Love Your Mom

With Mother’s Day just around the corner (5/13) don’t be left empty handed.  Show mom how much you really care by inspiring some rejuvenating or delicious opportunities for self care. Whether the lady in your life prefers a day at the spa or bottomless mimosas over brunch, three ideas from Urban Float, Seattle Sun Light Spa and Feed Co. Burgers follow:

Total Relaxation: Whether your mom is seeking stress relief, improved focus, or to disconnect from a hyper-connected world, Urban Float creates a sanctuary to help improve quality of life.  Float away from distractions and responsibility in 200 gallons of purified water with 1,200 pounds of Epsom salt in a private, sensory-managed pod for a 60-minute session.  She’ll leave feeling refreshed and renewed! For more info visit, www.urbanfloat.com

Spa Day with Benefits. Get her glowing at the Seattle Sun Light Spa in Bellevue.  Within a tranquil, approachable setting, mom will find a variety of clinically validated light therapy and spa services focused on wellness, rejuvenation and immunity in addition to state-of-the-art, UV free tanning options. www.seattlesunlightspa.com

Keep it Casual for Mother’s Day Brunch. Spoil mom with an easy, casual Mother’s Day brunch at Feed Co. Burgers at the Seattle or Redmond location.  Toast with a glass (or two) of bottomless mimosas paired with delicious entrees like Chicken and Waffles, a classic house made waffle topped with a fried chicken thigh and drumstick with maple syrup drizzled on top or a loaded Bowl with potato wedges, chorizo, two eggs, cotija and ranchero salsa. feedcoburgers.com/

 

 


Urban Float Celebrates Grand Opening of Fourth Seattle Location

Urban Float celebrated the grand opening of its flagship location on Capitol Hill, the company’s fourth Seattle-area store and the largest float pod center on the West Coast. If you haven’t investigated, we recommend checking out float therapy for it’s proven physical, mental and emotional benefits, which range from pain management and sports recovery to anxiety and stress relief. It’s a relatively new form of therapy that’s quickly becoming mainstream due to its popularity with pro athletes, busy professionals and anyone looking to disconnect.

For a quick read check out out what Time Magazine has to say at http://www.time.com/floating.
Check them out at @UrbanFloat on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter http://www.UrbanFloat.com


Coastal Living Names Coupeville Among Top Places to Live in the Country

Coastal Living, the nation’s go-to resource for a seaside inspired lifestyle, names Whidbey Island’s Coupeville among it’s 2018 Best Places to Live. The accolade appears in the January/February issue of the magazine, on newsstands today.

One of just twenty towns listed nationwide, Coupeville is lauded for its “vibrant new wave of agri- and aquaculture, including Penn Cove’s renowned mussels,” in addition to “a number of galleries and its own school of art, the Pacific NorthWest Art School.”  Check out the full article, or plan a trip to scout real estate at http://www.whidbeycamanoislands.com.

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What to Eat Now

For the next few weeks, we’re all about cleansing and eating healthy. This week Feed Co. Burgers introduces an easy way to stick to post-holiday meal planning.  Enter the Boosted Bowl.

Available at Central Feed Co. Burger location (coming soon to the Redmond location) the new Boosted Bowl offers diners a healthy option that doesn’t mean boring or tasteless.  This seasonal special includes lacinato kale, lemon-tahini sauce, avocado, roasted yam, green lentils, toasted pecans, sunflower seeds, chickpea croquettes and roasted red beets.  It’s delicious, satisfying and keeps the belly and the immune system happy. ($8.50).

Behold the Boosted Bowl (photos courtesy Justin Oba)

 

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#Vanlife Slideshow Courtesy of Peace Vans Rentals

With more than 1,000 road trips hosted to date and a growing fleet of restored Volkswagen camper vans, Peace Vans Rentals holds a treasure trove of van life expertise, anecdotes and road trip hacks. In a new report found at PeaceVansRentals.com, the company recaps notable tales and trends from the road.

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In 2017, the Seattle-based Peace Vans Rentals fleet:

  • Carried more than 700 passengers in 16 vans over 154,651 miles.
  • Recorded its furthest adventure reaching Saskatoon, Canada for a total round trip of 4,343 miles.
  • Traveled as far south as Joshua Tree National Park and frequently to the most popular destination, Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.
  • Set the scene for two engagements and six honeymoons.
  • Welcomed guests from all over the world, including 12 countries, 21 states and four provinces.
  • Were enjoyed by every age – renters ranged from 9 months to 78 years.
  • Hosted many meals ranging from creative to gourmet, including more than 3,000 s’mores, hundreds of hot dogs, countless pots of mac and cheese as well as freshly caught salmon, just shucked oysters, bushels of local and organic produce, local beers, wines and cheese.

