Whidbey Island Part 1

I just love exploring and it doesn’t matter to me if it is near or far from home. In fact, I love exploring close to home because my schedule doesn’t feel crowded with trying to see the things that I might not be able to see again. When I stick closer to home, I know I have the ability to come again and again so the little things that I stumble upon become more important and I “see” the area better.

Just recently I was in Washington for an extended weekend trip around New Year’s and I was able to do just that. I was able to concentrate my time on Whidbey Island (and do it without the crowds). So here are 5 things on the bigger scale to see and next month I will share 5 things on the smaller scale to see.

  1. Mukilteo
  2. Coupeville
  3. Langley
  4. Anacortes
  5. Washington State Ferries

The Magic of Vancouver Island

If you have never been to Vancouver Island, you REALLY are missing out. It is a large island meant for exploring and connecting. The cities and towns that dot the island are unique. The locals are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. The shopping is fun and kitschy. The food is a mixture of British fare/PNW flavors/Asian influence. But if that wasn’t enough–the scenery and wildlife is BREATHTAKING. I guess what I am saying is . . . GO ALREADY!!

I find my way on the island at least once a year and whenever I take someone new with me, I always have them hooked for life. So here are 5 things that I suggest doing while you are on the island.

  1. Esquimalt Lagoon
  2. Chinatown
  3. Coombs Old Country Market
  4. Cathedral Grove
  5. Seaplane Tours

Spending a Lot of Time in Washington

This year has been FULL of work travel and that means I have been keeping the I-5 nice and warm between Oregon and Washington. This fall I headed back to Seattle for another work trip and even though I manage to be up there a lot; I still find new things to love. Here are 5 new things that I fell in love with during this last trip.

  1. Homegrown
  2. Seattle Great Wheel
  3. Museum of Pop Culture
  4. Funko World Headquarters
  5. Tipsy Cow Burger Bar

Destination: Tacoma

Another work destination had me located in Tacoma for a few days. It was nice spending some time getting to know a place that I usually drive through to other locations. There was a lot of fun things to see and do while I was there and while I have posted before about the Museums, this time I found myself exploring another area. Here are 5 new things that I found that I would go back to in a heartbeat.

  1. Cook’s Tavern
  2. University of Puget Sound
  3. Hotel Murano  
  4. Old Town Tacoma
  5. Boathouse 19