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Seattle Day Trip Itinerary: Hood Canal Hiking, Oyster Harvest, & Evening Glampfire

The foggy and majestic beaches of the Hood Canal were my very first introduction to the Pacific Northwest. I met this unique stretch of the Puget Sound before I ever even visited Seattle for the first time! A retreat center perched on the cliffs above the canal, near Union, Washington was my first glimpse of …

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8 Ways to Celebrate Christmas on Bainbridge Island: Seattle Holiday Roadtrip

Bainbridge Island is a popular destination year round for Seattle tourists and locals alike- but visiting Bainbridge Island at Christmas is a unique treat that comes around only once a year. Read on to learn more about what to do, where to go, and how to eat your way towards the best parts of Christmastime …

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The PNW Hiking Trail where Gnomes Roam – Seattle Day Trips

If you’re seeking a quirky half-day adventure near Seattle, look no further than the gnome trail in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains about an hour east of downtown Seattle. The gnome trail is a collective art project, collaboratively in a state of constant creation and change thanks to visitors who participate in this hiking …

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Seattle in the Rain: How To Enjoy Rainy Days as a Tourist Visiting Seattle

  If you are planning a trip to Seattle, you might find your plans interrupted by unexpected rainfall- but don’t worry, Seattle knows just how to make the most of rainy days and in this post we’ll review some of the best ways to ENJOY what rain brings to the city. It’s important to remember …

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What to Pack for a Pacific Northwest Beach Trip

You’ve probably visited sun-drenched white-sand beaches, but a beach trip in the United State’s Pacific Northwest is an entirely different kind of beach trip! In this post I’ll be reviewing my packing tips for Washington and Oregon beach trips. Whether you are headed to the Olympic Peninsula to enjoying the majesty of the Pacific Northwest seacoast …

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Escape to Lopez Island: the PNW’s Hidden Gem in the San Juan Islands

Confession: I am currently in the midst of a long term love affair with the Washington State Ferries. This escape to Lopez Island was, partially, just another excuse for riding a new ferry route. Living in downtown Seattle, the ferries are a constant rhythm as they come and go from the downtown ferry dock. Since …

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Christmas at Pike Place Market – A Bucket List

Christmastime is my favorite season at Pike Place Market. The crow thins out and the market is transformed into a pacific-northwest winter wonderland. Because of Seattle’s temperate climate, December temperatures hover in the 40’s to 50’s.. With cozy winter clothes and warm bakeries to slip inside to warm up, Pike is the perfect climate for a …

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15 Things to Do at Pike Place Market + Packing List

I recently read a heavily-shared list of “must do” things to do in Pike Place Market that left me, a Pike Place neighborhood local, thinking that anyone working their way down that list would miss some of the best parts of Pike Place! So I decided to make my own list of must-do Pike Place …

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Rainy Pike Place: Sunflowers & Halibut at the Market Grill

  As the days grow shorter and the skies greyer here in Seattle, it marks the start of school, for me, a second year of graduate school, and the end of tourist season. I’ve learned to appreciate the wet darkness of winter in Seattle. It means days pass a little quieter in the strip of …

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