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International Rose Test Garden

Stop & Smell the Roses at Portland's International Rose Test Garden

Stop and smell the roses in Portland

Founded in 1917 to expand and capitalize on the Portland’s nickname “The City of Roses”, the International Rose Test Garden is tucked into Washington Park, the wild and wonderful wilderness on the west side of the city.

Packed with over 7,000 plants and 500 species of roses, the park is an exercise in sensory overload.… Continue Reading →

Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood

The Timberline Lodge

All Work And No Play…

Just kidding. A trip to the Timberline Lodge is actually not a lot of work, and once there, there is plenty of opportunity to play. The outside of the building was used for the exterior shots of the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining.… Continue Reading →

Multnomah Falls and the Columbia River Gorge

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Gorge-ous Views of the Columbia River Gorge from Multnomah Falls

Just beyond the city limits of Portland lies some pretty amazing natural beauty. The Columbia River Gorge is just minutes from downtown, yet it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere. The Columbia River starts in Canada and winds its way southwest to the Pacific Ocean, forming some of the northern border between Oregon and Washington.… Continue Reading →

Goonies Tour of Astoria, OR

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Goonies never say die!

When I was a kid, my family and I went to stay with some of my parents’ friends for a weekend. These friends also had kids about our age, and one night, all of the kids watched The Goonies in the basement while the parents played cards upstairs.… Continue Reading →

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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“A Tangible Symbol of Recognition From the American People”

The Vietnam War had dominated headlines, caused turmoil at home and abroad, took the lives of soldiers on all sides as well as civilians in southeast Asia. Twenty years after the first U.S. soldiers were killed in the conflict, the healing process finally had a voice. Continue Reading →

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

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Oh Say Can You See?

During the War of 1812, after British forces burned much of Washington, DC, the war moved to nearby Baltimore. Attorney and amateur poet Francis Scott Key was aboard the HMS Tonnant as part of prisoner exchange envoy between American and British forces, when he witnessed the Battle of Baltimore on the night of September 13-14, 1814.… Continue Reading →

Pike’s Place Market in Seattle

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From fish-throwers to the original Starbucks

Mention Seattle’s Pike Place Market, and the first thing people think of is the fishmongers tossing salmon, cod and halibut through the air. But did you know the Pike Place Market isn’t just one building, but a historic district featuring 250 businesses, 100 farmers and 500 residents?… Continue Reading →

Top Pot Doughnuts

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To quote Homer Simpson, ‘Mmmm…Doughnuts.’

In 2010, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (Packers fans, I can hear you hissing) received a warning from Seattle police after he was caught trespassing in a Top Pot Doughnuts shop in the wee hours of the morning. After visiting Top Pot’s Capitol Hill location during my recent trip to Seattle, all I can say is: I don’t blame him.… Continue Reading →

Seattle Public Library

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Who goes to a library on vacation?

Well, me, for one, but that’s neither here nor there.

And if every library was as cool as the central branch of the Seattle Public Library  maybe more people would. Nestled in the middle of downtown Seattle, the 11-story steel-and-glass behemoth sits on the same block where the Emerald City’s first central library opened in 1905.… Continue Reading →

Zaytinya Restaurant

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Small Plates Are Big On Flavor In This DC Restaurant

Who says good things don’t come in small packages? At Zaytinya Restaurant in downtown DC, all of the food comes in small portions that are perfect for sharing. Instead of getting a lot of one item, you get the chance to order a variety of innovative and delicious “mezze” (small plates, not unlike Spanish tapas).… Continue Reading →