4 Fishing Picks for the Weekend

May is a month for flowers, sunshine and fishing. Most states have had their openers or are having one this weekend. We know that Sunday is a special day (if you’ve yet to pick out a gift for your mom, we do have a sale going on the website for Montlake) and we’re not suggesting that you avoid being with mom or your kids on Mother’s Day, but perhaps spending some time away from home is just what mom needs–especially since in Minnesota this weekend, mom’s can fish for free.

To give you some ideas of where to head out whenever you do decide to fish, we’ve made a list of 4 reccomendations, 2 selected out of responses to our followup question on Facebook to our March blog post regarding the opening of the fishing season and 2 from our employees.

#1 Whiteswan Lake, British Columbia


Whiteswan Lake is in a beautiful location with opportunities for the whole family to enjoy a day trip. It has a large fish population (including rainbow trout), and is located within a larger Provincial Park. The fishing crowd gets to cast into gorgeous scenery (with a second lake in the park) and there are opportunities for swimming and hiking for anyone who is less interested in fishing in the party.

Our first suggestion came from Tim Snow

#2 Snake and Salmon Rivers, Washington

The second pick is a favorite for our Marketing Specialist, Amanda Perry:

If you ask me about my favorite river, it would be a tie between the Snake River and the Salmon River.

Both of these rivers hold a special place in my heart. I have experienced days and nights through their canyons on the river and on the sandy shores of both.

Days were spent in white water and ended with calm afternoons fishing with our feet in water catching dinner. Although trips were about the float, the fishing was GREAT as well. And trout caught after a day of paddling just tastes better if you ask me. The South Fork of the Snake River below Palisades Dam features world-class blue-ribbon trout fishing in a gorgeous, road-less canyon.

The Snake River begins as a high mountain stream in Yellowstone National Park before it turns west and follows the ancient scar of the Yellowstone super volcano through southern Idaho.

Just before it reaches Oregon, the river makes an abrupt turn north, into Hells Canyon, the deepest river canyon in the nation. Six-hundred miles from its alpine headwaters, it meets the Salmon.

The Salmon River originates in Idaho’s Saw tooth Mountains and flows 425 miles through some of the most remote land in the lower 48. Unlike the dozens of dams and impoundments found on the Snake River, the Salmon flows free for its entire length until it is absorbed by the Snake in Hells Canyon.

It’s a bucket list of ours to take the kids on someday when they are old enough. Trips like these are where memories are made. Do a quick search on Idaho’s white water trips and you’ll be in for a trip of a lifetime!

#3 Bitterroot River, Montana

The Bitterroot river flows through beautiful scenery in the lush Bitterroot Valley with the Sapphire Mountains to the east and the Bitterroot Mountains to the west. Known as one of the premiere trout rivers in western Montana the river forks to offer a quality fly fishing setting. With pools, runs, gravel bars, riffles and channels the river provides outstanding diversity.

This suggestion came from Michael Campbell:

#4 McKenzi River, Oregon

Last but not least is the choice fishing on the McKenzie River, selected by our Art Director, Dorik Downing:

My pick is the McKenzie River in Oregon

The McKenzie River is an eighty-six mile long tributary of the Willamette in the state of Oregon.

Famous for its native redside rainbow trout that locals call “redsides”.

There is a very good population of wild rainbows, and a small population of bull trout.

This is one of Oregon’s best trout streams.

4 Fishing Picks for the Weekend

New Year – New Items

From the list of resolutions, we hope one of yours is to spend more time outdoors making memories with friends and family. We have NEW items arriving to kick off 2018 and are starting off with extensions to some of our best-selling collections:

New Veranda Items

Veranda Collection patio furniture covers from Classic Accessories ensure a perfect fit with a fashionable design, durability and extensive collection of covers for your outdoor furniture or grill.  We are excited to bring even more items into this collection for 2018 that proves year after year to be a customer favorite.

The Classic Accessories Difference includes:

1. Woven Polyester fabric with a laminated backing that is free of harmful and carcinogenic chemicals. (Prop 65 compliant for safety
2. Bound seams for added strength and high-density stitching throughout the cover.
3. Padded handles for extra comfort and easy fitting and removal.

