REI

September 2012

To the Lighthouse: Be a Lighthouse Keeper for a Week

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Q: What is tall, stately, and often found atop a rocky shore that gets pounded by waves?  A: A lighthouse! Lighthouses dot the Pacific Northwest coastline and shores of Puget Sound. Most were constructed as navigational aides for ships at sea in the late 1800s. For nearly a century, these lighthouses were manned by lighthouse keepers to tend […]

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Seattle’s Best Brunch

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Is there a topic (besides politics) that Seattleites have stronger opinions on than where you will enjoy the best brunch in town? I think not. There’s something gravitational about a favorite neighborhood brunch spot. One’s loyalty to their weekend wake-up call is fierce! During the years I lived on Seattle’s Phinney Ridge, I couldn’t have fathomed a Saturday morning […]

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A Scenic Drive Through the North Cascades

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There’s something magnetic about the varied scenery here that draws us out onto the open road. If you’ve got a cooler packed with snacks, a road map and a tank full of gas, you’re ready to take a drive. And a great road to do just that is the North Cascades Scenic Highway (State Route […]

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Oktoberfest in the Northwest

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Psst…. get our premier guide to fall travel – Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest. Get inspired to spend your fall weekends combing rocky beaches, savoring the harvest, and hiking scenic mountain trails of Washington and Oregon. Get it here. Backdropped by the snow-capped peaks of the Cascades, Oktoberfest in the Northwest is the next best thing to Oktoberfest in Munich. So […]

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Q: Where to Go Apple Picking near Seattle?

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Psst…. get our premier guide to fall travel – Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest. Get inspired to spend your fall weekends combing rocky beaches, savoring the harvest, and hiking scenic mountain trails of Washington and Oregon. Get it here. Dear TripFinder, Autumn is on our minds! Please give me some ideas of where we can take the […]

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DAY TRIP: Vashon Island

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Summer isn’t officially over, you know. In the Pacific Northwest, September is like August with a light sweater tossed over its shoulders. (Well, on some mornings that light sweater is a fleece hoodie.) With three more September weekends ahead, I hope you’re not applying the rain-x to your windshield just yet. Get out and enjoy the weather […]

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Cargo Camping: Reserve a Rehabbed Shipping Container

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When I was a kid I was obsessed with a classic children’s book called The Boxcar Children.  These four kids are suddenly orphaned and instead of living with a grandfather they’ve never met, they decide to make a home for themselves in an abandoned railroad car in the woods. They sleep on beds made of soft pine needles, forage […]

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The Northwest Chocolate Festival in Seattle September 29-30

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Do you adore chocolate? Well then imagine spending an entire day tasting and savoring a variety of the finest, most incredible chocolate in the country. Stop by a chocolate-making demonstration, taste a fresh cacao pod, sip a chocolate cocktail and listen to the stories of craft chocolatiers. The Northwest Chocolate Festival returns to Seattle September 29 and 30 at the Washington State […]

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HIKE IT: Colchuck Lake

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Icicle Canyon near Leavenworth is such a treat in September. Summer draws thick crowds of hikers, campers and climbers to this area, but in fall you’ll have a little solitude on the trail and no problem finding a campsite. If you hike high enough in early October you’ll see golden larches. Birds and other wildlife become more active in […]

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