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Fun Family Excursions on the Oregon Coast

This past year has thrown a lot of curveballs to all of us, globally, and in the West. Catastrophic wildfires, a worldwide pandemic, and a megadrought have been part of the ‘new normal’ we are navigating while planning fun and safe experiences for our families. For us, one place has been a steady refuge throughout it all…

5 More Fun Excursions on Central and North Whidbey Island

There are so many fun things to do on Whidbey Island that even former locals like myself continue to discover new excursions worth sharing. Growing up on the island, I spent most of my time on the south end with occasional trips off the island, and didn’t often head north to explore. This past year, I decided to do something about that…

My Top 10 Things To Do in Seattle With Kids

Although I’ve lived and traveled elsewhere, Seattle remains one of my favorite cities to explore with and without my kids, because it is a manageable size while still offering top-notch cuisine and culture. Read on for a few of my favorite…

10 Budget Travel Tips for Adventurous Families

Dreaming of traveling again? Me too. With vaccinations picking up and restrictions being eased in parts of the world such as Europe, I wanted to share a few tips that have helped our family travel on a budget…

A Beautiful Spring Day Trip to My Brother’s Farm in the Southern Willamette Valley

One idyllic spring day, with my nine-year-old son in tow, we headed out to My Brother’s Farm in Creswell, Oregon to learn about organic hazelnut production. What we experienced was so much more: a bustling first-generation family farm realizing a beautiful vision of land stewardship, sustainability, partnership, and farm-to-table ethos…

Take a Mini-Vacation in Stunning Cannon Beach, Oregon

I’m a big fan of the mini vacation. Getting away for three or four nights by car is just enough time to recharge and explore an area, but not so long that you will be derailed from bigger travel savings goals. We have taken many trips like this along the West Coast, including two to Cannon Beach, and…

Tips for a Successful and Fun Snowshoe Excursion Near Willamette Pass, Oregon

My dad and my in-laws are hardcore ski bums. You know, the type of avid skiers that get up at the crack of dawn in frigid weather to make sure their day at the slopes is as long and value-packed as possible, and they do not under any circumstance hang out in the lodge partaking in any apres-ski activities…

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