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The Secret Passages of Pendleton, Oregon
(posted on Northwest Travel Magazine)

I went underground a while back. Not in a covert way, but to explore what happened below the sidewalks of downtown Pendleton in years past. Stories of yesteryear come to life when you see the furnished rooms and hear what happened there from guides like Karol Armstrong on the Pendleton Underground Tour. She filled our heads with both tall tales and actual happenings. We decided which ones were true.

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Reel Deals: The Last Film Festivals of 2014
(posted on Northwest Travel Magazine)

Whether or not you got a chance to attend any of the celebrations of film highlighted in earlier articles in this series, here are more Northwest film festival suggestions for the last half of 2014. These events give you a chance to meet the filmmakers and enjoy an event unlike any other. Most of these film festivals will take you to cities and towns with a population of less than 300,000, making your experience even more intimate. Here’s a sampling of the Northwest’s salute to the big screen.

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Jetboating Under Portland’s Bridges
(posted on Northwest Travel Magazine)

Don’t spend too much time styling your hair before boarding a jetboat for one of Portland’s bridge tours. You’ll get wet and end up with wind-tangled hair. I went on an 89° day with a group of third graders on a field trip. We experienced a 360° spin followed by an abrupt stop at full speed with the bow diving into the water. We got soaked and loved every minute.

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A Spot of Tea on Vancouver Island
(posted on Bankrate)

The sign next to the driveway says “Enjoy Slowing Down,” setting the pace for your visit to the Teafarm in the Cowichan Valley. Once you walk through the door of the renovated dairy barn, calmness envelops you. Serenity emanates from the fragrant blends of tea, the visual beauty of the artwork and the personal touch given by proprietors Victor Vesely and Margit Nelleman. You’re bound to slow down and enjoy yourself.

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7 Ways To Save On Spring Training Travel
(posted on Bankrate)

If you're ready to lose the winter blues and put on your pinstripes, watching preseason baseball in person should be on your radar now.

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Savvy Souvenirs: 7 Great Museum Gift Shops
(posted on VisitRainier.com)

Most vacations aren’t complete without a little shopping, whether for yourself or for friends and family back home, right?

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48 Hours at Mt. Rainier
(posted on VisitRainier.com)

If you have two days to spend on and around Mt. Rainier, you still won’t see and do everything, but you can get a good taste of this very popular attraction. From mid-July to late October all the lodges are open, hiking is primo, the meadows burst with blossoming wildflowers and on clear days you meet the mountain face to face. Take a break from traffic jams, constant technology, and day-to-day worries to enjoy nature’s bounty. Here’s a suggested itinerary to tweak and make your own.

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White Pass Winter Carnival
(posted on Northwest Travel Magazine)

White Pass normally takes a backseat to Washington’s larger ski areas, such as Mt. Baker, Snoqualmie and Crystal Mountain. Except on the first weekend in March. That’s when the snow-swathed area, just 22 miles east of Packwood, pulls out all the stops for its annual Winter Carnival.

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Whidbey Island with Kids: 7 Ways to Get on Island Time
(posted on Parentmap.com)

Filled with beaches, parks, forests, farms and quaint towns, Whidbey Island makes the perfect close-in getaway. You can explore history at Admiralty Head Lighthouse or Deception Pass Bridge; enjoy kayaking and beachcombing at one of the numerous gorgeous beaches; hike, bike, savor good food; learn about saving the environment and much more.

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21 South Sound Summer Adventures
(posted on Parentmap.com)

Before the kids start chanting “I’m bored,” grab this list and make some summer plans. Or better yet, let them pick their favorite activities or new things they’d like to try.

From swimming to mini golf to free concerts and movies, the South Sound offers a bounty of fun. These suggestions here have been divided into what you outdoors and rainy-day activities. They should keep your family busy!

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The High-Tech Scavenger Hunt Is On
Street scrambles, history hikes, DIY hunts and more
(posted on Parentmap.com)

When my grandson, Elias Tupou, was about 8 years old, we visited the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. At the front desk he was given a scavenger hunt sheet. After he spent two hours touring and looking for the items on the sheet, I told him he didn’t have to find everything.

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Summer Camps That Cater to Grown-Ups
A new generation of adult camps offers everything from sports to performing arts to cattle-herding
(posted on Nextavenue.org)

No longer must we settle for living vicariously through our kids’ or grandkids’ summer camp experiences. Now we can relive, or experience for the first time, the joys of nature and hone our skills or pursue our passions — with like-minded grown-ups.

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LeMay Museum Presents Cars for Every Family Member
(Parentmap.com)

From the outside, it resembles a long, silver slug. Inside, the building showcases row upon row of shiny, gleaming cars of all shapes, sizes and colors.

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Southwest Florida, Naturally
Meetings informed by inherent inspirations in nature
(posted on Smart Meetings, 2012)

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

Albert Einstein wasn’t talking about meeting-goers in particular, but how better to foster creativity and recharge attendees than to take them where nature inspires and provides a respite from the frenetic pace of the business world? Southwest Florida—Sarasota, Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, Naples and Marco Island—is just such a place. The communities are distinct, yet each features possibilities for immersion in nature that can help a group reboot and reconnect, and ultimately be more productive.

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Meet Me in the Mid-Atlantic
Options abound in Delaware and New Jersey
(posted on Smart Meetings, 2012)

New Jersey and Delaware aren’t often associated with one another. New Jersey is probably best known for its casinos in Atlantic City and the beach scene on the Jersey Shore, while Delaware showcases the early history of the U.S. But these states share geographical ties including coasts bordering the Atlantic Ocean, and both offer meeting venues of all types and sizes and convenient access from New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia—not to mention a tax structure that makes meeting there affordable.

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7 tips for a frugal, hassle-free road trip
(posted on Bankrate.com)

Plan your driving vacation in detail

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America's Spookiest Ghost Tours
'Tis the touring season
(posted on MainStreet.com)

October showcases the macabre, the hair-raising, the sometimes morbid and chilling and even the spritely spirits that may or may not be living among us. What better way to experience a city or town's history than by taking a tour of their most haunted landmarks?

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Seattle: Art in Transit
Art along Seattle's new light-rail line brings the city's neighbourhoods to life.
(posted on Aeroplan Arrival)

Inside Seattle's Tukwila International Boulevard Station, an oversized drop of water and the resulting "splash" hang above the escalators to the southbound platform. Titled "A Drop of Sustenance" and created by Portland artist Tad Savinar, this sculpture shows the role water plays in the Seattle neighbourhood of Tukwila: sustenance for every living thing, 37 inches of rainfall yearly and the rivers, lakes and streams within the city limits.

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A cheat sheet on tipping do's and don'ts
Taking the confusion out of tipping
(posted on Bankrate.com)

Tipping can be daunting. While most of us know that it's appropriate to tip our server at a restaurant, it's not always clear whether to tip the hotel concierge, funeral chaplain or dog groomer.

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Discover Wildlife with Your Grandkids
Watching animals in their natural surroundings is an unrivaled experience
(posted on Grandparents.com)

On Earth Day, April 22, the movie, Earth, makes its debut in theaters. Created by Disney, the BBC, and The Discovery Channel, the film tracks the migration of three different animal families - a polar bear and her cubs, an elephant herd, and a humpback whale and her calf. You can take your grandchildren to the Cineplex, but it's so much more remarkable to actually encounter marine life, four-legged animals, or birds in the wild. We've found some wonderful ways for you and your grandchildren to get up close and personal with wildlife.

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Vacations With Grandkids: When To Save, When To Splurge
It's savvy to have the most fun on the fewest funds
(posted on Grandparents.com)

Grandparents might economize elsewhere, but we don't want to cut back on traveling with our grandchildren. We've learned from experience when it makes sense to choose the budget-friendly option, and when to pay a little more.

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Getaways That Grandkids Can Plan
When grandchildren help with the planning, they get more out of a trip
(posted on Grandparents.com)

Let your grandchildren initiate the idea for a trip and they will be more invested and more enthusiastic about where they go and what they see. They might even have a destination in mind that you'd never considered before, one that you'll all enjoy. Here are some ideas to get your junior travel agent started.

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Site of the Living Dead
How a logging town turned vampire lit into tourism lifeblood
(published in Seattle Metropolitan)

BEFORE IT BECAME HOME TO UNDEAD HEARTTHROBS, the town of Forks was a hard sell. Caught in the western shadows of the Olympics, the 3,200-person burg averages 12 feet of rain a year (yes, they measure precipitation in feet, not inches) and receives less sunshine than a Seattle well-digger's armpit. Not exactly a "tourist paradise" as one desperate realtor recently called it. More like a wide spot in the road offering gas and groceries.

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San-sational!
When it comes to family vacations,
Washington State's San Juan Islands are Rated "E" for Everybody

(published in Family)

Discover your own slice of paradise by escaping to the San Juan Islands in Washington State. Surrounded by vibrant blue pristine bays, channels and straits, the islands themselves boast rolling hills, lush green forests, country farms and the blending of history and nature. The mood is slow and laid back, the panoramic view breathtaking and island bliss makes it easy to leave the rush of city life behind. No rush hour traffic here and the only stoplight in the entire county is in a museum.

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