Pacific Northwest and Beyond https://www.pnwbeyond.com Pacific Northwest and Travel Blog Thu, 06 Aug 2020 17:39:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://www.pnwbeyond.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/cropped-New-PNW-and-Beyond-Favicon-150x150.png Pacific Northwest and Beyond https://www.pnwbeyond.com 32 32 48 Hours in Santiago de Compostela: See, Do, Eat https://www.pnwbeyond.com/48-hours-in-santiago-de-compostela-see-do-eat/ https://www.pnwbeyond.com/48-hours-in-santiago-de-compostela-see-do-eat/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2020 17:39:42 +0000 https://www.pnwbeyond.com/?p=49630 Santiago de Compostela

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.

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The Drone Video of the Capitol Hill Black Lives Matter Mural in Seattle is Very Cool! https://www.pnwbeyond.com/chaz-seattle-black-lives-matter-mural/ https://www.pnwbeyond.com/chaz-seattle-black-lives-matter-mural/#respond Sat, 13 Jun 2020 16:44:53 +0000 https://www.pnwbeyond.com/?p=48320 Seattle BLM Photo

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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A Lesson in Hammock Camping https://www.pnwbeyond.com/hammock-camping/ https://www.pnwbeyond.com/hammock-camping/#comments Thu, 28 May 2020 17:19:27 +0000 https://www.pnwbeyond.com/?p=47804 hammock camping 101

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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Snoqualmie Bike Ride: Remlinger and Back https://www.pnwbeyond.com/snoqualmie-cycling-route-biringer-farms-and-back/ https://www.pnwbeyond.com/snoqualmie-cycling-route-biringer-farms-and-back/#respond Thu, 21 May 2020 23:41:40 +0000 https://www.pnwbeyond.com/?p=47716 Snoqualmie Cycling Route

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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Seattle as it Will Never Be: Remembering Pompeii on Eliott Bay…and the Fun Forest https://www.pnwbeyond.com/remembering-pompeii-on-eliott-bay-and-seattle-fun-forest/ https://www.pnwbeyond.com/remembering-pompeii-on-eliott-bay-and-seattle-fun-forest/#respond Mon, 11 May 2020 21:46:47 +0000 https://www.pnwbeyond.com/?p=46032 Matterhorn at Seattle Center Fun Forest Circa 1970

This "Seattle Vintage" post is husband's recollection of a funny short film from the 1970s which followed archaeologists excavating the remains of the ancient city of Seattle after an eruption of Mount Rainier.

This is mixed in with my own memories of the now-long-gone Seattle Center Fun Forest.

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Marie Antoinette. Peasant. https://www.pnwbeyond.com/marie-antoinettes-farm-at-versailles-hameau-de-la-reine-queens-hamlet/ https://www.pnwbeyond.com/marie-antoinettes-farm-at-versailles-hameau-de-la-reine-queens-hamlet/#respond Wed, 06 May 2020 23:06:16 +0000 https://www.pnwbeyond.com/?p=44867 House with Waterwheel on Marie Antoinette's Farm

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.

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The Best Beginner Mountain Bike Trails Near Seattle https://www.pnwbeyond.com/seattle-mountain-bike-trails-best-beginner-mountain-bike-trails-near-seattle/ https://www.pnwbeyond.com/seattle-mountain-bike-trails-best-beginner-mountain-bike-trails-near-seattle/#respond Tue, 31 Mar 2020 16:00:00 +0000 https://www.pnwbeyond.com/?p=41437 Seattle Mountain Bike Trails

Seattle is home to some great mountain biking and some of the best beginner mountain bike trails in the Pacific Northwest. This is a sponsored post from evo -- a Seattle based retailer that specializes in outdoor equipment...mountainbikes and more!

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Traveling the World…Virtually https://www.pnwbeyond.com/best-vr-travel-experiences-online-virtual-tours/ https://www.pnwbeyond.com/best-vr-travel-experiences-online-virtual-tours/#respond Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:03:32 +0000 https://www.pnwbeyond.com/?p=42991 best vr travel experiences and online virtual tours

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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Set in Seattle: Seattle-centric books to quench your lust for the Emerald City https://www.pnwbeyond.com/set-in-seattle-seattle-centric-books-to-quench-your-lust-for-the-emerald-city/ https://www.pnwbeyond.com/set-in-seattle-seattle-centric-books-to-quench-your-lust-for-the-emerald-city/#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2020 23:04:57 +0000 https://www.pnwbeyond.com/?p=43011 Seattle Fiction Books

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!

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Walking the Philosopher’s Path…Plus https://www.pnwbeyond.com/walking-path-of-philosophy-kyoto-route-map-description/ https://www.pnwbeyond.com/walking-path-of-philosophy-kyoto-route-map-description/#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2020 16:00:27 +0000 https://www.pnwbeyond.com/?p=42035 Path of Phlosophy Route Kyoto

The Path of Philosophy is a classic Kyoto walk -- especially in Spring as the path is lined with cherry trees.

This is an extended route (with accompanying routemap) that takes you not only on the Tetsugaku no Michi itself, but also through many nearby temples.

