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Food | Drink | Entertainment

Building the Backyard Reading Room


written by Melissa Dalton MANY CITY DWELLERS fantasize about having an outdoor room in their backyard—a place to cook, eat and relax in the open air. When the owners of a 1929 Tudor in the Montlake neighborhood of Seattle decided to build their backyard retreat, their vision was a little different. “They own a bookstore, so they really wanted a reading spot and a place where they could be quiet,” architect Ryan Adanalian said. Adanalian joined a design team from local firm Board & Vellum, alongside Proform Construction, to fashion a small-scale sanctuary that packs a lot of function into…

Think Washington

Innovation | Architecture | Ideas

Artist in Residence — Werner Hiemann Creates Illuminated Art from Miscellany


written by Viki Eierdam photography by Emily Joan Greene If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Werner Hiemann excels at the gift of observation. This Ridgefield resident takes overlooked items that were often once considered household necessities and breathes in them new life. He sees possibility in the ordinary and calls the final product “illuminated art.” Thomas Edison would be proud. A general contractor by trade, Hiemann employs his welding skills to transform such common—and typically vintage—pieces as a Geiger counter, a 4-foot turn-of-the-century coffee grinder, a surveyor, a hairdryer from the 1950s and a baby buggy into…

Explore Washington

Travel | Outdoor Adventure | Lodging

Four Summer Adventures in Washington


Get out of your comfort zone with new adventures and reward yourself with the right gear by Sheila Miller When summer comes and the urge to get outside overtakes you, there are always the old haunts—places you’ve been going for years. With so many amazing options in Washington, make 2019 the year you try something new. To make sure your forays into the unknown are successful, we enlisted the experts. We picked a well-loved gear shop from the region and asked its employees for help—their favorite rides, their best advice. Then we rounded out each getaway with top restaurants and…

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Washington Trip Planner

Small-Town Stunner Olympia is on the path to trendiness
written by Naomi Tomky Singing at the bar at Dillinger’s, the upscale cocktail bar built in an old bank building, I asked my bartender, Donny Drake, what Olympia was missing. “Lots and lots of people,” he answered. As the I-5 corridor’s big cities grow up, Olympia has quietly and consistently
Trip Planner: Leavenworth Washington
Welcome to Leavenworth Washington’s quirky Bavarian mountain town written by Corinne Whiting | photos courtesy of Leavenworth Chamber, Icicle TV, Brian Munoz & Dzhan Wiley Craving a European fix (with a twist) in the Pacific Northwest? Leave your passport at home and journey to Leavenworth, Washington where a version of
Washington Travel: Yakima Valley
Three hundred sunny days a year translates to about eighty wineries spread across 17,000 acres of vines in the Yakima Valley AVA and that doesn’t even touch the bounty of fruits and vegetables available at seasonal produce stands.
Travel Washington, Port Townsend
Washington Trip Planner: Port Townsend
Port Townsend is the center for a Washington Renaissance.
Washington Trip Planner: Ballard
Ballard is Seattle's coolest neighborhood and it holds a lot of history.
Washington Trip Planner: Tacoma
Experience Tacoma, the City of Destiny, in 1889's Washington Trip Planner
Spokane Trip Planner
Washington Travel: Spokane
Every time I visit Spokane, I find something new to make it my favorite surprise city in Washington.
Trip Planner: Lake Chelan
Lake Chelan is a Northwest treasure, and the perfect place for a fall Washington wine sojourn.
Trip Planner: Everett
Everett is one of those places—just 45 minutes north of Seattle, this waterfront city of a little more than 100,000 was incorporated in 1893, the same year the Great Northern Railway came to town.
bellingham fairhaven district
Trip Planner: Bellingham’s Fairhaven District
An escape for city slickers and a destination for tourists, Bellingham’s Fairhaven District has been referred to as a hidden little gem worth discovering.
Whale Watching, San Juan Island
Trip Planner: San Juan Islands
The waters surrounding San Juan Island are indeed one of the best spots in the country to see whales in the wild-—especially orcas.