My Passports with Purpose Picks

So, you’ve probably heard about the great Passports with Purpose program, which is raising thousands to build a village in India. What should you bid on? Here are my picks for the Pacific Northwest-centric donations and raffles. I mean, of course you can also bid on excellent options like Caribbean vacations, but these all have that unique NW stamp and should appeal to families. A few are for mom and dad only, though!

Click here to enter into the giveaway for one of these prizes:


Keen shoes or sandals. Because every Cascadia woman has at least a pair in her closet.


Amazon Kindle E-Book Reader. Because you need a great book on the Amtrak between Vancouver and Seattle.

Apple iPad 16 GB Wi-Fi + 3G. And you need an iPad too.

Bakery Nouveau Gift Certificate. Seattle pastries + super-cute West Seattle neighborhood = Great idea.


Hotel 1000 Stay and Spa Package.  An overnight Seattle stay, spa treatment and indoor golf for two our for up to 40 PEOPLE. That is a little wacky and cool.

B&B package at Fairmont Olympic, Seattle. This is a giveaway for a drop-dead gorgeous 450-square foot room. And breakfast. And valet parking.

Hotel Monaco One-Night Stay in Seattle. Hey, this one is mine! Stay at one of my favorite Seattle hotels for families.

SageCliffe Resort Weekend Getaway. Sick of the rain? Drive over Washington’s mountains and enjoy a retreat at a deluxe winery.

Lakefront Room at the Woodmark Hotel (Kirkland, Wash.). Just 10-20 minutes from Seattle, if you win the Woodmark, you’ll be blessed with a lovely location and a few surprising extras…

Two night Getaway to Juniper Lane Guest House, San Juan Island. A great pick for Victoria, BC or Northwest Washington residents, this stay is a two-night grownups-only score.

One night at Seattle’s Hotel Andra. How about a night in the hip Hotel Andra? Yeah, that’s awesome.


2 Adult/2 Child 3-Day Go Cards (city of winner’s choice). Use this card on your next Seattle trip – it offers admission to an incredible number of the city’s family-friendly attractions.

Two Walrus and Carpenter Picnic Tickets. Have you ever gone oyster harvesting? At night? One of those do-it-before-you-die PacNW experiences. 

Travel Gear

SteriPEN Adventurer Opti with Solar Charging Case – Water Purifier. A steripen will come in handy for all of your Pacific NW camping excursions.

Vacation Packages

Portland Perks Travel Package. This package – worth $500 – is a total steal. Includes two-night stay, free breakfast, free parking and a Portland coupon book.

Willows Lodge-Barking Frog-Wine tour. A Woodinville retreat (not far from Seattle) and dinner for two, plus a tour. Nom.

Two-night stay at any Kimpton hotel. Ooh, you know I love those Kimptons (the parent hotel of the Monaco I offered above).

One note: If you have any questions about when your stay would be valid, you should ask the hosting bloggers. Last year, I won a two-night stay in Vancouver but didn’t know it had to be used in the next two months (Jan-Feb), which caused some logistical issues. It was a great stay, nonetheless, partially because they bent the rules to allow a March visit. But I might’ve bid differently had I known.

Did I miss anything? Yes? Let me know!

Click here to enter into the giveaway for one of these prizes.

About Lora

Lora Shinn writes about travel for regional and local publications, including AAA Journey, National Geographic Traveler,, Natural Health and Whole Living.


  1. Whoo hoo! What a great list of prizes! Thanks for doing this “pick” list.

  2. Thanks for the great round-up of the #pwp prizes! I’m still muling over what I which I want to donate for!

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