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November 26, 2013 at 2:29 PM
AAA of Washington travel counselors report that top destinations for Western Washington motorists this Thanksgiving holiday — in addition to grandmother’s house — are:
November 25, 2013 at 1:41 PM
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 with hand-knitted sweaters and scarves for the holidays). In this chat, you’ll find questions and answers that work for visiting the two cities at any time of year.
September 5, 2013 at 12:26 PM
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 as (more…)
May 7, 2013 at 9:08 AM
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 (more…)
April 24, 2013 at 6:00 AM
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 for (more…)
January 31, 2013 at 11:59 AM
Is your dreaded Aunt Millie from Dubuque in town unexpectedly? Has your elderly furnace finally given up the ghost? For whatever reason, do you suddenly really need to get out of town?
Here are three ideas for this weekend:
Crabwalk in to the Oregon Convention Center Friday and Saturday (Feb. 1-2) for the Portland Seafood & Wine Festival, with nearly 100,000 square feet of exhibit space dedicated to Oregon seafood and wine. It’s the height of Dungeness crab season, which sounds like a menu for happiness if you can find a nice Dundee pinot gris to go with it…
It’s a really long haul to get there (better make it a three-dayer), but there are really cool things happening in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, this weekend (Feb. 1-3) with the Fire & Ice Winterfest. (Got cabin fever? The Portneuf River Polar Bear Float sounds like it would really get the cobwebs out.)
Here’s another opportunity to freshen up your life, and while it’s still a long drive, it’s about half as far as our Idaho idea. The Vernon Winter Carnival, in Vernon, B.C., brightens up winter with a Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. The carnival starts Friday and lasts 10 days (Feb. 1-10), with elaborate snow sculptures, a parade and more. And just up the road is famed Silver Star Mountain Resort, for a little power skiing.
January 29, 2013 at 6:30 AM
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
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.
January 24, 2013 at 12:06 PM
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:
Wenatchee Winter Wine Gala, a fundraiser at the Wenatchee Valley Museum, features 18 wineries, representing winners of the Foothills Magazine 2012 North Central Washington Wine Awards, including Beaumont Cellars, Chateau Faire Le Pont, Horan Estates, Jones of Washington, Fielding Hills and more . 6 p.m. Saturday in Wenatchee, $45; 509-888-6240 or www.wvmcc.org.
Fertile Ground arts festival in Portland is billed as a citywide festival of new works. It starts today (Thursday, Jan. 24) and continues through Feb. 3, with a full schedule of world-premiere theater, visual art exhibits and more. www.fertilegroundpdx.org.
The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver, B.C., continues through Feb. 3. Among performers on the festival calendar this weekend is dancer and performance artist Hiroaki Umeda, called “one of Japan’s most exciting artists, bringing together light, sound and movement with astonishing force and style” in a performance that plays with the sensation of color, drenching the stage in layers of red, blue and purple, framing Umeda’s constantly moving body. 604-605-8284 or pushfestival.ca .
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