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…

COVID-19 Camping in the Pacific Northwest: Planning and Safety Tips

One by one, I reluctantly cancelled all our trips this summer, from a coastal resort weekend to a San Francisco road trip to a flight to Southeast Alaska. There was one that I kept on the calendar, though, a car camping trip in…

Favorite Whidbey Island Excursions in a Day or Longer Stay

Charming Whidbey Island is located just a short drive from Seattle in the Puget Sound, and it makes a wonderful day trip or longer getaway for the entire family. With miles of public beaches, bucolic farm and forest land, and…

Tourte de Blettes: an Unusual Sweet-Savory Dessert From the South of France

One day, as we were wandering the lovely open air market and back alleys of Antibes, France, we popped into a little boulangerie to grab a quick casual lunch. I spotted something that looked like it might fit the bill, a pastry stuffed with greens, so I thought it must be…

An Escape to Remember in Beautiful Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

The French Riviera, or Côte d’Azur, is the picturesque stretch of coastline along the Mediterranean Sea in the South of France, creating the perfect playground for the glitterati during the summer months. We were looking for a peaceful seaside escape…

It’s Berry Season, and Most Farms Are Still Open

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…

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade, During COVID-19

A few weeks ago, during a heat wave, my son told me he wanted to have a lemonade stand to raise money for a new LEGO set. Easy, right, just a simple activity that most of us participated in as children. Yet, times are not normal, and…

Take a Mini Vacation in Stunning Cannon Beach, Oregon

I’m a big fan of mini vacations. 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…