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    Weekend Hideaways

    From the dramatically stormy shores of quirky Tofino to the mountain peaks of sunny Bend, here are six enchanting places to relax and rejuvenate.

    Tacoma, Washington Hot Piece of Glass In recent years, the port city of Tacoma has refashioned itself into one of the nation’s premier destinations for art glass. With a population of 200,000, Washington’s third-largest city fringes the southern tip of Puget Sound between Seattle and Olympia. Named the most sexually healthy city in the United States by Self magazine, Tacoma has blossomed in the last decade, thanks in part to the opening of the Museum of Glass in 2002. Visitors will find a revitalized waterfront museum district with abundant shops [...]

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    High Spirits

    In search of the Northwest’s lustiest liquor

    So your haricots verts were grown locally, your quinoa genetically unmodified, and your grass-fed steak lovingly raised on the open range. You’re doing great. But what about that vodka of dubious provenance? In this day and age of everything artisanal, surely you can avoid getting sloshed on booze produced by some anonymous multinational conglomerate. Thankfully, in the Pacific Northwest, options for first-rate, small-batch spirits abound, from organic vodkas and local-fruit eaux de vie to high desert–juniper gins and winter-wheat whiskies. Here are four noteworthy regional distilleries turning out world-class, hand-crafted [...]

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    Carter Sickels

    The up-and-coming queer novelist discusses his journey, from Appalachia to Oregon

    It’s been a busy year for Portland author Carter Sickels, who in January 2012 came out with his acclaimed first novel, The Evening Hour (Bloomsbury), just as he began coming out as a trans gay man. Since then, the 39-year-old Ohio native has published a short story, “Saving,” in the recently released anthology of trans fiction The Collection, and has begun work on a new novel, all while teaching fiction online for New York City’s Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Sickels has still found time to immerse himself in nature and strengthen [...]

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    Four Nights at the Opera

    Wagner’s magnum opus returns to Seattle in 2013

    The Ring of the Nibelung, Richard Wagner’s sweeping saga of gods, giants, dwarves, river-nymphs, tragic humans, and the end of the world, returns to Seattle Opera next summer in director Stephen Wadsworth’s traditional but passionate production, inspired by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. There is perhaps no better venue for Wagner’s orchestra-driven epics than Marion Oliver McCaw Hall (321 Mercer St.) at Seattle Center. Opened in 2003 in the completely revamped shell of the former opera house (which was built for the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962), the [...]

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    The Ballard of East and West

    A traditionally Scandinavian neighborhood with close ties to Seattle’s fishing industry, Ballard has transitioned in the past decade into one of the city’s hippest neighborhoods while still retaining its quirky, colloquial charm. It’s also becoming an increasingly popular place to live among lesbians and gays, some of whom have been priced out of Capitol Hill. In the northwestern corner of the city, Ballard is bounded by water on its south (Lake Washington Ship Canal) and west (Puget Sound) sides. The neighborhood’s highest concentration of shops, eateries, and bars centers on [...]

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Portland’s new Union Way Opens on site of Former Gay Nightclub

Portland’s long-running gay nightspot, Red Cap Garage, closed more than a year ago. It was a slightly odd ending, as Red Cap was connected by a hallway to another popular gay club, Boxxes—the two clubs had comprised a gay entertainment complex along Stark Street for many years, dating to back when this stretch of street near famed Powell’s Bookstore was somewhat seedy and forlorn, although at the same time very much the hub of the city’s LGBT scene. Portland is no less a great city for gay travelers, and it [...]

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Whistler Welcomes Cornucopia, Gears up for Ski Season

Fans of the ruggedly beautiful town of Whistler are already dreaming about snowfall – this upscale resort less than two hours’ drive north of Vancouver launches its busy ski and snowboard season around the third weekend of November. Then it’s all about winter sports in town, well into late spring (Whistler has one of the longest ski seasons in North America), with the area becoming an especially popular GLBT destination during Whistler WinterPride, from January 26 through February 4 (here’s a brief preview of this year’s celebration). But before all [...]

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Swim Team: Seattle Hosts 2013 International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Championships

A city with a strong tradition of LGBT athletics, Seattle is welcoming more than 550 swimmers next week for the annual 2013 International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) championships, which takes place August 13 to 18, with five days of swimming competitions taking place at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way (650 SW Campus Dr., 206-477-4444), and a series of parties, happy hours, and dinners scheduled at fun venues around Seattle. If you’re a fan of competitive diving, water polo, and swimming, or you’re simply a fan of buff [...]

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