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February 4, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Save loads by renting your car away from the airport

I was just reminded, through experience, of this great trick for thrifty travelers. Booking a trip to California for some future Seattle Times travel stories, I found a decently cheap flight to San Jose ($160 round-trip on Alaska), but was crestfallen to find that a rental car was going to cost more than double that for…


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February 3, 2015 at 3:56 PM

Trial allows dogs with skiers on easy trails at Chelan’s Echo Ridge

Beginning Saturday, Feb. 7, you may cross-country ski with your dog on some of the easier Forest Service trails near Lake Chelan. The Chelan Ranger District is staging a pilot program called “Pups on the Pops” on three trails locally known as the “Pops” at Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area. From the Lower Echo parking lot,…


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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…



January 29, 2015 at 2:28 PM

Record passenger numbers at Sea-Tac Airport in 2014

Sea-Tac Airport handled a record number of passengers last year, nearly 37.5 million, the Port of Seattle said Thursday. That’s a 7.7 percent increase from 2013, making Sea-Tac the fastest-growing large hub airport in the U.S., the port said. “The total 2014 passenger figure of 37,497,941 beat the previous record set in 2013 of 34,826,741 –…


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January 27, 2015 at 5:05 PM

$12 Super Bowl Sunday lift tickets at Stevens Pass (don’t wait long)

Don’t have the thousands of dollars to go watch the Super Bowl in Arizona? Then spend $12 — yes, it’s a 12th Man thing — for a ski lift ticket on Super Bowl Sunday at Stevens Pass. Starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, you can go online and try to nab one of the 1,200 available…


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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 26, 2015 at 4:37 PM

Presto, change-o at Rainier’s Paradise, where it can be rainy or sunny, but without much snow

Just to prove what they say about how quickly conditions can change on Mount Rainier, here’s a comparison of what I saw on a drive up to Paradise on Friday, when it was pouring rain up there (right), versus what was showing this sunny Monday afternoon on the park’s webcam (below). What it hasn’t been doing…


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January 26, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Whiskey Bend Road closed by slide in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park‘s 4.5-mile Whiskey Bend Road, on the east bank of the Elwha River, is closed after the first mile due to a slide and extensive road damage, park officials reported Monday. Heavy rains and high winds earlier this month resulted in a slide that destroyed more than 50 linear feet of the roadbed…


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January 26, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Body of hiker found in Olympic National Park

The body of a  hiker missing since late December  has been found in Olympic National Park.  Here’s the word Monday morning from park authorities: “Searchers, aided by several dog teams, yesterday (Sunday)  located and recovered the body of missing hiker James Thomas Griffin in very rugged terrain near the Boulder Creek trailhead.  Griffin, 60, of Port…


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January 23, 2015 at 1:39 PM

Phoenix’s best restaurants, according to locals

Recently, we posted a story that listed some good bars and convenient eateries for Seahawks fans going to the Super Bowl in Arizona. Recommendations for great restaurants in the area started pouring in from present and former Phoenix residents, and even people who just travel there a lot. Several readers suggest browsing Roosevelt Row,…


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