Drink Cider. When our food and drink editor Allecia Vermillion proposed a story on hard cider for the October issue a few months ago, the idea sounded like a wholesome autumnal feature, one that lent itself to photos of ripe fruit and pretty orchards and golden light. Let me tell you: It’s so much more than that. 

If “cider” brings to mind a sugary fruit drink, you may be blown away to discover the range and complexity of the hard ciders being produced in Washington. In the last five years, orchards and tiny handcrafted cider operations across the state have quietly placed us at the epicenter of a drinking revolution. The drink that Allecia calls “kinda like beer” and “kinda like wine” because of the way it’s fermented, bottled, and sold comes in a range of styles from sweet to dry and it’s being served in a bar near you. To get in on the cider revolution, turn to page 80.

Take a Day Trip. The last time we published a guide to easy day trips from Seattle, it proved to be one of our most popular and enduring features ever. This time out, travel editor Allison Williams has been all over the state to find even more one-day seasonal getaways, many of them new, including scenic drives, destination restaurants, cultural outings, and pumpkin-flying adventures, all within easy reach of Seattle. And just to keep you from getting bored riding up and down the freeway, she’s included a free game of I Spy on I-5 so you can test your knowledge of iconic sites and sights in Western Washington. 

Join Us for Dinner. When Seattle Met’s annual Best Restaurants issue comes out next month we’ll be announcing our pick for Restaurant of the Year, and you’re invited to be the first to dine there when the news breaks. We’ve reserved the entire restaurant on Thursday, October 24, for a super secret supper, location to be revealed that day. Tickets for two seatings of the exclusive multicourse dinner at Seattle Met’s Restaurant of the Year are on sale at seattlemet.com/secretsupper. Best way to stay in the know about this and other parties and offers? Like us on Facebook and sign up for the Seattle Met Events newsletter at seattlemet.com/newsletters



Published: October 2013

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