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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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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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