Small Town Washington & Beyond

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

Explore midwestern charms of Wabash, Indiana

Shares 0<p>The charming small town of Wabash, Indiana is a two-hour drive from Indianapolis. It lays next to the Wabash River, which stretches over 500 …

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

Shares 0<p>For a town with a population under a thousand residents La Conner, Washington has received many notable awards including “Best Tiny Town in …

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A Woodland Escape at River Rock Inn

Shares 0<p>In a world filled with hustle and bustle, the places that slow us down have become a welcome respite. An hour away from Seattle, WA, and …

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The Allure of the Sound in Mukilteo, Washington

Shares 0<p>A lighthouse next to the sea, a ferry cruising through the sound; both are the subjects of many photographs and paintings. These iconic …

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Wandering the Romance of Gig Harbor, Washington

1<p>Shares 1<p>When you think of romance, Gig Harbor, Washington might not come to mind. But, its twinkling harbor lights and sunset mountain views tell a …

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 …

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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, …

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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, …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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Stonehenge Isn't Only in England

In 2015, the stars aligned and I got to see Washington’s Stonehenge with my own eyes. We arrived at Maryhill in the early evening, and after we had …

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Foodie Friday: Adrift in Anacortes, WA

Adrift in the small town of Anacortes, Washington has a laid-back vibe and is very popular with locals and visitors. The tables have a no-cell-phone …

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Five Reasons to Stay at Alexander's Castle in Fort Worden, WA

Destinations with the word castle attached to them create images of lavish court dinners with royalty in attendance.<p>It’s a romantic vision for sure, …

Wild Horse Monument-Roadside Art Along the Columbia River

<b>Wild Horse Monument</b><p><b>Wild Horse Monument is perched on a ridge along I-90 east of the small town of Vantage, Washington. It’s easily seen from the road</b> …

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Foodie Friday: Masselow's Steakhouse in Airway Heights, WA

This slideshow requires JavaScript.<p>There is nothing better than a flavorful ribeye to set things right in the world.<p>Masselow’s Steakhouse in the …

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An Art Museum at the Edge of the Columbia River

<b>An Art Museum at the Edge of the Columbia River</b><p><b>You’ve seen Maryhill’s Stonehenge, now what?</b> I suggest a visit to the Maryhill Museum of Art, which is …

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Top 6 Reasons to Stop In Maryhill, WA

On the surface the small town of Maryhill, Washington might seem like it is only a few intersecting roads that cut through basalt, farmland and cheat …

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Opt Outside in Anacortes, WA—it's Easy

This small Washington town sits in the banana belt on Fidalgo Island, which means it usually has warmer and drier weather than the surrounding area. …

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Foodie Friday: Knead & Feed in Coupeville, WA

This slideshow requires JavaScript.<p>When I visit small towns, I like to get advice from the locals.<p>This summer, when I stayed in the small town of …

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Foodie Friday: Secret Cove in Anacortes, WA

I’m always on the lookout for a good Happy Hour. And by Happy Hour, I mean cheap drinks and good food priced well.<p>Secret Cove has the best Happy Hour …

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Six Reasons to Visit Double Bluff Beach on Whidbey Island, WA

The beach is two miles long and flat, which means it’s easy to walk and find shells, rocks (agate and jade) or go clamming.<p>The sand and the abundance …

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