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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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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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sunset on the lake in Coeur d'Alene

7 Tips for Planning the Ultimate Staycation

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Let’s face it: that exotic vacation you’ve been dreaming of might not ever happen. Add a significant other or kids to the mix, and you can easily triple your expense. Suddenly your getaway is getting lost in the reality of “I can’t do this!” Not to worry. One of the benefits of a staycation is that you don’t have to…

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Bellevue, Washington skyline view from Bellevue City Park

Bellevue on the Cheap

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It can be hard living in the shadow of an older sister, a more famous sibling. And in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle kind of steals the show every time. Nobody plans a trip to Edmonds. And even if they do, they still say they’re going to Seattle. (Sorry Edmonds, I love you too!) So a few weeks ago, when my…

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Parasailing in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

10 Minutes Soaring Above Lake Coeur d’Alene

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Visit any busy beach on a summer day and you’ll see bright parachutes flying high above boats as they zip across the water. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched them and wondered what it would be like to float in the air like that. Scary? Exhilarating? Cold? Since my daughter is a bit of a daredevil, I…

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The Cloud Gate "Bean" in Chicago's Millennium Park

Three Hours in the Windy City

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The last time I visited Chicago, the relatively new Sears Tower was the tallest building in the United States. Yeah, it’s been that long. Fast forward a few decades and Sears Tower is now branded Willis Tower and One World Trade Center has (somewhat dubiously) taken the title of tallest building in the western hemisphere (the spire is the tallest,…

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Visiting Mount Rushmore

45 Reasons to Visit South Dakota

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I love road trips. Planes may get you there faster, but then you miss out on all that is cool, beautiful, weird and unique about this country. Take for instance South Dakota. If you’re like most Americans, you probably don’t think about it very much except to wonder why your Citibank statements come from there. Oh, and that mountain, with…

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