Lauren Braden

NORTHWEST GIFT GUIDE: The Outdoorist

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NORTHWEST GIFT GUIDE: The Locavore

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Salmon, oysters, cranberries, hazelnuts, apples, cider, wine, chanterelles and huckleberries… Pacific Northwest locavores like myself are spoiled rotten with yummy locally-sourced things to eat. And here are some ideas for how you can spoil your favorite locavore even more this holiday season. But first, what the heck is a “locavore,” you ask? Here’s a hint: […]

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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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Beach Bounty: Guide to Digging for Razor Clams

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Where to Dig for Clams DIG DATES: Winter 2018-2019, Washington Beaches   Below is the tentative schedule of proposed razor clam digs for Washington state beaches, along with evening low tides and beaches. Note: dates are always subject to cancellation if testing shows marine toxins are high.   Nov. 22, Thursday, 5:55 p.m.; -0.7 feet; […]

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Northwest Bookshelf: 52 Seattle Adventures with Kids

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You’ve got kids, and you’re a busy family. So who in your house has the time in their day to plan out fun-filled, unique, kid-friendly adventures near Seattle every single weekend that will enthrall your children and make the most of every season? No one does! Which is why ParentMap just published this book that does […]

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Northwest Bucket List: November

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  What are you thankful for? It’s a question we all ponder together his time of year. And while my family, friends and good health top my list, I have loads of gratitude for all of my favorite Northwesty things, too. Like the fresh-plucked chanterelles at my farmers’ market last weekend on which dirty fir […]

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Northwest Bucket List: October

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October. And the trees are stripped bare, of all they wear, what do I care…  Autumn’s crisp days and cool nights have me wrapped up in fleece and I’m definitely not complaining.  Fall is my favorite season for exploring the Pacific Northwest, from visits to vineyards and orchards filled with ripe apples, to squeezing in […]

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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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Northwest Autumn Day Trips: Corn Mazes, Apple Orchards, and Pumpkin Patches

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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. It’s October, my favorite month in the kitchen and in the great outdoors. Let’s see… the past few days I’ve made […]

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Five Oktoberfests in the Pacific Northwest

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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. Backdropped by the snow-capped peaks of the Cascades, Oktoberfest in the Northwest is the next best thing to Oktoberfest in Munich. So […]

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