February is chock-full of events in our neck of the woods. They serve as a great opportunity for both familiar and new experiences. Take advantage of the fun and spend some extra time with your love…or best friends.

1. Chuckanut Bay Distillery hosts tours and complimentary tastings every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Guests will meet the distiller, take a tour of the facility, and can sample a wide selection of small-batch spirits including whiskey, gin, vodka, and coffee liqueur. Cost is$10 per person. For more information visit chuckanutbaydistillery.com.

2. From February 10-12, head up Mt. Baker to watch the 31st Legendary Banked Slalom snowboarding competition. It’s too late to enter for this year’s event, but watching these athletes in action will have your adrenaline pumping nonetheless. With the heavy snowfall this season, it’s sure to be a spectacular weekend to hit the slopes. View last year’s winners, this year’s competitors, and more at lbs.mtbaker.us.

3. Lovers of wine and chocolate need to go to Wine Yakima Valley’s Secret Crush,on February 17. This special event, featuring award-winning, 90+ rated wines, kicks off the Valley’s annual Red Wine & Chocolate weekend, scheduled for February 18 to 20. Details are available at wineyakimavalley.org.

4. How about a romantic getaway kicked off with an expertly prepared six course dinner? On February 3 the Mansion Restaurant at Rosario Resort & Spa on Orcas Island is hosting a special Big, Bold Tuscan Wine Dinner. The Mansion Executive Chef Raymond Southern is teaming upwith Tuscan Guest Chef Andrea Marchesi from Tuscan Divinoof Miami, Fla. Guests will enjoy six Tuscan dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients and paired with Tuscan wines. Cost is $110 per person, seating is at 6:30 p.m. For more information and to make reservations visit rosarioresort.com.

5. If you enjoyed the hit movie, Pitch Perfect, then the 2017 Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella is for you! It’s being held on February 25 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham. The performers are college students who have demonstrated their skills on international stages. Tickets are $24 (student and youth $18). Visit mountbakertheatre.com/shows/2017-icca-northwest-quarterfinals/ to buy tickets.

6. Art enthusiasts should head down to Western Washington University to view Arne Svenson’s exhibition “Neighbors.” The photographs were taken from the artist’s Tribeca studio using a telephoto lens to peek into his neighbors’ lives. It’s the ordinary that can very often make us see the beauty of everyday life. The artist explains the “tiny, linked moments are how we mark time on this earth.” The exhibition will run until March 4 andis free admission. Check out westerngallery.wwu.edu for more information.

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