Unique Trip Ideas

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Meet Rescue Donkeys

In addition to the Stanford Inn's rescued horses, llamas, Emden goose, Muscovy duck and Monique the mini donkey are 2 standard donkeys and 2 mini donkeys who have joined them. All are friendly and love to watch humans!

Attend the 17th annual Blue Wing Blues Festival

With the help of BW Blues Productions, the Tallman Hotel is hosting an outstanding lineup of blues artists for their 17th annual Blue Wing Blues Festival in the shady garden over Labor Day weekend.

Go on a Fishing Charter with Sea Breeze Charters

Sea Breeze Charters is a family owned and operated business that offers friendly fishing experiences in the Pacific Ocean and Columbia River for salmon, halibut, tuna, sturgeon and bottom fish. Whether you’re just one person looking to get in a day of fishing or a group they will make it a day to remember.

Run on the River in Astoria

Run on the River participants, lace up your shoes and enjoy the thrill of the race knowing that your comfortable retreat awaits! As a special perk, all participants receive an exclusive 10% discount on rooms at Hotel Elliott for race weekend.

Enjoy a Winemaker Dinner this Spring

For over 20 years the best chefs, winemakers, brewers, and distillers from around Oregon have joined forces at Steamboat Inn to create special nights of food, drink, and friendship.

Celebrate Winter Waters

Winter Waters is a Pacific Northwest festival that was created to celebrate sea vegetables as an ingredient. Winter Waters also has a spotlight focus on the culinary excellence in Cannon Beach!

Visit Blue Ox Millworks

Blue Ox is an amazing mill, historic park and school. They have produced high quality mill work for hundreds of historic buildings across the country - they've even done work for the President! They encompass many Victorian era trades like blacksmithing, plaster, ceramics and of course, wood working.

Attend a Vegan Retreat

Whether you’re already vegan or simply vegan curious, you will be sure to enjoy the luxury of the Stanford Inn Eco-Resort. Discover the joy of plant-based living. From cooking to nutrition, long-term habit change to environmental and ethical discussions, you’ll learn everything you need to know to be a happier, healthier person.

Top Spots for Whale Watching Around Cannon Beach

Gray Whales are the most often seen type of whale along the Oregon Coast and can frequently be spotted just off the shores of Cannon Beach. The best time to spot them is between their biannual migration that happens from mid-March to mid-April, and from mid-December to mid-January.

Watch Clue at the Merc Playhouse

Find out whodunit! Based on the cult classic film and the popular boardgame, Clue is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist. Performance dates: December 8th – 17th.

Enjoy Hot-air Ballooning and Biking in Napa

Experience two of Napa Valley’s most thrilling adventures for a day that’s destined to be the most unforgettable of your wine country trip!

Savour Cannon Beach

The 2023 Savor Cannon Beach Wine and Culinary Festival is a series of nine extraordinary food and wine experiences October 12-27th in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Meet Pepper the Puppy

As you know, the Stanford Inn loves all animals, but especially their own dogs, cats and all the amazing pets guests bring to the resort. They are excited to welcome and introduce you to Pepper - the newest adopted addition to their family.

Visit Volunteer Park

Volunteer Park is one of Seattle's most popular attractions. It features a climbable water tower, a conservatory, and a dahlia garden. The park is also home ot the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

Hit the Links at Bear Creek Golf Course

Bear Creek Golf Course is a beautiful and challenging 9 hole golf course tucked away in the foothills between Twisp and Winthrop. It’s the perfect blend of a manicured course set in a rugged landscape!

Enjoy a Big River Guided Tour

Have a memorable experience and explore beautiful Big River Estuary aboard a redwood Mandeola with Big River tours. Professionally guided tours for you and your family, depart from the Stanford Inn's dock at noon.

Become a Catalina Island Mermaid

Travel to a beautiful beach and transform into a Catalina Island Mermaid. Have a fun photoshoot on scenic rocky seascapes and sandy beaches or if you're feeling even more adventurous, learn to swim in a mermaid tail.

Blend Your Own Bottle

Tour beautiful wineries and apply creativity to your next bottle of wine at Northstar Winery. Not only is this a fun wine experience, but you get to do it with a friend or loved one. Enjoy a wine tour, picnic for two, and blend your new favorite wine.

Participate in a Korean Cooking Class

Take part in an unforgettable culinary experience that celebrates the beauty and taste of Korean vegan cuisine and join celebrity chef Adam Sobel for a cooking class on April 20th at the Stanford Inn by the Sea.

Enjoy a Geology Talk At Cape Perpetua

Join retired geologist Dave Muerdter at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, April 9, 16 and 22, at 11 am and 2 pm, with a guided walk at noon.

"Concert with Conversation" Outdoors (hopefully) in the Garden

The last concert of the current season will be held on Sunday April, 23. Weather permitting, it will be outdoors in the spring garden between the Hotel and Restaurant.

Have a Mimosa Flight at the Greene Lily

After opening several years ago, the Greene Lily became a local treasure and one of the best places for brunch in Old Town Eureka. They serve breakfast all day and their menu features a wide variety of dishes with classics like eggs benedict and delicious new things to try such as vegan french toast and a breakfast burger. Drink offerings include their spin on a bloody mary (they call the red lily) and they have 9 flavours of mimosas to try.

Try a Cinnamon Twisp

Warm up on a cold day with a delicious cinnamon twisp at the famous Cinnamon Twisp Bakery in the Heart of the Methow Valley. This signature twisted pastry has nuts, honey and brown sugar brushed topping all baked to perfection.

Have Easter Brunch at the Resort at Port Ludlow

Celebrate Easter with a special Easter Brunch at the beautiful, oceanfront Resort at Port Ludlow on Sunday, April 9th from 11am until 2pm.

Retreat With Your Team This Spring

Are you looking for a way to bring your team together after working remotely? An off-site retreat can provide your organization an opportunity to foster stronger teamwork and boost morale.

Meet a Red Panda at Sequoia Park Zoo

Sequoia Park Zoo is located in Eureka, California. It was established in 1907 and is run by the City of Eureka. Featured animal exhibits include adorable red pandas, aviaries with a variety of bird species, the Barnyard, river otters, Redwood Sky Walk, and many more!

Enjoy Wednesday Pasta Dinners

This month (February) the Resort at Port Ludlow's Fireside Restaurant is showcasing a local farm's newest product. Chimacum Valley Grainery, (previously known as Finnriver Grain) is the newest venture from Keith Kisler.

Try a Tasting Flight at FinnRiver

Drink in the beauty and bounty of the land at Finnriver with their orchard and cider barn tours and tastings that are offered throughout the year.

Drink Coffee at the Original Starbucks

Have a cup of joe where the largest coffee company in the world began. From 1971 until 1975, the first Starbucks was located on Western Avenue until it moved to its new home in the Soul of Seattle, the Pike Place Market (where it remains today). And, because Pike Place is a historic district with specific guidelines, the store still retains its original look.

Explore Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve

Explore the towering redwoods, lush green ferns, stunning wildflowers and incredible views overlooking Half Moon Bay in the Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.