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Orcas Island is not in Puerto Rico

When I first moved to Seattle and people affectionately talked about the San Juan Islands, I wondered why so many Seattleites made weekend trips to a city in Puerto Rico. I’ve since learned the San Juans are located in the beautiful Evergreen State and  only a ~2 hour drive and a picturesque one hour ferry ride away. […]

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Sound Food: Vashon Island Scores a New Dining Experience

Willows Inn at Lummi Island isn’t the only game in town when you’re looking for an island dinner adventure.  In the past 13 years as a Seattleite, I’ve visited Vashon Island a handful of times to bike around the island (40 miles, one loop), get my hands on some fish tacos at Zamorana, spend an […]

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My Focus for Spring (or Lack Thereof)

I’m buzzing around like a hummingbird these days, my mind wandering from one thought and topic to the next. As I was daydreaming during yoga, the instructor coincidentally mentioned restless energy associated with Spring which can make it hard to focus. Apparently, there’s a lot of pent up energy from the winter and something about […]

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Whidbey Wins

When I crave a weekend getaway requiring minimum effort that yields maximum satisfaction, Whidbey Island is high on my list. Whidbey is 35 miles long and the fourth longest island in the country. Here are my criteria for a low maintenance/highly enjoyable weekend: Convenience: A 25 minute drive on I-5 from Seattle to the Mukilteo ferry, […]

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Go to Vashon Island for Relaxation….and for the Nuts

A few months ago, my friend Paige and I were on our way to  Old Chaser Farm on Vashon Island when Paige directed us to make a pit stop at The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie. “We have to get the nuts,” she proclaimed. They didn’t happen to have the nuts that morning so I went […]

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Hitchcock: The Other Island Restaurant Hot Spot

With international accolades from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal labeling Willows Inn on Lummi Island as the next big restaurant, I feel compelled to share that the Seattle area has more than one island hot spot.   Set on the main drag of quaint “time has stopped” Bainbridge island, I feel myself starting to […]

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Travel: Lopez Island

For a low-key weekend getaway, I always gravitate to the tranquility of the islands.  One of my favorite spots is Lopez Island: part of the stunning San Juan chain of islands in Washington.  All of the islands have a mellow vibe, but Lopez in particular strikes a nice balance between countryside-mellow and small town activity. Here is how I like […]

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Willows Inn on Lummi Island

Foragers by day, chef extraordinaires by night

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