Green + Eco-Travel

Clean Getaways

by Sarah Tuff


Leave from: Seattle

The jaunt: Seattle's harbor is jam-packed with boats begging to be taken out onto the Pacific. The key is to pick one that really stands out. The 65-foot schooner Mallory Todd has three bearded captains, gleaming teak woodwork, brass fittings, and bright bunting that will have you tossing out silly yachting terms before you've even left Seattle's South Lake Union port. Sit back with a cocktail and watch drawbridges open for your sky-high masts as the ship makes its way out of city through the Montlake Cut. The sails then snap to attention for the leisurely cruise up to the San Juan Islands, where up to 90 orca whales swim from May through September. The archipelago's 450 islands studded with evergreen forests can be sailed over a long weekend, but are best seen over a week. (You've saved enough sick days, right?)

Your chariot: The Mallory Todd has three double cabins. There are also three outdoor decks and an open-air dining room for meals prepared by your personal chef.

Check into: One of three cabins below deck, trimmed with Honduras mahogany and warmed by faux fireplaces with built-in heaters on chilly evenings

Mallory Todd
Tel: 206 381 6919
Weekend voyages to the San Juan islands for up to 6 guests, price upon request. Half-day charters through the Seattle lakes for up to 36 guests, from $1,250.

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