Trip Guide

Quick Escape: Soak at Harrison Hot Springs

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The thermally-active Pacific Northwest is home to many natural hot springs rumored to hold therapeutic powers to cure what ails you–or at least warm up your achy muscles after a winter hike. Yes, winter hike… or summer, or fall, or whenever a dip strikes your fancy. That’s the wonderful thing about natural hot springs–you can soak year-round, but in […]

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Ready for Fall? Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest

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Welcome to fall! If you ask me, this is the best season for Northwest weekend getaways for a number of reasons. That’s why I’ve written a book on it! 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 […]

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Quick Escape: Depoe Bay on the Oregon Coast

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Forget sandy beaches: This wild stretch of the Oregon coast is all about frothy waves crashing into basalt headlands. Depoe Bay straddles Highway 101 along a dramatic stretch of Oregon’s central coast. The larger beach towns of Newport and Lincoln City sit to the south and north, respectively. Perhaps because of its proximity to these more populous […]

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Trip Guide: John Day Fossil Beds

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Got cabin fever? This sunny Central Oregon treasure is the perfect off-season escape for hikers and rockhounds. At first glance, you see a stunning landscape with multicolored badlands and eroded pinnacles. And you think, this looks like Utah, or maybe even another planet. But it’s right here in the Pacific Northwest. The John Day River […]

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Quick Escape: Bend, Oregon

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Bend is a sophisticated, outdoorsy town tucked in the eastern Cascade foothills, surrounding by some of the finest hiking trails, ski runs and fishing streams the Northwest has to offer. With more than 250 days of sun per year, you can visit Bend year-round, but autumn is particularly nice. Hike among fall foliage through late October, […]

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Quick Escape: Salt Spring Island

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Between Vancouver Island and the mainland lies the Strait of Georgia, where a string of islands are strewn like emeralds. One of these gems is Salt Spring Island. Part of the beautiful and idyllic southern Gulf Islands, Salt Spring Island is placed perfectly within a sun-dappled rain shadow. British Columbia’s Gulf Islands are, geologically speaking, […]

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Quick Escape: Lake Crescent

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People come to glacially-carved Lake Crescent to see its crystal clear waters ringed with fragrant conifers. They stay for an enchanting hike to a waterfall and a night at the historic lakeside lodge. Thousands of years ago, massive sheets of ice carved this long, deep lake through the Olympic mountains. And deep it is–the second deepest […]

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Quick Escape: Walla Walla Wine Country

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Ask a local wine lover which Northwest region is producing the most complex, interesting reds right now, and Walla Walla will probably top their list. And while not all great wine regions are necessarily great travel destinations, you’re in luck. Walla Walla is both. And it’s much closer than you think. We visited Walla Walla […]

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Trip Guide: Tofino on Vancouver Island

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Catch a winter storm or get a head start on summer crowds – both are great reasons for an off-season escape to Tofino on the dramatically wild western edge of Vancouver Island. Well off the beaten path, Tofino sits on a narrow spit that juts into Clayoquot Sound, surrounded on three sides by saltwater and […]

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Getaway Guide to Astoria, Oregon

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It rains a lot in Astoria, Oregon, as anyone familiar with the winter of 1805 according to Lewis and Cla rk well knows. The rich shades of grey found in Astoria’s sky probably provide inspiration for Benjamin Moore. But when the sun comes out (and it does, trust) this small maritime city is spectacular. And very well-caffeinated. […]

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