December 2018

In this issue:

Best Winter Getaways: Where to hike, ski, snowshoe and curl up by the fire. (Read it online on Dec. 11 or pick up a copy on newsstands now!)

PLUS: Our 2018 Year in Review, local gifts to delight everyone on your list, how to solve our downtown traffic problems, Ballard’s best new restaurant and much more!

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From this Issue

Clyde Petersen at Bellevue Art Museum in Washington state

An indie music veteran constructs his sonic vision in 3-D

New pub in Sand Point, Seattle

Magnuson Café and Brewery was launched by the Mollusk Brewing and Dexter Brewhouse team

Thinking of leaving our beleaguered city? Knute Berger has a few ideas on where you might want to go

Seattle's Chinatown-International District new clothing store

Marcus Lalario's clothing boutique, Can't Blame the Youth, fills a void in the city

Seattle pop-up baker

Pop-ups may be nothing new in town, but this year fledgling bakeries have especially embraced them as a way to gain customers before taking on the heady costs of a brick-and-mortar business. But even a pop-up isn’t easy to pull off. We spent some time with one of the year’s hottest new pop-up entrepreneurs to see what it takes

Copperworks in Pioneer Square, Seattle

Copperworks’ whiskey-blending workshop lets you create your own perfect bottle

Seattle's Chinatown-International District neighborhood

In the Chinatown–International District, an old form of housing has fallen, taking a piece of history—and affordability—with it

Local Seattle high school teacher is a style icon

Newport High School's Carolyn Marino earns bonus points for style both in and out of the classroom

Alcove, a new Brazilian restaurant, has ties to an old one

Mount Rainier in the wintertime

Looking for your winter bliss? We've got you covered

Interior of Salish Lodge in the Snoqualmie Falls area

A jaunt west to east along this highway packs plenty of options for a long winter weekend of luxe fun

Oregon coast is a perfect winter getaway for storm watching

A favorite winter spectator sport is best viewed from a window; these spots give you a front-row seat

Seattle Christmas Ship Festival during the holiday season

Don't miss the events locals have been adding to their seasonal short list year after year

Going snowmobiling in Plain, Washington

Around a tiny town on the eastern slopes of the Cascades, it’s all about the snow

Mount Rainier National Park Lodge open all year

The National Park Inn at Longmire makes for an excellent winter weekend getaway, planning not necessarily required

Whistler, British Columbia winter getaway is not all about skiing

It’s easy to fill your days with outdoor—and indoor—fun at this expansive mountain resort

In ‘Unpresidented,’ Martha Brockenbrough documents Trump’s life, times and the current political era for young readers

Storm watching on Orcas Island, part of the San Juan Islands in Washington

Clogged ferries and fully booked accommodations aren’t a problem when you visit Oprah’s newest hideaway in the quiet season

Two sci-fi-related events that probe the void

Santa Barbara beach trip

Two Golden State getaways promise sun, surf and sips

Projection criticizing Amazon in Seattle on Fourth and Union

Congratulations, you made it through another crazy year

The best in public art, community gatherings, dining, sports and more

Local Seattle pastry large cinnamon roll

Make holiday entertaining a breeze with these spots for takeout dishes and desserts

We banned straws, made tree cutters pay and sweated through another smoky, hot summer in Seattle

From signing the head tax into law, and then signing its repeal weeks later, to wavering on the new police chief search, our mayor just couldn't make up her mind

Downtown Seattle rush hour traffic

The ‘period of maximum constraint’ is just around the corner, and even when it’s over, traffic downtown is likely to be worse than it is today. Can we toll our way out of this mess?

Amazon, Starbucks, Boeing, REI and Costco are keeping busy

Seattle's local opera's new civic center

The center's grand opening is slated for December 15

In spite of growing pains and rising costs, Seattle showed its creative side with a number of contributions to the cultural scene

This year, stories from the homelessness epidemic took center stage like never before

Pacific Northwest Ballet annual holiday Nutcracker

The best bets for holiday entertainment this month

From development to transportation, our city grew quickly in 2018

After rolling into town last year, the city’s many pilot bike-share companies cycled through an awkward testing phase. Here is our abridged review

It was a banner year for the Storm. Mariners? Seahawks? Not so much.

Chinatown-International District bar Dynasty Room

A creative combo of smoldering mezcal and sparkling rosé delivers a memorable cocktail

Sawyer's choco tacos, rotisserie prochetta with flatbread

A veteran of Lark finds his own voice in the best new restaurant in Ballard

Our hand-picked list of best bets for entertainment this month

“Zero waste is the goal, but it is not possible in our current infrastructure.”

Seattle local Deb Seymour shows zero waste lifestyle

This month's Editor's Note from Rachel Hart

A cookie-loving duo reimagines one of America's favorite desserts

Seattle Green Lake neighborhood Path of Lights hot-air balloons

Big balloons add to the spirit of the annual event

Seattle-produced calendars

Our curated list of locally designed calendars will keep you on track as you ring in the new year

Seattle gifts for kids and dogs

These handpicked items are the best gifts for your kiddos and fur babies

Your resident bartender will thank you for choosing such a stylish, delicious gift

Wing Luke Museum Volunteer as Santa Claus

A longtime Chinatown-International District volunteer flourishes in a new, unexpected role

Local self-care items

Treat yourself (or someone you love) to our favorite local beauty products and beautiful things

Seattle-made gifts for the Seattleite in your life

Outfit the adventurer in your life with quintessential Seattle style by picking up one of these awesome gifts

Seattle gifts for your favorite hostess

Wow your holiday party hostess with these unique local gifts

Local woman starts tights brand for women.

Loho, a local hosiery brand, is making poorly fitted tights a thing of the past

Seattle's Pacific Northwest Ballet set for The Nutcracker performance

The busts in the backdrop are actual historic figures associated with this timeless classic

Canlis private dining is a one-of-a-kind experience in Seattle

The swankiest joint in town unveils an unusual private dining experience