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February 25, 2015 at 12:57 PM

The Northwest Traveler blog has moved

With the launch of our website redesign, our blogs have moved. We’ll still be posting Northwest rravel news and analysis, but now you’ll find it all in the Travel channel. Same content as always, just a different home for it. You can leave feedback about the site changes here.

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February 12, 2015 at 1:54 PM

3 ‘Red Wine and Chocolate’ road trips for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day on Saturday, and little likelihood of weekend snow on Snoqualmie Pass, it might be a good time to team up with your designated driver (and sweetie) for a road trip to one of the “Red Wine and Chocolate” celebrations in Washington wine country. Extra incentive: The National Weather Service predicts sunshine this…

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Comments | More in List, weekend getaways, wine touring | Topics: Lake Chelan wine, Olympic Peninsula wine, Red Wine and Chocolate

February 12, 2015 at 7:08 AM

Summit at Snoqualmie ski area closes for lack of snow

It’s been a horrible, snow-light winter for Washington skiers, and the Summit at Snoqualmie has given up — at least temporarily. Just before a holiday weekend, it’s tough timing for the low-elevation ski area at 3,022-foot Snoqualmie Pass. As of Thursday, all lifts at Alpental — the multi-slope resort’s highest hill, and the only one…

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Comments | More in ski areas, skiing, snow sports | Topics: Alpental, ski area closures, summit at snoqualmie

February 11, 2015 at 3:32 PM

Take our poll: Should United honor ultra-cheap tickets sold during computer glitch?

A few thousand passengers snagged great deals on United Airlines tickets early Wednesday, thanks to a computer glitch. Some gleefully bought  London-Newark first-class tickets online  for as little as  $75. Now it’s reported that United is voiding those ultra-cheap tickets that were the consequence of an exchange-rate error.   Is that right, or should passengers be…

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Comments | More in airlines, United Airlines | Topics: cheap tickets, computer glitch, voiding tickets

February 11, 2015 at 11:29 AM

Free entrance to national parks this weekend. But where’s winter?

Got the urge to get outside this weekend — and save money? It’s a free-admission weekend at all 405 U.S. national parks Feb. 14-16 in honor of Presidents Day. In Washington state, that means there’s no entrance fee at the biggies such as Mount Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park.  Smaller National Park…

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Comments | More in Fees, national parks | Topics: fee-free days, national parks, Washington state parks

February 9, 2015 at 3:24 PM

Need a skiing fix? Head for the Methow Valley

Heartbroken over lack of snow at your favorite downhill resort? Aghast at webcam views of what should be pristine, snowy slopes but are showing more dark spots than a Dalmatian? If cross-country skiing will fill your winter schussing deficit, the Methow Valley might provide your salvation. While just about everywhere else in the Northwest ski world…

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Comments | Topics: cross-country skiing, Methow cross-country skiing, Methow Trails

February 6, 2015 at 3:24 PM

Washington ski areas struggling, closing in the rain

Rain, rain go away is the fervent prayer of Washington’s Cascade ski areas, which have closed lifts (or shut down completely) and canceled lessons as the warm, wet weather washes out skiing and boarding. Crystal Mountain will run only a few lifts as of this weekend and has canceled all ski/boarding lessons until further notice…

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Comments | Topics: crystal mountain, Mount Baker, summit at snoqualmie

February 5, 2015 at 4:55 PM

One-month anniversary: Reservations are new on San Juan ferry runs

Contemplating a summer sojourn to the San Juan Islands? Smile. The days of seemingly endless waits for a ferry may be over. A month into Washington State Ferries’ new Save a Spot reservation system for San Juans ferry runs, a recent ferry-system report indicates a healthy number of early adopters. In the first weeks, 46 percent…

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Comments | More in San Juan Islands, Washington State Ferries | Topics: ferry reservations, San Juan ferry, San Juan ferry reservations

February 5, 2015 at 11:53 AM

3 things to do on a rainy Northwest weekend

I started out to look for suggestions on where you could go to get away from the rain this weekend. Eastern Washington, right? Nope. The National Weather Service says it’ll be raining in Yakima, raining in Chelan, raining in Spokane. Portland and Vancouver? Rain. (Environment Canada has even issued an official Rainfall Warning, for up to 4…

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Comments | More in List, weekend getaways | Topics: Hoh Rain Forest, Rainy Seattle weekend, Snoqualmie Falls

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