The spectacular (after-summer, before-holiday) season
Pull out the long-sleeves and scarves, dig out the recipes for pumpkin everything and take a deep breath of cooler, crisper air: Autumn has arrived. (Squeal!)
When you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the Pacific Northwest during this marvelous time of year, take advantage of the stunning scenery. Archer’s rounded up some of his favorite things to do in the fall, all within a few hours (or closer) of Redmond.
Planning your autumn escape near Redmond? Stay at the relaxed-yet luxe Archer Hotel Redmond — a welcome retreat after a day of hiking, sightseeing, corn-mazing or wine tasting.
Marymoor Park — King County’s largest (640 acres) and oldest park has tons to do. Bring your pup to the 40-acre off-leash dog park, wander along the Bird Loop Trail in the 300-acre protected conservation area or explore the Clise Mansion and Willowmoor Farm.
Evans Creek Preserve — Along with wildflower meadowlands, wetlands, forested uplands and a 3.5-mile pedestrian-only loop with some ADA-accessible trails, the 179-acre nature preserve is home to deer, black bears, hawks, birds and beavers.
Golden Gate Loop Hike — The 4-mile loop in Mt. Rainier National Park is a great place to see the seasonal change of colors and is a great family destination.
North Cascades Scenic Highway — Drive the 140-mile highway with many different spots to see along the way. It’s closed during winter, so this is the last chance to see the autumn beauty.
Kubota Garden — The 20-acre Japanese garden has 11 ponds, 2 red bridges, 140 maple varieties and 30 hydrangea varieties.
Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm — An amazing couples date or a family-fun event that includes a sunflower experience, apple cannon, huge corn maze and bonfires.
Remlinger Farms — Take the family for an autumn escape and check out the farm stand, u-pick fields, amusement park for kids and fire pit rental. Then try their famous mini pies at the restaurant.
Chateau Ste. Michelle — Savor Twilight Hours Friday and Saturday evenings with wine by the glass or bottle (no reservations needed) at one of the region’s favorite wineries. Or take the Grand Estate Tour (reservations suggested), which includes a tasting of four limited-release wines paired with a selection of small bites.