The Pacific Northwest places voted best for your summer vacation itinerary, 2018's Best NW Escapes
Tonight. On evening. All. Of your 2018. Best Northwest escapes, reveal, I'm. Jim Dever where can you find Washington, State's tallest, lighthouse and, some truly mind-blowing, cranberry. Harvesting, technology, while on the drive that you voted best road trip, hey. I'm Abbi Grimm it at Lake Chelan coming, up we reveal the winner for best Resort and it's, more than just a pretty place I'm. St. Brian at the place you voted the best beach in the northwest it also happens, to be one of my favorite places in the entire state, can't, wait to share it with you, hi. I'm also say then you and I am on my way to check out your pick for best roadtrip, eats. And. I'm Ken welcome in a village, of treehouses. Welcome, to our special, 2018. Best Northwest escapes, where we are going to be revealing all of your winners tonight starting. With this place treehouse, point in Issaquah, it. Won best, quirky, place to stay by a landslide, because honestly, who doesn't want to spend the night in a treehouse you can actually choose, from six here but. If you prefer salty. Waves over mossy trees you're gonna love our next category, it is best a road trip the Pacific coast and Jim found a very interesting stretch. The, Washington, coast is a roll on the beach and, a. Reach for the sky. It's. Fresh off the boat. And. Full. Of surprises like. This. Place the, fur furred manufacturing. Companies cranberry, Museum in Grayland that's, the first, one built here, you'll uncover the history of machines used to harvest cranberries. And learn. Something new like I bet you didn't know most cranberry, bogs aren't boggy at all but dry fields, where ingeniously. Reliable. Machines are used, to harvest them so the berries drop back down in here and have been very, clever. Down. The road aways you'll find the historic, Tok 'land Hotel oh yeah. And. The nearby studio, of artist Jeff Roe Yuto a driftwood. Visionary. I must then have this piece around for eight years you know so it's always kind of fun to put him new place on give, me new life. When, we reach the aptly-named. Washaway, beach we, meet up with another local artist, Senya Antilla, at the end of an ever shortening. Road six or eight blocks, out, is, where, I started, collecting my wood and that was only ten years ago yes, she's, documenting the, homes claimed, by America's, fastest, eroding, shoreline, so tomorrow, we could come in the winter in that place, right there would be gone, here's. A piece, she.
Collects The fragments, of washed away homes to create colorful, tributes, to relentless, loss the, impermanence, of all things and the. Power of the sea. Here. Today gone, tomorrow. Remembered. One. Story, among the thousands, you'll find along. The unforgettable. Washington. Coast. Thank. You Jimmy by the way that lighthouse that you saw is the Grays Harbor lighthouse. Which, is in Westport, and it is the tallest in all of Washington okay. Our next story takes us to the, eastern, side of the mountains near Vantage, that, is your winner for best roadside. Attraction. And it could get a new addition pretty soon. To. Find the most seen piece of public art in Washington, crossed the Columbia River on i-90, at Vantage and look, to the right as you're heading east 15. Horses Stampede, across a Ridgeline and the Washington artists who made it wants, to finish his work the, baskets, of living thing really, is, we're. Gonna give it life that's for sure. This. Is the wild, horses, monument David. Gove Adair who created it in 1989, for Washington, Centennial, calls, it grandfather cuts, loose the ponies gova. Dares plan was for the horses to be pouring out of a basket the basket is life the, horses, free will all, of it a gift from, the grandfather, spirits. It's. The creation basket. The scale is one. Inch equals a foot so. This will be in. Full. Size it'll be 36, feet in diameter. 24,000. Pounds. Gorton. Steel. The. Massive, basket, this is a small scale model, we'll have salmon, eagles, deer and people, all created. By First Nations, artists. Yeah. And this is the salmon figure, this is sue, Leah Alec who was a wanna poop person. Today. David is at his sculpture to kick-off fund the basket, he's raising the money to complete his vision friends, on horseback arrived, to show their support the, tame horses mingling. With the wild ones making, a whole new work of art. What. This sculpture says to me or means to me is about the freedom of life and living life and just having, the, spirit to go through life and doing. What you want to do and being happy. These. Steel horses are also a monument, to the wild horses that once roamed this area, it, is perfect, art in a perfect, spot but, this artist sees the potential, for, more and the scale of this site and, the. Magic, of wild. Horses being, here in this. Basket, being against, this kind of backdrop it's absolutely, perfect, to. Be able to see the basket here after 30, years of seeing it alone would, be fantastic. It. Needs, to happen especially. In his lifetime and I want to see it done mine. Getting. It finished in this, lifetime is a magic, quotient, for me I like that thought of completion. If. You would like to help David build his basket, we have a link a way that you can help on our website King five evening, calm, and of course before you embark on a road trip or while you're on one you, want to indulge in a little road food right preferably, something unhealthy, well, your choice for best Road food is just outside Olympia off highway eight Jose. Went to check it out well, not gonna lie guys I feel very very lucky with, my mission today, I travel, all the way to Olympia. To, enjoy the best of the best when it comes to barbecue. It's. A family restaurant I've, been very blessed I was one, of the first women in, barbecue, with, my mother I. Love. Feeding. People that's your job. Yourself. On the back, its. Barbecue, who doesn't like barbecue, we take our time to try and do it right in here we've got beef ribs and, we've got pork ribs that are just coming out for tonight. Everything. Is nice and fresh, if. You wondering, what is the secret to cook the perfect barbecue.
