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espresso at Third Culture Coffee in Bellevue, Washington

Located in Old Bellevue is the unique and aesthetic Third Culture Coffee (3C). The cafe sits in an apartment building’s retail space and is conveniently less than a block away from Bellevue Park. Upon entering, you are immediately greeted with a friendly hello from a barista and by the giant copper 3C logo painted on…

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frozen franklin falls in winter

Resting between the north and south lanes of I-90 lies an idyllic scene, full of cedar and pine that seem to stretch miles into the sky and views of the mighty Snoqualmie River. On the South Fork of the river, a waterfall known as Franklin Falls flows powerfully into a small pool lined with rocks…

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Beyond the cradling mountains and blooming cherry blossoms, past the steadfast evergreens and old Rainier Beer-sponsored summers lie glimpses of yesterday. Washington has been and always will be a changing state, and while this is sometimes a very celebrated aspect of the state, it often serves to destroy the very history and roots that planted…

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Wreath making workshop at Duvall Flower and Gifts

Last weekend I had the pleasure of being invited to make a wreath for a charity drive at Duvall Flower and Gifts in Washington. I was intrigued. I have zero experience in the wreath-making industry and not having the faintest clue of where to begin but being a lover of all things holiday/outdoors-y I merrily…

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Sweet Mickey's candy shop in Seattle

Walking inside Sweet Mickey’s retro-styled candy store on Ballard Avenue, I was expecting to learn more about the eternal appeal of crafted sugar in all its forms and flavors. I’ve toured jelly bean factories and chocolate production lines, but Sweet Mickey’s is a next-level candy destination. As we begin this year’s season of sugarplums, candy…

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cedar river cabin in maple valley

The Cedar River Cabin is located in Maple Valley, Washington, and is only a forty-five-minute drive from Seattle! Our drive was extra dreamy and beautiful since the fall colors around Maple Valley were in full swing! The quick drive made it so convenient to be able to get there quickly and enjoy our stay in…

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poetry used books

What are you up to this weekend? If you are fortunate enough to be reading this while looking at a forecast of sunny skies and warm weather then I presume your answer will involve warm weather activities. In fact, I’d imagine that given the chance you might insist it will only be warm weather activities for warm weather…

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4 Best Hot Chocolate Spots In Seattle

With the weather getting colder outside, there’s never been a better time to get a warm cup of hot chocolate. This is especially true if you love the outdoors, as you get to reward all your activity with a tasty mug of chocolate. I’ve been in Seattle for over 25 years, so here are my…

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Wish You Were Northwest Explore Washington State 2020 Gift Guide

There’s nothing like community. Here at Explore Washington State, we have built a small but strong group of people who continue to support us on our journey. Wish You Were Northwest, has done the same with their clothing.  Sisters Tory and Tahnee grew up outside of Seattle in a log house, surrounded by music, art…

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