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The Underground in Washington State
When in Seattle, it means the Seattle Underground. Pioneer Square was the center of Seattle in the mid-19th Century. The area was composed of wooden structures. It was built on filled in tide lands and was often flooded. In 1889 the area was destroyed by fire. Pioneer Square was rebuilt in brick and stone and …
Storm Watch on the Pacific Northwest Beaches
Most people think beach fun equals summer, but think again. Winter is a great time to enjoy the Pacific Northwest Beaches. Winter storms create their own unique beauty and the area is quiet without the summer tourist crowd. Rather than the misty drizzle that envelopes most of western Washington in the winter, the coast experiences …
Deli Sandwiches in Washington state? Sure!
New York isn’t the only spot for a great deli sandwich.  The vibrant food scene in the Pacific Northwest includes some 5 star delis.   Tat’s in Pioneer Square – Don’t let the humble exterior full you. This is a Seattle favorite. Lots of choices, ample portions, great service and rave reviews. Although lunchtime means …
Wine and Chocolate
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It’s a holiday that makes you think of romance, bouquets of red roses, candlelit dinners and chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. Make the holiday special and pair deep dark delicious chocolate with some ruby red Washington wines.   Yakima, in the heart of Washington wine country, has …
Washington’s Winter Playgrounds
Feb 2019 WA Glass Art
Washington state is home to Dale Chihuly, a world-renowned glass sculptor, best known for creating large-scale sculpture with blown glass. Born in Tacoma, Chihuly discovered his love of glass as art while studying at the University of Washington. Now, Seattle and Tacoma and the surrounding area are home to some of his most beautiful works. …
North of Seattle
Conway/LaConner Conway boasts just one main street and a great local spot for fried oysters and burgers.  The Conway Pub and Eatery is really a local type place, accurately described by one “Yelper” as a “dive”.  You do not go here for the atmosphere…you go for the pub fare and the local feel.  On a …
Getting to Whidbey Island WA
Whidbey Island is another one of my favorite getaways from Seattle. It offers a snapshot of the best Washington state has to offer: hikes along the water, breathtaking views at Deception Pass, rolling farmland, historic towns, abundant wildlife and great food. Did I mention the whales? Yes, you can do whale watching there too! You …
Getting Around Orcas Island
Orcas Island is best explored by car. This little island is jam packed with outdoor activities and beautiful views.  If you don’t bring your own car onto Orcas Island, Orcas Island Shuttle rents cars and larger vans by the day and will deliver them to you with 24 hour advance notice. If you leave your …

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