May 2016

8 Perfect Small Town Getaways

From this Issue

As Seattle continues its boom, the relaxed charm of small towns seems all the more attractive

These days, you could call former Washington state Governor Christine Gregoire one of Seattle’s biggest boosters. That’s due to her role as chief executive of Challenge Seattle, a new, private, CEO-driven initiative aimed at boosting Seattle’s international profile and raising some self-awareness.

Why? It turns out that we’re a little too slow to brag.

Because ultimately, isn't that what the internet is for anyway?

From adventurous home cooks to rising stars, these locals' feeds will have your mouth watering

What is it with Seattleites and their photogenic French Bulldogs?

Turning 10 years old in July, Twitter only started picking up steam after it was showcased at Austin’s famous South by Southwest festival in spring 2007. Then, the social media platform averaged approximately 60,000 tweets per day—today, that number is estimated to be more than 500 million. Of all social media, Twitter is arguably the one that connects people most easily.

Gorgeous interiors, impeccable fashion sense...get ready to feel inspired (or downright jealous)

Judy Travis is undeniably one of social media’s biggest stars.

From Twitter addicts who know Seattle’s scene inside out to Instagrammers who share their artistic views of all the best things about this city, we’ve rounded up the local social media personalities who we think you’ll want to discover.

These days, Seattle’s streets are peppered with signs proclaiming road closures, revised routes and reminders not to “block the box.”

Last August, painter and installation artist Noah Davis, who was raised in Seattle but based in Los Angeles, died of cancer at the age of 32.

It’s time for the next chapter in Seattle’s citywide reading group

The dramatically different pottery styles of George Rodriguez and Deborah Schwartzkopf of Ceramistas Seattle make it hard to believe both of them create their work in the same West Seattle home studio.

Of course, there’s no such thing as having it all.

But Thellea and J.C. Leveque, both with hyper-demanding careers (he’s a neurosurgeon, she’s an ophthalmologist), active lifestyles (they bike, ski and sail), two young children and a labradoodle named Echo, have managed to pull off a pretty impressive work-life balance. And it’s mostly thanks to their house.

No one can stop talking about Amandine Bakeshop, Sara Naftaly’s long-awaited spot on Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row.

Building delays resulted in the former Le Gourmand pastry chef opening this sweet, mauve-wallpapered streetside café a year behind schedule. As a result, many of us are now making up for lost treats time.

After shuttering the much-loved Madison Park Conservatory in 2014, co-owner Bryan Jarr took off on a food research expedition through Spain and Portugal.

Beer aficionados from across the region are beginning to recognize Bellingham, Washington state’s 12th-largest city and a two-hour drive north of Seattle, as one of the Northwest’s budding beer destinations. On weekends, brewery taprooms are brimming with locals mingling with beer tourists from British Columbia, Seattle and points beyond.

It started as a DIY project. After ogling pricey hanging planters online, Whole Foods butcher Chris Clappe decided to learn the ropes, and began making his own macramé plant hanger in the basement of his upper Queen Anne home.

I’ve seen the clean diet touted everywhere from within cancer-free cookbooks to trendy food blogs. But the first time I’ve seen it celebrated in restaurant form is at Eve, which opened last fall in the former Old School Frozen Custard space in Fremont.

In May, the Seattle Design Center (SDC) in Georgetown unveils a significant redesign project: its own. After a year long renovation process, the SDC (Georgetown, 5701 Sixth Ave.

After one of the soggiest Seattle winters in recent memory, we’re ready to get back to eating outdoors. And while there’s much to love about good restaurant patio—particularly when oysters and something bubbly are enjoyed during a warmish spring happy hour—this is an ode to our favorite way to dine alfresco: the picnic.

These local fragrances have us stopping to smell the roses (and jasmine, and vetiver, and…)

I like to kick off my dinner parties with a celebratory elixir. Before tucking into any food or wine, I serve my guests shot glasses filled with a luminous green spirit. It’s really more chartreuse in color, with a viscosity less than that of syrup, but slightly thicker than water. We toast the trees.

On-demand dining apps such as UberEATS and BiteSquad have saved me from succumbing to day-old office doughnuts.

Cocktail: The Carreras   

Chelsea Keene and Chris Olson of The Cookie Counter make the best vegan ice cream in town.

Columbia City–based writer Lindy West got her start as an arts reporter for The Stranger, and now focuses on topics that include pop culture, social justice and body image for GQ and The Guardian.

From lush evergreens to sparkling Puget Sound to, yes, skies that display every possible shade of gray, the Pacific Northwest is a uniquely beautiful environment to live in.

I’m standing on a corner in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood on a sunny afternoon, waiting for Chris Skilton, a health inspector and trained epidemiologist with the food and facilities program of Public Health–Seattle & King County.

The occupation of eastern Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by right-wing extremists is over.

If you’re experiencing itchy eyes, a runny nose, coughing, sneezing and brain fog, you probably have seasonal allergies.
In September 2014, Hollow Earth Radio (, the nonprofit, community-run, Internet-based music station located in Seattle’s Central District, was one of about a dozen stations granted licenses to acquire low-power terrestrial signals by the Federal Communications C

Used by 16th-century masters of engraving, the dot-and-lozenge rendering method begins with a single point, followed by another, then another, ultimately becoming part of an elaborate, crosshatched composition.

Many of us dream of one day writing a novel. Bellevue-based author Richelle Mead acted on that dream years ago. In less than a decade she’s churned out 26 novels, and she shows no signs of stopping.

Where: Coupeville, a two-hour drive from Seattle, is a Whidbey Island gem that’s bursting with bayside charm and—as the second-oldest town in Washington—a rich history.

Washington’s own battle of the bands—well, actually, festivals—kicks off Memorial Day weekend (May 27–30).

Planning to hit the road for your summer vacay? How about a trip back in time?