Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest

February 2012

See Washington with Kitsap Tours

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Sponsored by Kitsap Tours 270 Olympic DR SE Bainbridge Island WA 98110 map and directions phone: 877.877.1950 website: kitsaptours.com email: JoinUs@KitsapTours.com Description: Just a ferry ride from Seattle, Kitsap Tours explores Bainbridge Island, the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas in beautiful Washington State. Step beyond the city to see a little of the rest of the Northwest! Full […]

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Storm Watching on the Oregon Coast

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There’s a basalt outcropping on the Oregon Coast south of Depoe Bay that’s called Cape Foulweather. It was named by Captain James Cook as he searched for a passage to the Atlantic Ocean. As we know, that quest didn’t exactly work out for him, but he sure got something right. Winter storms on the Oregon […]

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Storm Watching Essentials

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Any visitor to the Pacific Coast in spring, winter or fall should be prepared for storms. Bring clothes for any weather, especially warm layers and rain gear, and be ready to call it a day and stay indoors if the storm gets severe. But that’s part of the fun, just be sure you’re well-stocked with […]

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NEWS: Wine and Food Events Galore!

If you like wine and you like chocolate, well then this is truly your month. 1. The Olympic Peninsula Red Wine and Chocolate Tour is underway, and this coming weekend is your chance to get in on the tasting. The remaining days of the tour are  Feb. 18-20 (Presidents’ Day Weekend) from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. And […]

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Best Spots for Storm Watching in Washington State

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Imagine you’re watching  a 30-foot ocean swell pound itself against a basalt headland while you sip scotch from your plush recliner, safely behind double-pane glass. Outside, it’s raining horizontally. Winds are topping 60 mph, howling off the ocean and bringing the spray of salt along for the ride. And you are warm and dry and just […]

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GO: Fort Stevens State Park Campground and Yurts

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Get splashed! Fort Stevens State Park  is your front-row seat for watching the Columbia River join the Pacific Ocean. Its offerings to campers are unique, diverse and fun. Where else can you swim in a freshwater lake in the morning, then while away your afternoon beachcombing near an old shipwreck? Walk along the six miles of hiking […]

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Tree Frog Night Inn

This lodging listing is sponsored by Tree Frog Night Inn 1727 Mt. Baker Highway Bellingham WA 98226 map and directions phone: 360-676-2300 website: treefrognight.com email: inn@treefrognight.com lodging type: inn rates: $120-$185 features: kids ok – free wifi – fireplace – private bath – jacuzzi – breakfast included – TV –  parking provided – public transit nearby Description: Luxurious king suites that […]

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CAMP: Lone Fir Campground, Okanogan National Forest

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Lone Fir Campground is off Highway 20 in the Methow Valley, just west of Mazama and about 27 miles west of Winthrop. Although this campground is not far off the highway, it’s beautiful and is in a great location for nearby hiking trails into North Cascades National Park and the Pasayten Wilderness. Early Winters Creek […]

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Colonial Creek Campground, North Cascades National Park

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The word hasn’t totally gotten out about this awesome campground yet, so go now and enjoy the tranquility! Camp along the shores of blue-green Diablo Lake under the looming, glaciated crags of nearby peaks. Several trails leave right from the campground, including a climb to the top of Thunder Knob, or a stroll along beautiful Thunder […]

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Five Tips to Turn a Cheap Getaway into a Totally Romantic Trip

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  Valentines Day is upon us! These next couple of weekends might just be the perfect opportunity to whisk away your sweetheart for a romance-filled weekend to some secluded cabin or cozy inn. Of course, booking your Valentine’s weekend is your first step toward romance. But what if you’re really on a budget? Like, so on a […]

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Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest