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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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January 24, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Get outta town! Three quick ideas for this weekend

The neighbors are tarring their driveway? Your handyman is finally getting ’round to flushing the septic tank? For whatever reason, you’ve suddenly realized you really NEED to get out of town this weekend? No worries. Just in time, here’s a short list of events you might take in around the region this weekend: GO EAST Wenatchee Winter Wine…

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