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Courtesy The Watergate Hotel

When a new leader enters the White House this fall many Americans will flock to Washington, D.C. to check out the vibe under President number forty-five. Let a little presidential pizzazz rub off by staying at one of these hotels with political pasts and presents. Stand on the roof of the Hay-Adams Hotel, which overlooks... Read More

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Seattle Great Wheel/flickr/Nicola

Seattle’s waterfront is undergoing a major facelift, and it has more to offer than ever on a sunny summer afternoon. Here’s how to soak up every second of it. Start at the Olympic Sculpture Park, a free sculpture garden that is part of the Seattle Art Museum. The nine-acre park... Read More

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Mt. Suhksan/Brendan Laing

If you love the scenery of Seattle and Vancouver (think: sea, snow-capped mountains, and evergreens), you’ll enjoy Bellingham, a much smaller, low-rise version located between the two cities. A mecca for hiking and mountain biking, this small outdoorsy coastal city of about 80,000 is near Mt. Baker, a 10,750-foot peak in... Read More

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Seattle skyline/flickr/Dave Sizer

The rise of Seattle’s tech industry (Microsoft, Amazon, and Nintendo are based there) and the power of local corporate giants Starbucks and Boeing, have combined to put the rainy, Northwest city on the map. From nearby lakes and forests, to renowned art galleries and live music — and even the recent legalization... Read More

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The tasting room at Banshee Wines in California
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Over the past few years, wineries and tasting rooms across the U.S. have made the experience less stuffy and formal by introducing casual-minded perks or add-ons. Here are just a few of our favorites. 1. Lounge Ambiance Not long ago, everyone bellied up to the bar and stood during the entire tasting; now, you... Read More

 San Juan Islands, Washington/flickr/Patrick McNally
San Juan Islands, Washington/flickr/Patrick McNally

The San Juan Islands — located just north of Seattle in the Salish Sea — comprise more than 400 islands and rocks, just four of which are inhabited. The largest, San Juan, has a population of less than 8,000 people and is home to Friday Harbor, the islands’ biggest... Read More

The exterior of Starbucks Reserve and Roastery in Seattle
Starbucks Reserve and Roastery

Less than two miles away from Starbucks’ original Pike Place Market store sits its latest Seattle location: a 15,000-square-foot-plus café, roastery, and packaging facility perched on Capitol Hill. And despite a fanatical following and cookie cutter product model, Starbucks manages to give its Reserve and Roastery a refreshing, artisanal aesthetic.... Read More

A guestroom at The Edgewater in Seattle.
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Wintertime is low season in Seattle, but for Midwesterners and Northeasters there’s the allure of little snow underfoot. Seattle’s average snowfall (11 inches) is much less than other Northern regions across the country and makes for the perfect winter getaway. At The Edgewater Hotel, a posh waterfront property on Elliott... Read More

The Index Bridge in Index Washington
The Index Bridge/Sarah Ravits

For outdoor enthusiasts and amateurs alike, a trip to the Pacific Northwest should include a stop at the small, rustic town of Index, Washington. Its population? Less than 200. Though it’s about an hour from Seattle, this town is a world away from fast-paced, contemporary urban life. Index is primarily a destination... Read More

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Napa Valley might first come to mind when you’re dreaming about a West Coast wine weekend escape, but Washington State has its own share of first-class wineries that shouldn’t be discounted either. The estates are incredibly convenient and fun to tour — and they’re perfect for a relaxing girls’... Read More

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Gowri Chandra

There are few moments more quintessentially Seattle than watching the fog peel off the bay in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, while sipping a freshly pulled espresso. The city offers up intimate moments everywhere, if you know where to look. And if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the... Read More

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Love trinkets and other souvenirs? On your next trip, we suggest taking a step behind the jewelry counter to explore how your favorite pieces are crafted — and of course get a great hands-on experience while you’re at it, too. These five tours allow you to blow your own glass, check... Read More

Un-Cruise Ship on the Snake River
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Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every week for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea. ... Read More

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Postcard holiday scenes often involve beautiful blankets of white snow, evoking images of cozy northern towns and ski resort havens. But who would have thought that regions like California’s Newport Beach, or the southern town of Woodstock in Virginia, are teeming with holiday cheer this time of the year... Read More

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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurant’s annual Karma Rewards Sale is back! This means the boutique hotel group is offering its lowest rates of the year — starting as low as $99 at some properties — along with double stay credit. To take advantage of the special rates, you’ll have to become... Read More