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Attractions Oregon

Beautiful, peaceful Manzanita

By Greg Johnson, travel writer Manzanita is a beautiful, peaceful Oregon coastal town located 15 miles south of Cannon Beach. It is also the town ravaged by a 130-mph tornado in October 2016. The tornado damaged homes, businesses and ripped off a store roof. Yet the town has recovered beautifully. Driving north into the […]

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Featured Outdoor Activities Washington

Cape Disappointment lighthouses shine bright

Photo by Jace Walker Stenersen History is on full display in Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco, where two century-old working lighthouses continue to guide mariners toward shore. The 161-year-old Cape Disappointment Lighthouse guides sailors into the mouth of the Columbia River from the south, while the 119-year-old North Head Lighthouse illuminates the way for ships approaching from the north. Short […]

Bird cage planters

Gardening Gifts that Provide Years of Enjoyment

Cutline:  Bird cage planters add whimsy to outdoor or indoor décor while providing a unique place to display air plants, seasonal plants and more. Photo credit:  Photo courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company by Melinda Myers The popularity of gardening is at an all-time high and people are discovering its many benefits. Some want to grow […]

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Holiday waste reduction tips

Caption: Wrapping gifts in brown grocery bags or parcel paper makes use of an everyday item that you may already have in your home while keeping your wrapping recyclable. Credit: Marco Verch, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: The holidays are so wasteful given all the consumerism and decorations. Do you have any tips for making this year’s […]

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Cheatgrass poses fire woes in west

Caption: Invasive Cheatgrass has taken over more than 50 million acres of desert across the American West. Credit: USFWS, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: What is Cheatgrass and when did it become such a big problem out west?— William G., Portland, ME Cheatgrass is an annual grass native to Europe and eastern Asia that European settlers brought […]

Evergreen, holly and pine cone
Featured Outdoor Activities

Do-it-Yourself Holiday Centerpiece

Caption: It is possible to create a festive holiday centerpiece crafted from materials found in winter gardens. Photo credit: by Melinda Myers Dress up your holiday meals with a centerpiece crafted from greens, colorful stems and seed heads collected from your garden. Or purchase fresh materials you need from your favorite garden center or […]

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Attractions Outdoor Activities Washington

Spokane’s Riverfront Park gets major facelift

Caption: Huntington Park on the Spokane River. With a $64-million Riverfront Park renovation, the park now has a new skate ribbon, Looff Carrousel building, Howard Street Bridge Promenade and updated SkyRide. Work has progressed to the Pavilion. The old IMAX theater was torn down and the Pavilion is currently being transformed into an open-air event […]


Enjoy Maryhill’s world class wines

COVID UPDATE: Effective November 18, Maryhill Winery’s Tasting Rooms are open in Phase 2 for carryout wine sales only during normal business hours. Indoor dining is not permitted, but carryout sales, and curbside are available. Maryhill Winery, located 100 miles east of Portland, Oregon, features world-class wines and relaxed tasting rooms in the spectacular Columbia River […]

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Featured Outdoor Activities

Grow Frilly and Bold Amaryllis Indoors This Winter

Caption:  Sweet Nymph double amaryllis has layers of creamy white petals decorated with coral pink stripes. Photo credit: photo courtesy of by Melinda Myers When squirrels are busy storing nuts for winter, it’s time for gardeners to start gathering amaryllis bulbs to sustain them through the dreary months ahead. Ordering now will ensure you have […]

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Northwest Lifestyles Washington

Seattle’s North Country

Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett, Washington. Seattle’s North Country includes the urban port city of Everett located 28 miles north of Seattle boasts family-friendly sights. The sights include a marina boardwalk with outstanding Puget Sound views, the hands-on activities at Imagine Children’s Museum and the Paine Field Aviation District, home to numerous aviation attractions including […]