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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 your heart set on picking wild berries, your best bet will be to venture out…

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 to see just how many islands, inlets and waterways there are in Washington state. In…

whale watching in the san juan islands

Wandering Washington’s Whale Trail

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!”…

birding in olympia

One Hour Birding in Olympia, Washington

When I decided to write a birding feature for Explore Washington State, I wracked my brain about which of my favorite birding locales I would…

Spending a Day on Camano Island

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…

Get Off-Screen and Outdoors With a Scavenger Hunt

For those who read the recent article about escaping COVID screen time and getting outdoors, you saw a list of six or so activities to…

camano glass quest

A Trip to the Great Northwest Glass Quest

Each year in February, Stanwood and Camano Island host an epic treasure hunt known as the Great Northwest Glass Quest. Up for grabs are over…

playing frisbee at the beach

Get Kids Outdoors to Escape Screen Time

This past year was more than enjoyable for many people. Most were fearful of the new COVID-19 illness, while others escaped into the glorious outdoors.…

Eight Hidden Gems to Discover in Washington National Parks

Here in the Evergreen State, we have a pretty great reputation for our mountains, our coffee and our rain. If that isn’t awesome enough, we…

Five Historic Places to Eat and Drink in Washington

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…

Wreath making workshop at Duvall Flower and Gifts

Holiday Wreath Making In Duvall

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…

People drinking beer and watching Ellensburg Winterhop Brewfest online

Attending A Virtual Winterhop Brewfest

In its 17th year, the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce is working hard to put on the 2021 Winterhop Brewfest, which is set to occur…

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Visiting Used Bookstores Near Seattle

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…

palouse falls by Garrett Hanson

A Beginner’s Guide to Getting “The Shot”

It was nearly a decade ago when social media became more of a regular part of my life. I had used social media for a…

Pike Place Market fish

6 Vintage Pike Place Market Shops For The Perfect Evening

Pike Place Market in Seattle has been a beloved shopping hot spot for over 100 years. With shops of all kinds, it’s no wonder why…

surfer at westport beach

Spending a Day in Westport

There’s nothing like a trip to the Washington coast. Though I live near the rocky shores of Bellingham Bay and enjoy easy access to saltwater,…

stocker farms pumpkin patch

Visiting Stocker Farms for Fall Days

Once that first leaf falls, everyone knows that it’s pumpkin patch time. Stocker Farms, which is located in Snohomish, is a great option for those…

Taking a Ride on the Centennial Trail

The Centennial Trail is a 30-mile-long rail trail in Snohomish County, Washington, connecting the cities of Snohomish, Lake Stevens and Arlington to Skagit County along…

Aerial view of Tacoma waterfront

Spending a Weekend in Tacoma

Located 33 miles south of Seattle, Tacoma is a dynamic waterfront city whose art museums, outdoor recreation and brewery scene have turned it into a…

trees and river landscape

Take a Daytrip to Nine Mile Falls

Only 9 miles northwest of downtown Spokane, lucky visitors will stumble upon the cozy community of Nine Mile Falls. There are plenty of worthwhile experiences,…

Cosmo

Exploring the Outdoors With Your Cat

My wife and I recently became residents of Washington State…

Cat Tales Wildlife Center in Spokane

A Trip to Cat Tales Exotic Wildlife Center

Lions and tigers and bears, OH MY! My mom, sister,…

Cashmere Canyons Preserves

Hiking at Cashmere Canyons Preserve

It’s not every day that you get to explore a…

liberty lake trail

Hiking the Liberty Lake Loop Trail

Hiking the Liberty Lake Loop Trail is a magical, zen…

Yellow Aster Butte near Mount Baker

Hiking Yellow Aster Butte in the Mount Baker Area

There are so many amazing hikes in this state that…

Baker Lake

Hiking The Baker Lake Trail: Build Your Own Adventure

Looking for a hike that incorporates something for everyone to…

Columbia Mountain Loop Trail

Hiking Columbia Mountain Loop Trail

For those who have not spent much time in the…

Paterson Lake

Fishing Patterson Lake In Methow Valley

Most Washingtonians have probably heard of the little tourist town…

Happy Creek Loop Trail

Hiking Happy Creek Loop Trail

The North Cascades Highway produces some of the best hiking…

Sunflower Days at Maris Farms

Spending Sunflower Days at Maris Farms

The changing of the seasons is upon us, and with…

Washington Midsummer Renissance Faire

Spending a Day at the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire

Do you ever dream of days dressing up and going…

View from Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee

Visiting Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee

This summer many are traveling to enjoy the sights of…

Mystery picnic in Ellensburg

Take A Mystery Picnic In Washington State

Mystery Picnic.  Those two words were just too intriguing. The…

Manito Park Spokane

Manito Park Arts Festival in Spokane

Manito Park on Spokane’s South Hill is known throughout our…

dog and lavender

Amazing Dog-Friendly Lavender Farms in Sequim

Located 20 miles east of Olympic National Park, a visit…

douglas falls in colville

Hiking Douglas Falls Nature Loop Trail

If you’re looking for a tucked away, easy hike spent…

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…

snow lake snoqualmie pass

Seven Day Hikes Within Two Hours of Seattle

With so many trail options available to the greater Seattle…

mushrooms

Where to Go Mushroom Hunting Near Me? A Beginner’s Guide to Hunting Mushrooms in Washington State

So You Think You Can Forage? Thinking about “where to…

Thorp Mill building and bridge

Visiting the Historic Thorp Mill and Museum

Driving along Interstate-90 through Central Washington yields a myriad of…