Will be in OR, WA at Christmas

IStream

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Okay, since you don't do standard tourist, here's my museum recommendation:

http://www.navalunderseamuseum.org/

Take the ferry from downtown Seattle to Winslow-Bainbridge or Edmonds (north of Seattle) to Kingston and drive to Keyport.

If you're into aircraft, I'd recommend Boeing's Future of Flight museum in Everett, about 40 minutes north of Seattle:

http://www.futureofflight.org/

The exhibits are decent but the highlight is the tour of the production facility.

 

Great White

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Okay, since you don't do standard tourist, here's my museum recommendation:

http://www.navalunderseamuseum.org/

Take the ferry from downtown Seattle to Winslow-Bainbridge or Edmonds (north of Seattle) to Kingston and drive to Keyport.

If you're into aircraft, I'd recommend Boeing's Future of Flight museum in Everett, about 40 minutes north of Seattle:

http://www.futureofflight.org/

The exhibits are decent but the highlight is the tour of the production facility.
If you travel across Puget Sound, in Bremerton, we also have the Puget Sound Navy Museum(FREE!):

http://www.pugetsoundnavymuseum.org

It is mainly a museum for the Shipyard and is only ten miles south of Keyport. With wheels, you could take the Seattle-Bainbridge Island ferry one over and the Bremerton-Seattle ferry back.

And the USS Turner Joy Museum:

http://ussturnerjoy.org/

And since we are throwing out lots of ideas, a trip to Hurricane Ridge near Port Angeles can be fun. Only open on the weekends and even then, the road could be closed due to snow.

 

wristwister

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Interesting. A sailor comes onto a sailing forum asking about things to do in a premier sailing destination and it takes 23 posts before someone recommends ... SAILING!

Winter sailing can be pretty awesome around here. A few races going on during that time period, folks doing day sails and overnighters, cheap charter rates. If you're thinking of getting on a boat during your visit, let us know what you have in mind and folks may be able to fix you up.

 
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U20guy2

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Interesting. A sailor comes onto a sailing forum asking about things to do in a premier sailing destination and it takes 23 posts before someone recommends ... SAILING!

Winter sailing can be pretty awesome around here. A few races going on during that time period, folks doing day sails and overnighters, cheap charter rates. If you're thinking of getting on a boat during your visit, let us know what you have in mind and folks may be able to fix you up.
Not a whole lot of sailing done up that way in the winter. I've met many OR WA sailors in SF events during the winter months.

 

Ishmael

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I actually volunteered to take Ad sailing in post #5 in the SA thread, days and days ago. For some reason he wasn't entranced by the idea. This was the middle of January, it can be nice in winter.



 

boomberry

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Interesting. A sailor comes onto a sailing forum asking about things to do in a premier sailing destination and it takes 23 posts before someone recommends ... SAILING!

Winter sailing can be pretty awesome around here. A few races going on during that time period, folks doing day sails and overnighters, cheap charter rates. If you're thinking of getting on a boat during your visit, let us know what you have in mind and folks may be able to fix you up.
Not a whole lot of sailing done up that way in the winter. I've met many OR WA sailors in SF events during the winter months.
Not sure where you get your info from. We race weekly year round (as in all winter) in Vancouver and West Vancouver, BC. As one can tell by Ish's video, some winter days are lovely for day sailing and or overnight trips if one has a heater or a very snuggly bunk-mate.

We even have some winter days which are golf friendly. : )

 
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Great White

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Interesting. A sailor comes onto a sailing forum asking about things to do in a premier sailing destination and it takes 23 posts before someone recommends ... SAILING!

Winter sailing can be pretty awesome around here. A few races going on during that time period, folks doing day sails and overnighters, cheap charter rates. If you're thinking of getting on a boat during your visit, let us know what you have in mind and folks may be able to fix you up.
Not a whole lot of sailing done up that way in the winter. I've met many OR WA sailors in SF events during the winter months.
Some of our best racing is done here in the winter. If AD wanted to do a little racing, we are starting the South Sound Series at Tacoma on Dec 7th with the next race Jan 4th.

 

The Advocate

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Wow, thanks guys!

Sorry Ish but I had been told cold and snow, could still be up for it!

Just scanning through at work, will get a better look tonight.

 
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Ishmael

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Wow, thanks guys!

Sorry Ish but I had been told cold and snow, could still be up for it!

Just scanning through at work, will get a better look tonight.
Well, I guess you may have mistaken my other posting for cold and snow. Now that I look at it, it does have some resemblance.

snow08.jpg


We'll hope for the best. I don't think we have ever invited someone out and had to cancel because of weather.

Of course, we have ended up sailing in some pretty extreme weather.

 

wristwister

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Not a whole lot of sailing done up that way in the winter. I've met many OR WA sailors in SF events during the winter months.
Dang, I must have missed that memo. I've been foolishly sailing the keel off my boat every winter up here, along with most of the other sailors I hang with.
Just because you sail all year doesn't mean everyone else does Wristwacker.. ;-)
True. In fact, I'm told there may be people in Seattle who don't even sail in the SUMMER (although I've seen no proof of that).

