Unique Wedding Venues That INSPIRE

You’re engaged and one of your first steps in planning a wedding is selecting a venue for the celebration. Whether you are interested in an indoor or outdoor location, we recommend that you check out these five unique locations for your celebration.

Farm 12, Puyallup

The estate Farm 12 has a variety of options for the special day from rustic to elegant. You can choose from a variety of their indoor or outdoor spaces. They also offer in-house catering and bar services to provide delicious cuisine and cocktails throughout your event.
farm12.org/events

Indian Summer Golf and Country Club, Lacey

Picture your dream ceremony on the beautifully landscaped courtyard, under the watchful eye of towering oak trees while guests gaze over the magnificent wetlands. Indian Summer’s natural setting makes for an amazing backdrop for breathtaking wedding pictures. The intricately landscaped gardens and the charm of the entrance pond to the Clubhouse make a unique setting for the bride and groom’s departure before being whisked away to the honeymoon.
indiansummergolf.com/weddings

Lakewold Gardens, Lakewood

Lakewold Gardens is a lovely 10-acre historic garden estate that features formal and natural settings. Nestled amidst the lush English-inspired gardens is the Georgian-style mansion which overlooks Gravelly Lake. This historic and unique property is an elegant setting for any wedding ceremony and reception. Lakewold Gardens provides a beautiful backdrop for your wedding photos that will continue the memory of your special day for years to come. Discover why they are one of the premier wedding venues in the South Sound.
lakewoldgardens.org/weddings

Press Room, Tacoma

Let a piece of history elevate your guests’ wedding experience. This historic space housed the printing presses for the Tacoma Daily Ledger and Tacoma News Tribune from the early part of the 20th century. This newly reclaimed “urban rustic masterpiece” has been lovingly restored with unmatched craftsmanship and offers a variety of wedding packages. The Press Room is Tacoma’s newest wedding and event space.
pressroomevents.com

Washington State History Museum, Tacoma

Bold architecture, stunning views, and a convenient downtown location make the Washington State History Museum an ideal wedding venue. Located in historic downtown Tacoma, the museum offers grand indoor and outdoor spaces for both your ceremony and reception, private access to their current exhibitions, and beautiful views of the city skyline, Thea Foss waterway, and Mount Rainier.
washingtonhistory.org

Escape and explore charming Bellingham

Even with the motto of  “The City of Subdued Excitement,” Bellingham encompasses some of the best aspects of the Pacific Northwest and is noticeably in sync with its natural surroundings. Bellingham makes exploring the outdoors enjoyable for any visitor.

The best way to drive into Bellingham is through Washington’s original scenic byway, Chuckanut Drive. The 24-mile winding road begins at exit 231 on I-5 and takes you through Larrabee State Park (SP) where you can explore several trails, one of the most popular being Fragrance Lake, a four-mile round trip loop. Don’t forget to bring your Discover Pass! Most of the hikes along Chuckanut require a pass for parking but there is always parking along the side of the road for those willing to take the risk. 

After spending time exploring Larrabee SP, continue on Chuckanut Drive towards Bellingham and it will drop you right off in the historic Fairhaven District. Grab a bite and pint at Stones Throw Brewery, one of Bellingham’s fourteen breweries. After relaxing and sitting by the fire at Stones Throw, take a stroll around the historic streets and discover a dozen or so local shops, each with their own personal character. A stop at Village Books and Paper Dreams is a must, even if you are not an avid reader. There is something in there for everyone, including amazing fudge. Locals and visitors alike will notice that Fairhaven has maintained its old-time charm since being founded in 1883, but continues to add many shops and dining locations that are fun to explore.

Once you are done discovering the charm of Fairhaven, head to downtown Bellingham where you can find a local stay right in the heart of the city. The Hotel Leo is a restored historic hotel, once owned by Leopold Schmidt, the founder of Bellingham Bay Brewery and Olympia Beer. The Leo has accentuated its original historic features while also adding modern renovation through simple furniture, new tiling, and contemporary touches in every room. 

The final stop for your first night in Bellingham is only two blocks from Hotel Leo and is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. The local bakery Pure Bliss is the perfect end to a perfect day, with a wide range of desserts to please anyone’s palette. If you are lucky enough to have a sunny day on your visit, you may be able to catch a glimpse of a sunset over the Bellingham Bay on your way back to rest up for your next adventure.

