Face it, no matter how much you love the family, you’re probably going to need an escape during the holidays. Seattle is located near the mountains for a quick ski day or weekend, and close enough to the Pacific Ocean to venture out to watch the winter storms. The Skagit River valley and flats offer many opportunities for birders to see migratory snow geese and bald eagles. The small artist town of La Conner offers art galleries, fine dining and lodging. For short jaunts, the Washington state ferry system has many great routes to ride the ferry, enjoy the scenery and feel the breeze. These are the best holiday escapes near Seattle.
A baby was born on a Seattle-bound ferry. KOMO reports that a woman went into labor Thursday afternoon about 10 minutes after the M/V Tacoma left the Bainbridge Island dock. A mid-wife, two EMTs and a physician’s assistant traveling on board helped deliver the infant.
The new 144-car ferries on order for the Washington state ferry service will be known as the Olympic class of vessels, named for the Olympic mountains.
Single-ticket prices for vehicles on Washington state ferries goes up on May 1.
The Washington state ferry service isn’t going to start turning away hefty passengers, but it has had to reduce the capacity of the nation’s largest ferry system because people have been packing on the pounds.
This weekend will be filled with cars and pedestrians, the Bite of Seattle, Mariners and Sounders games, and lots of festivals. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind.
It’s a gardener’s paradise, July 8-10, during the 23rd annual Bainbridge in Bloom garden tour. An art auction, evening dinner party, and bus or bike tour around the island will cultivate your love of Northwest nature.
Their motto is “Real Islands… Real Close”. The San Juans, a cluster of over 70 islands to the north and west of Seattle, are just a car and ferry ride away. A destination spot for romantic getaways, cycling trips or adventurists, three of the islands – San Juan, Orcas, and Lopez offer a variety of accomodations and dining experiences for your next getaway.