New SODO items

Our Sodo Patio Furniture Collection features our lightest RainCote™ fabric offering unique styling with clean lines and solid main body contours while providing reliable protection and peace of mind in wet, windy weather.

The Classic Accessories Difference includes:

1. Woven Polyester fabric with a laminated backing that is free of harmful and carcinogenic chemicals. (Prop 65 compliant for safety)
2. Integrated storage bag with exterior identification label for easy storage
3. Air vents to reduce wind lofting and condensation

New Terrazzo Items

Our Terrazzo Patio Furniture Covers offer high-end style in medium weight protection. Designed to keep your patio furniture looking it’s best year round. All Terrazzo covers are backed by a one year warranty.

The Classic Accessories Difference includes:

1. Woven Polyester fabric with a laminated backing that is free of harmful and carcinogenic chemicals. (Prop 65 compliant for safety)
2. Continuous bungee hem with corner loops for a quick and secure fit.
3. Air vents to reduce wind lofting and condensation.

New PermaPRO Items

Our PermaPRO™ RV Collection takes convenience and protection to new levels in the world of RV covers. New ripstop fabric technology offers extra strength for all-season protection with a light-weight fabric solution making it easier than ever to care for your investment. Each cover comes with a Limited Lifetime Hassle-Free Warranty – for the life of any class of RV!

The Classic Accessories Difference includes:

1. Extra strength PermaPRO™ ripstop fabric repels water and protects against dirt and sun damage
2. Air vent system and quick drying PermaPRO™ fabric combine to reduce wind stress and vent inside moisture
3. Zippered storage bag

2018 is going to be a big year with many new items what will be backed with the easiest warranty in the industry. It’s kinda our thing – If your product fails within the warranty period, look for us online and take advantage of our Hassle-Free warranty program supported by our US-based customer service team. It’s THAT easy.

Check back next week for a sneak peek of brand new collections. This year is already looking to be a great one full of new solutions to go along with your resolutions!

Discover more time outdoors with Classic Accessories this year.

 

New Year – New Items

Cheers 2017!

welcome 20182017 has been quite the year for Classic Accessories.

We are so lucky to grow year over year with new products and new customers with even more right around the corner for 2018. It’s been a full year with the teams we have in-house and the ones we have across the US and in our CAAL office.

One of the cornerstones of our values is to Enjoy the Journey. Working with such an amazing team makes it easy. Having customers like you makes it worth it.

We hope to be a part of your many adventures and memories while discovering more time outdoors in 2018.

The Happiest of New Year wishes to you with a full-hearted thank you from all of us at Classic Accessories.

Cheers 2017!

4 Seasons of Giving

Tis the season of giving!
We like to think of Classic Accessories as an all-season company, year round, we’ve got you covered. We also like to extend the giving to our community of Kent, WA year round.

We have been fortunate enough to be able to work with some great local non-profits and organizations like:

Bloodworks Northwest

This year our staff donated enough blood to save 63 lives right in our parking lot with
Bloodwork’s Blood-Mobile.

Northwest Harvest

This Spring we helped prep and pack 5,500 pounds of rice which helps feed 4,269
families in our community – that’s HUGE!

Kent School District Elementary

We started the school year off by donating much needed school supplies to an
elementary school down the road from us. Everything from backpacks and supplies to
nurse station care kits.

Green Kent Partnership

New this year was a park clean up at Glenn Nelson Park. We worked with the Green Partnership of Kent who let us know that the mulch we spread is very beneficial because it retains water for the trees during these dry summer months and will eventually break down in to healthy soil and food for the trees. The mulch also helps to smother weeds and makes the park even more beautiful. We also cleared many black berry bushes away from the native shrubs.

East Side Baby Corner

This Fall we connected with East Side Baby Corner with a giving tree in our office. We purchased much needed items for children in need from newborns all the way through teens. EBC was founded in 1990 when a local pediatric nurse practitioner, became concerned about the large numbers of babies in her practice that began life without adequate food, clothing, beds or safety equipment. Her commitment to giving these children a stronger start grew from a idea and a few items gathered in her dining room, into an agency that in 2016 filled its 500,000th order of absolute essentials.

