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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

This northwestern Seattle neighborhood is known for its Scandinavian, fishing-village past, but the Salmon Bay community is reinventing itself as an up... Read More

The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, built and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, may seem like an odd place to spend a few hours, but this high... Read More

Banya 5 is an urban spa and health facility offering a unique blend of old world wellness rituals in a friendly, contemporary environment. A series of... Read More

Barca is a Euro-cool Capital Hill nightspot known for having the largest selection of premium and specialty vodkas in the state of Washington. Space can... 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

Located in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is sometimes called a “living museum” where... 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

Just north of downtown, this up-and-coming waterfront neighborhood is home to art galleries, clothing shops, cafes, boutique hotels, and dive bars (of... Read More

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

A cross between a gastropub and a chic art bar, Black Bottle has stayed hot for three years by keeping things simple. The narrow space doesn’t... 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

Vinyl rules at this temple to the LP, EP, 45, and 33. Located in the Salmon Bay neighborhood, this cavernous superstore boasts a collection of 650,000... Read More

Giving a moneyed, early-to-bed neighborhood a reason to stay up late, this charming candlelit wine bar draws older couples on their way to the symphony,... 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

Pedal the western segment of the Centennial Trail to Nine Mile Falls. Read More

Take a 2,000 foot dance floor, add a full bar and restaurant, place them in the Pike/Pine district, and you've got Century Ballroom and Cafe. Seattle... Read More

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

This West Queen Anne shop is the retail storefront (and headquarters) of the sustainability-minded foodie E-tailer. It channels that familiar gourmet... Read More

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The Clyde Theatre, a 1937 movie house, screens the classics. Read More

Named after the 1920's phonograph, Victrola Coffee Roasters celebrates the exuberant zeitgeist of this bygone era at its three Seattle locations. The... Read More

Hike the trails at Columbia Hills State Park, keeping an eye out for petroglyphs. Read More

In between golden eagle and yellow-headed blackbird sightings, keep an eye out for beavers, moose, and coyotes. You can canoe or kayak the estuary... Read More

The lakes and rivers are prime trout-fishing spots. Read More

Pull on your waders, grab your “clam gun”—it works better than a shovel—and head to razor-clam central. You’ll need a... Read More

In season, stop by and pick your own organic berries. Open Tuesday and Friday 9–3. Read More

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

The best green space in Seattle has a little bit of everything: dense, nearly silent forest trails; paved stretches great for cycling; fields and lawns... 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

With an inventory that’s Barnes & Noble-esque in scope, this venerable independent bookstore is a point of pride for Seattleites. Occupying a... Read More

Operating in the same spot since 1999, this Madrona pet boutique has built a loyal clientele who return regularly for pup-sitting, grooming, and luxury... Read More

Since 2001, Jeremy Faber, a trained chef, has been bringing wild foods to Seattle-area farmer’s markets, including the Saturday-morning,... 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

Dig for littleneck clams along the shore of this retired army base. 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

The work of the Pacific Northwest’s best artists—including glass masters Dale Chihuly and Benjamin Moore, and founders of the Northwest... Read More

Although it doesn’t get the same hype as the Seattle Art Museum (especially given the SAM’s lavish reopening in early 2007), the Frye&rsquo... Read More

Located upstairs from Ballard’s Thaiku, Fu Kun Wu is both secretive and sensual. Originally a Chinese apothecary upstairs with an opium den below,... 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

Stop in for scrumptious homemade cookies (and pick up a kit for making gingerbread houses at home). Read More

Hand-blown glass votives are the only thing for sale at this 5,700-square-foot studio/boutique in the Madrona neighborhood. Founder Lee Rhodes... Read More

Head to the Goldendale Observatory for some guided stargazing. Read More

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

This diminutive little bar in Ballard truly is teensy with just a handful of stools and minimal standing room on the main floor. Nonetheless, patrons... Read More

Located on the neighborhood's main drag, Hitchcock Madrona demands repeat visits since owners Erica Nelson-Sheehan and Dustin Nelson (who are cousins)... Read More

Start the day with a cinnamon roll or egg sandwich. Closed December–April. Read More

