Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest

Winter

Quick Escape: See the Skagit Bald Eagles

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Have you been up to see the eagles? One of the very first day trips I made after moving to Seattle was up to the Skagit River in January to see the eagles. I’d relocated from Wisconsin, a state where small flocks of bald eagles commonly gathered along fish-bearing rivers in winter. So off I […]

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Holidays on Ice – Skating in the Pacific Northwest

Imagine skating in circles with your sweetie among gently-falling snow, a chill in the air and a mug of hot cocoa on your mind. Winter at its best. Got ice skates? If you don’t have a pair of your own, you’ll be able to rent them for the whole family at most of these outdoor […]

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Gifts for Intrepid Pacific Northwesterners

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The holidays are upon us. Whether you give lots of gifts this time of year or spread your generosity across the seasons, you might find yourself stumped over choosing the perfect present for the local traveler in your life. Here’s a little guide to some of our favorite things for local travelers this year. Whether your […]

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Quick Escape: Nordic Ski Trip to Lake Wenatchee

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Wondering where to go for fun in the snow? I happen to love cross-country skiing, and prefer to make a weekend trip around it when I can. We live in Seattle and if we have more than a short weekend for a getaway, we’ll head to the Methow Valley, a Nordic skier’s paradise.  Much closer […]

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Best of the Northwest: December

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Happy Holidays! Whether you prefer sipping eggnog by the fire or bundling up on the ice rink, we’ve got you covered for finding winter cheer. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Sip some […]

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Quick Escape: Cross-Country Skiing in the Methow Valley

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When you long to escape the mist and the moss of the west side for a real winter wonderland, go east. The Methow Valley stretches like a slender finger into the heart of the North Cascades. Snow-capped peaks surround the valley, making for a postcard-perfect backdrop. Rolling hills and quiet pastures flank the winding Methow […]

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What to Wear on a Snowshoe Hike

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Ready to hit the trails this winter? Having the right clothing on in the snowy backcountry can make all the difference between a miserable, cold day or a warm, comfortable day. This is true everywhere, but it’s especially important in the Pacific Northwest where our snow tends to be heavy and wet, as opposed to […]

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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 travel guidebook, Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest It’s hard to believe, but fall and winter are the quiet seasons at Northwest hot springs. Even with an autumn chill in the air these natural pools stay nice and hot, so you might expect to be bumping elbows while […]

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Stay & Play: Mount Baker

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There are two kinds of Northwesterners – those who know about the awesomeness of Mount Baker, and those who don’t (yet). I’m about to put you in the first camp, and once you visit Baker for the first time you will go back, again and again. The Mount Baker Highway (Hwy 542) is a spur route that […]

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Winter Fun at Crater Lake National Park

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The deepest lake in the United States is a pool of sapphire water ringed by sheer cliffs piled with snow. Beautiful in summer months, the lake is stunning beyond words in winter. The only catch is timing – to get the most stunning views you must hit it on a clear day. This is Oregon’s Crater […]

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Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest