Weekend Plan

Five Things to Do Out of Town This Weekend

Celebrate the holidays with the sound of a thousand motorcycles or a big old wreath.

By Stephanie Rubesh December 2, 2011

Holiday wreaths: They’re like trees for your wall.

-The Apple Tree Craft Fair runs through Sunday in Snohomish. Participating local artists include those from Willow Creek Pottery and Crafts and Shepherd’s Heart Goat’s Milk Soap. Other highlights are scented soy candles, vintage-style paper crafts, and—it’s the holidays, after all—handmade candy.

-Hop a ferry to celebrate Christmas in the Country on Bainbridge Island, an island-wide holiday tradition since 1993. A free driving tour starting at Lynwood Commons has nine stops at holly-decked houses and farms—look for food, cider, gift shopping, pony rides, and a quick chat with Santa himself.

-At the annual Motorbike Toy Run, in Olympia, it only takes $15 (or a new toy) to participate. Hundreds of motorcyle riders will rev in unision on Saturday, putting on a parade as they collect presents for the Salvation Army.

-It’s Holiday Barrel weekend in Walla Walla—and that means dozens of tastings in cozy wine cellars around the region. More than 70 wineries participate, each offering a different set of treats and events ranging from a "Battle of the Soups” to chocolate spreads.

-Try a Wreath Making Class this weekend; you’ll create something that beats the pants of the Fred Meyer holiday aisle. Instructors are from Bassetti’s Gardens in Woodinville, where they teach a classes Saturday and Sunday in their large barn. You’ll form, press and decorate wreathes while you nosh on a complimentary latte and cider bar, but it’s BYO garden clippers.

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