The coming year will bring a growing fleet and the possibility of traveling further down the west coast. In early 2018, two vintage Volkswagen buses circa 1970 and 1976 will become available for day trips or short overnights in and around Seattle. Intended for special occasions, weddings or exploring Seattle in #vanlife style, trips in these 1970’s era vehicles are limited to three nights and 500 miles. Earlier this year, Peace Vans Rentals became the first vintage camper van rental company to allow one-way trips down Highway 101 and Highway 1, with drop off or pick up availability in Santa Cruz, Calif.  For 2018, Peace Vans Rentals extends the Highway 1 magic all the way down to San Luis Obispo.

The Peace Vans Camps program will expand with new locations in 2018, offering exclusive camping experiences curated and managed by Peace Vans.  Designed to get renters off the beaten path, Peace Vans Camps range from remote wilderness spots on the Olympic Peninsula to tranquil hilltops on San Juan Island, along with wineries, creameries and organic farms in between. In addition to these exclusive camping spots, renters also gain access to the Renter Portal of PeaceVansRentals.com which offers tried and true recommendations for where to hike, dine, play or just pull up and watch the sunset.

Before entering the rental fleet, Peace Vans vehicles receive at least $25,000 in upgrades and restoration work performed by its sister business – Peace Vans, the largest Volkswagen camper van repair and restoration shop in North America. Each van is also outfitted with hand-picked camping accessories from leading brands and treasured finds.  The vans are designed for renters to fly in and hit the road – no need to pack anything other clothes or buy anything other than food. The 2018 fleet will also receive built-in refrigerators, heaters for shoulder season camping and new lithium ion battery systems for powering cameras, phones, devices and camping accessories.

Peace Vans Rentals is powered by the Volkswagen Van restoration experts at Peace Vans (www.peacevansseattle.com) and brainchild of Seattle entrepreneur Harley Sitner.  The automotive shop and rental office are located at 2443 6th Avenue South, Seattle, Wash., 98134. For details and reservations visit www.peacevansrentals.com, take a virtual road trip with a series of videos, or follow along via Instagram and Facebook (@PeaceVansRentals and #PeaceVansRentals).


Snap your Best Selfie in Our State Capital

Snap your best selfie in Washington state’s capital city. The region recently launched a series of “Selfie Spots” that offer the best angle and location in several iconic, historic or “secret” spots.

We all know Washington’s state capital for its iconic 287-foot dome, but courtesy of the team at Experience Olympia, visitors now have 21 designated locations to explore while in town. Visitors will now find selfie-situated signs – coined “Selfie Spots” – at scenic, historic, iconic and some even secret (until now) locations. Selfie Spots range from popular attractions like Tumwater Falls or the Kissing Statue at the waterfront to under-the-radar, locally loved locations like the Old Tenino Bank or Saint Martin’s Staircase.

Details are included on the Experience Olympia blog, along with pro tips from a New York Times photographer.

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Daylight Saving Meets its Match as Seattle Sun Light Spa Opens this Month

As the days get shorter, things will get brighter in Bellevue as Seattle Sun Light Spa opens with a comprehensive suite of cosmetic and wellness services featuring light therapy skin and body treatments, in addition to UV-free tanning options.

The new store from the experts at Seattle Sun Tan is currently in soft opening at its flagship Bellevue location with an official grand opening planned for Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Offerings include a variety of safe and effective  light therapy and infrared spa services focused on non-invasive and proven cosmetic improvement, wellness and rejuvenation. Using the winning formula that’s driven Seattle Sun’s growth, the new store pairs automated services and delivery of advanced products with expertly trained staff, convenient drop-in scheduling and a light-labor model to keep prices competitive.

With services focused on light therapy, popular treatments include FDA-cleared Red and Blue Light Photofacials to reduce wrinkles and redness, even skin tone, and provide proven safe acne reduction for teenagers; Infrared Saunas and Wellness Pods for relaxation, pain relief and immunity-boosting; LED Body Sculpting solutions that take inches off common problem areas; and LED-activated teeth whitening.

According to Dr. Eli Kramer, an internist who extensively reviewed light therapy research, “though each person may experience different results, studies with red light therapy have demonstrated improved skin and decreased wrinkles in as few as eight sessions with marked improvement after 30 sessions. Also, blue light therapy has been shown to start decreasing acne in as few as two sessions with significant improvement after 12 sessions.”

