April 2012

Q: Where to Eat in Seaside, Oregon?

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We know you have questions, so here’s the deal: You ask, we’ll answer. Sweet, huh? Whatever your Northwest travel inquiry, we will put on our concierge hats and try our best to answer you. Ask your question any time here; we will answer questions on Mondays. Dear TripFinder, We’re going to Seaside, Oregon this week and looking for […]

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Quick Escape: Cape Lookout State Park

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When a Florida family planning their Pacific Northwest vacation for this summer told me they’d rather skip the Oregon Coast, I had to ask why. Their reason? “There’s no national park, and we like real wilderness.” Ha, well. Needless to say, I changed their minds. Cape Lookout State Park is a scenic 90-minute drive from Portland, and comprises a […]

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Vintage Campers to Daydream About

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When it comes to recreational vehicles, my tastes trend toward the old and cute. I adore vintage campers. I don’t own one, yet. The teardrop camper up there in the Northwest TripFinder logo is, so far, just wishful thinking in pixels. But when my new Sunset magazine arrived last week with a yellow vintage teardrop […]

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Q: Where Should I Stay Near the Amtrak Station in Portland?

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We know you have questions, so here’s the deal: You ask, we’ll answer. Sweet, huh? Whatever your Northwest travel inquiry, we will put on our concierge hats and try our best to answer you. Dear TripFinder, We’re taking the train from Seattle to Portland next weekend. Where should we stay that is close to the train or […]

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NEWS: Free National Parks, Great Small Towns

Ah, spring. You are here. Which means I should be planning our summer travel now. Despite the uber-organized facade I present (ha ha), I am not much of an advanced planner. And every summer, it gets us stuck. Once, it was three hours of scouring campgrounds from Leavenworth to North Bend for an empty campsite […]

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Marrowstone Island’s Cottages by the Sea

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A long time ago, way back in 1792, Captain George Vancouver came to the Salish Sea. He “discovered,” he mapped, and he named a lot of things. Like Puget Sound. And Hood Canal (which he actually named “Hood Channel” because, well, it is a channel, but evidently his handwriting was a bit messy and it […]

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CAMP & HIKE: Fort Flagler State Park

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How about a hike with a history lesson? Fort Flagler State Park is one of five impressive military installations that were established in close proximity to protect Puget Sound from invaders during times of war. Fortunately for us, all five were converted to state parks in the 1950s, giving the public access to thousands of near-shore acres and miles […]

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Q: In what order should we visit the San Juan Islands?

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We know you have questions, so here’s the deal: You ask, we’ll answer. Sweet, huh? Whatever your Northwest travel inquiry, we will put on our concierge hats and try our best to answer you. Ask your question any time here; we will answer questions on Mondays. Dear TripFinder, We’re planning a trip to the San Juan Islands this […]

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The Blue Goose Inn B&B

Sponsored by The Blue Goose Inn B&B 702 North Main Street Coupeville WA 98239 map and directions phone: 360.678.4284 website: bluegooseinn.com email: stay@bluegooseinn.com  lodging type: B&B rates: $99 – $159 features: free wifi – fireplace – jacuzzi – private bath – breakfast included – TV – parking provided Description: There are many reasons to choose The Blue Goose Inn for your Island […]

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NEWS: Rustic Retreats, Goodbye La Nina, Your Questions

If ever there were a season to fall in love with the Pacific Northwest, it would be springtime. Particularly springtime at the end of two long years of La Nina. 1. Goodbye, La Nina. The celebratory weather news of the week comes from atmospheric sciences professor Cliff Mass, who has us dancing in the sunny […]

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