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3 Father's Day destinations in the Northwest

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Hemming and hawing over the best way to celebrate Father’s Day? Make dad's weekend with a quick trip out of the city. In the Northwest, we’re lucky to be surrounded by neighboring cities with great attractions and stellar cuisine. Bonus: our three picks for Father's Day destinations are all doable in one day.


Vancouver, BC

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Although it can seem like a trek to get there, Vancouver, BC is actually closer to Seattle than Portland is by pure distance. And if you take an alternative border crossing, you can likely get into the city in under three hours. The crossing at Lynden/Aldergrove generally has the shortest wait times, but you will have to pay a toll to cross a bridge once in Canada. The Pacific Highway crossing is also a solid option for shorter wait times. Don’t forget passports for you and the kids!


Brunch: Once you’re in the city, head to brunch. For adventurous eaters, The Union offers Asian-fusion brunch with sweet and savory options. Their cheeky takes on Filipino, Chinese and Vietnamese classics like bao and phở make for an awesome variety of dishes: Try the Filipino Pankaplog, a mixed plate with pandesal (sweet and salty Filipino rolls), scrambled eggs, pickled papaya, curried hashbrowns, and bacon. 219 Union St

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Veggie goodness at Cafe Deux Soleils.

For more classic breakfast fare, check out Cafe Deux Soleils. Hashes, benedicts, and egg scrambles incorporate super-fresh veggies; they’ve also got some great vegetarian options. Kids will go ape for the breakfast sundae, a granola, honey, yogurt and fruit parfait. 2096 Commercial Drive


Walk along the waterfront: After brunch, head west toward Stanley Park and walk along the waterfront to take in views of the imposing mountains across the harbor. Once you arrive at Stanley Park, grab a park map and check out the many routes through the area. Kids can check out the striking outdoor installation of Native totem art while walking the loop around the eastern point of the park. Keep your eyes peeled for otters swimming in the water below!



Vashon Island

Hop a midday ferry to the island and spend the afternoon wandering around the largest island in our part of the Puget Sound.

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Take a beach walk: Once you arrive on Vashon, check out Dockton Park. The 23 acres of land have hiking trails, places to picnic and a swimming beach. 9500 SW Dock Rd, Dockton, 98070


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Early dinner at May Kitchen: After you’ve worked up an appetite, head to May Kitchen for classic, upscale Thai food. Make sure to save room for dessert: kids can dig into the molten spiced dark chocolate cake and the coconut milk crème brûlée. 17614 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, 98070



North Bend

Twin Peaks fans, rejoice! North Bend, site of David Lynch’s iconic, kooky 90s drama is more than just a tourist destination.


Twede’s Cafe: Pop into Twede’s Cafe to recreate some Twin Peaks magic with their famous cherry pie — or grab an entire meal. Expect classic diner fare: burgers, fries and shakes. 137 W North Bend Way, North Bend, 98045


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Walk the Rattlesnake Mountain Trail: You won’t need serious hiking gear to tackle Rattlesnake Mountain — just make sure to pack your water bottle! This well-defined trail looks out on the spectacular Snoqualmie Valley. The first viewpoint is only 2.5 miles in, so if you’re looking for a gentler hike, you can still get in some great views. Driving directions to the trail are here.

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