Julia Wojnar

Go-to Getaways in Washington

Do you need a break from your regular routine’s stress, but don’t want crowds or travel far? Find secluded bliss at four extraordinary Washington retreats. 

Cave B Resort- Quincy, WA

Stroll through lush vineyards, delight in a glass of Caveman Red at the tasting room and admire the incredible view of the Gorge from the central balcony. Cave B Resort is an elegant experience in the middle of beautiful farm country right next door to the famous Gorge Amphitheater. Lodge in prepared cavern rooms, lavish yurts, condos or cliff cottages that each overlook the breathtaking Columbia River. The resort is adorned in earthy tones, marble, rock slab, ornate iron furnishings and rustic paint detailing to reflect the area’s beauty and ancient history. The Inn offers a full delivery service of cuisine and drinks from their Tendrils restaurant to lesson interactions. *The spa and pool are closed until it is safe to reopen them.

Guemes Island Resort- Guemes Island,WA

Paradise awaits amongst the San Juan islands at Guemes Island Resort. Book a stay at one of the personal beach homes or cabins. Wake up to views of Mt. Baker, take a peaceful boat, kayak or paddleboard ride out on the water, reserve some alone time in the Dutch hot tub and sauna, or simply relax with a book and cup of coffee in the modern oceanside architecture and decor. *Massage therapy and recreation room are closed until it is safe to reopen them.

Cameo Heights Mansion- Touchet, WA

A truly unique bed and breakfast experience and an oasis sitting right on the Walla Walla River, the mansion contains several luxurious suites that each hold a different cultural theme. The themes come down to coloring, room details, complimentary food, and even floor placement. Consider the Greek suite, the ancient influence apparent in the wall art and furniture detailing, even in the Corinthian column bedposts. Test the Dubai room where you indulge in modernized Ottoman luxury- gold accents to a white-dressed room. Observe the Arabian lamps and bottle decoration. Feel romantic in the French suite that is complete with a luxurious standing bathtub and French doors that open to a private balcony- Parisian style. As only 14 guests total can stay at the BNB at a time, you will have all the safe distance you need. 

Little Owl Cabin- Packwood, WA

For some, an ideal getaway is rural and mountainous. The Little Owl A-frame cabin options are perfect for the ultimate private experience. The cabins are settled cozily in the woods and are magically quaint but still full of updated amenities for the most comfortable stay possible. Woodburning stoves, indoor bathrooms, hot tubs, books, TV (in some), fun furniture and decor. The best part is that Mt. Rainier National park is right next door if you need an adventure day.

Escape to Salish Lodge & Spa

Nestled in a naturally beautiful and dramatic location and often recognized as the iconic “Great Northern Hotel” in the cult classic Twin Peaks, Salish Lodge & Spa is perched on top of Snoqualmie Falls in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. This tranquil getaway, originally the 1916 Snoqualmie Falls Lodge, is the ideal escape for couples, girls’ trips, or even a solo staycation. Salish Lodge offers an intimate escape in thoughtfully appointed guestrooms with fireplaces and a huge soaking tub or spa-like shower – sweeping views included. For additional mountain luxury, guests don’t need to leave the lodge – Salish offers an award-winning spa and dining as well.


The Dining Room is a luxurious yet comfortable space beloved by guests and locals alike, featuring award-winning food and wine alongside one of the best views in the Seattle region. Offering sweeping views from their indoor and outdoor seating areas, The Dining Room sets the stage for an unforgettable seasonal dining experience. For those looking to sip a cocktail or grab a quick appetizer, The Lounge at the Attic offers all of that plus Salish’s signature views in a cozy atmosphere.

Adding to the appeal of Salish Lodge’s dining, they are proud to have their own apiary, which produces honey that guests will find on every menu alongside Salish Lodge’s own homegrown herbs. Guests can look for the Salish bee icon around the property to guide them to items featuring the unique honey, including honey-infused Pacific Northwest cuisine in The Dining Room or honey-based treatments in The Spa.

Sweet treats created with unique artisan honey are around every corner, such as their Pike Hive Five Hopped Honey Ale produced by The Pike Brewing Company, Salish Honey Truffles, and much more. Salish Lodge is famous for their delicious four-course Country Breakfast with Honey from Heaven™ service, where honey from their own hives is poured from high above your plate onto buttery housemade biscuits—a Salish Lodge tradition that keeps visitors coming back year after year.

