Rain And Shine: A Friends’ Weekend In Seattle – Part One

A chocolate Space Needle and the real thing, glimpsed from the Westin Seattle

A chocolate Space Needle and the real thing, glimpsed from the Westin Seattle

Any two given days in Seattle will bring a combination of sparkling sun and pouring-down rain, with a high chance of natural beauty, a bayside Statue of Liberty, and some ridiculously good food. Back in March, one of my dearest friends and I found all of this on a weekend getaway to Seattle, the Pacific Northwest’s “Next City.”

Along the way, we also discovered the sweet beauty of a chocolate Space Needle. [Read more…]

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Washington State: Snow Day in Olympic

Olympic National Park, Christmas Day 1997

Olympic National Park, Christmas Day 1997

There’s traveler’s wisdom in a simple concept: Don’t overplan.

We took our first longer-than-a-weekend, not-to-see-family, multi-destination trip together in December 1997. (And to think, we’d been together three years by then.) We put aside nine days to visit Seattle and Victoria, B.C., and the trip was cold, fun, rainy and exciting.

But when I look back, just about my favorite part was an unexpected side trip to Washington’s Olympic National Park.

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