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November 26, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Where are Puget Sounders driving for Thanksgiving? Here’s top 5 list (and when they’re going)

A milepost sign points to destinations around the world from Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, the destination topping the list in an AAA survey of Thanksgiving holiday trips for motorists in Western Washington. (photo by Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

A milepost sign points to destinations around the world from Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland. Portland topped the list in an AAA survey of Thanksgiving holiday destinations for motorists in Western Washington. (photo by Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

AAA of Washington travel counselors report that top destinations for Western Washington motorists this Thanksgiving holiday — in addition to grandmother’s house — are:

  1. Portland
  2. Oregon Coast (including Cannon Beach, Lincoln City)
  3. Victoria, B.C.
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November 25, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Chat rewind: Travel tips on Portland and Vancouver

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…

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0 Comments | More in online chat, Travel advice | Topics: portland, travel tips, vancouver b.c.

September 5, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Get outta town: 3 quick ideas for your weekend (Sept. 6-8)

See barbecue masters at work in Selah, Yakima County, this weekend. (photo by Steve Ringman / Seattle Times archive)

See barbecue masters at work in Selah, Yakima County, this weekend. (photo by Steve Ringman / Seattle Times archive)

Is your basement flooding? Need to get out of town and dry out? Here are some good reasons to go this weekend:

GO SOUTH

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.

GO NORTH

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 as

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May 7, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Portland, Victoria hotels help guests stay in shape

  

Bicyclists cross Victoria's Selkirk Bridge on the Galloping Goose trail, a former railway line converted into a 34-mile biking and walking route in the city and suburbs. (Kristin Jackson photo / Seattle Times)

Bicyclists cross Victoria’s Selkirk Bridge on the Galloping Goose trail, a former railway line converted into a 34-mile biking and walking route in the city and suburbs. (Kristin Jackson photo / Seattle Times)

  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 buying

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April 24, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Portland doubles size of its underground tour

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.

Seattle's Underground Tour shows off a section of old wooden pipe once used to carry the city's water supply. (photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times, 2011)

Seattle’s Underground Tour shows off a section of old wooden pipe once used to carry the city’s water supply. (photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times, 2011)

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 for

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0 Comments | Topics: portland, Portland Walking Tours, Seattle Underground Tour

January 29, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Going to Portland? Get free doughnuts, free beer, with the ‘Portland Passport’

Planning a Portland getaway? Eat, drink and make merry with the Portland Passport that will get you some  free treats around the city.

Flashing your Portland Passport – a coupon deal from Travel Portland, the city’s tourist office –   will get you a free doughnut at the sinfully good Voodoo Doughnut shops; an ice-cream waffle

At Salt & Straw in Portland, waffle cones go nicely with the rich ice cream. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.)

cone (in dozens of flavors, from the  adventurous such as  pear-blue cheese to  good old  toffee-chocolate) from Salt & Straw, which hand-makes gourmet ice cream;   or a free brewery tour and beer- tasting at Widmer Brothers Brewing.

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