Image: Mount Rainier and Puget Sound
Tim Thompson
A wide range of experiences await in Oregon and Washington — bottle your own wine or sample local pinot noirs, hike the foothills of Mount Rainier, attend a festival, or simply enjoy the beach.
updated 6/26/2008 12:15:42 PM ET 2008-06-26T16:15:42

Joseph, from $89 per room per night
The Wallowa Lake Lodge is in northeastern Oregon, home to the deepest gorge in America. The town of Joseph, surrounded by the Wallowa Mountains, hosts Alpen Fest during the last week in September. You can hear Swiss music, enjoy custom-made German sausage, beer, and wine, and pick out a piece of local art. The lodge, built in 1923, has lake views and 22 fully restored rooms, plus eight cabins on the lakeshore. Some rooms have kitchens. Rates start at $89 per room per night.

When: Through Oct. 13, 2008.

Details: Does not include tax of 1 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 541/432-9821,

Willamette Valley, from $119 per room per night
At the 42-room Hotel Oregon, book the Wine Country package, and you'll receive lodging for one night, a glass of wine for two at the Cellar Bar, and dinner and breakfast at the hotel's McMenamins Pub. This hotel makes a good base for wine tasting in Willamette Valley, which has more than 200 wineries and is known for its excellent pinot noirs. Rates start at $119 per room per night.

When: Ongoing.

Details: Does not include tax of 1 percent. Based on double occupancy; no single bookings.

Contact: 888/472-8427,

Cannon Beach, from $318 per room per night
With the Fabulous Northwest Picnic package at the Ocean Lodge, enjoy regional products like Tillamook cheese with wild smoked salmon, summer sausage, Oregon hazelnuts, fresh fruit, and a Northwest pinot noir in complimentary wineglasses. The waterfront lodge also offers a light breakfast every day, wireless Internet, fireplaces in each room, and a enviable location—the Haystack, the huge beach rock and symbol of the Oregon coast, is literally in the backyard. Cannon Beach is a lovely beach town with boutique shopping, fine dining, and, the star of the show, the beach. Package rates start at $318 per room per night (whereas regular room rate starts at $229 per room per night).

When: Ongoing.

Details: Does not include tax of 7 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

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Contact: 888/777-4047,

Seattle, from $189 per room per night
The Weekend Getaway package at the Homewood Suites by the Seattle-Tacoma airport includes a one-night stay in a one-bedroom suite with a kitchen as well as continental breakfast. Plus, you'll learn how to bottle your own wine at the Castle Bridge Winery. You'll even get five bottles of wine to take home with you. Rates start at $189 per room per night.

When: Through Sept. 30, 2008.

Details: Does not include tax of 13 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Friday through Sunday bookings only.

Contact: 206/433-8000,

Port Ludlow, from $199 per room per night
The Dine and Unwind package at the Resort at Port Ludlow will allow you to do just that. You'll get a $100 credit for dinner for two at the resort's restaurant, The Fireside, with the majestic Olympic Mountains as your view. Continental breakfast is also included. The resort has a marina and a golf course; it's located on the Olympic Peninsula, across Puget Sound from Seattle—about an hour and a half drive north. Olympic National Park, the only temperate rain forest in North America, is located on the peninsula. Rates start at $199 per room per night.

When: Ongoing.

Details: Does not include taxes of 10 percent or resort fee of $10 per night. Based on double occupancy; no single bookings.

Contact: 877/805-0868,

Kirkland, from $249 per room per night
Join the fun at Kirkland Uncorked, a wine/food/art/music festival, with this package from The Heathman Hotel. You'll stay overnight in a room of your choice and receive a $40 food credit at the hotel and two admission tickets to the festival, including entrance to the wine-tasting garden (a $40 value). Kirkland is a suburb of Seattle, about a 20-minute drive east of the city. Rates start at $249 per room per night.

When: July 18-20, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 12 percent. Based on double occupancy only.

Contact: 800/551-0011,

Mount Rainier, $495 per person
There are lots of ways to challenge yourself in the Pacific Northwest—take this Mount Rainier Classic Hike from REI, for example. You'll meet up with other participants and your guide at REI's store in Tukwila, Wash., and then head to Mount Rainier National Park to set up camp. The next two days will be spent hiking by towering waterfalls, serene alpine meadows with wildflowers, and perhaps even to the foot of enormous glaciers (depending on weather and skill level). This trip is a great way to see views of snowcapped Mount Rainier, a symbol of the Pacific Northwest. Rate is $495 per person for the two-night trip.

When: July 11-13 and 25-27; Aug. 22-24; and Sept. 5-7 and 19-21.

Details: Includes all taxes, as well as tent, all meals, campsite and entrance fees, and transportation between Seattle and the campsite. Become a lifetime REI member for only $20, and the trip cost goes down to $450 per person.

Contact: 800/622-2236,

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