Serious collectors of Asian antiques come from far and wide to visit Honeychurch; the shop has a long and vaunted history with origins in Hong Kong... Read More

Icicle Junction has a fantastic mini-golf course. Or head to Lake Wenatchee (about a half-hour drive north), for boating and horseback riding. 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

The handmade custom-created vintage wedding gowns at Isadora’s, based on bias-cut designs from the 1930’s, draw brides-to-be from all over... 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

Despite its minimalist décor, there’s a warm-and-fuzzy feeling about this eco-chic women’s wear shop (the warm greeting you’ll... Read More

Founded in 1946 by three high school buddies, this still locally owned seaplane operation has a fleet of 25 aircrafts performing seasonal, scheduled... Read More

King’s Hardware, a beer bar that serves some of the best burgers in town, attracts a young, fun-loving crowd. Inside, the weathered brick and wood... Read More

This Georgetown decor shop sells cool collector furniture and one-of-a-kind and found objects. Devoted hunter and gatherer Kirk Albert scours... 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

Get a crash course in the explorers’ journey. Read More

Keep a lookout for lynx, deer, elk, and eagles while you cast in Big Meadow Lake. Read More

Rent a bike to explore the island’s farm roads and coastal trails. Read More

The shop sells vintage maps and Audubon lithographs. Read More

This quiet community is regarded by its residents as a small town within Seattle. Named after a species of tree common to the area, Madrona’s... Read More

Admire the Rodin sculptures and explore a full-scale replica of Stonehenge on the grounds. Read More

While you're in one of the best whale-watching spots in the world, don't miss boating out to Haro Strait to marvel at breaching orcas and humpbacks... Read More

The Mystery: The nine-foot-wide bottomless hole and former dump site on Mel Waters’s former property near Ellensburg, Washington, is awash in... Read More

Minglement has been serving Vashon Island’s hale and hearty since 1974. Today the organic food emporium carries an array of local produce,... Read More

Dark-wood booths, wine-red walls, and candlelight combine to create a dark and intimate vibe in this Green Lake bistro and lounge. Regulars listen to... Read More

Take flight with this outfitter to explore the Methow Valley’s mountains and meadows. Read More

This park has seen impressive regrowth since the 1980 eruption, but it’s still full of eerie landscapes and volcanic remnants. Stop at the Castle... 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

Two local filmmakers started this nonprofit in 1995 to provide resources for the region’s struggling film artists. Several expansions later, NWFF... Read More

Get your regional-history fix here. Read More

Hard-core kayakers head for the islands of Puget Sound, but more casual paddlers can explore plenty of gorgeous waterways right within Seattle’s... 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

Visit the Nutcracker Museum, which displays more than 5,000 of the iconic toy. Read More

The Pike/Pine corridor is home to this popular café-bar-restaurant that opens early and stays up late. With timeworn wood floors and exposed... 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

Take a photo op where the falls plunge into a perfectly round canyon. Read More

Snow-capped Mount Rainier anchors 240 miles of hiking trails, ranging from wildflower-field nature walks to icy summit ascents. Stop at the Paradise... Read More

Grab a picnic table: kids can sip old-fashioned root beer floats while parents enjoy Syrah. Read More

The Pike/Pine corridor in Seattle runs from Interstate 5 to 15th Ave E and is named after the two parallel commercial strips that form it. The corridor... Read More

This charming aviary has more than 200 exotic birds. Read More

Puget Sound's oldest lighthouse watches over the evergreen-lined coast. Scan the sand for dogwinkles, limpets, and geoducks - the world's biggest... Read More

Located in Ballard, Portalis Wine Shop and Bar is frequented by Seattle’s most discerning food and wine aficionados, especially right after the... Read More

Just a few miles off the Coulee Corridor, this 640-acre park makes a great spot for a picnic, a boat ride on the freshwater reservoir, and, of course,... 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

A combination gallery/shop/"culture incubator," Pulp Lab's retail outlet is an offshoot of proprietress Kate Pawlicki's NY-Seattle creative agency. Pulp... Read More

