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…

Why You Should Consider Supporting Organic, Biodynamic, and Eco-Friendly Winemakers

Have you given much thought to what goes into that glass of wine you’re drinking? I’m embarrassed to admit, despite supporting Oregon’s local wineries and caring about my environmental impact for years until recently I hadn’t…

Fall Foliage Hikes and Farm Fun 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…

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…

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…

8 Spectacular Outdoor Excursions and Hikes in Central Oregon

We’re lucky to have family in Central Oregon, and have been visiting the Redmond/Bend area every year for more than 20 years. This post features our favorite hand-picked excursions and hikes…

Northwest Berry Guide: Growing, U-Pick and Foraging Tips in Oregon and Washington

Here in the Northwest, we have the perfect climate for growing a variety of berries, which begin to ripen as early as May with the first strawberries. Growing your own berries, visiting a U-pick farm, and foraging for wild berries are…

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…