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Talapus Lake | Winter Hike Near Seattle

Talapus Lake | Winter Hike Near Seattle

Seattle doesn’t typically get much snow in the winter, but the white stuff isn’t usually hard to find. Snoqualmie Pass is a short jaunt from the city, and it offers some snowy adventures, including this fun winter hike to Talapus Lake. The Talapus Lake trailhead (map) is about an hour drive from Seattle. After taking exit 45 off I-90, turn left, and then meander on forest roads to the trail. Road conditions can be questionable in the winter, so my best advice is checking the latest trip reports (bottom of the linked page) on the Washington Trails Association website. NOTE: There is a parking lot at the Talapus Lake trailhead, but it requires a Northwest Forest Pass. Winter wonderland today at Talapus Lake. pic.twitter.com/dM9h9A6TGI — Seattle Bloggers (@SeattleBlgrs) December 8, 2016 The winter hike to Talapus Lake (which can also be paired with Ollalie Lake) can be done as a hike (waterproof boots recommended) or with snowshoes. Either way, you climb about 900-feet in elevation and stomp a little...

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Palouse Falls | A Worthy Getaway From Seattle

Palouse Falls | A Worthy Getaway From Seattle

You can’t wait for perfect weather to visit outdoor attractions in the Pacific Northwest. If you do — you’ll never see anything. That’s why on a drizzly day, driving back to Seattle from Pullman, Tove and I decided to stop and check out Palouse Falls. Are there nicer days we could have visited Palouse Falls? Sure. But it’s not often we find ourselves on State Route 26, so with windshield wipers on full blast, Tove and I finally visited Palouse Falls, the official waterfall of the state of Washington. Listen: Seattle Bloggers | Palouse Falls I’ll be honest: Palouse Falls isn’t a simple drive from Seattle. That’s why Tove and I had never been there before: the distance. Located 236 miles from Seattle, Palouse Falls State Park is nearly four hours away (map). It’s not super close to any other popular spots in the area, either. Palouse Falls is 100 miles from Spokane, 74 miles from Kennewick, and 55 miles from Walla Walla. But, that might be exactly what makes...

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Glamping Hub | Holiday Accommodations in Washington

Glamping Hub | Holiday Accommodations in Washington

We’ve partnered with our friends at Glamping Hub this holiday season! They’re here to showcase the top accommodations for families, groups, and couples in Washington. Without further ado…take it away Glamping Hub! There is no better time than the holidays to experience a once-in-a-lifetime getaway with the ones you love most. So why not take the opportunity to explore a new form of adventure and travel in Washington with glamping? Formally known as glamourus-camping, glamping allows travelers and adventurers to stay in luxury accommodations in the heart of nature, without forfeiting the everyday comforts and amenities of a five-star resort. With an unbeatable selection of hand-picked tree houses, safari tents, campervans, tipis, yurts, cabins, and more, Glamping Hub, makes selecting a one-of-a-kind accommodation in the perfect destination quick and easy. Now glampers in the Pacific Northwest don’t have to go far from home to find their fantasy rental. By simply searching on Glamping Hub’s Washington Portal for luxury retreats and getaways, travelers will instantly be in awe of locations...

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Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

Tis’ the season — the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena that is! Celebrate the holidays with festive events running from November 25, 2016 through January 8, 2017. You can find the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena at Ashwood Park (map) next to the Bellevue Library. It’s the region’s largest open-air ice skating experience. With that said, the arena is covered so it’s open rain, shine, or snow. Admission to the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena is $12, but it’s $9 for kids 8-years-old and younger. The price includes skate rental. Cash, credit, and debit cards are accepted. No reservations or bookings are required or accepted during public hours. If you don’t want to pay for ice skating — there are Free Skate Mondays at the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena. All you have to do is show your Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card to receive two free skate admissions. There’s a limit of two tickets per person and it’s also limited to skate availability. There are many special events...

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KEXP Gathering Space | Live Music & Great Coffee

KEXP Gathering Space | Live Music & Great Coffee

The KEXP Gathering Space offers awesome live music and incredible coffee in the heart of Seattle. Click here to find upcoming live performances at the KEXP Gathering Space. There’s nothing like spending a Monday afternoon with ‘The Screaming Eagle of Soul’ @Charles_Bradley! Thanks, @KEXP! pic.twitter.com/fPSMNR9z7X — Tim Lewis (@LewisSports) May 23, 2016 You can find the KEXP Gathering Space at the KEXP studios at 472 1st Ave N (map). In other words, near the Seattle Center. It’s an intimate space for a live concert, allowing around 380 people. The shows are FREE, open to the public, and welcome all ages and even pets. I have seen a few live performances at the KEXP Gathering Space, including Charles Bradley and Shovels & Rope. It’s not a full show, but the performers still play four or five songs. That means the acts last about 20-25 minutes. On top of live music, the KEXP Gathering Space also includes our favorite coffee shop in Seattle: La Marzocco. Every month, La Marzocco features a...

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Lodge Lake | Short Hike Near Snoqualmie Pass

Lodge Lake | Short Hike Near Snoqualmie Pass

There’s no shortage of hikes near Snoqualmie Pass. Some are pretty difficult, while others are nice and simple. The hike to Lodge Lake qualifies as the latter. It’s an easy three-mile stroll to a tranquil lake near the Snoqualmie Pass ski area, and it’s a hike not many people talk about. To get to the Lodge Lake trailhead (map), which is actually part of the Pacific Crest Trail, take I-90 to exit 52 (Snoqualmie Pass West). Take a right off the exit and another right into the ski area parking lot. Drive to the westernmost part of the lot, and you’ll find the Lodge Lake trailhead (marked as the Pacific Crest Trail). A Northwest Forest Pass is required. Honestly, the hike to Lodge Lake is a little unusual. As you come out of the woods at the start of the hike, you stroll onto the Snoqualmie Pass ski runs. While you’re surrounded by chairlifts, there’s actually a nice view back toward Guye Peak, Snoqualmie Mountain, and Red Mountain. NOTE:...

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