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Get Scenic at the Columbia River Gorge

Get Scenic at the Columbia River Gorge

Take an artsy road trip to the first annual Columbia Gorge Arts & Culture Discovery Month.

WHERE: The Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area. WHY: For the first annual Columbia Gorge Arts & Culture Discovery Month (columbiagorgeartsandculture.com), wherein 19 arts organizations spanning the Gorge celebrate local art, music and culture. Events include the Columbia Gorge Fiddle Contest (May 6-8 in Hood River, OR; columbiagorgefiddlecontest.com), featuring the best fiddlers in the west, plus…

Disney Cruises to Embark from Seattle Starting May 28, 2012: Pro or Con?

Disney Cruises to Embark from Seattle Starting May 28, 2012: Pro or Con?

Family-friendly Seatle vacations just got a boost with the announcement of Disney Cruises departing

Just got word today that starting May 28, 2012, Disney Cruises will sail from Seattle to Alaska, making stops at Tracy Arm, Skagway (aren’t they they known for pie or something like that?), Juneau and Ketchikan as well as Victoria, B.C. We’ve never been on a Disney cruise (or any cruise for that matter, though…

Outdoors: Put On Your Sailing Shoes

Outdoors: Put On Your Sailing Shoes

The Mountaineers Will Tie Them For You

How can you live in Seattle — right between the ocean and the lake — and not know how to sail? Now is your chance to make it right. The Mountaineers‘ Seattle four week sailing course begins on April 6, and includes four Wednesday evening classroom programs as well as at least one training sail…

Outdoors: Consider Rediscovering Discovery Park

Outdoors: Consider Rediscovering Discovery Park

Follow a Docent on a Hike Through Seattle's Premiere Park

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of touring Discovery Park in Magnolia, join a Seattle Park’s docent on a 3.5 mile walk there this coming Wednesday morning from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. (ages 18+ only). Plan on some slight elevation gain and, given that this is Seattle, be prepared for mud and rain….

Outdoors: The North Cascade Institute's New Slate of 2011 Programs

Outdoors: The North Cascade Institute’s New Slate of 2011 Programs

North Cascades Institute Launches 2011 Programs

This week the North Cascades Institute, which is celebrating its 25th year conserving and protecting Northwest environments through experiential outdoor education, announced an exciting slate of learning programs and field excursions as part of its 2011 schedule. This year the Institute made a special effort to bring back some of its favorite field instructors from its…

Road Trip to Enumclaw Chocolate Festival

Road Trip to Enumclaw Chocolate Festival

Savor locally crafted chocolates and wines at the third annual Wine and Chocolate Festival.

Where Enumclaw for the third annual Wine and Chocolate Festival (2/4–2/5; Enumclaw Expo Center, 45224 284th Ave. SE; enumclawchocolatefestival.com). Why: This year’s event features an indulgent lineup of locally made truffles and flavored chocolates, plus pours from 22 Washington wineries. Pair for the course: Savor salted caramels from Newcastle-based Sweet Decadence and sip a Merlot…

Gray Weather Survival Guide

Gray Weather Survival Guide

The sky may be gray, but that’s no reason to feel blue. We’ve come up with plenty of ways to survive

The sky may be gray, but that’s no reason to feel blue. We’ve come up with plenty of ways to survive—and thrive—during our long winter nights and rainy days. 1. Play ball! This town’s big on pinball—thanks to our weather, and because we’re a little geeky, says Larry Reid, curator at Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery…

Day Trip: Kent

Day Trip: Kent

Take note, urbanites. There is civilization south of Ikea. Thanks to the draw of Kent Station mall,

Take note, urbanites. There is civilization south of Ikea. Thanks to the draw of Kent Station mall, the busy ShoWare Center and a newly remodeled library, old town Kent has amped up its charm. The four-block stretch running from First to Fourth avenues, between Meeker and Titus streets, is lined with antique shops, restaurants, quaint…

Road Trip: Portland, Oregon

Road Trip: Portland, Oregon

Portland says come on down and have a beer

Where: Portland, Oregon, for the 2010 Holiday Ale Festival (12/1–12/5; $20-$25; holidayale.com) in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Why: To clink beer mugs in a microbrew mecca, where 45 breweries from the Northwest and beyond—including Widmer Bros. Brewing Co., Cascade Brewing and Alaskan Brewing Co.—offer tastes of holiday hops accented with wintry whiffs of cranberries, raspberries and…

Sage Advice for Camping with Children

Sage Advice for Camping with Children

Camping with kids presents special problems, so we asked a family-camping expert for some answers.

Should I buy my child a special ergonomic telescoping titanium trekking pole? Only if you hate nature. There is no way that pole is not going to be used to whack the crap out of trailside vegetation (and probably your ankles and your child’s little brother). Balance is a learned skill—let them learn it! Save the…

Best Camping Spots: Occupational Hazards

Best Camping Spots: Occupational Hazards

Avid hiker Kristen Russell wants to be sure you know a few things before camping in the Northwest.

WeatherNo matter the forecast, in the Northwest you must be prepared for rain. That crazy nylon sheet that came with your tent—the one covered with toggles and cords and pulleys—is called a rain fly. Use it! And don’t skip the tarp under your tent; if you do, you could wake up to see your flashlight…

Best Camping Spots: Vamping

Best Camping Spots: Vamping

The Eurovan is the ground-averse camper's silver bullet.

When my husband, Daniel, and I go camping for the weekend, there are no tents involved. We do not drag Therm-a-Rests or tarps out of the garage; we do not strap carefully rolled sleeping bags onto backpacks. Instead, we pile into our VW Eurovan and head for nearby wilderness to experience a night or two…

Best Camping Spots: Roughing It

Best Camping Spots: Roughing It

The Northwest offers myriad ways to commune with nature, but nothing surpasses sleeping outdoors.

Salt Creek A Family AffairWhere: North side of the Olympic Peninsula on the Strait of Juan de FucaBest For: Base-camp adventuring, tide pooling and family-friendly camping  Sea stars, swimming and s’mores, oh my! Salt Creek Recreation Area off State Route 112 on the north side of the Olympic Peninsula has a wealth of options for family…

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