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Seattle: So Good You Can Actually Taste It at The Taste Washington Festival This Weekend

March 23, 2015 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you find yourself in Emerald City this weekend – and thirsty – hightail it to Taste Washington, the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event. There are a handful of fancy schmancy events, but the main attraction is The Grand Tasting, which takes place Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29.

The sip and bite extravaganza goes down at CenturyLink Field Event Center and features more than 200 wineries and 70 restaurants. Be sure to bring your A-game palate and wear your finest stretchy pants. Grand Tasting tickets range from $90-205, and include all food and wine samples. (Yay for no tickets or tokens!)

So, what are we most excited to check out? Walla Walla’s àMaurice Cellars, Yakima Valley’s Gilbert Cellars (we swoon for their rosé of Mourvedre, hello spring!) and Rotie Cellars’ Rhone varietals.

For foodstuffs, we’re looking forward to Jemil’s Big Easy, Purple Café and Wine Bar and Tulio from Hotel Vintage.

Sure, there are lots of fantastic small wine tasting rooms within the (206) city limits. But you won’t find this kind of variety unless you schlep two hours to Yakima or four hours to Walla Walla. And we can pinky swear promise, you won’t find these kind of food pairings if you make the trip. Gah.

[Photo: Taste Washington/Facebook]

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This is What People in Seattle are Freaking Out About Right Now

March 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

If it’s winter, you sure wouldn’t know it this year in Seattle. February set an all-time record – the average temperature was 48.8 degrees. The warm weather has been especially tough on skiers, who’ve faced slushy snow, temporary closures and basically, useless ski passes (insert endless amounts of whining here). It’s also affected the local flower industry – specifically, Skagit Valley’s annual Tulip Festival.

The annual event attracts more than one million visitors and kicks off April 1st. This year, Mother Nature threw an unexpected wrench into event plans. Tulips will be in full blossom by March 23 – 10 days earlier than usual.

Tulips are a big business around these parts, the heart of the local farming industry. They’re also a huge tourist draw, which is why it seems every single newscaster in Seattle is FREAKING OUT about the early blooms.

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Eat, Drink and Socialize at Seattle's New Bar, Pennyroyal

Where: 2000 2nd Avenue [map], Seattle, Washington, United States, 98121
March 11, 2015 at 3:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re a frequent traveler, the hotel bar is a necessity. Some are truly great (HotelChatter knows a few); others suck. We’re looking at you, 99% of airport hotel bars.

Usually it's a great place for commiseration, and the bartenders always have the best stories and fellow guests can be a rich source for the local down-low. Besides, after a long day of travel, there’s no better place to grab a nightcap and stumble back to your room.

Still, generally speaking, the hotel bar is not a big draw for local demographics. Drinks may be stiff, but tend to be overpriced and not very sophisticated. Most kitchens avoid taking risks, instead relying on standard issue bar fare and the almighty FryDaddy. Décor often best resembles a dressed-up cafeteria. It fancies itself somewhat of a Little Black Dress, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, but lacks a distinct personality and serves none of these diners, at least aesthetically, all that well. Service varies greatly.

However, Kimpton Hotels have broken that stereotype (yet again) in the Seattle market with the opening of The Palladian, and its bar, Pennyroyal. (Pennyroyal is an old snake oil ingredient.) We were already huge fans of Kimpton’s bars at Hotel Monaco and Alexis Hotel, but Belltown’s brand new (albeit housed in a historic building) addition steps up the cool factor with Pennyroyal.

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10 Reasons Why Washington State's Ferry Travel is Awesome

February 27, 2015 at 5:30 PM | by | Comment (1)

Living in the Pacific Northwest, ferry travel is a way of life. People rely on this mode of transportation to get to work, for inter-island travel and to get away, relax and explore. If you’re in a rush, it can definitely test your patience. But if you have the time, it’s a great way to slow down and take a scenic forced “time out” on route to a destination. Here are 10 reasons why I’d rather be taking Washington State Ferries (WSF):

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The Art of Written Correspondence is Very Much Alive at This Seattle Restaurant

Where: 425 NW Market Street [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98107
February 19, 2015 at 5:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

At Brimmer & Heeltap, a bistro-pub in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, they’ll mail their menu in postcard form to whomever you choose. Jot down a sweet nothing, fold it up and they’ll even pay for postage. Such a cool way to reclaim the lost art of letter-writing, right? (We live for handwritten correspondence.)

The neighborhood spot is a favorite for locals and foodies. Brimmer & Heeltap’s chef, Mike Whisenhunt hails from Revel, bringing a loyal following for his locally-sourced dishes with an Asian twist. Proprietress Jen Doak, has worked some of Seattle’s best dining rooms, and brings her warm sense of conviviality to the front of the house experience.

Jen also contributed menus collected from her travels to the restaurant’s “Wall of Menus.” It’s one of our favorite features of Brimmer & Heeltap (aside from Chef Mike’s pork shoulder with kimchi, natch). We caught up with Jen for a quick Q&A to talk food, travel and handwritten letters.

