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I’m a Pacific Northwesterner with a bad case of wanderlust! This is both a Pacific Northwest blog and Travel blog, all rolled into one mixed bag of crunchy PNW and Travel goodness!

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Otaku Kyoto

Tokyo, of course, is known for its Anime, Manga, pop culture — but what about Kyoto? When I toted my Anime-loving daughter along to Kyoto, I was worried that she would simply hang out at the AirBNB which, largely, she did. But we did find some loosely “Otaku” things to do in Kyoto (my daughter’s objection to the term duly noted).

Zounds! Outdoor Shakespeare Abounds Near Puget Sound!

Updated for 2019!

Summer is coming! One of the things I look forward to putting on my schedule are the many free and low-cost outdoor Shakespeare performances in local parks. Grab your festival blanket, pack a picnic, and get ready for some Bard.

A Day in Arashiyama

When you think of the Arashiyama area of Kyoto, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the Sagano Bamboo Forest. But there’s so much more to do in this beautiful area of Kyoto. Plan to spend at least a day here — here are some of the many things to do to make the most of your day in the area.

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Welcome to Pacific Northwest and Beyond, a Pacific Northwest travel blog.

What you’ll find here is a growing collection of articles balanced between places to visit and things to do in the beautiful Pacific Northwesttravel blog posts about destinationsbeyond the PNW (thus the name of this site), as well as gear and travel-related app reviews, travel-inspired recipes, and the occasional off-topic essay.

You’ll also find a Pacific Northwest event calendar on this site, with a growing collection of events from around the PNW, but with an emphasis on the Puget Sound area.

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Instant Pot Clams Bordelaise

This recipe was inspired by many things: digging clams in the Pacific Northwest and a recipe from the Frugal Gourmet cookbook, the mussels I ate in a restaurant on Loch Linnhe in Scotland (I haven’t quite approached their amazingness), French Clams Bordelaise. Fortunately steaming shellfish with wine is easy; it’s now made even easier by the Instant Pot!

Otaku Kyoto

Tokyo, of course, is known for its Anime, Manga, pop culture — but what about Kyoto? When I toted my Anime-loving daughter along to Kyoto, I was worried that she would simply hang out at the AirBNB which, largely, she did. But we did find some loosely “Otaku” things to do in Kyoto (my daughter’s objection to the term duly noted).

Zounds! Outdoor Shakespeare Abounds Near Puget Sound!

Updated for 2019!

Summer is coming! One of the things I look forward to putting on my schedule are the many free and low-cost outdoor Shakespeare performances in local parks. Grab your festival blanket, pack a picnic, and get ready for some Bard.

Pacific Northwest Travel Blog Recents

Zounds! Outdoor Shakespeare Abounds Near Puget Sound!

Updated for 2019!

Summer is coming! One of the things I look forward to putting on my schedule are the many free and low-cost outdoor Shakespeare performances in local parks. Grab your festival blanket, pack a picnic, and get ready for some Bard.

Eight Online Resources to Satisfy Your Vintage Seattle Soul

Looking for info about days gone by in Seattle? Here are eight online resources to soothe your retro Seattle soul, including groups, archives of historic Seattle photos, and other resources.

Hiking Guillemot Cove Nature Reserve

Guillemot Cove Nature Preserve is one of my favorite Kitsap County day hikes, and great for kids (at least kids who will tolerate the uphill trek back from the beach). While you’re there, visit the Stump House which (legend has it) was a hideout for an outlaw in the 1800s and would have been my clubhouse as a kid if it had been in my neighborhood.

Travel Blog Recents

Otaku Kyoto

Tokyo, of course, is known for its Anime, Manga, pop culture — but what about Kyoto? When I toted my Anime-loving daughter along to Kyoto, I was worried that she would simply hang out at the AirBNB which, largely, she did. But we did find some loosely “Otaku” things to do in Kyoto (my daughter’s objection to the term duly noted).

We’re Over 40! Do we need special solo travel tips?

I’ve seen posts with tips for solo travel after 40. But do we middle aged women really need special solo travel tips? The usual ones will suffice!

Ten Zen: Temples in Kyoto

While I was visiting a temple in Kyoto, I heard someone repeating “this is the heart of Zen.” Kyoto is, at least, the center of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism and there were far more temples than I could visit during my time there. Here are ten that I visited from the highly touristed to the more remote.

Upcoming Featured Events

We’re not just a Pacific Northwest travel blog. We’re also an event calendar! Below are some upcoming featured events that are on our calendar.

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Outdoor Shakespeare at Bloedel Reserve

As You Like it at Bloedel Reserve

July 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until July 28, 2019

Every July Bainbridge Performing arts presents outdoor Shakespeare at Bloedel Reserve. This year's production is As You Like It.

Silverdale Whaling Days Puget Sound Summer Festivals

Silverdale Whaling Days

July 27 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on July 27, 2019 at 4:00 pm

One event on July 28, 2019 at 7:00 am

One event on July 28, 2019 at 7:45 am

Whaling Days is an annual Silverdale event featuring food, fireworks, races (including a rubber duck race as well as foot and canoe races), music, and more.

