If you’re bored or stuck inside this winter, then it’s time to start planning an unforgettable adventure in Washington! Our state has all kinds of places that are even more spectacular this season. Here are 10 of the many unforgettable spots around the state to add to your list these next few months:
1. Tour the elegant interior of the Campbell House in Spokane.
Next door to The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture you can find this former residence of the Campbells, who were an iconic Spokane family thanks to a mining success during the 20th century. The home's available for tours year-round, however during Christmastime, the house is fully decorated and provides a unique holiday experience for guests. Visitors can participate in a variety of activities throughout the mansion from learning more about our state's history to baking cookies with the house chef.
2. Enjoy an exhilarating day up on Crystal Mountain.
Why stay indoors this winter when you could be out hitting the slopes? A day on the mountain is always a great idea, and our state's largest ski and snowboarding resort is already open for the season if you're ready for an epic adventure.
3. Score some amazing gifts at the Pacific Arts Holiday Market in Bellingham.
Forget Walmart! Our state is home to dozens of talented artists who sell their handcrafted items at holiday bazaars around Christmastime, like this long-running spot north of Seattle. No matter how hard it is to shop for those people who seem to have everything, you'll definitely be able to find one-of-a-kind gifts at this market from December 4-20 at Sunset Square.
4. Make a cabin getaway at Iron Springs Resort in Copalis Beach.
A cozy stay in a cabin is one of the most peaceful vacations you can experience during the winter! This oceanfront resort offers an unforgettable trip, situated on beautiful beachfront cliffs right along the Pacific Coast.
5. Your nearest Christmas tree farm.
There's nothing like picking out your own Evergreen tree to take home and decorate for the holidays! If you're not sure where to head, a few of the top-rated farms in our state include: Hunter's Tree Farm in Wedgwood, Trinity Tree Farm in Issaquah, Hunter Farms in Union, Bowen Tree Farm in Arlington, Carver Farms in Newman Lake, etc.
6. Visit Palouse Falls Park to see what our state's Official Waterfall looks like completely frozen.
There are a lot of spectacular waterfalls to see in our state during the winter, but this landscape in southeastern Washington is by far one of the most breathtaking. The cascade lies on the Palouse River and drops a crazy 198 feet.
7. Warm up at the Living Room Cafe in Marysville.
You may be able to enjoy a great cup of coffee at this cafe during any time of the year, but there's something extra cozy about stopping by this place during the winter and curling up on one of their couches with a delicious mocha.
8. Take a dip in a hot springs, like the Doe Bay Resort on Orcas Island.
Too cold this winter? You can always warm up at this scenic retreat on Orcas Island! They offer a number of soaking tubs where clothing is optional and even a hot sauna. If you're not on the islands, here are some
other hot springs
in our state where you can warm up this season.
9. View a dazzling display at the Garden d'Lights in Bellevue.
If you think our state's botanical gardens are stunning during the regular season, wait until you see them covered in dozens of lights for the holidays! This remarkable display can be seen at the Bellevue Botanical Garden until January 2, 2016.
10. Head out for a trip across Puget Sound, via the Argosy Christmas Ship Cruise.
If you're dreaming of making a getaway this season, this is a wonderful Northwest tradition to experience! The ship's been around since 1949 and sails to several Puget Sound waterfront communities where there are thousands of people on shore celebrating with bonfires and anticipating the ship's arrival. On board you'll be able to enjoy festive choir music, a variety of holiday activities, and a full-service bar.
Have you been to any of these spots during the winter before? Where are some other amazing places in the Northwest to visit this season?? Share your thoughts with us below!