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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.

Sound Fall Fun: Things to Do This Autumn in...

Autumn is here! Unfortunately, COVID-19 is also still here, which means a drastic change in our usual Autumn events and activities. Here are some ideas for things to do around here in Autumn 2020, as well as some events that have been canceled. Please feel free to share any events or activities that you've found worthwhile around here this Autumn.

Best Bookstores in Seattle

Seattle is a literate city -- Seattle tops many lists for things such as "most well-read population," and "most literate city." And in 2017 Seattle earned the UNESCO "City of Literature" designation. Yes, Seattle is home to Amazon -- but Seattle is also home to some wonderful independent bookstoresl. Here are our favorite (independent) Seattle bookstores that we've visited -- both new and used.

Ferry Travel in the Time of Coronavirus?

Washington State's Ferries are essential for many. If you must take the ferry during this COVID-19 crisis, follow social distancing measures.

Geeky Handmade Gifts from Pacific Northwest Artists and Makers

Wondering what to buy for that geek you love this holiday season (or anytime!) that isn't another comic book or Funko? Here are some of our favorite geeky handmade items by Pacific Northwest artists and makers that might just be "Plus Ultra."

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Set in Seattle: Seattle-centric books to quench your lust...

When you're stuck at home and can't get into Seattle what do you do? Read about it! Here are some great (or possibly great) fiction books that are going to fill my reading list during stay-at-home order time -- and likely after that!

Ferry Travel in the Time of Coronavirus?

Washington State's Ferries are essential for many. If you must take the ferry during this COVID-19 crisis, follow social distancing measures.

Best Bookstores in Seattle

Seattle is a literate city -- Seattle tops many lists for things such as "most well-read population," and "most literate city." And in 2017 Seattle earned the UNESCO "City of Literature" designation. Yes, Seattle is home to Amazon -- but Seattle is also home to some wonderful independent bookstoresl. Here are our favorite (independent) Seattle bookstores that we've visited -- both new and used.

Pyramid Brewing Winter Beers

We love Pyramid's Seattle Alehouse and are excited to attend their annual Keg Tree lighting, where they light up one of the largest keg trees of its kind for the holidays. So we were excited to test their seasonal beers: Snow Cap Winter Ale and Blazing Bright Juicy IPA. Here are my "beer lovers'" reviews.

Geeky Handmade Gifts from Pacific Northwest Artists and Makers

Wondering what to buy for that geek you love this holiday season (or anytime!) that isn't another comic book or Funko? Here are some of our favorite geeky handmade items by Pacific Northwest artists and makers that might just be "Plus Ultra."

Why Didn’t I Hear of the Seattle Walk Report...

The Seattle Walk Report is a charming Instagram account. -- and now book -- especially if you're a local. How did I miss it until now?