For as big as the Willamette Valley is, there’s no doubt that most of the focus tends to be on the northern edges. That’s where the sub-AVAs are, that’s where most of the famous vineyards are, and frankly, that’s where most of the tourists are. Yet contrary to popular belief, the Willamette Valley doesn’t end at Salem, and in fact there’s quite a bit to do and see if you head a bit farther south.
It’s a puzzling conundrum. While Hood River is a bustling vacation town, set on the banks of the mighty Columbia River and the gateway to all the recreational opportunities on Mount Hood, options for waterfront lodging and dining are surprisingly limited. That makes the Hood River Inn, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, such a unique find.
The hotel itself is a sprawling complex just off I-84, coming from Portland.
In emotionally trying times, nothing assuages the spirit better than getting away for a weekend — and Alderbrook Resort & Spa is exactly the kind of place to do it.
The elegant lodge-style escape has stood the test of time for over 100 years. Founded in 1913, it began as a collection of cabins and teepees and slowly evolved to what it is today: a classic yet comfortable destination hotel catering to Seattle, Portland and beyond.
Sip’s Wine Guide: British Columbia launches as the premier guide to touring the wine regions of the province.
From Sip Publishing, the privately owned-and-operated publisher behind the award-winning regional beverage publication Sip Northwest and the international cider magazine CIDERCRAFT, comes Sip’s Wine Guide: British Columbia.
You’d think Canada’s second-largest ski resort would be overrun, with lift lines that take hours to move through. After all, that’s often the scene at internationally renowned Whistler, the country’s biggest ski area.
But Sun Peaks Resort, a 4.5-hour drive northeast of Whistler, is blissfully uncrowded. And, with 12 lifts across three mountains and 4,270 acres of terrain, there’s plenty of room to spread out.
The Modern Hotel and Bar is a design enthusiast’s dream. The former Travelodge has been retrofitted with mid-century modern flourishes — everything from tufted mustard yellow couches to bulbous pendant lamps and sleek wood paneling. Though the boutique hotel is perfect for urban explorers — it’s only a short walk to the heart of downtown Boise — The Modern also lures patio loungers to its flickering fire pits with stellar craft cocktails and seasonally driven small plates.
The Northwest is notorious for tasty food and great drink. After food carts began popping up to celebrate the marriage of local cuisine and the eclectic uniqueness the region offers, it was only natural for alcohol to follow the leader and try its luck at the cart craze.
Billings, Montana’s Trailhead, is home to a historic downtown boasting Montana’s only Walking Brewery District. With 8 breweries and two distilleries within a 1.5-mile walkable loop, we know you’ll want to check it out. Just in case you need convincing, here’s our Top 6 Reasons to spend a couple hours or all evening exploring the great tastes – and sips – Billings has to offer.
1) Historic Downtown: Montana Avenue has an amazing vibe.
If you’ve ever daydreamed of eating a massive slice of Dahlia Bakery’s coconut cream pie while luxuriating in a bathrobe in the privacy of your hotel room, Seattle’s Hotel Andra has you covered.
The 119-room boutique hotel at the edge of downtown and the Belltown neighborhood sits across the street from Dahlia Bakery and its sister restaurant, Dahlia Lounge, both owned by legendary restaurateur Tom Douglas.