December 10, 2013 at 5:02 PM
Whistler Blackcomb ski resort’s annual “Dress Like Santa Day” takes place Saturday, Dec. 14. The first 75 skiers/snowboarders dressed like Mr. or Mrs. Claus to check in at the Garibaldi Lift Company, at the base of Whistler Mountain, will receive a free lift ticket for the day, a value of up to $109 Canadian.
The costume must include red or black pants, or a skirt for Mrs. Claus, a red jacket with white trim, a black belt, a beard for Santa, and a Santa or Mrs. Claus hat. All Santa Day participants are to meet on the patio of the Garibaldi Lift Company at 8 a.m. One free lift ticket per person will be handed out to the first 75 people who meet the costume requirements.
All Santas will then ride the Whistler Village Gondola to (more…)
December 10, 2013 at 12:46 PM
When I travel, I always get the local newspaper (provided I can read the language) to get the flavor of a city’s life and politics. And I always read the obituaries because, in death, you can learn a lot about the lives and legacy of individuals and the culture of a place.
I’m in Honolulu and have been reading the obituaries in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. As in everything Hawaiian, the obituaries are a rich multicultural mix including people of Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and native Hawaiian backgrounds.
One obituary in particular caught my eye, of a 93-year-old woman named Te’amalelalolagi Lale Igafo-Saole. Born in 1920 in American Samoa, she would have witnessed vast changes in Samoa and Hawaii, from World War II through today’s mass tourism. But it was her personal history that struck me; she leaves behind five children, 66 grandchildren and (more…)
December 9, 2013 at 4:36 PM
Just got back from a couple days in Bellingham, via Chuckanut Drive, and have a little news to report for fans of the expanding Bow-Edison foodie wonderland at the south end of Chuckanut:
If you’re used to stopping in for a bowl of posole stew or some lime-soaked polenta cake at the Farm to Market Bakery in little old downtown Edison (all 500 feet of it), don’t be dismayed when you see the bakery empty and closed this month. Just turn the Prius around and cruise a mile or so back to the corner of Bow Hill Road and Chuckanut Drive and the little old Rhododendron Cafe, the new home to Jim and Lisa Kowalski, who ran the Farm to Market in recent years.
Longtime owners (since 1984, which is about a century in restaurateur years) Don and Carol Shank retired in October and hung up their aprons at the Rhododendron, a popular food stop on the scenic route to the City of Subdued Excitement (Bellingham). With fewer than a dozen tables, the cafe isn’t big — but if you’d ever squeezed (more…)
December 9, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Goodbye cold Seattle, hello balmy Waikiki with a sun-bronzed Santa Claus, in red shorts and a Santa hat, strolling the Waikiki beach. And local ladies dancing the hula at a beachside park, wearing sparkling green leis and swaying as a band croons “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.”
When fresh off the plane from deep-freeze Seattle, there’s something wonderfully incongruous about Christmas festivities in a tropical haven like Hawaii. In Waikiki, the Honolulu visitor epicenter, the warm ocean waves lap the beach by the hula dancers. Santa stands under a swaying palm tree, by the light of a sparkling moon and flaming torches. Christmas decorations and lights shimmer in stores.
And those stores … I haven’t stayed in Waikiki for many years and I was dazzled by the number of luxury stores that have (more…)
December 4, 2013 at 11:23 AM
The Port of Seattle announced Tuesday that it will extend for three years its nine-month-old pilot program that brings Northwest artists to perform live music around the airport.
Cost of the program will be split between the Port and airport merchants. Dining and retail tenants have agreed to match port funding up to (more…)
December 3, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Delta Air Lines is going after more of Seattle-based Alaska Airlines’ turf, adding flights from Sea-Tac Airport to Vancouver, B.C., and Fairbanks.
Delta’s daily non-stop service between Seattle and Fairbanks begins May 29 next year; five daily flights to Vancouver, B.C., begin June 5 (on Delta’s affiliate SkyWest Airlines).
In recent months, Delta has been aggressively increasing flights from Seattle to Europe and Asia, as well as in North America.
Delta recently announced expanded service from Sea-Tac Airport to Anchorage, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, (more…)
December 3, 2013 at 10:11 AM
New snow, and avalanches, have prompted the closure of the North Cascades Highway for the season. Washington’s Department of Transportation announced the closure this morning.
The scenic mountain highway in northern Washington closes each winter. This is one of the later closings; last year it closed Nov. 20 and reopened April 16.
Get more information at the highway website.
November 26, 2013 at 2:29 PM
AAA of Washington travel counselors report that top destinations for Western Washington motorists this Thanksgiving holiday — in addition to grandmother’s house — are:
November 25, 2013 at 1:41 PM
For travel advice on Vancouver, B.C., and Portland, see the online chat that we – Brian Cantwell and Kristin Jackson – did today. It followed stories we wrote about holiday fun in Portland and Vancouver in the print edition of NWTraveler — from Vancouver’s light-bedecked parks to Portland’s “yarn-bombing” (dressing up statues and trees with hand-knitted sweaters and scarves for the holidays). In this chat, you’ll find questions and answers that work for visiting the two cities at any time of year.
November 20, 2013 at 6:00 AM
The Pacific Northwet’s cold-weather months are museum season. When cold or rain put the chill on your weekend getaway, step inside to a warm world of interest and information. Here are five great little museums worth a stop on a Western Washington road trip:
Suquamish Museum, Suquamish, Kitsap County
This sparkling museum opened in 2012 in the hometown of Chief Seattle, for whom the big city was named. Learn about his people in an easy-to-navigate display that includes a poignant film documenting the tribe’s happy times — old-time salmon bakes — and tragedies, such as tribal children’s forced attendance of English-speaking, military-type schools. See a dress made of woven cedar fibers alongside a championship jacket from the 1984 national Indian Slo-Pitch Tournament. $3-$5. More about the museum here.
World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame, Long Beach, Pacific County
Tour the collection of more than 1,500 kites from 26 countries. They range from colorful butterflies, to fierce faces of Japanese warrior kites, to an (more…)
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