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.

Fall Report

Northwest Travel 2020: Where to Go, What to Know

Cruises and festivals are canceled—but there's still plenty to do, from a DIY take on Oktoberfest to a buffet road trip.

10/19/2020 By Allison Williams

Gun Shy

How to Hike in Hunting Season

And why the camo crew and the backpack brigade are really on the same team.

10/16/2020 By Allison Williams

Is That Allowed?

Should You Book Holiday Travel?

There's a big question mark over Thanksgiving and Christmas flights this year.

10/14/2020 By Allison Williams

Oeno Files

A Guide to Washington Wine Country

Walla Walla and Woodinville are this state’s east and west wine hubs. Both can provide much-needed escape right now.

10/13/2020 By Sean P. Sullivan and Allison Williams Photography by Brandon Hill

EAT / PLAY / STAY

Complete Guide to Visiting Woodinville

Where to go, what to do, and where to dine in Seattle’s next-door wine-tasting enclave.

10/08/2020 By Allison Williams

B-N-B Redux

Airbnb Has Been a Rollercoaster Through the Pandemic

If private rentals are the new standard vacation, certain owners are making bank—but not everyone’s coming out on top.

10/06/2020 By Allison Williams

EAT / PLAY / STAY

Complete Guide to Visiting Walla Walla

Where to go, what to do, and where to dine in Washington’s world-class wine country.

10/02/2020 By Allison Williams

Larch Madness

Long Live the Very Short Larch Season

A love letter to the peculiar trees that give our Pacific Northwest fall a golden hue.

09/30/2020 By Allison Williams

Quote Unquote

Omari Salisbury Bears Witness to Seattle’s Season of Protest

“Time and time and time again, the journalist hat came off.”

09/29/2020 By Allison Williams

Overnights

High-End Lotte Hotel Finally Opens, Pandemic Be Damned

At last, a look at a long-vacant property that's been in limbo for years.

09/24/2020 By Allison Williams

Out of Office

Forget Work from Home, Try Work from Hotel

Be on the clock—or at school—somewhere much more interesting than your living room.

09/17/2020 By Allison Williams

Apocalypse Right Now

Where Can You Go When the State Is on Fire?

Blocked highways, closed forests—here's how to plan a weekend during a statewide disaster.

09/10/2020 By Allison Williams

Hotel Horde

15 Hotels for a Seattle Staycation

You need a vacation, and a great—and safe—one is closer than you think.

08/28/2020 By Allison Williams

Get Out

Washington’s 25 Best Beaches

Sunbathing, swimming, hiking, kite-flying...we found the state's best stretches of sand for all of it.

08/24/2020 By Allison Williams

Feature

The 15 Best City Trails in Seattle

The greatest urban escape routes in the Seattle area, threading downtown, the waterfront, far-flung neighborhoods, and the abundant nature beyond.

08/10/2020 By Allison Williams

Resilient Seattle

Seattle's Pandemic Hobbies: Fad or Foundational?

Which will we toss the second real life returns, and which will become serious new habits?

08/04/2020 By Allison Williams

Resilient Seattle

Meet the Starting Lineup of Seattle's Pandemic Response Squad

From the health honcho to the big cheese.

08/04/2020 By Allison Williams Illustrations by Jane Sherman

Resilient Seattle

A Guide to the Viral Vocabulary of Covid-19

There was a time when none of us knew what this all meant, but now these are words we live by.

08/04/2020 By Allison Williams

Resilient Seattle

Minding the Ever-Wider Gap Between the Community and the Police

Victoria Beach started the pandemic with a hard job as liaison with the police. Then it got even harder.

08/04/2020 By Allison Williams

Resilient Seattle

The Doctor Will Zoom You Now

Dermatologist Melanie Clemenz went all in on telemedicine.

08/04/2020 Edited by Allison Williams By Melanie Clemenz