One of my favorite ways to find cool, indie restaurants and stores with sustainable values is to pick up eco-coupon books. Every major city in Cascadia offers such a book â€“ Portlandâ€™s Chinook Book, Seattleâ€™s Chinook Book and Vancouverâ€™s Green Zebra.
But the one with the cutest name? Victoria, BCâ€™s Savvy Squirrel.
Each of these books offer great savings to local attractions, shops, restaurants services and restaurants. Itâ€™ll pay for itself in one weekend trip.
Savvy Squirrelâ€™s book is primarily focused on family-friendly shops and restaurants in Victoria.
â€œWe love a local bargain,â€ says Lale Minielly, who started the Savvy Squirrel with fellow mom Tabitha Rutherford. â€œAs new moms we realized the constant cost of raising a child. We understand the new challenges of shopping locally rather than going to the big box stores and thought offering local coupons collected into a book was a great solution.â€
Using Savvy Squirrel, families can save $5 at a fantastic childrenâ€™s bookstore (Tall Tales Books), save 20% at Victoriaâ€™s super-sustainable family shop (Mothering Touch) and get a free second entrÃ©e at Victoriaâ€™s playroom-equipped cafÃ© (Crumsbyâ€™s Cupcake CafÃ©).
Seattleâ€™s Chinook Book offers coupons to the Seattle Aquarium (save $2 on admission for up to four people) and Hanna Andersson, among other museums, shops and restaurants. Portlandâ€™s Chinook Book provides savings at OMSI, the Oregon Zoo and the always-fun Finneganâ€™s Toys.
These eco-guides are a great way to discover local family-friendly shopping, dining and activity secrets, travel more sustainably, save money and support local economies.
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