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Weekend Guide: Getaway to Langley, Washington

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This weekend guide to your getaway to Langley, Washington, will help you plan your getaway, complete with where to stay, what to eat and drink, and what to do. Located on the south end of Whidbey Island overlooking the Saratoga Passage, Langley’s community of just over 1,000 people entice visitors with small town hospitality. With […]

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Review: The Doctors House, Fort Casey Inn

When visitors head to Whidbey Island, they typically think of Langley (at the south end) or Oak Harbor (the naval air station at the north end), but tucked away in the middle part of the island is Coupeville. Coupeville is the county seat, and with a population under 2,000 is a historic district withing the […]

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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, […]

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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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It’s My Blog Anniversary!

On March 17, 2006, I wrote my first blog post ever on my travel blog then named Flyaway Cafe. You […]

Visiting the Ruins of Pompeii: From Tragedy to Tourism

The ruins of Pompeii are a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The ruins of Pompeii have become one of Italy’s most visited sites. On August 24th, 79 A.D., erupted in a […]

You’ll Never Want to Leave: Hilton Union Square, San Francisco

It seems like everyone thinks about romance in February, but once Valentine’s Day passes, romance gets short shrift. One way […]

You’ll Never Want to Leave: Pantai Inn, La Jolla

For much of the northern hemisphere, January is winter and with it, the cold – often brutally cold – rain, […]