For those more interested in pampering than feasting, The Spa at Salish Lodge offers a variety of treatments using Pacific Northwest ingredients, including massage and body therapies, all aided by expert practitioners. Their natural surroundings reflect the calm, contemplative environment of the Pacific Northwest, featuring private soaking pools and the soothing aromas of cedar and eucalyptus. Their boutique retail store offers high-end skincare products and retail lines including Éminence, the popular organic skincare line Salish Spa utilizes in their facials. The Spa at Salish Lodge has won numerous awards and honors, including Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top 50 Hotel Spas in the United States.”

Salish Lodge & Spa is the ultimate Pacific Northwest getaway any time of year — the perfect place to create an incredible romantic getaway or to relax after spending the day hiking the local trails. Their team is always ready to
welcome loyal guests or newcomers to their memorable escape from the everyday.

For Additional Information
salishlodge.com

LEAH GROUT

Out and About This Holiday Season

Don’t let the winter weather stop you from getting out and about this holiday season. Fill your thermos with hot cocoa, bundle up with hats and coats, and head out to enjoy one or more of these wonderful ways to spread holiday cheer.

Winter Markets at Point Ruston

Saturdays on December 5, 12, and 19
Enjoy live music and explore the offerings of over 40 vendors, all with products grown or made in Washington State. Shoppers will be able to find seasonal vegetables, treats to take home, gifts for the holidays, and more.

Olympia Holiday Farmers Market

Saturdays and Sundays, November 6 – December 19

As the nights get longer, enjoy the season of lights with one or more of these illuminating experiences.

Gig Harbor Lighted Boat Parade

Watch the boats circling the harbor all along the Gig Harbor waterfront.
December 11

Winter Solstice Lights

Lakewold Gardens
November 19-28

Zoolights

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Winter Wonderland

Northwest Trek
December 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Fantasy Lights

Spanaway Park
November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022

If you are seeking an indoor festive experience in venues with plenty of physical distancing, consider one of these options.

Wander through the decorated trees at Christmas in the Forest held at the Olympia Hotel at Capitol Lake (formerly Hotel RL Olympia), this year celebrating “Hope and Joy” and raising funds for the Providence Southwest Washington Foundation.

Immerse yourself in the world of Vincent Van Gogh with the unique exhibition, Imagine Van Gogh, presented by Tacoma Arts Live at the Tacoma Armory.

Plan a special gathering to make gingerbread houses. This year Greentrike will present its annual Gingerbread Jamboree as individual private parties where families are provided with kits that include everything needed to build their own sweet constructions.

Please check websites for details regarding health precautions related to any of these events.

HILLARY RYAN

Airhouse Adventure Park Heads to Auburn!

On January 7th, 2022 Airhouse Adventure Park will bring fun and adventure to Auburn Washington with the opening of a new Northwest location. The indoor adventure park will include fun and family friendly activities such as Powerhouse Laser Tag, the Airhouse Ninja Course and Xtreme Dodgeball.  This location will be available for 1 to 2 hour adventures, exclusive birthday parties, fundraising events and group outings of all sizes. In any location, Airhouse Adventure Park seeks to engage the surrounding communities in a fun, safe, and sanitized adventure park. Bringing friends and family together to celebrate birthdays or other fun occasions with us is a way of strengthening the existing community. Each park provides more than just an indoor adventure park for everyone to enjoy year-round, but Airhouse actively partners with organizations of all types by providing a one-of-a-kind facility to host fundraisers and bring value back to the community that we live and play in. The Auburn location was chosen because of its beauty, accessibility, and pride in community.

Snacks and concessions are a great pairing with adventures, and the Auburn location of Airhouse Adventure Park will host the GrubHouse.  GrubHouse will specialize in pizzas, sandwiches, and other handheld snacks and beverages to satisfy hungry adventurers.

After signing a waiver, guests can buy a pass that is priced by age and the number of hours they wish to spend at the park. Just a few of the attractions that guests will find at Airhouse Auburn include the jousting Battle Beam or the wildly colorful climbing structures where you try to reach new heights (while wearing a harness!) Fly through the air on the Racing Zip Lines down a 40-foot line and check out the elaborate, skill-required Ninja courses. The classic Main Court lets guests bounce gleefully on over 1,500 square feet of trampolines! Each attraction aims to get your blood pumping and help you gain some air! If you aren’t feeling like indulging in a game of Xtreme Dodgeball, a pass for the featured Arcade is also an option.

