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Northwest Traveler

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Category: vacation rentals
November 6, 2013 at 6:01 AM

5 cozy winter getaways from Seattle

As cold weather arrives and winds whistle and whirl, anyone looking for a weekend getaway often has “cozy” among the criteria. Here are 5 cozy getaways around Western Washington (and it’s a good time to enjoy low-season rates).

1. Coupeville inns

The Italianate Kineth House is part of the Blue Goose Inn in Coupeville. (photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

The Italianate Kineth House is part of the Blue Goose Inn in Coupeville. (photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Winter is the quiet season on Whidbey Island, but Penn Cove mussels are still fresh and salty in local restaurants and a hike at Ebey’s Landing will wake you up when Strait of Juan de Fuca winds blow. Afterward, cozy up in the pink lady of Coupeville, the Italianate Kineth House, part of the Blue Goose Inn, or one of the rustic madrona-log rooms of the Captain Whidbey Inn.

2. Tokeland Hotel

This funky/delightful historic inn at the upper edge of Willapa Bay has a view of old orchard trees and meadow-grazing deer rather than the ocean, but a 5-minute drive puts you on a sandy beach. Wine and Scrabble in front of the fireplace (beneath the moose head) while

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October 22, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Expedia getting into vacation rentals

The view from a vacation-rental apartment in Paris, where a one-bedroom apartment can be cheaper than a traditional hotel room. (Kristin Jackson / The Seattle Times)

The view from a vacation-rental apartment in Paris, where a one-bedroom apartment can be cheaper than a traditional hotel room. (Kristin Jackson / The Seattle Times)

Bellevue-based Expedia, the giant of online travel agencies, is getting into vacation rentals.

Expedia said Tuesday it will include the listings of HomeAway, a major vacation-rental agency, in a pilot program expected to start early in 2014. It will begin with U.S. and Mexico rental listings.

Instead of traditional hotel rooms, more and more travelers are opting for vacation rentals — of homes or condos — to get more space, more privacy and a kitchen. Expedia already books hotels, flights, rental cars and more — so vacation homes were a logical next step.

“In exploring the addition of stand-alone vacation rental homes to Expedia.com in the U.S., it made the most sense to do so in partnership with HomeAway, the world’s

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