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!

The Cutest Little Cream Puffs in Tokyo

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.

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!

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!

Cha Cha Changes…

We thought we were done with updating our site appearance and moving into 2020 looking forward to writing…but sometimes technical considerations get in the way. Our events calendar has unexpectedly had a major update and to move into the future, it turns out we need to update our website to go along with it.

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.

Six Hand-Drawn Travel Books That Just Might Make You Want to Put Down the Camera and Pick Up a Pencil

If you’re like me, sometimes when you travel you’re tempted to spend part of your trip behind the lens of a camera or snapping photos on your phone to share later. But putting down the gadgets and picking up a pencil can help us to slow down and have a more “mindful” journey. Here are six hand-drawn books I’ve recently enjoyed about travel or places that just might inspire me to put down the camera (only for a bit) and pick up a pencil.

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.

Things to Do and See at York Minster Cathedral

I usually hate the words “simply must,” in a blog post. But if you go to York you simply must visit York Minster Cathedral. Here are some things to do and see at this wonderful medieval gem that is my personal favorite of the cathedrals I’ve had an opportunity to visit.

Snickelways and Walls: Walking York’s Passages

When I was growing up I used to play in Alleyways — but York has Snickelways, which are more than just alleys. Snickelways are narrow passages between buildings that locals use to take shortcutes to navigate the city faster. And York’s still-standing walls are, perhaps, its largest Snickelway.

Life of a Traveler: 6 Budget-Saving Hacks for Traveling Without Breaking The Bank

Guest author Henry Taylor used to think that he couldn’t achieve his travel goals due to budgetary restrictions. In this post he shares budget travel tips that have helped him travel without breaking the bank.

Seattle Seafair Events to Attend This Summer

Seafair is Seattle’s big Summer shindig, and Seafair events merited their own post! This is a list of Seafair events for this year that we have on our calendar so far.

Seattle Christmas Past: How the Grunge Stole Christmas

One Seattle Christmas memory was watching How the Grunge Stole Christmas on Almost Live, a Seattle TV comedy show. Here’s more.

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.”

Gifts for the Traveler Who Has Nothing

“Gifts for the traveler who has everything,” comes to mind when thinking about holiday gift lists to create. But what about gifts for the traveler who has…nothing? When my daughter asked me to borrow my carry-on I, instead, put together a holiday package that would serve her for the many years of travel she has ahead of her. Hint: these are also good basic things to put in your carry on bag in general.

Try Things. Ira Glass Said So!

I went to see a talk by Ira Glass titled, “Seven Things I’ve Learned.” One of the things was, simply, “try things.” But how often do we do that?

Why Didn’t I Hear of the Seattle Walk Report Before This?

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?

While You Wait for Our Gift Guides…Retro Seattle T-Shirts

This is a blog update post…but also a post about some retro Seattle t-shirts that I found online.

The Flies that Come With the Morning

Pigeons mean problems in Venice and other cities with ancient architecture. But tourists insist on feeding and handling them — when they wouldn’t do so at home.

Kitsap Holiday Events

This is a big list of all of the Kitsap Peninsula holiday events that are on our calendar.

Seattle Holiday Events

Here’s what do to in Seattle and surrounding areas this holiday season. This post is a big constantly updating list of upcoming Christmas and holiday events in and near Seattle.

Cemeteries I’ve Visited: An Album

Do you like to visit cemeteries? This post is a work-in-progress photo album of cemeteries I’ve visited.

Making Mexican Sugar Skulls for Dia de Los Muertos

Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican celebration to honor and remember departed loved ones. Colorful sugar skulls are a common part of the occasion. Here’s how to make these colorful skulls (note: this is a craft recipe; you probably don’t want to eat these.)

Three Western Washington Ghost Tours To Haunt You

Are you a believer? It’s OK if you’re not. Ghost tours are fun, especially in October when the days are growing shorter and the leaves are falling. And good ones are also a bit of an (entertaining) history lesson. Here are three Haunted Tours in and (relatively) near Seattle to take this Autumn: Seattle, Port Gamble, and Port Townsend

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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!

Seattle Mother’s Day Events and Actvities: Where to Take Mom This Year for Mother’s Day in the Puget Sound Area

Brunch or high tea is a GREAT way to celebrate Mother’s Day. But if Mom is more of a fitness buff, or would rather do wine and cheese vs. tea there are plenty of other things to do for Mother’s Day in Seattle and the greater Puget Sound area.

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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!

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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The Cutest Little Cream Puffs in Tokyo

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.

Six Hand-Drawn Travel Books That Just Might Make You Want to Put Down the Camera and Pick Up a Pencil

If you’re like me, sometimes when you travel you’re tempted to spend part of your trip behind the lens of a camera or snapping photos on your phone to share later. But putting down the gadgets and picking up a pencil can help us to slow down and have a more “mindful” journey. Here are six hand-drawn books I’ve recently enjoyed about travel or places that just might inspire me to put down the camera (only for a bit) and pick up a pencil.

“Travel-Inspired” Recipes

Making Mexican Sugar Skulls for Dia de Los Muertos

Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican celebration to honor and remember departed loved ones. Colorful sugar skulls are a common part of the occasion. Here’s how to make these colorful skulls (note: this is a craft recipe; you probably don’t want to eat these.)

J’Adore les Baguettes

Who doesn’t love a crusty baguette? This is the first of some recipes inspired by places I’ve been — this one I’m relocating from another site I have that I don’t plan to keep up — so why not start posting some (at least loosely) travel-related recipes? While these may not be exactly like the ones you’d get in la boulangerie, they are good and super-easy to make.

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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.

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Try Things. Ira Glass Said So!

I went to see a talk by Ira Glass titled, “Seven Things I’ve Learned.” One of the things was, simply, “try things.” But how often do we do that?

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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!

Cha Cha Changes…

We thought we were done with updating our site appearance and moving into 2020 looking forward to writing…but sometimes technical considerations get in the way. Our events calendar has unexpectedly had a major update and to move into the future, it turns out we need to update our website to go along with it.

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