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 me, it’s sweeping orchards and farm animals nestled in a quaint valley, the sound of…

fish and space needle

Fishing In Washington State

We are truly fortunate to live in Washington state, where we are not only surrounded by beautiful land but also beautiful water, which means abundant…

morel mushroom hunting in Washington state

Morel Mushroom Hunting

As spring approaches, the ground begins to warm up and the plants begin to grow — a tasty treat emerges from beneath. Many of you…

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 you? Sometimes you just stand there and go, “Well! So much for THAT plan.” We…

garden in Woodinville

Spending a Day in Downtown 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…

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 state, just across the water from Canada. Located three hours north of Seattle by car…

Space Needle's 50th Anniversary

Washington Watchlist: Movie And Food Pairings

We are all still learning to adjust to “the new normal” these days, as we hit the 1-year COVID-era mark. This pandemic has forever changed…

yakima arboretum

Visiting the Yakima Area 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…

Summer Sounds at Skansie 2017

Summer Sounds at Skansie 2017

Note: The summer 2017 Summer Sounds concert series has now…

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Bellevue Botanical Garden

The Bellevue Botanical Garden boasts 53 acres of lush gardens,…