Travel tips, deals, and itineraries

DEC 6–9
Grants Pass hosts the 10th annual Rogue Winterfest, a (delicious) fundraiser for those with mental health needs in Josephine County. Details:

DEC 7–9 Hit the replay button on Portland's Holiday Ale Festival by traveling a few miles north to Vancouver's inaugural Winter Brewfest in Esther Short Park. Details:

DEC 8–9 Find something to put under the tree at Hood River's Last Chance Holiday Bazaar, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details:

THRU DEC 31 More than a quarter million lights set coastal Shore Acres botanical gardens aglow. Details:

SEATTLE'S HOTTEST NEW RESTAURANT Shanik, an Indian-inspired eatery from Vancouver B.C.'s beloved Vij's, just opened in South Lake Union. Details:

TIMBERLINE AND MEADOWS OPEN About half of the lifts at these Hood ski areas are operating, with more snow forecast this week. Details: and

50 PERCENT OFF HOTEL From Nov. 30 to Dec. 31, get half off your second night at Hood River's swanky Columbia Cliff Villas when you stay two consecutive nights. Details:

$100 SPENDING MONEY Beginning this weekend, get $100 in gift certificates to Eugene's Fifth Street Public Market when you book two nights at the new Inn at the 5th hotel. Details:

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