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Hit the Road

Posted by Joe Butler on Aug. 13, 2018, 6 a.m.

Asking “Where should we go today?” is all it takes to kick off a satisfying summer adventure.

In the Inland Northwest, fun truly awaits you in every direction, depending on how far you want to stray from home.

Though a multi-day road trip with friends or family can create wonderful ...

Take Off for London

Posted by Cheryl-Anne Millsap on Aug. 1, 2018, 6 a.m.

If you’ve ever wanted to visit London, or make a return visit to the city, now is the time to do it. Norwegian Airlines ( has launched direct service to Gatwick Airport (a short train ride from the city) from Seattle. For under $500 (depending on the date) you can ...

St. Petersburg: A City Frozen in Time

Posted by Dan Webster on July 18, 2018, 6 a.m.

I passed on purchasing the Putin candy bar.

It was tempting. Not only did the garishly decorated confection deliver the promise of chocolate, it looked bigger than your average Cadbury’s bar. And its cover boasted a heroic likeness of our favorite Russian autocrat, fondling – of all things – a ...

Alternative Accommodations

Posted by Dan Webster on July 3, 2018, 6 a.m.

The drug paraphernalia we found on the stairwell was a pretty clear indication that our first Airbnb venture wasn't going to work out.

That situation occurred several years ago, back when we were Airbnb rookies. Since then, we’ve gotten a whole lot better at picking our spots.

I’ll get back ...

Springtime in Savannah

Posted by Cheryl-Anne Millsap on June 20, 2018, 6 a.m.

When we left Spokane, the early morning sky was the color of lead and spitting pellets of snow and ice. Hours later, when our plane touched down in Georgia and we drove into the beautiful and historic city of Savannah, even though the day there was unseasonably chilly, the difference ...

The Islands of Stockholm

Posted by Dan Webster on June 3, 2018, noon

For me, the magic of Stockholm peaked at six in the evening.

But … we’ll get to that in a minute. First, I want to mention the one problem I have with cruise-ship travel. Which is this: You typically don’t get enough of a chance to fully explore the cities ...

Anchors Aweigh, Mickey

Posted by Cheryl-Anne Millsap on May 11, 2018, 6 a.m.

After weeks of snow and icy streets, tired of gray skies and a monochromatic view through the window, we were chasing some fun in the sun and a big dose of Disney magic.

Our schedule was tight; we had less than a week to get away before school started again, ...

I Love Brooklyn

Posted by Dan Webster on April 27, 2018, 6 a.m.

I have every reason to hate New York City. New York is where my daughter Rachel fled to 20 years ago after growing up in Spokane. It’s where she went to college, obtained her first few jobs, found a career, a husband and delivered her two children.

It’s also where ...

Monet’s Inspiration: Giverny, France

Posted by Cheryl-Anne Millsap on April 6, 2018, midnight

There is instant recognition. When you step onto the narrow path that winds through Claude Monet’s garden in the small Normandy town of Giverny and walk around a turn to see the familiar Japanese bridge over the water lily pond, you know exactly where you are.

The water lily paintings ...

Film Buffs on a California Road Trip

Posted by Dan Webster on March 9, 2018, 11 a.m.

We stood there, my friends Tom, Dave and I, gawking at the makeshift road-side memorial that sits near the intersection of California State Routes 41 and 46.

Traffic flowed past, and the occasional driver honked in support as we studied the items that so many others had left behind: pairs ...