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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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Comments | More in highways, Northwest, Washington state, weekend getaways | Topics: holiday destinations, holiday travel, Leavenworth

October 3, 2013 at 6:01 AM

Get outta town: Tasty apples in one Vancouver, naughty bits in the other

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:

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Bring your own apples for pressing Saturday at the Old Apple Tree Festival in Vancouver, Wash. (file photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

Bring your own apples for pressing Saturday at the Old Apple Tree Festival in Vancouver, Wash. (file photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

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.

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Looking for something different? Vancouver, B.C., this weekend hosts the opening of “Boobies & Wieners,” an art exhibit with promotional graphics featuring

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Comments | More in Northwest, weekend getaways | Topics: apple cider, beer festival, hop fest

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:

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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.

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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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Comments | More in Northwest | Topics: barbecue festival, festivals, portland

March 12, 2013 at 6:30 AM

They’re back: Nesting herons claim a popular corner of Vancouver’s Stanley Park

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Comments | More in Northwest | Topics: B.C., great blue herons, stanley park

February 5, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Catch the wave with some Alaska cruise discounts

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.

The Star Princess cruise ship approaches Vancouver’s Lions Gate Bridge at dawn. (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

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),

You could, of course, take one of the many cruises out of Seattle to Alaska; the Port of Seattle cruise website has a schedule of all the sailings. Most Seattle-Alaska cruises are

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Comments | More in Cruises, Tips & deals | Topics: Alaska, B.C., Cruise

January 24, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Get outta town! Three quick ideas for this weekend

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: GO EAST Wenatchee Winter Wine…

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