Ranch. House manager Joe has, a tip the draft carries, all of the heat in the smoke through the chamber and, then. Goes out at the top so it's all off center cooking which is what makes barbecue, barbecue you're not cooking, over the heat you're using the smoke and the heat to cook the food, when. People ask me what's the process and how long it takes the answers always it's done when it's done out into, the food experience, this, unique restaurant, has that point, point, point -. He's. The only male, Pig this, is hope hope is really a great, Pig there's. Five hundred and sixty-three pigs in the restaurant, you really yes Wow. I guess, there's, 563. Pigs and I rest. Nice, to be recognized for all the work that we do in barbecue we're not just barbecue there's a family restaurant food, is fun. Thank. You Jose all right now to be completely other side of the dining spectrum, your winner for best destination. Restaurants, is the herb farm in Woodinville and right, nearby is your winner for best destination. Winery, Chateau san michele, up. Next. A lakefront resort, that's been a destination for, more than a century and a, bed-and-breakfast. That floats, in the San Juan Islands, more, best Northwest, escapes when we return. Welcome. Back to our 2018, best, Northwest, escape special, this is your pick for best quirky, place to stay a treehouse point in Issaquah, but your choice for best Resort is on the shores of Lake Chelan and, that's where we find a be ya, campbell's resort obviously, is at, the perfect, location but. It also has a pretty cool history, too. Eight. Acres, of beautiful, waterfront, properties. 170. Guestrooms. One, family. Five, generations, here we are a. Great-great-grandfather, I moved over here from Sioux City Iowa back in the late 1800s, and built the original hotel, here in 1901 she, was, on a sand dune the seller was reported to say that he sold a sand dune to a sucker. The. Lake before it was dammed was down a little bit further so, it wasn't truly waterfront, and when the land dam went in the lake levels, came up a little bit and then, all of a sudden here, we are well. The landscape, looks a lot different now you, don't have to look far to get a good glimpse of the past so. We are looking at the original hotel building and that is what started our, business this, is the lobby of the 16 room original, Campbell House Hotel and. So the front desk is, actually where the bar is and it's, actually made with wood from the original walls, great-grandfather. Actually dug this out with a shovel in a wheel barrel and then opened up a dining. Hall restaurant. But. Some of the Campbell's favorite, stories, are about the other families, who have a history here we've. Had some of our guests that have been coming here for 60 plus consecutive. Summers and so we get to know the, grandparents, the parents the, kids the grandkids and that's, why it's their mission to make Campbell's, Resort a place to unwind we, get a chance to engage and interact with people that are really dynamic and go-getters, and we know how hard they work and then, when they come here it's our job to get them to just ah right, you know get that moment of Aloha hang, out dip their toes in the lake and a, place to have an unforgettable, experience for. Countless, years to come. Thank. You Abby and in case you needed one more reason to go check it out look. At Abby's little guy MJ. This is very first time swimming, in a pool which shows that that is just a great place to have some family getaways, and make some family memories okay, now on to your pick for best B&B.
For That we go to the San Juan Islands, Friday Harbor Marina to be exact it is called the wharf side for. Very good reason. This. Boat, has. Been a B&B for about 33, years I fell, in love with her twenty-one, years ago on my. Husband Eric's birthday. We. Stayed here just, to get away from all our kids and had. A lovely night and she, was stuck in my heart from that minute on. Fifteen. Years later we, were fortunate, enough to come, down here and find, out that she was for sale. This. Is a 60-foot. Catch of the slow season it was built to sail around the world down. In Tillamook organ we have two, staterooms, on the boat they're, both very, private, from each other the forward stateroom includes. It's a suite of rooms so it includes our, bedroom. And then our salon, oh and, then it has a full bath. Then. We have our aft stateroom. Which is really. A lovely, boat, room and has. A half bath this. Is our I'm the king of the world stand here. Believe. It or not I can cook a full breakfast, in here so. I do have to I this. I gave this beam a bad name because I hit my head on it so often when we moved here. This, is our guestbook at one of our favorite guests, was, the son of the man who built this boat. He. Said I was present, when this boat was launched, in 1973. The, Builder was my father Jim violet - those who stay aboard in the future I know that, this vessel is the living embodiment of, one man's dream, isn't. That nice I. Think. Being on a boat is the best place to relax I think it's it's. An escape from the ordinary you, know we're just a little bitty place. In. A little bitty town, it's. A real blessing. Oh I. Want to go there and I, want to go to these other get away winners best. Cabins, honors go to repeat, winner iron springs resort in Coe palace and if that's too rustic, check, out the winner for best luxury getaway. Sun Mountain Lodge and Winthrop another, repeat, winner. Up. Next, there's no roughing, it at your pick for best campground. And the, tiny town taking all the prizes. If. You want to get away we have all the options that you need this is our 2018, best, Northwest escape special, we're at treehouse point here. In Issaquah, but our next stop is your, pick for best State, Park can you guess what it is it should be easy it's a repeat winner deception, pass you, guys love it and Michael, shows us some of the reasons why. From. Its renowned rolling, water. Thanks, mark, to a secret, island as, much as we want to share it with everybody else it would be nice. Don't. Go it's not that good to finding. Yourself, above, it all deception. Pass is, the place, when. Most people see the past they see it from the bridge and, they're usually art imitated by what they see below of the swirling cauldron occurrence but when you get up close and personal it's, one of the best spots on the planet are, you. The. Deception. In deception, pass comes. From those churning, waters and when they came along deception, passed they dismissed it as a large river due to how fast the currents, are bushy out. You. Can paddle yourself, it's class - sometimes. Class three white waters or a hop aboard a cool cat Oh looks like there's a harbor seal dead ahead out front of us barely sticking his head up out of the water there only. Accessible by boat is an island, getaway where you can stay named, after its resident, from the 1880s. Ben. Yair was a character, there's no question about that, Ben so, the story goes used, to run rum into Western Washington, from here now you can rent out the rustic cabin that remains or.