Safety and sanitizing are top priorities at Airhouse Adventure Park.  Airhouse Adventure Park performs routine daily, weekly, and monthly safety inspections to ensure that all equipment and attractions are in proper working condition. Court monitors remain alert and onsite during all adventuring to ensure patrons remain safe.  All trampolines, attractions, padding, and equipment is cleaned regularly throughout each day, and as needed. In addition, the adventure park is cleaned thoroughly each night.

Airhouse Adventure Park is sure to be an exciting addition to the bustling Auburn community and bring joy to adventurers of all ages.  This is certain to be a destination for workplace bonding, parties, and an excellent way to spend a rainy weekend.

Safety and sanitizing are top priorities at Airhouse Adventure Park.  Airhouse Adventure Park performs routine daily, weekly, and monthly safety inspections to ensure that all equipment and attractions are in proper working condition. Court monitors remain alert and onsite during all adventuring to ensure patrons remain safe.  All trampolines, attractions, padding, and equipment is cleaned regularly throughout each day, and as needed. In addition, the adventure park is cleaned thoroughly each night.

Airhouse Adventure Park is sure to be an exciting addition to the bustling Auburn community and bring joy to adventurers of all ages.  This is certain to be a destination for workplace bonding, parties, and an excellent way to spend a rainy weekend.

The new location will open at 1101 Outlet Collection Way #1275, Auburn, WA 98002

For Additional Information
theairhouse.com

NATALIE BENSON

Escape to Beautiful Walla Walla

Grab a bike and head to Walla Walla to enjoy the breathtaking landscapes while sipping on delicious wine. Home to over 120 different and unique wineries, you can cycle through Walla Walla’s beautiful vineyards and try the freshest wine right from the source without the worry of driving after tasting.

A beautiful WINERY to add to your list

Abeja Winery is located in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, at the beginning of the Whitman Mission trail. The 38-acre site provides guests a one-of-a-kind wine country experience and access to some of Washington’s most sought-after wines from the Walla Walla Valley. The backstory is as unique as the wines offered.

Biking Trails

Cottonwood Loop – A 17-19 mile trail with moderate climbs, taking you past wheat fields and farmland in the direction of the mountains.

Whitman Mission – A 16-24 mile mostly flat trail that takes you to the Whitman Mission National Historic Site.

North Wheat Fields – A 14-mile trail, mostly flat with a few gentle hills, it is a pleasant ride past vast wheat fields.

After a day of peddling between wineries, come back to The FINCH to relax around the outdoor fireplace or unwind in your modern, yet comfortable guest room – each uniquely designed. Located downtown, The FINCH is an 80-room, newly renovated hotel that is driven by community inspiration. Originally built in the 1960s, the Streamline-era architecture features an open-air design, an outdoor fireplace, and community gathering spaces that encourage guests to interact with other guests and locals alike.

The FINCH is the perfect basecamp for exploring the Walla Walla Valley by bike! The FINCH recently announced their new Tour de FINCH package. Experience the beautiful trails the valley has to offer or take a cruise down Main Street and check out some of Walla Walla’s amazing local restaurants, wineries, and shops. There’s nothing better than enjoying the beauty of the countryside by bicycle.

For Additional Information
finchwallawalla.com

LEAH GROUT

Silver Cloud Hotel Now Open!

In just one visit to this lovely new hotel located right on the banks of the Puget Sound, you will be hooked. If it isn’t the amazing panoramic views from nearly everywhere in the hotel, it will be the wonderful little touches throughout the building that elevate it to extraordinary.

Located at Point Ruston Waterfront, the new Silver Cloud Hotel is set in the heart of a planned urban village with upscale dining, local shops selling everything from clothing to local wines and meats, a movie theater, and several fun bars. With walking trails, and just a few minutes’ drive to downtown Tacoma, the new hotel’s location is ideal both for people wanting to experience the South Sound on vacation or for those coming on for business stays.

According to the General Manager, Justine Kunz, “the ownership of the Silver Cloud brand is hyper-focused on creating an experience with exquisite hotel accommodations and luxury-style amenities.”

Those Silver Cloud amenities include a signature rooftop pool that will be open year-round, an exciting dining experience with an open kitchen concept and tremendous water views from every table, and spa services by the fall of 2021. Spa Serein will be a luxury oasis with massage, saunas, nail service, facials, and several Northwest-inspired specialty treatments.

Spacious guest rooms and suites, each with fantastic water or village views, greet each guest. The Silver Cloud Hotel Ruston features a state-of-the-art 3,000 square foot fitness center as well, for guests’ exclusive use.