We are a lucky team here at Classic Accessories to be able give back to our community and we are looking forward to doing the same next year.

4 Seasons of Giving

Hunting with RVs

Planning CampOctober is that time of year to start thinking about indoors. Throwing up fall decorations in every shade between red and yellow, pulling out our favorite soup recipes, moving boots and scarves to the front of our closets – it’s endless on the rituals we have made each Fall.

Maybe the thought of RV isn’t really top of mind. In my house, October means camp.
Hunting camp to be exact.

RV Hunting

Weeks of planning go into finding the perfect spot for this group.. You can say these guys (and gals) are the RVers who don’t celebrate the last hurrah of the Summer with a final camping weekend. These campers take their RVs straight through Fall and one of the biggest trips of the year is hunting camp.

Hunting with RVs

If you ask any of them, coming home with a buck is less than 5% of why they do this each and every year. It can be a highlight for sure, but traditions are just that – something we do because we simply love it. Our group of guys take their RVs into the woods and “get lost” every Fall around their RVs, the group cook tent, campfires and tall tales.

Hunting Camp

There’s something to waking up before the sun and getting to your spot you found the day before. Knowing how many steps it takes you to get there because you’re tracking without daylight. Settling in and quieting yourself, and when you move around throughout the morning you do so with very deliberate moves, always looking for signs and knowing which way the wind is blowing. It’s a forced quiet that can feel like hours and times when hours feel like moments. You are up with the sun and around midday you find yourself back to camp.

Up with the sun

Camp has another feel to it. It’s louder there with sounds of breakfast, lunch and dinner cooking. Gear unpacking, log splitting, campfire crackling … but most of all laughter and stories of the day.

Campfire and Tall Tales

RVs are great for hunting camp. They bring the essentials from home. After a day in the woods hiking, you need a place to rest and recharge. GoRVing agrees and says “New ultra-light Travel Trailers and 5th Wheels make it easy to get in and out of the woods and convenient to get out of the cold. Outdoor showers mean clean gear for the next day. Full kitchens give you the option of dinner prepared indoors or over a roaring campfire. Locking storage compartments also let you store your gear safely overnight.”

Another great tip we found was from StayHunting.com where they suggest, “After you’ve decided you need an RV to make your camping or hunting trips more comfortable, you’ll want to make sure you choose an RV that is appropriate for the climate you’ll be in. For instance, if you’re hunting in a cold-weather area, you’ll need an RV with a heated underbelly and enclosed tanks.” They also recommend, “You wouldn’t believe how many people pack a motor home with hunting supplies, food, clothes, and forget basics like a jumper cable for their home on wheels. However, when the battery goes dead or a tire goes flat – everyone remembers they should’ve packed basic car tools as well.”

Montana

Our group also brings along a wall tent for a communal space for a stove and cooking and eating. Because we live in Washington state, we aren’t guaranteed rain free weather, so a bigger space instead of the RVs to break bread together is best. We recommend a Montana Wall Tent you can find at any Cabela’s or BassPro Shop.

We are taking 30% off ALL RV covers and accessories now through the end of October with discount code: FALLRV on our site. Just in time for the season. We hope you share the code with friends and family and we hope to be a part of protecting your next adventure outdoors.

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Why cover your grill?

Why Cover Your Grill

When people talk about BBQ in America, the discussion typically takes a turn towards location. Grilling and smoking are time-honored traditions that have many roots. Some states are divided by sauces, some by smoke, some by rubs and so on. As much as we can chat about the best recipe or our favorite pit to grab a bite, here at Classic Accessories, we take location a little more seriously than a sauce debate. We know the elements can vary drastically just in our lower 48. Since we are in the cover business, we look at what mother nature is serving up season after season if broken down by three of her favorite styles:
Grilling Climates
When we think of humidity, we think hot, tropical days and nights with moisture in the air that feels heavy and thick. Napoleon Grills reminds us that, “humid can also mean damp, like a foggy day in London,” which we may see more than our fair share of in the Pacific Northwest. Our grill covers are designed with air vents that keep weather out while providing maximum ventilation and minimum condensation. Our covers are also designed to not cover wheel or leg bottoms that hang to the ground. This prevents the cover from sitting in any standing water that is common in coastal climates where heavy rain and snow can be a seasonal detriment. Water, in any form, is a damaging element to outdoor kitchens and we have introduced taped seams into our NEW Madrona RainProof Grill Covers to further keep moisture from barbecues and grills

