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Best Bookstores in Pacific Northwest

I'm road tripping thru the Pacific Northwest. I'll be vetting bookstores for my upcoming book tour in Boise ID, Bend OR, Eugene/Corvallis OR, Portland OR, Seattle WA, Spokane WA, and Missoula MT — and any towns in between that warrant it. :-) I'm hoping y'all might have bookstores to recommend! Aside from Auntie's in Spokane and Powell's in Portland, I'm relying on Yelp — but I'd much prefer your personal recommendations for bookstores that host author events, have a great vibe, and friendly staff.
posted by silusGROK on Apr 22, 2013 - 24 answers

Cooking Classes in DC for my friends

My friends are moving from Brooklyn to DC and I would like to gift them cooking classes in their new area. Any recommendations? A place similar to Brooklyn Kitchen, with diverse classes with a foodie, hip bent is what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Apr 18, 2013 - 9 answers

We are limiting ourselves to one penis-shaped item

Non-traditional, non-girly, physically active bachelorette party ideas in the DC area? [more inside]
posted by enlarged to show texture on Apr 17, 2013 - 25 answers

Where can I buy a quality buckwheat pillow?

Where can I buy a quality buckwheat pillow in the DC area, or Maryland, or online? Or what do I need to look for to get a good one, and how much should I expect to pay? My aching neck is ready to try something new. [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Apr 11, 2013 - 4 answers

Which neighborhoods should I be considering in the DC area?

I am moving to DC this fall to work in biglaw. The pay is high, but so are my student loans, which I would like to pay off ahead of schedule. Where should I live? Snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 11, 2013 - 22 answers

Good bank in Washington State

I'm looking to set up a personal account in a local bank in Washington state. I want to work with a bank that does local business and isn't laundering hundreds of billions of dollars for drug cartels (or insert whatever other horrifying banking scandal comes to mind.) I need a bank with office and ATM locations in the Northwest part of the state, and ideally they'd have an ATM sharing agreement with banks/credit unions in other parts of the country (and Canada? does that happen?) [more inside]
posted by pleurodirous on Apr 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Retail marijuana in Washington state

In what month can the state of Washington realistically expect to see a commercial storefront retailing marijuana to the general public (with proof of age)? [citations appreciated]
posted by Ardiril on Mar 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Restaurant recommendations near Dupont Circle (Washington DC)?

I moved to DC recently-ish, but haven't explored the restaurant scene very well. Now I have a friend coming to town next week, staying right near the Dupont Circle Metro station, and I could use some recommendations for places to eat. Can any locals help me out? [more inside]
posted by theatro on Mar 22, 2013 - 21 answers

Rural resort near to Washington DC for anniversary weekend

My wife and I are moving to DC this summer and it's our first wedding anniversary in late September. I'd like to take her away for a weekend around that time to some sort of beautiful country getaway. [more inside]
posted by fso on Mar 6, 2013 - 12 answers

No need for matching linens

Looking for a pretty, small, old, and inexpensive hotel within a short drive (up to 4 hours) of Seattle. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Mar 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Where is the real life Rancho Relaxo?

My 40th birthday present to myself is to run away for several days by myself to indulge in restful solitude, nature walks, spa treatments and room service. I live in Oregon and am considering the coast, but could also be talked into Washington/California, or places other than the beach. Price is no object, but would prefer it to be within driving distance of Portland. Requirements and preferences within... [more inside]
posted by lilnublet on Feb 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Doing DC/Alexandria alone

In April I'll be attending a weeklong conference in Alexandria, VA and will likely be traveling alone. I've never been to DC. What can I do (safely and cheaply) by myself? [more inside]
posted by almostmanda on Jan 30, 2013 - 23 answers

Barack Obama Dance Party! Jan 21st, Washington DC!

