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Pacific Northwest and Beyond is a Pacific Northwest and Travel blog with a small, locally-focused events calendar and local routes.

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Three Washington State Spots to Soothe Your Hobbit Soul

Pining for the Shire? Here are a few places to visit to quell your hobbity cravings in Washington State without visiting Middle Earth (or at least New Zealand).

A Visit to Underground Hygge: The Hobbit House by...

In Orondo, Washington, near the Columbia River Gorge, there exists a charming hobbit house built into the hillside. We finally got to stay there for a few nights! Here's a review with a brief video, and some things to know before you go there.

Seattle and Puget Sound Area Online and Virtual Events

This is a list of upcoming virtual events from our events calendar which gets automatically updated as we add new events.

In the Trees: Your PNW Treehouse Bucket List

We visited the Nelson Treehouse Company’s B&B Treehouse point, along with a couple of other in-the-tree locations (the Forest House, Free Spirit Spheres, and -- at least in spirit -- the treehouse at Doe Bay) in the Pacific Northwest. Here’s a lowdown on getting high (up in the trees at least) along with a listing of other treehouses in the PNW you can rent.

A Lesson in Hammock Camping

I got a lesson in hammock camping from some avid hammock campers. Here's what I found out: what you need as well as some things to consider.

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Pacific Northwest and Beyond started out as a local blog. No! Wait! A travel blog. No! Both!
Ultimately, it's a blog about places -- primarily in the Pacific Northwest and. sometimes, beyond. About ways to explore those places -- by foot, bike. About local events and things to do and routes.
COVID-19 made a bit change for us, as it did for everyone, and it will likely permanently change the way I travel. Luckily, I live in a beautiful area of the world that I look forward to getting back out and exploring.

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This is a list of upcoming virtual events from our events calendar which gets automatically updated as we add new events.

Tips on Securing a Fishing Guide in the PNW

Here for four tips for securing a fishing guide in the PNW.

The Drone Video of the Capitol Hill Black Lives...

An photographer took an overhead drone photo of the Black Lives Matter mural in Seattle's CHAZ. I thought it was worth a post.

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Three Washington State Spots to Soothe Your Hobbit Soul

Pining for the Shire? Here are a few places to visit to quell your hobbity cravings in Washington State without visiting Middle Earth (or at least New Zealand).

Halls Hill Lookout: Bainbridge Island’s Mosaic Labyrinth

This beautiful mosaic labyrinth sits on a wooded park overlooking the water on Bainbridge Island, WA.

In the Trees: Your PNW Treehouse Bucket List

We visited the Nelson Treehouse Company’s B&B Treehouse point, along with a couple of other in-the-tree locations (the Forest House, Free Spirit Spheres, and -- at least in spirit -- the treehouse at Doe Bay) in the Pacific Northwest. Here’s a lowdown on getting high (up in the trees at least) along with a listing of other treehouses in the PNW you can rent.

Feeling Drawn to the Water? A PNW Wetsuit Guide

The Pacific Northwest is a great place for water sports, but it can be cold. Here are some great tips for choosing a wetsuit for the Pacific Northwest from evo -- a Seattle based outdoor gear retailer.

Thule Hullavator Demo and Review

I guess the Thule Hullavator is like an elevator, only for your hull (of your kayak). I've used the Hullavator for a few years now -- overall it's a nice piece of gear and lets me schlep my kayak around solo. But it does have a few drawbacks as well. Here's what I think, with a video demo.

A Visit to Underground Hygge: The Hobbit House by...

In Orondo, Washington, near the Columbia River Gorge, there exists a charming hobbit house built into the hillside. We finally got to stay there for a few nights! Here's a review with a brief video, and some things to know before you go there.

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48 Hours in Santiago de Compostela: See, Do, Eat

Santiago de Compostela is a fascinating town with a rich history visited each year by the many pilgrims who come to walk the Camino de Santiago.
Here are the best things to do if you have 48 hours to spend in this Spanish town.

Marie Antoinette. Peasant.

On the grounds of Versailles, away from the palace, and away from her house on the grounds, Marie Antoinette had a rustic village and farm constructed where she could get away from palace life and pretend to be a peasant. Here's more about this interesting area of Versailles, that I actually enjoyed visiting more than the Hall of Mirrors.

Traveling the World…Virtually

When you're stuck at home one way to possibly assuage your travel lust is to go on some virtual tours. Plenty are available on your laptop or desktop and, if you're lucky enough to be staying home with a VR headset, you can heighten the escapism with plenty of 360 degree videos and adventures. Here are some of my favorites.

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Seattle and Puget Sound Area Online and Virtual Events

This is a list of upcoming virtual events from our events calendar which gets automatically updated as we add new events.

Tips on Securing a Fishing Guide in the PNW

Here for four tips for securing a fishing guide in the PNW.

48 Hours in Santiago de Compostela: See, Do, Eat

Santiago de Compostela is a fascinating town with a rich history visited each year by the many pilgrims who come to walk the Camino de Santiago.
Here are the best things to do if you have 48 hours to spend in this Spanish town.

The Drone Video of the Capitol Hill Black Lives...

An photographer took an overhead drone photo of the Black Lives Matter mural in Seattle's CHAZ. I thought it was worth a post.

A Lesson in Hammock Camping

I got a lesson in hammock camping from some avid hammock campers. Here's what I found out: what you need as well as some things to consider.

Snoqualmie Bike Ride: Remlinger and Back

I cycled this route years ago, and intended to write about it at that time. A few things may have changed since then, but it remains a good cycling route with a good stop at Remlinger Farms at the mid-point (when they reopen), This route is also my first go-round with adding route sharing capacity. If you have a route you'd like to share with readers, you can do it!
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