There’s no off-season for craftsmen. Whether there’s relentless sun, torrential rain, freezing temperatures, or relentless snow, you’re going to find a way to get the job done. Why not live the same way off the job site? Sure, you could spend the whole winter tackling at-home DIY projects in the garage. But, there are so many amazing adventures around the PNW calling to your craftsman spirit.
You don’t have to hop across the Atlantic to experience the iconic villages of southern Germany in the wintertime. Leavenworth is a small Bavarian-inspired town in Washington just a few hours east of Seattle. It boasts quaint, Alpine-style buildings and a fair selection of hearty German cuisine. Of course, a Bavarian-style village wouldn’t be complete without a vast array of imported beer. Leavenworth is a great place to bring the munchkins as there are plenty of fun activities for every member of the family to do. Turn it into a whole weekend getaway to take full advantage of all this fantastical location has to offer.
Experience the au natural version of hot tubs in the midst of a winter wonderland by visiting one of the PNW’s many hot springs. This region of the country is teeming with various bubbling springs of refreshingly warm water. Whether you’re looking for something tucked away in the middle of nature or something a little more accessible, you’ll have no problem finding a hot spring that matches your preferences. If you’re located in Oregon, check out Umpqua, Summer Lake, Breitenbush, and Alvord hot springs. Washington-based craftsmen can visit Goldmyer, Sol Duc, and Stevens Pass hot springs.
The PNW’s mountainous terrain makes the winter season a skier and snowboarder’s paradise. It doesn’t matter if you’re heading straight to the black diamonds or sticking around the bunny slopes, you’ll have a blast cruising around in the stunning PNW landscape in the middle of winter. You can make it a couples getaway with your significant other, an adventure with your friends, or a memorable vacation with the entire family. Timberline Lodge, Snoqualmie, Mt. Hood Meadows, Crystal Mountain, and Mt. Bachelor are some of the best options.
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You don’t need to venture into the depths of the Yukon for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of dog-sledding. While not as abundant as some more common winter activities, there’s still a booming mushing community in the PNW if you know where to look. The Pacific Sled Dog & Skijor Association and Valley Mudders offer some exciting races and activities in Oregon while the Northwest Sled Dog Association is your best bet for mushing in Washington. You can participate in this wintry sport by watching a race or giving it a try for yourself. It’s sure to be an adventure you never forget.
White Pass might be known for its ski slopes, but it hosts a yearly winter carnival that’s arguably a bigger draw. Every year, the resort builds a massive ice castle that features tubing and other fun activities such as fireworks, music, face painting, an obstacle course, and so much more. White Pass Ski Area sits about a three-hour drive south of Seattle, so you might as well make an entire weekend out of the trip. There’s something for all members of the family to love.
The winter season is a notoriously difficult time to find construction opportunities unless you’re working with the team at Madden Craftsmen. For over a decade, we’ve been helping talented craftsmen find perfect positions at some of the PNW’s top construction companies. Visit www.IAmMadden.com for a list of immediate job openings. We’ve already helped countless craftsmen find meaningful and rewarding jobs, and we’d be honored to help you too.