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Cruising along Riverside Park in downtown Whitefish.

Spring in Whitefish


Find a world-class experience in a small mountain town written by Kevin Max photography by Whitney Whitehouse Whitefish, Montana, may be known as the host for skiers at Whitefish Resort in the winter or as the gateway to Glacier National Park in the summer, but it’s the Whitefish culture of creativity itself that pervades all seasons. No more than 10,000 people live in this small town surrounded by the Salish Mountains to the west and Flathead National Forest to the east, but it nonetheless ticks many boxes for world-class cuisine, hospitality and recreation. In its earliest civilizations, Salish, Kootenai and…

Live Washington

Food | Drink | Entertainment
Brady Ryan at his sea salt evaporation greenhouse on San Juan Island.

San Juan Island Sea Salt


written by Lauren Kramer photography by La Vie Photography Brady Ryan is a salt-of-the-earth farmer committed to producing flavorful salt that comes straight from the ocean, 3 miles from his San Juan Island farm. Most of the salt we buy in grocery stores today is boiled, but at Ryan’s fourteen sea salt evaporation greenhouses, nature does the work. Here, seawater evaporates naturally beneath the sunshine, leaving behind 20,000 pounds of salt each year. He uses these perfect crystals to create more than thirty flavored culinary blends that encapsulate the taste of the island and beyond. Choose from smoked madrona salt,…

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Innovation | Architecture | Ideas
Museum of Pop Culture CEO Michele Y. Smith at the museum in Seattle. The museum is also home to Trimpin’s IF VI WAS IX sculpture, a tornado-shaped mass of guitars and other instruments.

Pop and Circumstances


Museum of Pop Culture’s new leadership seeks deeper conversations through exhibits written by Joni Kabanaphotography by James Harnois Michele Y. Smith describes pop culture as “a universal language, emphasizing its multi-generational and global appeal.” While working as the chief business and financial officer of the Woodland Park Zoo, Smith was tapped to elevate the importance and influence of pop culture by assuming leadership of Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture. When planning exhibits, Smith holds steadfast to values that reflect diversity, inclusiveness and accessibility. “Our exhibits are meant to be immersive and not indicative of a sterile, white-walled museum,” she said….

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