Even before the attention of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler was a place that needed no introduction. For Seattleites, the long-term love affair with Whistler grows stronger with every powder turn and seven mile run. Like any relationship there are always new things to discover, here are a few suggestions for your next visit that will keep things exciting and fresh.

Like hibernating bears, Seattleites use the winter months to catch up on rest over lazy pajama weekends. Vacation rentals offer affordable travel for large groups, allowing you to cook your own food and spend quality time with your friends or family while exploring a new area. Gather your favorite books, movies and games and plan the ultimate veg fest by renting a cabin in one of Washington’s beautiful natural places.

Traveling during Thanksgiving can be full of hang-ups, cancellations, and people losing patience in the wake of surprise. Idioms like “Expect the unexpected,” “Plan for the worst, hope for the best,” and “Take a chill pill” quickly lose their value when confronted by overnight delays, snowstorms, and an entire city shut down. Here are 5 tips for preparing for travel hang-ups during the holiday season.

In Seattle the coming of rain means only one thing, ski season is close to follow. Waiting for snow to powder the slopes doesn’t have to feel like such a chore. Many ski towns turn into relaxing fall getaways,  quiet natural landscapes with crisp mornings, sunny afternoons,  fall foliage, and the mountains all to you. Here’s your guide to a few shoulder season suggestions.