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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:
October 3, 2013 at 6:01 AM
After Seattle’s wettest September on record, are your feet finally, truly going webbed? Is it time to get out of Rain City? Here are three quick ideas to get you on the road:
October is a good month for fresh apple cider. Bring your own apples to be pressed at Vancouver, Washington’s, annual Old Apple Tree Festival, celebrating what is believed to be one of the first apple trees planted in Washington, adjacent to Fort Vancouver. History says an officer in Britain’s Royal Navy, attending a formal dinner on the eve of his departure to the rugged Pacific Northwest, circa 1826, was given some apple seeds left over from the fruit dessert. Dropping them in his dinner jacket pocket, a female admirer instructed, “Plant these when you reach your Northwest wilderness.” The old tree, surrounded now by a busy highway interchange, is celebrated every October with a day of music, cider pressing, apple tastings, tree-pruning workshops and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, free.
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…)
March 12, 2013 at 6:30 AM
In a busy corner of Stanley Park, right by a half-dozen tennis courts and the Vancouver Park Board office, dozens of great blue herons have set up shop once again, building their nests in towering trees.
It’s an unusual spot for a heron colony, with tennis players whacking balls and people walking and biking on nearby paths. But the human activity doesn’t seem to bother the herons. This is the 13th year the herons have been nesting in the same spot in the Vancouver, B.C., park, their numbers growing each year. Last year, 86 pairs of nesting herons were counted, with an estimated 169 fledglings.
It’s a dramatic natural sight in the big city, with the big birds swooping in and out of the nests and a cacophony of calls as the hormone-raging males court the females. To see the herons, find your way to the park board office (see the map) in the southwest corner of Stanley Park at 2099 Beach Avenue, just a half block from the popular Sylvia Hotel on English Bay.
The Stanley Park Ecology Society watches over the birds, putting barriers on the tree trunks so racoons can’t climb to the nests and feast on the eggs (or the young birds). The group also fences off the area beneath the trees so humans can’t intrude or get nesting debris (and more) dumped on their heads.
February 5, 2013 at 1:32 PM
This is the time of year when cruise lines unleash some early-booking discounts, and Princess Cruises put some Alaska “cruisetours” on sale Tuesday for May and June sailings.
You can’t just saunter down to the dock in Seattle and board the ship; these deals are for “Denali on sale” cruise/land vacations between Vancouver, B.C., and Anchorage. The Princess deals include a seven-day cruise and land vacation on Alaska, and includes two of the most popular sights – Glacier Bay National Park and Denali National Park.
Some sample fares (per person, based on double occupancy):
10-night Fairbanks/Vancouver On Your Own cruisetour: starting at $989 interior (was $1,370).
11-night Anchorage/Vancouver On Your Own cruisetour: $1,149 interior (was $1,587),
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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