Weekend Plan

Five Things to Do Out of Town This Weekend

Try a seven-course dinner or a run for a good cause.

By Stephanie Rubesh September 30, 2011

After seven courses of dinner, you’re going to need to sit down.

Photo courtesy Friday Harbor House

-Wine and dine at the Winemaker Dinner with Covington Cellars and Two Vintners on Oct 2 at San Juan Island’s Friday Harbor House. After the seven-course meal of Dungeness crab fritters, Shoal Bay oysters, seared duck breast, and paired wines, get 35 percent off the hotel’s best available rate.

-The sixth annual Old Mill Days Festival, running through Sunday at Port Gamble, there are three days of chainsaw speed-carving competitions, car shows, and beer gardens. Saturday kicks off with a loggers breakfast, and Sunday’s highlight is the Toughest Timberman contest.

-At Sunday’s Race for the End 5K/10K, your run will support the end domestic violence. The designated color is purple and it kicks off at Bloedel Donovan Park in Bellingham.

-Roses Gone Wild is a little tamer than it sounds. This weekend’s walking tours at Portland’s International Rose Test Garden feature garden factoids and a special segment for men about roses and romance.

-Pitch in at the Silver Star trail work party Saturday and Sunday to get in another hike while the weather’s good. The Mt. St. Helens Institute hosts the day of trail TLC, and it’s a slumber party—don’t forget overnight gear and a couple of choice snacks.

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