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 canceled 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 a 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…

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

A few weeks ago, during a heatwave, 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…

Kid-Friendly Daytrips in Provence, France

After four nights in busting Paris, we were excited to board the train at Gare du Nord and experience French country life. Before this trip, I had only visited Paris, and I was truly unprepared for…