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.

Travel Dispatch

Northwest Travel News, Winter 2015

Where you’ll want to go, and what’s happening there.

12/01/2014 By Allison Williams

Weekend Pass

Hidden Hot Springs Near Seattle

Nothing combats winter chill like nature’s hot tub.

11/03/2014 By Allison Williams

Rainmakers

Halo Launches Live Action Series

When a billion-dollar video game goes live-action, it’s important to get the details right.

11/03/2014 By Allison Williams

Ski Vacation

Washington Residents Get Special Deals in Whistler

Get better treatment just for being you! It's the American dream—in Canada.

10/28/2014 By Allison Williams

Feature

Light a Fire Awards 2014

Seattle Met honors the best nonprofits, volunteers, and do-gooders that make Seattle a better place.

10/24/2014 By Allison Williams With Julie H. Case, Allecia Vermillion, Seth Sommerfeld, and Angela Cabotaje

Bike Share

Welcome, Pronto: Bike Sharing Launches in Seattle

It's been a long time coming. Is this thing really going to work?

10/14/2014 By Allison Williams

Travel Dispatch

Northwest Travel News Fall 2014

Where you’ll want to go, and what’s happening there.

10/01/2014 By Allison Williams

Passing Through

Nicholas Kristof, World Saver

The Oregon boy secretly likes Washington state best.

10/01/2014 By Allison Williams

Rainmakers

Long Live the Stylus

A Pioneer Square company is doodling its way to the future.

10/01/2014 By Allison Williams

Get Out of Town

30 Perfect Day Trips

Get out of town with a culinary adventure at Cama Beach State Park, a scenic drive along the shores of Lake Cle Elum, one very unusual form of skydiving at iFly Seattle, or 26 more getaways within 90 minutes or less of Seattle.

09/25/2014 By Allison Williams With Lisa Han, Carey Rose, Abby Tracy, and Matt Pitchford

Rainmakers

The Space Rock Race: Mining Asteroids

A Redmond company uses amateur astronomers and stargazers to train its spaceships on asteroids for their valuable resources, such as water—and a larger store of platinum than has ever been mined on Earth.

09/01/2014 By Allison Williams

Slide Show

A Weekend at Doe Bay Fest 2014

A visual recap of Orcas Island's quintessentially Northwest music festival

08/12/2014 By Allison Williams

Insider Guide to the San Juans

San Juan Island: What to Do and Where to Eat

The most populated island in the San Juans archipelago is home to the bustling town of Friday Harbor, fine dining, and midnight kayak rides. There's a heavy dose of culture on this hub, but don't stress—it's nothing like the big city.

08/01/2014 By Allison Williams

Guide to the San Juans

San Juan Island Ferry Hacks

How to survive the hardest part of the San Juans: getting there

08/01/2014 By Allison Williams

Guide to the San Juans

Helen Loggie, the San Juans' Most Famous Artist

A house-turned museum on Orcas Island, dedicated to island art.

08/01/2014 By Allison Williams

Insider Guide to the San Juans

San Juan Island's Whale Watcher

Bob Otis has been watching killer whales off the island since 1990. And he doesn't take weekends or breaks.

08/01/2014 By Allison Williams

Guide to the San Juans

Lopez Island: What to Do and Where to Eat

Welcome to a biker's paradise where drivers wave at every cyclist and where grocery shopping is done at farm stands. Some of the island's best beaches are tucked at the end of Lopez Island's sleepy roads.

08/01/2014 By Allison Williams With Caroline Ferguson

Guide to the San Juans

What the San Juans Taste Like

Take the islands home with some of these locally made pantry items.

08/01/2014 By Allison Williams

Guide to the San Juans

What to Do on Shaw Island—Also Known as the Holy Island

The nuns who live on this quiet San Juan island have been busy farming their bucolic acres, and there's camping right on a sandy beach. And if you can't find something at this island's only store, you probably don't want it anyway.

08/01/2014 By Allison Williams

Guide to the San Juans

Secret Pho on Orcas Island

A Vietnamese pop-up on Orcas Island, single-handedly crafted by a Saigon native.

08/01/2014 By Allison Williams