Water on patios, metals and decks
Dry climates pose another threat to your grill over time with damaging UV exposure and lack of moisture. A cover will prevent dust and debris from coating the grill and finding its way into catch pans where fires can easily be started. When we say our covers are designed for all elements, we took these environments into consideration.

Here are some quotes from various BBQ forums on covering grills:

Grill Cover Reviews

One of the best things about grills is that they are meant to be used outdoors, so they are built with some of the toughest materials. Even though price tags vary by brand, style and size, all grills have their weaker points as well. This is where a cover can come in to extend the life of cheaper metals and help keep some of the accessories like side tables, tank doors and controls working like new.

steel, enamel, cast iron, wood and porcelain

From harsh weather to daily use of your grill, you always want to have it ready to fire up at a moment’s notice. There are many tips and tricks to cleaning your grills between parties or between seasons. From informative videos to how-to articles, the last step is always the same no matter if it’s for the day or for the Winter … put a cover on it.
75 % of all Americans own a grill
75% of all us adults, or just big kids, own a grill or smoker. That’s a lot when you think about all the different regions. That’s also a lot when you think about all the different kinds of styles of BBQ and grills out there. What’s more is the style of outdoor kitchens and rooms we have to think about too. From small balconies to lavish outdoor kitchens, we know style is one thing you think about when purchasing a cover. Sure the features of the cover are instrumental to how the cover will perform for you, but we know that your grill is just as much a part of your outdoor decor as your furniture is.

Grill and BBQ Cover Collections by Classic Accessories

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We have over 10 different collections of covers, all with unique designer colorways to features. A big part of the design process here at Classic Accessories is keeping our ideas fresh and on trend. One of the biggest we see is the need for design and function have never been more apparent. We are seeing grills with numerous handle, color and finish options. Ryan Bloom, of Urban Bonfire, states that designers that choose to combine “raw cooking power with beauty see the winning combination.” We like to think that our designs nod to both camps. We have the strength and durability built into our covers with the designer features that compliment any outdoor space. Making the choice to cover you grill, barbecue or smoker should be an easy one. Finding the right size and style should be just as easy, and that’s where Classic Accessories can be a part of the solution.

Here’s to gathering around the grill this August with friends and family.
We hope you end the day, or season, with Classic Accessories.

Sources:
Pixabay
Mercury News
Napoleon Grills
BBQ Bretheren  |  The Smoke Ring  |  The BBQ Forum  |  Smoking Meats

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Classic Community

Classic Accessories is based out of Kent, Washington. Which is a hop, skip and a jump South of Seattle. We have been based here for many years and through them we have connected with some of the great resources that make our community great.
Last week we had Bloodworks Northwest out here again for a donation day in their “Bloodmobile” and we were able to give enough to save 63 lives! It takes less than 20 minutes for the whole process: check in, donate and be rewarded with delicious treats. (easy right?)

Who is your donation helping?  Check out our last donation day here.
Local patients need blood transfusions for many reasons like cancer, chronic illnesses, blood disorders and surgeries. One thing they don’t have to worry about when they are facing a health challenge is blood being available because of donors like you.

Why Give?
The blood supply for our region depends on thousands of local individuals every week who make the decision to give blood and help keep folks safe when they need the gift of life-saving blood.
Did you know…
• A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
• Only 5% of the population donates
• Each day, nearly 900 people must donate with BloodworksNW to meet the local need
• The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs
• Every 2 minutes, someone in western WA is receiving a transfusion

This Spring we also walked up the street to Northwest Harvest to spend a day volunteering in their fulfillment center. Northwest Harvest’s mission is leading the fight for hungry people statewide to have access to nutritious food while respecting their dignity and promoting good health.  We had 28 staff members contribute and help pack 5,550 pounds of rice which helps feed 4,269 families in our community. That’s HUGE!

