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.

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Meet Sumner’s Cool Vintage: Inta Vintage

Owner Pam Johnson describes her store Inta Vintage in Sumner’s Main Street shopping district as a unique shop with something for everyone. Inta Vintage has 7,500 square feet dedicated to 40 vendors featuring one-of-a-kind items and handcrafted fare. There is another 1,500 square-foot area called the Cellar that hosts classes and special events throughout the year.

According to Johnson, who owns the store with Curt, her husband of more than 30 years, “We don’t have NEW stuff … we promote craftspeople who upcycle and recycle. We collectively pride ourselves in bringing a new face to old stuff.”

Johnson credits her appreciation of older items to her grandmother with whom she began collecting with as a child. “I was always into my grandma’s older stuff that told our family history, so I started going to auctions with my husband and we began working at estate clean-outs.”

Inta Vintage’s new location at 1109 Main Street opened following an extensive renovation last October 31st. Specializing in repurposed and newer furniture, home decor and personal products, Inta Vintage features a wide spectrum of vendors.

From mid-century modern, farmhouse style, wine barrel furniture and art, painted furniture, garden art, linens, vintage clothing, jewelry, goat milk products, specialty incense, local honey and Dixie Belle Paints, the selection is vast. There’s even a vendor that makes lamps out of cameras and projectors and one that creates one-of-a-kind clothing treatments and pillows from quilts.

The Johnsons and their variety of vendors truly appreciate how well they were supported by the community this past year. They are especially looking forward to bringing back the many special events that Main Street is known for.

“These events are the lifeblood of what makes downtown Sumner function,” said Johnson.

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Beautiful Cabinets by Trivonna

When you meet Amber and Rick Bevacqua, owners of Cabinets by Trivonna, you feel their passion for customer service immediately. From their showroom in Lacey, the Bevacquas pride themselves on getting to know their clients.

According to Amber, “We are hands-on and spend a lot of time with our clients to help them make smarter, more informed choices.” “Fifteen years from now, we want people to still love their choices,” added Rick.

As a licensed real estate agent with experience in house flipping, Rick has an eye for how to improve a home. “Rick can walk through a space and redesign it in his head, which allows him to do more for our clients,” said Amber.

During a recent new home build, Rick was able to collaborate with the owners to create their vision, while saving them money. The use of a unique white laminate out of Italy (Fenix from DeWils Fine Cabinetry) instead of paint in the bathrooms, laundry and mud rooms means the cabinetry will last much longer in moist environments.

Suggesting the use of a colored stain on their cherry kitchen cabinets versus glaze saved more than 30%.

Helping these clients meet their design goals included selecting cabinets that allowed for open spaces, stacked doors with glass accents, drawers and cabinets that were set in and set out to add linear variety, and inset cabinetry that was more like furniture than cabinets.

“We are different than other cabinet places . . . we are onsite with clients and are available as much as we need to be during installation to ensure we get to the client’s ultimate goal,” said Rick.

A few tips from Rick when picking your new cabinetry: Look for manufacturers that offer limited lifetime warranties. Watch for quality hardware. Notice not only the product the cabinets are made from, but, more importantly, how they are constructed. “Warranties really show you how well they are truly made because it means they believe in their product enough to stand behind it,” said Rick.

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Holiday Gift Guide

Our favorite finds for that special someone this season

3.5 Qt. Le Creuset Dutch Oven

Implement some rustic tradition into family meals with a gorgeous, ceramic-coated dutch oven from the renowned French brand.

Air Walker

A toy that teaches engineering and physics! This robot defies gravity using suction cups and pumps and crawls up any smooth surface.

Bittersweet Chocolates of Olympia

This chocolatier offers affordable, handmade artisan chocolates using the finest local, natural and organic ingredients in their beautiful creations.

Beast Blender

With this intentionally designed machine, step up their smoothie game. This blender powerfully blends nutrient-dense foods with precision.

Dr. Squatch Suave Bundle

Help him smell like a champion with a special hygiene bundle of a variety of manly-scented, natural soaps.

Men’s Speedgoat 4 Shoe

Enhance outside activity on any terrain with these cool trail runners named after athlete Karl Meltzer, aka the “Speedgoat.”

Day Pass

Gift total relaxation with a day pass to the luxurious Olympus Spa. The pass allows access to herbal therapy, steam and energy rooms.


Toscanos Responds to Challenges with Renewed Community Involvement

During the winter when restaurant dining rooms were shut down because of COVID, Toscanos Italian Grill in Puyallup, like other restaurants, began to serve family-style, takeout and curbside meals. This became a successful formula for keeping the business going and its staff employed. Toscanos also began a practice of giving back to the community by preparing meals for local healthcare workers and first responders.

