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Holiday Gift Giveaway — For the Bookworm

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The PNW Bookworm Winterwoods Tea Company Northwest Berry and Winter Solstice loose leaf teas, $11.99 each Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton, $27 Pilgrimage to Eternity by Timothy Egan, $28 Deep River by Karl Marlantes, $30 The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister, $26.99 Become America by Eric Liu, $24.95 Is, Is Not by Tess Gallagher, $16 Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang, $25.95 The Breath of a Whale by Leigh Calvez, $19.95 Potluck Press lumberjack tote bag, $20 TOTAL PRIZE: $250

Think Washington

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‘The Mushroom Queen’ reigns on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula

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written by Matt Wastradowski Every fall, the 43-square-mile Long Beach Peninsula becomes the unofficial mushroom capital of the Pacific Northwest. Foragers scour the region’s damp forests, set on finding chanterelles, porcini mushrooms and more. Restaurants make mushrooms the centerpiece of seasonal dishes. This six-week Wild Mushroom Celebration includes restaurant specials, mushroom-centered dinner events, fungi-themed art workshops, foraging hikes and more. The queen of the region’s fungal fiefdom is Veronica Williams, an 88-year-old native of Hungary who does seventy sit-ups every morning before crawling around the forest floor to track down mushrooms—in addition to ferns, berries and other wild plants. She…

Explore Washington

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Trip Planner — Ellensburg

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This Central Washington town has art, beauty and charm to spare written by Michelle Harris Home to Central Washington University and the state’s largest rodeo, Ellensburg has managed to retain its Wild West allure. Late nineteenth century buildings line the city streets. Local ranchers tend to their horses in the surrounding valley. Trendy cafes dot the historic downtown, where you’ll find college students, artists and cowboys rubbing elbows. Officially incorporated in 1883, Ellensburg’s earliest settlers were AJ Splawn and Ben Burch, who built the first log cabin there in 1868. They opened a store dubbed “Robber’s Roost” in 1870, which…

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