Some of the guests coming in for the wedding will be in town for longer than a few days. Some are making a vacation of it and thus will need some more suggestions of things to do. I think I covered my bases pretty well in my previous post as far as in-city suggestions go, but not everyone is going to limit their exploration to the city.
For guests that are feeling more adventurous, my first recommendation would be to head to wine country. Washington state produces wine from many different areas, but the two big wine destinations are Walla Walla (a five hour drive) and my recommendation to guests: Woodinville (about 30-40 minutes).
There are a few wineries that I would definitely send guests to. DeLille and Baer I already mentioned, but anyone making the trek to Woodinville would do well to Januik/Novelty Hill (another winery we briefly considered as a wedding venue), Efeste, and Long Shadows.
Image by Cory Parris
The “tourist” wineries, Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia are also nice, but I prefer the above wineries if I’m heading there. Red Hook Brewery is also worth a stop.
Heading a bit further out, a guest could begin to explore Whidbey Island or the San Juan Islands. A favorite place for us is the Inn at Langley on Whidbey Island, both for the hotel itself and the delicious restaurant.
This view is available from every room. Via Travel Weekly
A guest could also check out the Washington coast (Seabrook is nice) or even the Washington rainforest (that would be a temperate rainforest, friends, which means exactly that: a rainy forest). A trip to Mount Rainier or Mount St. Helens would also be pretty cool. Or even Leavenworth!
How stinking cute is this? Via Leavenworth Real Estate
Some of our guests are into more active adventures, to which I would suggest checking out Snoqualmie Falls or hiking Mount Si.
Even a ferry ride to Bainbridge or Vashon Islands would be beautiful.
Where will you be sending your guests who are in town for longer than a few days?