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Sweet Promotion May Bring Joyful Tears to Travelers’ Eyes

This July, travelers flying Big Sky airlines out of Boise may find a sweet surprise awaiting them. Walla Walla’s Sweet Onion Festival has teamed up with the regional airline to hand out thousands of the world-famous “So Sweet You can Eat ‘em Like an Apple,” Walla Walla Sweet Onions, during the two weeks preceding the July 14-15 festival. The onions will be offered to travelers on routes between Boise and Walla Walla, Boise and Billings, Montana, and Boise and Missoula, Montana. The festival features chef demonstrations, wine tasting, children’s amateur recipe contest, barbecue contest, live music, and painted horse show, as well as a fun run, pancake breakfast, and art show. Walla Walla, located in the southeast corner of Washington, is famous for these succulent bulbs, as well as for being a world-class wine region.

For more information, visit www.sweetonions.org/festival/2006 or call 509-525-1031.

World Kite Museum Opens in New Location In Long Beach
Expanded space shows off rare collections of kites from around the world.

The World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame, located three hours southwest of Seattle in Long Beach, has opened its new 10,400-square foot facility, nearly ten times the space of its original site. This new building features a gallery with 25-foot ceilings and an upstairs exhibition space, which can better showcase the museum’s vast collection of kites from around the world. Contemporary in design, the building’s large windows provide natural light for viewing and the ability to look out upon vast stretches of sand dunes and the Pacific Ocean.

Founded in 1990, this one-of-a-kind museum has an extensive collection of more than 1,500 kites from all parts of the globe, including the largest collection of Japanese kites outside of Japan. Another collection features several kites used to aid soldiers and sailors during World War II.

The museum will continue to offer workshops and host special exhibits and events. Coming events for 2006 will include the Washington State International Kite Festival held from August 21 to 27. Highlights of this event include kite-making workshops, kite demonstrations, as well as indoor and outdoor stunts and competitions.

Admission to the museum is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for youth 15 years and under.

For more information, please access www.worldkitemuseum.com or call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 1-800-451-2542.

Washington State Ferry System Offers Two New Rider Programs This Summer
Washington State Ferries are now implementing a new ticketing system to make ticket purchase easier and less confusing at the point of purchase. “Wave 2Go” allows ferry riders to purchase tickets in advance and print them out at home. Wave2Go is not a reservations system and does not guarantee boarding on any particular sailing, but does allow for quicker boarding on all routes throughout the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands. For more information, visit http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/wave2go/.

In addition, Ships Naturalists, trained by the Washington State University Cooperative Extension and San Juan County, will offer complimentary, short marine stewardship presentations on sailings to the San Juan Islands this summer. Another branch of this program with similar presentations and hands-on activities will involve Dock Walkers at marinas throughout the Islands. They are both off-shoots of the popular Beach Watchers program.For more information, visit http://sanjuan.wsu.edu.

Northwest Companies Now Offer Tours Featuring White Water and White Wine
Connoisseurs of sophisticated soft adventure can now enjoy white wine and white water together on the beautiful Spokane River. Pangaea Expeditions offers guests local wines, homemade breads, and smoked salmon during its “wine tour” along the Spokane River. River sections are mild and scenic, perfect for the “soft adventure” traveler. Cost is $80 per person and the season runs mid-May to the third week in June, depending on water levels. For more information, visit www.pangaea-expeditions.net or call 1-877-239-2392.

Beamers Hells Canyon Tours Dinner & Wine Cruises:
Run the riffles and rapids of the first 35 exciting miles of the Snake River to Beamers Heller Bar Lodge for a full-service, sit down dining experience amid the splendor of soaring canyon walls and rushing river currents. Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America and offers more than 70 miles of rugged river country.

Upon arriving at Beamers waterfront restaurant, guests are greeted with a glass of wine from a featured northwest winery. Guests are then served a four-course meal that has been carefully selected by the restaurant’s chef and paired with a wine that is best complimented by that night’s cuisine. Throughout the evening guests will be able to talk with the winery representative about the pairing of the food and wine. Cruises are offered once monthly April through October, so call ahead for specific dates.

For more information, visit www.hellscanyontours.com or call 1-800-522-6966.

FESTIVALS, FESTIVALS, FESTIVALS

A Wild Thyme Planned for Festival’s 25 th Anniversary
The Pomeroy Living History Farm’s Herb Festival celebrates its 25 th anniversary, May 20-21. The fragrant festival, located two hours south of Seattle, features a large selection of fresh herbs and other plants. Vendors showcase jewelry, myrtle wood buckets, soaps, birdhouses, honey & blueberry products, kettle corn, fuchsia plants, and much, much more. Live entertainment is also provided.

