Go beyond the traditional spring break getaway. This year, spend a little more time enjoying and a little less time traveling by taking advantage of the fabulous adventures right here in the Pacific Northwest.
With its pedestrian-friendly streets and variety of hands-on activities, Victoria offers the ideal spring break getaway for families. Invite your little tot to feel like a giant at the Miniature Museum and embrace their wild side at the Bug Zoo. The whole family’s heart will fly at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens, home to more than 3,000 butterflies. Plus, don’t miss your chance to indulge at the Fairmont Empress’ children's tea!
Thanks to San Juan Island’s slow-paced life, farm-to-table cuisine, and intimate accommodations, it’s the ideal romantic spring break getaway for couples. Head to Friday Harbor where you’ll discover quaint hotels and B&Bs, like the Tucker House Inn and Friday Harbor House — each offering rooms that include fireplaces. Spend the mornings sampling goodies from local bakeries, like Café Demeter, and wandering through art galleries. If the weather’s nice, consider renting a scoot coupe from Susie’s Mopeds and going on a leisurely drive. And, don’t miss out on a romantic dinner at one of the island’s best restaurants including COHO and Duck Soup Inn.
For Outdoor Enthusiasts
While spring is far from rain-free, the chance of sun on Orcas Island is still high — thanks to the island’s average 270 days with sunshine. For outdoor enthusiasts, Orcas Island’s expansive trail system offers a wide variety of options that range in length and difficulty. Home to the tallest peak in the San Juan Islands, Mount Constitution, provides the biggest challenge. The 6.6-mile loop features 1,500 feet in elevation gain and stunning views of the surrounding area. Those in search of a low-key jaunt will love the half-mile stroll to Cascade Falls. During the spring, this 40-foot tumble is particularly impressive thanks to the winter rains.
Island hop your way through a mouthwatering seafood tour of the San Juan Islands. Chefs in the remote archipelago dish up seafood straight from the water. Literally, chef Nick Coffey serves pink singing scallops harvested that day from his Jones Family Farm at Ursa Minor. On neighboring San Juan Island, kitchens welcome clams from Westcott Bay. And on Orcas, the oysters from Buck Bay Shellfish can’t be beat.
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