Things to Do in The Seattle and Tacoma Area

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Five years ago, Anna Nasset-Glenn took over ownership of this artisan boutique and longtime Port Townsend institution, where she helps customers find... Read More

Just east of Capitol Lake Park, this downtown coffee shop is home to what many consider the best brew in the city. Now a small chain—which... Read More

Step through a spacious light-filled glass and aluminum entryway into Bellevue Art Museum's (BAM) textured concrete space. Designed by architect Steven... Read More

Check out the gleaming shops, which include 7, For All Mankind and Michael Kors Lifestyle. Read More

The small family winery specializes in Rhône grapes such as Syrah and juicy Grenache. Read More

This 150-acre preserve at the northern tip of Bainbridge Island (35 minutes by ferry from Seattle) is a mix of pristine second-growth forest and... Read More

There’s no way to miss the Capitol Campus—you can see its regal, domed legislative building from almost everywhere in the city. Take a... Read More

The Provençal-style castle on 87-acres was built by Washington's second-largest wine producer. Read More

The boutique winery makes a firm Bordeaux blend called Chaleur Estate. Read More

For even more solitude, hike about five miles to the end of the Dungeness Spit and tour the Dungeness Lighthouse. Read More

Drive to remote Dungeness Spit on the Olympic Peninsula, often buffeted by turbulent waters. Read More

See the park's lighthouse and artillery units from the 1890s or fly kites on the parade field. Read More

Day-trippers head 25 miles north of Seattle to Whidbey Island, where beaches, nature, and wildlife abound. For panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains... Read More

Located along Admiralty Inlet, this 433-acre stretch of land once served as an active army installation and then a juvenile detention facility before... Read More

For an aquatic perspective of Gig Harbor, rent a kayak, canoe, paddleboat, or powerboat. For more surefooted types, there's also the relatively newer... Read More

Harlequin Productions draws theatergoers to its unconventional shows here. Read More

Bring a flashlight on the Iron Horse Trail, which parallels old railroad tracks and includes a tunnel that goes underneath the pass. Read More

Visitors can try some of Washington's best Syrahs in a starkly modern, 33,000-square-foot facility that includes a full-time kitchen staff, wine-tasting... Read More

Since 1951, this brick-faced Port Townsend museum in this historic district has welcomed visitors to what was once a City Hall court room. Exhibits... Read More

Orchardist Les Price grows an incredibly diverse crop in this "backyard region" of Seattle—some 150 varieties on just four acres. Price attributes... Read More

Paddle out to tiny Cutts Island, keeping an eye out for seals; later, wind down the day with a beach stroll on Kopachuk’s shore, looking for sand... Read More

Visitors can watch molten glass creations being blown in the Museum of Glass’s (MOG) Hot Shop, a 90-foot stainless steel cone and working studio.... Read More

Fifty miles from Bellingham on the Canadian border is a picture-postcard Pacific Northwest landscape of sawtooth mountains slung with hammocks of snow.... Read More

Visitors can try some of Washington's best Syrahs in a starkly modern, 33,000-square-foot facility that includes a full-time kitchen staff, wine-tasting... Read More

Between April and December, beekeepers, artisans, and local organic farmers gather here to sell their wares. Read More

Designated by Congress in 1938, mammoth and mountainous park stretches across rugged Pacific coast and lush interior old-growth forests. Daylong... Read More

Every Earth Day, the Procession of the Species parade, with participants colorfully dressed as birds, turtles, killer whales and more, weaves through... Read More

This whimsical shop stocks pétanque sets and handblown sake glasses. Read More

The museum pays tribute to native son and world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly, and surveys Pacific Northwest art from oils to jewelry. Read More

The challenging (and vertical) trail uphill leads to amazing views of Maple Valley and Mount Rainier beyond. Read More

This vintage boutique and consignment shop in downtown is jam-packed with secondhand deals. The owners scour estate sales, attics, and garage sales for... Read More

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