Short Stop

A Tea Party for the Ages in Victoria, BC

The afternoon treat, served at this hotel in British Columbia, has to be sipped to be believed.

07/01/2022 By Allison Williams

Mini Break

Where to Go for Long Weekends from Seattle

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, summer is full of extra Mondays and Fridays off work. Here are the best three-day weekend trips in the Pacific Northwest.

05/26/2022 By Allison Williams

Southbound and down

How to Travel Between Seattle and Portland

How to avoid getting stuck in I–5 traffic is the question that haunts us all. So what's really the best way to get to Portland—bux, train, plane, or car?

04/11/2022 By Allison Williams

Soak it in

Hot Springs Near Seattle

Where to find natural soaking spots in nature and developed resorts in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia, perfect for a weekend road trip.

03/03/2022 By Allison Williams

Seasonal Send-offs

Winter Weekend Travel Ideas in the Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest travel ideas worth the search: truffles, snowbound mountain huts, and Kurt Cobain's favorite spot in Aberdeen.

12/17/2021 By Allison Williams

Winter Report

Northwest Travel Winter 2021–22: Where to Go, What to Know

From Walla Walla to Port Townsend, the PNW offers an abundance of winter and holiday getaways within easy driving distance of Seattle.

11/23/2021 By Allison Williams

Due South

Portland Opens Back Up to Travelers with a Few New Twists

Find the Hotel Grand Stark, the Lot at Zidell Yards, new restaurants like Oma's Hideaway, and a new vibe in a city that feels more grown up than ever.

09/24/2021 By Allison Williams

Northwest Travel

18 Amazing Northwest Cabin Destinations

Bungalows, chalets, yurts: Like home, but better.

05/13/2021 By Allison Williams

Bright Breaks

Seeking a Sunny Vacation? Here's Where to Find It Near Seattle

This ain’t Baja. But there are some Covid-safe retreats with a few (chilly) rays just a day’s drive away.

01/22/2021 By Allison Williams

Apocalypse Right Now

Where Can You Go When the State Is on Fire?

Blocked highways, closed forests—here's how to plan a weekend during a statewide disaster.

09/10/2020 By Allison Williams

Home Away From Home

8 Cute and Cozy Washington Airbnbs

From tucked-away tree houses to subterranean abodes, who can resist a PNW getaway?

09/11/2019 By Lily Hansen

Getaway Guides

Guide to the San Juan Islands

The San Juans are Washington’s special, secluded archipelago, a tiny realm barely tucked into Puget Sound’s pocket. And they’re ripe for exploration.

05/25/2017 By Seattle Met Staff

Cabins & Cottages

The Best Washington State Park Cabins

Some are simple, some are surprising, and all sit on public land—and that means they rent for cheap.

05/14/2017 By Allison Williams

Get Out of Town

Northwest Travel Dispatch, Summer 2016

Where, why, and how to take a summer vacation.

06/21/2016 By Allison Williams

52 Weekends

Summer Weekends

Work up an appetite for the year's best feast with cowboys, boats, and beaches.

12/30/2015 By Allison Williams

52 Weekends

Spring Weekend Trips and Getaways

Get outside for Shakespeare, a whitewater rafting festival, or the wildest parade this side of the Cascades.

12/30/2015 By Allison Williams

52 Weekends

Fall Weekend Road Trips and Getaways

Cider on Hood Canal, leaf peeping on an Oregon mountain pass, and Halloween on a whole new level.

12/30/2015 By Allison Williams

Mountain Adventures

5 Places to Stay in Washington's Wilderness

These lodges are truly above it all.

06/08/2015 By Allison Williams

Three Day Play

5 Destinations for Memorial Day 2015

Yes, it's happening already. Don't waste your Memorial Monday off.

05/11/2015 By Allison Williams

Northwest Travel

Seattleites Guide to PDX

How to visit, enjoy, explore—and understand—Portland.

02/01/2014 Edited by Allison Williams