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Wineries Are Becoming the Toast of Washington

October 05, 1986|FRANK RILEY | Riley is travel columnist for Los Angeles magazine and a regular contributor to this section

From the observation deck of the 604-foot Space Needle in Seattle you can get an overview of autumn, from the mountains to Puget Sound. Along the canal between the sound and Lake Washington, the University of Washington Arboretum is like an artist's painting in October as well as in May.

In the capital of Olympia, gateway to the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park, you can change from wine tasting and touring to a free tour of the Olympia Brewing Co. Olympic National Park, topped by the 7,965-foot summit of Mt. Olympus, is a collage of hemlock, red cedars, Sitka spruce and Douglas fir.

Monthlong Oktoberfest

A two-hour cruise out of Bellingham will lead to the month-long Oktoberfest on Orcas Island in the San Juan island group. Autumn cruising the Washington State Ferry System through Puget Sound and on through the San Juans creates a sense of serenity in the colors of the season. We've found historic inns and bed-and-breakfast hideaways along every fall foliage and wine country trail in the state.

Wine touring can likewise be part of winter in Washington. The ski slopes and cross-country trails of Snowqualmie Pass are scarcely an hour from Seattle, and Olympian runs such as the Roller Coaster in the White Pass area of Mt. Rainier are equally accessible.

In the many ethnic restaurants around Seattle you can find cuisines collected in Chateau Ste. Michelle's "Tastes of Liberty." This heritage collection features recipes brought to the New World by immigrants from Italy, Germany, Greece, Britain, Eastern Europe, Iberia, Scandinavia, France and by people of the Jewish faith.

The book is sent to those who contribute $20 or more to Liberty Centennial Fund, P.O. Box 4115, Dept. RO, New York 10163. A comparable fund-raising program will be set up by Chateau Ste. Michelle to include its Volume II of "Tastes of Liberty."

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