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Winter escapes: Great getaways for the season

The scenery here in the Pacific Northwest is spectacular in winter and there is every reason to get out and enjoy it. Sometimes it's a great destination or just a good hike, but there are plenty of fun "escapes" that are excellent choices during winter weather. Here are five suggestions for interesting getaways you may not have thought about.

For example, you'll want to check out Rattlesnake Ledge, near North Bend, east of Seattle. It's an especially good choice for Seattle area residents who want to escape the city and get into the mountains -- but not too far into the mountains given the potential for deep snow and cold weather.

In winter, there are far fewer hikers taking the trail to Rattlesnake Ledge, but you'll still enjoy panoramic views of the Cedar River Watershed, Mount Si and other scenic spots. It's easy to get to the trail without going up a mountain pass, which is the main advantage you have in choosing this for a winter hike.

The trail to Rattlesnake Ledge is only two miles long and is fairly easy, and you'll be rewarded with amazing winter views.

The amount of snow on the ground can vary, depending on how much sun shines through the forest canopy. The higher you get, the less dense the canopy and the greater the views. But be careful as there are several points in the trail that are near sheer drop-offs.

To get to the trail from Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 32 for 436th Avenue SE. Turn right onto 436th Avenue SE, also signed as Cedar Falls Road SE. Proceed about four miles down the road to the Rattlesnake Lake parking lot on the right.

Winter is a great time to head for the Methow Valley in North Central Washington where you'll find the Winthrop Rink, the perfect place for you and your kids to learn how to ice skate.

With a new refrigeration system Winthrop Rink is able to have guaranteed ice throughout the winter. The rink is so successful it's been named one of the top 10 public ice skating rinks in the west by Sunset Magazine.

This is a National Hockey League size rink and comes with a 6,000 square-foot building that includes four changing rooms, bathrooms, showers and rental skates. In other words, it's the perfect place for beginners to try their hand -- or feet -- at ice skating.
 
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