Back On the mainland you can just go climb a tree adventure. Terra takes, you 200. Feet high on a canopy. Climb. Deception. Pass as, it, all and that's. No. Lie. Thank, you Michael okay now for a big twist in our show your pick for best campground, isn't, at Deception, Pass like it has been in years past it's, in Leavenworth, and it is quite luxurious here's, Jimmy, it's. Not a Roaring, River. Wildflowers. Wind in the pine trees and a, nice pool, camping. At pine village koa isn't, exactly, roughing, it sure, camping purists, may scoff laugh, all you want tent boy we offer right now twenty-seven. Deluxe cabins, with full bathroom and kitchen full-service, linens you'll, find me here maybe lounging, on the front porch of my cabin or floating. In the river we're on the Wenatchee River we, have about 800 feet of riverfront, property which, is pretty exciting and in the summer time we, offer River tubing right out of the campground thru Osprey rafting company we visited, as they were prepping, for the summer boom yes, those are brand new barbecues. At the campsites, it's, the calm before the storm. This place has already booked up every weekend, from Memorial, Day onward, the, only thing we didn't see here was Bavarian. Kitsch but, don't worry Pine village, koa has, that, figured, out as well we offer a free shuttle into, town so you can actually camp here and go, into town and not worry about you know parking, downtown and that kind of thing and with, the variety of stuff we offer it's really 111, where it's best kept secrets. Thank. You Jimmy pine village koa does, have some campsites, and cabins, still available, this summer during, the weekdays so book those quickly and congrats on your win you guys a speaking, of Leavenworth. They, won best, getaway town and their Oktoberfest. Won best festival, plus icicle. Brewing in Leavenworth, won, best destination. Brewery ok. Leavenworth, we get it everybody, loves you, they do they're actually the second most visited tourist town, in all of Washington Seattle. Comes, in first, up. Next the best beach in Washington, and its built in obstacle course and what's. Black and white and always, makes a splash it's your pick for best bucket, list experience. Welcome. Back well it is safe to say you. Guys love the ocean your, pick for best crazy, collection. It's at Long Beach marshes. Free museum, home of Jake the alligator, man of course he's real your, pick for best adventure, hiking, the wilderness coast and if that's too much best, short hike was the 4 mile round trip along rialto, beach to hole-in-the-wall, and your, pick for best beach it's on the coast too and happens to be one of saints, favorite places in the state of Washington, Ruby, Beach hey. Not just one of my favorite places in all of Washington State Ruby Beach is my favorite place in Washington State and here. Are a few reasons why. I mean, this is breathtaking. Really. And it's hard to beat this place especially, in the nice weather too on a sunny afternoon retired. Everett cop rich hein, you gonna point out that way and his wife Tracy yeah.
Got. Arrested but by the splendor, of Ruby beach this is just. Awesome it's very picturesque it, is beautiful. It, is beautiful the, Sun the sand and the sea stacks all, rewards. For a somewhat, grueling, Trek great. This. Is a big one through. An obstacle course. Wild. As the beach itself, there's, lots of driftwood. On the shore that we had to climb. Over and, around, and, through to, get to the. Open part but definitely worth it there. Are no lifeguards, on Ruby Beach no palm trees no deck chairs what's, not to like and low tide Ruby, beach has tide pools and in, springtime you might see migrating, gray whales even, the lighthouse even though you can't really get out there that's pretty awesome more. Than a four-hour. Drive from, Tacoma this is a place I can. Visit over and over. Again, this. Is now my full-time job. Returning. The rocks. Back. To the ocean. Ruby, beach. A picture-perfect. Place. This is the shot right here. Thank. You st. okay we end the show with your pick for best bucket. List experience, and. It. Is whale watching in the San Juans and right now is actually primetime to do it Orca watching really, heats up in late May and early June things. We're watching our best Northwest escape special, from gorgeous treehouse points in Issaquah here's to hoping that you discover some, of your own great getaways this year.