August 2015

11 Perfect Weekend Getaways

From small towns to luxe resorts, nearby spots to recharge in 48 hours

From this Issue

For 10 years now, Seattle magazine has tracked the burgeoning wine scene in Washington with an annual celebration of the best wines, people and places in the industry. When we started, there were seven American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in Washington. Today, there are 13. In 2005, wine grapes were growing on 30,000 acres in the state; today, they account for 50,000 acres.

Nominations for this year’s Washington Wine Awards were solicited via survey from a panel of Washington wine and food professionals. The top vote-getters in the wineries, winemaker, vineyard and sommelier categories were selected as winners.

Red Wine of the Year  
Winner: Abeja 2012 Cabernet
Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $50
Merlot, $20 or less  
Winner: Waterbrook 2013
Merlot, Columbia Valley, $15

Milbrandt 2012 Traditions Merlot, Columbia Valley

For our 10th anniversary, we reached out to wineries whose wines had been declared Wine of the Year in our past tastings. We asked them to submit the current vintage, as they define it, of that same wine.

Standing in a pretty park on the west bank of the Duwamish River on an unseasonably warm day in June, it’s impossible to ignore a tremendous crashing sound coming from the abutting industrial area. It’s as if iron chains are being tossed into an empty shipping container, or maybe tons of rocks are being poured onto sheet metal.

From farm stays in the San Juan Islands and deluxe pampering at heritage resorts to small-town exploring and more, we pack plenty of pleasure—but zero stress—into your precious weekend. So, get going!

1. Destination: San Juan Islands

I confess. I’m not wild about cretzels. When pastry chef Rachael Coyle (The Herbfarm, Le Pichet) launched her pop-up at Book Larder in 2013, her signature extra-crunchy croissant-pretzel hybrid was the talk of the town. I found them too hard and one-note in flavor. It was Coyle’s rich, handmade desserts that captured my attention.

Four years ago, he gained notoriety for using Twitter (@Msbeervendor) to sell beer at Safeco Field.

Ever since Coleridge’s famed “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” the albatross has been seen as an unwelcome weight.

The environmental apocalypse is coming—but at least it’s awash in Technicolor. In the new show at the SAM Asian Art Museum, Chiho Aoshima: Rebirth of the World, the Japanese pop artist shares her vision of the future, where skyscrapers have minds (and bodies) of their own, red-eyed ghost girls drift along washed-out beaches, and puffy clouds have ominous linings.

Some pastry chefs are famous for cakes. Others build a following on confections. Nikol Nakamura, the executive pastry chef of Tulalip Casino Resort in Marysville for the past seven years, is known for her mad-scientist approach to sweets.

Nextdoor,  the social media network that connects neighbors with each other, didn’t set out to be the go-to site for crime and safety news. In fact, when it launched in 2011—the same year it started in Seattle—its founders envisioned the company as a sort of virtual forum: a place where neighbors could share information about local events, garage sales or lost pets.

Remember when powermats were all the rage? It seems like only a few months ago that the buzz was all about high-tech tables, lamps and desks that would eliminate the oh-so-analog process of plugging your phone in for a charge. Well, UW researchers don’t need no stinkin’ charging station—whatever form it might take.

When I was young, my parents had a Chinese restaurant. In those years, I packed more takeout orders and walked more steps to and from the kitchen than clicks on a viral video. Had there been a walk-up window in the kitchen, it would’ve saved so much time and energy. Alas, it was not to be.

WHERE: Richmond, British Columbia 

To the uninitiated, the mention of fish sauce might well result in wrinkled noses. However, the oft-misunderstood ingredient brings a welcome punch to a variety of dishes. Because fish sauce falls outside the flavor categories typically recognized by the American palate, the savory-salty taste is hard to define.

Ever wonder where to go to rub shoulders with hunters, fishers and ranchers clad in heavyweight tin cloth and Mackinaw wool? Starting in late fall, the newly revamped Filson on First Avenue is a safe bet.

Seattle’s iconic outfitter hopes the flagship will be a “destination retail experience” that takes the brand to a broader community.

Have you ever wanted to explore the brain, or at least the pantry, of your favorite chef? If so, you’re in luck: The chef-driven mercantiles popping up around town provide something akin to that inside perspective, plus treats you can take home with you.

The cool calm of Green Lake has always attracted Seattleites looking to take a break from the headaches of city living, and a deeper serenity comes to the tranquil basin this month with “From Hiroshima to Hope.” The 31st annual lantern-lighting ceremony commemorates those killed by atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 years ago this month, as well as other victims of violence acros

More than 100 years after Seattle’s oldest continuously running hotel opened its doors, the Sorrento has a new look. Original guests—from Gold Rush millionaires and Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition attendees—treated the Italian Renaissance–inspired building on First Hill like their second residence.

Fred Huntsman and Barb Roberts’ love for mid-century modern design had them considering leaving their 1929 Crown Hill house for a new place that would embody the clean simplicity and indoor/outdoor integration of the 1960s. “We were starting to get serious about it,” says Huntsman, an outpatient staffing supervisor at Harborview Medical Center.

I’m a soda seeker always on the lookout for crafty artisanal sodas with pure flavors. So imagine my surprise when I found carbonated nirvana at a tea stand inside the Fremont Sunday Market.

Anyone who negotiates Seattle on a regular basis asks at some point: Why can’t we just get around? It’s easy to blame geography—squeezed as Seattle is on a narrow, hilly hourglass isthmus surrounded by water—for our city’s transportation woes. But it’s much more complicated than that.

Bradley O’Brien held top roles at Sperry Top-Sider, Ralph Lauren, Lands’ End and Old Navy before joining the Tommy Bahama design and product development team last year as its executive vice president, but her fashion history started long before her impressive résumé.

From pebbly beaches to sandy shores, it doesn’t matter where you throw down your towel—these products have you covered.

Romarin French market basket ($40) from French Girl Organics (by appointment only), Georgetown, 5701 Third Ave. S; 206.948.6495;

Berit Anderson stretched the frontiers of community-based journalism during her four-year tenure as managing editor of online journal Crosscut. With her new media company, she blows them into outer space.

Presumably, one of the cool things about being Paul Allen is having enough money to fund all of your interests. The Microsoft cofounder has invested heavily in his hobbies, including planes (Flying Heritage Collection), brains (Allen Institute for Brain Science), music, sci-fi and moviegoing (EMP Museum and Cinerama).

“Patients have many needs that go beyond what medical care can provide,” says Clarissa Hsu, Ph.D., Group Health Research Institute assistant investigator. So she, along with physician Dr. Dan Delgado and a team of Group Health patients and staff, set out to learn how best to connect patients with community resources that can support their health goals outside of the doctor’s office.

One in 20 Americans suffers from an autoimmune disease, such as multiple sclerosis or type 1 diabetes. Treating these patients was a founding goal of the immunology program at Benaroya Research Institute (BRI), which began 30 years ago under the guidance of Dr. Gerald Nepom.