A Week Retreat to Sun Valley, Idaho
Washington Environmental Council CEO Joan Crooks and her husband Don Davies offer their Sun Valley, Idaho retreat for six nights to the highest bidder. Don’s family has lived in the Wood River Valley for five generations, so Don and Joan have plenty of ideas of the best places to see and go.
- Their beautiful home in the Lane Ranch area accommodates 6 - 10 people, with a great room, 4 bedrooms and 3 ½ bathrooms. Amenities include: full kitchen, cozy fireplace, wi-fi and a laundry room. The upstairs bedroom is perfect for kids.
- House has scenic views of “Baldy” and surrounding mountains, and is less than a mile to ski slopes and downtown Ketchum, which has a multitude of shops, dining, and other activities.
- Use of tennis courts and swimming pool is available in the summer, as well as miles upon miles of hiking and bike trails.
- Head over in the winter for skiing or in the summer for hiking, fishing, and biking. The choice is yours - either way, a trio of Frenchman’s Gulch wine awaits you.
- This trip is to be arranged at a mutually agreeable time - generally not available during Seattle School District breaks.
An afternoon on the Salish Sea – Boating and Dining Experience for Five
Join WEC board members Todd Vogel and David McCaughey on an exploration of Puget Sound.
- Starting aboard David’s beautiful 37’ covered trawler, “Singin’ In The Rain”, your group of up to five people will head out for an up-close look at Puget Sound - the marvels of our shorelines, birds special to Puget Sound, the shores of Vashon island. You could cross paths with any number of our Sound’s jewels!
- Jim Brennan, Marine Habitat Specialist, will educate and entertain you as you learn about the geologic history of Puget Sound, the nearshore habitats and species that exist here, and the opportunities and challenges of restoring and preserving this estuary of national significance.
- Mid-afternoon you’ll be treated to snacks and libations provided by David and Nancy.
- Eventually you will make your way to Vashon Island where you will enjoy a hearty meal at Todd Vogel and Karen Hust’s home. A large native woodland garden complete with fruit trees covers the grounds and leads to their home that overlooks the Sound. Settle in for a great meal, beautiful views, and rich conversation.
- The itinerary will be coordinated with the winning bidder. The start and finish time of the trip will depend on the time of year and day light hours available as the return trip on the boat must be completed before dark.
Celebrate Puget Sound: Sail For Up to Eight People Aboard the “Double Take” with Former Governor Chris Gregoire
Come aboard the 2012 Victoria-Maui Sailboat Race winner, “Double Take” with eight of your friends and enjoy the beauty and sleekness of this J-145 for an afternoon sail on Puget Sound with owners Tom and Janice Huseby.
- Skippered by technology venture capitalist, Tom Huseby, there will be plenty of opportunity for your turn at the wheel.
- Former Governor Chris Gregoire will join the sail, along with WEC Board Chair Jay Manning and UW Oceanographer Dr. Fritz Stahr. This is your opportunity to pepper three Puget Sound champions with questions about what it takes to protect the Sound whether science, politics, or policy.
- Add a gourmet lunch prepared by WEC Board Member Janice Huseby and know that your purchase not only supports WEC's focus on the Sound, but that it will be a memorable and fun event for everyone on board!
- To ensure a smooth sail, long-time crew members and award winning ocean racers, Brad Baker (Co-Owner, Swiftsure Yachts) and Tim Larson (Test & Evaluation Project Leader Boeing Aircraft Corp) will volunteer their time to give you a sail worth talking about!
- Trip to be arranged at a mutually convenient time for a weekend afternoon in 2016, ideally corresponding with Earth Day, making it an extra special celebration of our beautiful planet!
Experience the Willows Inn on Lummi Island – Dinner & Overnight Stay for Two
Travel to Lummi Island and experience one of America’s top ten restaurants, Willows Inn, with this overnight stay and dinner for two.
