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Wine for Thanksgiving in the Willamette Valley

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Before we were parents, before the mornings of waking up at 3am to our son singing Band on the Run in his underwear after turning on every light in the house, my husband and I took leisurely romantic getaways. Ah, the memories. Our favorite, perfect Northwest weekend getaway was wine tasting in Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley. […]

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Explore the Willamette Valley

View Oregon Trip Finder Map in a larger map >> rolling vineyards The Willamette River flows for more than 150 miles from south of Eugene to the Columbia River at Portland. The river snakes gently in its valley between Oregon’s two major mountain ranges, the Cascades to the east and the Coast Range to the […]

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Tulip Festivals Jump Start Spring in the Northwest

There’s something about rows upon rows of brightly-colored tulips that screams: GOODBYE, WINTER! HELLO, SPRING! The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival runs April 1-30, 2014.  Will you be going? Because we have a nice scenic drive itinerary for the Skagit flats that might help you plan your trip, with places to eat and things to do in the Skagit Valley. Farmers have […]

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CAMP & HIKE: Silver Falls State Park

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At Silver Falls State Park, you’re in the best of both worlds–a stone’s throw from Willamette Valley wine country, and inching up the west slope of the Oregon Cascades. And by “cascades” we mean mountains… and waterfalls. Lots of waterfalls. Location: east of Salem in the Willamette Valley Distance from Portland: 60 miles (map + […]

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Autumn Cheap Sleeps: Affordable Getaways in the Pacific Northwest

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  I’ve saved some vacation days, and I hope you have, too. For fall lovers like me  this is when the fun truly begins, from pumpkin patches to apple-picking and cider-tasting.          NEW BOOK: Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest   And that’s not all. Autumn is a prime travel time simply because […]

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CAMP & RIDE: Champoeg State Heritage Area

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Set on the south bank of the Willamette River just southeast of Newberg is one of Oregon’s best kept secrets. When we stumbled upon Champoeg State Heritage Area during a day of Yamhill Valley wine tasting, I instantly wanted to curl up in one of their adorable yurts and listen to the bluebirds sing outside my window. […]

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My Book: Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest

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Welcome to fall! Autumn offers unique, colorful and delicious opportunities to explore 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 with my new book:  Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest.  This inspiring guide includes 13 trips: harvest vacations, seaside […]

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A Spa in the Woods: Dip into Northwest Hot Springs

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This article is an excerpt from my new travel guidebook, Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest, available for Amazon Kindle and Kindle apps. I would be so grateful if you bought it and let me know what you think of it. Thanks! It’s hard to believe, but fall and winter are the quiet seasons at […]

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Six Easy Camping Getaways from Portland

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I don’t want to send you into a panic, but summer is half over. Do you know where your tent is? Here’s an idea: keep your camping gear at-the-ready well into autumn as you camp your way through these near-city campgrounds, one sunny getaway at a time. And just so you can make a full […]

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#JULY

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What’s on your local travel list this month? We dive right in with our monthly Must List for the Pacific Northwest in #July. Keep cool, y’all! _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Hit […]

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