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Fly to Seattle, see the fish fly! Get round-trip airfare on Alaska Air and a two-night stay at the 70-room Inn at the Market, located by Elliot Bay and Pike Place Market (famous for dexterous workers tossing around fresh fish). Rates start at $442 per person.
updated 10/25/2007 12:05:46 PM ET 2007-10-25T16:05:46

Olympic National Park, from $149 per room per night
About a three-hour drive from Seattle, Kalaloch Lodge is located atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It's an ideal location for watching dramatic winter storms roll over the sea—from a safe, cozy distance.

The Storm Catcher 2008 package includes accommodations in a room at the Seacrest Building, complimentary mugs, a package of Starbucks coffee, two rain ponchos, and breakfast. Rates start at $149 per room per night, based on double occupancy Upgrade to a suite in the Main Lodge or to one of 44 log cabins, with Franklin fireplaces, for an additional $20. The area typically gets at least 10 to 15 powerful storms in January and in February. For the latest conditions, call 360/565-3131 or visit nps.gov.

When: Sun.-Thurs., Jan. 2-17, Jan 21-Feb 13, Feb 17-29, 2007.

Details: Hotel taxes are an additional 12.66 percent. Rooms sleep up to four people and cabins and suites sleep up to six people; rates are based on doubly occupancy and there is $12 fee per extra guest. Bring a pet for a $15 fee. Minimum one-night stay; maximum four-night stay. When booking, use code STORM08. Rates represent savings of about 20 percent.

Contact: 866/525-2562, visitkalaloch.com.

San Juan Islands, $358 per room, 2 nights
The Spa Getaway package at the Rosario Resort on Orcas Island, part of the gorgeous San Juan Islands about 80 miles northwest of Seattle, includes accommodations in a Bayside King room overlooking Cascade Bay and two massages (one per person). You'll also receive a 30 percent discount on any additional spa treatments and a 30 percent discount on dining at the Mansion Dining Room or Moran Lounge (note that the discount doesn't apply to alcoholic drinks). Rates are $259 per room, based on double occupancy, for the first night—and then drop to $99 per room for a second night (savings of more than 60 percent).

When: November 2007 through March 2008.

Details: Based on double occupancy. Taxes are 16.7 percent, with a $10 per night resort fee.

Contact: Rosario Resort, 800/562-8820, rosarioresort.com.

Seattle, from $482 per person, air and two nights
Round-trip airfare on Air Alaska and a two-night stay at the 70-room Inn at the Market, located by Elliot Bay and Pike Place Market (famous for dexterous workers tossing around fresh fish). If you book by Oct. 31, you'll also receive a $100 gift card good for purchases at Pacific Place mall. Rates start at $442 per person, based on double occupancy.

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When: Through Dec. 15, 2007. Lowest prices are based on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday departures.

Details: Hotel taxes are included. Additional airport taxes and fees are about $28 per person.

Gateways: Portland, Ore.; add $40 for San Francisco; $97 for L.A.

Contact: Alaska Airlines, 800/252-7522, alaskair.com.

The Dine Around Seattle promotion returns, Nov. 1-29, with 30 participating restaurants offering three-course dinners for $30 per person and, in some cases, lunches for $15. Get the details by visiting dinearoundseattle.org.

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    The Experience Music Project and the Seattle Space Needle share acreage on the Seattle Center Grounds. (Tim Thompson / Seattle CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
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  3. Ballard Locks

    Visitors watch as boats make the transition from the fresh water of Lake Washington and Lake Union to the salt water of Puget Sound through Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard, Seattle's Scandinavian neighborhood. (Seattle CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Seattle Art Museum

    The downtown Seattle Art Museum, designed by architect Robert Venturi, opened to rave reviews in 1991. (Seattle CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Lake living

    Modern apartments and condos sit on the hill above houseboats on Lake Union. The small Houseboat Tour takes passengers on a one-hour trip around the lake showing off the homes. (Barry Sweet / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Fish do fly

    Seattle's Pike Place Market is world-famous for its fresh seafood and produce, and its lively arts and crafts scene. (Seattle CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
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    With shelves specifically arranged in a non-linear formation, the main lobby of the Seattle Central Library. (Ted S. Warren / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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    Seattle Center's Monorail was built for the 1962 World's Fair, making the one-mile trip between the fairgrounds (now the Seattle Center campus) and the downtown retail district in less than two minutes. The Experience Music Project museum is in the background (Tim Thompson / Seattle CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
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