Two night writer's retreat at Mike and Allison Augustyn's Vashon Island beach house on the water. Accommodates 2-4 people.
Donor: Allison Augustyn and Family
You and up to fourteen of your friends will have an exclusive look behind the scenes at Oola Distillery, located in the heart of Capitol Hill. Find out more about the history and process of handcrafting spirits, and get a taste of Oola’s fine spirits. Oola is a micro-distillery, which produces small batches of gin, vodka, infused vodkas, and bourbon whiskey. This is the real deal - spirits made with a sense of place and a connection to the people who grew the raw ingredients and the man who coaxed them into their more spirited forms - gins in which you can taste the botanicals, distinctive vodkas, and bourbon whiskey flavorful and smooth.
The San Miguel Writer's Conference is a world class conference with an amazing lineup of keynote speakers and workshops each year. Author Judith Gille will host one writer for five night accommodation at Casa Chepitos and a copy of her book The View from Casa Chepitos: A Journey Beyond the Border. The San Miguel Writer’s Conference is conference is February 14-18, 2018.
Donor: Judith Gille
What secret ingredients lurk in nature's hidden pantry? Join acclaimed writer and wild-foods expert Langdon Cook ("The Mushroom Hunters," "Fat of the Land") for a half-day field trip to the foothills outside Seattle, where a tasty and nutritious foraged meal awaits. You'll comb the woods and meadows, identifying a cornucopia of local foods while learning about their natural history and culinary uses. Plus, you and your guests will each receive a signed copy of "The Mushroom Hunters" as a memento.
Donor: Langdon Cook
Sarasota, Florida vacation 1-bedroom cottage for two guests for one week on a very private 1/2 acre lot with a large backyard shaded by live oaks and very close to beaches and downtown. It's truly a sanctuary, and a perfect place for writers to work, or for anyone to enjoy a relaxing week. The guest house is adjacent to the main home, right across from the pool that we share with our guests. As a special bonus for Hugo House, Laura Shoemaker (former Hugo House Development Director) can also be available for sightseeing and paddleboard adventures. Alaska Airlines flies from Seattle directly to Tampa, an hour north. Though there's plenty to do locally, from Sarasota you can easily extend your trip and travel on to Miami, the Keys, and now, Havana.
Donor: Laura Shoemaker Family
Whether you are a novice or an oenophile, you can start your wine cellar or complement your collection with a remarkable selection of wines, tours and tastings.
Leonetti2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 Merlot, 2013 Reserve
Adytum Cellars: Traditional Mead, Cherry Mead, Black Currant Mead
Warre’s: 1985 Vintage Port
JM Cellars: 4 bottles, 2014 Margaret’s Vineyard Estate Red a delicious meritage blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (44%), Merlot (20%), Malbec (17%) Petit Verdot (11%) and Cabernet Franc.
Andrew Will Winery: 1 magnum bottle of 2013 Champoux Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend
Andrew Will Winery: 1 magnum bottle of Sorella Red Bordeaux Blend.
Basel Cellars: 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Estate Merlot, Double River Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley.
Eight Bells: Magnum, choice of wine, plus tour and tasting for eight.
Eagle Harbor: 2 bottles of signature wine
Pairing (Small Bite) Tour and Tasting at Chateau Ste. Michelle for 4
Tour and Tasting of Maryhill Winery for up to 8 people
Donors: Anonymous, Dick and Mary Beth Gemperle, Adytum Cellars, JM Cellars, Andrew Will Winery, Eight Bells, Eagle Harbor, Basel Cellars, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Maryhill Winery, and DeLille Cellars.
1 bottle Goldfinch 2015 Chardonnay/viognier blend
1 bottle Condor 2015 Cabernet sauvignon/merlot blend
Beautiful Banff for four days and nights. Writer Sonya Lea is donating her gorgeous duplex with three bedrooms (en suite) Sleeps six . Three ski hills from ten to thirty minutes away. It has a hot tub under the stars, a beautiful fireplace, and a view of five mountain ranges. The property is a lower level duplex with gorgeous balcony.
For an unforgettable experience, come around for brunch with two of the hottest movers and shakers in the literary and glass world. You will enjoy brunch hosted by novelist Peter Mountford (and his partner Jessica Mooney, a former Made at Hugo fellow!), and tour Dante Marioni’s glass blowing studio, which is in the basement of the apartment building where both Peter and Dante both live. Additionally, you will take home two gorgeous champagne flutes blown by Dante.
Dante Marioni burst onto the international glass scene at the age of 19 with a signature style described as the “purest of classical forms executed in glass by an American glassblower.”At age 23, Marioni had his first sell-out gallery show in Seattle featuring his Whopper vases, which became his signature, and earned him a prestigious Louis Comfort Tiffany Fellowship. Marioni’s elegant works are displayed in museums around the world, and a brilliant record of his ongoing relationship with and exploration of this material.
Peter Mountford’s first novel A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism won the 2012 Washington State Book Award in Fiction, and his second novel The Dismal Science was a New York Times editor’s choice. Brunch will be served at the antique dining room table and matching chairs, which Peter wrote about in 2015 for the New York Times’ Modern Love column.
Donors: Peter Mountford and Dante Marioni
Ever wonder how computers will take over? On this tour of UW's futuristic Sensor Systems Laboratory, you'll find out. Prof. Joshua Smith, whose work aims to improve the connection of information technology to the physical world, along with wearable technology designer and artist Maggie Orth, will introduce you to a fascinating conceptual landscape. You will see how technology can interface with, replace or fix the human body using robotics and wireless power. After a detailed tour of the laboratory, you'll enjoy lunch in the faculty building with Maggie and Joshua. Scheduling is flexible.
Donors: Drs. Joshua Smith and Margaret Orth
Hugo House is a 501(c)3) nonprofit organization, tax ID no. 91-1718383.