August 2016

Dine, Sleep and Relax in Luxury at The Inn at Langley

Dine, Sleep and Relax in Luxury at The Inn at Langley

Langley’s inn continues to deliver

Matt Costello, the longtime genius chef behind the food at The Inn at Langley (Langley, 400 First St.; 360.221.3033; is known for his disarming combinations made with ingredients primarily from Whidbey Island. As an experience, the single-seating, multicourse meal ($155 per person) is as much entertainment as dinner. A dish called “rhubarb” might come…

Why It's Time to Make a Trip to Willows Inn

Why It’s Time to Make a Trip to Willows Inn

A pilgrimage to Lummi Island reawakens a passion for local foods

When you feel compelled to leave the city and immerse yourself in nature, when you seek to sit in quiet amazement at the wondrous foraged and farm-raised foods our Pacific Coast region provides, and to be waited on with warmth by a knowing staff but without the formality of a fussy setting, it’s time to…

Learn About the Source of Food at Quillisascut Farm School

Learn About the Source of Food at Quillisascut Farm School

At Quillisascut, food lovers learn the A–Z of the domestic arts

Years before the current farm-to-table trend hit Seattle, Rick and Lora Lea Misterly were carting baskets of their small-batch goat cheese from their farm in Rice, Washington, to the kitchen doors of small, chef-owned restaurants around the city. Today, after the farm’s 25 years of slow but steady growth, cheese isn’t the only thing they…

Learn How to Bake Bread at Skagit Valley's Bread Lab

Learn How to Bake Bread at Skagit Valley’s Bread Lab

Skagit Valley’s Bread Lab offers classes and much more

For an obsessive home baker, visiting King Arthur Flour’s flagship campus in Norwich, Vermont, was something of a religious pilgrimage worthy of the hours-long detour I took during my Boston vacation last year. This fall, fellow obsessives won’t have to travel to the East Coast to learn how to roll layers of laminated dough (think…

The Best Getaways for Food and Wine Lovers

The Best Getaways for Food and Wine Lovers

Seattle has no shortage of great dining options, but sometimes eating out is about the journey

Eating your fill takes on a whole new meaning when you travel to these destinations. It’s all about the food you experience, from highbrow to low and everything in between. PortlandYou say you’re going to Portland for the forested hikes, the riverside views and the tax-free shopping. But let’s face it—you’re really just going to…

Get Ready for the Seattle Art Fair

Get Ready for the Seattle Art Fair

Seattle Art Fair builds on its inaugural year’s success

The Seattle Art Fair returns for a second year, with representation from blue-chip contemporary art galleries, such as David Zwirner and the Zürcher Gallery, and more events and exhibits than before. On-site projects will include several by New York artists—including Dawn Kasper’s room-size forest of motion-activated cymbals; Roxy Paine’s ominous diorama of a CIA observation…

Where to Drink a Yummy Sake Slushie

Where to Drink a Yummy Sake Slushie

On a hot day, a sake slushie from TankaSan is just the thing

When Eric Tanaka, executive chef and business partner for Tom Douglas’ restaurant group, suggested that it might be interesting to create a frozen sake juice box (as seen in Japan), Adam Chumas ran with the idea. But instead of a juice box, the bar director for Tom Douglas Restaurants proposed adding sake to a slushy…

The History Behind Green Lake's Grandstand

The History Behind Green Lake’s Grandstand

Green Lake's abandoned Aqua Theater once dazzled

Strolling around Green Lake these days is generally a peaceful pursuit, with most of the action coming from kids playing in the water, kayakers paddling by or the occasional family of ducks flapping around. But at the lake’s southwestern edge, you’ll find the remnants of a historic theater that made a real splash in its…

The PNB Dances into SAM's Olympic Sculpture Park

The PNB Dances into SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park

Don't miss the chance to catch this en plein air ballet performance

Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park, with its sweeping views of Elliott Bay, is always an enchanting place to enjoy a warm summer evening surrounded by art. This month, it will host several new works of art when Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) presents “Sculptured Dance” on August 11. As part of the museum’s Summer at…

'Boys of '36' Premieres August 2 on PBS

‘Boys of ’36’ Premieres August 2 on PBS

A new PBS film honors UW's 1936 gold-medal rowers

Just in time to help us warm up for some Team USA fist pumping during this summer’s Olympic Games, PBS’s American Experience series of historical documentaries presents an episode celebrating a group of athletes who hold a special place in local hearts. The program, “The Boys of ’36,” tells the story of the scrappy crew…

High Times: Modern Marijuana Products

High Times: Modern Marijuana Products

Local brands add polish to pot's image

When you spot the sleek, modern, single-story building just off Ballard Avenue, it looks much like the craft breweries that dot the neighborhood. Inside, smiling staff members in black polo shirts stand behind the cherrywood-paneled bar in a bright, airy space with polished concrete floors, ready to help you find something to help you unwind…

Smith Tower Renovations Bring 1920s Flair

Smith Tower Renovations Bring 1920s Flair

Smith Tower's makeover includes a new cocktail bar

When the historic 1914 Smith Tower reopens its 35th-floor observation deck after a recent overhaul, a new 1920s, Prohibition-inspired eatery and bar will be unveiled. Will there be flappers, gin fizzes and jazz? The folks at Unico Properties, which bought the building in 2015, were tight-lipped on the details at press time. But with an…