Seattle Seafair Torchlight Run

Capital One Torchlight Run presented by Swedish

July 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Seattle Seafair Torchlight run features a 5K and an 8K run. Run through downtown Seattle without traffic!

Seattle Seafair Torchlight Parade Pirates

Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade

July 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade is the biggie of all the summer Seafair parades.

The Fremont Tour The Fremont Troll

The Fremont Tour

July 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until September 29, 2019

One event on July 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until September 29, 2019

The Fremont Tour offers a chance to tour the self-proclaimed "Center of the Universe" -- the Fremont neighborhood in Seattle -- with its iconic troll, Lenin statue, waiting for the interurban and more.

Seafair Weekend Oh Boy Oberto Hydroplane Photo

Seafair Weekend

August 2 @ 8:00 am - August 4 @ 6:00 pm

The Big Seattle Seafair Weekend includes Hydroplane races, the Boeing Air Show featuring the Blue Angels, and more.

Olympic Music Festival August Weekends

Olympic Music Festival

August 10 - August 11
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until September 8, 2019

Annual music festival held at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA.

Seattle HempFest

Seattle HempFest

August 16 @ 10:00 am - August 18 @ 3:00 pm

HempFest is an annual Seattle Event -- a major event for cannabis reform but includes speakers, food, music, arts and crafts.

Taste Edmonds 2018 Logo

Taste Edmonds

August 16 @ 11:00 am - August 18 @ 10:00 pm
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One event on August 16, 2019 at 11:00 am

One event on August 17, 2019 at 11:00 am

One event on August 18, 2019 at 11:00 am

Annual food festival in Edmonds, WA featuring food (of course!), beer, wine, vendors, music, and other activities.

Nordic Sól Seattle Ballard Nordic Museum

Nordic Sól

August 22 - August 25

The Nordic Museum's Viking Day is now "Nordic Sól," as they wish to include more facets of the Nordic experience than just the Viking. Each year they will feature a different region of the Nordic world -- it looks like in 2019 they'll be focusing on Arctic culture.

Thing NW Music Festival Poster

Thing NW

August 24 - August 25

A new music and arts festival in Port Townsend organized by Sasquatch founder Adam Zacks. Music as well as other events like Napoleon Dynamite Live! and a live reading of An Officer and a Gentleman -- along with yoga, trail walks...we are very excited!

An Intimate Concert with Kyle Morton+ of Typhoon

August 24 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

An intimate concert at Hazel Creek on Bainbridge Island with Kyle Morton and two other members of the band, Typoon on August 24, 2019.

Olympic National Park Fee Free Days Washington State Travel Blog

Washington State Parks Free Days 2019

August 25
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One event on April 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

One event on April 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

One event on June 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

One event on June 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

One event on June 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

One event on August 25, 2019 at 12:00 am

One event on September 28, 2019 at 12:00 am

One event on November 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

One event on November 29, 2019 at 12:00 am

Every year, Washington State Parks offers several free park days where you can discover state parks without having a Discover Pass or paying a day fee. These are the remaining dates for 2019.

Bumbershoot Seattle festival of the arts

Bumbershoot

August 30 - September 2

Seattle's annual festival of the arts held at the Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend.

Forever Twilight in Forks Festival

Forever Twilight in Forks

September 12 - September 15

Forever Twilight in Forks Festival celebrates Stephanie Meyers' fictional vampires and the (real) town in which they (fictionally) lived.

Remlinger Farms Pumpkin Farm Festival

Remlinger Farms Fall Harvest Pumpkin Festival

September 28 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until October 27, 2019

Remlinger Farms holds its annual Harvest Pumpkin Festival on weekends in late September through October.

Gig Harbor Cider Swig Cider Festival Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor Cider Swig

September 28 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Gig Harbor Cider Swig features over 100 ciders to sample, as well as music, food, and more. But the cider is the star of the show.

Whodoo Vousdoo Cabaret Bainbridge Island

Whoodoo Vousdoo Cabaret

October 31 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until November 2, 2019

Whoodoo Vousdoo Cabaret is a 21+ Bainbridge Island Event on Halloween 2019 and the two days after.

Seattle French Fest

Seattle French Fest

March 22, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Seattle French Fest is a celebration of French speaking cultures and is held every March in the Seattle Center Armory. Music, dance, theater, wine tasting, a "best baguette" contest, cooking demonstrations, games. They had me at "wine tasting. Admission is free, but there are some charges for events like the wine tasting or raffle drawing. Seattle French Fest if part of Seattle Center Festal: a series of 24 cultural festivals held throughout the year. For more of their events on…

Burning Cat Exploding Kittens Gaming Convention

Burning Cat

May 16, 2020 - May 17, 2020

Burning Cat is an upcoming (May 2020) two-day gaming convention at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Games, a burning/exploding cat (rent, animal activists, not a real one), a dunk tank filled with LaCroix, and cat-themed American Gladiator are all promised. I think I'm going!

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