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West-coast Weekend Getaways

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The west-coast provides unless opportunities for weekend getaways, from beaches, to waterfalls to wineries. This list from the editors of travelin10.com includes a variety of options within a weekend drive from Seattle or Vancouver, Canada.
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6501 Railroad Ave, Snoqualmie, WA 98065, USA
Perched at the top of a 268-foot waterfall, the 84-room hotel is only 30 minutes east of Seattle. You can hike, bike, fish, and do yoga. From $189. This appeared in the March/April 2014 issue.
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Diablo Lake, Washington 98283, USA
In the summer, take at least a couple of days to drive the North Cascades Loop — four hundred miles of alpine splendor just to the northeast of Seattle, just south of the Canadian border. At Diablo Lake, pull off the highway and check out the...
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2579 W Shore Dr, Lummi Island, WA 98262, USA
On a small island called Lummi, between Seattle and Vancouver, Blaine Wetzel is cooking at the Willows Inn. The menu changes daily, and this is definitely one of the most exciting new places to eat in the western U.S. 2579 West Shore Dr., (360)...
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25 Eisenhower Ave, Port Townsend, WA 98368, USA
Chamber Music in a barn--no, really, it's not a joke! Classical musicians really do perform in this barn on the Olympic Peninsula, For almost thirty years now, summers in the countryside across Puget Sound from Seattle have been synonymous with...
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1600 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
World-renowned macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato and basil, not to mention the tomato soup topped with—you guessed it—more cheese at Beecher's should be on every foodies list of things to eat. True to our gluttonous ways...
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1622.5 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
Another food-truck-made-good in a permanent location, Molly Moon’s now has five locations around town, but still sends out its iconic baby-blue truck for special events — just follow your nose to the heavenly scent of their freshly made waffle...
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709 Front St, Leavenworth, WA 98826, USA
NEIN, you are not in the Bavarian Alps--you are in the Central Cascades of Washington State...and JA there is an outdoor Bier Garten where you can sit your stinky sweaty post-hike self down for a local microbrew! The faux-but-well-done Bavarian...
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Marblemount, WA 98267, USA
It's about a ten-mile round-trip, but a summer hike up to Goat Lake in the Central Cascades will reward you with a glacially-colored mirror of snow-clad crags and distant waterfalls. An easy day-hike from Seattle (if you get up early), it's also...
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700 Capitol Way N, Olympia, WA 98501, USA
The Farmer's Market of Olympia allows opportunities for Washington growers to showcase their products. Local farms, creameries, orchards, jewelers, artists, bakeries and restaurants bring the freshest and high quality items to sell. Located at a...
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4739 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
“Order great Italian pasta and meat dishes or let chef Ethan Stowell’s kitchen invent a unique family-style meal.” -Bill Frisell 4739 Ballard Ave. NW, (206) 789-1200. This appeared in the March/April 2014 issue. Read more about Bill Frisell's...
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Americas
Our stay on Orcas Island was truly magical. Old growth forests meet meadows and rolling farmlands to create microcosms of ideal life. And the food is amazing. Fresh seafood, produce grown on the island including artichokes, berries, kale,...
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14111 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA 98072, USA
After we visited the Boeing factory we drove to Woodinville with the idea of visiting the whiskey distillery and perhaps a couple of wineries. We ended up visiting just one, but turns out if you can only visit one then this is the place you must...
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14710 Redmond-Woodinville Rd NE, Woodinville, WA 98072, USA
The Novelty Hill/Januik Winery was a great place to visit and try a myriad of wines with an excellent cuisine. Food is just as important as the wines and if you are in the Woodinville area looking for a snack, Novelty Hill/Januik Winery is a great...
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14475 Redmond-Woodinville Rd NE, Woodinville, WA 98072, USA
The concept of one town with nearly a hundred wineries was truly unbelievable. When I think wineries I think Napa-Sonoma, Tuscany...a few buildings surrounded by acres of vineyards. But what they really mean are "wine tasting rooms." These are the...
