Travel & Outdoors

Hidden Washington: Spokane Stands Out

Hidden Washington: Spokane Stands Out

Lively times in the Lilac City

Washington’s Second City, Spokane, is topping the charts these days. National Geographic named it one of the 30 best small cities in the country. In 2021, Spokane was named a top 10 hipster city in the world, somewhat comically, by MoveHub, in a ranking that counts things like thrift shops and microbreweries per capita. This…

Lake Chelan: The Ultimate Fall Getaway | Sponsored

Lake Chelan: The Ultimate Fall Getaway | Sponsored

Discover a great lake retreat

If you’re seeking a destination that seamlessly combines natural beauty, outdoor adventure, and a touch of seasonal charm, then Lake Chelan should be at the top of your fall getaway list. Nestled in the heart of the Cascades, Lake Chelan offers a picturesque escape with its breathtaking views and activities for every type of traveler….

Seattle Summer Staycation

Seattle Summer Staycation

Indulge in an luxurious escape close to home

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy …” … unless you live in Seattle. Far-flung family and friends finally wise up to the notion that we live in a magical place — surrounded by water, nature, and coveted cuisine. Time for a visit! They descend in waves while we struggle to house, feed, and entertain them….

Essentials: Staying Power

Essentials: Staying Power

Airbnb hosts here rake in a significant amount of money

Airbnb hosts across Washington state earned on average $16,700 last year, almost 20% more than the national average. Top-earning counties are King, Pierce, Clallam, Chelan, and Whatcom. Hosts in the U.S. earned a total of $22 billion last year. Data from Airbnb also find that nearly two-thirds of hosts use the supplemental income to cover…

Hidden Washington: Been to Tacoma Lately?

Hidden Washington: Been to Tacoma Lately?

Tacoma, Four Ways

Chat with Seattleites in the know and they’ll tell you about Tacoma’s food and arts scene, or the out-of-this-world thrifting. They’ll say it reminds them of an earlier version of Seattle, where the locals prize creativity and a friendly, can-do attitude above all, where people still go to make things. But don’t let others’ experiences…

How to start the perfect fire

How to start the perfect fire

Make a deeper connection with nature by building a beautiful blaze

Blue and yellow flames burst haphazardly out of the dark, dancing like lightning bugs on a crystal-clear summer’s night. Sparks shoot over my head; the crackle and pop of the fire at my feet is a symphony orchestrated just for me. The power of fire is innate, part of our DNA since the beginning of…

How to do Richmond, B.C., like a local

How to do Richmond, B.C., like a local

Famed for its authentic dim sum, also home to the wildest playground and poshest pool you’ve ever seen

THWACK-THWACK-THWACK-THWACK-THWACK. The butcher only pauses to sharpen his cleaver, because the line at HK BBQ Master never lets up. The famed BBQ joint is tucked in the parking garage in the underbelly of a Real Canadian Superstore (actual name). It feels like I’m here to meet Deep Throat. Instead, I discover something far juicier than…

Oregon: The neighbor you think you know

Oregon: The neighbor you think you know

Discover Oregon's many charming quirks

Imagine a dinner party in the neighborhood. The invitation looks familiar, but when you arrive, the event is not at all what you expected. There are many rooms with different themes. The guests are intriguing and inviting. An astronomer chats with a master brewer, a ship’s captain extrapolates on weather patterns with a sommelier, and…

Malama Oahu, and Oahu Will Malama You

Malama Oahu, and Oahu Will Malama You

History, Hawaiian foods, and where to rest your head. A four-part series exploring Oahu

“Hawaii is not a state of mind but a state of grace.”- Paul Theroux Hawaii takes its responsibility as a tourist destination very seriously, and so should its millions of annual visitors. By leaving the island a better place, tourists enjoy a richer experience from their Hawaiian travels and gain a deeper appreciation for Hawaiian people…

Five Oahu Hotels with a New Look and Old Heart

Five Oahu Hotels with a New Look and Old Heart

History, Hawaiian foods, and where to rest your head: A four-part series exploring Oahu

The is the third story in our series on travel to the Hawaiian island of Oahu.  From Duke Kahanamoku holding court at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel’s Mai Tai Bar to Don Ho singing “Tiny Bubbles” at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Oahu is known for its legendary hotels and iconic surf culture. When you stay at…

Book: Revel in the Natural World

Book: Revel in the Natural World

Enjoy a wild year outdoors with Lauren Braden's book, '52 Ways to Nature: Washington'

What do forest bathing, storm watching, geocaching, fungi foraging, and razor clamming have in common? These are just a few of the multitude of outdoor activities described in Lauren Braden’s new book, 52 Ways to Nature: Washington: Your Seasonal Guide to a Wilder Year. This book, published by nonprofit outdoor community The Mountaineers last spring,…

Travel - Calgary is Full of Surprises

Travel – Calgary is Full of Surprises

Get acquainted with Calgary, Canada’s friendliest big city

Take a well-organized, thriving metropolis of more than 1 million people and add in hipster food joints, craft cocktails, the culture of a cosmopolitan city, and vibrant street art. Shake it up like a martini and scatter it in the Canadian prairie surrounded by mountain villages and jaw-dropping scenery. This is Calgary — and all…

The Flavors of Aloha — From Food Trucks to Fine Dining

The Flavors of Aloha — From Food Trucks to Fine Dining

History, Hawaiian foods, and where to rest your head: A four-part series exploring Oahu

This is the second of four travel stories on exploring Oahu, Hawaii. Flavors of Aloha Hawaiian food has deep cultural, spiritual, and historical significance. The taro plant, which gives us poi, is fundamental to the Hawaiian creation myth, known as the child of the sky god and the older brother of Native Hawaiians. Food is,…

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