Plus, King County confirmed a case of the measles.
 
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🚗 Stories for the road
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Seattle’s views put us in a romantic mood all year long.|Photo by @jstn.sight
Boy, do we have a story for you — 11,000+ of them, actually — all conveniently located within one app that can serve as your new travel buddy. And just like your favorite local newsletter, each story comes in at ~five minutes + will leave you more informed about the cities you travel through.

Meet Autio, a location-based storytelling app. Let’s say you were taking a road trip from the PNW to California. With Autio, you could hear about an exploding whale while passing through Florence, OR, and later listen as Academy Award-winning actor (and Autio co-founder) Kevin Costner regales you with the history of San Francisco while driving through the Bay Area.

Here’s how it works

Boot up the app, connect to Bluetooth, and hit the road. If you allow the app to know your location, it will automatically play stories based on where you are.

Take a look at five episodes you might hear when road tripping from Seattle.

(PS, five is the number of free stories you get when you make an account, so you can decide if an Autio subscription is for you.)

Queue up history

  • “Lester” | Enumclaw, WA | Learn about this town that’s last resident died in 2002.
  • “A Sweet and Chocolatey Tacoma Aroma” | Tacoma, WA | Now filled with a rotten egg smell known as the Aroma of Tacoma, the city was once filled with the scent of candy and chocolate.
  • “The Williamette Stone” | Portland, OR | Discover this stone that may have impacted the way the Pacific Northwest is laid out.
  • “The Sisters of the Cascades” | Sisters, OR | This story delves into three sisters who “fight for the love of a bachelor.”
  • “Mount Shasta Legends” | Mount Shasta, CA | Listen to mythology and legends that date back to the dawn of man.
Interested in going beyond five episodes? Check out Autio’s membership options.
 
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What is your favorite way to fill the time (and silence) on road trips?
A. Audiobooks
B. Music
C. Short-form stories like Autio or podcasts
D. Road trip games (“I spy...”)
 
 
Events
 
Monday, July 8
  • Zomerzang 2024: Medieval Spain | Monday, July 8-Monday, July 29 | 7 p.m. | Woodlawn Hall, 7400 Woodlawn Ave. NE, Seattle | $10-$100 | Join a choir and learn how to sing some medieval works — music reading ability not required.
  • Author Talk: Stephen Crowe | Monday, July 8 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park | Free | The English author will talk about the first release in his two-part mystery comic “The Page of Cups.”
Tuesday, July 9
  • Bingo Lunch Cruise | Tuesday, July 9 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Fishermen’s Terminal, 3919 18th Ave. W., Seattle | $48-$78 | Your two-hour cruise around Lake Union + Lake Washington includes a tasty lunch and a chance to win some neat prizes.
  • The Round: Rachael Kilgour, Kaylyn Nese, D’Mario D. Carter, Xan McPherson | Tuesday, July 9 | 7:30-10 p.m. | Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle | $15-$30 | It’s a smorgasbord of arts featuring musical performances, poetry readings, and a live painter.
Wednesday, July 10
  • Natural Wine Tasting and Education | Wednesday, July 10 | Times vary | Vinnie’s Wine Shop, 2505 Second Ave., Seattle | $60 | Learn how different environments can affect the wine-making process while you sample some vino chosen by the shop’s curator.
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🍷 You’ll be on cloud wine at Kirkland Uncorked
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This premier wine-tasting event allows attendees to indulge in a sensory journey through exquisite flavors, surrounded by breathtaking views of Lake Washington.|Photo by Alabastro Photography
Uncork summer fun and flavors at Washington’s biggest summer wine festival, Kirkland Uncorked, happening Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14 at Kirkland’s Marina Park.

Discover some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest as you sample 70 different wines (curated from a selection of vintages from local favorites + renowned estates) on the beautiful shores of Lake Washington.

General Admission, Grand Admission, and VIP tickets are now on sale. Pro tip: Enter code SEA to receive two extra drinks when you buy a Grand Admission ticket.
 
News Notes
 
Travel
  • The world is your freshly shucked oyster. Sea-Tac International Airport is adding even more international destinations to its offered flights this summer. Travelers can now book direct flights to Beijing + Chongqing, China; Munich, Germany; and Taipei, Taiwan. (Seattle Times)
Health
  • King County officials have confirmed a case of measles in an adult who may have also infected others at a few local spots in Seattle, Bellevue, and Woodinville. If you believe you have been infected, check to see if you have been vaccinated or contact your health care provider. (Seattle Times)
Eat
  • It’s the best thing since sliced bread. Central District baked goods stop Temple Pastries has finally opened its window service for sandwiches and ice cream. The daily schedule includes breakfast 7:30-11 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and ice cream 1-9 p.m. (Eater Seattle)
Environment
  • Bellevue is giving out 700 free trees to residents and community organizations. Varieties include flowering, deciduous, and evergreen trees with a range of sizes. Interested participants are encouraged to consider the conditions of their planting site before applying online.
Sports
  • It won’t be much longer until the Seattle Seahawks look to launch their own explosive assault with a new offense under Ryan Grubb. Hear from the local experts about what’s on the horizon with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
     
     
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    When I’m on the road for a long trip, I love listening to podcasts — it really makes the time fly by. One minute I’m outside my apartment, then three or four podcast episodes later I’m in Portland. 🎧

    For those of you that love your history with a side of humor and peculiarity, check out one of my favorite podcast episodes of all time — “The War of the Eggs.”
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