What to Do at Suncadia Resort and the Surrounding Area

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The view from the hotel at Suncadia Resort in Washington overlooks rolling hills, evergreens, and the Cle Elum River. Part of the guide to what to do at Suncadia Resort by The Emerald Palate.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to Suncadia Resort. My sister went last year with my nieces for the winter season and said good things, so I figured I’d give it a try since I’d never been.

I expected it would be mostly a touristy hotel with the typical resort findings: pool, gym, spa, restaurant, etc. However, I was completely blown away to find the resort is huge. I’m talking 6,400 acres huge. And it was mostly undeveloped land that included a farm, trails, river, pond, and mountains.

Sure there’s still some “touristy” things, but hey, it is a resort catered to people looking to escape. But I had a fantastic solo staycation that included the outdoors, exercise, pampering, books, and wine (obvi). Here’s a recap of my trip with recommendations of what to do at Suncadia Resort and the surrounding areas of Roslyn and Cle Elum.

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The Definitive Guide to Seattle’s Holiday Craft Fairs & Indie Markets

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All the best holiday markets happening in the Seattle-area this holiday season. Get yo' craft fair on!

If there’s one thing I love, it’s exploring local fleas, vintage shops, and craft fairs.

You should see the mania that ensues when I travel. I try to find all the best maker markets in the area. In fact, I was just in Brooklyn a few weeks ago and I laid out an itinerary of the local fleas and indie markets I would be attending.

But perusing for local gems isn’t just for when I travel. I’m obsessed with doing it right here in Seattle, too. That’s why, every season I update my Seattle events calendar (nerd alert!) to keep track of all the holiday craft fairs and indie market pop-ups happening in the area. This year, I thought I’d share it with all of you because I’m a huge believer in shopping local and finding that perfect gift with a story behind it.

So mark your calendars people. You’re about to see the ultimate (maybe borderline obnoxious) list of all the Seattle-area holiday craft fairs and maker pop-ups happening this year.

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The Best Wineries in Lake Chelan, WA

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The best wineries in Lake Chelan, WA, a travel guide for the serious win-o.

If you follow me on Instagram at all (particularly my stories), you know my favorite emojis are the wine and smiley face with hearts…used together. So it’s no surprise I found myself doing a lot of research and drinking to find the best wineries in Lake Chelan, WA a few weeks ago.

So if you liked my guide to Walla Walla’s best wineries, you know I take finding the best of the best seriously. Here’s a run down of the wineries worth visiting.

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Coming to Terms with Hardships & Sharing Big Plans to Overcome Them

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Inspirational Quote: "Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will."

Titling this post was hard. Starting it was even harder.

I almost went with “Where You Been?” as the title because that’s something I’ve been asking myself. I haven’t updated the blog in a few months and, as time passed, the excuses kept piling on. Travel plans, new job, boyfriend, family, exhaustion…you name it, I used it to justify why I wasn’t writing.

But enough is enough. It’s time to confess why I haven’t been updating and do something about it. So I’m here to tell you my story and announce the new (and scary) way I’m going to turn things around.

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Arctic Char Recipe with Homemade Tomatillo-Mango Salsa

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Making your own homemade salsa is so easy! This tomatillo-mango salsa is served with Arctic char, but you can use it for anything (like carnitas, for example). Via @emeraldpalate

Raise your hand if you currently or used to think Arctic char was some kind of leafy green. (raises hand sheepishly)

Luckily I now know that Arctic char is one of the yummiest fish around. It’s typically pink like salmon and has similarly fatty, but mild flavor. I’ve come to substitute it for salmon whenever I can because it’s often more affordable and can be used in a variety of different dishes.

This Arctic char recipe highlights one of its versatile uses. It sat in a quick poblano pepper marinade before being roasted, and it got topped with an equally-versatile homemade tomatillo-mango salsa. Trust me, you won’t be able to stop eating this!

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