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.

Potty Plight

Hiking Trails Are Open! But What About Going to the Bathroom?

What to do when nature calls while you're socially distancing.

05/05/2020 By Allison Williams

Recreation jubilation

The Great Outdoors is Open for Business, Sorta

Hiking, boating, and fishing return to state lands, with restrictions; golf tees up, too.

04/27/2020 By Allison Williams

Stoned Wall

On a Day To Celebrate Legal Weed, Not Everyone's Invited to the Party

Happy 4/20! Cannabis stores are essential, and business is booming. Why isn't that a good thing for everyone?

04/20/2020 By Allison Williams

Making Do

No Sewing Machine? No Problem.

If you can't craft yourself a proper face cover, here's how to find, fashion, or buy a mask.

04/14/2020 By Allison Williams

Quote Unquote

Raquel Montoya-Lewis Is Ready for the State Supreme Court

“You either have to be a very decisive person or you have to be someone who can act like you are.”

04/09/2020 By Allison Williams

Basalt and Pepper

Ellensburg is the Center of the Earth (Or Washington, At Least)

The geologic wonderland of Central Washington finally gets a rock solid restaurant—and a friendly guide to the world famous landscape.

04/08/2020 By Allison Williams

Squad Goals

Why the Sounders’ Global Roster Embraces Seattle

The team's bevy of international players have found plenty of reason to feel at home in this city of transplants.

04/08/2020 By Allison Williams

How We Buy

Are Offer Letters a Savvy Real Estate Move or Discrimination?

Buyers are writing personalized letters to boost their home bids to the top of the pile. But we should worry about the illegal implications.

04/08/2020 By Allison Williams

Mapped

Every Neighborhood in Seattle in a Nutshell

From Broadview to Belltown to Rainier Beach.

04/08/2020 By Stefan Milne, Benjamin Cassidy, Zoe Sayler, and Allison Williams

Yeast or Famine

Seriously, What's Up With the Breadmaking?

Quarantine has fueled a bizarre baking fever. Can carbs save us?

04/03/2020 By Allison Williams

Transfusion Effusion

Seattle Needs Blood Donors, Just Not Right This Moment

Donations skyrocketed recently, but Bloodworks Northwest needs you to sign up now to keep it that way.

03/27/2020 By Allison Williams

Open Doors

How Seattle Copes: Marty Hartman of Mary's Place Shelters

How do you stay home when you don't have one? Seattle's family shelter network is on it.

03/23/2020 By Allison Williams

Cabin Fever

How to Get Outside: An Updated Primer

We're all craving the great outdoors. Get the latest on how and where to get some nature.

03/16/2020 By Allison Williams

WIDE OPEN SPACES

How to Get Outside to Beat Cabin Fever

Social distance yourself right out into the woods and ski slopes—but take a few precautions.

03/13/2020 By Allison Williams

ACE-HIGH SOCIALITE

6 Famous Figures on Buffalo Bill's Contact List

An army scout turned consummate showman, Cody knew practically everyone worth knowing in the West.

02/26/2020 By Allison Williams

WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM

Discover the New American West

Planning a trip to an American West that's greener, broader, more diverse, and more fun than ever.

02/26/2020 By Allison Williams

REMOTE ACCESS

Eastern Oregon’s Minam River Lodge Is Way Out There

Looking for a truly remote getaway? This place doesn't even have Wi-Fi.

02/26/2020 By Allison Williams

BRANDED BY BASQUES

How the Basques Found a Home in Nevada

Elko, Nevada's culture and culinary scene bear the clear mark of the European ethnic group.

02/26/2020 By Allison Williams

POET LARIAT

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Showcases the Spirit of the West

In Elko, Nevada, the creative and crafty side of the Old West thrives.

02/26/2020 By Allison Williams

LIGHTS, CAMERAS, COWBOYS

3 Western Movie Backdrops That Stun Off-Screen

Check out the sets of City Slickers, Planet of the Apes, and, uh, Back to the Future III.

02/26/2020 By Allison Williams