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Travel Guide: How to Spend 36 Hours in Olympia, WA

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View of the Marina Plaza Park water views in Olympia, WA.

We all know that Olympia is the capital of Washington state, but how many of us have really ever been there? I hadn’t until last month. My boyfriend and I wanted to take a quick weekend trip, but we needed it to be 36 hours or less so we’d have time do some life things that weekend, too.

Enter Olympia. Our state capital is about a 1.5 hour drive from Seattle, which makes it a great day or one-night trip. And there’s a whole lot more to do than just visit the capitol building. In fact, it’s a tight-knit community that shares a lot of my values: celebrate local farms, make good beer, and get outside.

Have a day or two to spare? Here are 8 ideas for how to spend 36 hours in Olympia, WA.

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A Local’s Guide to the Best Woodinville Wineries

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This is JM Cellars, one of the wineries that made it onto my list of the best Woodinville wineries.

If you’ve seen my past guides to PNW wineries, you know I have a near reverence for wine. I’m constantly researching places to try and sipping my way through the best wineries in the region.

Washington is home to some of the best wine in the world, and people living or exploring Seattle have a great wine tasting area nearby: Woodinville. This wine-loving town is about a 30-minute drive from Seattle and has more than 100 wineries and tasting rooms.

I’ve explored most of the wine districts in the area, so I’ll break down the areas and give you a local’s perspective on the best Woodinville wineries.

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Where to Eat: The Best Restaurants in Whistler, BC

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Snowboarding in Whistler, BC is a surreal experience. There are a ton of ski terrain and great mountain views!

I’ve been going to Whistler Blackcomb Resort every year for almost a decade…which means I’ve been hunting for the best restaurants in Whistler, BC for a while now. Whistler Blackcomb is one of the best ski and snowboard destinations in the world (and the best in North America). It has unparalleled ski terrain and one of the bigger après ski options at the base of the mountain in Whistler Village.

Yet, the shopping, eating, and drinking options in Whistler Village are…let’s just say diverse. You’ll find a lot of touristy shops filled with tchotchkes you don’t need or overpriced ski clothes. Tucked between those are dining gems like The Old Spaghetti Factory and Ruby Tuesday (cough sarcasm cough).

With all the high street options available, it can be difficult to find the restaurants and cafes worth eating at. And since the prices at this popular ski resort are inflated (mentally prepare for this!), you definitely want to make sure you don’t have food regret.

Over the years I found the secret places to eat in Whistler Village. These are mostly off the beaten path and are loved by both locals and discerning tourists alike. Here’s my carefully-curated, constantly updated list of the best restaurants in Whistler, BC. But shhh…don’t spread the word too much or they might be impossible to get into before you know it.

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How to Spend a Winter Getaway in Winthrop, WA (And Possibly End Up In a Hot Air Balloon)

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The Balloon Glow event at the Winthrop Air Balloon Festival was one of the coolest things I ever saw in my life. They light up the hot air balloons in the middle of the street and watch them aglow from the fire.

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.

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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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