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November 7, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Get outta town: 3 quick ideas for your weekend (Nov. 8-10)

Is it way past time to clean out the fridge? Would it be easier to just leave town? Here are some other good reasons to hit the road this weekend:

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It's Harvest Wine Tour time at Olympic Cellars and other wineries on the Olympic Peninsula. Look for custom-designed vineyard scarecrows as part of the tour. (photo courtesy Olympic Cellars)

It’s Harvest Wine Tour time at Olympic Cellars and other wineries on the Olympic Peninsula. Look for custom-designed vineyard scarecrows as part of the tour. (photo courtesy Olympic Cellars)

Tour seven Olympic Peninsula wineries and cideries during their annual Harvest Wine Tour and Scarecrow Contest this Saturday through Monday. A $30 pass gets you wine tastings and food pairings, such as wild-mushroom stroganoff at Harbinger Winery in Port Angeles, Alder Wood Bistro’s lamb stew at Olympic Cellars, or miniature caramel apple hand-pies with hot spiced “Chai-der” at Finnriver Farm & Cidery in Chimacum. Each stop competes with its own version of vineyard scarecrows.

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The eight-day Northwest Filmmaker’s Festival kicks off in Portland on Friday. The festival,

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June 13, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Get outta town: 3 quick ideas for your weekend (June 14-16)

It’s Father’s Day on Sunday. Is Dad a little down in the dumps about lawn mowing and gutter cleaning? Does he just need to get out of the house for an out-of-town getaway? Here are some ideas for this weekend. GO NORTH Got a young dad who needs to stretch his legs? I mean, really stretch?…

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March 13, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Pssst, state-park rental homes include $88 bargains till April

Looking for a bargain getaway to a memorable spot close to home? Don’t forget the historic homes you can rent in Washington’s state parks. Run away on a weeknight before this month is out and get some good off-season rates.

From the Engineer's House at Fort Flagler, watch Puget Sound ship traffic come and go. (And you can keep your dog -- or toddlers -- inside the fence.) (photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

From the Engineer’s House at Fort Flagler, watch Puget Sound ship traffic come and go. (And you can keep your dog inside the fence.) (photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

Working on an upcoming story about Fort Flagler State Park, part of a series marking the park system’s 100th birthday (which is March 19), I stayed last Thursday night in the Engineer’s House, dating to the 1890s, the first structure built in the old Marrowstone Island fort that first helped guard Puget Sound during the Spanish-American War. (Hey, are we ruled by Spain today? I guess the fort did its job.)

The two-bedroom house was cozy, and the bluffside view of Admiralty Inlet hard to beat. It even warmed up enough Friday for a picnic in an Adirondack chair on the front porch, with a view of every ship and tugboat going in and out of the Sound. Mount Baker across the way, Mount Rainier to the south. Pretty darn nice.

And the price was right:

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