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September 11, 2014 at 10:45 AM

3 getaways for this weekend, from Whistler beer to Tieton rafting

Have you just not managed to get outdoors enough in the Northwest’s beautiful summer? Do you really need to get more sun? This weekend might be the last, best chance. Some good reasons to ditch the city:

1 Sunshine, scenery and a beer fest at Whistler

Main event 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, Whistler Olympic Plaza, Whistler, B.C.; $42 general admission; workshops offered Thursday-Saturday, additional ticket.

It's sunshine (and beer) season at Whistler Village. (photo by Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

It’s sunshine (and beer) season at Whistler Village. (photo by Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

You’ll have to, ahem, hop to it if you’re going to find anything to beat the combination of beer and B.C. mountain scenery at this weekend’s Whistler Village Beer Festival. More than 50 breweries have signed up to bring more than 150 craft brews. Live music, bratwurst and beer maidens are promised, along with activities such as ziplining, mountain biking or just doing a full-360 neck rotation as you watch the scenery from the Peak 2 Peak gondola.

2 High time to raft the Tieton River

Contact your favorite rafting outfitter, or try Leavenworth-based Osprey Rafting Co. ($85 includes tax).

Rafters float the Tieton River. (photo by Sara Gettys / Yakima Herald-Republic)

Rafters float the Tieton River. (photo by Sara Gettys / Yakima Herald-Republic)

It’s another weekend of late-summer sunshine, and it’s high time for floating Yakima County’s Tieton River. The Tieton has a special place in river runners’ hearts because every September, just when other rivers are running low, it’s time for dam operators to release water from Rimrock Lake. The lake is full this year, meaning a high flow in the river for a fast and wild ride. Expect 12 miles of Class III (fun but not crazy) whitewater, through the end of the month.

3 Bike beautifully, eat well in Bellingham

Register and start riding from 7-10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave., Bellingham, $60; Food event noon-4 p.m., Depot Market Square, Railroad Avenue at East Chestnut Street, free admission.

Chuckanut Drive is part of the Chuckanut Century bike ride this Sunday. (photo by Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times)

Chuckanut Drive is part of the Chuckanut Century bike ride this Sunday. (photo by Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times)

You won’t find a better weather forecast for a Sunday of pedaling your patooty off, then stuffing your face, in scenic Whatcom County. First, join the Mount Baker Bicycle Club’s Chuckanut Century bike ride, offering loop rides from 25 miles to 124 miles, some along gorgeous Chuckanut Drive. Rides start and end downtown at Boundary Bay Brewery, across the street from the Bite of Bellingham, happening from noon to 4 p.m., with $1 tastes from more than 20 area restaurants, Cajun to Asian.

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