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…

7 Great Organic, Biodynamic, and Eco-Friendly Oregon Winemakers to Support

One of the best things about living in Oregon is that we are surrounded by abundant farms and vineyards. Since moving here more than a decade ago, supporting our local winemakers has been a part of life…

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…

Our Unforgettable Yurt Camping Trip on the Oregon Coast

Have you ever gone yurt camping? It’s a very popular thing to do in Oregon, but despite living here for more than a decade we had never tried it until recently…

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…