Extensive conference facilities include a 5,400 square foot grand ballroom with an outdoor terrace, and smaller conference rooms for more intimate gatherings. There is secured parking available with the convenience of valet services.

The Silver Cloud brand is rooted in the Pacific Northwest, with eleven hotels across Washington and Oregon. To learn more about the new Silver Cloud at Ruston Way, visit silvercloud.com/pointruston.

LYNN CASTLE

Washington Hikes to enjoy this weekend

There is nothing quite like summer in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy the longer days by adding these easy Washington hikes to the top of your to-do list and start exploring in your own backyard.

Staircase Rapids in Olympic National Park

Follow the stunning Lake Cushman along its north shore to discover handfuls of trailheads that will take you to the heart of the Eastern Olympics. Staircase Rapids trail is a very short loop that leads you through lush forests along the North Fork Skokomish River, offering several places to step off the trail and soak your feet in its glacial blue waters. If adventure still calls, check out the demanding Mount Rose trail, among others, or explore Cushman’s many day-use areas.
nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/visiting-staircase.htm

Cape Alava Loop on the Pacific Coast

The Cape Alava Loop, also known as the Ozette Triangle, showcases the best of Washington’s coast. Here you will find old boardwalks that wander through towering old growth forests, and then finally open up to the stony shores of the Pacific Ocean below. Wild life abounds as eagles, sea lions, otters and even black bears call this dynamic coast their home. Be sure to check the tides while planning your trip.
nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/ozette-loop.htm

Lava Canyon In Gifford Pinchot National Forest

The Muddy River that flows through Lava Canyon is anything but. These crystal blue waters etch their way into what was once a molten lava field, courtesy of Mount St. Helens. The trail begins as a paved ADA accessible path that ends at a waterfall viewpoint, then increases in difficulty as it descends into the canyon below. (At the time of publication, the suspension bridge was closed; please check current status before heading out.) Also nearby, check out the Trail of Two Forests and Ape Caves (when it reopens due to COVID closures) for even more fascinating volcanic geology.
fs.usda.gov/recarea/giffordpinchot/recarea/?recid=41610

Ancient Lakes in Central Washington

Located just east of the Columbia River Gorge, Ancient Lakes and its surrounding lakes are nestled below columns of basalt cliffs, offering a myriad of multi-use trails and recreational fishing opportunities. This desert area is very exposed, so bring appropriate protection. Explore nearby Dusty Lake, discover waterfalls around every turn, and be sure to stop for a wine tasting at one of the many wineries on your way back home.
wdfw.wa.gov/places-to-go/water-access-sites/30178

Packwood Lake in Goat Rocks Wilderness

Packwood Lake has a little bit of everything that the Pacific Northwest is best known for: mossy forests, a clear blue lake, bubbling creeks and peaks that peer from above. Plus, it’s dog friendly. Take the short loop around Packwood Lake to find camping, fishing and swimming opportunities for all. Don’t forget the bug spray!
fs.usda.gov/recarea/giffordpinchotrecarea/?recid=32104

DELANEY DVORAK

4 Trips on 2 Wheels in the Greater Olympia

The weather is now warmer and we are ready to get out of the house and explore the region on two wheels. Imagine the wind in your hair without a care as you explore the flat, paved biking trails and parks in the greater Olympia area.

  1. The Chehalis Western Trail is a quiet, scenic 22 miles heading south from Olympia. You’ll be near Olympic Crest Coffee Roasters in Lacey just about the time you get thirsty for a hot or iced beverage. Farther along the trail, take a break to explore over 100 sculptures and the maze at Monarch Sculpture Park. The Chehalis Western Trail ends at the intersection with the Yelm-Tenino Trail.
  2. Millersylvania State Park has 7 miles of bike trails to explore, a fun outing with young riders in your family. You will need a Discover Pass to enter the park.
  3. The Yelm-Tenino Trail connects several small towns along 14 miles of its eastwest route. Enjoy water views at McIntosh Lake and Cochrane Memorial Park. Stop for sweet treats at Main Street Cookie Company in Rainier and count the historic sandstone buildings in Tenino. Watch for scheduling news about the popular farmers markets in Yelm and Tenino.
  4. Farms, wineries and attractions on the Thurston Bountiful Byway have revised schedules; check before you head out. Or, follow the map and simply enjoy miles of bountiful biking and save side visits for another day.