Roche Harbor Valentine’s Weekend Special

Hotel de Haro at Roche Harbor Resort

Cuddle by the shore at Roche Harbor Resort.

Did you love our romantic San Juan Island getaway recommendations? We did too! And, so did our friends at Roche Harbor Resort. So, we teamed up to sweeten the pot with a 2015 Valentine’s Weekend Special!  (more…)

5 Romantic San Juan Island Getaways

Roche Harbor on San Juan Island

Can you believe February is already here? Valentine’s Day will before we know it. If you haven’t started planning how you’re going spoil your “someone special,” now’s the time.

While dinner out and a dozen roses are nice, we like to think a quiet getaway is the ultimate in perfection. Quiet getaways say, “I want to focus on you.” They offer a level of intimacy you don’t get with a staycation. There’s no laundry to wash or dishes in the sink. No one has to worry about vacuuming or mowing the lawn.

It’s just the two of you, together, in a little slice of heaven. These are a few of our favorite San Juan Island getaways:  (more…)

2 Days in Victoria

History and elegance seem to tumble into the same sentence as “Victoria, British Columbia.” Though this quaint city has certainly transitioned into the 21st Century, it has retained its old world vibe. This provincial capitol is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. On a clear day, you can see stunning views of Washington State’s Olympic Mountains from its shore. A true walking city, there’s little need for a car during this Victoria weekend getaway. When a ride is needed, cab fare anywhere is typically $5 (except for the must see Butchart Gardens).

Friday

6:00 p.m. – Dinner at Barb’s Fish & Chips
After your flight, give those legs a stretch with a stroll around Fisherman’s Wharf as you head to Barb’s Fish & Chips. Opened in 1984, they’re the Wharf’s only floating restaurant. Waits can be long, but their pager system allows for minimal wandering around the dock. Don’t like seafood? This walkup food boat also has a selection of burgers and hotdogs. (310 Saint Lawrence St., Victoria, BC, 250-384-6515) (more…)

Urban Hiking in Seattle – North Capitol Hill

Space Needle from Streissguth Gardens

Seattle’s complicated topography has made our city home to some of the most beautiful urban hikes in the country. Hills, like Capitol Hill and Queen Anne, overlook multiple bodies of water, like Lake Union and Lake Washington. Bluffs, like those ringing Magnolia’s Puget Sound border, are complimented by canyons, like Ravenna Ravine.  (more…)

Top Picks to Visit During Free National Park Admission Days

View from Discovery Park

Washington gets a bad wrap for its rainy and grey climate. The labels awarded our Evergreen State are not without justification. Take the Olympic Peninsula for example. It receives more rainfall than any other place in the continental US.

However, those who quickly assume rain and grey mean dreary and dull are missing out. Our fair state has some of the best scenery in the world. It is home to lush rain forests, epic mountains, quaint meadows, remote lakes, and a plethora of waterfalls.

We may be a tad biased, but we happen to think the Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful places on earth. With this opinion in mind, we couldn’t be more excited about the quickly approaching Free Admission Days.

January 17 and 18 will mark the second time this year Washington State Parks will not require a Discover Pass when visiting state parks.

In celebration of this fantastic event, we’re sharing our three favorite state parks. If you’ve been to them, go again! If you haven’t, we hope this will inspire you to check them out.

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