Sally is the editor of the 16th edition of Northwest Best Places, published by Sasquatch Books. Half a million copies have sold over the past 30 years, and this edition came out in December 2006.
Sally and her team of a dozen writers completely rewrote the 600-page book, not simply updated it. None of the writers Sally hired worked on previous editions. Sally built relationships with the writers, managed them, edited their work and managed a budget to pay them. Her book features 50 fun sidebars and three-day tours and hundreds of new entries.
Northwest Best Places has now ceased publication but at the time, it competed with Fodor’s and Lonely Planet and was written by locals, for locals. It told readers about the best restaurants and hotels, shopping, entertainment, nightlife, museums and more. Hotels and restaurants got star ratings; four stars means “the very best in the city,” and one star is “a good place.” Some are noted for being family fun, good value, romantic or editor’s choice.
Most Northwest natives own some version of this book, and keep it stashed in their glove compartments for daily reference.
This book can still be purchased one Amazon by clicking here.