Travel Dispatch

Northwest Travel News, Summer 2015

Where you’ll want to go, and what’s happening there.

By Allison Williams June 10, 2015 Published in the June 2015 issue of Seattle Met

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1. Whistler

Use the RFID technology originally designed for skiers to time hikes on the mountain’s trails, then compare against friends and trail records. Hiking trash talk optional. 

2. Vancouver

On July 5, the city hosts the final match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the largest women’s sporting event in the world and yet another bid to reclaim the word football from Americans.

3. Orcas Island

If your idea of camping doesn’t involve dirt or the crinkle of sleeping bags, crash on the queen-size beds inside Moran State Park’s new Wanderlust canvas tents

4. Shelton

Salish Cliffs’ U.S. Open package includes priority seats on a shuttle to the tournament at Chambers Bay, June 18–21, plus a round on its own course for the imaginary Open in your head. 

5. Astoria

If Goonies never say die, what the heck happened to One-Eyed Willie? Movie fans gather for screenings and scavenger hunts June 4–7 to celebrate the flick’s 30th anniversary. 

6. Portland

The city’s historic Chinatown gets a boutique inn of its own with the Society Hotel, complete with some hopefully charming shared baths and a definitely charming rooftop deck. 

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Ludger Szmania's new home

7. Wenatchee

Seeking civilization after 25 years in the wilds of Magnolia, restaurateur Ludger Szmania
(of Szmania’s) takes over the Warm Springs Inn—including, crucially, its kitchen.

8. Boise

When you think Basque, you should think Idaho. The lively international Jaialdi festival celebrating the Iberian culture makes its twice-a-decade invasion of potato country July 28–August 2.

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