weekend getaways

Port Townsend: A Seattleite’s Guide to Her Seaport Hometown

Seattle magazine's assistant art director Katie Kowalski shares her favorite restaurants, recreation spots and more

The writer poses in front of a mural by artist Nora Kingsley

Katie Kowalski

Forget Maui, Jamaica or Santorini—My Forever Island is Orcas

How a convenient destination for young families became an indispensable springtime tradition

Father and daughter paddle near the shore

Chelsea Lin

The Top Haunted Spots Around Town

Outdoor Halloween happenings to add to your calendar stat

Sure, you can do the typical haunted house thing, but why not check out some outdoor Halloween happenings away from town? Nightmare at Beaver Lake, Sammamish Follow a spooky mile-long trail to a haunted house; be prepared to scream along the way. Proceeds from ticket sales and food donations benefit charities here and abroad. $18,…

Sarah Murphy

Why Olympia’s 222 Market is Worth the Trip

Olympia’s new artisan food market puts the capital city on the culinary map

Sofie’s Scoops at the 222 Market

Jessica Yadegaran

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; innatlangley.com) 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…

Jess Thomson

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…

Allison Austin Scheff

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…

Shannon Borg

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…

Shannon Borg, Danielle Centoni, Chelsea Lin, Allison Scheff, Jess Thomson and Jessica Yadegaran

Take a Tasty Road Trip to Portland’s Four-Day Food Festival

Gather with other food lovers in Portland for the Feast Portland Festival

Where: Portland, Oregon, about a three-hour drive south of downtown Seattle. Why: The fifth annual Feast Portland festival (9/15–9/18; prices vary; feastportland.com), where chef-obsessed food lovers gather for more than 40 events in a city known for its explosive food scene. Happenings include hands-on classes in cooking, making cocktails, and even how to style and…

Jake Laycock