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May 23, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Get outta town: 3 ideas for your Memorial Day weekend

Chances are you’re already booked for this Memorial Day weekend. But who knows, maybe your next-door neighbor is having his annual Memorial Day Accordion Flash Mob party and you really need to get out of town.

Here are three reasons to go.

GO SOUTH

For wine-lovers, it’s one of the biggest weekends of the year in Oregon pinot noir country.

Solena Winery, near Yamhill, Ore., is among wineries celebrating Memorial Day Weekend with an open house. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell/The Seattle Times)

Solena Winery, near Yamhill, Ore., is among wineries celebrating Memorial Day Weekend with an open house. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell/The Seattle Times)

More than 150 Willamette Valley wineries, including some small family-owned operations not regularly open to the public, welcome visitors and stage special events all weekend long as part of Memorial Weekend in the Wine Country, Saturday through Monday. It’s just west of Portland, where vineyards meet the Coast Range. Tasting fees may apply.

GO EAST

Is sarsaparilla more to your tastes? The North Cascades Highway reopened weeks ago, so giddyap over to Winthrop for this weekend’s Methow Valley Rodeo, a locally grown event sponsored by Methow Valley Horsemen. Jackpot competitive events include Ranch Saddle Bronc, Saddle Bronc, Bulls and Barrel Racing, along with junior events ranging from Mutton Bustin’ to a Stick Horse Race for ages 6 and younger. It’s at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $5-$10.

GO NORTH

If you have kids in tow or you’re a kid at heart, the weeklong Vancouver International Children’s Festival starts Monday on Granville Island. Monday performances include a play called “Pirate Petunia On the Sea” along with music by Charlotte Diamond and the Hug Bug Band. Prices vary; the festival continues through June 2.

Comments | Topics: Memorial Day Weekend, Methow Valley, Vancouver International Children's Festival

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