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Ski Idaho: Tips for Road Tripping to Schweitzer & Silver Mountain

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View from the top of Silver Mountain Resort in Idaho. Featuring The Emerald Palate snowboarding at this popular ski resort in Idaho. The conditions and views are absolutely amazing.

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.

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Non-Eating Foodie Activities In the Seattle Area

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The essential guide to non-eating foodie activities in the Seattle area. Get ready to experience Seattle, WA beyond it's great restaurants and bars.

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.

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Holiday Gift Guide Featuring Pacific Northwest Makers

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2016 holiday gift guide featuring gifts for mom, dad, boyfriend, husband, sister, brother, friend, boss, hostess and more. All items curated by The Emerald Palate and made in the Pacific Northwest!

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.

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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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