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.

Animal Style

The Best Zoos and Aquariums of Western Washington

Meet the wild things of Washington in Issaquah, Bremerton, and beyond.

01/27/2022 By Allison Williams

Après Tell

Ski Tailgating Brings the Party to Mountain Parking Lots

Hot dogs on the grill and firepits in the snow: The after-ski hang is as important as the powder for those seeking a weekend outdoor getaway.

01/25/2022 By Allison Williams

Snow no

Why Is This Ski Season Such a Mess?

Crystal Mountain, Stevens Pass, and Summit at Snoqualmie have all had a bad winter season, with Vail Resorts coming under fire for mismanagement.

01/18/2022 By Allison Williams

Short Stops

The Strange Twin Museums of the Columbia Gorge

A deep dive into twin interpretive centers near this popular Seattle road trip destination. Each museum offers its own blend of local and natural history.

01/14/2022 By Allison Williams

Sky Lights

What I Found Chasing the Northern Lights

Tourists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond flock to Northern Canada to chase the aurora borealis–but nature offers no guarantees.

01/11/2022 By Allison Williams

Planner

Things to Do in Washington in January

A folk festival in Bellingham, ice sculptures at Lake Chelan Winterfest, and birdwatching with an expert on Marrowstone Island.

01/07/2022 By Allison Williams

52 Weekends

A Year of Family Activities

The best indoor and outdoor family activities around–the Lego Awesome Exhibit, the Museum of Flight, and the best playgrounds, parks, and kids menus.

01/07/2022 By Angela Cabotaje, Allecia Vermillion, and Allison Williams Illustrations by Mike Holm

Seattle in the Movies

Why Does Where'd You Go, Bernadette Hate Seattle?

The film version of Maria Semple's blockbuster novel misses its chance to truly skewer the Emerald City.

12/28/2021 By Allison Williams

White out

What to Do When It Snows in Seattle

Suit up, leave the car, and grab the sled. Here are our best tips for the rare city blizzard in 2021.

12/24/2021 By Allison Williams

Seasonal Send-offs

Winter Weekend Travel Ideas in the Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest travel ideas worth the search: truffles, snowbound mountain huts, and Kurt Cobain's favorite spot in Aberdeen.

12/17/2021 By Allison Williams

Power Players

100 of the Most Influential People in Seattle

Our full list of politicians, chefs, scientists, athletes, housing advocates, and other local leaders who made the cut in 2021.

12/09/2021 By Angela Cabotaje, Benjamin Cassidy, Sophie Grossman, Zoe Sayler, Allecia Vermillion, and Allison Williams

Power Players

The Most Influential Seattleites

From inclusive outfits to life-saving discoveries, no one can doubt this group’s clout manifests in the essential elements of our city.

12/09/2021 By Angela Cabotaje, Benjamin Cassidy, Sophie Grossman, Zoe Sayler, Allecia Vermillion, and Allison Williams

Short Stops

A Cozy Cidery Opens near Mount Rainier

At Mill Haus Cider Company in Eatonville, the food menu and outdoor spaces are worth their own trip.

12/07/2021 By Allison Williams

Planner

Things to Do in Washington State in December

From ice skating in Olympia to a Christmas fair in Puyallup, all the best events near Seattle this December

12/03/2021 By Allison Williams

Bandwagon, ho

A Seattleite's Guide to Being a Gonzaga Men's Basketball Fan

Turns out Washington has the best men's college basketball team in the nation. Here's what you need to know, from Drew Timme to sports bars in Seattle.

11/23/2021 By Allison Williams

Lumberjacked up

How to Cut Down a Christmas Tree in the Woods

Want a tree straight from the forest? Buy a permit, grab a saw, and head to the woods.

11/23/2021 By Allison Williams

Winter Report

Northwest Travel Winter 2021–22: Where to Go, What to Know

From Walla Walla to Port Townsend, the PNW offers an abundance of winter and holiday getaways within easy driving distance of Seattle.

11/23/2021 By Allison Williams

Tickets to Ride

Guide to Skiing in Washington State

Ready to drop into deep Pacific Northwest powder? First you'll want a ski pass—and we have the lowdown on all the options.

11/22/2021 By Allison Williams

Tickets to Ride

Summit at Snoqualmie Is Seattle's Closest Ski Spot

Seattle’s hometown hill packs plenty of room for skiers and snowboarders into an easy drive from the city.

11/22/2021 By Allison Williams

Tickets to Ride

A New Book Goes Deep on Ski Bums

Seattle writer Heather Hansman set out to chronicle the unique milieu of American skiers and snowboarders

11/22/2021 By Allison Williams