A few weekends ago my boyfriend and I went to Winthrop, WA to celebrate our anniversary. We planned our winter getaway around the Winthrop Balloon Festival because I’d bought him a hot air balloon ride for our anniversary last year (which we never took because I’m an idiot – more on this later).
Winthrop is in central Washington’s Methow Valley, which is home to the largest network of cross-country ski trails in the country. Plus, it’s only a 45-minute drive from Lake Chelan, a great wine region. These two facts, plus the fact that the Winthrop Balloon Festival is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen, make Wintrop the perfect location for a winter getaway in Washington state.
A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I took a road trip from Seattle to Idaho in order to check out the skiing at Schweitzer Mountain and Silver Mountain. Neither of us had driven across Washington state or gone to these resorts, so we were excited to spend a long weekend exploring a new area of the Pacific Northwest.
Here are pictures from our trip and my recommendations for the top things to eat, drink, and do while at Silver Mountain and Schweitzer Mountain Resorts.
One of my favorite things about Seattle is just how much of a food city it is. There’s more than just a butt load of awesome, trendy restaurants. Its residents have a deep reverence for food, which results in a lot of non-eating foodie activities in the Seattle area.
To lay out just how serious Seattle takes food, let me highlight a few facts. It’s illegal not to compost in Seattle. Sustainable agriculture is everywhere: from individual urban gardens to community pea patches and restaurant farms. There are a ton of foodie events in Seattle every month. Farmer’s markets run strong here and the opportunities for people to get hands on with food are endless.
So if you are like me and have a deep love for food beyond what you put in your mouth, you need to read this article. I outline all the non-eating foodie activities in the Seattle area so you can increase your culinary knowledge and make more food memories along the way.
Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year. Sure, I love cookies, feasts, lights, the tree, and getting gifts. But what I really love about Christmas is buying gifts for people. I spend a lot of time finding the perfect holiday gifts. I think about the person’s interests, needs, and my relationship to them and try to find a gift that’s both thoughtful and practical.
Since I’m constantly curating gift ideas for my friends and family, I thought I’d share some of the best items I found with you. And if you saw my Seattle holiday markets article, you know I love shopping local. That’s why I decided to make this year’s holiday gift guide filled with all Pacific Northwest businesses and makers (a lot of which I discovered at this year’s holiday markets). So take a peak, find some gifts, and learn more about some of the awesome local businesses you can support this holiday season.
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.