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After our daytime admission to the Space Needle, we decided to walk over to Pike Place Market. It was a beautiful morning and the walk from the Space Needle is about one mile and takes just over 20 minutes. Walked past the first Starbucks and then popped in to a bakery for mid-morning snack. Then we walked past the various stalls selling seafood, fruits and vegetables, and flowers. And yes, we stayed… Read More

With our Seattle CityPass we were entitled to both a day and night admission to the venerable Space Needle. Since we started sightseeing in the late afternoon, we decided to go up to the top of the Space Needle at night, first. It was beautiful…great views of all of the twinkly lights of the city. Another bonus: it wasn’t that crowded when we went. Then the next morning, we returned for our… Read More

After our Twin Peaks adventures, we returned our rental car to Sea-Tac airport and then hopped on Seattle’s light rail from the airport and took it downtown to Westlake. There we transferred to the Monorail. Funny story: As we were waiting for the Monorail, a family walked up and asked “Is this the way?” I said, “I think so!” and they decided to follow us. Then we parted after getting off the… Read More

Since Salish Lodge & Spa was our home base, we branched out from there to explore the other local Twin Peaks sites with our trusty filming location map from the hotel. No Twin Peaks fan will pass up a visit to Twede’s Cafe in North Bend. This was used as the “Double R” diner on the show. Loads of food and friendly wait staff. Where’s Norma? Ordering the coffee and cherry pie… Read More

We’re fans of the now cult classic TV show Twin Peaks by David Lynch. Remember it? Laura Palmer, cherry pie, and damn fine coffee! It only aired from 1990-1991 on ABC. I recall my mom watching it. I was around 12 years old at the time, but still remember the name Laura Palmer. We watched the pilot episode last year and then blazed through the rest. We were hooked. You can watch… Read More

Cannon Beach is the perfect little Oregon coast town. Walkable, cute shops and galleries, good restaurants, and nice hotels. Oh yeah…and it’s home to Haystack Rock and breathtakingly beautiful views. I spent three nights here just relaxing, walking around town, visiting some of the area’s state parks, hiking the beach, and exploring around during low tide. I opted to stay at the Inn at Haystack Rock which put me within easy walking… Read More

The Pacific coast has many “must see” spots. Ecola State Park near Cannon Beach, Oregon has to be in the top 10. Visitors are treated to sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean at Ecola Point and Indian Beach, plus lots of great hiking. I did the 2.5 mile Clatsop Loop Trail with stunning views of large trees and breathtaking views of the ocean. There’s also the Oregon Coast Trail that traverses the… Read More

Along the Oregon coast, south of Cannon Beach and north of Manzanita, lies the beautiful Oswald West State Park along Highway 101. Spent a perfect day hiking the trails, including the Elk Flats Trail, Devil’s Cauldron Overlook, Short Sand Beach Trail, and the Necarney Creek Trail.

Seaside, Oregon is a family friendly beach town. Equal parts saltwater taffy and carnival games. What it really has going for it is its wide expansive beach with room to spread out, dip your toes in the water, sunbathe, play volleyball, or fly a kite.

Along the Oregon Coast, between Astoria and Seaside, lies Fort Stevens State Park. One of the more interesting spots in the shipwreck of the Peter Iredale. It ran ashore in 1906 and you can walk right up to the rusted hull.