Where to Find Snow Right Now (and How to Play In It)

Where to Find Snow Right Now, and How to Play In It

For the powder heads among us, last winter was glorious. Across the lowlands of Puget Sound one February morning we awoke to an uncommon sight–snow flurries cascading from the sky, and there was enough to stick. And it kept snowing, then snowing some more. With school cancelled for days, happy kids went sledding at Seattle’s […]

Winter Outdoors: Ice Skating Rinks 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 […]

STAY & PLAY: Mount Baker

STAY & PLAY:: Mount Baker

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 […]

Northwest New Years Resolutions for More Adventure

Northwest Bucket List: New Years Resolutions

January. The month of resolutions, new beginnings, fun planning, and fresh starts. This month, infuse your New Years’ Resolutions with sustainable, local Pacific Northwest adventures. Read on for a bunch of great ideas. Happy exploring! New Years Resolutions for Northwest Adventure: Watch more Wildlife Bald Eagles are year-round residents throughout western Washington and Oregon and it’s […]

Winter Fun at Crater Lake National Park

Winter at Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

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 […]

Northwest Bucket List: December

Northwest Bucket List: December

  Last Christmas, many lowland areas of the Pacific Northwest woke up to a very rare sight–snow was falling gently from the sky, enough to stick around for a few hours and build some elf-sized snowmen in our Seattle backyard. It was our first White Christmas in a nearly a decade, but alas it was […]

Wildlife Trip: See the Skagit Eagles

Winter Day Trip: See the Skagit Bald Eagles

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 […]

Gifts for Intrepid Pacific Northwesterners

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 […]

Quick Escape: Nordic Ski Trip to Lake Wenatchee

Quick Escape: Nordic Ski Trip to Lake Wenatchee

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 […]

Best of the Northwest: December

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 […]