Travel & Tourism

Travel & Tourism

Inn-Escapable: Seattle's sleek Thompson Hotel at Pike Place

Seattle's award-winning architects Olson Kundig are behind the Thompson Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel with a stunning glass facade that sits at the edge of downtown's Pike Place Market. The hotel, and particularly its rooftop bar, The Nest, have become a bit of a landmark since they opened in 2016 – a place, dare we say, to see and be seen.

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Wintering in Alaska

After spotting a moose, I spot the "Mushing Mortician." Along the Iditarod Trail, in Alaska's snow-coated wilderness, 57-year-old funeral home owner Scott Janssen barks, "Straight! Straight!" to his sled dogs barreling toward a checkpoint 311 miles into the famed, grueling and controversial 1,000-mile race. Nearby, canine teams rest on scattered straw; one musher removes his dogs' protective booties to rub ointment on their paws while another feeds slabs of Chinook salmon to her hungry pack before the next push.

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Finding the aloha spirit in three Hawaiian Islands

The Hawaiian Islands hold a special, almost mystical, appeal for many mainland Americans and Asian visitors, myself included. Recently I traveled to Oahu, the Big Island and Kauai to see which island I liked best, and to discover new places to stay and activities not to be missed.

Small towns, especially the ones on the Mississippi Coast, are the best

A pair of college students from Washington DC toured 25 cities in 28 days as interns with Amtrak. Here’s what they had to say about Mississippi.
John Fitzhugh jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com