Give The Gift Of Adventure
Do something different this holiday season – give your friends & family the gift of adventure!
There is a great idea floating around – Give Experiences Rather Than Stuff. Oh sure, it’s nice to get new hiking boots, or maybe a Snuggie, if that’s your thing. But, I want to talk about giving experiences that create memories. Sure, I’ll love those boots, but when I get back from Machu Picchu, you know what I’ll remember? The breathtaking views, sipping coffee while looking up at a sky so full of stars it makes me feel small, holding hands with this exhausted best friend of mine. That was four years ago… Joseph Goodman, an associate professor at Washington University who studies the effects of giving experiences as gifts says, “We adapt to material gifts faster. Whereas experiences tend to be more exciting in the beginning, and we tend to take longer to adapt over time.”
Looking back, I think many of us would say most of the really meaningful gifts we’ve received stem from experiences. The gift of a pasta sculpture painted and pasted to cardboard, that’s not just art, it’s the culmination of an experience of my five year old niece. And she is sharing that with me! And while that example is sort of stuff, there is so much memory created by it because it is highly personal, and of course, a magnificent piece of art. But we can also look at the photos we keep and display. Maui dive trip to Molokini, experience. Broken hand after falling over whilst giving a piggy-back ride during a weekend escape to NYC, an experience. Watching the sun rise over rolling vineyards in Sienna, a magical experience. You get my point.
How does one compare a Nicolas Cage Sequin Pillow to the ache of one’s finger tips, at 0’dark-thirty, atop Haleakala waiting for the sun to come up on Thanksgiving morning? This is unique territory we’re talking about here. There’s really no comparison. Sorry Nicolas.
Our lives are built with the fabric of experiences. Some social, some individual, but these threads come together to form the tapestry of us. And when we say, hey honey, I got us tickets to see Pearl Jam, it is the opposite of saying I got you a ticket to see Pearl Jam. Ok, maybe that was a bad example because one of us is going to create memories of Eddie.. But if we go together, I can be reminded of just how in love with Eddie my sweetheart is. Wait, what am I saying? Ok, so we’ll go together and I’ll squeeze your hand so tight, you’ll remember. Yep, that works.
In his research, Goodman is finding that gift givers don’t accurately predict how happy a gift will make someone–most people assume that buying a physical gift will have better results. That’s one reason why experiential gifts are uncommon. The other is practical: if you don’t know someone well, it’s often easier to get a more generic present. And that’s where we say, hey, give them a gift of experience! Or better yet, Adventure!
“Experiences are great and lead to happiness because they tend to be more unique and less comparable than material goods,” Goodman says. “But what that also means is because they’re more unique and less comparable, I need to know a lot about you to find an experience you’ll really enjoy.” We think, some experiences are the ones that HELP you know a lot more about your people.
Now, all that being said….
Right here, in Woodinville, at the amazing Hollywood Station, we’ve got Adventura, Wheelhouse, Teatro Zinzanni, Willows Lodge, Sparkman Cellars, and DeLille Cellars. Locally, we’ve got hot air balloon rides, walks, hikes, bike trails, stand up paddling, summer concerts, and a host of stellar food venues. That is a lot of experience to pack into one weekend or even a day!
Our gift cards are valid throughout the entire season with no restrictions and they never expire!
Climbing on the adventure course is a physical event. Participants should be in good health and physically fit.
We are always happy to work with you to customize your perfect event!
A friend and I went back in June this year (2018) and had a great time. The instructors create a safe, but fun environment. There're a lot of different paths... read more
A very joyful, trust-filled experience with our middle school. Expert, kind, and calm instructors who thoroughly went through the safety instructions and were there for us literally each step... read more
This was our firts time experiencincing this type of activity. Who would have thought dangling upside down high above the ground could be so much fun and challenging at... read more
Had a great time! The instructors are very friendly. Depending on what you want, you can choose which route (hard or easy) to take. If you're looking for a little... read more
Purchased this adventure for my daughter and myself. She is an adult. People were participating from ages 20ish - 60's. Everyone had an amazing time. All skill levels wre welcomed.... read more
It was an awesome experience. We had so much fun! I had problem with my online reservation and they returned my call promptly. Staff are very professional. My GoPro fell... read more
The entire experience was a blast the people running the place were awesome Andy was sweet entertaining and accommodating! When you go up onto the course you will be... read more
My cousin and I are nearly 40 years old and had a BLAST at Adventura Aerial Adventure Park. The whole experience was amazing and followed the old life lesson that... read more