Looking for radical renewal? Look no further than the first-ever Wake Up Festival. This supercharged lineup of dancers, musicians, yogis, poets, energy healers, neuroscientists, and spiritual teachers, from Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield to yoga goddess Shiva Rea, will give participants the boost they need to get out of a rut, rejuvenate, and really start to live. Practice Qigong purification or mindfulness meditation, take a workshop on topics like “Harnessing Energy As We Age,” or dance under the stars to “Groove Sessions” with Alex Theory. It’s all good.
Where to Stay: The lodge rooms or cabins of the YMCA of the Rockies are affordable and offer close-ups to bighorn sheep or whatever wildlife wanders in. Cabins from $159 per night.
It’s been written that there is “nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as messing about in boats.” Kenneth Grahame said it best, but those who agree need to be at this late-summer Wooden Boat Festival that takes place in a historic Victorian village 40 miles northwest of Seattle. The eye candy here is endless: More than 300 wooden kayaks, native canoes, tall ships, sailboats, and powerboats will be on display or in use. Watch a boat-building demonstration, sign your boat up, or, if you don’t have one, sign on to crew during the Classic Mariner’s Regatta, or network with the countless other passionate wooden boat fanatics.
Where to Stay: Fort Worden State Park is on the beach a mile from the festival, with 30 forested tent sites adjacent to hiking trails. Book quickly.
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