Get away to where the sun shines

I can’t believe that another year has come and is almost gone. I look out the window and know that winter is upon us, and that thought always makes me want to get away to somewhere there is sunshine. I can only take so much of the cold weather, and besides, the sun makes me smile.

On March 18, we are holding space on Norwegian Star for a seven-day Mexican Riveria cruise. It will go out of Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. These are wonderful ports to hit the shops and the beaches.  No shore excursions are necessary to see the sights, and there is fun around every corner. Ocean-view cabins start at $12,360 per person based on double occupancy. Sign up now before space is gone. (We will need to add roundtrip airfare and an overnight hotel to the package price).

Another of my very favorite things to do is river cruising. Viking River Cruises is holding space for us on two trips. They may be taken individually or combined for a longer stay. The first is from Basel to Amsterdam to get a Rhine experience, and the second is an intense Holland experience to see the tulips and windmills. The cost to take both of the trips, including airfare out of Seattle, is $6543. This is for 17 days with your meals, sightseeing, wine/beer and all taxes. The date is April 1 (no fooling) with a return on April 18.

If all those things are too much time for you, then how about a quick little trip May 1-4 from San Diego to Vancouver with Holland America? There is one stop in Victoria, and the rest is peaceful cruising and pampering. Rates are from $344 per person based on sharing. We will have to add the airfare to San Diego and transportation back from Vancouver.

Want to just do something fun for the holiday season? How about a trip to Molbaks to see the flowers and their wonderful array of gifts? Or what about finishing up your shopping at the Pacific Outlet Mall (you could also stop at the Tulalip Casino if you are so inclined).


Linda Finch, who wrote this article, can be contacted for information and/or reservations at 253-927-8207 or