Where We'd Go: Five Early Spring Trips
Got a hankering for travel but nowhere to go? We suggest five destinations that are hot right now.
Where would we go if we didn't have to show up for work tomorrow? It's all we can think about. (But don't worry, boss, we'll be here on Wednesday. Probably.) In our first "Where We'd Go" list, we picked destinations for this late-winter, early-spring season when the whole Northwest is drippy.
• A wine region outside Portland. Two choices: The North Willamette Valley Vintners (around Hillsboro and Forest Grove, just west of Portland) hosts a Wine Trail Weekend April 13 and 14, with free tastings, food, and entertainment, with optional starter breakfast. Or the Columbia Gorge Winegrowers will hold a Passport Weekend at the same time, offering discounts at 27 Washington and Oregon wineries in the Hood River/The Dalles area.
• Cannon Beach. Cruddy weather doesn't ruin a trip to the Oregon Coast—it creates the opportunity for stormwatching. Plus, the Stephanie Inn is celebrating its 20th anniversary in April with 20 percent off its standard rate, a four-course dinner for two for $99, or a romance package that includes 20 long-stemmed roses, spa discounts, a photo session, keepsake flutes, and, of course, champagne.
• Woodinville. Yeah, it's not far, but there's one heck of an Easter special at the Barking Frog restaurant and Willows Lodge just outside Seattle: A menu that includes buffet ($50) or a la carte options, and an egg scavenger hunt around the property.
• The Bay Area. The Mariners will play the Oakland Athletics in road games April 1–4 before their home opener April 8. Or you can catch the very tail end of spring training today through Thursday in Peoria, Arizona (and let sportscaster Rick Rizzs be your tour guide), but you'd best hightail it to Sea-Tac right away.
• The Olympic National Park. In April? Yes, in April. Because "Hiking the rain forest in the rain is the way to do it," according to writer Lawrence W. Cheek. The lush forests of the national park (check out our complete guide) were protected when President Franklin Roosevelt visited, saw one area that had been logged, and said "I hope the son of a bitch who logged that is roasting in hell!"