In addition to a comprehensive suite of new, clinically validated cosmetic maintenance and spa services, customers can continue to enjoy the existing tanning services as well as a curated retail shop with a breakthrough line of skincare products. In partnership with Skin Authority, Seattle Sun Light Spa will offer a comprehensive collection of products customized per client and recommended before, during and after treatment. An in-salon Skin Authority virtual aesthetician service communicates with the My Skin Authority APP to allow for individual consultation with expert and dedicated skin care coaches both in store and on the go.

Follow along at #Brighter and #SeattleSunLightSpa or via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter @TheLightSpa. www.SeattleSunLightSpa.com


Fall Adventures at Kristoferson Farm

As you plan fall and winter travel plans consider Kristoferson Farm, home to seasonal zip line adventures, an upcoming Pumpkin Project and more. The fall and holiday seasons will bring a collection of events and offering including:

  • Night Owl Zipping, now  – October 29, zip into darkness during a 2.5-hour thrilling adventure through the spooky forest to platforms illuminated by LED lighting.
  • Camano Pumpkin Project, October 14, 1-9 p.m. Find pumpkins in the patch, enjoy trebuchets, bands, food, local brews and more. For tickets and more information follow the links at facebook.com/camanopumpkinproject.
  • Holiday Zip Light Tours, December 1-31, a special 4-line night zip, featuring holiday lights, a stop at the fire bowl with hot cocoa and cookies, group photo, and a souvenir ornament.

Kristoferson Farm is located at 332 NE Camano Drive, Camano Island, Washington. Connect or make reservations by calling 360-387-5807,  www.canopytoursnw.com or facebook.com/KristofersonFarm.


Get out of Town: Whidbey Island Grown Week

This weekend taste your way through “Whidbey Island Grown Week,” a 10-day celebration of the region’s farmers, chefs and artisan producers.

It kicks off this Friday, Sept. 29 as a 10-day celebration of local products and experiences offering opportunities for hands on farm and culinary adventures. Highlights a northwest cider Cider Festival, Honey Tasting and Apiary Tour, Cooking with Lavender Classes, a salsa making workshop and more. Find a full list is at whidbeyislandgrown.com.

For more information on amenities, lodging and a calendar of events visit whidbeycamanoislands.com. Connect on Twitter at @GoWhidbeyCamano or Facebook @GoWhidbeyCamano.


Tour an Apiary, Taste Honey, Make Salsa, Sip NW Cider and more at Whidbey Island Grown Week

Whidbey Island Grown Week is coming, and with it comes the opportunity to taste the island’s farms, purveyors and get a hands on experience with each.

It kicks off Sept. 29 as a 10-day celebration of local products and experiences offering farm and culinary adventures, including honey tasting and tour at Eckholm Farm, Orchard Kitchen cooking classes featuring local cheesemaker and Penn Cove Shellfish, a salsa making workshop (wondering what to do with all those tomatoes in the garden?) and more. Here are some highlights:

  • Sept. 29- Oct 8, Sunday-Fridays, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Honey tasting and farm tour at Eckholm Farm, this is a rare chance to visit the apiary at Eckholm Farm, located within Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve. Farm owner and honey bee biologist Bruce Eckholm will offer a 1-hour tour of the farm and apiary, including inspection of a live honey bee colony. Protective clothing will be provided. Each tour limited to five participants. Sample this year’s honey crop, and take home a complimentary 1lb jar. Additional jars available for purchase. Fee is $50. Reservations required.
  • Sept. 30, Orchard Kitchen’s Cooking Class series host Glendale Shepherd’s Lynn Swanson, Cheese Maker Extraordinaire, who will explain, taste and discuss her cheeses and her journey to becoming an award winning cheese maker.
  • Sept. 30, Whidbey Island Cider Festival welcomes craft cidermakers from around the region for sampling and education. Enjoy tastings from top Northwest cideries including Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Alpenfire Cider, Bull Run Cider and others, along with local food pairings and family friendly activities.
  • Oct. 1, Salsa Making Workshop with an expert. Louise Holloway-Stanley, a produce and craft vendor at the South Whidbey Tilth market, will conduct a workshop on using the late season produce to make a killer salsa.
  • October 7, Orchard Kitchen Cooking Class featuring the Island’s famous Penn Cove Shellfish

Visit whidbeyislandgrown.com for a complete list of events, classes, shopping and tasting opportunities.