Staycation Fun :: South Puget Sound Edition {Washington}


Staycation Fun :: South Puget Sound Edition {Washington}

You don’t have to fly across the country to enjoy a vacation – consider a staycation right here in the Pacific Northwest. For those of us who live in the South Puget Sound area, we are blessed to have the water, the mountains, the city, the country – all within driving distance.

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Love the water? Do you go bonkers over boats? There are a ton of opportunities to appreciate the ocean and our maritime heritage in the Northwest.


Head to the beach
Our northwest beaches are FREE – so pack your lunch, your sand toys, and your shorts and head to any of our many beaches. Now you’re probably not going to be swimming in the frigid waters, but you can play in the sand, look for shells and enjoy the little communities along the water. Or checkout some of the maritime fairs and festivals. Some good beaches to check out are Pacific Beach and Ocean Shores. Get your beach toys at the Dollar Store. More great events and activities near the beach – 25 Free Family Activities to do this Summer in Grays Harbor.

June 6-7 – Festival of Colors Kite Fly (Ocean Shores)
June 26-28Sand and Sawdust Festival (Ocean Shores)
July 10-12 – Windriders Kite Festival (Grayland)

Ferry rides
We have an extensive ferry system here in the Northwest. Although not FREE, fares are minimum and you an enjoy a boat ride (breathtaking views) and maybe check out a new community on the other end! Get ferry fare information.


July 18-19 – Maritime Fest (Tacoma)
Celebrate the working waterfront. FREE Port Harbor Tours, Hydro Planes, Entertainment, Tacoma Rail Train Rides.

September 4-6 – Olympia Harbor Days (Olympia)
Entertainment, food, art, history, and a last farewell to the summer. Vintage, working and retired tugboats are moored at Olympia’s Percival Landing, many open for tours and don’t miss the tugboat races.

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Adrift Hotel and Spa, Long Beach, WA – as low as $69/night ($115 value)

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Adrift Hotel and Spa – Long Beach, WA

Groupon has a great deal on Adrift Hotel and Spa in Long Beach WA.  Prices starting at $69/night (reg. $115).

  • Stay for two in a queen room, double-queen room, queen+ room, or king room
  • Up to two kids 12 or younger stay free in double-queen rooms; one kid stays free in queen+ rooms.
  • Dates into July
  • Inventive entrees: The onsite restaurant, Pickled Fish, serves locally sourced cuisine such as rabbit stew and dungeness crab.
  • Reinvigorate your senses with a 90-minute deep-tissue massage or a body wrap at the hotel’s spa.
  • Sip wine to the sounds of live music on select nights; the hotel has entertainment most weekends.
  • Bike the coast: Hop on one of the hotel’s beach cruisers to pedal along the shore or the scenic Discovery Trail.
  • Amenities include: Free Wi-Fi | Free Parking | Nonsmoking | Pet-friendly | Restaurant | 24-Hour Front Desk | Air-conditioning

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Find it here:  Adrift Hotel and Spa in Long Beach WA

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*Still Available* Northwest Trek Wildlife Park Discounts – as low as $9.50

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Northwest Trek Discounts

Discount admissions for Northwest Trek Wildlife Park are available on Groupon!  This is such a fun family place to explore and get up close to nature, but admission can be somewhat pricey, so this is a great deal. Choose from weekday or weekend admission – kids as low as $9.50 (reg. $12.25) and adults as low as $14.75 (reg. $19.75)

About Northwest Trek:  At Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, visitors are fully immersed in nature. They can hop aboard a tram to see herds of bison and elk, moose, bighorn sheep and other Pacific Northwest native animals roaming freely through 435 acres of meadows, woods and lakes. Visitors can also walk the paved trails to discover bears climbing trees, wolves howling, and other animals exploring their beautiful, forested exhibits.

Find Northwest Trek Wildlife Discounts here

(Thanks, The Coupon Project)

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OMSI Family Membership for 6 people as low as $35.15

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OMSI Membership Discount

Groupon has several discounts for Membership Packages to OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry).  Plus for 2 days only, once you log in to Groupon, you should see a code in the top banner for an extra 15%, 20% or 25% which will give you an even bigger savings.

