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.

Go Green!

It’s a Wonderful Time of Year.  If you are looking for a tree farm to find that ‘extra special’ fresh Christmas tree this year… check out ~ the Puget Sound Christmas Tree Association.

Note:  at the Washington State Fair this year, it was nice to see the variety of trees that are typical for this holiday tradition.  Noble Fir. Nordmann Fir. Fraser Fir. Green Spruce. Balsam Fir. Grand Fir. Douglas Fir. Blue Spruce. Pine. Shasta Red Fir.  Do you have a favorite?

#OptOutside #GreenFriday

The day after Thanksgiving is known here in the USA as ‘Black Friday’. But this year, thanks to REI  ~, we have #OptOutside. Employees will be paid and REI stores are closed on this day…encouraging its employees and members to get outside.

Also, after REI’s action, the National Parks of Olympic and Rainier in Washington State (and some in other states) are promoting #GreenFriday. Admission to these two parks are free today.

So, whether it’s a nature walk, a visit to Snoqualmie Falls or a garden trail, hiking or snowshoeing, skiing, visiting a state or national park, a wildlife reserve or a beach…join us outside.


P.S. Other industries are getting into it too but please, keep our air outside fresh, in our parks and other, naturally green.