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Ferry Travel in the Time of Coronavirus? https://www.pnwbeyond.com/ferry-travel-in-the-time-of-coronavirus/ https://www.pnwbeyond.com/ferry-travel-in-the-time-of-coronavirus/#respond Thu, 19 Mar 2020 17:41:40 +0000 https://www.pnwbeyond.com/?p=42741 Washington State Ferry

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

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“Sheltering in Place” and Getting Outside? https://www.pnwbeyond.com/sheltering-in-place-and-getting-outside/ https://www.pnwbeyond.com/sheltering-in-place-and-getting-outside/#respond Thu, 19 Mar 2020 17:16:49 +0000 https://www.pnwbeyond.com/?p=42738 Hiking on Trail

There's a lot of talk right now about "sheltering in place" during the COVID-19 pandemic. Does sheltering in place mean staying indoors at all times, or is it acceptable and responsible right now to enjoy the great outdoors to stay sane while still staying healthy?

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Feeling Drawn to the Water? A PNW Wetsuit Guide https://www.pnwbeyond.com/choosing-a-wetsuit-in-the-pacific-northwest/ https://www.pnwbeyond.com/choosing-a-wetsuit-in-the-pacific-northwest/#respond Tue, 17 Mar 2020 16:00:00 +0000 https://www.pnwbeyond.com/?p=41446 Choosing a Wetsuit in the Pacific Northwest

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.

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A Damn Fine Piece of Pie: Where to Eat Great Pie in Western Washington this Pi Day (or Any Day) https://www.pnwbeyond.com/best-pie-in-western-washington-best-pie-seattle/ https://www.pnwbeyond.com/best-pie-in-western-washington-best-pie-seattle/#respond Fri, 13 Mar 2020 15:50:00 +0000 https://www.pnwbeyond.com/?p=3878 Blue Hawaiian Pie at A La Mode Pies Phinney

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.

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COVID-19 Resources to Check for Valid Information https://www.pnwbeyond.com/covid-19-frequently-asked-questions-can-i-travel-during-coronavirus/ https://www.pnwbeyond.com/covid-19-frequently-asked-questions-can-i-travel-during-coronavirus/#respond Thu, 12 Mar 2020 18:11:27 +0000 https://www.pnwbeyond.com/?p=42345 COVID-19 Travel Frequently Asked Questions

This is now a list of a few VALID resources to check regarding COVID-19, travel, and related information.

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A Quick Ski Camping Checklist https://www.pnwbeyond.com/what-to-bring-ski-camping-a-quick-ski-camping-checklist/ https://www.pnwbeyond.com/what-to-bring-ski-camping-a-quick-ski-camping-checklist/#respond Tue, 03 Mar 2020 17:00:00 +0000 https://www.pnwbeyond.com/?p=41455 what to bring ski camping ski camp setup

Here's a quick checking of what to bring ski camping from evo a Seattle retailer who knows about outdoor and backcountry gear.

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Fleur Couture: A Sneak Peek at 2020’s Northwest Flower and Garden Festival https://www.pnwbeyond.com/fleur-couture-a-sneak-peek-at-2020s-northwest-flower-and-garden-festival-2020/ https://www.pnwbeyond.com/fleur-couture-a-sneak-peek-at-2020s-northwest-flower-and-garden-festival-2020/#respond Wed, 26 Feb 2020 04:34:42 +0000 https://www.pnwbeyond.com/?p=40628 Fleurs de Villes at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival 2020

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."

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Visiting the Sequim Lavender Festival: A (Tiny) bit of Provence in Washington State https://www.pnwbeyond.com/sequim-lavender-festival-americas-provence-washington-state/ https://www.pnwbeyond.com/sequim-lavender-festival-americas-provence-washington-state/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2020 17:00:00 +0000 https://www.pnwbeyond.com/?p=39802 Sequim Lavender Festival Bike Kitty Bs Lavender Farm

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.

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Blogger Recognition Award https://www.pnwbeyond.com/blogger-recognition-award/ https://www.pnwbeyond.com/blogger-recognition-award/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2020 17:00:00 +0000 https://www.pnwbeyond.com/?p=38305 Blogger Recognition Award

We were nominated for the "Blogger Recognition Award" so here's a post to thank the bloggers that nominated us and carry it forward!

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The Cutest Little Cream Puffs in Tokyo https://www.pnwbeyond.com/shirohiges-cream-puff-factory-totoro-cream-puff-totoro-cafe-tokyo/ https://www.pnwbeyond.com/shirohiges-cream-puff-factory-totoro-cream-puff-totoro-cafe-tokyo/#respond Tue, 11 Feb 2020 17:00:00 +0000 https://www.pnwbeyond.com/?p=38175 Shirohige Cream Puff Factory Totoro Cafe Totoro Cream Puffs

Toyko (and much of Japan, for that matter) is a great place to find kawaii (cute) desserts! If you're a Studio Ghibli fan visiting Toyko, you might find these cream puffs a little too cute to eat! Here's more about visiting Shirohige's Cream Puff Factory.

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