Medford and the Rogue Valley

North Puget Sound

Quick Escape: See the Skagit Tulips

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Why go now: There’s something about rows upon rows of brightly-colored tulips that screams: Goodbye winter, hello spring! The time is now to catch the flower fireworks show that blankets Skagit Valley farmland each April. Festival of flowers: The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival runs April 1-30, 2017. Sprawling fields of technicolor bulbs dot the landscape from Mt. Vernon west […]

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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! How to See the Tulips The annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival runs April 1-30, 2016. 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. […]

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Hike: Leque Island in Snohomish County

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This hand-picked excursion comes from Craig Romano at hikeoftheweek.com.   Where do you go for a short, easy day hike when the winter blues are creeping up on you? We live in Seattle and keep a running list of the easy, accessible trails within an hour of town. I’m thrilled to add a hike at Leque […]

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Tulip Festivals Jump Start Spring in the Northwest

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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 […]

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Scenic Drive: Skagit Flats and Chuckanut Drive

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Everyone knows that if you’re just trying to get to Bellingham, Interstate 5 is the fast way there. But not everyone knows there’s a slow road to Bellingham, a scenic drive to rival all scenic drives. The route takes you from the charming seaside town of La Conner all the way to Bellingham’s Fairhaven District. […]

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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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Bellingham, a City by the Sea

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Last week we found ourselves weighing our intense need for a weekend getaway against taking a tantrum-throwing, teething toddler away from his home and routine. We drew curly straws, the weekend getaway won, and I was soon searching for a destination that was relatively close to Seattle with lots of fun things to do and […]

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It’s Tulip Time!

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April is next week! Behold, Tulipa gesneriana. Tulips are fortunate to have many fine associations, such as early Spring and Easter. You’ve likely started to see them for sale at your local farmer’s market. They earned a black mark in history, however, when they were popularized during Tulip mania in Holland in the 1630s, resulting […]

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Birds and Buds in La Conner

Sometimes, us city folks just want to unplug and escape to a really small town. La Conner, Washington is a really small town. As in, there aren’t any stoplights. Or chain restaurants. La Conner is so small, in fact, that its population is around 850 people. And that’s counting the many Northwest artists that call […]

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Tulips Turn Twenty-five

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The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is celebrating its 25th year, and runs April 1 – April 30. So, why go? I mean, we’re talking about tulips. The thing is, I always have a good time. After a long, dreary Northwest winter, there is something about rows and rows of tulips tinted pink, yellow, red, white […]

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