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May 2014

CAMP & HIKE: Moran State Park on Orcas Island

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No reservations? No problem. Get our FREE GUIDE to Last-Minute Camping in the Pacific Northwest. Orcas Island is a beautiful patchwork of lush farmland, rolling hills and gorgeous coastline–a whole lot like its sister islands in the San Juan archipelago. One thing that undeniably sets it apart from the others, though, is Moran State Park–5,200 acres in […]

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Q: Wine Tasting Trip to the Willamette Valley?

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Dear TripFinder, Q: Hi, We are travelling to Portland Oregon in late June for a 4 day long weekend and are looking to spend some time wine tasting in the Willamette Valley. Any recommendations for restaurants, vineyards or B&B’s in the area? We will have a car. Thanks! -Kathleen from Calgary Dear Kathleen, Yes! A visit […]

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Best of the Northwest: May

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When do you know summer is almost here? For me, it’s when I have actual edible veggies to harvest from my garden. Right now, it’s arugula for every meal–in salads, on pizza, in pesto. I also look for the reopening of the North Cascades Highway, a harbinger of summer trips to the sunny Methow Valley […]

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Gear Closet: Camping Gear Springtime Deals

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The best thing about gear companies creating new models every single year? Clearance sales. Here are some screamin’ deals on camping gear right now.  Big Agnes Tent The one big piece of gear our family needs right now is a family-sized tent for car camping. The Big Agnes Mad House 4 Tent has long been one of […]

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Day Hikes and Cheap Sleeps in Washington’s Desert Country

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To many hikers, a “cheap sleep” is their tent. But it’s not a top choice for everyone, all the time. Sometimes after an exhilarating, sweaty hike I want nothing more than a hot shower, a cold beer and a soft bed. You with me? There’s perhaps no better way to experience the natural splendor of […]

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The Ten Essentials and Hiking Safety Tips

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The Pacific Northwest offers some of the most spectacular scenery and terrain for hiking adventures in the world. Enjoy your hike, but take these precautions to help ensure your safety out there. The first precaution is what to take with you. The Ten Essentials are a list of ten items you should always have in […]

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