Pacific Northwest Favorites

We all have favorite places, activities, food stops, treats, hidden gems. Here are a few of our favorite things we LOVE to enjoy in the place we get to call home; the stunning Pacific Northwest!


Skagit Valley Tulip Festival - Mt. Vernon, WA

Flowers, Flowers & MORE Flowers! Let's tip toe through the tulips together while we enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. This annual festival in April is free to attend (most places or small fee) and worth the trip to this gorgeous destination day trip! Our pick: we "pick" leaving the tulips there to allow others to enjoy the beauty, tip toe carefully and bring a camera!

Tulip Festival Website

Lake Wilderness - Maple Valley, WA

A lake, lodge, arboretum, park.... what else could this have to offer? Oh that's right! The perfect photo opportunity, grassy areas, swimming, fresh air, bathrooms, snack bar, lifeguards, fishing, conference rooms, rentable spaces and a community hub hidden off the main road. Our pick: pack up a lunch and take a stroll!

Lake Wilderness Website

Lake Sawyer - Black Diamond, WA

Visit one of the largest natural lakes in King County! Dive right in swimming, boating, water skiing & fishing. There is public access & boat launch with paid parking and porta-potties - that's right this lake is open to the public. The South end of is where Lake Sawyer Regional Park is located. Nearby is a convenient RV park as well! Bring your friends, family or make new ones there! Enjoy the lake!

Lake Sawyer Website

Mt. Rainier - WA

How do we sum up such a natural beauty of the PNW? VISIT IT! Prepare your visit, hike trails, enjoy skyline views, wildflowers, visit the largest & oldest trees in the nat'l park! Soak in lakes & waterfalls, scope out the glaciers, walk the suspension bridges, stop to stargaze or spend a night at 1 of the 4 camping spots/2 "Inns". Around town fish, berry pick, dine, horseback ride, visit museums, visit NW Trek wildlife park or the Mt. Rainier scenic railroad! All aboard this Mountain Escape!

Visit Mt. Rainier Website

Point Ruston - Tacoma, WA

This destination has it ALL! Stroll, walk, jog or bike the near mile walk enjoying Commencement Bay or walk Chinese Reconciliation Park to Owen Beach taking in Point Defiance Park. The center features a “grand plaza” with views, playground & spray park, amphitheater for concerts/events! Kayak, Paddle Board, Boat, enjoy water sports or rent bikes for a fun family/friend outing! Hop a ferry or play on slides/stairs at the terminal. Dine, shop, play - bring your furry friends to run on the beach!

Point Ruston Website

Ocean Shores - WA

Explore the shores! From water sports, to horseback riding, fishing, biking, kite flying and bird watching you have a wide variety of FUN to pick from! Shopping, dining, spas, ice cream, shows, arcades, bumper boats, annual festivals, parades, art there are so many things to do here in this beach getaway! Stay a day or awhile at a local hotel, rent a home, or stay at a resort. Planning an event, wedding, anniversary, party or reunion - this exciting coastal location is hard to beat!

Ocean Shores Website

Leavenworth - WA

Christmas all year! This Bavarian beauty is nestled just a short drive from Seattle and is a dream escape. Float the river, feed reindeer, shop the shops, count nutcrackers, carriage ride around town, snack on that pretzel while wine or beer tasting, enjoy the markets & delicious dining, stay the night or even a week! Grab a hotel downtown to be walking distance to shops or consider a lodge to enjoy a more quiet scene and views! This winter wonderland is waiting for you!

Leavenworth Website

Walla Walla Events - Walla Walla, WA

Make memories in Walla Walla - enjoy year round sunshine! This getaway is perfect for a solo adventure, friend/date trip or family vacation for all ages! Activities include museums/art galleries, biking, hiking, shopping, golfing, theaters, spas, wine tasting, brewery stops, picnics and more! Between the breathtaking views, local art shops, sculpture parks, lavender days, farmers' markets and hot air balloon stampede (October) you'll never run out of things to see/do!

Walla Walla Website

Visit The Islands - San Juan, WA

Explore the San Juan Islands: Lopez, Orcas & San Juan. Hike/walk the trails, check out lighthouses & sculpture parks, enjoy sea views, kayak/paddle, bike, support local artisans/shops, nature watch, beachcomb, dine locally & savor the seafood, pastries & baked goods. Don't forget to stroll lavender fields or visit the county fair in August! Entertain with a night under the stars: watch an outdoor concert, play, or drive-in movie! Bring your binoculars, furry friends, picnic & more!

The San Juans Website

The Gorge - Quincy, WA

Music Festival Central! Come for camping stay for Watershed! Resorts, spas, campgrounds, boating, music festivals, wine tasting, state parks, lavender farms, fishing, hiking, horse back riding & even hunting! Don't forget the County Fair, Rodeos and ALL THE MUSIC CONCERTS at the amphitheater!

The Gorge Website

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