When the door finally opened on the Portland Cocktail Week tiki event at miniature golf mecca, Glowing Greens, guests streamed down the stairs into the dark of the black light. Bartenders from Seattle’s Rumba were glowing with neon paint, ready to shake and pour for the rush of crowd. As we packed ourselves in for the wait, perusing menus and adhering light-up bracelets and necklaces to ourselves and our accessories, conversations began between friends and strangers.
Long layovers happen to all of us at some point. Most airports have upgraded enough to include a hotel or two, maybe a spot for a shoulder massage or a few restaurants with better-than-mediocre food. If you’re flying through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) with a long layover ahead, leave your luggage in storage and enjoy the best of Seattle’s southside.
Montreal has long been on my must-visit list. A metropolitan mix of Canada and France, the Quebec destination delivers an endless array of food, drink, history, and arts for visitors of every age and interest. A climb to the top of Mont-Royal offers a full city view for those willing to make the trek while local neighborhoods like the Quartier des Spectacles and the Village feature all the nightlife and entertainment you’ll need while visiting this beautiful city.
Amid the upstate areas where vacationers flock, Saratoga Springs is a popular pick. To some, it is the home of horse racing, where folks dress in finery and peer over papers as determined steeds propel past. To others, it is a performing arts destination, and its annual New York City Ballet season the most anticipated event of them all.
Even after two decades in the Pacific Northwest, I still had the idea that Woodinville wine country was a far off place in the distance somewhere on Seattle’s Eastside. Across the bridges, past Mercer Island, over Kirkland and Kenmore, beyond Bothell. In a galaxy far, far away. But it’s closer than you think.
As we embark on a tour of the city blocks one sunny spring morning, historian Robert Sung gives an impassioned pitch for his Chinatown neighborhood. In the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia, the area still hums with activity, even after the sixty or so years he’s seen of its evolution.
There is a spiritual vibration in the mountains surrounding Sedona even before you set foot in the city. From the hillside walls of the Chapel of the Holy Cross to the misnomered Montezuma Castle, the miles of green scrub brush and sprawling landscape have seen many a hoof and foot over the years.
With eleven years of community and friends, snacks and pours, the Seattle Wine and Food Experience remains one of the top food and wine events in the Pacific Northwest region.
It was tough to sleep on the red-eye from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Toronto, Ontario. When I initially booked my tickets from Portland, Oregon, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the cheapest route put me through Canada, which I certainly didn’t mind. A short jump to Vancouver, a red-eye flight, and a day to play in Toronto before I boarded for Brazil.
During the fourteen-hour, two-day trip from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Banff, Alberta, aboard the magnificent Rocky Mountaineer, I may have only taken my eyes off the window a handful of times.