Wine & Dine at Skamania Lodge

Wine & Dine at Skamania Lodge
For the person that loves to wine and dine, the Columbia River Gorge is a perfect place to escape for a long weekend. I cashed in time-off to do just that with an extra day of full relaxation in one of the regions most renowned resorts—Skamania Lodge. In the heart of the Pacific Northwest’s wine country, Skamania Lodge provides the perfect backdrop for a gourmet getaway with sweeping views of the Columbia River, a golf course, spa, and farm-to-table dining by Executive Chef Matt Hale.  A Room with a View With so much to do in the Columbia River Gorge from hiking to touring local wineries, and exploring the riverside, you may not be planning for much time at the resort—but think again. One of my favorite parts of my stay was the rustic ambiance of Skamania. The resort sits...
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One Night Stand at Tulalip Resort & Casino

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A couple months ago, I received an invitation to experience a night at Tulalip Resort & Casino . Up to that date, the only resort and casinos I stayed at were in Las Vegas at multiple spots on and off The Strip. I didn’t really think Tulalip could live up to that kind of luxury and entertainment. Sheepishly I have to admit how wrong I was. One Friday night, my boyfriend and I took the 45-minute drive to the one-night staycation. Not only did Tulalip Resort & Casino meet my expectations, but far exceeded them. From the hotel rooms to the 1AM Blazing Paddles pizza, it was an insanely fun night, and I can’t wait to find the time to go back. SLEEPING STYLE The AAA Four Diamond Tulalip Resort offers guest rooms and specialty suites . We stayed in one of Tulalip's...
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4 Holiday Road Trip Getaways

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photo: Salish Lodge at Snoqualmie Falls by John Westrock via Flickr If there’s one thing we can count on this winter, it’s Seattle’s rain. But, the beautiful thing about precipitation is that a drop of a few degrees and a rise in elevation transforms that constant drizzle into a floating, ethereal delight of white. With mountains encircling us, snowy escapes are waiting at our doorstep – you don’t have to go far to get away. Here’s a list of 4 spots within a 4 hour drive that you won’t want to miss this season. NORTH Bellingham / Mt. Baker Driving distance: 1.5-2.5 hours photo: Artist Point Snowshoe by Sarina Clark What to Do Snowshoeing (or snowmobiling). Mt. Baker holds the record for most snowfall in a single season (95 feet!) and offers countless snowshoe trails off State Route 52 –...
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Four Tips for Flying Cheap

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I have a love/hate relationship with booking airline tickets. I love traveling, but hate fluctuating prices and the stress of finding the best deal. There are some general rules that are helpful – don’t book on a Friday (business trip bookings raise prices), fly on a weekday, and purchase a ticket more than two weeks in advance. However, if you really want to find a steal, simply follow these four tips to flying cheap. Search multiple airlines with the flexible date function. There are tons of search engines that allow you to compare airline prices at once. My favorite is Google Flights – it has a calendar view that shows you the cheapest day to travel on all the major airlines (except Southwest, which doesn’t allow automatic search engines to monitor its fares so you'll need to go to their...
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Unplug at Camp Rahh

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Summer camps are a staple of any amazing childhood. You get a week away from your parents (or they get a week away from you), you make new friends, participate in exciting outdoor activities, step outside your comfort zone and to put it simply, have fun. As working adults, it can be difficult to take some personal time to unplug, relax and just have fun. Fun is essential to living. A life cannot be spent simply locked into a desk. So before your summer and your life slip through your fingertips, take some time for yourself and to remember what it feels like to be a kid again. Welcome to Camp Rahh What is Rahh? Rahh is a 21+ summer camp where adults can escape the work grind with a peaceful weekend free of technology, drugs and alcohol. The founders...
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Tastiest Trips in the Pacific Northwest

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When all you want to do is get out of town and as far from your desk job as possible, weekend getaways are clutch. There’s nothing like the feeling of leaving the office early on a Friday and hittin’ the road. And if you’re anything like me, one of the best parts of skipping town is trying new restaurants, sampling local specialties, and searching for hidden eateries off the beaten path. For indulgence chasers, foodies, and anyone who appreciates a good old fashioned weekend road trip, try one of these Pacific Northwest destinations. VANCOUVER, BC The Trip: 2.5 hours driving or 4 hours by Bolt Bus Who should go: cosmopolitan taste-makers Where to go: - Brunch is worth the wait at the Library District’s Mediterranean-inspired Medina Café. Don’t skip the $3 lieg style waffle with White Chocolate Pistachio Rosewater for...
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Love in Portland

Love in Portland
A quick two-hour trip from Seattle, most Seattleites have already made a trip to this eccentric city at least once to visit the now-iconic Stumptown Coffee Roasters, grab a dozen Voodoo Doughnuts, navigate the maze of books at Powell’s and sample flavors from around the world at the notable Portland food pods. But, this time, skip the typical Portland tourist attractions and go beneath the city surface to enjoy a cozy, romantic destination for a weekend away. The hometown feel that blankets the mix of upscale restaurants, antique architecture, and earthy surroundings is the perfect setting to indulge in a glass of champagne beside a warm fireplace. Book a hotel and make plans for a truly intimate affair. WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS Kimpton Hotel Vintage Kimpton Hotel Vintage is perfect for wine lovers; book a private wine tour, visit the...
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Seaside at Anacortes, Washington

