Tye Haus is a unique rental for a weekend getaway
Some of my friends and I decided it was time for a ladies weekend and we were able to finally rent Tye Haus! This vacation rental is incredibly popular because of good ol' social media and so the reservation had to made about 5 months in advance.Read full story
Rattlesnake Ledge is the most popular hike around, hands down
I'm pretty sure if you ask any Seattleite that hikes, what the most popular hike around the area is and the answer will be: Rattlesnake Ledge. I think there are a few different reasons for this! But let me go back to my constant advice of starting your hike early. If you don't, you're going to have very little peace and quiet on this hike. It is a busy trail.Read full story
Barclay Lake Trail is an easy, enjoyable hike with a few spots to camp for free!
When my hiking friends and I were scoping out a good, new hike for the weekend, we decided upon Barclay Lake. It's about an hour and a half from downtown, and totally worth the drive. It's a real simple drive, East on Highway 2.Read full story
Find some of Washington State's old growth forest at Grove of the Patriarchs
Grove of the Patriarchs can be found in Mount Rainier Park, near the town of Packwood. What a perfect day trip for the whole family! This trail is about as easy as it get's in this area, so if you're looking for something for the whole family; this is it! It's not even 2 miles roundtrip, with little to no elevation gain.Read full story
Eagle Falls is one of the best swimming holes around
I'm going to start this with a serious warning about Eagle Falls. It can be extremely dangerous and if you decide to swim, please wear a life jacket and use your best caution. Nature can be lethal, sometimes where we find the most beauty.Read full story
McMenamins Anderson School is one of the coolest places I've been lately
Where has this place been my whole life? Or how is it that I have just now discovered it?! It's SO cool! McMenamins hotels are all around the state, and in Oregon too. What this company does is buys old school buildings and they revamp the heck out of them. They turn these old school buildings into incredible massive properties that include hotel, restaurant and bars. Yes, you read that right, multiple different bars on the grounds! This location even has a pool!Read full story
Stoup's opened a new tap room in Kenmore and it is fantastic!
My roommate brews beer for Stoup Brewing and that of course makes me a massive fan. Well, to be more fair, I am a huge fan because of the fact that the beer is incredible. It's just a bonus that my roomie brews it, and women who brew are cool as heck.Read full story
A wet hike to Tenerife Falls made our hearts happy
My sisters and I have a love for chasing waterfalls. Washington State has some great ones! For this hike, we decided to pack up the dog and drive to North Bend, to a trailhead that would begin that days waterfall hike.Read full story
If you ride the gondola at Crystal Mountain, you'll find a little bit of Heaven
A lot of people go to Crystal Mountain for snow sports. Not me. I go there in the off season, and I ride the gondola to the top, where the restaurant is. I think my pictures show pretty clearly, why I go! It's simply jaw dropping beauty up there. I'm afraid of heights, so the gondola ride itself is freaky. But it's worth it!Read full story
Paradise at Mount Rainier is named quite properly
On the South slope of Mount Rainier, you'll find a beautiful place named "Paradise". It really could not be named more perfectly! My family and I had been talking about taking a day trip for months and we finally found time! So we loaded up the picnic baskets with lunch and took the drive, ready to devour the beauty.Read full story
Rainy day hike up to Lake 22
The trailhead to the Lake 22 hike is just off Mountain Loop Highway, in Granite Falls. It's an easy drive from the city to get there and it sure is worth it. This hike is a popular one, so I recommend getting there early! I always recommend that though! Even getting started at 9am can be a huge difference from 10am. Trust me!Read full story
Looking for a hike that feels haunted? Iron Goat Trails is the one.
If you like hikes that have a bit of history, Iron Goat Trail is a great one! This easy, mostly level hike is pretty heavily trafficked, so as always, I suggest going early to avoid the rush of people. It's out in beautiful Skykomish, in the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest.Read full story
If you hike to the top of Poo Poo Point Trail, you get a real visual treat!
The Poo Poo Point Trailhead is about 25 minutes from downtown Seattle, on the West side of Tiger Mountain. It's incredible to me just how different the surroundings can be, such a short drive from the city. That's one of the great things about Washington. Such a variety!Read full story
The Howe Street Stairs are a gold mine if you like to sweat
The Howe Street Stairs are hidden along the side of Capital Hill, perpendicular to I-5. I first learned about them when I was training for a fundraising event that involved climbing stairs. It is definitely a rare find, because the stairs just keep going and going! I can't stress this enough. Just when you think there could not possibly be more stairs to climb, there are. And if there happen to be a few too many people utilizing them, you can walk about 1.5 minutes South, and there are even more!Read full story
Everyone has a favorite teriyaki joint & mine is Himitsu Teriyaki
I think that it's vital to have a local, favorite teriyaki joint, don't you? Honestly, I have a few favorite spots for teriyaki, in a few different areas, just to be safe. Teriyaki is a go-to! However, my absolute favorite is Himitsu Teriyaki in Lake City.Read full story
Hellbent Brewing is forever my jam.
I think I'm in love with how many breweries there are around our city these days. Hellbent Brewing in Lake City is absolutely a favorite of mine. It's perfect for gathering with friends to watch a game. And they extended the outdoor seating recently and there is so much room to sit outside! And there's almost always a food truck. Hashtag Sold.Read full story
Terrace Creek Disc Golf Course is so popular!
There are literally zero days of the week that the Terrace Creek Disc Golf Course is empty. It's always poppin'! The course is really beautiful! It winds through a small wooded area, you cross the street and it's there's even more of the course. I guess I'd have to admit, I have not seen many disc golf courses, but this one is definitely worth driving to. And there is often a guy there selling the "discs", so if you don't have any, you'll probably be able to play anyway.Read full story
Trendy Wendy has made some changes from what I formerly knew it as!
I don't find my way up to Broadway on Capital Hill all that often anymore. But I swear Trendy Wendy used to be a thrift store! Now it's a full on "rave" attire store, which I find fun because while I don't go to many raves, I sure love costumes! They have some wild stuff, check it out.Read full story
I've never been more devoted to a nail salon, than I am to Diva Nails
I lived in Lake City for 10 years and I used to love taking a walk over to Diva Nails on a sunny day. I no longer live there, but today I needed to pamper myself before I fly out to Palm Springs, so I swung through! They do such great work. My favorite nails I saw today were on the technician that was working with me. She had ombre nails! They were way cool!Read full story
Al's Music Video & Games has been alive and kicking since '74!
I've always wanted to own a used Music store. I've been going to Al's Music Video & Games since the good ol' Seattle Grunge 90's. I'm pretty pleased to see it still rocking! I think I'll let go of the dream of owning one of these kind of shops, and just continue with my obsession of shopping at them. Second hand music rules my world.Read full story