National Park Service Centennial

Last week was National Park Week.  Did you #FindYourPark?  If so, which one?  Also, it is the National Park Service (NPS) 100th Anniversary this year.  Check out for a variety of centennial activities in your area. is not the most user-friendly site but a decent list of parks can be found at the site.  Bam!  For WA, the list is located at ~ so which one will you choose for Spring 2016?

There is a variety of parks and forest within each state…here are some examples for Washington State:

  • City Park – Bellevue Downtown Park
  • County Park  – Ravensdale Park
  • State Park – Deception Pass State Park
  • National Forest – Mt.Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
  • National Park – Olympic National Park
  • and recreation areas, lakes, trials, open spaces, and more…


Delicious April

Why ‘Delicious April’?  It’s the time when the tulips are out which makes it a perfect time to stay and play in the nearby communities and natural spaces.

Sample itinerary: Rosario Beach. Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Wine tasting at Hellams Vineyard in La Conner. Christianson’s Nursery (and see ‘Art at the Schoolhouse’ in April). Deception Pass Bridge. Marina Inn. A’Town Bistro. Anthony’s at Cap Sante Marina.

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Roche Harbor’s 130th Anniversary

Roche Harbor is celebrating its 130th Anniversary. That’s 1886 – 2016.  For the month of May, the  Hotel de Haro is offering 30% off reservations at Hotel De Haro.  Some rooms and suites have received a facelift too.  Explore and enjoy!

Note: I know from personal experience that May is a fabulous month to visit, stay, dine, shop, experience nature or see the art and history of this romantic island resort. See July 2013 post for more info.

La Marzocco Cafe Seattle

If you are an espresso lover or if you like the finer things in life, you’ll want to head to La Marzocco Cafe and Showroom ~ its first cafe in Seattle which opened this month at Seattle Center in KEXP’s new headquarters.  Check out the company history and see the display of high-end commercial and home espresso machines.  Also, you’ll benefit from trying coffee from a variety of guest roasters from around the world.

For more information on La Marzocco and La Marzocco Cafe and Showroom, see