Orcas Island Weekend Travel Guide

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How stunning is this view? Picture taken from Doe Bay on Orcas Island. 
When friends ask me what my favorite spot in Washington is outside of Seattle, without a beat, I always enthusiastically answer, “Orcas Island!”. If you’re unfamiliar, Orcas Island is the largest island in the San Juan Islands and is located in northwestern Washington. I liken it to a Northwest version of Hawaii. The island is covered with lush vegetation and evergreen trees, while surrounded by the deep blues of Puget Sound. It has that magical power that makes you feel worlds away, when actually it’s just a short weekend trip from Seattle.

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A Weekend in Whistler and Learning to Ski

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Riding the Peak 2 Peak Gondola between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. It holds two world records for the longest free span between ropeway towers (1.88 miles) and highest point above ground (1430 feet). Luckily we did not plummet to the ground as I originally feared!

With our countdown to our Ohio move getting closer, my husband H and I are trying to visit as many Pacific Northwest destinations as possible. Our list includes old favorites as well as new places we’ve been eyeing to go. Last weekend we finally made the pilgrimage to one of the top ski destinations in the world – Whistler, BC.

This trip was a milestone for me because up until a few years ago I did not know how to ski. When we moved to Seattle in 2013, I decided it was finally time to learn. Seattle is famous for our dreary winters and what makes them slightly more bearable is escaping the rain to ski on the mountains. Because when it’s raining in the city, it’s snowing in the Cascades. It’s the silver lining that us Seattleites use to cheer up our sun-deprived selves!

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Pike Place Market Top 5 Spots to Eat and Drink, a Local’s Guide

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A Sunday morning at Pike Place Market in Seattle.

Whether you are visiting Seattle or live in the city, Pike Place Market holds a special place for tourists and residents alike. Founded in 1907, it is one of the oldest continuously operated farmer’s market in the United States. Today, it is a place of business for small farmers, craftspeople, and merchants. What I love most about the market is the old school charm it retains, despite being in the middle of a rapidly growing city.

My husband and I make a point to have lunch at the market once a month, usually on Sundays when 1) it is less busy and 2) we can take advantage of free street parking. Over the years, we have visited dozens of spots but we keep returning to the same handful. While this by no means is a comprehensive list (I know, I didn’t even list a fish stand!), these places meet the insider mark by having minimal lines and being easy on the wallet. And, of course, they’re delicious too!

So without further ado, I present to you my countdown…

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