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.


Trail of the Month: Snow Lake

Despite the campsites and old cabin ruins just off the trail, not to mention the throng of hikers, there remains some untamed charm at Snow Lake, one of Snoqualmie Pass’s most photogenic wilderness sites.

06/24/2011 By Allison Williams


Northwest Food Lover Getaways

Chicken farming for beginners, foraging in the San Juans, biking through farm country, river rafting cooking school, and tons more Northwest culinary getaways for people who really like to eat.

06/24/2011 By Allison Williams

Local Sites

Is Kurt Cobain Park a Tourist Trap?

Neighbors deal with Nirvana fans flocking to where the frontman died.

06/21/2011 By Allison Williams


Fill the Gap at Beachfront Seabrook Cottages

Grab a deal on in-between days at the planned community.

06/15/2011 By Allison Williams

Travel News

Tall Ships Set Sail for Summer

Play pirate as replica ships hit Puget Sound’s high seas.

06/14/2011 By Allison Williams

Film Preview

Company Goes from Stage to Screen

Finally, we get to see Neil Patrick Harris and Stephen Colbert do Sondheim.

06/14/2011 By Allison Williams

Get Out

Time to Buy Your Trail Passes

What you need, where to get it, and when you can get in for free.

06/10/2011 By Allison Williams


La Conner Wants to Serve You Dinner

Score dinner and a room at Taste of La Conner.

06/08/2011 By Allison Williams

Travel News

Bellevue Shows Off a New Travel Site

There’s even stuff for locals.

06/07/2011 By Allison Williams

TV Recaps

Investigating The Killing: Episode 11

Take a break from your regularly scheduled murder show.

06/06/2011 By Allison Williams


Travel Tip from…a DMV worker?

We got really useful info from the unhappiest place on earth.

06/03/2011 By Allison Williams

Get Out

Run and Walk for Breast Cancer this Weekend

Think pink at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

06/02/2011 By Allison Williams


Trail Mix

20 trails where you can hike, bike, and hug a tree, all within one hour of downtown.

06/01/2011 By Craig Romano and Allison Williams

Weekend Plans

4 Lodges You Should Be in this Weekend

Keep it simple with a one-stop vacation.

05/26/2011 By Allison Williams


Overnight in Victoria for $99

Class it up in British Columbia’s fanciest city

05/24/2011 By Allison Williams

Travel Plans

This Summer in Music Festivals

What’s worth the gas money? We tracked down the Northwest’s best.

05/23/2011 By Allison Williams


Lodge Podge

Park once and play all weekend at four classic Northwest destinations: Lake Quinault Lodge, Columbia Gorge Hotel, Lakedale Resort, and Alpine Inn at Crystal Mountain.

05/20/2011 By Allison Williams

Get Out

Trail of the Week: Mount Si

Call in sick tomorrow and hit one of the state’s busiest trails.

05/19/2011 By Allison Williams


Vancouver Wants to Give You Money

In honor of the city’s 125th anniversary, score a $125 gift card

05/18/2011 By Allison Williams

Get Out

Go Climb a Tree

It’s sunny! Get outside while you can.

05/18/2011 By Allison Williams