Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest

February 2013

Street Entertainment at Pike Place Market

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At Seattle’s Pike Place Market, we all know that fish get thrown down the hallway. But the best action happens out on the sidewalks. The sidewalk musicians are called “buskers,” an English term meaning street performers. A busker might be a juggler, puppeteer, musician, or mime, or may combine a few of these entertaining activities as […]

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Northwest Weekend

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Take a seat onto a blue vinyl stool at an old-fashioned the soda fountain. Blueplate downtown Portland (308 SW Washington St). Creations include the P.R. Nelson milkshake (huckleberry ice cream blended with their house-made purple haze hibiscus syrup) and the Eastern Connection soda (orange, ginger, lemongrass, lime leaf). Make a break for the Oregon Coast for […]

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The Best Macarons in the Northwest

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Currant Pistachio. Salted Caramel. Fleur de sel! Where do you find the most elegant and flavorful French macarons outside of Paris? In the Pacific Northwest! These colorful little gems are popping up at bakeries throughout Seattle and Portland.  When I happen upon a new bakery that specializes in French pastries, I always sample their macarons. In the Northwest, […]

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5 Great (and Cheap) Northwest Dates

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It is almost February 14, also known as Valentines Day where sweethearts everywhere exchange symbols of their affection, from heart-shaped boxes of chocolates to richly-embellished cards. And that’s all before noon. When the sun goes down hand-holding over fancy dinners will commence, perhaps followed by a little nooky by candlelight for the lucky ones. A traditional […]

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Seattle’s Lunar New Year Celebration

It’s the Year of the Snake. My friend Shane Farnor captured this lion dancing in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District as part of the Lunar New Year Festival this past weekend, along with plenty of kung fu, firecrackers, and lanterns.  

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Kayaking Hood Canal

On the still waters of Hood Canal, a kayaker approaches the north shore. Photo by Lana_aka_BADGRL. On Hood Canal’s south shore in the town of Union, Alderbrook Resort’s 1500-foot dock includes rentals for peddle-boats, kayaks and canoes from Hood Canal Adventures. They offer guided excursions as well. Read more about exploring Hood Canal’s south shore.  

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Scenic Drive: North Olympic Peninsula

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Scenery and history converge on the north coast of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. For this road trip you’ll want to pack your camera and binoculars–the route is bursting with maritime heritage, military history and an abundance of wildlife.   The Details Start: Kingston (take ferry from Edmonds) End: Port Angeles Length: 73 miles one-way, plus optional stops and sidetrips Good to […]

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Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest