Travel

21 Questions About Your First Hot Air Balloon Ride

Recently, as part of my trip to the Willamette Valley, I had the opportunity to ride in a hot air balloon. Living in Snohomish, I’ve seen them flying over the nearby fields (and even directly over our house) but I’ve…

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A Weekend of Wellness in Willamette Valley

The Willamette Valley is a beautiful stretch of land in the Pacific Northwest in the state of Oregon. I’ve always thought of it as wine country, but spoiler alert: Willamette Valley is so much more than that! There is plenty…

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How to Plan a Bachelorette Getaway

Created in partnership with WeddingWire One of my wedding planning dreams was to have a girl’s weekend getaway with my bridesmaids for my bachelorette party. And I didn’t want the traditional Vegas trip filled with late nights and drinking – that’s…

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An Extended Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo, California

Looking for the perfect destination in California with a direct flight? Hop aboard one of Alaska Airline’s direct flights from Seattle to San Luis Obispo to visit one of Central California’s most beautiful destinations. Nestled halfway between Los Angeles and…

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Escape to (from?) the Big Island

The Big Island of Hawaii has been in the news a lot lately. In case you haven’t seen it, the volcano there has been erupting non-stop in the middle of a residential area since the beginning of May. We were…

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What to Pack: The Big Island

I bet you didn’t know that Hawaii has ten of the world’s 14 climate zones on the Big Island. Because of this diverse landscape you’ll need to pack a fairly diverse suitcase as well. Of course you’ll need the essential…

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Where to Hike: Kona & Hilo

Hiking on the Big Island felt very different than Oahu. While Oahu had lots of forests, ridges, and greenery, the Big Island had lots of lava rock. To be sure, there were still many green spots around the island and…

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Where to Eat: Kona & Hilo

Breakfast Kona Bongo Ben’s – Sit watching the waves crash in this open-air restaurant. The breakfast was amazing – you seriously can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but definitely check out their cinnamon roll! Evolution Cafe & Bakery – Dubbed…

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