December 9, 2013 at 4:36 PM
Just got back from a couple days in Bellingham, via Chuckanut Drive, and have a little news to report for fans of the expanding Bow-Edison foodie wonderland at the south end of Chuckanut:
If you’re used to stopping in for a bowl of posole stew or some lime-soaked polenta cake at the Farm to Market Bakery in little old downtown Edison (all 500 feet of it), don’t be dismayed when you see the bakery empty and closed this month. Just turn the Prius around and cruise a mile or so back to the corner of Bow Hill Road and Chuckanut Drive and the little old Rhododendron Cafe, the new home to Jim and Lisa Kowalski, who ran the Farm to Market in recent years.
Longtime owners (since 1984, which is about a century in restaurateur years) Don and Carol Shank retired in October and hung up their aprons at the Rhododendron, a popular food stop on the scenic route to the City of Subdued Excitement (Bellingham). With fewer than a dozen tables, the cafe isn’t big — but if you’d ever squeezed (more…)
November 26, 2013 at 2:29 PM
AAA of Washington travel counselors report that top destinations for Western Washington motorists this Thanksgiving holiday — in addition to grandmother’s house — are:
November 20, 2013 at 6:00 AM
The Pacific Northwet’s cold-weather months are museum season. When cold or rain put the chill on your weekend getaway, step inside to a warm world of interest and information. Here are five great little museums worth a stop on a Western Washington road trip:
Suquamish Museum, Suquamish, Kitsap County
This sparkling museum opened in 2012 in the hometown of Chief Seattle, for whom the big city was named. Learn about his people in an easy-to-navigate display that includes a poignant film documenting the tribe’s happy times — old-time salmon bakes — and tragedies, such as tribal children’s forced attendance of English-speaking, military-type schools. See a dress made of woven cedar fibers alongside a championship jacket from the 1984 national Indian Slo-Pitch Tournament. $3-$5. More about the museum here.
World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame, Long Beach, Pacific County
Tour the collection of more than 1,500 kites from 26 countries. They range from colorful butterflies, to fierce faces of Japanese warrior kites, to an (more…)
November 12, 2013 at 6:00 AM
It’s important to keep your strength up when you’re on the road, and a stop at a good bakery can be just what you need. Or sometimes it’s worth making the trip just for the bakery.
Here are 5 good bakeries you can visit on a day trip from Seattle or Bellevue:
Sluys Poulsbo Bakery, 18924 Front St. N.E., Poulsbo. From the Frisbee-sized Viking doughnuts to the smiley-face cookies or gingerbread giants (not just men), Sluys doesn’t do much halfway. Some classic Scandinavian pastries, too. In the center of Poulsbo’s old-town shopping district, a stone’s skip from scenic Liberty Bay, on the Kitsap Peninsula. (More Poulsbo ideas here.)
Breadfarm, downtown Edison, Skagit County. A whole lotta whole-grain goodness going on. The name says it: Bread is what this place is about, locally sourced, from their Samish River Potato Bread, from Skagit Valley potatoes, to Chuckanut Multigrain from (more…)
November 7, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Is it way past time to clean out the fridge? Would it be easier to just leave town? Here are some other good reasons to hit the road this weekend:
Tour seven Olympic Peninsula wineries and cideries during their annual Harvest Wine Tour and Scarecrow Contest this Saturday through Monday. A $30 pass gets you wine tastings and food pairings, such as wild-mushroom stroganoff at Harbinger Winery in Port Angeles, Alder Wood Bistro’s lamb stew at Olympic Cellars, or miniature caramel apple hand-pies with hot spiced “Chai-der” at Finnriver Farm & Cidery in Chimacum. Each stop competes with its own version of vineyard scarecrows.
November 6, 2013 at 6:01 AM
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
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.
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 (more…)
November 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Get in the latest conversation about global warming, through art, with a trip to Bellingham to see the Whatcom Museum’s groundbreaking new exhibit, “Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775-2012.”
Promoters describe the exhibit, which opened Sunday, thusly:
“Showcasing the beauty and attraction of Earth’s frozen frontiers through 90 works of art from 12 countries, ‘Vanishing Ice’ frames a unique body of art within the context of climate change. This cultural perspective reveals the importance of alpine and polar landscapes in shaping Western consciousness about nature, and helps inform the environmental challenges faced today.”
Featured works range from Finnish photographer Tiina Itkonen’s image of (more…)
October 31, 2013 at 6:02 AM
Just can’t face that Halloween TP’ing job from the neighbor’s kids? Need to get out of town this weekend? Here are some more reasons to go:
Celebrate the dead in downtown Yakima, where the Yakima-Morelia (Mexico) Sister City Association sponsors its annual Altar Exhibit and Community Celebration in honor of Dia de los Muertos, a traditional celebration of remembrance in Latino cultures. It’s a blend of Aztec traditions of remembering the dead and the Catholic celebration of All Saints Day and All Souls Day, a tradition brought by Spanish conquistadors. Community groups from around Yakima have created altars in the festive tradition. Free; 106 S. Third St., Yakima.
Clap your hands, stamp your feet and celebrate another Hispanic cultural wonder: (more…)
October 28, 2013 at 2:40 PM
A harvest-time potluck dinner at one of the Northwest’s more scenic locations is as good a reason as any to make your way to Whidbey Island this Friday.
The Friends of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve host their free annual community potluck at the historic Crockett Barn, near the Keystone ferry landing at Coupeville. Along with an informational program, there will be (more…)
October 24, 2013 at 6:02 AM
Need a break from the same-old, same-old? Here are three alluring reasons to leave town this weekend:
Alfred Hitchcock was a master of the macabre in 20th-century cinema, so when better than Halloween week to see recent restorations of some of his earliest works, part of a collection of nine silent Hitchcock films from the 1920s? They’re being shown in Portland with live, original musical accompaniment by local artists. Included is 1925′s “The Pleasure Garden,” Hitchcock’s first film. It’s all part of the final weekend for Portland Art Museum/Northwest Film Center’s Reel Music Festival. $15 per film, Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., Friday through Sunday.
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