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.

Society by Starbucks

Is Starbucks Still America's Town Square?

It's what the coffee giant set out to be—but its racial bias fiasco may place that in jeopardy.

05/22/2018 By Allison Williams

Light a Fire 2018: Extraordinary Board Member

Rachel Prusynski Is a Catastrophe Survivor with a Mission

One minute she was visiting a college friend who worked for a children’s charity in Port-au-Prince; the next she was semiconscious, buried under rubble.

05/22/2018 By Allison Williams

Light a Fire 2018: Extraordinary Volunteer

Ted Neill Is Wise in the Ways of Recovery

Neill found his place at Recovery Cafe in 2015: "At closing time he stacks chairs and mops floors so staff can leave—he remembers nonprofit burnout."

05/22/2018 By Allison Williams

Review

Review: Tamari Bar, Capitol Hill’s Vibrant New Izakaya

No matter the hour, Tamari Bar feels like a rollicking late-night bender.

05/22/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Style File

Noel Bores Walker Combines Hippie Vibes with Rocker Chic

The Seattle stylist shows us some of her creations and talks about her foray into the fashion world.

05/14/2018 By Katheryn Grice

Opening Dispatch

Sam Crannell Is Back At It with South Town Pie in South Park

After the closure of his Queen Anne gem, LloydMartin, the chef resurfaces amongst 18-inch thin-crust pizzas.

05/08/2018 By Cassie Sawyer

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05/07/2018

Sales & Events

Wear What When May 7–14

This week, check out Baby and Company's Ballard popup, a Mother's Day trunk show at Horseshoe, and get all the denim you desire.

05/07/2018 By Katheryn Grice

Art Walk

May 3 First Thursday Planner

Four opening exhibits to catch at Pioneer Square’s art walk.

05/03/2018 By Stefan Milne

The Only Theater in Town

The Paramount's 1928 Opening Bash Brought a Bit of Hollywood to the Pacific Northwest

As the most glamorous venue in Seattle throws its 90th birthday party this month, a look back on the 1928 grand opening celebration that welcomed a little bit of Hollywood to the Pacific Northwest.

04/26/2018 By Darren Davis

Stand Up

Check It Out: Hari Kondabolu Is All Over Western Washington for the Next Week

The Brooklyn-based comedian has deep Seattle ties. Over the next couple weeks he’ll perform standup, tape podcasts, and release a Neptune-shot Netflix special.

04/26/2018 By Stefan Milne

Met Picks

The Top Things to See and Do in Seattle: May 2018

Khalid serenades audiences at the WaMu Theater, the Seattle International Film Festival kicks off, and Frye Art Museum explores the origins of impressionism.

04/26/2018 By Darren Davis

Critic's Picks

Roasted, Fried, or Poached: 10 Restaurants That Have Perfected Chicken

If chicken is a restaurant litmus test, these spots are top of the class.

04/26/2018 Edited by Rosin Saez

Chain Reaction

Seattle Fast Food Bracket: Which Chain Reigns Supreme?

A clear winner emerges from our battle of new school versus old school joints.

04/25/2018 By Seattle Met Staff

Food & Drink

Nosh Pit Weekly Planner: April 25–May 1

The week in which: You can eat for a cause, praise the glorious combo of bacon and beer, and watch sumo wrestling with a side of sushi.

04/25/2018 By Grace Madigan

Best of the City

Cheap Eats 2018: 30 Dishes For Morning, Noon, and Night

Costs keep rising, bills are due, and oh my god do you really have to pay parking meters until 10pm now? Here are the city's best places where a relatively small outlay* can carry you through the day.

04/25/2018 By Allecia Vermillion and Rosin Saez

Tiger Mountain High

So You Want to Try Paragliding

Take air with a sport that’s more about hang time than radical dives.

04/24/2018 By Allison Williams

Explainer

How to Save an Orca Whale

The governor has assembled a task force to address Washington’s killer whale crisis. But saving our shrinking orca population is no small task.

04/20/2018 By Allison Williams