From workshops to hands-on tours, squeeze every drop out of your Unique Inns visit with experiences to remember for a lifetime. Become enraptured with local artistry, challenge yourself with an outdoor adventure or surprise each other by discovering hidden talents.
Saanich Peninsula Guided Tour
Enjoy a scenic ocean drive along the coast, through heritage neighborhoods and lush forests. View the city of Victoria from atop Mt. Douglas, sample fresh local seafood at a seaside restaurant and walk along the beach. Visit Mattick's Farm and browse the quaint shops or grab some ice cream. Tour the quaint seaside town of Sidney, stroll along the sea walk, browse the many bookstores, boutiques, or simply sit along the ocean and watch the boats sail past. Venture off the beaten path to areas known only to locals, sample the many different sights, sounds, and tastes of the Saanich Peninsula and leave knowing you have truly experienced something unique!
Fly Fishing on the North Umpqua River
Steamboat Inn is located in the middle of 31 miles of "fly-fishing only" water on the North Umpqua River. The river is famous as the home of some of the most challenging year-round steelhead fishing in the world. The river bottom is extremely slippery, the current strong and the fish most particular! The average North Umpqua steelhead weighs eight pounds, with an occasional fifteen pounder. The Inn features a well stocked fly shop specializing in the type of fly fishing equipment needed from waders to flies, as well as one day fishing licences.
Historic Tour of Jacksonville
Customize a personally guided tour through Jacksonville, including a gourmet picnic lunch. Experience a guided nature walk through the vast network of beautiful trails surrounding Jacksonville, learning specifics on the distinct flora and fauna in the area, as well as the historic use of the land during the gold mining days of the 1800s. Alternately, take in a guided tour through historic points of interest in the town, including historic facts regarding the various buildings and beautifully restored homes and their uses in the late 1800s.
Cooking Lesson & Dinner
Enjoy a private cooking lesson and dinner with Chef/Owner, Maurizio Paparo: Spend your day with Maurizio, starting in the morning to plan your dinner menu, shopping together for the special ingredients and then returning to Ristorante Italiano. Perform prep work in the kitchen and "on the job training" with Maurizio for the elegant meal, served to you that evening by tuxedoed wait staff in the dining room.
Eco-cruise in Brentwood Bay
Enjoy a scenic wilderness cruise guided by an ecologist to discover starfish, eagles, jellyfish, seals and sometimes whales. Escape for a remote picnic or romantic champagne cruise. Celebrate a family occasion. Charter a 'floating' meeting room for a corporate event. The comfortable glass-domed SeaStar is a great way see beautiful Brentwood Bay. Contemplate the area's rich history from a First Nations perspective while cruising past remote shorelines. Or catch the water limo to Butchart Gardens and watch the fireworks.
Napa Valley Olive Oil Workshop
Stimulate your mind and experience the Napa Valley in a whole new way with a workshop through the Wine Country Inn. Yes, the Napa Valley focuses on wine. But with that goes a close relationship with great food. New this year, experience a weekend olive oil making workshop with The Wine Country Inn innkeeper Jim Smith! Learn more about olive oil and make some of your own with olives picked on the Inn’s grounds.
The River Dance Lodge is situated near three of the original eight Wild & Scenic Rivers protected by Congress in 1968. ROW Adventures is licensed to guide whitewater rafting trips on each of these rivers. Together, the Lochsa River, Selway River and Clearwater River offer exciting whitewater for every skill level ranging from a big water river with a gentle current to Class IV+ rapids delivering huge raft pounding and paddle bashing fun.
A special opportunity for Unique Travelers is the Stanford's Celebration of Nature Package. Explore the historic and ecologically preserved Big River, California's longest undeveloped estuary, by traditional canoe or kayak complete with the Inn's interpretive map of Big River Estuary. Alternately, explore coastal trails and back roads on quality mountain bikes with a custom map to guide you on your journey.