Image: Jordan Kay

WINTER:

Heavy Metal

One-up the sourdough bakers on the retro hobby front with brand-new Anvil Academy blacksmithing workshops in Newberg, Oregon.

Ice Escapades

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.

Novel Nosh

A wave of dining shakeups has swelled over Orcas Island, bringing a new chef to Rosario Resort (and a new Buck Bay Shellfish cafe come summer).

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).

Image: Jordan Kay

FALL:

Crab Grab

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. 

DIY Drinkfest

Oktoberfests were canceled, not German beers: In Portland Zoiglhaus specializes in Bavarian brew and Olympia Provisions pours nomadic Rosenstadt’s lager.

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. 

Stampede East

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. 

Fruit Loop

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. 

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