Allen Cox

Allen Cox
member for over 10 years

Member Since: Feb 2008

Allen is a freelance travel & lifestyle writer, Editor-in-Chief of Northwest Travel Magazine, IFWTWA 1st VP, board member and chair of IFWTWA's Awards Committee, and Vice-chair of Pacific NW Travel Writers Conference (Travel & Words). Allen writes for magazines and web and has authored Best Easy Day Hikes-Seattle and Best Easy Day Hikes-Tacoma for Falcon Guides/GPP. Allen does speaking engagements and panel discussions and develops and leads workshops for media conferences. 

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Published Articles (23)

Fairbanks, Alaska: A Two-Season City

Fairbanks, Alaska, is like two sides of a coin. Two seasons—in particular, winter and summer—dictate the lifestyle in the city and the surrounding Alaskan interior.

Warm Up the Holidays with a Whiskey Cocktail

There’s something about fine hand-crafted whiskey that chases the chill out of a winter evening.

Ski Resort Dining Reaches New Summits

When it comes to ski vacations, the Northwest offers top-notch resorts complete with culinary scenes you’d typically expect in large urban centers.
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Winter Base Camp: Alyeska Resort, Alaska

Alyeska Resort, located less than an hour from Anchorage, makes a perfect retreat and base camp for exploring everything the surrounding area has to offer.

Smokejumpers: An Interview with Jason Ramos

Jason Ramos, 43, is a smokejumper, an occupation that can turn deadly in an instant.

Hit the Road in Eastern Oregon

Eastern Oregon’s widely diverse landscape opens up like a picture book about the Old West.

The McMenamin Brothers

Brothers Brian and Mike McMenamin have built a unique hospitality empire, much as writers of fantasy fiction build worlds that occupy your imagination.

Alaska’s Craft Brew Scene

The craft beer phenomenon that has consistently picked up steam in the Lower 48 has not escaped our 49th state.

The Foods of Yakima Valley

Yakima Valley is one of the most “agripolitan” regions of the Northwest, a hybrid of agricultural and metropolitan cultures.

Summer Fun at Northwest Ski Resorts

Bask in high-altitude sun, race down roller-coaster terrain on mountain bikes, mount a horse for a scenic trail ride and walk meadows abloom with wildflowers.

Eat Your Heart Out in Coeur d’Alene

The scenic resort town of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, offers an eclectic food scene from street-side burgers to top-floor gourmet to ethnic food.

Restored Historic Hotels

The experience of visiting — and sleeping in — hotels that the who’s who of yesteryear frequented has an allure all its own.

Ski Loop Vacations

A guide to Northwest ski vacations, highlighting resorts and apres-ski villages.

Walla Walla Weekend

Walla Walla, WA, the locus of one of the West’s most distinctive wine and culinary regions, has plenty of attractions to fill a long weekend.

Wine Savvy: Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center, Prosser, WA

A new wine education center opened to the public in the summer of 2014, in the heart of Washington’s wine country.

The Tastes of Bainbridge Island, WA

A tour of Bainbridge Island’s active culinary scene, only a 30-minute ferry ride from Seattle.

Oregon’s Chehalem Valley

Centrally located in Oregon’s Pinot Noir country, small towns, wineries, culinary delights and country drives are a recipe for a perfect getaway.

Washington County in Oregon

A guide to exploring a rich wine and agritourism region only an hour from Portland.

Northwest Guest Ranches

Life on the ranch as experiences by a city slicker at some of the Northwest’s authentic working guest ranches.

The Fresh Side of Seaside, Oregon


Holiday Spirits: Cocktails from Great Northwest Hotels


5 Cool Retro Hotels

7 Charming Getaway Cities


Published Books (2)

Best Easy Day Hikes – Seattle

You’ve eaten seafood until you’re beginning to feel like a crustacean, you’ve sipped Mochas at the original Starbucks, you’ve even crowded into the Space Needle elevator with hoards of perspiring tourists. What else is there to do? Pick up a…

Best Easy Day Hikes – Tacoma

Let Allen guide you to the best spots for day hiking in and around this historic and scenic south Puget Sound city, which happens to be his hometown. In this handy hiking guide, find trails suitable for people of all…