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Sunflower Days at Maris Farms

Spending Sunflower Days at Maris Farms

The changing of the seasons is upon us, and with the last burst of summer this weekend we decided to head to the nearest dog-friendly…

Washington Midsummer Renissance Faire

Spending a Day at the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire

Do you ever dream of days dressing up and going back to another era? Then this Faire might be for you. This August, the Washington…

View from Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee

Visiting Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee

This summer many are traveling to enjoy the sights of Eastern Washington. Although Leavenworth is a popular destination for families, another great choice is Wenatchee,…

Mystery picnic in Ellensburg

Take A Mystery Picnic In Washington State

Mystery Picnic.  Those two words were just too intriguing. The marketing worked and I stopped scrolling! AmazingCo.me/us is a website full of pre-prepared adventures for…

Manito Park Spokane

Manito Park Arts Festival in Spokane

Manito Park on Spokane’s South Hill is known throughout our community as the crown jewel of Spokane. It boasts five meticulously cultivated gardens, a pond,…

dog and lavender

Amazing Dog-Friendly Lavender Farms in Sequim

Located 20 miles east of Olympic National Park, a visit to Sequim can easily be added to any itinerary without a detour. As we learned…

douglas falls in colville

Hiking Douglas Falls Nature Loop Trail

If you’re looking for a tucked away, easy hike spent in nature amongst thick underbrush, towering trees, a flowing creek and a big waterfall —…

Top 5 Lakes to Paddle in Spokane

Top 5 Lakes To Paddle In North Spokane

2020 is the year to explore close to home, and in the Spokane area we are luckier than most in that there are so many…

mushrooms

A Beginner’s Guide to Hunting Mushrooms in Washington State

So You Think You Can Forage? As a novice mushroom enthusiast, I’ve just begun to scratch the surface of the seemingly endless possibilities when foraging…

Twin Falls

A Hike To Twin Falls

If you want to go chasing waterfalls, but don’t want a hike that is super strenuous, Twin Falls in North Bend is the hike for…

Little Twin Lakes near Colville

A Weekend At Little Twin Lakes

Tucked up in the Northeastern part of the state, roughly 18 miles east of Colville is a little set of lakes accompanied by a campground…

chickadee bird

10 Birds to See Near Your Home

Signs of spring are popping up all across Washington. My home in Olympia has been surrounded by birdsong every morning as our avian neighbors get…

Skagit River walk in Mount Vernon

A Day in Mount Vernon

Every year the Skagit Valley attracts swarms of Washingtonians who celebrate the coming of spring by visiting the annual tulip festival. Many pass through the…

Coulee City Community Park playground

A Big Treasure In Coulee City

Crunch, crunch, crunch, swoosh crrr… run, jump, slip and slide down the twisty, turny, steep green slide — hoping not to shoot off the edge.…

Campground at Blake Island

Spending A Weekend On Blake Island

Twenty-seven minutes to paradise. That is it. Twenty-seven minutes. Okay, it’s Blake Island Marine State Park, but to us, it’s a local paradise. Your arrival…

Native American artifacts at the Yakima Museum

Visiting Museums in Yakima

Yakima is truly an amazing place. Yes, I grew up here, so it should be pretty easy for me to make that comment. Every once…

Lopez Island

Spending A Weekend On Lopez Island

If you’re looking for a quiet weekend getaway with gorgeous waterfront views, rolling farmlands and forested trails, Lopez Island is the place for you. Lopez…

ste michelle wine

Visiting Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

What started in 1871 — with Missionaries and French fur traders bringing vinifera plants to eastern Washington — turned into the American Wine Growers launching…

A Visit to Tulip Town

Spring has sprung and tulips are once again blossoming in the Skagit Valley, thus drawing in visitors ranging from families enjoying a day out together…

fireweed flower

Edible Herbs and Wildflowers in Washington State

Washington has a unique abundance of wild foods that grow across the entire state. From the coast to the eastern plains, these rugged lands offer…

Cider flight

5 Urban Washington Cideries You Should Know About

When you imagine a cidery what comes to mind? For…

fish and space needle

Fishing In Washington State

We are truly fortunate to live in Washington state, where…

morel mushroom hunting in Washington state

Morel Mushroom Hunting

As spring approaches, the ground begins to warm up and…

Blake Island Marina in Washington

The Top Six Reasons To Live On A Boat In Puget Sound

You know how life just changes right in front of…

garden in Woodinville

Spending a Day in Downtown Woodinville

Nestled in the lush Sammamish River Valley just 25 minutes…

Lime Kiln Lighthouse in San Juan Island, Washington

Spending a Weekend on San Juan Island

San Juan Island sits in the northwest corner of Washington…

Space Needle's 50th Anniversary

Washington Watchlist: Movie And Food Pairings

We are all still learning to adjust to “the new…

yakima arboretum

Visiting the Yakima Area Arboretum

As the weather begins to change and spring is upon…

Clam digging in Washington state

Clam Digging Adventures In Washington

One thing unique to Washington and other ocean neighboring states…

wild strawberry blossom berry foraging in Washington

The Basics Of Berry Foraging In Washington State

Washington state has foraging opportunities year-round, but if you’ve got…

view of a Washington ferry on the water against the Seattle skyline

Book A Trip On One Of Washington’s Ferries For The State’s Most Scenic Views

Any first-time visitor to the Pacific Northwest might be surprised…

whale watching in the san juan islands

Wandering Washington’s Whale Trail

As a 90’s kid, Warner Bros’ “Free Willy” was my…

birding in olympia

One Hour Birding in Olympia, Washington

When I decided to write a birding feature for Explore…

Spending a Day on Camano Island

Camano Island is near and dear to my heart. I…

Get Off-Screen and Outdoors With a Scavenger Hunt

For those who read the recent article about escaping COVID…

camano glass quest

A Trip to the Great Northwest Glass Quest

Each year in February, Stanwood and Camano Island host an…

playing frisbee at the beach

Get Kids Outdoors to Escape Screen Time

This past year was more than enjoyable for many people.…

Eight Hidden Gems to Discover in Washington National Parks

Here in the Evergreen State, we have a pretty great…

Five Historic Places to Eat and Drink in Washington

Beyond the cradling mountains and blooming cherry blossoms, past the…

Wreath making workshop at Duvall Flower and Gifts

Holiday Wreath Making In Duvall

Last weekend I had the pleasure of being invited to…