And if you want to make this deal even BETTER, Fred Meyer is offering a promotion for $15 off purchase of (2) $25 Groupon Gift Cards, meaning you could buy them for $35, purchase the OMSI deal and possibly still have some Groupon credit left to spend on other deals!

Here’s how to make the Fred Meyer Deal work:

  • Log in to your Fred Meyer Account
  • Load the Groupon offer to your card (try looking under “General” category to find it)
  • Head to your nearest Fred Meyer Store and purchase (2) $25 Groupon Gift Cards – your $15 discount should be applied when you scan your card, paying a total of $35 for the cards
  • Go online and purchase the OMSI Membership deal – if you got the 15% code, you’ll need to pay the $0.15 out of pocket and if you had a higher percentage off, it should cover the whole purchase plus leave  you a little leftover!

Find OMSI Membership Deal from Groupon here


We were just at OMSI this past Saturday and we had so much fun!


The kids were happy AND exhausted when we left. . . .

(Thanks, Frugal Living NW!)

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*Still available* Great Wolf Lodge Groupon Discount – locations nationwide!


If you’ve been waiting for a discount on the Great Wolf Lodge – it’s back on Groupon! See all Great Wolf Lodge offers here – discounts available nationwide. Prices vary by location and the type of package that you select.

For those of you in Washington, here is a discount for the Great Wolf Lodge – Grand Mound location. You can choose from four options for the Grand Mound, Washington – as low as $220/night, with a one-night minimum. See all Grand Mound options here.

Make sure and read the fine print on the offer.

What You Get

  • Stay for six in a Wolf Den or KidKamp suite, stay for seven in a KidCabin suite, or stay for eight in a Grand Bear suite
  • Daily water park wristbands for each guest
  • $25 resort credit per night
  • Dates into July

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • Cancellation policy: 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is nonrefundable; reservations made within cancellation window are nonrefundable
  • Additional fees: $19.99 plus tax daily resort fee added at purchase
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

See all Great Wolf Lodge discounts here

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Northwest Trek – Super Scouts Day, April 25



Save the date! April 25, 2015, Northwest Trek is hosting their first-ever Super Scouts Day. Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will be able to work on a variety of badge components while exploring the park at a discounted rate! In addition, all participants completing a badge requirement will earn a special Northwest Trek activity patch.

Discounted tickets will be available at $11 per Scout ticket. You’ll also be able to purchase up to five additional non-scout tickets at the discounted rate. There is a limited number of Scout slots available, and pre-registering for the event is strongly encouraged

About Super Scouts Day

Stations will be set up all around the park, and participants can come any time during the event, which will take place April 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Scouts will have a chance to earn one or more badges during the day, and each station will have an attendant to help with the work. All earned badges are the responsibility of the troop and will not be provided by Northwest Trek.

You can read more about Super Scouts Day here

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FREE admission to National Parks, next weekend, April 18 – 19


Next weekend is opening weekend of National Park Week and more than 100 national parks will be waiving the entrance fees! Go to the National Park Service website for a list of participating parks. The National Park Service also has an easy-to-use directory of parks by name, location, activity and topic.

The next entrance fee-free day will be Monday, August 25. Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included.

April 18 – 19 – Opening weekend of National Park Week
August 25
– National Park Service Birthday
September 26 – National Public Lands Day
November 11 – Veterans Day

If you love the outdoors, check out The Clymb, it’s a great Northwest daily deal site featuring all outdoor equipment, clothing and more at great prices. REI Outlet is also one of my favorites.

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Military – Free & Discounted Tickets to Sea World Parks


Through December 31, Sea World Parks & Entertainment is offering free and discounted tickets to Military Men and Women through Waves of Honor. This offer includes one complimentary admission per year to a participating Sea World Park for military personnel and as many as three direct dependents.

Participating parks include SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Water Country USA, Sesame Place, or Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark in San Diego.


