Small Town Washington & Beyond

By Lara Dunning | Sharing small town travels in Washington State and beyond

Anacortes Spring Wine Festival 2017

This year, I attended the Anacortes Spring Wine Festival 2017, which is a celebration of Washington wines and spring! The day included 30 wineries, …

Grapes

Three of My Favorite Things - Cheese, Wine & Charcuterie - at Salt & Vine in Anacortes, WA

To continue with all things Anacortes, I stopped into Salt & Vine, the new cheese, wine and charcuterie shop in historic downtown. If you’ve been …

Chihuly Glass, What's That?

As a Washingtonian, that’s a question I rarely hear. Chihuly glass, made by the artist Dale Chihuly, is probably as well-known as Starbucks. …

What Does the Anacortes Sunrise Look Like in a Seaside Town?

In honor of my one-year anniversary, I am spending the next two weeks highlighting all of the wonderful things about the small seaside town of …

The Anacortes Sunset - An Unforgettable Island Getaway Experience

With Fidalgo Island’s many west facing views, it has many locales to take in those dazzling last colorful rays of sunshine. Some of these places are …

ANACORTES COTTAGE BY THE SEA - A Classy and Chic Airbnb Close to Downtown

Last week I had the pleasure of a hosted stay at ANACORTES COTTAGE BY THE SEA, a two bedroom Airbnb lodging in the small town of Anacortes, WA. If …

Anniversary Giveaway "Anacortes Getaway for Two" and More!

Happy Anniversary!<p>It’s no joke, April 1st is the date Small Town Washington & Beyond relaunched its new WordPress website.<p>To celebrate, I’ve …

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Shares 0<p>Every April fields and fields of colorful tulips dazzle the eyes at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. The backdrop to this vibrant display is …

Gluttony Encouraged - How to Eat Your Way Around Gig Harbor, WA

For a small seaside town with a population of less than 8,000, Gig Harbor, Washington has some serious foodie stops. In fact, this is one small town …

Foodie Stops in Long Beach, WA - A Beach Lovers Foodie Guide

Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula is known for many things, like its cranberry bogs and fall mushroom foraging, having the longest beach in the …

Mushroom Lovers Make Plans Now for Fall in Long Beach, WA

As a Western Washington resident, mushrooms are part of the forest landscape. In Long Beach, WA they are in the forest, next to the beach, well …

Explore the Midwestern Charms of Wabash, Indiana

Wander With Wonder - Around the world or across the street The charming small town of Wabash, Indiana is a two-hour drive from Indianapolis. It lays …

Hotels

Falling In Love with the Seaside Town of La Conner, Washington

Wander With Wonder - Around the world or across the street For a town with a population under a thousand residents La Conner, Washington has received …

Seattle

A Woodland Escape at River Rock Inn

Wander With Wonder - Around the world or across the street In a world filled with hustle and bustle, the places that slow us down have become a …

Hotels

The Allure of the Sound in Mukilteo, Washington

51<p>65<p>306<p>2<p>8<p>3<p>Shares 435<p>A lighthouse next to the sea, a ferry cruising through the sound; both are the subjects of many photographs and paintings. These …

Wandering the Romance of Gig Harbor, Washington

Wander With Wonder - Around the world or across the street When you think of romance, Gig Harbor, Washington might not come to mind. But, its …

North America

Adrift Hotel and Spa - Industrial Chic and Next to the Beach

On a trip to the small town of Long Beach, WA I was hosted by the Adrift Hotel and Spa, an industrial-chic hotel next to the beach. If you are …

Foodie Stops in Ellensburg, WA - Must Do's For Small Town Travels

I love when I find a small town that has great dining options, and Ellensburg, WA, fits the bill. This little college town has a brewery, wine bars, …

Six Free Things to do in Ellensburg, WA Small Town USA

You might know Ellensburg for its popular annual rodeo on Labor Day weekend. What you might not know is that it has free museums, a city park next to …

Guesthouse Ellensburg - Boutique Lodging Near Downtown Ellensburg, WA

Last fall, I made my first trip to Ellensburg and totally fell in love with this small Eastern Washington town. It has all the things I look for in a …

Must Do 20 Washington State Travel Experiences For 2017

Are you heading to Washington State in 2017 and need some travel adventure ideas?<p>How about a ride in an authentic Venetian gondola, tiptoeing through …

10 Favorite Stays of 2016 at Small Town Washington & Beyond

This year my small town stays had me staying at unusual and luxurious accommodations. I glamped in Washington State’s fourth largest State Park, …

16 Favorite Foods of 2016 from Small Town Washington & Beyond

This year my travels took me to wonderful small town restaurants. I tasted new foods like fried cheese curds, escargot and locally made gin. I also …

Riverside Getaway at Twisp River Suites

Twisp River Suites is situated next to the Twisp River—an idyllic spot in the small town of Twisp, WA. Many of the guest rooms have screen porches …

Twisp River Suites Signature Scones

I liked Twisp River Suites Signature Scones – <b>White Chocolate and Cranberry Scones with Almonds</b> – so much that I asked if I could share their recipe, …

Gondola Rides Aren’t Only in Venice

Gondolas are the most iconic images of Venice, Italy. And, a gondola ride through Venice’s canals is probably high on many travelers bucket …

Best Western Plus Bainbridge Island Suites - Budget, Family & Pet-Friendly

When I go to Bainbridge Island, I usually stay with family, but when a group of us are all in town that means we sometimes stay in local lodging. …

Getaway to the Old West in Winthrop, WA

A getaway to the Old West in Winthrop, WA is a little western, a little pioneer, and very walkable. This themed town sits next to the Chewuch and …

Foodie Friday: San Carlos Restaurant on Bainbridge Island

San Carlos Restaurant is one of my parent’s favorite restaurants on Bainbridge Island, which means when I visit we often dine there. The food isn’t …