Weekends Out

Five Places to Escape to that are Close to Home

Get a Bird’s-eye View

Courtesy The Space Needle

The Space Needle in Seattle is open again to ferry visitors to ride to the top, where they can take awesome photos on an all-glass floor on the lower level and take in the views on the floor-to-ceiling glass upper level. Visitors must buy their timed ticket online in advance and wear a mask. Read more about The Space Needle’s Elevated Clean plan and get tickets at spaceneedle.com

Hunt for Art in Kirkland

Courtesy Green Rubino

Take a self-guided tour and log a lot of steps looking at public art in downtown Kirkland. The Downtown Kirkland Art Tour map can be found at kirklandwa.gov. Not into walking much? Stop by the Gunner Nordstrom Gallery. gunnarnordstrom.com

Enjoy this ‘Backyard’ Getaway

One does not need to drive far to get away. Saint Edward State Park is 316 acres that spans Kirkland and Kenmore and offers trails and plenty of room to spread out. Bring a picnic, and dip your toes in Lake Washington.

It’s Always Wine Time

Courtesy Maryhill Winery

Local wineries throughout the Eastside are welcoming wine tasters back — many are hosting reserved tastings and outdoor events. Woodinville Wine Country is home to more than 120 wineries and tasting rooms. Plan your trip before you go. To get started, visit woodinvillewinecountry.com.

Explore Island Life in Photo Scavenger Hunt

Courtesy Osborne Public Relations

Explore Whidbey and Camano islands and participate in a photo scavenger hunt through Sept. 30. Find the clues at wclt.org, and learn more about the contest by the Whidbey and Camano Land Trust. The clues will send you to see the wild beauty of the area.

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