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Explore Whidbey Island Like a Local (8 Fun New Ideas)

In August, we were fortunate to spend an entire month in my hometown on the south end of Whidbey Island, and I took the opportunity to knock a few more items off my local excursion list…

8 Terrific Free Outdoor Excursions for Families in Eugene 

Whether you are visiting Eugene, Oregon, a.k.a. “Track Town U.S.A.” for the first time for the World Athletics Championships this summer, or passing through as part of a broader Oregon exploration, this relaxed Oregon city may steal your heart…

4 Family-Friendly Hikes With Marvelous Views Near Eugene

Over the years, we’ve traversed the popular scenic hikes near Eugene, Oregon with our kids many times, and recently we’ve also branched out to explore some lesser-trafficked trails slightly further afield with equally spectacular views…

How Walla Walla Became Our Perfect Slow Travel Destination

In early 2021, after almost a year of limited explorations due to the pandemic, I was so eager to plan a family trip that I booked a summer cabin near Glacier National Park. Attainable, right? We could travel by car, distance ourselves, hike, and prepare our meals. What’s more, late June was sure to be perfect weather…

Immersive Van Gogh in Arles, France

I have been a Vincent van Gogh fan for many years, and I’ve been fortunate to see his work in person in renowned museums at home and abroad. But it was one sunny summer day in Arles, France on a free walking tour where his presence was so tangible…

Great 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…

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