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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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A Food-Focused Guide to Victoria, BC

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A food-focused travel guide to Victoria, BC that will leave you eating your way through the best foodie spots in this charming Canadian city.

When I travel, it’s all about the eats. I rarely care about the tourist spots or local attractions. Rather, I make obsessive Google Maps of where I’m going to eat and the nearby local shops I can peruse between meals.

If you’re like me and base all your travel plans around your gut, then you’re going to appreciate this foodie travel guide to Victoria, BC. You’ll find a list of what to eat and things worth seeing (or drinking) between meals.


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Walla Walla, WA Travel Guide: Your Itinerary for Exploring the Best Wineries

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close up of wine grapes in Walla Walla, WA - via The Emerald Palate

When my sister asks three days before Labor Day, “Hey, you want to go to Walla Walla?”, I drop everything and go. That’s how Travis and I found ourselves in Walla Walla, WA this past Labor Day Weekend with kids in tow to explore (as they adorably put it) the “wine-beer-ies”…that’s wineries and/or breweries for those who don’t follow the art of child speak.

As with any trip I take, I started manically planning all the places we should go. I scoured other “best of” lists, articles outlining awards, and asked around. I was amazed at how one of Washington’s premiere wine regions could have so little content about where to drink and eat while on vacation. Sure, there are “here’s a map of all the wineries,” but how is that helpful? I ain’t got no time for that.

So I made a carefully-curated Walla Walla, WA travel guide. Read on to enjoy an itinerary for discovering the best wineries adults and kids alike will enjoy.

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Summer Vacation Outfit Ideas: 12 Pieces, 8 Looks

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Women's Summer Travel Packing Style Guide | The Emerald Palate

‘Tis the season for summer vacations. Since we do a lot of traveling, we’ve learned how to minimize packing woes while maximizing the wow factor of our outfits. We found the must-have summer bag that does it all – you can wear it whether traipsing through the city or lounging on the beach. Pair it with any of the 11 other essential summer packing pieces, and you will have countless options to mix and match no matter the destination.

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