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14223 Redmond-Woodinville Rd NE, Redmond, WA 98052, USA
Lavender seems to be a thing in Washington state, and the Woodinville Lavender Farm is a small store with acres of lavender fields in the back. Similar to visiting lavender farms in Sequim, there are homemade lavender products and sweets (we got...
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2001 Blue Heron Rd ste a, Tillamook, OR 97141, USA
If you're heading down hwy 101 through Oregon, I recommend a stop here at Blue Heron. Not only do they make creamy brie, but they also have a wine tasting room for local wines. You can shop around the gourmet store after your tasting to find items...
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12470 NE Rowland Rd, Carlton, OR 97111, USA
The Deep Roots Coalition, founded in 2004, comprises a motley crew of Oregon winemakers who practice dry farming—that is, no irrigation. Make an appointment at Belle Pente or Brick House to learn why relying on natural precipitation alone can help...
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In Washington County, Oregon, November is a magical month for wine lovers. With the crush behind them, this is the only time of year when many wineries open their doors to the public. Located in the famed Northern Willamette valley, Washington...
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29645 NW Quail Run Dr, Gaston, OR 97119, USA
Summer and Scott Catino, owners of Quail Run Creamery, are truly passionate about cheese making, their really cute goats, and most of all running a sustainable business. Located in the beautiful coast range, the farm is populated by Nigerian Dwarf...
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855 U.S. 101, Reedsport, OR 97467, USA
Lonely, rugged, and undeniably beautiful: this is the central Oregon coast in mid-July. It's easy to forget the hour, the year, and that you're three hours from Portland, but your position on the edge of a continent seems difficult to ignore.
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US-101, North Bend, OR 97459, USA
This is a hike that, on a day when the weather is cooperating, is a transformative experience—it's just that beautiful. I lucked out when my arrival to the John Dellenback Dune Trailhead coincided with a break in the rain and clouds I'd seen all...
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500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR 97128, USA
Yes, the Spruce Goose is located in McMinnville, OR. Who knew? Planning a wine trip out west, I came upon this little known fact and had to include a stop. It really is an engineering marvel. It's big, it's wood, and yes folks, it flew! Nice job...
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53000 East Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019, USA
Multnomah Falls is a gorgeous sight located about 45 minutes by car outside of Portland, Oregon, on the Columbia River Gorge. Several hikes of differing degrees of difficulty offer vantage points to view the falls. The sound of the rushing water...
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240 N Broadway #129, Portland, OR 97227, USA
When traveling, I love to spend Saturday morning at the farmers market. There's no better way to meet the locals and get to know the town culture. What produce do they love? What coffee do they sip? What's the overall mood? One of the best...
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2035 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, USA
I was on a cruise in Italy when I heard about this place. I'd mentioned that I was heading to Portland, and a fellow cruiser, a native of the town, had told me that if they had one recommendation it would be the ice cream at Salt and Straw. What...
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1038 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205, USA
OK, we didn't exactly go far for dinner. We were staying in the Ace Hotel, just two doors down, but we were jet-lagged and hungry. We had seen many people hunched over enormous sandwiches through the window of this traditional-style deli at...
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34600 Gary St, Nehalem, OR 97131, USA
Nehalem Bay State Park boasts 5 undeveloped and uninterrupted miles of sandy beach. Even when the adjacent campgrounds are full, you may just have a stretch of personal space the size of a football field. Just book your stay well in advance--as...
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2525 Allison Ln, Newberg, OR 97132, USA
With its indoor pool and lavish spa, the Allison Inn & Spa is the most comfortable place to recharge between Willamette Valley wine tastings. At the restaurant Jory (named for a local soil that’s ideal for growing pinot noir), chef...
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18200 NE Lewis Rogers Ln, Newberg, OR 97132, USA
If you are fan of Oregon pinot made with old-world style, be sure to check out Brick House Vineyards. Open by appointment only, you will have the opportunity enjoy a two-hour leisurely tasting in the old barn...what a fantastic setting. Steve Guy...
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Washington, USA
During the years I lived in the Pacific NW, I came to learn that the best of the all-too-brief summer often doesn't arrive until September. My wife and I took a day off work, got out of 'Pugetopolis.' On this Monday morning, Mt. Rainier felt like...
