Five Awesome (And Doable!) Bike Trips in the PNW

The idea of a bicycle trips seems like the ultimate getaway – hitting the open road, winding through forests and meadows, stopping to picnic near a lake. Picturesque yes, but what about all the planning?  If you’re not an avid cyclist, preparing and planning for a bike trip might sound overwhelming – especially if biking around the city has you gasping for breath. Fear not, novice cyclists of the Northwest! This list brings you five low maintenance bike trips that you can take this weekend. None of them require much planning, though some are more strenuous than others. Pack a picnic, tune up the old bicycle, and saddle up. 

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Washington Whiskey – The Next Big Thing in Craft

Aside from heaps of kale, fresh seafood and people who wear socks with sandals, Seattle is making its mark as a craft beer destination. Brewers of micro operations proudly call Seattle home, and Washingtonians are happy to have them. What we’re hearing less about however, amid all the beer-related festivities, is the (not-so-secret) mission to put Washington State on the map as the perfect place to create world class single malt whiskey. Leading the charge towards fine whiskey fame? Westland Distillery, located in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood.

Yesler Journal recently caught up with Jim Stephens, a whiskey-pouring-trained-tasting-professional who told us about Westland’s whiskey, the near-perfection of Washington’s climate for whiskey making, and, the possible secret ingredients making their way into our whiskey (er, mastodon?)

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