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9 Best Bites in Winslow, Bainbridge Island, Near Seattle, WA

This week, Serious Eats posted my report on the 9 best bites in Winslow on Bainbridge Island in Washington. An excerpt: When a tourist in Seattle asks for anything interesting to do that’s not-so-Seattle, I recommend a trip to Bainbridge Island, which is both a…
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Passport to Pleasure: Feeling Good in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Last year’s trip to Orcas Island whetted my appetite to return to the San Juan Islands. And what better stop than the namesake of the island chain? Less than ninety miles north of Seattle, you board a ferry in Anacortes, and in an hour’s time…
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What to Eat in Friday Harbor, on Washington’s San Juan Island

I recently toured San Juan Island, peeking into as many places as possible. Foregoing tourist-oriented fish and chips, here are nine lower-cost food experiences—from pickled bull kelp to Thai lettuce wraps—I recommend for you in Friday Harbor.
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Passport to Pleasure: Two Idyllic Nights in the Yakima Valley

I reported previously about travel to the Yakima Valley, which is a fun escape from Seattle, albeit a bit restaurant-challenged. If you’re searching for something special, something romantic, you’ll need to go beyond Yakima and get into the countryside. Oh, there are decent places to…
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Passport to Pleasure: Onshore at Orcas (Part 2)

After a fun first day on Orcas Island, you’ll find that waking up on the island brings a further sense of relaxation. And a desire for exploration, at whatever pace you’d like. Enjoy a slow, well-deserved morning with your loved one, lingering over breakfast at…
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Passport to Pleasure: Onshore at Orcas (Part 1)

Tickled by the notion of overnights after last week’s Passport to Pleasure at Hotel 1000, it’s time to embark on a series of more distant trips. Let’s start with Orcas Island, the largest and most rugged of the San Juan Islands. So close, and yet…
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Escape from Seattle: Sleeping Lady in Leavenworth

I was delighted to be invited to Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort in Leavenworth to experience the Taste of the Valley package this past summer. What a wonderful way to close the loop on a culinary/agri-tourism trip that had already taken me to Portland, Yakima Valley,…
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Escape from Seattle: A Quick Waltz through the Wenatchee Valley

I didn’t have the same amount of time to spend as I did in the Yakima Valley, but after an overnight at Cave B Inn at SageCliffe, a drive through the Wenatchee Valley en route to my final stop of Leavenworth gave me a few…
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Escape from Seattle: Chilling at SageCliffe’s Cave B Inn

The SageCliffe website says it best: Where the Columbia River carves through the sunny center of Washington State, there is a destination. A place where you can experience all that the land has to offer. A place where you can share a glass of wine…
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Escape from Seattle: Finding Food in the Yakima Valley

In previous culinary Escapes from Seattle, you’ve seen what happens when a food-loving indoor extremist goes to Whistler, and just last week, for the start of a new trip report, you learned how the Portland food scene differs from Seattle’s. That trip next took me…
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