WHERE: The Museum of Glass in Downtown Tacoma WHY: For the rare exhibition Chihuly’s Irish Cylinders (10/26/13–9/1/14. Prices vary. Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St.; museumofglass.org). WHAT: Hand-blown in 1975 by glass artist Dale Chihuly—long before he was world-renowned—this rarely seen and little-known collection of 44 milky-green glass vessels features glass drawings depicting Irish emblems and characters from James Joyce’s Ulysses. HOT TIP: Enjoy free admission to the Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Art Museum during third Thursday “Art Mingle” events (11/21, 5–8 p.m. downtowntacoma.com/events). WHILE YOU’RE THERE: Hunt for treasure in Tacoma’s best vintage shops, including the well-edited collection of gently worn designer clothing at London Couture (746 Broadway; lcvintage.com), sleek midcentury modern furniture at Midcenturyville (938 Broadway; Facebook.com, “Midcenturyville”) and one-of-a-kind, rustic-chic home furnishings at Poppy & Co. (765 Broadway; poppyandcompany.blogspot.com). GETTING THERE: Head south on I-5 and follow the signs to Tacoma.