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January 31, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Get outta town! Three ideas for this weekend

Is your dreaded Aunt Millie from Dubuque in town unexpectedly? Has your elderly furnace finally given up the ghost? For whatever reason, do you suddenly really need to get out of town?

Here are three ideas for this weekend:

Dungeness crab takes a starring role this weekend. (file photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

GO SOUTH

Crabwalk in to the Oregon Convention Center Friday and Saturday (Feb. 1-2) for the Portland Seafood & Wine Festival, with nearly 100,000 square feet of exhibit space dedicated to Oregon seafood and wine. It’s the height of Dungeness crab season, which sounds like a menu for happiness if you can find a nice Dundee pinot gris to go with it…

GO EAST

It’s a really long haul to get there (better make it a three-dayer), but there are really cool things happening in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, this weekend (Feb. 1-3) with the Fire & Ice Winterfest. (Got cabin fever? The Portneuf River Polar Bear Float sounds like it would really get the cobwebs out.)

GO NORTH

Here’s another opportunity to freshen up your life, and while it’s still a long drive, it’s about half as far as our Idaho idea. The Vernon Winter Carnival, in Vernon, B.C., brightens up winter with a Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. The carnival starts Friday and lasts 10 days (Feb. 1-10), with elaborate snow sculptures, a parade and more. And just up the road is famed Silver Star Mountain Resort, for a little power skiing.

Comments | Topics: lava hot springs, portland, vernon b.c.

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