Travel

Holiday Gift Guide: The Gift of Adventure

Take a flight, rent a van, learn a survival skill

By Lisette Wolter-McKinley December 8, 2020

Mountain-view_0

This article originally appeared in the November/December 2020 issue of Seattle Magazine.

Instead of a material present think about giving an experience.

Surveys show more than 60% of consumers want some sort of experiential gift. There’s no shortage of that in the Seattle area, but here are three of our favorites for the adventurer in your family.

Kenmore Air
Take to the sky on a volcano tour from Boeing Field. This incredible 90-minute scenic flight tour transports passengers past Mount Rainier toward Mount St. Helens. This rare tour allows close viewing of Rainier’s 25 glaciers, which happen to be the largest collection of permanent ice on a single U.S. mountain south of Alaska. Standing tall at 14,410 feet, there’s no better spot to view the towering peak of the episodi-cally active volcano than from a Cessna Caravan. Tours start at $299 per person. 

Cascade Adventure Vans
Combine the experience of camping with the thrill of a road trip and you have an “adventure van.” Each camper van comes equipped with all the necessities to start a trip in style. No need to spend time and money procuring expensive and sometimes hard-to-track-down camping gear. Equipped with beds (either one or two), a portable stove, a built-in refrigerator and a heater, it is easy to understand what all the hype about #vanlife is. Rates start at $230 per night, plus sales and rental car tax.

REI
At first glance, it might not seem like the best time to try a new skill. However, being outside in the fresh air doing something as relaxing as gliding a paddle through the water, as empowering as brushing up on survival skills or as invigorating as trying a hand at mountain biking was never easier to book. REI is offering a selection of outdoor classes and socially distanced adventures, which would be perfect for the adventurer in your life. After successfully navigating working from home, tackling virtual learning and avoiding having to step foot on an airplane, we could all use a little more adventure in our lives. Classes start at $69 for members, or $89 for nonmembers.

Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center
Take a personalized field trip though Carnation-based Oxbow’s Family Farm Adventures. Kids can explore Oxbow’s outdoor space, make connections with nature and learn things like plant structure. Families can explore plant and animal needs, witness the cycling of nutrients and learn how farmer influence the genetic traits of food crops. Two-hour slots are available on a sliding scale of $50 to $150.

Photo courtesy of Sagecliffe Resort & Spa

Cliffe Notes

Sagecliffe Resort and Spa unites people and nature

For savvy Seattleites, the secret is out: Winter snowbirds in search of sunshine don’t have to fly south in winter — they can also drive east. A quick trip over Snoqualmie Pass opens a world of possibilities for vitamin D-deprived city dwellers, from Suncadia to Spokane. For turnkey sun and relaxation just two-and-a-half hours away,…

Desert X installation view, Sterling Ruby, Specter, 2019.  Photo by Lance Gerber, courtesy of Desert X

Travel Destination: Desert

How to make the most of a trip to Palm Springs

“The desert tells a different story every time one ventures on it.” — Robert Edison Fulton Jr. Everything about Palm Springs defies easy description. It is both the name of a city and a catch-all term for the small towns scattered along the vast Coachella Valley, from Cabazon to Indio. It evokes hedonism, as well…

Spickard hero-min

Explore Washington State’s Outdoor Treks

Explore These Backcountry Treks This Winter

November in Seattle means you can count on a few things; Seahawks games, the start of holiday gatherings and rain. The long days of summer, with perfect weather that makes living in this region so worth it, are long behind us. Darkness has set in. Wetness has enveloped our city. It’s easy to get the…

Take surf lessons at the Kaimana Beach Surf Shop.

Starting in Seattle, Find Your Compass

These four exotic destinations are well worth the trip

Seattleites are intrepid by nature, seeking escape away from the well-worn path. Places that are artistic, culinary, adventurous and a bit bohemian call to us. Snowbirds fly south for the sun’s rays, while surfers head west for winter swells. Powder addicts set their course due north, while national park enthusiasts gallop to the east. Whichever…

shutterstock_1478399198-cropped

Gift Guide for Travel Lovers

It's not too late to find holiday gifts for the travel enthusiast

Make the new year one of adventure and discovery. If you have travel addicts on your “Nice” list check them off with any of these suggestions.   Travel books make personal gifts that never go out of style. The Hedonist Guide Stunning Iceland and Magical Venice  This exciting new series fuses location advice with coffee…

Enjoy a Discovery Sea Kayak guided tour when visiting Friday Harbor.

Washington State’s Romantic Getaways: Turn Date Night into a Three-Day Weekend

How to combine an intimate escape with cinematic experiences for that much sought-after passionate moment

In the locally beloved movie “10 Things I Hate About You,” Kat and Patrick go on a perfect date. They have seemingly endless time to enjoy, discover, and fall in love playing paintball, taking a paddleboat ride, and finally — that kiss! Unfortunately, reality bites. It’s hard to plan a true couple’s night when work,…