Great Weekends… All 52 of Them

by Lauren Braden

in Trip Ideas

When I haven’t traveled in awhile (and I haven’t traveled in awhile), I start to make lists of where I want to go. Right now, the Methow Valleyis on that list, right near the top, for a late winter snowshoe trip. It’s a fantasy, but I’m leaving it on there. This spring, I want to make it to the Walla Walla region for the first time, both to hike in the nearby Blue Mountain range and sip some wine at some of the smaller regional wineries. That’s a trip that will probably happen. And then this coming August, I want to return to North Cascades National Park for a fabulous, rugged backpacking trip. (Having a ten-month old may put a small wrench in that one).

Imagine my joy, then, to open the January issue of Seattle Metropolitan magazine. Talk about a list! The cover story is “52 Great Weekends — Northwest Getaways for Every Week of the Year.” Just reading through this list of weekend excursions got me mentally packing my bags and pulling out the old gazetteer.

Granted, most of the suggested trips don’t point you to cheap sleeps for your overnight accommodations (in the Methow valley, for example, they’ll send you to the uber expensive Sun Mountain Lodge, which bears little resemblance to the Idle-a-While.) But that’s okay. Let them be out-of-touch. It’s not the recommendation to stay at the Fairmont Vancouver that makes this article so great. It’s the reminder – all 52 reminders – of all the Northwest has to offer. Even in 2-3 day chunks. And especially for locals.

The trip suggestions aren’t original, but they’re fun. How about an art-filled weekend in Tacoma? (If you are turning up your nose, you haven’t been to Tacoma lately.) Offbeat weekend ideas include crabbing along the Oregon Coast or apple-picking in Wenatchee. For adventurous types, spend a Saturday surfing in Tofino (on the west side of Vancouver Island) or take in the rodeo in Pendleton. Personally, I’d pass on the golfing weekend at Suncadia Resort near Cle Elum. Ditto for the luxery resort at the Tulalip Casino. I just might have to check out the Bronze, Blues and Brews Fest in Joseph, Oregon this August, though. I wonder if they allow ten-month olds…

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Heather January 5, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Hi Lauren: If you’re seriously thinking about the Bronze, Blue and Brews Festival in Joseph, OR in August, then you need to start thinking now about lodging. Joseph has a mix of only one motel and a handful of B&Bs (all in walking distance and yes, your 10-month-old is invited to the festival). Your next option for lodging will be at Wallowa Lake (always full in August and often with longer minimum stays) or over in Enterprise in a motel (6 miles away). Not as optimum, but the blues festival does provide a school bus shuttle from Joseph City Park to drop off points in Enterprise and at Wallowa Lake–just not as convenient.

We’re already sold out for the weekend (since August last year).
–Heather at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast


Lauren January 6, 2009 at 1:56 am

Thanks so much for the information, Heather. I’m sure our readers will appreciate it. By the way, your bed and breakfast looks beautiful. I most definitely want to visit Joseph and Wallowa Lake and stay there this year!


Heather January 6, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Hi Lauren: Well, I’m going to have to retract my previous comment about the Bronze Blues and Brews Festival for 2009. According to the festival’s website (, the event is postponed until 2010 for a variety of reasons. It’s a late-breaking recent decision and one that must’ve been made with great weight.

Our bed & breakfast has provided sponsored lodging for one of the emcees for the last eight years–we’re very sorry to see it postponed, but hopefully it’ll be back in 2010 with renewed vigor!


Tom January 8, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Perhaps you should substitute the Birding and Blues festival in 2009. Cute B&Bs, great live blues and great birding by the sea, with field trips and fun speakers. Speakers include bird experts, authors like Lyanda Lynn Haupt ( – speaking there in 2009) , and more!


Tom January 8, 2009 at 8:40 pm

PS love the new site design!


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