Head to the islands to unplug, chill out and get your art on.

Happen to be free October 11 through 14? Feeling the need to get away, relax and tune into your inner artist? Great, then we’ve got an idea for you. Sail away to Doe Bay Resort on gorgeous Orcas Island for a long weekend with new friends at the Art Camp for Big Kids. Seattleite caught up with camp founder Lori Stone of The Joy Guild to get the scoop on the upcoming island retreat.

Cozying up for good eats and drinks at the Alexis Hotel’s Bookstore Bar (plus the chance to go glam for a good cause).

Sometimes downtown hotels prove happenin’ spots (and not just for tourists). On a recent 50-degree June day, the Bookstore Bar in the Alexis Hotel became the perfect spot to cozy up for the afternoon. (However, while there I did eye the neglected patio tables out front and vowed to return as soon as the sun makes a consistent appearance!)