To take advantage of this offer, U.S. active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman head here and click the Troop ID button to verify your active duty status. Spouse serving abroad? Dependents can also visit the park without their service member by heading here and verifying your direct dependent military status using Troop ID online. Once verified you can print out up to three direct dependent single day admission tickets. Please note, inactive, standby and retired reserve members, military retirees, U.S. Merchant Marine and civilian Department of Defense workers are ineligible for the program.

(Thanks, Hip2Save!)

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*Ends Tonight!* Salish Lodge & Spa discount (Seattle-area resort) – $182 (reg. $239)


Salish Lodge and Spa is on sale over Jetsetter for as low as $182/night (reg. $239). Discounts for this hotel are really rare – especially under $200.

I’ve reserved places through Jetsetter many times in the past – they have some great discounts on hotels – all around the world. We’ve even used Jetsetter for a reservation in Hawaii a few years ago when my sister got married on Kauai.

  1. You’ll need to create an account with Jetsetter to see the sale
  2. Then search for Salish to find the promotion
  3. Use the calendar function to find an open date and book through Jetsetter

They also have flash sales going for Chicago, Saint-Martin, Calistoga, New York city, San Diego, Miami and other cities.

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OMSI – Save 20% on Annual Membership


Omsi Membership Discount

OMSI (The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) is currently offering 20% off year-long memberships. They don’t often put out discounts, so this is a great chance to take advantage of it. Even better, each membership purchase gets you an entry into a drawing to win free registration of a camp or class of the member’s choice (up to $500).

You can purchase a discounted membership here!

(Thanks, Frugal Living NW!)

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Jetsetter – Pronghorn Resort in Bend, Oregon under $100/night ($169 value)

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Jetsetter- Pronghorn, An Auberge Resort, Bend, Oregon

Jetsetter is a travel site that prides themselves on giving you insider access, expert knowledge, and exclusive deals on the world’s greatest hotels and travel experiences.  Membership is FREE.

Currently Jetsetter has a listing for Pronghorn, An Auberge Resort in Bend, Oregon.  Prices start at $119/night (reg. $169).  Use code JSTRAVEL at checkout to save $25 on your reservation – making a 1-night stay under $100!

How to get this deal:

  • Sign up for a FREE Jetsetter Membership
  • Type “Oregon” in the “Where to Next?” box
  • The Pronghorn, An Auberge Resort in Bend, Oregon should be the first
  • Enter code JSTRAVEL at checkout to receive $25 off your reservation

See more great travel deals from Jetsetter

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RocketMiles – Earn 1,000 BONUS miles for first hotel reservation


I love to travel – and one of the ways we are able to travel is by using miles for airline tickets. For years we have used our Alaska Airlines credit cards just like debit cards – paying them off each month – and we have flown free all over the country thanks to miles we’ve accrued.

One of the best ways to earn miles is to watch for FREE miles promotions – companies offering “bonus” miles for specific types of purchases.

Just this week I was introduced to – recommended to me in an Alaska Airlines newsletter – I’m already intrigued by this travel site! It’s been around awhile and the third-party endorsement from my favorite airline company was just the push I needed to give them a try.

Rocket-Miles-Alaska_Airlines works like this:

1.) Create a free account with and add your favorite mileage programs to your account. I added my Alaska Airlines mileage number to my account.

2.) Book hotels (pay the same rates as you would through other travel deal sites)

3.) Earn bonus miles, up to 5,000 miles per NIGHT!

4.) RocketMiles credits those miles to the mileage account of your choice!

I got a targeted email with a 6,000 mile bonus offer and booked a hotel stay for a one-night getaway with my husband. I was able to get a Seattle-area hotel room for $149, PLUS I will get a 6,000 mile BONUS. Typically I’d have to spend $6,000 to get that many miles – so this is a major bonus for me on a weekend we had planned on getting a hotel anyway.


They partner with a TON of airline mileage programs and are currently offering a referral bonus – 1,000 miles per friend you refer (who books a hotel) – which is also an amazing offer (yes, this post has my referral link).

If you sign up through my link here you’ll get a 1,000 mile bonus on your first hotel booking!

I’d love to hear if you’ve RocketMiles before! 

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