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Railway Review: Business Class on the Amtrak Cascades Route

February 9, 2015 at 2:09 PM | by | Comment (1)

We admit it, we like fancy travel when we can swing it so when we had to go to Portland from Seattle for an event last week, we specifically booked a ticket on Amtrak's Cascades.

The Cascades trains go from Vancouver, B.C. to Eugene, Oregon. The Seattle-Portland leg of the trip takes roughly 3.5 hours. We had originally booked a coach ticket, but as assignments stacked up that would require en route attention, we reconsidered our purchase. Roundtrip tickets set us back $52; an upgrade to Business Class doubled the price. It seemed like a wise investment.

By some miracle of the travel gods, we managed to snag a single seat on the west side of the train. Our spacious seat had two power outlets, so we were able to take care of all our tech needs along the way.

The drop down table fit our full-size laptop perfectly. Free WiFi worked during most of our trip – there were a few spots where it dropped for a few minutes, but it didn’t really affect anything. The best part of the Business Class car though was the single seating configuration. (The other side of the car had two-seat and four-seat face-to-face configurations.) We’re all about making friends on the road, but when there are pressing deadlines, there’s no time for small talk. Besides, there’s not much anyone could say to distract from the views.

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6 Places That Self-Respecting Locals Would Eat at in SEA-TAC

February 4, 2015 at 6:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Nobody likes long layovers or flights delays. But if you’re hungry and have some time to kill, there are far worse places to get stuck than Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Even if you’re one of those super organized people that arrives at the airport with plenty of time to spare (WHO ARE YOU?!), it’s a mighty fine place to be.

Here, passengers can eat like a Seattleite at several locally-owned and operated establishments. Ready to nosh? Here are our favorite picks:

Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
Where to find it: Concourse C
Don’t miss: Try Beecher’s famous “World’s Best” Mac & Cheese – it was one of Oprah’s ‘Favorite Things’ in 2010.

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Dry January? Whatever. Here are 4 Spots to Get Sauced in Seattle

January 22, 2015 at 4:48 PM | by | Comments (2)

New Year’s resolutions are BS. For a few days, maybe weeks, each January, well-intentioned folks buy into wishful “new year, new me” thinking. And who doesn’t like the promise of a clean slate full of possibility?

But making goals should be a year-round endeavor, because your job may suck, jeans not fit or you want to save money – at any given time. Besides, a study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology reports that only 8 percent of people are successful in achieving their resolutions by the end of the year.

So what exactly do the temporary teetotalers of Dry January, or Drynuary, hope to accomplish? Create new habits, like drinking less? Atone for excesses committed during the holidays? The season is already riddled with enough guilt and stress. It hardly seems fair to reward those who survive with a month of alcohol abstinence.

And FWIW, a recent article in New Scientist cites, “Many people who drink alcohol choose to give up for short periods, but there is no scientific evidence that this has any health benefits.”

So in the, er, spirit of moderation, we've got a round-up of favorite places to get sauced at in Seattle.

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Where Travel Writers Want to Go in 2015: Part 1

December 12, 2014 at 5:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

As 2014 quickly comes to a close, there's no better time than now to think through exactly where we want the next 12 months to take us. Forget trend pieces trumpeting generic destination hotspots; over the next week, we'll share with you where our own Jaunted contributors personally want to go in 2015.

First up is Rayme, who splits his time between Chicago and Australia and looks for sun, scenery, and nightlife when he travels:

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Now Makes Wine, and Wants to Fly You to Seattle

November 14, 2014 at 2:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you can tear yourself away from watching the new Fifty Shades of Grey trailer on repeat today, you can enter to win a VIP fly away trip for two to Seattle from Fifty Shades of Grey Wine.

Yes, author E L James has also created her own wines, aptly named Red Satin and White Silk, and to celebrate the upcoming movie's release, the winery is giving away a trip to Seattle, where the books and movie are set.

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Quiet Bubbles and Virtual Reality: What You Missed at the 2014 Aircraft Interiors Expo

October 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, the airline industry descended upon Seattle for the North American side of the 2014 Aircraft Interiors Expo, a conference that focuses on the future of passenger experience and interior cabin design.

Not only are related issues discussed, but private companies present their products to the airlines, aimed at inventing and improving the future of air travel.

Here's some takeaways from the conference:

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Free Stuff Alert! Win Airfare and More with Alaska Airlines' Friday Scavenger Hunt

October 9, 2014 at 8:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Have plans for tomorrow? If not, try to make your way out to Seattle, as Alaska Airlines is hosting a scavenger hunt in and around the city. We would probably play along just for some airline swag or a t-shirt, but what they’re handing out to the winner is even better. To celebrate their order of a whole bunch of brand new Boeing 737-900ERs they are offering up a chance to drive one—at least in the simulator.

The airline will be revealing clues on both Instagram and Twitter beginning at 6am—local time—this Friday. Your job will be to use the hints to find spots in and around Seattle, and if you’re the first to arrive at each location you might just score some time in the Boeing 737 flight simulator.

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