There are plenty of cannabis-friendly vacation destinations that you know about—Denver, Portland, Seattle—but there are also many options for those seeking a more secluded ganja getaway.
Here are 5 cannabis-friendly vacation destinations that are off the beaten bud path:
Tucked away in the charming ski-area gateway town of Silverthorne, the Bud + Breakfast at Silverthorne offers a blend of Colorado’s two most enjoyable and unique attractions: the Rocky Mountains and legal cannabis. The Grateful Dead-themed property has five private guest suites, with all the comforts, convenience, and breathtaking views of a traditional mountain-town lodge—and a 420-friendly twist. Your stay includes a Wake n’ Bake breakfast, access to the Bud Bar, and 4:20 happy hour appetizers.
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Near Silverthorne, the surrounding wilderness areas are fantastic for outdoor recreation of all kinds. Silverthorne’s Blue River provides incredible fly-fishing for fat and feisty trout. There’s a world-class golf course, hiking and biking trails, mine tours… the list goes on and on. Book a room at the Bud + Breakfast, get baked, and head out for a great Colorado adventure.
Bainbridge Island, Washington
Exploring the Pacific Northwest is all the better now that recreational cannabis is legal in Washington. Seattle, with its vibrant music scene, great coffee, and legal weed shops is a prime tourist destination—but hop on the ferry and head to lovely Bainbridge Island to get off the beaten path. Stroll off the boat and take the waiting shuttle to Paper & Leaf, a high-end cannabis boutique that has a gallery-like vibe, with vintage records playing and artwork and products beautifully displayed. Their selection of products and gorgeously designed space make this a must-see on any canna-tourist’s list. When you’ve selected your stash, the shuttle driver will drop you anywhere on the island—check out Bainbridge’s shopping, breweries, wineries, restaurants, beaches and nature trails.
Folks seeking an Alaskan 420-friendly adventure should look to Juneau, Alaska’s remote capital. The pretty city is a popular cruise-ship stop, reachable only by boat or seaplane. And a new company, Juneau Cannabis Tours, aims to give tours of Alaska’s fledging marijuana industry in action. The tour company’s website features a photo of snowcapped green mountains and encourages visitors to “live the Alaska high life.” Once the state’s commercial marijuana industry is up and running, the company plans to take people on tours of cultivation and edibles manufacturing facilites, as well as marijuana retail shops. With the natural beauty of Southeast Alaska as a backdrop, that sounds like a winning combination!
Portland is hip, trendy and plenty of fun, but Oregon has much more to offer. For a pastoral pot experience, head to Bend, where a plethora of weed businesses has proliferated. Oregrown is one such company, billing themselves as “farm to table” cannabis creators. Their flagship dispensary in the heart of Bend broke records when weed became legal in the state.
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Make a day of touring pot shops throughout the town, then take advantage of Bend’s reputation as a gateway for tons of outdoor sports, including mountain biking, fishing, hiking, camping, rock climbing, white-water rafting, skiing, paragliding and golf. Sounds like paradise.
Maine could be the first state on the East Coast to legalize recreational marijuana this Election Day, but the state has been weed-tolerant for a long time. In 1999, voters in Maine approved medical cannabis, allowing patients to cultivate up to six plants at a time. The jewel of coastal Maine, Portland has long had a thriving cannabis community, and in 2013 approved a citizen-initiated referendum declaring pot legal for adults over 21 for private, recreational use. All of Maine’s delights are made better with marijuana—spark up and take a lighthouse tour, go blueberry picking, visit a maple syrup farm, gorge yourself on lobster rolls and bloomin’ onions. There’s no end to the possibilities pot opens up in the state known as Vacationland.