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MOMS TALK: How to Have a Summer 'Staycation'

Mercer Island and Washington state offer a variety of options on how to relax on a local vacation

Too busy for a big summer vacation trip? Finding a block of time between kids’ camps, sports teams, and family reunions can be tough. But all it takes is a weekend to find an adventure in your own back yard. 

Washington State has some of the most beautiful, pristine wilderness on the planet. You can make it as simple as a day hike (see list of nearby hikes below) or make it an adventure that includes rock climbing, yoga, and maybe even awesome cuisine. There are local guides who plan amazing yoga hikes and backpacks, lead and teach rock climbing adventures, and arrange longer trips that involve visiting the most amazing places in our state.

Check out EverGreen Escapes, a local company that plans trips all over our state, from day trips that combine hiking and yoga, to longer trips that include rock climbing or visiting wineries. One trip they do includes hiking over the Cascade Pass to Stehekin, taking a boat to Chelan, visiting wineries and ending up at the Inn at Langley on Whidbey Island. It’s a great way to entertain visiting relatives and show them our great state. For more information, contact Evergreen Escapes. Jake Haupert, Founder and Chief Escape Officer, can be reached at 206 650-5795; Jake@EverGreenEscapes.com.

EverGreen Escapes suggests these local day hikes:

Wallace Falls, Lake Serene, Rattlesnake Ledge, Barclay Lake, Iron Goat, Dirty Face Peak, The Chuckanuts, Mt. Pilchuck, Mt. Washington and Dorothy Lake. Of course there are the more familiar hikes off if I-90 like Granite, and Mt Si.

Go out and adventure! It’s close, cheap and healthy!

Kendall Watson June 07, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Timely column, Diane! We're looking forward to a weekend "staycation" this summer and had a few locations in mind: San Juan Islands, Lake Chelan, and Winthrop. Any recommendations there?
Dan Moore June 08, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Hey Kendall, I work for the company featured above. We have an awesome overnight(s) we do on San Juan Island. If you can start a day early on the weekend (Friday), you would drive up in one of our Mercedes Vans with one of our expert naturalist guides, ferry to San Juan and then kayak from Roche Harbor, tour historical sites (American and British Camp) visit either a winery or lavender farm and if lucky (about 70%) see Orcas off the coast of Lime Kiln State Park. We arrange lodging for you that night and then the next day is spent on a whale watch cruise and other adventures. Best is you fly home in a Sea Plane! Let us know if this sounds of interest and we could hook you up! Good luck. Dan Moore
mick pearson June 08, 2012 at 07:48 PM
HI Diane! it's mick from KAF Adventures. We are the ones who offer technical skills courses in the art of backpacking, mountaineering, and rock climbing. We hoep to be a resource for you when planning hikes and trips in the NW. We also are the only company that offers yoga hikes and yoga backpacking trips in the northwest. happy trails!
Gina Mintz-Benezra June 08, 2012 at 08:54 PM
How do I get a hold of diane by email?

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