Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest

Where To Go Now: October

by Lauren Braden on October 5, 2010

in Trip Ideas

BRITISH COLUMBIA

The 29th annual Vancouver International Film Festival runs now through October 15th, featuring 370 films from 75 countries. It’s one of North America’s largest and most diverse film festivals, showing big name movies, small name shorts, and art house gems. Tickets are completely affordable, generally $10-$12 per screening, and are sold at several locations throughout the city. Full festival passes are also available. Need a place to stay? Check out Vancouver listings in the Cheapsleeps Finder, or use Priceline’s name your own price feature, where this blogger recently scored a night at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel for $95.

WASHINGTON

Everyone loves a good pumpkin patch. Throw in a corn maze, some cute baby farm animals, and fresh kettle corn, and you’re at Craven Farms, just outside of Snohomish. They’re open throughout October, and admission is free, but bring along some cash for the extras, like the pumpkin sling, corn maze, hay ride, and make-your-own-scarecrow.

OREGON

North of Portland, the town of Saint Helens hosts Halloweentown every weekend in October, and its spookier than you’re even hoping it is! The whole town, from the historic courthouse plaza to the Olde Town riverfront, is decked out for Halloween. Even the shopkeepers in Olde Towne greet you as ghosts, goblins and ghouls.  Dress up yourself and enjoy special offers at local businesses. Mention Halloweentown and get 20% off your stay at the local Best Western, or browse our Cheapsleeps Finder for deals in nearby Portland.

What else is going on in October? Heard of any great lodging deals? Tell us about them in the comments.

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Ryan C. October 5, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Savor the San Juans throughout October comprises several great festivals Artstock, Lopez Island Fall Harvest Festival, Lopez Island Vineyards Harvest Festival and the San Juan Vineyards Harvest Festival. Come on up! http://www.visitsanjuans.com/savor/

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joshywashington October 7, 2010 at 4:06 pm

I would love to visit the Islands because the last time I had the pleasure was my 6th grade field trip and I think it is high time I make a trip back!!

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Lisa Rowan October 11, 2010 at 9:05 am

I visited San Juan Island for the first time in September while participating in the “trek Tri Island”, a bicycling fund raiser for the American Lung Association. As soon as I pedalled off the ferry I knew I would want to return: there simply wasn’t time while I was there to see and do everything I wanted to see and do! Among other things, I’d like to spend more time wandering on the beaches and through the shops. And the few cafe’s and restaurants I was able to sample were so good I’d like to experince some of the others.

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