Weekend Plan

Five Things to Do Out of Town This Weekend

Don’t slow down now; there are races to run and glass pumpkins to not break.

By Stephanie Rubesh November 4, 2011


-CiderFest 2011 celebrates the season’s best treat: rich apple cider. North of Bellingham in Lynden, the orchards of Bellewood Acres host a weekend of all things apple, including train rides and a cider-pressing workshop. Admission is free.

-The Tri Cities Wine Festival kicks off tonight with the Best of Show Wine Dinner in Kennewick. Better still is tomorrow’s day of wine seminars, tastings, and a silent auction.

-On Salmon Tours in Port Gamble, you have a chance to paddle among homeward-bound fish in a kayak. To stay warm, tour the hatchery and snack on premium smoked salmon. Tickets are $49 for Saturday outings.

-Gourds go high-end at the Northwest Glass Pumpkin Patch in Olympia on Saturday. Wander for free through a field of beautiful hand-blown pumpkins in a display sponsored by the Tacoma Glassblowing Studio.

-The Ron Herzog 50k honors a Granite Falls runner who fell victim to ALS, an as-yet incurable disease. The town east of Everett boasts a rather rough course, subject to unstable conditions and uncomfortable weather. But dedicated athletes are coming back for the 20th year in a row—must be the soup that participants bring to share after the race.

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