I'm going to the Presidential Inauguration this month, in Washington DC, and I'd like to solicit tips and tricks to make the day go smooth for me. The last time I was in DC was 8 years ago, and it was for a day trip. What to do? What to avoid? What is security going to be like, will they have food and drink for sale, etc. If you went in 2009, what was it like? How did you survive the day? Also, I have written both of my Senators for tickets, and have heard nothing back from them, so I'm going under the assumption that I didn't get any. Thus, I will probably be watching the ceremony on the National Mall. If I end up here, where's the best place to stand? I'm flying in from Seattle for this, I'm not missing it! [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on Jan 10, 2013 - 24 answers

Help me fix my debt fiasco

Please help me get my financial situation in order during a separation from my husband. Looking for advice and suggestions from your own experience, or factual knowledge of "legal separation" in Washington state. Also looking for personal experiences relating to credit counseling, credit attorneys, etc. [more inside]
posted by virginia_clemm on Dec 7, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me plan a very short itinerary in Washington, DC

I'll be in Alexandria, VA for two days next week for work, and have until 1 pm on the Thursday (Dec 6) free. What might I comfortably see in Washington on a Thursday morning that would allow me to be back in Alexandria by 1 pm? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam on Nov 30, 2012 - 5 answers

Where to get a quietclassy drink in DC?

I'm looking for a quiet and classy hotel lobby in DC where a couple can have a drink tonight. [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Nov 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Baby tips for car-free biking couple in Washington DC?

We're Brits in Washington DC about to have our first baby! We have bicycles but don't own a car (use Zipcar / taxis). All the standard baby-prep advice seems to assume owning a car... so do you guys have any tips for car-free baby living? In particular: car seats (for occasional use / quick installation), diaper services and bike trailers? Details inside! [more inside]
posted by tkbarbarian on Nov 18, 2012 - 16 answers

What magazines should an entrepreneur in D.C. subscribe to?

What magazines / newsletters should an businessperson / entrepreneur in D.C. subscribe to in order to get connected? [more inside]
posted by kindel on Nov 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Not afraid of a little rain

Stuck in DC, suggestions for fun things to do Tuesday and Wednesday? [more inside]
posted by DynamiteToast on Oct 29, 2012 - 16 answers

Clothing culture shock: getting a woman from the lab to Capitol Hill

Business clothing for female scientist working in Washington DC. [more inside]
posted by ilyanassa on Oct 20, 2012 - 15 answers

I'm not biking this whole way just to take a picture in front of the White House.

Biking to Washington, DC, arriving Oct 19 and leaving the 21st. What should I do (bike-related and not) while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by vulgar_wheat on Oct 10, 2012 - 8 answers

Thinking of relocating to the Pacific NW but I've never been. Help me decide between Oregon and Washington.

I'm thinking of relocating to the Pacific Northwest USA for the climate and scenery, though I've never been before. I have 4 days to visit next month, and am having trouble deciding between Portland and Seattle as a base of exploration. [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Sep 25, 2012 - 31 answers

What D.C. activities on a need-to-know basis?

What off-the-beaten-path activities can I do in D.C.? I would love to do something that makes me feel a bit like a VIP. I want the city to seem like it does in a spy novel. Seeing the vintage Congressional bathrooms, getting a behind the scenes tour of the Library of Congress, and unusual sights like the Pentagon's gold AK-47 are the kind of things I'm after. [more inside]
posted by Monochrome on Sep 17, 2012 - 13 answers

Maid in Seattle?

Looking for a good cleaning service in Ballard, WA. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Sep 17, 2012 - 1 answer

I want to customize my house without the elbow grease and project disasters.

Are there stores/services that will DIY for me? [more inside]
posted by semacd on Sep 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Yakima

Tourist/food/interesting things in the Yakima, Washington area. [more inside]
posted by zabuni on Sep 7, 2012 - 7 answers

Do I need a cleaner or an organizer for my disaster of an apartment?

Do I need a housekeeper / cleaner or an organizer? I think I'm somewhere in the middle but there's no one in the middle apparently, so which way should I go? (USA, DC area) [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette on Aug 30, 2012 - 14 answers

How can I carpool over the GWB?

I want to take advantage of the carpool lane ($3.50 vs $12)on the GWB coming in from NJ. What's the best way to do this if I am forever alone, and not travelling during rush hour to pick up sluggers?
posted by MrMulan on Aug 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Recommendations for hot air balloon or helicopter tour in DC?