Pomeroy Living History Farm is nestled among tall firs in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and is an interactive educational museum that depicts domestic and farm life from both the early 20th century and modern perspective. Listed on the National Register of Historic Properties, this farmstead includes the Pomeroy’s log home built in 1920, a working blacksmith shop, barn, extensive herb and vegetable gardens, pastures, and woodlot. The farm uses living history as an interpretational technique to share with school children and the general public life on a pre-electrical farm several generations ago.

For more information, visit www.pomeroyfarm.org or call 360-686-3537.

Festival Showcases the Best in Traditional and Contemporary Korean Heritage
Participate in Traditional Korean Wedding or Golf with LPGA Celebrities. Han Woo-Ri Korean Sports and Cultural Festival celebrates Korean heritage with sports tournaments, such as golf, soccer and tae kwon do. Running June 9-11, 30 minutes south of Seattle in Federal Way, the festival will host Korean LPGA celebrities, and local golf enthusiasts will be invited to play in an Open Invitational with the LPGA stars.

The cultural program includes traditional and contemporary Korean music and dance performances from Korea and the Pacific Northwest. Korean pop music will be highlighted with a concert featuring popular music artists. Festival goers can also take part in a traditional Korean wedding ceremony and learn more about its use of a variety of symbolic objects.

For more information, visit www.hanwoorifestival.org, or call 206-334-0996.

LODGING, LODGING, LODGING
Seattle Luxury Hotel Features Rooftop Dog Park , Virtual Golf, and More
Hotel 1000, a new luxury hotel and condo complex located in the heart of downtown Seattle, is scheduled to open June 26. With 120 luxury rooms and 47 magnificent and spacious view residences on the top floors, the property will have a restaurant and bar, full service spa and fitness center, virtual golf, dog walking park on the roof, and over 6,000 square feet of high-tech meeting and banquet space, including an outdoor deck ideal for weddings and other social functions. A coffee and wine cafe for sitting, savoring, and socializing around the fire is also part of the food and beverage offerings, along with 24-hour room service for residents and guests alike. A residents’ library rounds out an extraordinary array of luxury facilities and amenities.

For more information, visit www.hotel1000seattle.com or call 206-682-6979.

Best Western Opens New Tacoma Dome Hotel
The former Ramada Inn near the Tacoma Dome in downtown Tacoma has new owners, a new chain affiliation, and has had a complete renovation. $3.5 million was invested to completely makeover the early ’80s-vintage hotel and it re-opened April 1 as the Best Western Tacoma Dome Hotel.

Demolition work began last August inside the 160-room property, “gutting nearly everything down to the tile in the bathroom.” The hotel provides convenient accommodations for people attending trade shows and events in the Tacoma Dome exhibition hall and area. Also, the hotel is near the site of the coming Harold LeMay Museum of classic cars, an attraction expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to Tacoma.

For more information, visit www.traveltacoma.com or call 253-272-7737.

PACKAGES, PACKAGES, PACKAGES

Destination Winery Resort Offers “The Art of Indulgence” for $15,000
Looking for a fantasy wine adventure getaway? Perched upon basalt cliffs 900 feet above the Columbia River, Cave B Inn at Sagecliffe, a destination winery resort in Quincy, located half way between Seattle and Spokane, offers its “Art of Indulgence” package for $15,000.

Tailored to the guests’ desires, the package can offer a combination of adventures, including private helicopter tours of the Gorge, private fly-fishing with an expert guide, bottling wine with winemaker Rusty Figgins, cooking with renowned chef Fernando Divina, or touring the Gingko Petrified forest on horseback. Also included:

Three night accommodations for two in a two bedroom cliffehouse, overlooking the Columbia River Gorge
Roundtrip limousine service from the SeaTac International or Spokane Airport to Cave B Inn at SageCliffe, complete with a narrated tour of this unique region,
Butler service from the moment of arrival until departure,
An on-call massage therapist,
All the food a couple can eat,
Premium wines from Cave B Estate Winery,
Rose petal turndown,
Gold dusted truffles and fine cordials,
“Sleep until you wake” with breakfast on private patio,
Private vineyard tour,
Bottle your own 18 Liter bottle of wine with the wine maker Rusty Figgins,
Lunch on the point,
VinoTherapy relaxation in the spa
Dinners in the barrel cave

For more information, visit www.cavebinn.com or call 509-929-2608.

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