The Pacific Northwest comprises the region of British Columbia, Canada, and the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho in the US. And it is my home. As much a I long to wander and travel, the more I do, the more I realize that I’m lucky to live in one of the many beautiful regions of the world that I’ve seen.

I love living near green, green trees, mountains and, especially, water. I couldn’t fathom ever living somewhere without some sort of sea.

Posts in our Pacific Northwest blog section include posts about Pacific Northwest events, places to visit or stay, and activities and things to do. 

“Home” for me is the Puget Sound area, so you’ll find more about that area of the PNW than the rest. 

I, unfortunately, had to recreate my theme recently — look soon for a new Seattle blog page and Seattle Vintage page as well as new pages for travel and desinations.

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

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.

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A Visit to Underground Hygge: The Hobbit House by the Columbia River Gorge

A Visit to Underground Hygge: The Hobbit House by the Columbia River Gorge

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.

Near-City Escapes: Romantic Waterfront Retreats Near Seattle

Near-City Escapes: Romantic Waterfront Retreats Near Seattle

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.

In the Trees: Your PNW Treehouse Bucket List

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.

Outdoor Pacific Northwest Activities

Hiking Guillemot Cove Nature Reserve

Hiking Guillemot Cove Nature Reserve

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.

Posts about PNW Events

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

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.

Laissez les bon temps rouler! Mardi Gras celebrations in the PNW.

Laissez les bon temps rouler! Mardi Gras celebrations in the PNW.

We just updated our Mardi Gras post for 2020 — and Fat Tuesday is coming up fast, on February 25 this year! Here are the Mardi Gras events that we know of in the PNW — if you know of one that’s not listed here, you can add it to our calendar!

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