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February 25, 2015 at 12:57 PM

The Northwest Traveler blog has moved

With the launch of our website redesign, our blogs have moved. We’ll still be posting Northwest rravel news and analysis, but now you’ll find it all in the Travel channel. Same content as always, just a different home for it. You can leave feedback about the site changes here.

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February 9, 2015 at 3:24 PM

Need a skiing fix? Head for the Methow Valley

Heartbroken over lack of snow at your favorite downhill resort? Aghast at webcam views of what should be pristine, snowy slopes but are showing more dark spots than a Dalmatian? If cross-country skiing will fill your winter schussing deficit, the Methow Valley might provide your salvation. While just about everywhere else in the Northwest ski world…

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Comments | Topics: cross-country skiing, Methow cross-country skiing, Methow Trails

February 6, 2015 at 3:24 PM

Washington ski areas struggling, closing in the rain

Rain, rain go away is the fervent prayer of Washington’s Cascade ski areas, which have closed lifts (or shut down completely) and canceled lessons as the warm, wet weather washes out skiing and boarding. Crystal Mountain will run only a few lifts as of this weekend and has canceled all ski/boarding lessons until further notice…

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Comments | Topics: crystal mountain, Mount Baker, summit at snoqualmie

January 29, 2015 at 3:16 PM

Sold at Sea-Tac Airport: $24,000 bottle of cognac and 84,000 massages

Sea-Tac Airport had record passenger numbers in 2014.  And some of those  nearly 37.5 million passengers made some eye-popping purchases, including a $24,000 bottle of Remy Martin cognac, said the Port of Seattle. Among the other offbeat statistics from a year in the life of Sea-Tac: – Relax:  The airport’s Massage Bar performed 84,000 different massages…

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January 27, 2015 at 10:13 AM

Free in-flight movies, TV shows extended for Alaska passengers

There’s no free lunch for most air travelers, but Alaska Airlines passengers will keep getting free  in-flight entertainment for their electronic devices for two more months, the carrier said Tuesday . “All content, including premium movies and TV shows, will be complimentary through March 31, 2015,”  Alaska said (its  free trial began in December). Beginning April…

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January 20, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Who’s spending what on Super Bowl tickets

Seahawk fans are flying high and spending big for Super Bowl tickets. Here’s a statistical look at ticket sales from the NFL Ticket Exchange (the official NFL ticket-resale agency) as of Tuesday afternoon: Currently on NFLTixExchange: • Average SALES Price = $3,512 • Median SALES Price = $3,213 • High SALES price = $10,725 (section 130of the stadium) • Get-In LIST…

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Comments | Topics: NFL Ticket Exchange, Super Bowl tickets, University of Phoenix stadium

November 25, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Dramatic photos of rampaging waters at Mount Rainier; park reopens Wednesday

WEDNESDAY UPDATE, Nov. 26: Mount Rainier National Park’s Nisqually entrance reopened at 8 a.m. Wednesday after Tuesday’s closure and evacuation of the park’s west side due to flooding. A logjam just above the Kautz Creek culverts on the Nisqually Road, between the Nisqually Entrance and Longmire, caused the creek to overflow onto the road Tuesday. A park…

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Comments | Topics: flooding, mount rainier closure, Mount Rainier flooding

November 19, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Where the New York Times wants you to eat, play in Seattle weekend

The New York Times is telling its world of readers where to eat and play in a weekend in Seattle. The article and video, one of the newspaper’s popular 36-hours-in-a-city travel series, highlights Pioneer Square restaurants (hello Matt Dillon)  and Lake Union’s wildly popular Westward, among others. Beyond eating, “36 hours in Seattle” steers visitors to the…

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November 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Road to Olympic Hot Springs reopens after 3-year closure

  Olympic National Park’s Olympic Hot Springs Road, in the Elwha River Valley, has reopened following a three-year closure while contractors removed the Glines Canyon Dam. Visitors may now reach the Boulder Creek Trailhead, which provides hiker and stock-user access to the Olympic Hot Springs Trail, a 2.5-mile hike from the trailhead. Park officials urge visitors to consult…

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