Treat Yourself to Waterfront Repose at Alderbrook Resort & Spa

by Brett Konen

In emotionally trying times, nothing assuages the spirit better than getting away for a weekend — and Alderbrook Resort &…


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.

Coming from Portland, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort is a 30-minute drive past the hustle and bustle of Government Camp, and 15 minutes from Mount Hood Meadows. By any measure, the resort is close, convenient lodging to one of the biggest ski resorts on Mount Hood. But as we wind slowly up the snowy, lonely, winding drive on Cooper Spur Road, it feels like we’re in the middle of nowhere.

Central Oregon is so breathtaking you rarely have to stray very far from a main thoroughfare to find bliss. Such is the case at the newly revamped Suttle Lodge on the shore of Suttle Lake in the Deschutes National Forest, just off US-20 about 35 miles outside of Bend.
Ownership is brought to you by the same folks responsible for the catchy Ace Hotel group. Accordingly, there is the requisite turntable, wool throws and other woodsy accoutrements.

Settle in at the Third Street Flats in the heart of McMinnville, Oregon, wine country.
Just 90 minutes from Portland, in the heart of Oregon wine country, is the charming, growing city of McMinnville. Pinot Noir lovers have long known about this haven of great wine and the town itself is home to the International Pinot Noir Celebration, a yearly bowing down to the grape that grows so well in the area.

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