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.

Explainer

Is Seattle Ready for Safe Injection Sites?

Earlier this year, city and county officials proposed opening the first spaces in the United States for the supervised use of illegal drugs. Depending on whom you ask, the proposition is a life saver or an unconscionable enabler of substance abuse.

09/20/2017 By Allison Williams

Road Trip

Walla Walla Isn’t Napa—and Thank the Wine Gods for That

The question is whether things can stay this affordable and this chilled out.

09/13/2017 By Allison Williams

Road Trip

Taste the Top 100 at These Walla Walla Wineries

From scenic patios to vinyl-spinning living rooms, here's how to sip your way through this wine-soaked valley—and go home with a few bottles (or cases) for later.

09/13/2017 By Allison Williams

Oeno Files

The Best of Washington Wine 2017

A wine-drenched weekend away in Walla Walla. Our annual list of the 100 best wines in the state. There are so many ways to raise a glass and celebrate our proximity to incredible cabernet, syrah, chardonnay, and more.

09/13/2017 By Sean P. Sullivan and Allison Williams With Allecia Vermillion

Weekend Pass

Dude Ranches Are Going Strong, So Saddle Up for a Cowboy Vacation

Dude ranches aren’t fake—they combine the best of a chill vacation with a peek into the world of real cowboys. Bull Hill Guest Ranch welcomes hapless city slickers, but they’re running a thriving cattle business in the background.

08/17/2017 By Allison Williams

The Dating Life

How to Fix Seattle's Single Tech Bros, According to a Dating Coach

Marina Lavochin has an easy recipe for turning the city's hesitant, single newcomers into viable dating material.

08/15/2017 By Allison Williams

Olympics 101

First Time in the Olympic Peninsula? Here's What to See.

Scenic vistas, stunning beach walks, and main street strolls: Here's what should be on any first-timer's to-do list.

07/20/2017 By Allison Williams

Northwest Travel

Secrets of the Olympic Peninsula: 25 Hidden Gems Waiting Across the Sound

From forgotten history to fresh-from-the-farm cider to a valley of 10,000 waterfalls, there's so much to discover in our state's greenest corner.

07/20/2017 By Allison Williams

Feature

The Kings of Suicide Hill: Inside the Famous—and Deadly—Omak Stampede

It’s called the World Famous Suicide Race, a harrowing horseback contest between Native American riders in Washington’s most infamous rodeo. This year, one teenager has four days to defend a way of life and keep a family legacy alive.

07/17/2017 By Allison Williams

Stargazer's Guide

Ain't No Party Like a Table Mountain Star Party

This one goes all night long. (How could it not?)

06/12/2017 By Allison Williams

Are We All Gonna Die?

A Guide to August's Rare Total Solar Eclipse

Be ready: It's the first in the continental U.S. since 1979, and won't occur again until 2024.

06/12/2017 By Allison Williams

Meet the Neighbors

Amazon Invites a Homeless Shelter Inside Its South Lake Union Campus

Mary’s Place gets an unprecedented gift: six floors of a brand-new office building, next door to tech offices.

06/12/2017 By Allison Williams

Galaxy Quests

A Stargazer’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest

Everything you need to know about what’s up in the sky, including how to view August’s historic solar eclipse.

06/11/2017 By Allison Williams

Summer Escapes

Washington's Best Cabins and Cottages

Welcome to the great indoors, where the state’s best tinybungalows and spacious chalets await—plus a few yurts and houseboats for good measure. This summer, explore hard but sleep in style.

05/15/2017 By Allison Williams

Eye Candy

Architect Tom Kundig Is the King of Cabin Porn

Here are some of his favorite photogenic creations.

05/15/2017 By Allison Williams

Northwest Travel

15 Amazing Northwest Cabin Destinations

Bungalows, chalets, yurts...escape the Seattle bustle for a few nights to these cozy getaways.

05/15/2017 By Allison Williams

That Cabin Life

What Does It Take to Score a Dream Cabin in Washington?

We did our own little House Hunters trek to find out.

05/15/2017 By Allison Williams

Cabins & Cottages

The Best Washington State Park Cabins

Some are simple, some are surprising, and all sit on public land—and that means they rent for cheap.

05/14/2017 By Allison Williams

Weird Washington

Take a Day Trip to North Bend—the Real Twin Peaks

It was just a little cult TV show a quarter century ago, but Twin Peaks' aesthetic came to define North Bend. Now that the series is back, the sleepy suburb is back in the spotlight.

04/18/2017 By Allison Williams