Getaway to Universal Studios Hollywood

This article was written in collaboration with who asked me to share my personal getaway guide to Universal Studios Heading to Universal Studios Hollywood during summer vacation was a frightening idea. The crowds, the lines, the mass of humanity crowded together pushing and shoving! But summer was the only time I could schedule a […]

Weekend Getaway: Gig Harbor, Washington

The Pacific Northwest town of Gig Harbor, Washington, is located across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge from Tacoma, and is about a 45 minute drive from Sea-Tac Airport. The town has taken its rich history of commercial fishing and boat building, and turned its downtown area into a historic waterfront community that attracts visitors with its galleries, […]

The ruins of Pompeii are a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Visiting the Ruins of Pompeii: From Tragedy to Tourism

On August 24th, 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius erupted in a violent two day display that destroyed the city of Pompeii, Italy, and the surrounding area. It is one of history’s largest recorded volcanic eruptions, and a tragedy any measure. The city was buried under ash and pumice for nearly 1700 years, and was presumed lost […]

7 Ways to Enjoy Fall in North Carolina

Fall’s blue skies, crisp temperatures and vibrant foliage create the urge to head outside, and fresh activities across North Carolina add ways to enjoy the season. With six weeks of prime leaf looking, events that relish the harvest, and festivals energized by fall breezes, travelers find boundless rewards for exploring the state. To help autumn […]

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Wine Tasting with MJ

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You know how I love my wine! That’s part of the reason I came up with my quest to visit all the wineries in Washington State – over 900 of them! You can find more about that quest on my new wine website, Seattle Bits & Bites, where I’ll be writing about my quest and visiting wineries.

But there will be more – the site is about all things related to wine tourism, and will include winery information and visits, news, food, restaurants, festivals and events, tasting rooms, attractions and more. It’s all the things that go right along with wine to make life enjoyable. I’ll share bits of information about where to get the great bites around the state, whether that’s a formal winemaker dinner, a burger and shake at a roadside drive in, or the latest restaurant to open. And I’ll also share information about places to stay, because no one should drink and drive.

Think of Seattle Bits and Bites as the place to get experiential information about food and wine around the Seattle area, and across Washington State.

I’ve already got a few stories up there, and I’m working on getting a companion podcast ready to go. I discovered how much fun – and work – podcasting is with my travel podcast, Where Else to Go.

So what’s next?

Let’s taste some wine!

To help celebrate the launch of the site, and to give my quest a great kick off, Total Wines & More in Lynnwood is hosting a wine tasting for readers and fans. It will be on October 19th, from 6-8 pm. We’ll have some nice cheese to pair with it, some lively conversation, and some wine education. Wine tasting will start at 6:30 pm. Also joining us will be friends from Discover the Pacific Northwest, a new website focusing on wine, beers, and spirits of the region.

Space is limited, so please RSVP here (and leave a comment in this post, if you’d like). This is a 21 and over event.

Hope to see you there!


Explore the archives for more travel ideas.

UNESCO Site: Visiting Malbork Castle, Poland

The Order of Brothers of the German House of Saint Mary in Jerusalem, usually referred to as the Teutonic Order, […]

Visiting the Caribbean Coast of Colombia

This week’s episode of the Where Else to Go podcast features Gemma from Two Scots Abroad. Gemma talks about their adventures […]

Universal Orlando Resort: I’m So Excited

I am an unapologetic Universal fan, whether it’s Universal Orlando Resorts in Florida (I went there last year for Halloween Horror […]

Where Else to Go Podcast: Rwanda

After a bit of a hiatus, the Where Else to Go podcast is back, and in this episode I talk […]