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Exploring Washington’s Wine Country

During the warmth of early fall harvest, all roads leading to, from and within Tri-Cities are flanked by ripe grapes. Ineffably rich and sweet fragrances from as many as 40 different varieties pervade the senses of even the least discerning ...

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Hiking and Paddling the Hanford Reach National Monument

For paddlers and hikers with spring fever, the overlooked Hanford Reach National Monument presents unbelievably serene paddling and hiking opportunities in a climate that’s typically four weeks further along into spring than the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene area in March. The monument ...

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Looking for Winter Fun in the Canadian Rockies? Fernie’s Got You Covered

Need proof that Canadians not only love dressing up in wacky costumes more than most Americans but also come up with wickedly fun and creative contests and festival events? Put Fernie’s Griz Days Winter Festival or the Helly Hansen Big ...

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6 Reasons Not to Miss the Sandpoint Winter Carnival (Feb. 13-23)

Ski Joring. Not the gentler kind with dogs. No, these daredevil skiers with serious cojones get pulled around at break-neck speeds over jumps by a horse and rider. Watch the excitement with hundreds of other amped up spectators or sign ...

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Seven Tips for Healthy Budget Travel Abroad

Street food in Thailand. Make good choices and stay healthy. Photo: Shallan Knowles

I have traveled often and the places blur together, but I must forget this and see each thing as if I were nineteen again, on my first trip abroad, the mundane ache of daily need shot through with the exotic. ...

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Winthrop Winter Wonderland: Ski, Bike, Snowshoe

The Methow Valley’s skiing, scenery, and extensive trail system has been getting attention in recent years well beyond the Pacific Northwest for being the nation’s largest cross-country ski area. For good reason too. 120 miles of well-groomed, peaceful Nordic trails ...

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The Wildest Winter Festival in the West: Whitefish Winter Carnival (February 6-8)

I’m dressed as a Flying Elvis. I’ve joined a troupe of Vegas-era Elvis impersonators – Whitefish Mountain Resort employees any other day – swiveling their jump suit-clad hips and windmill-strumming air guitars through a cloud of red capes as they ...

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Leavenworth Bavarian Icefest (January 17-18)

Leavenworth is your basecamp for skiing Mission Ridge, Stevens Pass, and the old-school Leavenworth Ski and Tubing Hill right on the edge of town all winter long. But on MLK weekend, the Bavarian themed mountain town of Leavenworth dresses up ...

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Whitefish on Wheels: Montana Mountain Bike Retreat

"Fast, flowing trails with wonderfully playful design through changing landscapes in a seemingly ceaseless journey around hillsides and through canyons. I could not stop smiling." Photo: Ammi Midstokke

If there is a list of greatest jobs in the world, building mountain bike trails must be at the top of it. At the very least, it must fill your karma account. This is what I am thinking as I ...

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