As the snow stops falling up in the mountains we start to get excited about hiking. There are so many easy, kid friendly hikes in Washington, so actually picking where to go first is the biggest struggle. We’ve checked in with some of our favorite Pacific Northwest families and bloggers for their favorite springtime hikes and I love our collective
The Olympic Peninsula is known around the world for its beautiful mountains, its beaches and the Twilight Saga. Well, there's more to it than that. We've spent countless days exploring the OP and not just visiting our old favorite haunts we've known all our lives, but also exploring places that are new to all of us. That's the joy of the
More often than not we find ourselves visiting places we’ve been 10,000 times. We don’t live far from Port Townsend, Washington and that’s where a lot of our family is so we are there quite often. We love Port Townsend, as most Pacific Northwest residents do, and it’s our duty to share just why and what you can expect from
We recently put out an itinerary for doing a road trip loop around the Puget Sound here in Washington State. With that, we got a few emails and questions about where to find the prettiest spots in Washington. We thought “Um, that’s such an opinion piece and is going to vary for everyone,” but we’ll indulge, so here is our
It’s probably been a long while since you have sat down and watched Northern Exposure, right? Yeah, I can’t say that I’ve seen an episode in the last 20 years, but we went a had an awesome family weekend in Roslyn, Washington where they filmed it and the town is just as rustic, quirky, and cool now as it was
Apparently our new hangout is Anacortes. We’ve now had several trips up, all for different reasons and love it. We just returned from another awesome trip, this time specifically camping and spending the weekend at Washington Park in Anacortes. We’d visiting the Park once before and it was fun, but this time we dedicated our weekend to enjoying the many
So, if you read our article about Anacortes, you know that the town totally surprised us. We always thought of it as a town that we just had to drive through to get to the ferry for the San Juan Islands, but we discovered it’s much more than that. While there we stayed at the Majestic Inn of Anacortes and
Once upon a time we wrote this great article about why you shouldn’t write off a destination and basically said that you should always give a place a second chance or even just go experience it for the first time despite what others have said. Anacortes, Washington is one of those places. There are so many things to do in
Beaches and bunkers. That’s what we did this weekend. We loved every moment of it. If you’ve not lived on a US coast, you might not have ever been to a pre-WWII fort. Close to home for us is Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington. Fort Worden rocks for a family travel day for a bunch of reasons
If you live in Seattle you know that you’ll never be bored and that there are 10,000 day trips you can take in and out of the city. Well, do you know what the best day trip just outside of Seattle is? It’s actually a trip to Snoqualmie, both the falls and the town. Snoqualmie Falls is incredible, either for
There are few things that we’re just suckers for: lighthouses, bathrobes, and waterfalls. When you’re heading to the mountains to go hiking, you can only count on getting one of those boxes checked off, and it’s waterfalls. Mt Rainier National Park is an easy day trip or multi-day camping destination for any type of traveler, and with this comes several
Two of our favorite things are hiking and waterfalls. Do you know what is really amazing? When you can actually put the two of them together. One of our favorite places to see waterfalls almost any time of year is the Columbia Gorge on the Oregon side of the river. The Columbia Gorge waterfall area is incredible and it's home
We live in the Seattle area of Washington State and we love it! It’s got everything from the mountains to the Puget Sound. Heck, even the ocean isn’t too far for a day trip. We also have some really amazing small towns. One of our favorites is Leavenworth, Washington. It’s cute. It’s quaint. It’s manufactured. Huh? Yep! There’s a great
Let’s just be cheesy up front and quote some Johnny Mathis: “Just hear those sleigh bells jingle-ing, ring-ting-tingle-ing too; Come on, it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you.” Well, it was lovely weather when we were recently in Leavenworth, Washington and we did go on a sleigh ride even though it wasn't even the holiday season anymore.
I’ve had a few interviews in the last couple of weeks and been asked what sort of family travel we love to do. The answer is always so quick to come to my tongue: hot, sunny beaches. And it’s true. We just aren’t snow people. Snow is pretty but it’s never our first choice, even in the winter. We decided
There are so many approaches you can take to writing about a brewery. You can highlight the unusual brewing process or talk about the great food they pair with beers. You could tell the story of each beer’s creation. How about we do a little of all of that to share about Icicle Brewing Co in Leavenworth, WA? Icicle Brewing
As we stay in more and more hotels it becomes clear what we like and don’t like, what is good for family travel vs couples travel, and what’s just awesome. We snuck away without the kids again (really, it’s not our norm) and got to celebrate our anniversary weekend across the mountains at the Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth, Washington.
Confession: we went somewhere without the kids. Yep. And we didn’t feel bad about it. Well, maybe a little bad. But, we showed up at the Hyatt Olive 8 and they welcomed us swiftly. We made it up to our room and quickly discovered that we’d made the right choice to spend the weekend chillin’ out max and relaxin’ all cool.
Want to have an awesome day hiking Cape Flattery? Where? Oh, I see. You've never head of Cape Flattery. Well, let us enlighten you about one of the most beautiful places in all of the Pacific Northwest. About four hours, maybe a little more, from Seattle is the Makah Indian Reservation. If you watch the news in the US, you usually
We love to play tourist at home, and that includes going to dinner at fun restaurants we wouldn’t normally dine at. Port Ludlow is a beautiful, tiny port town on the Olympic Peninsula and unless you’re trying to get there, you’ll miss it. In the 1800s it was a port for tall ships; today it’s a port for local boaters. And
One of our favorite things to do when traveling is to watch the sunset. The mood changes, the people quiet down (usually) and you say goodnight to the sun. And we do a lot of local travel, so Pacific Northwest sunsets have a special place in our hearts. Here are some of our favorite sunsets of the Pacific Northwest from
We are fortunate to live in Seattle, Washington. It’s close to the ocean, mountains, countryside and several other metropolitan areas. One of our favorite cities to visit locally is Victoria BC. The city touts itself as being more British than Britain. I can’t agree for certain, but it does a fine job of trying. Between the outdoors and the great dining,
Holidays are a strange phenomenon. We set aside a day to specifically think about a topic and then gather with people to celebrate it, aka cook food we don’t normally. Christmas makes sense because clearly you’re either celebrating the birth of Jesus or you’re celebrating your own sense of how well you know others by how much they appreciate the