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Beautiful British Columbia

Beautiful British Columbia

Loop your way around these natural wonders

In road trips, as in wheels, the circle is the perfect shape. Why retrace your steps when you have the wind in your hair and you’re off in search of new adventures? Mixed tapes are similar — carefully selected songs to be experienced in a certain order, over and over again. Pop in this Canadian…

Hidden Washington: In Olympia, it’s still the water and a lot more

Hidden Washington: In Olympia, it’s still the water and a lot more

Enjoy the bounty of the South Sound with a visit to the state capital

Olympia is a taste of Americana with a slice of history nestled at the south end of Puget Sound. Yes, it’s home to our capitol building but Olympia also offers a weekend of exploration beyond government architecture. Those who venture in will find quirky shops, fine food and drink, water adventures, and a stunning historic…

Sea-Tac drops in latest J.D. Power survey

Sea-Tac drops in latest J.D. Power survey

Airport rankings fall from last year

A friend who recently flew out of Sea-Tac International Airport told tales of long lines, unhappy fellow passengers, and an unfortunate bag mix-up. He literally had to buy a new suit for a business meeting once he reached his destination. I heard a similar story from another friend whose family flew internationally on vacation this…

Hidden Washington: Spokane Stands Out

Hidden Washington: Spokane Stands Out

Lively times in the Lilac City

Washington’s Second City, Spokane, is topping the charts these days. National Geographic named it one of the 30 best small cities in the country. In 2021, Spokane was named a top 10 hipster city in the world, somewhat comically, by MoveHub, in a ranking that counts things like thrift shops and microbreweries per capita. This…

Lake Chelan: The Ultimate Fall Getaway | Sponsored

Lake Chelan: The Ultimate Fall Getaway | Sponsored

Discover a great lake retreat

If you’re seeking a destination that seamlessly combines natural beauty, outdoor adventure, and a touch of seasonal charm, then Lake Chelan should be at the top of your fall getaway list. Nestled in the heart of the Cascades, Lake Chelan offers a picturesque escape with its breathtaking views and activities for every type of traveler….

A Wilderness Picnic in Eastern Oregon | Sponsored

A Wilderness Picnic in Eastern Oregon | Sponsored

Satisfy your hunger while exploring a beautiful environment

Rugged terrain and culinary delights: We can’t think of a better way to stimulate the senses and soar human spirits than this combination, and we’ve got this going strong in Eastern Oregon. Long gone are the days when a picnic consisted of cold chicken, potato salad and a few apples tossed in to satisfy a…

An Inside Outside Plan

An Inside Outside Plan

Five ways to camp this summer

Summer is the best time to go camping in the Pacific Northwest. The endless blue skies, sunny days, and perfect temperatures, combined with an amazing variety of places to discover, make it easy to get out the door and explore. Figuring out the ultimate setup for sleeping, cooking, storing gear, and traveling while camping can…

Seattle Summer Staycation

Seattle Summer Staycation

Indulge in an luxurious escape close to home

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy …” … unless you live in Seattle. Far-flung family and friends finally wise up to the notion that we live in a magical place — surrounded by water, nature, and coveted cuisine. Time for a visit! They descend in waves while we struggle to house, feed, and entertain them….

Around the World, Bite by Bite

Around the World, Bite by Bite

Satisfy your hunger for travel without leaving Seattle

Travelers make friends and create memories seated across a table, sharing exotic flavors and sensations, around the world or at home. Here are five local restaurants that capture the essential flavors of their host countries, and transport diners to these distant lands in one delicious bite. The chefs and owners strive for cultural authenticity, providing…

Essentials: Staying Power

Essentials: Staying Power

Airbnb hosts here rake in a significant amount of money

Airbnb hosts across Washington state earned on average $16,700 last year, almost 20% more than the national average. Top-earning counties are King, Pierce, Clallam, Chelan, and Whatcom. Hosts in the U.S. earned a total of $22 billion last year. Data from Airbnb also find that nearly two-thirds of hosts use the supplemental income to cover…

Hidden Washington: Been to Tacoma Lately?

Hidden Washington: Been to Tacoma Lately?

Tacoma, Four Ways

Chat with Seattleites in the know and they’ll tell you about Tacoma’s food and arts scene, or the out-of-this-world thrifting. They’ll say it reminds them of an earlier version of Seattle, where the locals prize creativity and a friendly, can-do attitude above all, where people still go to make things. But don’t let others’ experiences…

How to start the perfect fire

How to start the perfect fire

Make a deeper connection with nature by building a beautiful blaze

Blue and yellow flames burst haphazardly out of the dark, dancing like lightning bugs on a crystal-clear summer’s night. Sparks shoot over my head; the crackle and pop of the fire at my feet is a symphony orchestrated just for me. The power of fire is innate, part of our DNA since the beginning of…

Hidden Washington: Greetings from Bainbridge Island. Wish You Were Here!

Hidden Washington: Greetings from Bainbridge Island. Wish You Were Here!

Uncovering unique gems of the Pacific Northwest

This is the first in an ongoing series featuring Pacific Northwest experiences that shouldn’t be missed.  Like a beachcomber’s paradise — sifting sand to reveal sea glass or flipping wet rocks to find sea creatures — Bainbridge Island is filled with hidden treasures worth exploring. Here are tips, finds, and local faves for a perfect…

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