We love Seattle, but we don’t love Seattle traffic. Do you need to escape, to just about anywhere? Here are three ideas to get you out of town this weekend.More
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Who needs to see the new movie when you have a boss who’s just like Godzilla? If you really need a stress break, get out of town for a quick getaway. Here are three ideas to get you on the road this weekend:More
Saturday is International Women’s Day. If your boots were made for walkin’, get out of town to one of these events with a female focus:More
March arrives on Saturday. Has February in Seattle left you feeling like a melting snowman in the middle of a road? Be spontaneous. Get out of town for the weekend. Here are three ideas to help move you:More
It’s Washington’s Birthday on Saturday. Do you need to get out of town to escape the annual visit by your uncle, the unrepentant George Washington impersonator? Here are ideas to help get you on your way:More
AAA of Washington travel counselors report that top destinations for Western Washington motorists this Thanksgiving holiday — in addition to grandmother’s house — are:More
For travel advice on Vancouver, B.C., and Portland, see the online chat that we – Brian Cantwell and Kristin Jackson – did today. It followed stories we wrote about holiday fun in Portland and Vancouver in the print edition of NWTraveler — from Vancouver’s light-bedecked parks to Portland’s “yarn-bombing” (dressing up statues and trees…More
Is your basement flooding? Need to get out of town and dry out? Here are some good reasons to go this weekend:
Catch the final days, through Sunday, of MusicfestNW, Portland’s six-night, mostly indoor music festival featuring more than 150 bands at 16 clubs and other venues throughout the city. (Time magazine dubbed it “one of 50 authentic American experiences,” and who would want to miss out on an authentic American experience?) For an outdoor concert on this sunny (so they say) weekend, head for downtown’s Pioneer Courthouse Square to catch the experimental psychedelic sounds of Animal Collective on Friday, or the indie folk The Head and the Heart on Saturday. All-show wristbands start at $90; individual tickets available for some shows. Full schedule and details here.
Vancouver’s Fringe Festival of independent theater kicked off Thursday and brings more than 600 performances by 89 artists over 11 days, through Sept. 15. The Fringe employs an “everyone welcome” selection technique — the Mainstage shows are literally drawn out of a hat, giving all artists a chance to participate. Among offerings Saturday is “Naked Love,” described on the website asMore
On a vacation or business trip it’s way too easy to indulge in unhealthy foods and abandon a fitness routine.
The solution: Find a hotel with a decent fitness center or pool big enough so you actually can swim lengths. Or pack your running shoes and hit the streets.
Some hotels in the Pacific Northwest and B.C. this spring are starting to help guests stay in shape with free guided runs and bikes to use.
At the luxurious Heathman Hotel in Portland, the general manager, Chris Erickson, will lead guests on a run through downtown every Tuesday morning at 7 a.m., starting May 14. Erickson is a marathon runner, but he won’t set a punishing pace or length: runs will be about four miles.
Anyone staying at the Heathman can join the run, but those buyingMore
If it’s true that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Seattle’s venerable Underground Tour — a hit with tourists seemingly since the day after the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 (which it commemorates) — has fans in Portland.
Portland Walking Tours has just announced the opening of previously inaccessible subterranean areas in Old Town Portland, accessible only on its historic Underground Portland and spooky Beyond Bizarre walking tours.
The newly-accessible tour space, nearly doubling previous areas open for exploration, is below the historic Merchants Hotel, 222 N.W. Davis St., built in 1880. Currently home of well-known Portland establishments such as Old Town Pizza and the Faux Museum, the building’s below-ground levels are known forMore