Washington Hikes: Sugarloaf and Mount Erie

Last Friday after dinner, I spent some time looking through my 'backpack' on the Washington Trails Association website to see what local hikes I had saved. There were a couple within an hour or so drive from our house that we were considering, but while I was opting for those with some mileage, Brian was …

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Washington Hikes: Heather Lake

During dinner with our friends last weekend, we started talking about upcoming plans and realized we all had a portion of the following weekend free. After some discussion, we decided we should meet up Saturday morning and go hiking! They are way more experienced hikers than us so I was a little worried we would …

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Trains and Treats in Snoqualmie and Issaquah

I've been wanting to explore the Snoqualmie/ Issaquah area for quite some time. While we've taken friends and family to the falls, we never seem to be in the area long and we really haven't spent any time in either town. Fall seemed like the perfect time to check out both places, with the leaves …

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Fall Fun: Picking Our Pumpkin

My parents have really lucked out with Seattle weather--nearly every time they come, the weather cooperates and we have an awesome time exploring the outdoors and new areas of the Pacific Northwest. I was a little nervous when they booked their most recent trip for the last weekend in September. The weather starts to turn …

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Sandcastles and Sea Views in Long Beach, Washington

When my mom mentioned that there was some sort of sandcastle building competition held in Washington each year, I had a couple of reactions. First, I had a hard time believing there was a beach somewhere in the state that offered enough viable sand for this activity. While I love the rugged Pacific Northwest coast, …

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Worldly Fare: The Scotsman Bistro

I hear so many friends refer to planning and executing ‘date nights’ with their significant other. It seems ironic that we have to plan and carve out moments in our life to spent with our life partner—the person we’ve chosen to spend our life with! How did we become so busy? I’m as guilty as …

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A Sunday in Ballard: Farmers Markets and Nordic Heritage

Several months ago I came across an ad in one of my magazines about a Marimekko exhibit coming to Seattle! I’m not into fashion, but I was familiar with Marimekko because their beautiful, colorful patterns often appear on Crate&Barrel items like bedding and shower curtains, several of which I’ve purchased. I knew they were based …

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Worldy Fare: Bastille Cafe and Bar

While Brian and I love to try new food and drink when we travel, we don’t typically eat out when we’re at home unless we’re with friends and family, or meeting with work colleagues or customers. While this practice allows us to save money and better control the nutritional value of what we eat, it …

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