Outdoors

How to pretend to like golf in Seattle (or just have an excuse to wear argyle)

A day at Jefferson Park in 1925 (📷: Seattle Municipal Archives) You don’t have to be a Tiger Woods wannabe to enjoy Seattle’s municipal golf courses. Whether you’re a casual golfer who enjoys hitting the links every now and again, or someone who has never picked up a club before, there’s something out there for […]

/ July 18, 2019


We went to see one of the world’s most iconic shipwrecks

The Peter Iredale shipwreck at sunset WHAT IT IS: The Peter Iredale is a classic story of sea change. She was making her merry way to Portland, to pick up a shipment of wheat. She left Salina Cruz, Mexico on September 26th, 1906, and met her fate in the early hours of October 25th. After […]

/ July 12, 2019


6 can’t-miss adventures in Hood Canal

The view from Mt. Walker. (📸: Nicole Atkins) Hood Canal is a special place. As a glacier-formed fjord that’s bursting with Instagram-worthy wildlife, endless recreation, and unbeatable scenery, it’s prime destination for locals to get outside in the summer. Here are six adventures to experience in the Hood Canal: Hike to the top of the […]

/ June 11, 2019


Try this: Oysters on the beach, in the mail, or at a restaurant

Oysters galore in Hood Canal. (📸: Mark Smith) TRY THIS: Growing in the wild and on farms, oysters are another draw for people to visit the Hood Canal area in the PNW. Festivals — like OysterFest and Oyster Rama — celebrate the local delicacy, but there’s no need to wait to take a drive out […]

/ June 6, 2019


How to light up the night in the bioluminescent water of the Hood Canal

A glowing view from a NASA satellite of the peak plankton bloom in 2017. (📸: NASA) TRY THIS: You don’t have to travel halfway across the world to see the extraordinary phenomenon of bioluminescence. Adventurers of the Pacific Northwest are in luck. You can grab a kayak and enjoy the shimmering sea in your very […]

/ June 5, 2019


Destination Guide: A chainsaw carving school in Hood Canal

George Kenny, center, with a group of chainsaw carving students. (📸: Provided by George Kenny) MEET THIS LOCAL: George Kenny describes his chainsaw carving school as a “dude ranch for chainsaw art.” For over 25 years, he’s offered weekend classes from his Allyn, Wash.based shop.     WHAT HE’S DOING: What started out as a gift […]

/ May 30, 2019


Destination spotlight: Camping ideas in Hood Canal

The trails and campsites near Hood Canal are waiting for you. (📸: Ratha Grimes) THE DESTINATION: Nestled between Puget Sound and the foothills of the Olympic Mountains, Hood Canal provides a way for visitors to get in touch with nature. And the towns and villages that dot the 101 along the shoreline offer plenty of […]

/ May 24, 2019


Want to join your local P-Patch? Here are 5 tips to get started

Green thumbs aren’t born; they’re made. (📸: Eric Keto) Always wanted to start a garden, but don’t have the yard space at home to give it a try? The city’s P-Patch community gardening program is here to help. What’s a P-Patch you ask? The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods manages 89 community gardens across the city, […]

/ April 22, 2019


The keeper of UW’s 127-year-old telescope

LOCAL TO KNOW: Adriana Gomez-Buckley remembers the first time she got the chance to look through the University of Washington’s 127-year-old telescope. She first visited the Theodor Jacobsen Observatory the summer after she graduated high school., There, Gomez-Buckley met the head of UW’s Department of Astronomy and peered up into the starry abyss. Four years […]

/ April 15, 2019


A trip to the farm — in the heart of Bellevue?

THE LOCATION: Kelsey Creek Farm, Bellevue THE PERSON: Annamarie Solomonson, Kelsey Creek Farm Supervisor THE STORY: Bellevue has some pretty neat city parks, but there’s only one where you can watch a sheep being sheared, learn to ride a horse, and meet a 750 pound hog. Kelsey Creek Farm opened to the public in 1972 […]

/ April 15, 2019