Tasting opportunities

21+ in U.S., 19+ in Canada


Whether visitors find themselves on a friends’ trip or a romantic couples getaway, Waterside has no shortage of tasting opportunities. From wine to beer to spirits, there are tastings around every bend of our Waterside map. In Washington, visitors must be 21 or older to partake in alcoholic tastings.


Samson Estates Winery is located at 1861 Van Dyk Road in Everson, just a hop, skip and jump away from Bellingham, Ferndale, Blaine and Birch Bay. Samson Estates offers a beautiful view to visitors who come to taste their varietal, artisanal fruit and dessert wines. More information is available at samsonestates.com.


Chuckanut Bay Distillery offers tours of their spirits distillery in addition to tastings. Nestled in the heart of downtown Bellingham, Chuckanut Bay Distillery offers grain-to-glass whiskeys, vodkas, gins, herbal liqueurs, hop schnaps and more. Tours can be booked at chuckanutbaydistillery.com. They are located at 1311 Cornwall Avenue in Bellingham.


District Brewing offers beer flights, so visitors can taste a variety of fun, referentially named brews from the Flux Capacitor Hazy IPA to the Jurassic Amber. District Brewing has locations in two of our Waterside communities, 520 S Main Street in Mount Vernon and 2000 Main Street in Ferndale. More information can be found at districtbrewco.com.


Pop into Skagit Crest Vineyard and Winery in La Conner to taste wines while overlooking the Swinomish channel. Taste a variety of reds, whites and rosés. Skagit Crest’s tasting room is located at 105 North First Street. More information can be found at skagitcrest.com.


Orcas Island Winery, located at 2371 Crow Valley Road in Eastsound offers a wine garden experience and modern farmhouse tasting room. This winery offers red, white, rosé and all-natural sparkling wines to visitors looking to sample Orcas Island’s bounty. Information on Orcas Island Winery can be found at orcasislandwinery.com.


Port Townsend Vineyards, located at 2640 W Sims Way, offers a barrel room taste and tour as well as a guided wine tasting experience. Port Townsend Vineyards will take visitors through a series of hand-crafted, locally made wines at their tasting room in the heart of Port Townsend. More information is available at porttownsendvineyards.com.


Eaglemount Winery offers wines, ciders and meads on the outskirts of Port Townsend. Located at 1893 S Jacob Miller Road, Eaglemount was the first cidery on the Olympic Peninsula. They offer seasonal tasting options. More information can be found at eaglemountwinery.com.


Stop at State 42 Wines for low-intervention wines from organic, sustainably farmed vineyards. Located at 18850 Front Street NE in Poulsbo, State 42 Wines offers white, red and mixed flights. More information can be found at state42wines.com.


Slippery Pig Brewery offers a tasting room where visitors can delight in a variety of beers. From Tiramisu Porter to Norwegian Sunburn Ale and Varangian Guard Red. Located at 18801 Front Street NE in historic downtown Poulsbo. More information can be found at slipperypigbrewery.com.


B.C. tastings – In Canada, visitors must be 19 or older to partake in alcoholic tastings.


Visit Mainland Whiskey in Surrey – 3425 189 Street, Unit 107 – to taste small batch, American-style whiskeys made in a hybrid reflux still with organic corn and malted barley. Mainland Whiskey has a tasting lounge with craft cocktails, BBQ, games and more. More information can be found at mainlandwhisky.com.


Country Vines Winery is located at 13060 Steveston Highway in Richmond. Offering a variety of wines from cool-season estate whites and single varietal reds to field blends, Country Vines focuses on hand-crafted, small lot products. Bring your own picnic or purchase charcuterie boards and snacks while tasting. More information can be found at countryvines.ca.