Recommendations for hot air balloon or helicopter tour in DC? [more inside]
posted by telsa on Aug 18, 2012 - 3 answers

SEA -> JAC by Air and Land

What's the most scenic way to make a combined flight / drive to Jackson, Wyoming from Seattle? [more inside]
posted by bbuda on Aug 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Seeking information on how to fight/delay eviction in Washington State, King County

I'm seeking information on how to fight/delay eviction in Washington State, King County. [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Aug 14, 2012 - 24 answers

Better late than never!

Last minute honeymoon--need input on the most awesome, strange, memorable places to stay on our road-trip between Seattle to Portland, and then down the coast to San Fran. Other "must see" advice is most welcome. [more inside]
posted by fillsthepews on Aug 3, 2012 - 23 answers

Pedicure in DC?

Pedicure in Washington DC. I'm at the start of a long visit, and my feet hurt already! [more inside]
posted by jrochest on Jul 19, 2012 - 6 answers

What are the best state parks in Western Washington?

Best state parks in Western Washington state? What should not be missed? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Jul 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Where can I play basketball in Washington DC area (Bethesda) late at night?

Where can I play basketball in Washington DC (Bethesda) area late at night? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Jul 3, 2012 - 5 answers

Low-exertion day trips/weekends from Seattle?

Low-exertion day trips/weekends from Seattle? [more inside]
posted by hishtafel on Jun 29, 2012 - 17 answers

Gardening novice needs some help!

I have $150 to spend on my patio/deck garden in Seattle. What should I plant and how should I do it? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jun 18, 2012 - 9 answers

1930s Uniform Mystery

Can anyone help identify this 1930s-era uniform, and also possibly provide info on a small plane crash at the time? [more inside]
posted by davidmsc on Jun 18, 2012 - 15 answers

What should I do with a free morning in Washington DC?

I will be landing in Washington DC at 8am on Saturday. I'm alone and have the morning free - what should I do? [more inside]
posted by theuninvitedguest on Jun 15, 2012 - 16 answers

Where should we buy our next house? How do we narrow down neighborhood choices?

Where in Southern Maryland should a young family start looking for a home to grow in? [more inside]
posted by semacd on Jun 12, 2012 - 21 answers

Where should I spend the night after arriving into Washington, but not necessarily IN Washington?

Looking for recommendations for a nice hotel, inn or B&B near Washington DC, southwards-ish down towards the I95. [more inside]
posted by generichuman on May 28, 2012 - 19 answers

Starting therapy... for three months?

Starting therapy... where to look? And the catch... I'm only here for the summer? Then what? More inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2012 - 4 answers

Cheapest, fastest internet in the emerald city?

What are my options for broadband residential internet in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on May 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Is George Washington's Moonshine worth $95?!?

What can I expect from this unique unaged rye whiskey? Is this more likely to be a fine drinking experience, a cheesy collectors item, or a potential investment? [more inside]
posted by Jamesonian on Apr 13, 2012 - 22 answers

Recommendations for ski shops in Washington DC

Tell me the names and locations of the best ski shops in Washington DC. [more inside]
posted by girlgenius on Apr 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Is my groupon voucher really expired?

Washington state law says gift certificates you buy can't have an expiry date. What does that really mean for the groupon, etc. vouchers I purchased that have expired? [more inside]
posted by jacalata on Mar 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Where should we go on our vacation?

Travel recs? SO and I are doing a road trip through Idaho, Oregon and Washington [more inside]
posted by bluehermit on Mar 21, 2012 - 13 answers

What is a Congressional tour in Washington, D.C.?

Going to Washington, D.C. - what's the deal with Congressional tours? [more inside]
posted by Addlepated on Mar 7, 2012 - 13 answers

Dogs on the I-5

Traveling from Seattle to Southern California with three dogs... looking for places along the road where we can stop and play! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2012 - 11 answers

The Best Vintage Store You Don't Know About

Low-cost/free ads and self-promotion for a vintage clothing business in DC. Any suggestions? Websites, local publications, blogs-- who should know about us? [more inside]
posted by nonasuch on Mar 6, 2012 - 17 answers

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