Magical Islands of the Pacific Northwest: San Juan, Orcas, and More with Alex Leviton

Magical Islands of the Pacific Northwest: San Juan, Orcas, and More with Alex Leviton


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From farm stands, grazing sheep, and art galleries to windswept driftwood- and lighthouse-dotted beaches, the dozen-plus historic islands off Washington state's coast feel like the Irish coast meets Hawaii. Join a local expert to discover the beauty of this region of the world and pick up tips for any future visit.

The Pacific Northwest is famed for its forested landscapes, breathtaking views and rocky beaches, and the islands off the coast of Washington state are the very best of all three. Settled millennia ago by tribes of the Coast Salish people, the San Juan Islands and islands of the Puget Sound are home to thriving arts and foodie scenes, soul-stirringly gorgeous scenery, and, of course, local celebrities (i.e., pods of orca whales).

Each of the islands (all within an easy drive, ferry or -- oh yes! -- adventurous seaplane ride from Seattle or SeaTac airport) comes with its own personality. San Juan Island has a rich history, dating back before the 1859 ‘Pig War,’ when a pig- and potato-related incident on San Juan Island threatened to bring the US and the UK into war. Its neighbors, Orcas and Lopez, are also filled with art studios, farm-to-table restaurants, and long stretches of isolated beaches.

Head to the ‘commuter’ islands of hippie Vashon for farm stands or the annual sheepdog herding trials, while Bainbridge’s techies live shoulder-to-shoulder with world-class artists and chefs. The longest of them all, Whidbey Island, is as dotted with mussels and oysters as it is with bald eagles, lavender fields, and views of snow-capped Mount Rainier. All dozen or so inhabited islands offer whale watching, blackberry picking, and miles of trails to explore.

Led by guidebook author and Untravel expert Alex Leviton, author of Explore Every Day, this interactive seminar will introduce participants to one of the United States’ most stunningly gorgeous destinations: the wild islands of the Pacific Northwest. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation for the history, nature, and explorations of Washington state’s coastal playground.

Alex Leviton is an author, Lonely Planet writer, humorist and creativity trainer based in Seattle. Alex has a master’s in journalism from UC Berkeley and has written for The Guardian, USA Today, the Seattle Times, BBC Travel, etc, and her creativity methodology was recently featured in National Geographic. In addition to dozens of guidebooks covering everywhere from North Carolina to Umbria, Alex wrote Explore Every Day (Lonely Planet 2019) about how to ‘untravel’ closer to home.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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