Pacific Northwest

Seattle vivid at dusk

  If you live in the Pacific Northwest you likely already know why those living in other parts of the United States flock to your region. From Washington to Oregon to Northern California, the Northwest boasts varying landscapes that suit every travel personality. So whether you’re looking for mountains, the ocean, wine country or an […]


Pacific Northwest Getaway: Astoria, Oregon

by Mary Jo Manzanares on November 28, 2011

View of Astoria from Astoria Column

Located near the mouth of the mighty Columbia River, between Washington and Oregon, Astoria is a city of around 10,000.  It’s easily accessible from Portland (about a two hour drive northwest) and Seattle (about a three and a half to four hour drive southwest), making it an easy Pacific Northwest weekend getaway and giving you […]


Photo Friday: Fishing Boats in Astoria, Oregon

by Mary Jo Manzanares on September 23, 2011

Astoria fishing boats

Astoria, Oregon, located near the mouth of the mighty Columbia River, has a storied history that tells of the settling of the western coast of the United States. The Lewis & Clark expedition nearly made it to Astoria, stopping short in Fort Clatsop to the west, and decades later John Jacob Astor, for whom the […]


Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa at the Bravern

by Mary Jo Manzanares on September 16, 2011

Pedicure stations at the Red Door Spa at the Bravern, Bellevue, Washington

It’s been nearly two years since the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa at the Bravern, and this signature spa has been wowing guests with their unsurpassed spa expertise, signature treatments, and state-of-the-art facilities ever since. Elizabeth Arden has long been a leader in the industry when it comes to beauty, health, and personal pampering.  Her […]


Whatcom Wine Trail: Tasting in the Pacific Northwest

by Mary Jo Manzanares on August 8, 2011

Glacial Lake wine on whatcom county wine trail

Whatcom County may not be the first Washington wine destination that you think of, perhaps not even the second or third, but this area, and easy drive north of Seattle, is producing some fine artisan wines that you should know about.  The wineries are small, often family owned, and find balance not only in the […]


Three Great Days in Portland, Oregon

by Pam Mandel on May 18, 2011

Portland might just be the current capitol of cool. It was voted America’s most bikeable city, it’s a vortex of microbrews and crafted coffee, and it even has Portlandia, an Independent Film Channel TV show mocking the city for all the quirks that make it great. Here’s the truth about Portland: It IS cool. It’s […]

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Watching Professional Sports in Seattle

by Mary Jo Manzanares on May 17, 2011

Safeco Field, The Safe

Seattle is a big sports town offering professional baseball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer, and horse racing.  Whether you’re a die hard team fanatic, a casual fan, or just want a taste of what the locals get all excited about, here’s your Seattle professional sports guide: Baseball Safeco Field, home to the Seattle Mariners of the […]


Celebrate National Park Week with FREE Entrance

by Mary Jo Manzanares on April 18, 2011

Madison Falls, Olympic National Park

  Fresh air, stress reduction, discovering history, and outdoor recreation are just a few of the reasons that travelers choose to go to one of our 394 national parks.  As a way of celebrating our continuing relationship with these public lands, National Park Week – April 16-24, 2011 – offers visitors free entrance to all […]

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Star Wars Exhibit on Display in Seattle

by Mary Jo Manzanares on April 11, 2011

Pacific Science Center at Seattle Center campus

You don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away, to get a look at generations of Star Wars memorabilia.  All you need to do is head to the Pacific Science Center to see its current featured exhibit “Star Wars:  Where Science Meets Imagination.”  The exhibit explores the futuristic technologies seen in the more […]