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Snohomish County offers price incentives to visit

If you're in the Seattle area this fall or are still deciding where you would like to take a fall getaway, you might consider heading just a bit farther north to Snohomish County. It's only a few miles from downtown Seattle but the area is so intent on attracting you to their beautiful part of the Northwest that they literally are going to pay you to come and visit.

Seattle gets all the national press and, of course, there are many great attractions that make a trip to the city well worth your while. But less well-known are the cities and towns of Snohomish County, all an easy drive from Seattle for the day or for an extended stay. From the charming waterfront shopping in Edmonds to the Antique Capital of the Northwest, Snohomish, the area boasts a number of unique places to visit as well as some major metropolitan shopping areas.

This fall Snohomish County has put together financial inducements to make it just that much easier to carve out a little of your Seattle visit for some sightseeing in the county that borders Seattle and King County. The Snohomish County Tourism Bureau has worked with its members' hotels, shopping centers and many other businesses to offer special deals for visitors during one of the most beautiful times of the year in the Pacific Northwest.

Here are just a few examples:

Embassy Suites – Take the shuttle bus free from Embassy Suites over to Alderwood Mall and you'll get a free Macy's logo tote bag, a Macy's VIP 10 percent discount pass, and a $20 Macy's gift card. This all is included in an overnight package that includes a stay in a luxurious two-room suite, complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and complimentary cocktails for adults as well as light snacks -- all for between $149 and $179. For more information visit www.SeattleNorthLynnwood.EmbassySuites.com.

Residence Inn by Marriott/Lynnwood – At the only American Girl store in the Pacific Northwest, young girls and their mothers will ooh and ahh at the wide selection of 18-inch dolls. Located close by, the Residence Inn by Marriott in Lynnwood welcomes American Girl shoppers with a special hotel package: an exclusive American Girl doll-sized travel bed so that special doll can be as comfortable and cozy as the rest of the family. Also included is delivery of milk and cookies to the room before bedtime, and pink waffles at breakfast. The Residence Inn/American Girl hotel package price ranges between $139 and $259. For more information, please visit www.Marriott.com/sealw.

Medallion Hotel – This hotel is located close to the Seattle Premium Outlets with 110 brand name stores. The hotel is offering a $50 Seattle Premium Outlets gift card as part of a $175 overnight package that includes a king or two queen beds, two free desserts in the Cellar Restaurant and a DVD player and popcorn for an in-room movie night. For more information, visit www.PremiumOutlets.com/seattle/.

There are many more hotels offering special packages and rates, and shopping centers are getting into the action as well. For a complete list, please visit www.snohomish.org/index.php?page_id=588.

Photo: Boeing Tour is a popular Snohomish County attraction

Photo courtesy of the Museum of Flight Aviation Center Boeing Tour

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