Though still subject to disruption by forces otherworldly and not (like Covid), the Oregon town of McMinnville plans to hold its 21st annual UFO festival in May.
Sneaking in before tulips take the spotlight, La Conner’s Daffodil Festival salutes the yellow flower whose bulbs are grown more in Skagit Valley than anywhere else in the U.S.
Hotel Grand Stark, a historic building turned boutique property, opens on Portland’s East side in May with eateries by the group behind the famed Ava Gene’s.
Gamble Sands Golf Club debuts a new 14-hole QuickSands short course near Brewster for quick play overlooking the Columbia River, but with no actual quicksand to explain your missing ball.
The Wine Cure
After a year of rejiggered tastings, Walla Walla wineries welcome back warm weather and new pours with May’s Spring Release Weekend.
One-up the sourdough bakers on the retro hobby front with brand-new Anvil Academy blacksmithing workshops in Newberg, Oregon.
The glassy, six-person outdoor Grand Terrace Igloos at Spokane’s Davenport Grand Hotel solve winter and Covid problems simultaneously.
Happy Little Trees
Portland’s Disjecta Contemporary Art Center channels the zen of a master in its Bob Ross painting classes with distanced canvases and projected video.
Rock and Roll
The state’s new Safety Stop law allows cyclists to slowly glide through most stop signs, reducing collisions and inventing the nonstop road trip (bikes only—slow your roll, drivers).
Jetty Fishery’s crabbing pros don’t believe in “off” months for crab-catching; they rent traps year-round and will steam up a whole Dungeness even if you don’t want to catch one yourself.
Anchors, Uh, Away
Plans for Pioneer Square’s $200 million cruise ship terminal were put on indefinite hold in July; before Covid halted ship traffic, passenger load had grown to 10 times its 2000 size.
The team behind Tacoma’s messy-burger haven Wooden City launched a Spokane outpost in August, dishing upscale pub food in the kind of airy spaces only found in smaller cities.
The whole drive around Mount Hood is scenic, but the section near Hood River is so packed with produce farmstands it turns a road trip into a veritable buffet.