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Talking About Seattle on the Amateur Traveler

Seattle Washington skyline

I’ve lived in Washington State all of my life, and the greater Seattle area for most of it. When my friend Chris Christensen from the Amateur Travler wanted to talk about the city, I was happy to oblige. The discussion center mostly on things to do in downtown Seattle, things you wouldn’t need a car […]

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Hotel Review: Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast & Barn, Yakima Valley

Lonestar teepee at Cherrywood Bed Breakfast and Barn

Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast & Barn Address:  3271 Roza Drive, Zillah, Washington (Yakima Valley) Value Luxury Rating:   (out of 3 hearts) Features:  Set on a working farm in the Yakima Valley,  Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast & Barn offers overnight accommodations  in 22 foot teepees. This specialty bed and breakfast has barbeque grills, compact refrigerators, deparate […]

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Postcard from Wildlife Safari

3 brown bears and popsicle at Wildlife Safari in Winston Oregon

It’s a road trip weekend and a chance to enjoy the baking hot weather of southern Oregon. These three brown bears at Wildlife Safari (in Winston, Oregon), were trying to beat the heat with a bear-sized popsicle – a large block of ice with berries and other fruit frozen inside.

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Seattle: Sonoma Wine on the Road

Sonoma Wine Road in Seattle

  In a delightful combination of good wine and good causes, the Sonoma Wine Road comes to Seattle for a Grand Tasting Experience with proceeds benefiting Northwest Harvest. The Wine Road is an association of over 180 and 50 lodging accommodations located throughout the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys of northern Sonoma County. The wine […]

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Postcard from Fort Vancouver

The Blacksmith shop at Fort Vancouver

Located in the southern part of Washington state, Fort Vancouver was a 19th century fur trading outpost for the Hudson Bay Company. Today it is part of the National Park System, with living history events and a world-class archaeology collection. In the blacksmith shop, a top-notch nail maker could make one in 12 seconds flat.

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World Championship of Sand Sculpting

Solo Champion in World Sand sculpting contest

If you think the World Championships of Sand Sculpting is held at some gorgeous beach somewhere, you’d be wrong.  The Tournament of Champions in this sandy competition is held in the parking lot of a suburban shopping mall with very fine, sharp grained glacier till sand delivered in from a local quarry.  The sand locks […]

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Seattle: 10 Things to Do in Pioneer Square this Weekend

Things to do in Pioneer Square: Visit the Pergola

The Seattle summer may be starting to edge into fall, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to go indoors yet.  Grab your jacket, just in case, and head to Pioneer Square for a weekend soaking up Seattle’s history. On a weekday Pioneer Square is full of people in suits, the King County Courthouse and numerous […]

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Seattle Men’s Chorus Comes Together, Right Now

Seattle Mens Chorus

At a time when marriage equality is top of mind for Washington voters, Seattle Men’s Chorus is proud to share, through song, The Beatles’ powerful messages of peace, love, and understanding. With their all-Beatles Spring concert, Come Together, the nation’s largest gay men’s chorus (250 men) pays tribute to the Fab Four by belting out […]

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Weekend Getaway: Spokane, Washington

exterior of Davenport Hotel, Spokane

Spokane, the second largest city in Washington, is about 275 miles east of Seattle.  But to many of us, it might as well be a million miles away, another country even.  Those of us on the west side of the Cascades tend to forget that Spokane is coming into its own, creating a vibrant food, […]

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Tourist at Home: Visiting the Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium

One of my favorite ways to spend a day in Seattle is to pretend I’m a tourist, giving all the attractions and sights that I usually take for granted a new lease on life.  Rather than dismiss things as for tourists only, I plunge headfirst into the adventure, trying to see my city as others […]

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Getaway to Awaji Island

Whether Japan’s Kansai region is your primary destination, or an add-on while visiting the rest of the country, planning for […]

Visiting China: A New Country

I spent a long weekend in China. That’s an unusually short amount of time to spend in a country, especially one […]

Guest on This Week in Travel

This morning I was a guest on This Week in Travel, a podcast broadcast in both video (on Google Hangouts […]

Where Else to Go Podcast Features Venice

Venice might not seem like a “where else to go” destination, but if you’ve heard people complain about the city […]