This outfitter teaches basic climbing skills that enable novices to reach Columbia Crest while attached to a guide by ropes. Read More

Given that Seattle is filled with hikers, kayakers, and cyclists, it only makes sense that the city is home to the mother of all outdoor stores. REI... Read More

Although Retrofit Home specializes contemporary home furnishings, the Capitol Hill store also sells transitional and mid-Century modern furniture.... Read More

Since the Mariners’ inaugural game in 1999, their “new” stadium has been a top destination for Major League Baseball fans. The 47,000... Read More

Sambar is probably the smallest bar in Seattle (there are just four barstools and five tiny tables)—even when the backyard garden is open, 15... Read More

While you're in one of the best whale-watching spots in the world, don't miss boating out to Haro Strait to marvel at breaching orcas and humpbacks... Read More

The Mystery: At the base of Mount Adams lies an incredible hotbed of UFO activity: a wooded ranch-cum-spiritual retreat owned by James Gilliland. The... Read More

James Gilliland, the founder of Enlightened Contact with ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (ECETI), has been hosting seekers at his ranch at the mountain... Read More

Spot seals and otters in the waters below. Read More

The South Lake Union Trolley runs a more than 2.6-mile-long course with 11 stops in downtown Seattle. The system was put into service in December 2007... Read More

This curiosity shop is the brainchild of artist Curtis Steiner, whose 1,000 Blocks project (a thousand painted wooden blocks that can be arranged to... Read More

Hidden on quiet Stewart St., this Belltown bar is easy to miss, but the search makes finding it all the sweeter, say devotees. Artisan and classic... Read More

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

While house-crafted mixers have become standard-issue at many trendy lounges, Sun Liquor raises the bar by having its own distillery (located on Pike... Read More

The windows reveal hot-pink walls and racks upon racks of feminine street fashion: T-shirts by DaftBird, Jay Godfrey silk cocktail dresses, and gold... 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

This Georgetown tavern and multimedia event venue is the place to be for indie fun with art shows, concerts, even all-day waffles and televised football... Read More

Live piano music accompanies evening cocktails in the lobby bar of downtown's Fairmont Olympic hotel. The Terrace channels a genteel vibe with plenty o... Read More

Instead of beer-soaked concrete and standing-room only, this rock club for grownups offers plush cabaret-style seating in semicircular booths, and a... Read More

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

Martinis are big at Tini Bigs—served in 10-oz. glasses, to be precise. Belltown is home to this unpretentious lounge specializing in... Read More

Artist and Seattle native Dehanna Jones built this buzzing glassworks studio/gallery in the heart of up-and-coming Georgetown. Jones hand-blows her... Read More

Most treatments at downtown’s Ummelina begin with a foot soak and tea ceremony. Seaweed pedicures are performed in private rooms, where customers... Read More

The Spread: Seattle claimed the No. 1 spot for farmers' markets in our annual America's Favorite Cities survey, so it's no surprise to find one of the... Read More

Uwajimaya has everything you need to become an Asian chef. The giant grocery store is crammed with over 20,000 delicacies from Japan, China, Korea,... Read More

Located in the Cascade area of South Union Lake, Velocity Art and Design is a Seattle interior design store focusing on contemporary home furnishings.... Read More

This Salmon Bay boutique carries womenswear, jewelry, and accessories from independent designers (mostly local) and caters mostly to flirty, pixie-ish... Read More

Coffee, basil, wasabi, and cantaloupe are among the house-infused vodka flavors served at this stylish cocktail lounge, the next-door offspring of the... Read More

Espresso Vivace's gran bar on Broadway is a 2,000-square-foot facility dedicated to making una bella tazza di caffe (a beautiful cup of... 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

Check out the migration maps and cetacean skeletons. Read More

Almost everyone starts the winery crawl at this winery, known for its cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and chardonnay. Read More

Kids will love the authentic Native American costumes and the towering Winter Lodge (a replica of a traditional meeting house). Read More

Piece through the region’s history, from petrified wood to log-cabin artifacts. Read More

Now a six-location, mini-chain, the original Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea House was founded by owner Jeff Babcock in 1996. Today, the... Read More

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