- Chef Blaine Wetzel, 2015 James Beard Award winner for Best Northwest Chef, delivers a truly unforgettable meal that is a steady reminder of the amazing place we live. His preset tasting menu features items fished, foraged and farmed right outside the door.
- In classic Northwest fashion, the meal is a casual ceremony that starts on the deck with views of Orcas, Sucia, Sinclair, and Cypress Islands. Each dish is served with a sense of place – for example a smoked mussel is served in a cedar box atop a bed of hot beach rock; their version of a gin fizz, called the Spotted Owl, is made with nettles; kale with black truffles appear atop a slab of stone.
- After dinner kick up your heels and relax in a room at the Inn.
- Guests are encouraged to experience the adventures Lummi Island offers, including farm to table tours, kayaking, hiking, beach walks and tide pool exploration.
- Expires December 31, 2016. Cannot be used on Saturdays or holidays.
Suggested Bid: $800
Four-Night Napa Valley Culinary Getaway for Two
Retreat to California’s Napa Valley for the weather, wine, and food. Spend four nights in Napa Valley wine country at the Kongsgaard ancestral home. This one-bedroom home sits atop a hill in the middle of the Napa Valley, surrounded by a world-renowned vineyard.
- The pool out front and the world class biking in the valley will get you geared up and hungry for fabulous meals awaiting you.
- Your meals will include: Thomas Keller’s Yountville restaurant, Bouchon ($150). The Michelin-star rated Bouchon serves French bistro fare and has received accolades from foodies and the media alike. Dine at Bottega ($150) where Chef Chiarello, Emmy-winning host of Food Network's Easy Entertaining, will dish up bold Italian flavors with a refined twist. Bottega's menu highlights the bounty of artisanal and house made ingredients, as well as local produce.
- Pick a day to enjoy the true fruits of the region and head over to the renowned Duckhorn Vineyards for a tasting and tour for two.
- This package comes with free biking advice from Peter Goldman about where to find the hills or how to avoid them.
- Trip to be arranged at a mutually convenient date.
Suggested Bid: $2,100
Northwest Wine Collection
Looking to start your own personal wine cellar or need to round out your current collection? Bid on this package chock full of premier wines from Washington and Oregon and take home two cases of wine with you tonight!
- Renowned Northwest wine maker Brian Carter starts this collection off right with a trio wines from the 2010 vintage:
- Le Coursier, a Bordeaux-Style Red Blend that earned 91 points from Wine Enthusiast.
- Byzance Red, southern Rhone style blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.
- Tuttorosso, a Super-Tuscan style blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
- Head out to Woodinville for the afternoon and enjoy a tasting for four.
Another leading Washington vintner, Buty Winery, treats you to a mixed case wines from their library including:
- Three bottles of the 2010 BEAST Phinny Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Three bottles of BEAST 2010 Phinny Hill Vineyard Malbec.
- Three bottles of 2011 Sémillon, Sauvignon & Muscadelle, a dry wine.
- Three bottles of 2011 Conner Lee Vineyard Chardonnay.
From Oregon comes some of the best Pinot Gris that the Willamette Valley has to offer with three bottles from Benton-Lane Winery, all of which were featured in Wine & Spirits Magazine Top 100 Wines of the World. Included are bottles from the 2005, 2008 and 2010 vintages.
Robert Ramsay Cellars from Woodinville focuses on Rhone varietals like Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Included tonight are six bottles of red wine:
- One bottle 2010 Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon.
- One bottle 2010 Par La Mer, a complex red blend.
- Two bottles of McKinley Springs Syrah – both 2010 and 2012 vintages.
- Two bottles of the Mourvèdre – both 2010 and 2011 vintages.
Buty Winery also has included a VIP tour and a personal wine tasting at their winery in Walla Walla. Former winners of this package have raved about this experience. It’s not your run-of-the-mill tour and tasting and is well worth the trip to Walla Walla! While there, enjoy a meal at the Maple Counter Café with a $50 gift certificate.
