Finding the perfect gift is hard work! But, few things are more satisfying than getting your special someone a gift they’ll cherish. 

For the travel enthusiasts in your life, this doesn’t have to mean an all-expenses paid trip to Paris. There are tons of amazing experiences right in our backyard. 

This list features excursions designed for sharing. And, what’s better than a gift that will make a memory? 

Whale Watching in the San Juans with San Juan Safaris

Images, videos, and stories pale in comparison to seeing a wild orca breach in front of the bow of your boat. And, there’s no better place to go whale watching than in the San Juan Islands. Catch a 45-minute scenic flight to Friday Harbor, where San Juan Safaris will take you on a whale watching adventure you’ll never forget. 

Sunken Garden

Butchart Gardens with CVS Tours

The Butchart Garden’s 55-acre grounds are a sprawling burst of color and life. Separated into uniquely themed displays, it feels as though you’re wandering from world to world as you explore. The Sunken Garden looks like it might have been pulled from the movie ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.’ The Rose Garden appears to be preserved from the Elizabethan era. And, in the Japanese Garden there’s an overwhelming sense of calm. 

Seattle Scenic Flight Tour

Seattle Scenic Seaplane Tour

From the dock-side departure and thrilling takeoff to the incredible views of Seattle and water-landing – Seattle Scenic Seaplane Tours are filled with excitement and beauty. The narrated flight might take you over Seattle’s beloved houseboat community, our city’s professional sports stadiums, and the beloved University of Washington. 

Kayaking in the San Juans with Evergreen Escapes

Perfect for everyone from the beginner to the experienced kayaker, Evergreen Escape’s all-day San Juan kayaking excursions are lead by an experienced naturalist. Throughout the day they’ll share tidbits about the islands’ history, natural habitat, and beautiful creatures you’ll see. 

Beer

Beer Tasting at Island Hoppin’ Brewery

Locally brewed goodness. That’s what you’ll find at the Island Hoppin’ Brewery. Founded by three Orcas Island natives, this island hot spot features full-flavored beers, tasty bites, and an inside look at the brewing process. 

Multi-Course Extravaganza at the Willows Inn

Located on Lummi Island, the Willows Inn has been touted as America’s truest destination restaurant. Its constantly changing menu is inspired by seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients. You might find black cod smoked and transformed into doughnuts. Cold soup could be paired with grilled flowers. Crab may be soaked in pine nut milk; mussels paired with sunflower roots; and aged, wild venison leg roasted to perfection. This isn’t an all-the-time kind of dinner joint. This is a special celebration destination where you’ll savor every bite. 

Golfing at Semiahmoo Resort 

Semiahmoo seems to be sliced from a different era – a time when folks moved a little slower and savored the moment just a bit more. Perhaps that’s why this idyllic destination is one of our favorites. Home to a beautiful golf course – featuring epic views – it’s the perfect getaway for a leisurely round. It also happens to have some great food, so make sure to schedule enough time to grab a bite

Fishing at a Remote Lodge in the BC Islands 

There’s fishing. And then there’s fishing in the BC Islands. This is an experience you’re not soon to forget – complete with ocean-to-table cuisine, epic views, and incredibly experienced guides. 

Floatplane Picnic

How do you take a picnic to the next level? You move get it catered by an amazing cook on a remote beach. Many of our floatplane picnic destinations are only accessible by seaplane or boat. Menus often include chocolate covered strawberries, grilled salmon, and oysters on a half shell. 

Leisurely Moped Adventure of San Juan Island 

Explore San Juan Island on your own schedule with a leisurely moped ride. Visit Lime Kiln State Park to do some land-based whale watching. Stop by the Pelinda Lavender Farm to soak in the relaxing scent of lavender. You also might want to drop by the alpaca farm, Roche Harbor’s Lime Kiln Café, and the San Juan Island winery. 

Tea at the Fairmont Empress

Tea at the Fairmont Empress is old-world elegance at its finest. Served in the sophisticated Lobby Lounge since 1908, it features the Empress’ own blend of expertly steeped tea and a large selection of small bites. 

The Ultimate Victoria Photo Walk Fairmont Empress by Ty Edwards

A Photo Walk in Victoria

Whether you have a big DSLR or a sleek smartphone, this photo walk will give you plenty of opportunities to snap some amazing pictures. Fly up for the day. Explore the city. Stop for a bite. And, capture the experience each moment in a farmable picture.

Urban Hiking in Seattle

You don’t have to leave Seattle to go on an adventure. This city is full of epic urban hikes that feature stunning views, great spots to grab some grub, and not-so-well-known gems to enjoy a moment of solitude. 

Sea & Sky Scenic Trip to Victoria

Travel to Victoria by sea and come back by air for the best of both worlds. Partnering with the Victoria Clipper, we offer Sea & Sky packages. Available as a day trip or an extended stay, you’ll be able to view the trip from more than one beautiful angle. 

Kenmore Air Chief Pilot Chuck Perry does a preflight check

Copilot for a Day

There’s no better view than the copilot’s seat. But with most airlines, you don’t get to ride shotgun. At Kenmore Air, we’re a little different. Book one of our San Juan Scenic Flights to get a taste of what it’s like to be one of our pilots – like Chuck Perry. 

Visiting the West Coast Wilderness Lodge

If there was a summer camp for grownups, it would be called the West Coast Wilderness Lodge. Located in the BC Islands, this remote destination is tucked among the wilderness. It offers a wide variety of activities (including hiking, kayaking, and martini making), a restaurant worthy of world-renowned praise, and comfy beds you won’t want to leave. 

Destination Dining

Destination Dinners with Pretty Fork have fused travel, intrigue, and great cuisine. You never know where you’re headed, what you’ll see or what you’ll eat. But one thing’s certain – these trips won’t disappoint! 

Are you ready to spoil your someone special?