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OK Hotel offers shades of Seattle's musical past

When I travel, especially in cities, I'm always searching for echoes of the past. That's what I call the small things—the shadow of a vintage ad, for example, painted on an old brick wall—that give you a feel for how a place once was.

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Seattle: In a city known for making music, local record shops are also good at selling it

Some people judge the cultural vitality of a city by its museums, orchestra, opera, or other big-time performing-arts organizations. In Seattle, I recognized another leading cultural indicator: indie record stores.

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Seattle: Much more to this library than books

Seattle's Central Library never fails to draw me inside its cantilevered, glass-and-steel-lattice space, and this trip was no exception.

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Seattle: Nettletown another in a long line of appealing local eateries

One thing I love about Seattle restaurants is how many of them showcase the phenomenal bounty of the Pacific Northwest—from salmon to fiddlehead ferns to huckleberries.

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Seattle: Pike/Pine neighborhood chock full of delights

While in Seattle I had lunch with architect, urban planner, and former city council member Peter Steinbreuck. Wanting to get his take about how Seattle has changed over the past 20 years, I asked him about the city's current crop of up-and-coming neighborhoods.

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London, Paris, Rome ... Seattle

Call me a Seattle superfan. The city may readily inspire images of coffeehouses and grunge, but this Pacific Northwest capital of cool is also part Disneyland, featuring spectacular attractions like the monorail and the underground tour, to name just a couple.

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Seattle’s grunge roots reveal rifts in team VIA

Can you hum “Smells Like Teen Spirit”? Can you whistle “All Apologies”? The topic gives me a chance to talk about one of my favorite aspects of working at VIA: story meetings.

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The Hat Man of Salt Lake City

While cowboy hats seem to be the bread and butter of J.W. Hats, hatmaker Jim Whittington pays tribute to all kinds of hats.

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Choteau, Mont.: History meets small-town culture

The eastern side of the Continental Divide in Montana is the plains. It’s not flat, but it is grassland, a lot of it, allowing you feel like you can see forever.

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Farmstand Adventures in Napa

Wine-tasting may be the primary activity of choice for visitors to the Napa Valley, but vino isn’t this verdant area’s only agricultural product of note.

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