Christmas lights in Leavenworth, Washington

The Magic of Christmas in Leavenworth

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I’m like a little kid when it comes to Christmas lights and celebrations. There is something magical about this time of year with the special treats, traditions, music, decorations, and of course, the lights. Leavenworth, Washington is one of the places in the Pacific Northwest known for celebrating the holidays in a big way. Country Living Magazine gave it the…

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The Best (and worst) Parts of Traveling

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There’s a popular expression about the journey being more important than the destination. But when it comes to travel, I’d argue that this statement isn’t always true. Sometimes, it’s the complete opposite. For our family, a lot of road trips are just as much fun as the final destination. I love stopping at oddball locations, checking out things that make…

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Coeur d'Alene Resort lights up for Christmas

Lighting the Holidays in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

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When you think of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, what comes to mind? The lake? Potatoes? (FYI: nobody grows potatoes in northern Idaho!) How about Christmas? Every year, on the day after Thanksgiving, this little city puts on a parade and holiday light show that rivals any big city offering. This year marked the 26th anniversary of the event, and it just…

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ice skating in New York's Rockefeller Plaza

10 Reasons to Love NYC

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I was a child the first time I visited New York. I was born in a small Ohio town where everyone knew each other, yards weren’t separated by fences and most homes were a single story with a basement. New York City was a huge culture shock. I don’t remember much about it other than thinking the buildings were tall,…

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Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas

A Cautionary Travel Tale

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Travel horror stories: we all have them. As much as I’d like to say every trip has been planned to perfection, that would be a lie. But winter break 2011 definitely takes the prize for worst vacation ever, at least in the beginning. Here’s what happened… Once upon a time, our family decided to take a fun vacation to the…

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vegan banana split in Portland

Vegan in the City: Portland, Oregon

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When you’re traveling it isn’t always easy to find vegan food. You can only eat so many dry salads, bland blocks of tofu and plates of limp french fries before you’re begging for something — anything! — to break the monotony. That’s not a problem in Portland, Oregon. I think it’s safe to say that Portland loves vegans. Happy Cow…

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The Witch's Castle in Portland's Forest Park

A Haunted Hike to the Witch’s Castle

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On this All Hallow’s Eve, it seems only appropriate to share a story of murder and ghosts and haunted houses, right? In Portland’s Forest Park, the largest natural urban forest in the United States, you can hike to the crumbling stone house known as Witch’s Castle. According to the legend, back in 1850, a man named Danford Balch filed a…

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Experiencing Dr. Who in Cardiff

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Just over a month ago, on September 9, the Dr. Who Experience closed its doors for good. As a huge sci-fi nerd and devoted fan of the tenth Doctor (I love you David Tennant!) I didn’t want to miss out on this opportunity. Since we knew this would be our only chance to see it, we decided to make the…

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