Since joining Seattle Met in 2011, Allison Williams has overseen the magazine’s travel and outdoor coverage, including deep dives into Olympic National Park, the Columbia River, and a Burger King drive-thru in Canada. She edits the travel-focused blog Tripster and contributes service, news, interview, and narrative pieces to the magazine, including long-form features about mountain mysteries and puppies in prison. She’s earned awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and been nominated for a City and Regional Magazine award. 

Allison was raised here in Olympia and studied writing at Duke University, Oxford University, Columbia Journalism School, and University of Alaska. She began her career in New York City in the newsrooms of Metro newspaper and Time Out New York, then hightailed it back to her native habitat so she could write guidebooks and climb mountains.

Cold Tide

Washington's Best Beaches in Winter

Our shoreline shines in the off-season.

02/22/2021 By Allison Williams

Inevitabilities

How to Prepare for a Disaster in Seattle

Don't judge Texas. Are we actually ready for an emergency?

02/18/2021 By Allison Williams

Municipal Moguls

Urban Skiing Is Seattle's New Favorite Sport

Because sometimes sledding isn't enough.

02/15/2021 By Allison Williams

Free time

Things to Do Around Seattle for Midwinter Break

Scavenger hunts, snowplay spots, and more: 15 ideas for all that free time you never asked for.

02/10/2021 By Allison Williams

Don't Come Knockin'

Romantic Valentine's Day Hotel Specials in Seattle and Beyond

Let someone else wrangle the rose petals.

02/09/2021 By Allison Williams

Bright Breaks

Seeking a Sunny Vacation? Here's Where to Find It Near Seattle

This ain’t Baja. But there are some Covid-safe retreats with a few (chilly) rays just a day’s drive away.

01/22/2021 By Allison Williams

Public Lands FTW

The Northwest's Best State Park Cabins

Cozy rentals at budget prices.

01/22/2021 By Allison Williams

The Other WA

Washington's Congressional Delegation Is a Big Deal Right Now

The women, specifically, are becoming national names.

01/14/2021 By Allison Williams

Winter Report

Northwest Travel 2021: Where to Go, What to Know

Travel looks different these days, but there's still plenty to do, from Oregon blacksmithing workshops to igloo escapes.

01/11/2021 By Allison Williams

sleigh all day

Where to Go Sledding Near Seattle

A good snow hill is surprisingly hard to find.

01/08/2021 By Allison Williams

anywhere but here

Best Places to Travel in 2021

If, you know, we can.

12/31/2020 By Allison Williams

Love is a Battlefield

A Seattle Romance Brings the Bodice-Ripping Revolution to Netflix

Local author Julia Quinn gets a splashy adaptation from Shonda Rhimes on Christmas Day—and, finally, the respect her genre deserves.

12/21/2020 By Allison Williams

Roll Yuletide

Day Trips from Seattle for Christmas Day

Go the distance for distanced holidays, or skip the Noel altogether.

12/15/2020 By Allison Williams

wanderlust

Sea-Tac Gets a New International Flight

Remember travel? Once it's a thing again, Seattle can jet nonstop to Qatar.

12/10/2020 By Allison Williams

Unwelcome Wagon

How Tourist Towns Faced the Pandemic

Rural areas across the Northwest have a dilemma: How do you weigh local industry against the risks of vacationers?

12/07/2020 By Allison Williams

SNOW 2.0

Your Guide to Washington Winter

Weather a season of limited skiing, minimal group hangs, and record-high cabin fever. Dig into our complete guide to Seattle snowshoeing, frozen camping, and...

11/25/2020 By Allison Williams

Float On

Washington Guide to Snowshoes and Winter Hiking

Winter’s most accessible sport—with the goofiest footwear—keeps getting bigger. Here's how to do it safely.

11/25/2020 By Allison Williams

earned turns

Backcountry Skiing Is Blowing Up This Winter

Skiers are heading out-of-bounds in droves this season—but all those newbies could snowball into disaster.

11/25/2020 By Allison Williams

Cold Sleep

How to Love Winter Camping

10 tips for sleeping outside in the snow when it's dark, frozen...and surprisingly fun.

11/25/2020 By Allison Williams

Winter walks

10 Best Snowshoe Hikes in Western Washington

Trails look a little different in winter, but with the right footwear there's no reason to stay inside.

11/25/2020 By Allison Williams