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Best Weekend Getaways In Washington February 8 – 10

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credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

It’s time to party! Mardi Gras events, red wine, chocolate, antiques and more are just a road trip away from Seattle. Want to get out of town this weekend and explore? Here’s your chance!

Red Wine and Chocolate Weekend
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
February 8, 9 and 10
11:00am – 6:00pm
http://www.wenatcheewines.com

Wenatchee Wine Country wineries offer two weekends for tasting their great red wines with decadent chocolate treats! This is the perfect date with your sweetheart or with friends! A nominal tasting fee may be charged at some wineries. 17 participating wineries, winery hours may vary.

Mardi Gras Gala and Auction
Saturday, February 9
5:00pm
Bellingham Golf and Country Club
3729 Meridian St
Bellingham, WA 98225
360.380.5877
http://www.assistanceleaguebellingham.org

An evening of fine dining and revelry, silent and live auction and dessert dash! Proceeds benefit support five local community programs.

Artisan Wine & Chocolate Pairings
Saturday and Sunday
February 9 and 10
http://www.lakechelanwinevalley.com

The Lake Chelan Wine Valley will be humming with couples on romantic retreats, and friends will gather for a much needed winter getaway over this weekend. The tasting rooms are filled with samples of red wine and chocolate. Intimate winemaker dinners, cooking classes, romantic movies & wine, limousine rides, library wines. Immerse yourself in all things love! Details online.

Antique and Collectible Show
Saturday and Sunday
February 9 and 10
Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Ocean Shores Convention Center
120 W Chance a La Mer NW
Ocean Shores, WA 98569
800.874.6737
http://www.oceanshoresact.com

Over eighty vendors will offer a wide variety of antiques including dolls, glass, furniture, American Art pottery, vintage baseball cards, postcards, and much, much more. Plus, food booths and Roy’s Glass and Crystal Repair Service.

Red Wine and Chocolate: Whidbey Island Vintners
Saturday and Sunday
February 9 and 10
Saturday, Sunday and Monday
February 16, 17 and 18
http://www.whidbeyislandvintners.org

It’s the 2013 Whidbey Island Vintners Association’s “Spoil Yourself” extravaganza. With four participating wineries all ratcheting up their pairings to perfection. February is the time to visit Whidbey and re-stock your wine cellar for the upcoming year with premium Washington State wines, many grown and all produced in the Puget Sound! There will be wonderful wines and fabulous chocolates waiting for you at each winery. Tickets are $20/person. Purchase online

Mardi Gras and Garlic Festival
Sunday, February 10
11:00am – 4:00pm
1 South Arbor Road
Aberdeen, WA 98520
360.648.2224www.westportwinery.com

All ages are welcome at Westport Winery for live jazz, gumbo and other garlic-themed foods. There will be live music, wine tasting for $5, and wine Hurricanes for sampling. Wear your beads is you have them and be ready for a fun Mardi Gras celebration.

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