Highlights from the October issue of Seattle magazine

Stay overnight in sphere heaven in the rain forest of Vancouver Island

A few excerpts from favorite articles in the current issue of Seattle magazine:

Find your dream lodge getaway. "When we were coming up with a list of adjectives to describe the beauty and grandeur of Northwest lodges, a word used in excess these days by my 10-year-old son kept coming to mind. It was undeniable: 'Epic' is the only word that does the job."

On the eve of a crucial election, local couples share what the same-sex marriage law means to them. "Thirty years ago, people laughed at the idea that two men could get married.”

Seattle artist Greg Lundgren is bent on building a more beautiful death. “So many people have designer brands—Martha Stewart will design your whole damn life,” he says, “but when it comes to death, you’re abandoned.”

Kendall Jones lists his picks for the best new seasonal beers. "It’s time to set aside the refreshing, playful beers of summer and explore more contemplative beers with greater character and substance."

Dana Standish gets a read on the flap over new electric meters coming to Seattle. “We don’t have the deep pockets of the utilities to be able to adequately inform people about the disadvantages of the smart meters,” [says Christine Hoch]. “Usually what happens in these situations is that the powers that be move forward…until they are challenged in the courts.”

An impressive artistic alliance stages an epic hero's tale at ACT. “Dance plays the same role [in Ramayana] as it does in Indian theater or Bollywood movies, which is to provide an energetic and romantic sense of the story when words cannot.”

Washington wines' glorious newcomers: “Christophe Baron had a life-changing experience when he saw the stony fields [near Walla Walla] that would become his vineyards, likening them to great old vineyards he’d seen in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape area of southern Rhône in France...”

A pictoral appreciation of one Seattleite's personal style.If only I had been in college in the 1950s,” says Matthew Parker. “I could have been the prepster poster child.”