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Getaway Idea: Escape to Hot Spring Heaven

Getaway Idea: Escape to Hot Spring Heaven

Relax at some of the Northwest's prime soaking destinations

Warm soaking pools, better known as hot springs, have become highly sought-after travel destinations. These natural thermal features are produced by the emergence of geothermally heated groundwater, and larger springs are the result of cracks in sedimentary rock. Water in the pools surpasses outside temperatures, which makes them a unique natural element. While travelers seek…

The Must List: Folklife Festival, 'Motown' and Memorial Day Travel Spots

The Must List: Folklife Festival, ‘Motown’ and Memorial Day Travel Spots

What to do this weekend in Seattle

Must FestNorthwest Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center(5/27 to 5/30, times vary) Memorial Day weekend brings Northwest Folklife to Seattle Center for its 45th year. The region’s demographics have changed over the years, and the festival has evolved accordingly, embracing a wider, more diverse spectrum of world music, dance and other performances, making it a…

San Juan Lavender Festival: A Summer Island Adventure

San Juan Lavender Festival: A Summer Island Adventure

Summer festival showcases the delectable tastes, sites and smells of lavender

WHERE: San Juan Island, Washington’s bucolic getaway, a few hours’ drive and a ferry ride from downtown Seattle. WHY: 15th annual San Juan Island Lavender Festival & Summer Arts Fair at Pelindaba Lavender Farm in Friday Harbor (7/16–7/17; pelindabalavender.com). Hear about how lavender is farmed by going on a tour, or grab some lavender ice…

Create Your Perfect Travel Itinerary with New Seattle-based Site

Create Your Perfect Travel Itinerary with New Seattle-based Site

A new Seattle-based website helps you create an unforgettable trip

Seeing iconic landmarks and historical sites is part of the allure of travel, but often it’s the little things—the hidden gems that don’t appear in guidebooks or brochures—that make a trip unforgettable. Sharing those lucky finds and personal experiences is the inspiration behind Jrrny (jrrny.com), a website launched in February by local entrepreneur (and former…

Seattle-based Luxury Jets Take Travel to new Heights

Seattle-based Luxury Jets Take Travel to new Heights

Get ready for takeoff with these private plane experiences for any budget

» Up…Now celebrating its 70th anniversary, Kenmore Air (kenmoreair.com), based at the north end of Lake Washington, has long been the area’s go-to for seaplane transport and tours around the Pacific Northwest. The services have expanded over the years to include group whale-watching and adventure-sport day trips as well as private floatplane picnics, but Kenmore’s…

What Seattle's Density Problem is Doing to Your Summer Plans

What Seattle’s Density Problem is Doing to Your Summer Plans

Our state’s population is growing, but not the number of our state campsites

On a sunny summer weekend last year, I loaded my car with a tent, camping stove and border collie and hit the road, in hopes of finding a spot in a state campground near Deception Pass. As I drove, I was reminded of the trips with my family in our VW camper van in the…

5 Things to Do While You're in Phoenix for the Mariners' Spring Training

5 Things to Do While You’re in Phoenix for the Mariners’ Spring Training

Head to the desert for some Seattle Mariners baseball in the Phoenix sun

Sponsored by Visit Phoenix Spring is almost here and that means it’s almost time for the start of another baseball season. Every March, Cactus League Spring Training, a series of practices and exhibition games preceding the start of the regular baseball season, roars to life in Phoenix with crowds of cheering fans and shouts for concessions….

5 Creative Ways to Spend Time Abroad

5 Creative Ways to Spend Time Abroad

These five international opportunities may help you expand your world in 2016

  When the New Year began, you probably made a resolution. Some of us aspired to live healthier lives or to read more books. Others chose to spend more time with family or quit a bad habit. While all of these resolutions are admirable, why not set your sights even higher this year? Consider expanding…

Where to Travel for Warm and Sunny Outdoor Adventures

Where to Travel for Warm and Sunny Outdoor Adventures

It's cold and blustery in Seattle right now. Instead, head to Phoenix where it's warm and dry

Sponsored by Visit Phoenix January and February aren’t exactly Seattle’s finest months. (We save the good stuff for summertime.) And since the need for fresh air and adventure is constantly coursing through our veins, we’re currently on the hunt for travel destinations with warmer climes and excellent outdoorsy options. That’s why we’re thinking of heading…

Instagram Inspiration: Pacific Northwest Parks

Instagram Inspiration: Pacific Northwest Parks

Get outside and enjoy these Seattle parks despite the damp winter weather

In the cold, winter months it’s easy to wrap up in a blanket and spend the whole weekend hibernating on the couch with bottomless cups of coffee and no plans but to binge-watch shows on Netflix. Add some rain and the temptation to lie around in pajamas all day is seriously real. When we’re cozy…

Instagram Inspiration: A Drive Down Highway 101

Instagram Inspiration: A Drive Down Highway 101

Pack your bags, we're heading to the ocean (swimsuits optional)

Aviator Beryl Markham wrote in her brilliant 1942 memoir West with the Night, “To see ten thousand animals untamed and not branded with the symbols of human commerce is like scaling an unconquered mountain for the first time, or like finding a forest without roads or footpaths, or the blemish of an axe. You know…

Go See (and Hear!) Newport’s Sea Lions

Go See (and Hear!) Newport’s Sea Lions

Have a close encounter with the kings of the bayfront

Sponsored by Newport, Oregon I can barely hear Bob Ward and Stan Pickens, co-chairs of the Newport Sea Lion Docks Foundation, over the thunderous barking, howling and moaning. Are we in a haunted house? A dog kennel? No, it’s a warm, blue-sky fall morning in Newport, Ore., and we’re checking in with the rowdy sea…

A Taste of The Tropics at Hotel Albatross

A Taste of The Tropics at Hotel Albatross

Set sail with spirited tiki drinks and kicky street food at this Ballard hangout

Ever since Coleridge’s famed “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” the albatross has been seen as an unwelcome weight. But Hotel Albatross, on the west end of Ballard’s Market Street (2319 NW Market St.; 206.566.6181; Facebook, “Hotel Albatross Ballard”), is so full of exuberant and spirituous fun, it quickly alleviates any burdens. But, first, know it’s…

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