Travel & Outdoors

Destination Staycation: Explore These Seattle Treasures

Destination Staycation: Explore These Seattle Treasures

Enjoy local winter escapes and festive feasts

The holidays are a sensory experience built around scents and spices, smoke from fireplaces and simmering pots. This season, avoid the hustle and bustle by slipping into staycation mode to savor the culinary delights of the region. Stay overnight at these four properties to enjoy curated winter fun, including seasonal food, crafting, mixology classes and…

If Hotels Could Talk: Washington hotels with history

If Hotels Could Talk: Washington hotels with history

You’ve heard of these hotels. You haven’t heard these stories.

Even in the age of home rentals, nothing sparks the imagination like a legendary hotel. From the Plaza Hotel to the Chateau Marmont, from the Edgewater to the Watergate — old hotels are where deals are struck, scandals erupt, history is made and secrets are kept. Hotels inspire the stories we tell our friends after…

‘Black Folks Do Camp’

‘Black Folks Do Camp’

Sonia Wooten-Gill launched a Facebook site to help dispel an enduring myth

Sonia Wooten-Gill was surprised when she learned that Oprah Winfrey had said that Black people dislike camping and don’t enjoy outdoor activities. So, she created a Facebook page to set the record straight. Wooten-Gill, a Seattle resident and former Boeing employee, launched “Black Folks Do Camp” to invite other Black RV’ers to share their camping…

Exploring the Salish Sea Islands

Exploring the Salish Sea Islands

From lighthouses to mountain vistas, these favorite hikes offer tranquil waterside Northwest scenery

Ebey’s Landing overlooks picturesque Puget Sound.

Five Backcountry Adventures

Five Backcountry Adventures

The backcountry ski season in Washington can last well into April

The rhythmic kick glide of skis on fresh early morning snow provides a beat against my pounding heart. Dawn breaks as I climb up the slope, the sound of semitrucks and commuter traffic roaring below me. I quicken my stride to crest the mountain top, hurrying to get one more lap before I’m off to…

Close Encounters: Where to go to Get Out of Town

Close Encounters: Where to go to Get Out of Town

Convenient trips are becoming increasingly popular

Though Americans remain cautious about travel during this time of coronavirus, hitting the road for a quick getaway during the shoulder or off season can mean fewer crowds, lower prices and a more relaxing vacation. While travelers have increasingly delayed international and even longer domestic trips – a survey by Destination Analysts fi nds that Americans…

Holiday Gift Guide: The Gift of Adventure

Holiday Gift Guide: The Gift of Adventure

Take a flight, rent a van, learn a survival skill

Instead of a material present think about giving an experience. Surveys show more than 60% of consumers want some sort of experiential gift. There’s no shortage of that in the Seattle area, but here are three of our favorites for the adventurer in your family. Kenmore Air Take to the sky on a volcano tour…

Kauai When it Drizzles

Kauai When it Drizzles

Sometimes the Garden Island needs watering, but that’s OK—there’s no wrong way to experience paradise

Ocean views from the Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort pool

Chasing Waterfalls on the Olympic Peninsula

Chasing Waterfalls on the Olympic Peninsula

Tour some of the state’s most scenic falls on a weekend jaunt full of mist, moss and spruced-up photo ops

This article appears in print in the March 2020 issue. Click here to subscribe. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many of the restaurants and places mentioned will be closed and/or offering to-go only. Turn this weekender into a day-trip by leaving early, packing your own food, picking a waterfall and staying safe by following health guidelines as recommended by WA-DOH….

Moscow is an Idaho College Town with a Soul That Shines Through Year-Round

Moscow is an Idaho College Town with a Soul That Shines Through Year-Round

When is the best time to visit the vibrant, Western Idaho town? “Right now” is probably the best answer—whenever you ask it

Moscow, Idaho celebrates its exceptional craft beer scene during Idaho Craft Beer Month in April.

The Wintry Charms of Park City, Utah, Are Closer Than You Think

The Wintry Charms of Park City, Utah, Are Closer Than You Think

Ski season is in full swing this time of year, with slopes usually open until mid-April

SMALL-TOWN FEEL: Main Street’s Western-style facades are lovely, with or without snow

Whidbey and Camano Islands are Perfect Nearby Scenic Getaways

Whidbey and Camano Islands are Perfect Nearby Scenic Getaways

Drive off the mainland and ease into island time

Sponsored by Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism Located just a few hours north of Seattle are Whidbey and Camano Islands. Easily accessible by bridge or ferry, they provide visitors both a physical and mental makeover from mainland to island, transporting travelers to a slower pace. The islands are simple, yet sophisticated. with a certain rustic…

Explore Walla Walla, the Town That Wine Built

Explore Walla Walla, the Town That Wine Built

Plus: The Tri-Cities wineries just west of there

A taste of Va Piano Vineyards

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