Overnight Stays

Record Store Day Series: Get the Business in Anacortes

If you are a vinyl junkie, like me, you’ll be getting hyped for April 22nd. That’s Record Store Day, when vinyl junkies pull out their savings accounts and get ready to sit in line on that day, sometimes camping out overnight, to be assured the special releases that come out [...]

April 3, 2017

Edenwild Inn—Living Lopez-Style

Lopez Island is one of friendliest places I have ever been. This becomes apparent immediately with the “Lopez Wave.” Every single person that we drove past waved, and I mean every single person—even the little kids waved. Soft rolling hills lay out, dotted with small, [...]

May 2, 2016

Friday Harbor House―A Boutique Island Getaway

It’s one of those mornings Pacific Northwesterners crave on gloomy, wet days. Above Mt. Baker’s white-tipped peak is a pale blue sky with wispy cotton clouds and cormorants sun themselves on pilings as I board the Anacortes ferry. Soon I’ll be cruising through the [...]

January 7, 2016

Snoqualmie’s Salish Lodge & Spa: Eerily Amazing

“Now all I need is a bed, a bathroom, a telephone, and sometimes a television in the unlikely event that one day I’ll get a chance to knock off early.” (Special Agent Dale Cooper; Twin Peaks) I’m not ashamed to admit that what originally drew me to the gorgeous [...]

November 5, 2015

“Free To Be You” at Home2Suites

In the lobby, the first thing I notice about the newly opened Home2Suites in Bellingham is its modern, stream-lined furniture and the contemporary color scheme of blues, reds, greens, oranges and yellows. The hotel by Hilton made an array of green choices from the recycled [...]

September 23, 2015

History Next to the Sea: Fort Casey Historical Park on Whidbey Island

Lighthouses conjure up romantic images of lights illuminating surly seas for sea captains. Seaside forts speak of a different history with artillery guns and soldiers watching for enemy ships. Where can both of these be experienced in the same day? Fort Casey Historical Park on [...]

September 15, 2015

Come Sail Away with San Juan Cruises

One big thing (six tons big) that draws folks to the Pacific Northwest, Bellingham Bay & the San Juan Islands in particular, are our local Orca pods (J, K & L to be exact, although we do occasionally have transients meander through as well). Hands down, the best way to [...]

August 6, 2015

A Sailor’s Life on the Schooner Zodiac

It’s a sunny Pacific Northwest evening with a slight breeze. I’m on a historic 160 foot pilot schooner cruising through Bellingham Bay. Water ripples and the sun makes its way toward the horizon dotted with emerald islands. A four-course meal is being served and with each [...]

July 28, 2015

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