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Arashiyama Kyoto Rilakkuma Bamboo Forest

A Day in Arashiyama 5 (1)

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.

Stump House Guillemot Cove Nature Reserve Trail Maps

Hiking Guillemot Cove Nature Reserve 0 (0)

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.

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Near-City Escapes: Romantic Waterfront Retreats Near Seattle 0 (0)

If you’re a city dweller who needs a brief escape but doesn’t have the time for an extended getaway, it’s possible to find little waterfront hideaways near Seattle that can allow you to get away from it all without getting too far away from it all. We stayed at this small cabin on Meydenbauer Bay in Medina (graciously loaned to us for an overnight). Read on about this cabin as well as some other near-city hideaways to add to my escape list from cabins to Seattle houseboats that you can rent.

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In the Trees: Your PNW Treehouse Bucket List 0 (0)

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.

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A Few Venice Travel Tips for the First-Timer 0 (0)

Tourists outnumber residents in Venice, leading to CNN recently naming it as a destination to avoid in 2018. But if you plan to go anyway, here are some Venice travel tips for the first-timer. Not what to see or where to eat but some general advance planning advice such as when to go, how to get around, areas to stay in, accessibility, and how to hire a gondola when you do get there.

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