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bavarian buildings

If you are a long-time Washington resident or a new visitor just passing through, you know the appeal of taking the time to spend a day in the mountains. Spring in the Pacific Northwest is the perfect time to get out and explore. Clean, crisp air and sunny mountaintops can be found in the town…

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garden in Woodinville

Nestled in the lush Sammamish River Valley just 25 minutes outside of Seattle, Woodinville is full of surprises and attractions for any visitor. Whether you’re eager to hop into the food scene, interested in learning about horticulture and urban farming or looking for local parks to play in, Woodinville is worth adding to your list…

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Lime Kiln Lighthouse in San Juan Island, Washington

San Juan Island sits in the northwest corner of Washington state, just across the water from Canada. Located three hours north of Seattle by car and ferry, San Juan Island hosts visitors from around the world. It is one of four islands in the San Juan Island archipelago served by the Washington State Ferry system. …

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lake chelan winter

“300 days of sunshine” is a promise worth traveling for — especially in the winter. So after spending much of the season in hibernation, my partner and I hit the road for a destination just three hours from the Seattle area: Lake Chelan. This massive, glacially-carved lake runs over 50 miles from the Cascade Mountains…

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yakima arboretum

As the weather begins to change and spring is upon us, it is finally time to stop being cooped up inside and spend some time in nature. After the extreme winter season, I am beyond ready to bask in the sun and enjoy the outdoors — especially at the Yakima Area Arboretum. With its claim…

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whale watching in the san juan islands

As a 90’s kid, Warner Bros’ “Free Willy” was my introduction to Orcas. I imagined myself as Jesse, fist high in the air screaming “Yeah!” as Willy leapt into the Pacific and swam to freedom. As cheesy as the film may seem now, fictional Willy tells a not-so-fictional story. Many of these animals spend their…

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Camano Island is near and dear to my heart. I moved to Washington in early October of 2019 and found myself living on Camano Island when I first arrived. I had never been to Washington or the Pacific Northwest, so it was quite the journey and Camano Island has become one of my favorite areas…

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View of the Waikiki Beach Lighthouse in Washington

Who needs to hop on a flight and wing their way across the Pacific for some primo beach adventures when you can do the same thing closer to home? Like walking on Waikiki Beach and hiking a coastal forest loop in January. On the Washington coast. Nestled in a cove fronting the Columbia River on…

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Lake Whatcom in Whatcom County

Tucked into the northwest corner of the Evergreen State, Whatcom County’s 2,503 square miles have a well-earned reputation for epic Northwest beauty. While Birch Bay State Park, the Peace Arch in Blaine and Semiahmoo County Park may be better known, Whatcom County also offers hidden treasures of the lesser known variety. From parks and lakes…

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