Hunger Fast Facts for Washington:
• Washington is the 23rd hungriest state in the nation.
• 1 in 5 kids in Washington state lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table.
• 1 in 7 Washingtonians relies on SNAP (food stamps), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is severely threatened by budget cuts. Half of all people on SNAP are kids.
• The majority of working-age Washingtonians who live in poverty are actively working or looking for work.
• Since the start of the recession in 2008, Washington has cut more than $12 billion in discretionary spending from our state’s operating budget, all in the areas of public safety, higher education and basic needs services.
• 1 in 5 Washingtonians relies on their local food bank.

Summer – isn’t always the most favorite season for kids.
Northwest Harvest also runs a Kids’ Summer Food Club which reaches kids who normally have access to meals during the school year during the Summer months by serving kid-friendly food to areas where 1) we have partner programs, 2) no near summer meal sites, and 3) where over 50% of the children apply for free and reduced meals during the school year.

Classic Accessories has also taken a local elementary school under our wing and each year we do an annual school supply drive for our neighborhood Redhawks. Anything from glue sticks and binders down to our favorite boxes of Crayola, we are rounding up supplies to fill those backpacks up come September. Donations don’t stop at the classroom, some of them go straight to kids in need of warm coats and shoes to the nurses who need first-aid items. All of them go to the well being of our community’s kids. What could be better?

It’s no secret that we are all about the outdoors – it’s kind of our thing. How to protect your favorite investments all year round by loving our own outdoors from season to season. So it wasn’t a surprise when we decided that this Summer we would partake in a local park clean up, more to come on that in August.

Showing off our products and the in-house teams here at Classic Accessories is easy. It’s the culture here and a strong sense of community that really gives us a base on which to grow ideas which ultimately we get to share with you, in the form of products and services. Some may say “it all starts at home” and home is a term we use here as well. Home to our team is our community around us here in Kent, Washington that we are so proud to be a part of.

Classic Community

Love the Great Outdoors

20% off NOW

We love the outdoors. Everything from lakes to the mountains. From Winter to Summer. At Classic Accessories we have teams of people who design for all seasons. Whether that means our customers who play host to Summer BBQs, to those that like to party in the fresh powder. We design for them, and for us.


Sometimes it’s the destination, and sometimes it’s just right outside your window. That’s why we work through all the products that will get you there, or simply give you peace of mind to protect them while you are enjoying the moments away from home.  campfire-984020_1920
Today we are reminded of a simple fact, something worth sharing with friends and family.

It’s the little things in life that bring us the most joy, and we are very thankful that we can be part of your great adventures in the great outdoors – at home or on the way! We are saying thanks for the rest of this LOVE week by taking 20% off site-wide on classicaccessories.com

How do you enjoy your outdoors?

Photo Credits:
Pixabay
QuoteFancy
Classic Accessories

Love the Great Outdoors

Kayaks in the Snow

It’s the first week of January and it’s been FREEZING. Crystal clear 16 degree mornings have been the norm for awhile here in the South Seattle area. So when two of our designers got the chance to go outside today, they put on hats and gloves and ventured out to Issaquah to Kayak Academy to do some fittings.
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The first thing you think of isn’t kayaking when there is left over snow on the ground? No rest for the weary, but more importantly driven, designers Jake Sornsin and Gail Foster. We were lucky to find a kayak shop open at this time of year. As we say, off season is our season and the kind folks at Kayak Adventure let us fit countless kayaks and some canoes with our new covers we have lined up this year. We always are looking to find the perfect fit and this is just one way we do it.

Although Jake’s dog Tiffany gets to stay warm while he maneuvers kayaks off their stacks onto frozen ground:

Above and beyond for these two today. I think an afternoon hot chocolate is in order.

