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May 8, 2014 at 12:32 PM

3 getaways for this weekend, from Portland to Zillah

Sunday is Mother’s Day. Do you really need to get Mom out of the house? Here are three quick ideas to help get you on the road this weekend:

1 WhiskeyFest Northwest in Portland

Most events at Block 15 Restaurant and Brewery, Northwest 11th Avenue and Northwest Overton Street, in Portland’s Pearl District,  4 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday, May 9-10. $25 admission includes three tastes. 21 and older.

Sample whiskey in Portland this weekend. (photo by Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times)

Sample whiskey this weekend. (photo by Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times)

If, for you, nothing says motherhood like whiskey, hop a train to Portland (so you don’t have to drive home), and what the heck, take your mom, for WhiskeyFest Northwest. There’s a crowded program of live music, good food, a mechanical bull to ride, cigars to smoke and more.  Tastings will feature more spirits than I can count on fingers and toes (more than 100, actually), from big names such as Maker’s Mark to Portland’s own Eastside Distilling. Oh, and special whiskey cocktails featured at bars all over town.

2 Take a bird tour of Stanley Park

Bird walks start at 8, 9 and 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at eight parks around Vancouver, B.C. Free. See website for details.

Look for black oystercatchers on the Stanley Park shoreline. (photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Look for black oystercatchers on the Stanley Park shoreline. (photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

It’s the final days of Bird Week 2014 in Vancouver, B.C. Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day this Saturday: Pick a park, including famed Stanley Park and Queen Elizabeth Park, among others, and join a free guided bird walk (maybe this is a good choice if Mom isn’t a whiskey fan). Stanley Park’s entire waterfront is a designated Important Bird Area,  because of its populations of water birds such as black oystercatchers and great blue herons.

3 Spring flowers and downhome fun in Yakima Valley

Wildflower walk, 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10, Steppe Cellars, 1991 Chaffee Road, Sunnyside; more details here.  Zillah Community Days, most activities May 10, see schedule here, Stewart Park, 119 First Ave., Zillah.

Arrowleaf balsamroot is among May wildflowers in Central Washington. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell/The Seattle Times)

Arrowleaf balsamroot is among May wildflowers in Central Washington. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell/The Seattle Times)

Join a guided walk among the shrub steppe wildflowers of Central Washington at Sunnyside’s Steppe Cellars, or just go wander to a few wineries this weekend in the sunny Yakima Valley. In the center of vineyards, the little town of Zillah — with a name alone that makes it worth a visit — celebrates Zillah Community Days Friday and Saturday, May 9-10, with a parade, breakfast in the park, a 10k fun-run, vendors, and activities ranging from a keg toss to an ugliest dog contest. Hard to argue with that kind of fun.

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