Category Archive: Pacific Northwest

Tourist at Home: Visiting the 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 might see it.  I try to take a few days over the New Year’s holiday to do that – it’s a perfect post-holiday stress break and the city still has a bit of holiday glow about it.  This year, as is often, the Seattle Aquarium was high on my list of places to visit. The aquarium opened in 1977, with a major expansion in 2007, and is the 7th largest aquarium in the U.S. (based on attendance).  In addition to its popularity with visitors, it […]

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Cheese & More at Tillamook Cheese Factory

The month of October has been designated American Cheese Month, a celebration of North America’s delicious and diverse cheeses, and the farmers, cheese makers, retails, cheesemongers, and chefs who bring them to our tables.  And last month I had a little preview of how to celebrate cheese month with a visit to the Tillamook Cheese Factory on the Oregon Coast. The climate in Tillamook is well suited for dairy farming, with a history dating back to the mid-1800s.  By the end of that century, cheese maker Peter McIntosh created a cheddar cheese recipe that is still used today.  Over the years, dairy-related production boomed, and in 1909 a farming co-op was established that became Tillamook.  It’s still a co-op today, owned by the dairy farmers and families who start the whole process.  Well, there are the cows to credit, too! […]

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Road Trip Ahead: Coastal & Central Oregon

I’m up early today because I’ll be heading out on a road trip.  Yes, me, a road trip.  It’s a 5-day road trip with some other writers from the Seattle area and is sponsored by some nice folks in Oregon.  (A full list of sponsors will accompany subsequent posts.)  Joining me will be:  Andy Hayes (from Sharing Travel Experiences), Kelly Goodman (from Travellious), and Michelle Schusterman (from Unlikely Places) The group will be meeting later thing morning (still in the early hours for most of us)  at EverGreen Escapes who will be providing our driver and transportation for the trip in one of the comfy, bio-fueled Mercedes touring vans.  Not familiar with EverGreen Escapes?  Well I love these folks – I’ve met them personally – and was taken with their love of the Pacific Northwest, their commitment to their eco-friendly […]

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How to Spend a Day at Woodland Park Zoo

As big of a fan as I am of seeing the world, I’m likewise a fan of seeing my own community.  So it was with that in mind that I’m staying close to home this Labor Day Weekend.  The Seattle weather forecast is sunny and warm (score!), there’s tons to do around the King-Pierce-Snohomish area, and it’s a chance to see some of the things that it is so easy to take for granted. So I headed off to Woodland Park Zoo for the day. Woodland Park Zoo is located in the Phinney Ridge area and has been serving as the city’s zoo for over 100 years.  Today, the zoo complex spreads out over 92 acres, and includes animals and exhibits, open space, a rose garden, many other gardens, administrative buildings and parking.  Attracting over a million visitors a year, […]

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