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April 2, 2014 at 4:40 PM

3 getaways for this weekend, from Leavenworth to Vancouver, B.C.

Tired of walking the same old sidewalks? Are your feet bored silly? Get out of town this weekend. Here are three quick ideas to inspire your getaway:

1 Food and films in Leavenworth

Food event April 5-6, around town, $25 in advance (buy here), 509-548-5807. Film festival, 5:30 p.m. April 5, Leavenworth Festhalle, $8 in advance (buy here).

Alphorn player in Leavenworth. (Greg Gilbert photo/The Seattle Times)

Alphorn player in Leavenworth. (Greg Gilbert photo/The Seattle Times)

It’s a weekend for foodies and film-lovers in Leavenworth, over Stevens Pass in Chelan County. The pear-themed Taste Leavenworth event offers a $25 (advance purchase) coupon book good for $100 worth of taste treats all over the faux-Bavarian burg (from pear-glazed almonds at Almond Blossom to Stilton cheese at The Cheesemonger). For those who favor belaying harnesses more than lederhosen, gorge on outdoor-oriented cinema in the second annual Leavenworth Film Festival, complete with red carpets and limousines (trade that Gore-Tex for a tux?).

2 Strong ales in the Columbia Gorge

2-8 p.m. Saturday, April 5, Skamania County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 701 S.W. Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson; $15 includes souvenir glass + three tastes.

photo by Alan Berner/The Seattle Times

photo by Alan Berner/The Seattle Times

Head for the Columbia River Gorge for the Iron Man Strong Ale Festival, in Stevenson, Skamania County, which some of its residents describe as “a quaint riverside drinking town with a windsurfing problem.” Expect live music, good food and the chance to sample a variety of strong ales (every beer is at least 8 percent alcohol by volume) from craft breweries up and down the Columbia River, including Backwoods, Walking Man, Loowit, Ghost Runners, Everybody’s, Pfriem, Thunder Island and more.

3 Japan Fair in Vancouver, B.C.

Japan Fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 5-6, VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St., Vancouver, B.C., $5.50-$10.50 advance purchase (buy here).

Celebrate cherry blossoms, and Japan, in Vancouver, B.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Celebrate cherry blossoms, and Japan, in Vancouver, B.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Spring to the north and celebrate spring with this month’s Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, including this weekend’s Sakura Days Japan Fair in VanDusen Botanical Garden. Expect Japanese food, dance, floral displays, haiku workshops, tea ceremonies, a sake seminar, karaoke, and a children’s tent with storytelling and origami.

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