Whether you are chasing the drama of coastal storms or the serenity of a surfside sunset, there’s one luxury hotel on the Oregon Coast that offers an immersive seaside retreat for every season. Set about 80 miles outside of Portland and tucked into a corner of Cannon Beach, the Stephanie Inn captures the wild spirit of the coast, and elevates a weekend away with an onsite spa, fine dining and a recently launched culinary-focused Sojourn program.
More than 300 days of sunshine sound good right about now. That’s the regular weather pattern in Yakima, a thriving agricultural community in the heart of Washington State that has grown into a craft beverage boomtown.
Washington wine started here, with over 17,000 acres of vines and the title as the state’s first sub-appellation.
There’s no such thing as a bad view at British Columbia’s Big White Ski Resort, located near Kelowna. From just about any vantage point, whether you’re on the slopes or in your hotel or condo room, the views extend across the rumpled Okanagan Highlands, where Big White is the tallest mountain.
Though the Okanagan Valley is perhaps known more its wine than its skiing, Big White is British Columbia’s third largest ski area, with 15 lifts hauling visitors up its slopes.
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.