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PNW cabin getaways are a perfectly pandemic-proof vacation option

A new list reveals ‘steals’ and ‘splurges’ at two of the nation’s best vacation destinations, and they’re both just a few hours from Seattle.

Has your vacation taken the year off? Maybe it’s time to catch a little cabin fever in an actual cabin.

“You can travel with your whole family, you can get people together, you don’t need to check-in anywhere,” said Josh Viner, a regional director for Vacasa, a company that manages more than 25,000 vacation properties. They’ve put out a list of the country’s five best cabin getaway destinations. Two are right here in the Northwest.

“Both of them, a four-hour drive from Seattle,” Viner said.

First up, Lake Chelan, where Deep Water Cabin is listed as a ‘steal’ for as little as 85 dollars a night.

“There’s a beautiful trail that you can walk down. It’s got a green grass roof, and it’s a really cute little cabin.”

The choice for a Chelan ‘splurge’ is the spacious Constellations Lake House, more castle than cabin, with a price tag to match. At peak season it can run more than a thousand a day.

“There’s a big, dark, interlocking stone fireplace,” Viner said, “That perfect, picturesque place where a family can get together on a chilly evening.”

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Also on Viner’s top-five list, Mt. Hood. His luxury pick is the Sycamore Lodge, for 300 to 600 bucks a night. Or you can grab a ‘steal.’ The Alderwood cabin books for as low as 79 dollars.

Cabins make a family friendly getaway any time of year.

“The spring and the fall can be a great time to travel,” said Viner. 

Amenities vary, so be sure to read the fine print regarding plumbing, heating and pets. To snag your top pick, it’s never too early to start planning.

Viner said, “Booking ahead, even in the shoulder season, can go a long way to making sure you have the perfect getaway.”

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Review: ‘Parks and Recreation’ TV reunion was perfectly done

The main cast and a nice slice of the supporting one reconvened after five years Thursday night on NBC for “A Parks and Recreation Special.” They came to raise money to feed those in need and to send good vibrations and embedded mental health PSAs to the world at large. It was the right idea at the right time — a paean to community at the very moment in this strange global adventure when Selfishness is asserting itself in the face of Sacrifice — and as perfectly executed as a Simone Biles floor routine. And performed on the traditional night.

I guess I didn’t realize how much I loved and have missed this show, but the old opening credits put a catch in my throat. (Perhaps I just miss 2015.) As absurd as the series could be, “Parks and Rec” was the rare series in whose characters I felt completely emotionally invested, over whose fictional fates I fretted or rejoiced. And somehow it felt that the truth of what was on-screen was inextricable from, and an accurate reflection of, the relationships of the people who put it there. (Except for everyone hating Jerry.) This isn’t always the case, to be sure — we are forever learning about chummy characters played for years by actors who couldn’t abide one another — and if you happen to know anything contrary about the people in “Parks and Recreation,” I wish you would keep it to yourself.

“A Parks and Recreation Special” is one nice surprise after another, and I was glad to have each be, you know, surprising. It’s like a party where you expect to see certain people and then it’s, like, “Oh my gosh, there’s so and so! And, look, it’s that person! And you, how I have forgotten you?” (If you haven’t watched it yet but plan to, and you love the series, for goodness sake, stop reading now. I’m putting this extra sentence in to give you time to back out, before your eyes skip ahead.)

Most of the special is set up as a series of video calls, arranged by Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), concerned that her web of forever friends and old colleagues from the Pawnee, Ind., parks department are not staying sufficiently connected. As before, Leslie takes everything on her shoulders, and likes it. As all new productions will be for at least the near future, it’s set in the situation we are in: “Have you been practicing social distancing?” Leslie asks Nick Offerman’s Ron Swanson. “I’ve been practicing social distancing since I was 4 years old,” he replies, the actor’s own woody workshop an appropriate backdrop for his character.

Obviously there’s a challenge in making a show about community when everyone is living in their own castle with the drawbridge up, especially when some of your main characters are married to one another while the actors who play them are not. The writers, led by co-creator Michael Schur, isolated the characters in appropriate ways: Leslie

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