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Baker Hot Springs is a long drive, a short hike and a world away.

Four Hot Springs to Usher in Spring


From Mount Baker to the Olympic Peninsula, hot springs for a spring adventure written by Jen Sotolongo How does a spa treatment after a long hike sound? Pretty nice, right? Washington has a handful of hot springs scattered throughout the state. Some are part of a spa retreat center, while others require a bit of work to reach. Spring is a great time to visit hot springs. It’s right at the cusp of those long gray days slowly making way for warmer temperatures and a little more sunshine. Soaking in hot water surrounded by beautiful alpine wilderness is an ideal…

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Food | Drink | Entertainment
Freshly harvested Penn Cove Shellfish mussels.

Mussels Mania


Enjoying Penn Cove’s finest offerings written by Corinne Whiting photography by James Harnois Since 1975, Whidbey Island’s Penn Cove Shellfish has been in business, making it the country’s oldest and largest commercial mussel farm. Operations Manager Tim Jones explains that, although the product was already a delicacy in Europe and Asia at the time, not many folks in the United States were enjoying mussels just yet. Once French chefs in Seattle discovered they could get the product nearby, however, a mussel craze ensued in the Northwest. The farm now produces 2.5 million pounds of mussels a year, and, according to…

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Lambert House is a safe place for LGBTQ+ young people to find help, a retreat and kindred souls.

Creating Connection


A Seattle charity helps isolated, bullied LGBTQ youths find community written by James Sinks It’s not uncommon for teens to feel alone. But for preteens, teens and young adults who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning their sexual identities, family ostracization and social isolation can be devastating. At such a fragile point in life, feeling unloved can lead to dark paths where nobody wants their kids to go: depression and low self-esteem, poor scholastic performance, escapism and coping via alcohol and drug use, homelessness, risky sexual behavior that increases the risk of contracting HIV, and in the worst-case, suicidal…

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