The challenging years of 2020 and 2021 brought many changes to Toscanos. But through all that change, the restaurant has rekindled its core belief in supporting the community. After an extensive renovation, Toscanos reopened its dining room and bar in the spring. Soon their sun-splashed patio reopened and things seemed to be returning to something like normal. But as summer continued, the stress and pressure placed on understaffed healthcare workers mounted. Toscanos responded with more meals for these heroes. And on Labor Day, to honor their 17th anniversary, Toscanos provided lunch for the entire staff at Good Samaritan Hospital.

After a conversation with Good Samaritan’s leadership, the Toscanos ownership and management team felt and heard the struggles of local healthcare workers that they still need the community’s support. The hospital staff is exhausted both physically and emotionally and they really need to know that the community is behind them. To answer this need, Toscanos will be providing individual meals to the healthcare workers at Good Samaritan Hospital Christmas week 2021.

Toscanos dining room, bar and even business model may have changed during this past pandemic year but the restaurant’s unwavering commitment to the community has only grown stronger.

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Wines to Enjoy this Holiday Season

Prime wine tasting season may be over, but that doesn’t mean full-bodied reds and refreshing white wines can’t make the winter holidays that much more special. Washington State is known for its rich and abundant vineyards, so here are five top-notch Washington wines to indulge in and celebrate.

Rose of Sangiovese 2020

Barnard Griffin
Columbia Valley
Vintage style

A wine that tastes like a summer memory. Bursting flavors of strawberry, melon and pineapple with every sip. Pair this juicy rose with a lemony clam linguine.

Grenache Blanc 2020

JM Cellars
Yakima Valley

This white holds a touch of vintage European flavor from nine months of aging in French oak barrels. Crisp citrus notes make this wine pair perfectly with fish-focused dishes, especially fish tacos!

Best Friends Red Blend 2018

Mellisoni Vineyards
Columbia Valley

A beautiful Tuscan blend that comes from a fun Mellisoni story, (you’ll have to visit the winery to hear all about it), this red harbors tart cherry, fig and sweet thyme helping it pair well with herbs and hearty vegetables, along with peppered short ribs.

Signature Syrah 2018

DeLille Cellars
Yakima Valley

Aromas of wild blueberries and violets hit the nose on this Syrah, while smokey flavors fill the palette. Try pairing this wine with deep berries and smoked gruyere cheese.

Malbec 2018

Lone Point Cellars
Columbia Valley

Intense, rich spices such as vanilla and anise and hints of huckleberry envelope the mouth of the one that drinks this malbec. A rubbed tenderloin steak pairs beautifully with this wine.


The Kids are Doing Alright

We all love our kids and want them to grow up to be strong, intelligent, and kind people. Lofty goals. To help us reach that goal, the South Sound is filled with many nonprofit agencies and programs to expand their horizons, test their leadership skills, and sometimes, just let them play!

With core beliefs to inspire and enable youth to realize their greatness and reach their full potential, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County has several locations including Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Rochester and Yelm, plus the RMAC at North Thurston High School. The organization stands on three pillars: academic success, character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.

Connecting youth to food system education and fostering a love of plants, animals and nature is one of the many goals of GRuB out of Thurston County. GRuB engages teens/ young adults on the GRuB Farm and through community service to help break cycles of hunger, poverty, inequality and oppression. Youth programs at GRuB include GRuB Farm, Tend, Gather and Grow and are focused on the themes of “Farming Self, Land and Community.”

Students at twelve Tacoma elementary schools have onsite access to expanded learning opportunities like visual and performing arts, dance, robotics, STEM, mentorship, sports, and more through a Greater Tacoma Community Foundation program called Tacoma Whole Child, in partnership with the Tacoma School District. The program—which takes place before, during, and after school—provides a safe place for students to learn new skills, build positive relationships, and connect with their community.

HopeSparks envisions a world where all children and families are safe, secure, and stable. Their mission is to strengthen families by inspiring courage and confidence to make a lasting change. HopeSparks programs serve children and families in Pierce County who face trauma, abuse, and overwhelming life challenges. Providing counseling and home visits, HopeSparks also distributes basic needs through their HopesCloset program in a dignified, warm shopping environment.


Taking Care of Our Senior Population

We’ve heard about it for decades — the American population is older than it has ever been. The mean age has increased by nearly ten years since 1960. What that translates to is a need — really, a responsibility — to provide a high level of programming and assistance for the aging population. Washington State has 1,074,000 people age 65 and over, or 14.1% of the entire population. This is less than the national average of 15% across the entire United States, but it doesn’t keep our state from providing a vast array of programs and support.

