John Day Fossil Beds Rock my World

What a fantastic vacation a trip to Eastern Oregon makes. This varied landscape, rich with geologic history and natural beauty, features many surprising elements–ponderosa pine-topped mountains, meadows of tall native grasses and wildflowers, winding rivers and streams teaming with trout, stunning canyons and badlands, and real fossils that you can get close to. Add to […]

Vacationing Close to Home – Officially a Trend

Is your family staying in the Pacific Northwest for vacation this summer? You are not alone. In fact, nationwide, you are now officially part of a growing travel trend. The New York Times’ travel section writes that summer’s best deals are close to home. The American family’s summer vacation to Europe, which in recent years […]

The McMenamins Edgefield is Offbeat and Fun

Have you heard about the McMenamins Edgefield, just east of Portland in Troutdale? Hardly just a place to crash for the night, Edgefield is quite a destination in itself. A 15-minute drive from Portland, Edgefield is a bit far for city lodging, but the setting makes up for the distance pretty quickly. Set on a […]

New Cabins on Camano Island

First, the really great news. On Camano Island, just 90 miles from Seattle and not requiring transport by ferry, sits a wonderful new waterfront Washington State Park set to make its debut June 21. And, it features the most charming waterfront cedar cabins. AND, they are one of the cheapest sleeps going! Practical Tips for […]