Suggested Bid: $1,000
Private Dining for Six at Ray’s Boathouse with Chef Paul Duncan
Gather your foodie friends for this gourmet private dining and wine pairing experience at the famed Ray’s Boathouse on Shilshole Bay. Against the backdrop of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, you’ll be treated to sea to plate fare caught fresh by local fishermen and sourced sustainably.
- You’ll dine with the Sound by your side as Executive Chef Paul Duncan treats you to a five course custom meal, explaining each course in detail as they arrive. Questions about sourcing, ingredients or how the meal was prepared? Take this opportunity to ask the chef!
- And what’s a five course dinner without wine? Edan Schmitz, Wine Director and Certified Sommelier, will treat you to a selection of their finest wines from their on-site wine cellar.
- Dinner to be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date. Expires November 14, 2016. All guests must be 21 years old.
Suggested Bid: $1,200
Protect Puget Sound: Ride on a Pilot Boat with the Crew of Puget Sound Pilots
This trip for four is a behind-the-scenes look into the fascinating (and dangerous!) job of the Puget Sound Pilots.
- With a vast and detailed knowledge about what it takes to safely transit the Sound, the Pilots are our first line of defense when it comes to protecting the Sound.
- Visit the Puget Sound Pilots’ station at the end of Ediz Hook in Port Angeles and take a ride with these elite mariners as they go into the Strait of Juan de Fuca and transfer pilots to and from the oceangoing ships visiting our ports.
- This trip is to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon date. Maximum capacity is four guests. Guests should be reasonably mobile and sturdy enough to handle sudden movement.
Sounders FC Suite Experience for 18
Scarves Up! Grab a big group of friends or clients and head to CenturyLink Field for a 2016 regular season home match from a private suite. Parking will be a breeze, as six complimentary passes are included!
- Raining? No problem! Enjoy world-class soccer and take in the electric atmosphere from the comfort of your own suite.
- The suite offers perfect views of the field, cutting edge technology, luxurious furnishings, and fabulous amenities; this is the ultimate way to watch a match.
- Experience to be scheduled for a mutually agreed upon home 2016 regular season MLS match. Match date is subject to availability, provided certificate is redeemed and match selected by March 1, 2016. Must be redeemed for a match taking place on or before June 1, 2016. Food and beverage not included but available for purchase. Certificate not redeemable for International friendly matches.
Stand Tall for our Forests - Tour the Nisqually Carbon Offset Project & Stay at Wellspring Spa
As you heard earlier in the program, WEC and the Nisqually Land Trust have established the first carbon offset forestry project in the state verified under California’s rigorous carbon offset protocol. Travel to Mt Rainier (Ashford) to explore this project and the related Nisqually Community Forest.
- Spend the day with the creators of these projects — Paula Sweeden, a forestry expert and WEC staffer, and Joe Kane, Executive Director of the Nisqually Land Trust.
- They will lead your group of up to eight people on a tour of both projects, where you’ll learn about what it takes to achieve the high standards of a carbon project and what the sustainable management of working forests really could look like.
- Included in the package is an overnight stay for your group in the Tatoosh Lodge (sleeps 10+) at nearby Wellspring Spa. With a big front porch, huge stone fireplace, full kitchen and large dining table, you’ll have plenty of room to relax after your day in the field. And yes, it’s true – Vice President Al Gore stayed here!
- Also included is a $60 gift certificate toward a meal at the famous Copper Creek restaurant located near the Nisqually entrance to Mt. Rainer National Park.
- Saving the best for last,, the purchaser of this package will also receive 25 carbon credits from the Nisqually Carbon Project – this will help offset about half of the average Seattle household’s annual carbon emissions. With this purchase you’ll know that you’re investing directly in the long-term health of our forests and in our communities!
- Trip to be arranged at mutually convenient time after the snow melts and before it falls again!
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