This support starts with the Department of Aging, which has seven locations throughout Washington including Olympia, Pierce County, King County and Seattle. The department is a government agency that delivers services and programs to elderly residents in locations they serve throughout the state. Working with the federal Departments of Aging, they promote the health, safety, and independence of aging residents.

Staff can answer questions about senior assistance programs, elder care in their market, senior and disabled persons transportation, the Older Americans Act, and adult daycare and senior companion services.

There are several nonprofit organizations in the area, but one that stands out is Senior Services for South Sound. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for people as they age by offering a wide range of programs for seniors and their families, addressing the ever-changing demands of the community and its senior concerns. Senior Services for South Sound offers eight nutritional sites called Community Dining and two senior centers, one in Olympia and one in Lacey. The center operates the local Meals on Wheels programs for seniors and others that are homebound.

Programs at the center, in addition to nutrition, include Alzheimer’s & Dementia, Caregivers, Senior Transportation, Leisure Travel, Client Services Counseling, and Lifelong Learning. The center also works with other community groups to implement a Senior Farmers Market.

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Enjoy the Sounds of the Season

Holidays can feel like days of busyness. From gift shopping to party planning to decorating, it can feel like the season rushes by and is over before you know it. Taking time to enjoy the sounds of the season with a live performance can provide the pause you need to rest and reflect on the importance of the holidays. Throughout the South Sound, there are plenty of special concerts to attend this year.

Symphony Tacoma will present two performances for the holiday season. Holiday Favorites will be an evening of music from your favorite holiday shows, a lighting of the menorah, a Christmas sing-along, and beautiful music by Symphony Tacoma and Symphony Tacoma Voices that will capture the themes, spirit, and sounds of the season. They will also present an annual performance of Handel’s sacred oratorio Messiah.

Another option for vocal music is the annual Christmas concert, Hope, performed by the PLU Choir of the West, University Chorale, and University Symphony Orchestra. Works by Howard Darke, Brian Galante, Richard Nance, and others will mix with traditional carols and seasonal favorites to celebrate hope and renewal in this joyful season.

Celebrate the winter solstice and its warm traditions with a concert of original and traditional acoustic music featuring Windham Hill artists at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Also check the schedules for planned holiday concerts by Tacoma Concert Band, Auburn Symphony Orchestra, Federal Way Symphony, and Olympia Symphony. If you are seeking some nontraditional music to celebrate the season, Tacoma Arts Live has you covered with the swinging tunes at Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party and the ukulele master and jolly ambassador of aloha, Jake Shimabukuro in Christmas in Hawaii.

Whatever the season brings you, make music a part of your holiday celebrations.

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

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Lakewold Garden’s Susan Warner

Bringing art, music, and nature together, Susan Warner, executive director of Lakewold Gardens, is continuing a lifelong journey creating programs and building experiences based on collections that create conversations about important social and environmental issues. She has pioneered and presented many new programs and initiatives which have transformed the cultural landscape of South Puget Sound while also providing spaces for diverse voices and perspectives.

Warner, who is a founding staff member of the Museum of Glass, also continues to advise the Museum on a variety of education initiatives including the recently launched Junior Curator Academy. In-person or virtually, middle school students from the local area learn from subject matter experts as they explore the creative process, influences, and materials used in individual works of art.

This program, like Warner’s many other exhibitions and programs, builds on the art history philosophy called deconstruction. First used by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida in the 1970s, deconstruction is a form of criticism that asserts that there is not one single intrinsic meaning to be found in an artwork, but rather many, and often these can be conflicting. She sees this as an essential part of the power that collections have to stimulate conversations.

While not a collection of artwork, Lakewold Gardens has an extensive collection of plants which includes over 800 species of rhododendrons and 30 Japanese maples. Warner’s leadership at Lakewold Gardens combines her wealth of professional education and curatorial experience with her personal passion for gardening. She wants South Sound residents to consider Lakewold Gardens as “a garden for all” because many people in our community do not have access to a private garden as well as the healing power that can be found through a connection with nature.

The Gardens took on even more significance over the past year during the pandemic. “Having a place where you can go and be safe while enjoying nature has been scientifically proven to help people,” noted Warner. “We’ve been intentional in reaching out to invite the community to the gardens through virtual events like Black Splendor, which showcased local Black musical artists, and partnerships with local organizations like MusicWorks4Veterans and Write 253.”

One upcoming event that she is excited about is the installation celebrating the winter solstice. Multimedia artist Sam Stubblefield will fill the garden with sound and light in a preview of Winter Solstice Lights from November 19-28. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the Gardens in a whole new way as art, music and nature intertwine in this unique and creative event.

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