Indian Palace Restaurant features traditional Indian fare where cooks spice dishes to each customer?s taste. Marinated chicken and tender lamb bake in clay ovens and jumbo prawns simmer in mildly spicy curry sauces. Indian chai tea boils with spices and milk, mango lassies combine with yogurt, and a selection of beers, wines, and cocktails from the lounge cleanse palates between bites.
It all started when Erin and Jason Morin decided to make their own wine for their wedding. Much like a major league slugger facing off against a little league pitcher, the wine was a huge hit. The native Washingtonians turned what might have become a one-off deal into a life-long passion with Ancestry Cellars. There, they craft wines made from grapes grown in the eastern areas of the state. These wines range in style from the sweet, before-dinner Riesling that flourishes with notes of guava, tart grapefruit, and a distinct minerality, to the 2011 reserve Cabernet, which conjures up hints of blackberry and tobacco.
At the PADI-certified Bubbles Below center, instructors help to illuminate the art of breathing under water for divers of all skill levels. Beginners can drop in for discover scuba lessons, which familiarize students with the fundamentals of safe diving. Certification programs prep more experienced practitioners for unassisted open-water plunges, and local dives invite advanced explorers to stop by, strap on some flippers, and get some practice for their next underwater board meeting.
What makes it great: produce from its own kitchen gardens; pre-dinner tours of the gardens and wine cellar; meals served with a handful of matched wines; decor featuring worldly and found objects, including antique doors, stained glass, and a century-old fireplace with two tons of tiles