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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…

6 Great West Coast Campgrounds for Families To Visit in 2021

Winter may seem like an odd time to plan a summer camping trip, but with many of the most popular campsites booking out six months or more in advance, the time is right to reserve your family camping trip for 2021…

12 Reasons Why a Horse Should Be Your Child’s First True Love

In our new pandemic life, I have been searching high and low for safe ways to get my kids outside and off screens, and horse riding lessons felt like a viable option. I recounted the many positive ways that working with horses impacted my life as a youth…

Fun Fall Excursions in the Southern Willamette Valley

The Willamette Valley is a lush 150-mile long valley in the heart of Oregon from Portland down to Cottage Grove. With fall foliage just nearing its peak and harvest season in full swing, now is a great time to visit for…

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. These are a few of my favorite…

Glamping in a Historic One-Room Schoolhouse on Whidbey Island

The pandemic has caused many families to think creatively about how to gather and vacation safely this summer. After five months close to home, exploring new trails in our community and even taking on a COVID-19 camping trip, we simply had to head…

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