Northwest Travel Dispatch, Fall 2015

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

By Allison Williams August 27, 2015 Published in the September 2015 issue of Seattle Met

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1. Whistler

When the Audain Art Museum makes its big debut November 21, it’ll host one of Canada’s largest repositories of local photography and native masks, meaning you can now call your ski weekend an “art appreciation trip.”

2. Vancouver

In the first-ever Great Climate Race on November 8, entrants outrun global warming by raising money for solar energy projects, while training to someday flee that tidal wave of melted polar ice.

3. Friday Harbor

The chef and proprietor at the brand-new Friday Harbor Grand plays daily on the parlor grand piano, making this the perfect B&B for an elegant murder mystery.

4. Eatonville

Northwest Trek’s Get Out of the Rut weekend, September 5–7, shows off how elk spar and moan—er, bugle—through breeding season, making the event a kind of live-action, wildlife version of a Judd Apatow flick.

5. Portland

In true Rose City fashion, the city’s new Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People over the Willamette River carries only buses, a brand new MAX train, bicyclists, pedestrians, and sentient compost heaps.

6. Walla Walla

The 40-year-old Walla Walla Balloon Stampede scales back and moves from spring to October 14–18. And maybe it’ll finally live up to its name by turning into a propane-fueled running of the bull(oon)s?

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7. Spokane

The city hopes its elaborate balloon scenes will make up for the months-long delay of the new Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival, September 26–November 1. A 200-foot light-up dragon will either help with that or inspire nightmares. 

8. Wallace, Idaho

The Under the Freeway Flea Market, held September 5–7, is tucked below I-90, but booths extend to a nearby historic train depot with slightly more architectural charm. 

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