Places to Stay in Spokane: Historic Davenport Hotel

We met my parents in Spokane for the weekend and stayed at an incredible spot called the Historic Davenport Hotel. The hotel is in a great location—within walking distance of everything we wanted to do—has parking just across the street, and has some great amenities and history that ended up making it a destination unto …

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Hikes and History of Long Beach, Washington

There are so many things to learn when you move somewhere new, and among them is the geography. I'm guessing many people have heard of Long Beach. I certainly had. I just assumed that when people here in Washington were referring to it, they meant the one in California. In my defense, a ton of people …

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Seattle’s UPS Waterfall Garden Park

Did you know the United Parcel Service (UPS) was founded in Seattle's Pioneer Square in 1907 by two teenagers? That it was known as the American Messenger Co. until 1919 when its headquarters relocated to California? Me either! Not until my mom stumbled upon an 'only in your state' article that featured a few historical gems …

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Learning Railroad History in Toppenish, Washington

We spent a lovely long weekend in Yakima Valley for our anniversary, tasting incredible wine, eating amazing food, and exploring a new part of Washington. On Saturday we had an entire day of wine tasting planned in the Rattlesnake Hills wine region and knew we would need some other activities to break up all our winery visits. …

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Germany: Day Trip to Lubeck

As I researched things to do in the Schleswig-Holstein region of Germany in preparation for our trip, the city of Lubeck seemingly always topped the lists of 'top places to see' and 'the best day trips from Hamburg.' Only a 45-minute train ride from Hamburg, this city became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987-- the first time …

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40th Anniversary of the Kent State Shootings

Yesterday I had the privilege of taking part in a historic event-- the 40th Anniversary of the Kent State University shootings that took place May 4, 1970. I didn't learn much about the era, protests, war or music until high school, and I learned a great deal in a very meaningful way during college. Kent …

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