So, you’ve met someone who could really be “it” and it’s time to see if the chemistry can survive a road trip? Here are three ideas that could get you out of town this weekend:
It’s the annual Mystery Weekend in Langley, on Whidbey Island. “Gone With the Tide” is the theme for this year’s whodunit, in which visitors gather clues around the waterfront village about the murder of a movie producer who was about to make the place famous. It’s described as “a two-day interactive and improvisational mystery play involving the whole town.” It happens from 10 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday. Weekend tickets: $8-$10.
Newport, Ore., is expecting some 20,000 visitors for its annual Seafood and Wine Festival this Thursday through Sunday. Yaquina Bay oysters are hard to beat, and they get some pretty good crab on this stretch of Oregon coast, too. Meet winemakers and taste wines of scores of Northwest vintners, including winners of the festival’s own competition. $7-$18 admission, plus small charges for food and wine tasting.
What the heck is a Hög Loppet? Find out, by participating in one, with more than 500 other hardy souls. It’s an annual, non-competitive 30K ski trek from the top of Wenatchee’s Mission Ridge Ski Area to Blewett Pass. Known by its fans as simply “The Hog,” it starts at 7:30 a.m Saturday; $70 registration fee. (And you can tell your friends “hög loppet” is a Swedish term meaning “high race,” or “high course,” so it says on the Internet.)