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February 12, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Quick sales on Amtrak Cascades tickets, Whistler lodging

An Amtrak train travels along the Puget Sound waterfront. (Amtrak Cascades photo.) “Buy fast before it’s gone” sales seem to be the travel-industry strategy  these days. Regionally, both Amtrak Cascades and the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort  launched such limited-time  sales today for train travel and ski-resort accommodations, with a three-day window for buying. Sometimes the sales  can  be…

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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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January 11, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Saving on Hawaii’s high-cost rental cars

Somewhere there’s a car for you at the right price.(Photo by Steve Ringman / Seattle Times) We’ve all become used to — reluctantly — the maddening world of airfares in which prices can change hourly and there can be dozens of different fares for the same flight. The airlines use computer wizardry to manipulate fares…

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