All Aboard: A Father and Daughter Ride the Rails to Discover Vancouver, B.C.


If you’ve never traveled by train, you really must give it a whirl. My twelve-year-old daughter, Aliyah, and I had the chance to “ride the rails” last weekend courtesy of Amtrak. We traveled from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C. via Amtrak’s Cascades line for a quick yet exciting two-day adventure, and I couldn’t recommend it more! Continue reading

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2 Days In The Islands

Islands and ferryAs a lifelong Seattle area resident, foodie, and citywide concierge, I am a little ashamed to admit that, until recently, I had never been to the San Juan Islands. So, when given the chance through our amazing Travel Effect program, on a sunny Thursday I packed my bags and my husband and hopped on the first ferry. During the busiest travel months the line to get onto any ferry heading out of Anacortes can be daunting so heed the advice of a professional and get there 2-hours prior to departure, especially on a weekend. I did not heed my own professional advice and we missed the ferry. Don’t be like me. Continue reading

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Zac & Sam Get Married

Sam and I have both lived pretty normal lives.

When we met at the Gay Christian Network Conference in Nashville, we were on Winter break from college. Sam flew down from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and I drove up from the University of South Carolina. The friendship that began there blossomed into a two year long distance relationship and later into an engagement this past December as we moved to Minnesota together.

See? Pretty normal, huh. Continue reading

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Summits, Sunsets and Swanky Spas

logo-travel-effectEditor’s note: This post is part of a series themed to The Travel Effect, a national advocacy campaign created by the U.S. Travel Association.  Visit Seattle is committed to promoting the importance of travel and we remind our hard-working team members with a “Spontaneous Getaways” program. Each quarter, we award one employee a trip of their choosing. We provide the transportation and allocate extra paid time off, they return rejuvenated and sometimes even write about their travel experiences. We hope this post inspires you to book your own trip soon. 

Mount Adams - photo by Danielle Decker

Mount Adams – photo by Danielle Decker

Mount Adams, Washington State’s second-highest peak at 12,276 feet, towers over the small town of Trout Lake which sits more than 10,000 feet below the summit and is the last town before the South Summit Climb trailhead.  This is also where we stopped at the ranger station to pick-up a Volcano Pass which is required if you plan on hiking higher than 7,000 feet.  Our goal that weekend was the top; so, after the five-hour drive from Seattle we made the quick stop to pick up our pass and then hit the road for another slow hour along the one-lane washboard road to the trailhead. Continue reading

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Bumbershoot: A Love Story

Bumbershoot photo by Christopher Nelson.

Bumbershoot photo by Christopher Nelson.

Seattle’s festival of arts & music, Bumbershoot is one of my favorite annual events. Growing up in a small town about an hour away, I jumped at any chance to visit the “big city” for music and festivals. I attended my first Bumbershoot in the 1980s, and became a lifelong fan. Continue reading

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