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.


The Perfect Party

This month’s party guests: John Robertson, Carrie Brownstein, Dorli Rainey, Joshua Bell, Susan Enfield, and Charlie Mandigo.

12/23/2011 By Allison Williams

Weekend Pass

Storm Watching on the Oregon Coast

A winter weekend getaway on the Oregon Coast is wet, windy, and wild.

12/22/2011 By Allison Williams

TV News

Downton Abbey Marathon on Christmas Day

It’s time to get hooked on the British TV hit.

12/20/2011 By Allison Williams

Winter Travel

Do You Need Chains on Your Car?

We decipher the mountain pass requirements from the DOT.

12/19/2011 By Allison Williams

Visual Art

Curator Robin Held to Leave the Frye

She’s going to head up nonprofit Reel Grrls.

12/14/2011 By Allison Williams

Get Out

The Coolest Ski Video of the Winter

There’s no such thing as not enough snow.

12/08/2011 By Allison Williams


Texas Travel for the Alamo Bowl

Got Husky tickets? Let us help book your San Antonio trip.

12/05/2011 By Allison Williams


Passports with Purpose Offers Prizes and Good Karma

There’s great loot in the annual travel-blogger contest.

11/30/2011 By Allison Williams

Music News

Woman Yells "Boring!" at Symphony Concert

Everyone’s a critic.

11/30/2011 By Allison Williams


The Perfect Party

This month’s party guests: Sujal Patel, Molly Moon Neitzel, Woody Allen, Mark Morris, and Nathan Myhrvold.

11/23/2011 By Allison Williams

Embrace the Rain

Best Things to See and Do in Winter in Seattle

The Northwest is in for another cold, snowy La Niña winter. And we’ll be ready with hot toddies and hearth-warming fireplaces, a popup ice rink, and even a few balmy escapes right here in town.

11/23/2011 By Allison Williams

Holiday Travel

Amtrak Adds Trains for Thanksgiving

Here are five reasons to ride the rails.

11/18/2011 By Allison Williams

Get Out

Crystal and Whistler Ski Areas Open Friday (Probably)

Are you ready for powder season?

11/15/2011 By Allison Williams

Books & Talks

Dave Eggers Hosts the What to Read in the Rain Party

Our local writing center is getting national attention.

11/15/2011 By Allison Williams

Ticket Alert

Gauguin and Polynesia Tickets On Sale at SAM

A troublesome artist goes tropical in this winter’s biggest exhibit.

11/14/2011 By Allison Williams

Air Travel

Vancouver Airport Dweller Goes Home

Eighty days is one heck of a layover.

11/10/2011 By Allison Williams

Travel Books

Washington’s Old Paperwork Gets a Book

Your coffee table could use some history.

11/09/2011 By Allison Williams

Air Travel

Sea-Tac Is the Most On-Time Airport

We’re number one! We’re number one!

11/07/2011 By Allison Williams

Classical and More

The Fine Fiddling of Joshua Bell

But would you stop if you heard him on the street?

11/07/2011 By Allison Williams


Take a Whistler Sabbatical

What would you do with free rein at Canada’s mega mountain?

11/03/2011 By Allison Williams