Jim and Lou Whittaker

Whenever we play in the mountains, we owe a debt to Jim and Lou Whittaker. The Seattle twins conquered Mount Rainier and REI, and made mountaineering the Northwest’s signature sport.

07/18/2012 By Allison Williams


Golf Getaways

Three golf getaways: Pronghorn Club and Resort 
in Bend, Oregon; Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington; and Chambers Bay
 in Tacoma, Washington.

03/23/2012 By Allison Williams

Road Trips

Destination Dining: The Willows Inn on Lummi Island

"Diners are not simply eating Northwest bounty; they are merging with its essence."

03/23/2012 By Kathryn Robinson


Oregon Road Trip

A getaway on the Oregon coast includes a visit to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, Haystack Rock at Tolovana Beach, and Pelican Pub and Brewery.

03/23/2012 By Laura Dannen


Central Washington Road Trip

A getaway in Central Washington includes a visit to the Grand Coulee Dam, Steamboat Rock State Park, and Sun Lakes–Dry Falls State Park.

03/23/2012 By Allison Williams


Road Trips 2012

The Northwest has the best stretches of blacktop in the world: We can cross mountain passes and trace deserted shoreline, even motor up to the world’s best farm-to-table feast. All it takes is a full tank.

03/23/2012 By Kathryn Robinson, Laura Dannen, and Allison Williams


Escape from Mount Rainier

An excerpt from a blog post on, regarding the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Mount Rainier park ranger Margaret Anderson by Benjamin Colton Barnes.


Weekend Pass

Storm Watching on the Oregon Coast

A winter weekend getaway on the Oregon Coast is wet, windy, and wild.

12/22/2011 By Allison Williams


Return to Red Mountain

At just over 4,000 acres, Red Mountain is Washington’s smallest AVA. But ton for ton, its cab, merlot, and syrah grapes are among the most precious and pricey in the state—yielding wines of amazing structure and complexity and attracting some of the world

08/19/2011 By Jessica Voelker


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Prairie Land

This month’s weekend getaway: Joseph, Oregon, anchor of a valley of big ranches and gorgeous prairies.

03/14/2011 By David Laskin

Weekend Getaways

The Fabulous Baker Joys

Mt. Baker holds the world record for snowfall. Weekend ski getaway, anyone?

02/18/2011 By David Laskin


The Most Sexed-Up, Image-Shattering Tourism-Promotion Video You Will See All Year:

Google “Leavenworth” and “Woody Goomsba”



Holiday Sleepovers

Four Seattle staycations to make the most of your holiday season.

11/15/2010 By Olivia Margoshes

Weekend Pass

The End of the World

Boardwalks, beach marvels, native treasures, and salmon skins in the Northwest’s far northwest: the Ozette Loop of Olympic Peninsula.

10/11/2010 By Eric Scigliano


Small Town, Washington

Ten fall getaways to historic hamlets, country villages, and sweet rural spots.

09/15/2010 By James Ross Gardner


Racked with Pain

Metro's bus-bike commuter numbers are slumping. Is it because of the bike racks, manufactured by Woodinville’s Sportworks, as Dave Janis of the Bicycle Alliance of Washington suggests?

08/17/2010 By Eric Scigliano


Under a BC Sun

Treks to Harmony Lake on Whistler Mountain, zip-lining above Fitzsimmons Creek, rides on Peak 2 Peak Gondola, tackling the trails at Whistler Mountain Bike Park: Proof there are more things to see and do in Whistler in summer than in winter.

07/20/2010 By Lia Steakley Dicker


Maritime Masterpieces

Two British Columbia islands—Denman and Hornby—save a family summer vacation from itself.

05/18/2010 By David Laskin


Slide Show: Hike and Bike

Lucky us: We live near some of the best hiking and mountain biking trails in the Pacific Northwest. Want to break a sweat? Take a stroll before lunch? There’s a trail for that.



Gear Guide

All the essential gear for summer hiking and biking.

05/17/2010 By Judy Naegeli