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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
Victoria, British Columbia
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!
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.
Tea for Two
Victoria, British Columbia
Experience the artful elegance of taking tea in Victoria, BC. Although High Tea began as a British working class tradition, over time it has become more of a sophisticated affair and today is certainly more of an event. Let Abbeymoore Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn reserve your Tea for two at one of their favorite spots: the Butchart Gardens, White Heather Tea House or The Empress. Make sure you visit Victoria's premier tea shops Murchies and the Silk Road and don’t miss coming back for the Tea Festival held each February.
An abundance of exotic and wild mushrooms such as chanterelles, morels and candy caps populate the forst floors of the Mendocino coast. Mushrooms experts lead guests staying at the Harbor House on guided walks, chefs demonstrate cooking techniques at special classes and winemakers pair their best offerings to offset the wide variety of exotic mushroom dishes.
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.
Eco-cruise in Brentwood Bay
Victoria, British Columbia
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.
Fly Fishing on the North Umpqua River
Idleyld Park, Oregon
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.
Walk & Cable Car Ride Along the Barbary Coast Trail
San Francisco, California
Beginning from the ideally situated Washington Square Inn, start on your way after a healthy breakfast, equipped with a map marked out with all the points of interest. Coupons will be provided to receive complimentary treats to enjoy along the way. Once you have reached the halfway point, you can jump on the cable car taking you along other points of interest of the Barbary Coast Trail. Head toward Ghiradelli Square, Aquatic Park, Fishermen's Wharf, then around to Coit Tower and back to the Inn just about the time to relax and enjoy a glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres before heading out for dinner from the selection of fine local restaurants.
Napa Valley Olive Oil Workshop
St. Helena, California
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.
Fish the Rogue River
Morrison’s Rogue River Lodge is Orvis-endorsed and employs some of the finest fishing guides in the area. The Lodge takes great pride in their ability to cater to anglers at every skill level from the total beginner child, to the most experienced fly caster. Each person’s needs are determined in a quick pre- arrival interview that allows the Lodge to completely customize a package for you.
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