Exceptional Experiences: Seattle

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Olympic National Park.

Emerald City Escapades

Olympic Treks, Orca Tracking

The Space Needle.
Orca whales and the San Juan Islands.

From the Olympics to the Farm
Take a guided trek along the Olympic Peninsula, home to quintessential Pacific Northwest landscapes and experiences. Learn about the area’s geology and discover its indigenous flora and fauna. Follow up with a visit to Finn River Farm and Cidery, a working farm known for its fine hard ciders and fruit wines. You can sample these beverages while owner Crystie Kisler prepares your farm-to-fork dinner.
Vino Adventures
Live like a real Seattleite—combine fun outdoor adventures with fine wine.
A kayaking trip around Lake Union will be followed by an exclusive tour of boutique wineries in Woodinville, a sunset bonfire and a clambake on the beach. Hike through Twin Falls State Park and enjoy a winemaker dinner with the owner of JM Cellars.
San Juan Island by Kayak and Seaplane
Search for Orca whales while kayaking Haro Strait.
Your naturalist guide will lead you past wildlife refuges and rugged coastline, stopping for a gourmet picnic and a glass of wine. As evening approaches, you’ll visit an island winery or lavender farm before boarding a seaplane for your private scenic flight back to Seattle.
Holiday Brews and Lights
If you’re visiting during December, don’t miss this fun, festive tour showcasing Seattle’s true holiday spirit. Start with behind-the-scenes tours at three distinctive breweries, tasting special seasonal brews along with traditional lagers and ales. Then climb into your Mercedes Sprinter—with designated driver-guide, of course—to explore the city’s best Christmas light displays.

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Originally appeared in Virtuoso Best of the Best: 2014 Guide to the World's Best Hotel Experiences.

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