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August 28, 2014 at 3:12 PM

The Methow Valley is open for business this holiday weekend

“It’s really been an unbelievable summer,” sighed Kristen Smith, marketing manager at the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce. But the wildfires are out and flash floods have subsided (both were well away from Winthrop) and one of the best things Washingtonians can do to help the Methow Valley is to come visit and restore the local…


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July 11, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Get outta town: 3 weekend ideas, from Oregon Country Fair to Victoria

Is the band of Elvis impersonators who live downstairs from you practicing for their big gig this weekend? Do you really need to get out of town? Here are three reasons to go, July 12-14:


Are you a fan of the Fremont Fair? Then you’ll love the Oregon Country Fair, probably the Northwest’s biggest art extravaganza, music festival, free-thinker, sustainable, activist hippie love-in of the summer. Help celebrate its 44th year —

Expect masked merriment at the Oregon Country Fair this weekend. (AP photo)

Expect masked merrymakers at the Oregon Country Fair near Eugene this weekend. (AP photo)

that takes it back to 1969, yeah that would be about right. On a wooded site near Veneta, Ore., 13 miles west of Eugene, the Country Fair is described by organizers as a “time-of-your-life cultural immersion” at which everyone is encouraged to dress up and you should expect “parades and surprises around every bend.” Plus, of course, lots of music, food vendors, arts and crafts, the “Daredevil Vaudeville Palace,” and enough colorful banners and flags to outfit a New Age army. It’s Friday through Sunday. Tickets (off-site sales only) are $22-$28 a day, or $57 for the weekend. $8-$10/day parking.

GO SOUTH and a bit east

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May 30, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Get outta town: 3 quick ideas for your weekend (May 31-June 2)

Got that post-Memorial Day Weekend let-down? Need something to pep you up? Get out of town. Here are three reasons to go. GO EAST Take a road trip to sunny Spokane for ArtFest. It’s the 28th year for the 3-day fine-arts and music festival, Friday through Sunday. Now connected with the Northwest Museum of Arts…


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