Special thanks to Kayak Adventures for letting us visit you on this freezing winter day! Check them out for lessons and to shop all their gear at www.kayakacademy.com

 

Kayaks in the Snow

Brad’s – “One Happy Island” Trip

Brad Dorcik is our Associate Online Merchandiser in our E-Commerce department here at Classic Accessories and wears many hats. On any given day, Brad has his hands on our items’ full lists of content as it is fed to our retailer’s websites. Shopping online? Brad is the guy who makes that happen!  Brad focuses heavily on ensuring retailer sites have all available, up to date content whether that is images, video, text copy and/or fit guides. He ensures our retailers have everything they need to keep our products purchasable and reviews most websites for opportunities to showcase our products even better. Brad also assists fit matching our products to what our customers have in their homes. He is also the ear to many reviews (for the better or worse) and gathers what our customers say and helps generate those reviews into actionable steps for our teams here. Many, many hats that he wears so well. When he told us he was going on vacation, everyone here said “We  hope it’s a relaxing one!” And he did not disappoint. When asked where, he said without hesitation – Aruba!  The tropical island isn’t just a vacation spot, it’s a home away from home for Brad and his family.

Aruba –  ‘One Happy Island’

When mentioning a vacation spot like Aruba, the most frequently asked question is, “Where is Aruba!?”

The sunniest island in the Caribbean, Aruba is located below the hurricane belt approximately 20 miles off the coast of Venezuela. With an average of 82-degrees year round, Aruba provides cool, blond beaches, gentle surf, constant trade winds and warm, friendly people. These are just a few of the reasons why so many families return to Aruba year after year.

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Our family knew in an instant we wanted to make Aruba a big part of our lives. With numerous places of interest and activities, Aruba has something for everyone.


With the constant trade winds garnering Aruba as a world-class destination for windsurfing and kitesurfing, there is plenty more to see beneath the water. Recognized by Scuba Diving Magazine as one of the top wreck diving destinations in the Caribbean, Aruba offers a diverse selection of dive sites to satisfy any level of scuba diver.

Over the years our family has tried a bit of everything the island has to offer. Whether it is parasailing, tubing, jet skiing, horseback riding, plenty of volleyball, snorkeling and scuba diving, the fun doesn’t stop at the beach (especially when the crowd favorite is Happy Hour!)
One of many places of interest, to name a few, is Aruba’s Natural Pool. Also known as “conchi” or “Cura di Tortuga,” is a natural pool of water formed by rock and volcanic stone circles. The rugged terrain surrounding the pool only allows all-terrain, four-wheel vehicles. Or depending upon your mood can be a beautiful hike.
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Another favorite spot, frequented by locals and tourists alike, is Aruba’s Baby Beach. The water is so calm and shallow it’s safe for small children and anyone new to snorkeling. Water levels can reach waist high but deepens significantly towards the inlet. Marine life towards the inlet includes barracuda, squid, parrot fish, blowfish, angelfish, eels, and many other small fish.

Away from the ocean and covering approximately 18-20% of the island, Arikok National Park is an incredible nature preserve and is the largest national park in the Caribbean. The park includes 3 primary geological formations: the Aruban lava formation, a quartz diorite formation, and a limestone formation. The Natural Pool is located in the northeastern section of the park
A diverse culture and European influence shows in both the language and architecture. The local tongue, Papiamento, is derived from African and Portuguese with some influences from American Indian languages, English, Dutch and Spanish. A Sovereign State of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Dutch influence can still be seen from national holidays to the cuisine. With that said, there are now over 90 nationalities harboring the island. You can certainly taste the international diversity in Aruba’s cuisine!

If ever you find yourself on the island, highly recommend Madame Janette’s. The ‘Lobster Thermidor’ is oh so good! Not prepared as it once was but nevertheless good if you fancy lobster.

Brad’s family has called Aruba a ‘home away from home’ for over 10 years. No matter the gained knowledge, the constant wind can fool you with the true temperature. A lesson the island eventually teaches us visit to visit. So be sure to layer up with the sunscreen.

Nonetheless, we love Aruba! If you’re looking for this kind of vacation – don’t wait!

Photo Credits:
Aruba.com
Deborah @ Taste and Tell Blog
Tori @ Gustatori
Ann Angela
occidentalhotels.com
saraquiriconi.com

 

Brad’s – “One Happy Island” Trip