My point being: there's an active winter sailing scene up in Seattle, Bullhumper.... ;-)

 

The Advocate

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Sorry Ish, I thought your original in the other post with that photo of the snow was telling me you would be happy to take me for a sail except it would be like your drive!

Thank you all for the suggestions! I really appreciate it. It is great that I will know of some things to see that she does know.

She is a non sailor, though very supportive of the sailing I do now, just with the blind team. So she knows I want to meet some of you and see some boats, so I don't think I will push the issue with planes and car viewing as well!

The gardens and glass works look awesome, and a general look around Seattle and Vancouver. Still working out times and stuff but will be in contact shortly Kim, Ish and Bob.

One month, getting excited!

 

Alex W

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+1 for Butchart.

Victoria has a good Maritime Museum, but amazingly there is no one definitive maritime museum in the Puget Sound area that I know of. Seattle has MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry) http://www.mohai.org/. Tacoma WA has the Foss Waterway Seaport http://www.fosswaterwayseaport.org/. Gig Harbor WA has the Harbor History Museum http://www.harborhistorymuseum.org/. Astoria OR has the Columbia River Maritime Museum http://www.crmm.org/.
Directly next door to MOHAI is the Center for Wooden Boats, there is a lot of interesting stuff to poke at there.

I have tons of volunteer hours at CWB (I'm a volunteer instructor there) and would be happy to take an Aussie out for a sail on one of their boats. Lake Union is fun to poke around on.

On the Oregon coast I really like Manzanita, which is directly south of Cannon Beach. The landscape continues to get better down that way. Then you might as well held another 30km and go to Cape Meares Lighthouse.

 

Maxx Baqustae

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Sorry Ish, I thought your original in the other post with that photo of the snow was telling me you would be happy to take me for a sail except it would be like your drive!

Thank you all for the suggestions! I really appreciate it. It is great that I will know of some things to see that she does know.

She is a non sailor, though very supportive of the sailing I do now, just with the blind team. So she knows I want to meet some of you and see some boats, so I don't think I will push the issue with planes and car viewing as well!

The gardens and glass works look awesome, and a general look around Seattle and Vancouver. Still working out times and stuff but will be in contact shortly Kim, Ish and Bob.

One month, getting excited!
Not taking anything away from Ish's posts as the Victoria/Sidney (Sidney is in the middle of boatdom central) and worth a visit. And Victoria is....very well, Victorian! Worth the effort but if you are going to Vancouver proper there's lots there: If your wife likes gardens try this:

http://vancouver.about.com/od/beachesparks/tp/topgardens.htm

And a nine iron from where I live: http://www.capbridge.com/

And just up the hill is: http://www.grousemountain.com/#

PEAKVCR.jpg

And Vancouver Dec/Jan sometimes:

Vancouver 2.jpg

My club: IMGP6631 (1024x685).jpg IMGP6636 (1024x685).jpg

A visit and cocktail at the club perhaps?

 
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The Advocate

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IStream, touristy stuff but I dont do normal tourist. I love traveeling to experince what the locals do. My girl is from Portland and is back there for a bit to help her family. So I am doing christmas there but would love to find some stuff to do she may not know of.

Thanks Bob, very much looking forward to it.

mcsailor, she has said before she love Cannon Beach so am planning a side trip down the coast a bit. Any particular spots?

Thanks all.
Gold Beach and the Fern Grotto via the Avenue of the Giants if the weather isn't wet I think they still let people out there in the winter. So far zero rain south of Portland driest year so far on record we do need rain but if this holds out you should be able to check out Gold Beach and also the Fern Grotto via Avenue of the Giants if you make it to the very norther end of CA coast. Gold beach is basically right at the CA border.
Wont make it that far south Bulb.

 

The Advocate

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Sorry Ish, I thought your original in the other post with that photo of the snow was telling me you would be happy to take me for a sail except it would be like your drive!

Thank you all for the suggestions! I really appreciate it. It is great that I will know of some things to see that she does know.

She is a non sailor, though very supportive of the sailing I do now, just with the blind team. So she knows I want to meet some of you and see some boats, so I don't think I will push the issue with planes and car viewing as well!

The gardens and glass works look awesome, and a general look around Seattle and Vancouver. Still working out times and stuff but will be in contact shortly Kim, Ish and Bob.

One month, getting excited!
Not taking anything away from Ish's posts as the Victoria/Sidney (Sidney is in the middle of boatdom central) and worth a visit. And Victoria is....very well, Victorian! Worth the effort but if you are going to Vancouver proper there's lots there: If your wife likes gardens try this:

http://vancouver.about.com/od/beachesparks/tp/topgardens.htm

And a nine iron from where I live: http://www.capbridge.com/

And just up the hill is: http://www.grousemountain.com/#

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PEAKVCR.jpg

And Vancouver Dec/Jan sometimes:

attachicon.gif
Vancouver 2.jpg

My club:
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IMGP6631 (1024x685).jpg
attachicon.gif
IMGP6636 (1024x685).jpg

A visit and cocktail at the club perhaps?
Which club Maxx?

 


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