Fall Foraging, Forest Bathing and Open-Flame Cookouts at Alderbrook Resort & Spa. Located on Washington’s Hood Canal, this Pacific Northwest getaway offers variety of ways to explore their network of private hiking trails. Guided fungi walks take place every Friday with Morgan Scherer, Alderbrook’s resident naturalist. Mushroom foraging season is near full swing, so guests can meander the trails and bring home a bounty of delectable fungi from the edible landscape.  Take a self-guided Shinrin Yoku, or forest meditation, maximizes the proven benefits of hytoncides, or essential oils and their healthful effect on our systems. It’s also just a chance to get out and have fun outdoors The Gathering Grove is an ideal option for small groups or multi-generational family travelers seeking a private, open-air nook in nature. Groups as small as 10 guests can book this dining experience that includes a guided nature walk through the edible landscape, open-flame food preparation by Chef Sara Harvey and a multi-course meal in the open air.

There’s nothing like soaking in the fall colors while exploring Coupeville on Whidbey Island. Image courtesy of Whidbey & Camano Islands.

A Practically Perfect Fall Getaway on Whidbey Island. There’s a reason the classic fall film, Practical Magic, chose Coupeville for its setting – it’s historic, picturesque and charming. Yet during the month of October, this seaside enclave takes a fall getaway to the next level. Coupeville is Washington State’s second-oldest community and much of downtown harkens back to an era of more than a century ago. Hundred-year-old buildings that were once livery stables and barber shops are now wine tasting rooms and bookstores. Here are just a few ways to plan a getaway this season:

  • Stay. Hit the hay in former military officer’s quarters at the Fort Casey Inn, or opt for a seaside cabin at The Captain Whidbey Inn.
  • Do. Come fall, the farms along Ebey’s Landing Historical preserve provide pumpkin patches and harvest activities, Fort Casey State Park and Admiralty Head Lighthouse are especially scenic on a crisp fall day. The town of Coupeville itself provides scarecrows, a “graveyard” and fall activities throughout the of October as detailed in the “Haunting of Coupeville” website.
  • Taste. While in town, stop in for lunch or dinner at The Oystercatcher, where a husband-and-wife team make magic with local ingredients. They recently took over a new waterside space (which was Sally’s shop in Practical Magic) for their latest venture, Little Red Hen Bakery. Serving amazing baked goods, breads sourced as locally as possible, even down to the flour.
Sit back and relax while sipping on award winning wines in Tri-Cities. Image courtesy of Visit Tri-Cities.

Five Ways to Savor Summer-like Weather in Washington Wine Country this Fall. With early fall temperatures often averaging 10 degrees warmer than the western side of the state, the Tri-Cities offers an extended summer for many visitors. With riverfront boutique luxury hotel, The Lodge at Columbia Point as a home base, here are five ways we recommend savoring summer, even when fall has formally arrived.

  1. Wine and dine in the great outdoors. Patio season extends with some of the best food and wine around at places like Bookwalter’s Fiction restaurant, or Dovetail Joint’s locally inspired, creative fare.
  2. Tee off with a variety of greens, many of which provide river views, along with hotels that offer stay and play packages.
  3. Try the Fall Festival at Middleton Six Sons Farms. During the fall festival beginning late September, the cornfield maze opens and the patch beckons kids and adults alike to pick the best pumpkin. Find games like cornhole, a pumpkin cannon, human foosball and activities aplenty. Directions, ticket information and more details are here at www.middletonsfallfestival.com.
  4. Pack a picnic with the best ingredients from Country Mercantile and take to any variety of patio, Barnard Griffin Winery’s fireplaces make for an ideal spot-on cozy fall evenings.
  5. Grab your crew and head out for a wine tasting wagon ride on Red Mountain with Red Mountain Trails. Taste your way through this acclaimed growing region Oregon-Trail style, or opt for the bicycle or horseback tours.
The Buddah Bowl at Uneeda Burger in Fremont is filled with seasonal favorites like roasted sweet potatoes and chili-lime pumpkin seeds. Image courtesy of Justin Oba.

Seek Seasonal Flavors and Comfort Food Closer to Home. Seattle’s beloved Uneeda Burger continues to offer its classic comfort food, with an enhanced open air format ideal for fall weather. With indoor or covered seating options available, as well as take-out and delivery, the menu is chock full of classic comfort food favorites:

  • Opt for a bowl of warm vegetarian chili, perfect for crisp fall weather ($4.50)
  • A chef favorite for fall is the Bison Burger, a grass-fed bison patty on a traditional Uneeda bun, topped with red onion jam, bacon, beecher’s cheddar and the house sauce ($15)
  • Another fall go-to is the Buddha Bowl, a delicious baby kale, spring mix, cherry tomatoes, sliced apple, roasted sweet potatoes, chili-lime pumpkin seeds, feta cheese and a clementine vinaigrette with your choice of a veggie or chicken patty ($15)
  • Pair any of these items with the seasonal mushroom tempura ($4.50), sweet potato fries ($3.75), or Cheese Curds ($5.50) paired with a local microbrew or canned wine from Seattle’s Sound Goods, and you’ve got yourself a patio party.
Fall is the season of comfort food, and nothing says comfort like a box of fried chicken from Pioneer Square D&E in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. Image courtesy of Justin Oba.

Pioneer Square D&E Heeds the Call – Outdoor or Indoors; Game Day to Date Night

Seattle’s Pioneer Square D&E boasts a new menu featuring its creative, yet comforting, from scratch fare perfect for fall. Known and celebrated for its mouthwatering fried chicken, customers will still enjoy these staples alongside new items like the Braised Short Rib with Potato Puree, a bone-in short rib slowly braised with aromatic and served over potato puree with five spice demi-glace and roasted vegetables ($30) and the Pork Belly, slow roasted and braised pork belly over a corn and zucchini succotash, with carrot puree and demi-glace ($20). Don’t miss the classic Fried Chicken Sandwich ($14) or the Famous Fried Chicken Party Box ($30) for game days paired with from-scratch specialties like the house chili sauce and ginger beer. Creative cocktails, along with a curated beer and wine list for an ideal spot for happy hour, date night, pre-game libations and more to warm you up this fall.

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