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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.

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.

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).

Famous Seattle Graves (and Where to Find Them)

If celebrity burials are your thing, the number of Seattle's famous dead denizens does come close to rivaling many larger, and older, cities. But we do have a few here, and they're worth visiting if you like cemeteries. Here's more about where to find the graves of Bruce and Brandon Lee, Jimi Hendrix, and Chief Sealth (Seattle), along with a listing of a few others with a more local claim to fame.

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A Damn Fine Piece of Pie: Where to Eat Great Pie in Western Washington this Pi Day (or Any Day)

This post was written before the COVID-19 outbreak, but I decided to let it run for Pi day as scheduled. In Seattle, we're eating our Pie on Pi Day at home in Seattle -- but when things pick back up these are some great places to go. Put them on your calendar for PIE day, which is January 23. Whether it's Pi Day (in March) or Pie Day (in January) you're likely to see a lot of posts about pie. But any day is a good day for Pie. So we're weighing in on our favorite go-to pie spots in Seattle and western Washington State.

Fleur Couture: A Sneak Peek at 2020’s Northwest Flower and Garden Festival

I had the chance to go to a media preview of this year's Northwest Flower and Garden Festival. The gardens, as always were fabulous, there looks to be a promising lineup of speakers, but the real stars of the show were the "Fleurs de Villes."

Visiting the Sequim Lavender Festival: A (Tiny) bit of Provence in Washington State

Sometimes referred to as "America's Provence," Sequim sits in the Olympic rain shadow, so it sees more days of sun that some other parts of western Washington State -- and grows a LOT of lavender! Here's more about Sequim's Lavender Festival that takes place each July, tips for visiting, information about a few of the farms, and a link to an interative map of area lavender farms you might want to visit.

Rent a 22,000 sq ft luxury Castle in the PNW for less than $100/person!

This is a sponsored post from Greystone Castle. This place looks like a fabulous luxury vacation rental near Seattle that I would definitely consider for my next local getaway!

Best Hiking Trails in Mount Rainier National Park

Guest author Mark Bennet discusses the best hiking trails at Mount Rainier National Park from the skyline trail at Paradise to the Summerland Trail.

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.
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