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August 28, 2014 at 3:12 PM

The Methow Valley is open for business this holiday weekend

“It’s really been an unbelievable summer,” sighed Kristen Smith, marketing manager at the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce. But the wildfires are out and flash floods have subsided (both were well away from Winthrop) and one of the best things Washingtonians can do to help the Methow Valley is to come visit and restore the local…

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May 23, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Get outta town: 3 ideas for your Memorial Day weekend

Chances are you’re already booked for this Memorial Day weekend. But who knows, maybe your next-door neighbor is having his annual Memorial Day Accordion Flash Mob party and you really need to get out of town.

Here are three reasons to go.

GO SOUTH

For wine-lovers, it’s one of the biggest weekends of the year in Oregon pinot noir country.

Solena Winery, near Yamhill, Ore., is among wineries celebrating Memorial Day Weekend with an open house. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell/The Seattle Times)

Solena Winery, near Yamhill, Ore., is among wineries celebrating Memorial Day Weekend with an open house. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell/The Seattle Times)

More than 150 Willamette Valley wineries, including some small family-owned operations not regularly open to the public, welcome visitors and stage special events all weekend long as part of Memorial Weekend in the Wine Country, Saturday through Monday. It’s just west of Portland, where vineyards meet the Coast Range. Tasting fees may apply.

GO EAST

Is sarsaparilla more to your tastes? The North Cascades Highway reopened weeks ago, so giddyap over to Winthrop for this weekend’s Methow Valley Rodeo, a locally grown event sponsored by Methow Valley Horsemen. Jackpot competitive events include Ranch Saddle Bronc, Saddle Bronc, Bulls and Barrel Racing,

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