Seaside at Anacortes, Washington
Seventy-five miles north of Seattle, 20.4 miles west of Mount Vernon, on the Puget Sound, lies a secret - a hidden emerald on the banks of Fidalgo Bay - the small seaside destination town of Anacortes, WA. Known as “The Gateway To The San Juans," it is an archipelago of over 400 small islands in Northwest Washington, but it’s a lot more than that. It’s a nature-lover’s paradise, riddled with hiking trails and fresh water boating. It’s a cultural hub, with loads of insanely talented local musicians. There’s also art galleries, museums, places of historical interest, tasty restaurants, modest camping, lavish lodging, and a warm and friendly community. Anacortes is small, but not rural. It’s a cosmopolitan mecca - somewhere between a tourist stop, a college town and a beatnik holdout. Sitting in The Donut House, looking at a vague...
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The Jewel of Harney County

The Jewel of Harney County
Off the tiny two-lane highway of State Road 78, roughly 150 miles East of Bend, Or., lies the quaint, intimate, lavish-but-low-key Crystal Crane Hot Springs . Just outside of the tiny town of Crane, OR, it is like a spa, cowboy campground, lodge, and waterpark all in one. The hot springs have been an integral part of life in the area since the early 1900s. Dan and Denise Kryger purchased the property in 1997, bringing Crystal Cranes Hot Springs to what it is today with an extensive series of updates, upgrades, and little touches. Most notable are the cedar-enclosed private bathhouses, which add so much towards appreciating what a world-class spa experience this truly is, in the middle of nowhere. The Kryger's also upgraded the RV and dry-camping, as well as providing other luxury spa services like an on-call massage...
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A Taste of Thailand

A Taste of Thailand
About once a year I undoubtedly crave the unsettling anticipation you might get walking a small mountain road in the Andes or jumping off a cliff into the warm bath water of the Caribbean Sea. It’s the idea of the great unknown, new perspective, and reminder that the world is bigger than your cubicle; it’s travel and this year’s hunger for adventure took me across the Pacific to Thailand. Why Thai? In Thailand there is something for everyone. The Northern historical city of Chaing Mai is the place for a more isolated, traditional Thai experience with a laid-back atmosphere, temples, and animal sanctuaries. Bangkok is bustling with people, parties, and excitement until well into the early morning. The Southern islands have pristine beaches, clear, teal waters, plus some of the best diving in the world. Getting around either by domestic...
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5 Low Key Destinations for Spring Break

5 Low Key Destinations for Spring Break
For the past few years, adults have started to have better appreciation of traveling. Because of their limited time and budget, they are starting to explore more unconventional spring break destinations. If you are planning to enjoy a grown up spring break trip, then you should take a look at these five of the best low key destinations below. Portland, Oregon Portland may not be the first thing that pops in your head  for spring break but it is starting to be an up-and-coming spring break destination. Seattlelites can hop in a car, ride the train or jump on a short plane for a quick flight. When you arrive, take in the city and stroll along the streets. If you love shopping, you will surely love their Farmer’s Market and no sales tax for all the purchases is a great...
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Top Destinations For A Baller On A Budget

Top Destinations For A Baller On A Budget
Many people think that best way to enjoy traveling is to stay in five-star hotels, eat at the most luxurious restaurants and enjoy the most expensive activities. They think that you have to shell out thousands of dollars just so they can call themselves “well travelled.” However, the amount of money you spend on a trip is not directly proportional to how satisfying your trip can be. If you have been letting your money problems get in the way of your sense of adventure, then there is one thing that you should know about – you can enjoy a great adventure even when on a budget. This might come as a surprise to you, but if you have been wishing to travel the world you finally can. If you have a tight budget, these top four destinations are for you....
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10 Spots For A Romantic Getaway

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and everyone is surely busy planning the most romantic date for their significant other. If you have a bit of money to splurge and some spare time to spend, a Valentine’s Day getaway with your partner is in order. If you wish to make the upcoming day of hearts memorable for you and your partner, here are some of the most romantic destinations that you can head to. Santorini, Greece Can you imagine anything more romantic than watching the sun set over the blue waters of Greece from your own private villa? In this island, you can bike, wander around Oia where you can enjoy the stunning views of the ocean, sky and the volcano, go wine tasting, enjoy a mud bath and shop— just some of the things that every woman’s dream...
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Riding Solo

Riding Solo
If you could travel to any place in the world all by yourself, where would you go? When you’re a first-time solo traveler, the concept of traveling alone might sound frightening. But later on, you’ll find out that exploring places on your own will do you good. While it’s a fact that traveling to a foreign destination requires a certain level of preparation, your vacation shouldn’t be all about guided tours and planned travel activities because that could quickly get tedious and boring. In fact, breaking a few rules should be your motto for this kind of trip. It is never too late to awaken your thirst for adventure. Who knows, maybe the idea of solo backpacking could become your best experience yet. Meet New People Majority of the people who travel solo are women mainly because they want to...
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Escape Seattle: Jamaica

Escape Seattle: Jamaica
Seattle in the winter can be tough. For those of us with any sense, it’s time to pack up, ditch the traffic, and cash in your vacation hours to rejuvenate at the beach. But which one? After recently returning from the Caribbean, I would like to recommend Jamaica. Jamaica is home to the world’s fastest man: Usain Bolt, the world’s best rum: Appleton, and the world’s best reggae, including the legend himself: Bob Marley. The island is nothing short of a spicy cultural paradise. Eat the local street food like cheese patties (dough stuffed with beef and cheese), jerk chicken and curried goat. Drink Magnum (tonic wine), Appleton, and whatever once-off special the bartender is slanging by the pool. Where you stay is conducive to what you will do, but regardless of where you are on this magical island, you’ll...
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