The Pacific Northwest Cashes In as Setting of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'
Bestselling book series Fifty Shades of Grey has turned the publishing world on its head and started a national campaign to cast Hollywood stars in the lead roles for the movie version. The books are set in the Seattle area, so now hotels throughout the Pacific Northwest are trying to cash in on the phenomenon by offering themed tourist packages.
For example, Seattle's Hotel Max is offering up a chauffeured town car, a helicopter tour of the city and a private sail in Puget Sound "with a bottle of Bollinger Grande Annee Rose 1999 Champagne, a favorite of Mr. Grey himself.
The Heathman Hotel in Portland, Oregon also has a boat tour and a helicopter ride, but ups the ante with a gray tie and a bottle of chilled white wine. So if you're staying at one of those hotels, bring earplugs so you don't have to listen to the screams coming from next door.
Don't forget that you can also listen to the books being read to you by hopping on any Virgin Atlantic flight, as the audiobook is newly added to the airline's in-flight entertainment.