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Wenatchee, WA 98807, USA
A challenging dayhike with a glacial-lake view at the end, and then Bratwurst-und-Bier for dinner: a perfect summer's day in Washington State's central Cascades! Take Icicle Creek Road from the town of Leavenworth to Eight Mile Road, then turn...
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344 Silica Rd NW, Quincy, WA 98848, USA
There are few things that I find more wonderful that sitting back and enjoying your view, where ever that is. At home, at work, in your neighborhood or aboard. And what a better way to do that than with a lovely glass of wine, a cocktail or...
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735 Front St, Leavenworth, WA 98826, USA
If you love an off-the-beaten-track, oddball museum full of strange old stuff, then you'll have a cracking good time at the Nutcracker Museum. Located in the ferociously quaint, ersatz-Bavarian-village of Leavenworth (a pretty wacky place in...
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Yakima, WA, WA, USA
Start from either end of the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy and hike a couple miles in, seeing the desert geology take shape. Take the spur uphill marked by hand-painted signs to "the winery" and end up at Wilridge Vineyard Estate, make yourself at...
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Eagle Creek is a waterfall lover's paradise. Thirteen waterfalls are crammed into a six-mile stretch. I made the 12-mile roundtrip in November as part of a photography project I was working on. The trailhead is located very close to the Bonneville...
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Icicle Ridge, Washington 98826, USA
Looking for a great spring to early summer hike? Located near Leavenworth, WA, this hike gains elevation fast with views of the Enchantments and Cascade Mountains. The ridge was named accordingly with fascinated ice formations on trees and rocks....
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829 Front St, Leavenworth, WA 98826, USA
A gingerbread cottage is entirely fitting for the faux-Bavarian village of Leavenworth, and the Gingerbread Factory fits the bill, right down to the lollipop and candy-cane decorations on the walkway. Inside, you’ll find a big case of oversized,...
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819 Front St, Leavenworth, WA 98826, USA
Don’t be surprised if you’re offered a sample of cheese the moment you step into the Cheesemonger’s Shop. The friendly staff is only too happy to talk cheese, offer samples, and suggest pairings with their crackers, meats, and wine selection. They...
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2258 Wine Country Rd, Prosser, WA 99350, USA
Chef Kristin M. Johnson, a wisp of a lady, dances along the floor of her open kitchen at Mojave Restaurant with intensity and purposeful movement. Although part of Desert Wind Winery and Inn, what she wants is to make a name for Mojave restaurant...
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Paradise, WA 98361, USA
From Paradise Meadow, there are several short and easy hikes, even if you didn’t bring your hiking boots. The one-mile hike to Myrtle Falls is a gentle, paved slope that’s even wheelchair-accessible with assistance. Your reward is a stunning view,...
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33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd, Enumclaw, WA 98022, USA
If you’re going to take a scenic gondola ride, it might as well be up the side of a mountain, right? Crystal Mountain’s gondola costs a hefty $25 round trip, but it does come with some lovely views and a surprisingly smooth ride. About six people...
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Paradise, WA 98361, USA
The views were breath-taking while I hiked Paradise in August - wildflowers, dynamic clouds and craggy peaks filled my viewfinder. I opened the photos on my computer at home and was astonished to see their vintage postcard resemblance. Paradise...
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7375 Icicle Rd, Leavenworth, WA 98826, USA
Tucked away in the woods alongside Icicle Creek at the base of the Cascade Mountains, Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort is one of Washington's best getaways, close to but a world removed from the tourist-filled streets of Bavarian-themed downtown...
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Blanca Lake, Washington 98251, USA
Alpine lakes often have an otherworldly color, due to glacial rock-'flour' suspended in the water. Here, in the central Cascades northeast of Seattle, Blanca Lake could be more aptly named Turquoise Lake. Set in a cirque, with Columbia Glacier at...
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Marblemount, WA 98267, USA
Summer arrives somewhat late in the Pacific NW--but when sun finally parts the clouds in July, it's glorious. The "Mountain Loop Highway" running east from the town of Granite Falls into the central Cascades is the gateway to numerous hikers' and...