and Tyroconnel single-malt Irish whiskey. In the mixology department, artisans whip up potions such as Liam's Libation: Jameson, banana, spiced syrup, lemon, and bitters.

When to Go: * Saturday and Sunday during brunch, when they serve up boxty, a pancake of potatoes and scallions popular in the north Midlands.

Where to Sit: Grab a sturdy wooden table near the towering stacked-stone fireplace, or belly up to the bar on a cherry-stained stool to admire the dozens of Irish whiskeys and scotches.

While You Wait

  • Play a game of darts.
  • Explore both levels of the cavernous pub.

Inside Tip

  • Don’t be disappointed if your favorite dish from last time isn’t available on the menu when you visit next. Both the food menu and the drink menu change regularly to incorporate fresh ingredients and to give local psychics some business.

If You Can’t Make It, Try This:

If you don’t mind forgoing the food and hopping right into the revelry, head to Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Avenue NW), an Irish-style watering hole that marries exposed brick walls, chandeliers, and live music.

3055 21st Ave W
Seattle,
WA
US

The Northwest Museum of Art & Culture preserves and illuminates an extensive collection of material about the Plateau Indian culture of the Pacific Northwest. Traditional textiles and carvings coexist with more than 10,000 photographs that document the indigenous culture. Historic regional paintings include works from Spokane's Works Progress Administration arts center, which created a vibrant space for artists in the depths of the Great Depression.

In addition to its staggering exhibits and regular collections, the museum immerses guests in turn-of-the-century culture with the Campbell House, which is nestled on the campus. Originally built by Idaho mine owner Amasa Campbell at the end of the 19th century, the neoclassical revival home designed by Kirtland K. Cutter provides a window into the life of a wealthy northwestern family at the turn of the century. A handsome Tudor façade welcomes visitors before they venture into the elegantly restored interior, which deftly mixes architectural styles with a French-style reception area, a Middle Eastern–style game room, and a library outfitted with an inglenook fireplace and an authentic steam-powered flat-screen TV.

2316 W 1st Ave
Spokane,
WA
US

The Dive & Adventure Travel Expo 2013 will connect scuba and snorkel enthusiasts with some of the industry's top experts, brands, and innovations. More than 50 seminars scheduled throughout the weekend will showcase the diving deftness of speakers from across the country, enabling attendees to net information on such topics as underwater photography and safety. ReefID founder and editor John Fifer will host two of these gatherings, sharing ways his online database of diver-captured photos is helping raise awareness for marine life. Fifer will also play host to the expo's signature Saturday Night Film Festival event at 7 p.m. alongside 3D photographer Mark Blum and other presenters.

In addition to engaging activities, the Dive & Adventure Travel Expo 2013 is also home to the best in dive-related gear and information. Approximately 140 exhibit booths connect attendees with purveyors of international adventure from global hotspots including Palau, Yap, the Virgin Islands, and Fiji. In addition to resort representatives, booths also house all of the equipment needed for undersea excursions, with new products ranging from snorkel and scuba innovations to travel accessories and luggage. During face-to-face conversations, dive skills clinics, or snorkel sword fights, expo-goers can get travel tips or plan dive vacations around the globe. While parents research, younger visitors can decamp to a youth section filled with interactive attractions designed for youngsters aged 8–12.

Attendees who come for the education should probably stick for the prizes; the expo plans to give away over $50,000 in door prizes, including a massive grand prize: a full set of dive gear including a drysuit, Weezle undergarments, ScubaPro G260 regulator, Aqua Lung BCD, a TUSA mask, fin, and snorkel set, an Oceanic dive computer, and trips including weeklong Philippine dive adventure from the Marco Vincent Resort.

1500 Broadway
Tacoma,
WA
US

From the outside, the nonprofit, 100% volunteer-run Kids Cooking Corner has the whimsical appearance of a fairy-tale cottage, its white siding accented by baby-blue paint and surrounded by fresh flowers and topiaries. The interior of the century-old house is equally exciting to youngsters, though not because of a prince or fairy godmother willing to do all of the heavy lifting. Children work hard at The Kids Cooking Corner, but the work is disguised in fun and rewarded with tasty snacks. Instructors warmly welcome foster children and children with special needs into their classrooms.

Helmed by chef, health enthusiast, and mother of three Heidi O'Connor, the volunteers at The Kids Cooking Corner strive to educate whippersnappers on nutrition, food safety, and food prep, often helping picky eaters try new foods along the way. Instructors incorporate math, science, and reading into curricula, teaching real-world applications for kids' school-sourced skills. Children definitely get their hands dirty, however: in spring and summer, they spend time in The Kids Cooking Corner garden, getting firsthand experience working with ingredients from seed to plate. Brightly painted walls, a playful party room, and a fully stocked kitchen provide a safe, exciting environment for kids to get crafty with edibles during each class, as well as during summer camps, parties, and peaceful games of food baseball.

5206 NE 78th St.
Vancouver,
WA
US

The inside of ViaVita Café & Wine Bar traces the timeline of a single day. Floor-to-ceiling windows cast morning light onto a display case of pastries and cheeses—an addendum to the counter that bears morning coffee orders. Nearby, granite-topped tables sit far enough apart to suggest an open, Parisian patio, but close enough together to support a cross-stream of chatter over lunchtime sandwiches. The day ends on the other side of a semicircular wine bar. There, walls wearing distressed paint encapsulate a rustic alcove, where hanging plants and Greco-Roman-style pottery evoke the dining room of a hillside villa.

The decor and seasonal menu at ViaVita Café & Wine Bar champion a European-flavored escape, where diners can stop at any time for a meal, a snack, or a glass of wine. From the crepes and omelets of brunch—served with duck-fat potatoes and chocolate-orange butter—to afternoon paninis and dinners of pan-seared Alaskan salmon, meals realized by imaginative chefs spark and fuel long conversations. Imported and domestic beers, as well as wines from small vineyards on multiple continents, complement the diverse bouquet of flavors and pair especially well with cheese and charcuterie boards. During special events, guitar music acts as a soothing soundtrack for bites, and sommelier seminars instruct patrons on how to age libations without sending them to PG-13 movies alone.

1032 106th Ave NE
Bellevue,
WA
US

On a childhood fishing trip with his dad in the San Juan Islands, Shane Aggergaard noticed a group of orcas swimming toward his boat. Rather than steering clear of human contact, they swam directly under the boat—one even looked Shane right in the eye. It was a moment of whale-human connection he never forgot, and nowadays tries to approximate through Island Adventures. The whale-watching tour company, which Shane founded with his wife, Jennifer, brings passengers into close contact with the aquatic mammals of the Pacific Northwest.

Depending on the season, wilderness-savvy guides—who’ve led more than 6,000 collective wildlife tours during their careers—can introduce passengers to minke whales and the San Juan’s three resident orca pods, migrating gray whales, or humpbacks. Their 101-foot vessel, The Island Explorer 3, boasts a large bow pulpit and a viewing deck with more than 400 feet of railing, ideal for seeing whales in their entirety, from their tails to their trusty sets of water wings. The team backs each tour with a whale-sighting guarantee and strives to ensure future sightings by making sustainable choices, from its ecofriendly cleaning products to the boat's cabin floor made from recycled tires.

1726 West Marine View Drive
Everett,
WA
US

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