Author Archives: Mikaela Cowles

COHO’s Chef Bill Messick

Chef Messick plans to “play with food” this summer as he takes the menu at COHO to the next level. Located in a naturally occurring rain shadow, often referred to as the “banana belt,” the San Juan Islands average more than 250 days of sunshine a year. The effects are amazing. Beyond the obvious happy […]

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).

The Insides of a Kenmore Air Pilot’s Bag

When your office floats on the water and flies through the air, you need to be prepared for what the day is going to bring. You’re as likely to end up in Desolation Sound as you are to spend the afternoon soaring over Seattle. With so many potential destinations, a seasoned pilot knows a few […]

2 Days in Seattle

Seattle glows in pockets. While the bustling downtown shopping scene is a great place to find the latest sneakers, the real Seattle is tucked into its eccentric neighborhoods and scattered along its fringes. Parks nestle next to homes and against eateries big and small. Statues pop up across the city, resting next to bus stops, […]

WaterWorks Gallery Turns 30

For 30 years, Ruth Offen’s Friday Harbor gallery has been showcasing the region’s best artists in a fun, accessible environment. In 1985, Ruth Offen said goodbye to San Francisco’s fast paced city life. Leaving her big city gallery job, she moved to a place where people lived a bit slower. She came to San Juan […]