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HADRIAN STONE DESIGN STUDIO & GALLERY IN EDISON

Art Gallery Adventure

Hadrian Stone Design Studio & Gallery

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he Hadrian Stone Design Studio & Gallery features regional and local artists with a new show every month, including impressionist Benjamin Vanderwerff. Benjamin loves painting landscapes and has recently experimented with urban nightscapes. Did you know he is also a concrete artist apprentice with gallery owner Houston? The new medium has afforded him a whole new way to make the world a more beautiful place with geometric flower pots, marbled concrete coasters and more. Houston Foist and his design team use a proprietary mixture of glass fibers, sand and concrete to create countertops, sinks, indoor/outdoor furniture, mantels and more. Envision concrete countertops that look like warm wood or luxurious stone, without the high price tag. They are able to add incredibly unique touches such as embedded memorabilia, acid etch images and text that will last a lifetime. Their incredible line of custom garden benches like the ones pictured on the left are displayed at the gallery. Hadrian Stone Design combines exquisite design and durability to create pieces that can convert your humble back yard into an elegantly styled garden. Bring sophistication and style to your garden parties with these stunning pieces. Visit the gallery during the first weekend of every month to experience reveal of a new show with live demonstrations.

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Flower & Farmland Road Trips 4 Skagit County Getaways 6 Whatcom County Getaways 7-8 Petting Zoo & Dog Parks 9 Snohomish County Getaways 10 Island County Getaways 11-12 Romantic Getaways 13

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Delicious Desserts Guide 23 NW Distilleries Tour 24 Skagit Foodie Adventures 25-26 NW Farmers Markets 27

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One-Of-A-Kind Shops 30 Bookstore Adventures 31 Meet The Artisan Makers 32 Girls Day Shopping Spree 33 Must-Try Massage Guide 34

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Do you ever feel a bit of wanderlust? A desire to seek out new adventures and get away from the usual routine? One of the things I love about the Great Northwest is that you don't have to travel far to find scenic getaways, shopping opportunities, and foodie adventures. This issue is a true labor of love with an updated design chocked full of articles about local adventures, a road trip or two, and photos from scenic regional getaways. We have expanded our focus to include Whatcom and North Snohomish County so we can feature even more great businesses, musicians, artists, nonprofits, getaways and adventures.

Not all who wander are lost, some are on a road trip. ;) Our Shopping and Services section has grown from last issue and includes a few of my favorite articles like our One-Of-A-Kind Shops article, Artisan Makers article, Must-Try Massages guide and Girls Shopping Spree article. We are happy to be welcoming a new member to our team, Rocket the NW Pup. You can find his  paw print of approval on all of the dog-friendly restaurants, breweries and shops. Check out his guide of Northwest Dog Parks on page 9.

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FARMLAND ROAD TRIPS From lavender to fresh berries to tulips, the farmland in the Northwest makes for a perfect sightseeing road trip!

 Hedlin Family Farms is a third generation

family farm growing organic and specialty greenhouse produce and berries on about 500 acres just outside the town of La Conner. 12052 Chilberg Road in La Conner

 Garden Treasures Nursery & Organic Farm

provides an unique hands-on farm experience. They set aside a portion of their vegetable farm so you can pick your own veggies. 3328 State Route 530 NE in Arlington RoozenGaarde features a beautiful 5-acre display garden planted with over 1/2 million bulbs, a 25-acre tulip field and a 20 acre daffodil field. 15867 Beaver Marsh Road in Mount Vernon

 Chocolate Flower Farm is a specialty plant nursery featuring dark maroon colored plants and chocolate themed products. 5040 Saratoga Road in Langley

 Lavender Wind Farm has 17 varieties of lavender growing in their fields that bloom at different times. You will want to roll down your window and take in the wonderful scents! 2530 Darst Road in Coupeville  Antique Rose Farm showcases hundreds of different roses, perennials, and hanging baskets making this farm a feast for the eyes! 12220 Springhetti Road in Snohomish Title

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WILLOWBROOK MANOR IN SEDRO-WOOLLEY

Skagit Getaways

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f you head about an hour north from Seattle, you’ll discover Skagit Valley, a delightful respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Famous for its tulip fields that rival those of Holland, visitors adore the charm of artistic waterfront towns and bountiful outdoor activities.

If you are fortunate enough to visit Skagit Valley in the spring, you’ll marvel at the spectacle of rows and rows of colorful tulips blanketing the county! From April 1-30th, The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival celebrates what makes this area of the PNW so special. The Festival is centered around the display gardens of RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town which boast acres of flowers and incredible photo ops! Enjoy a picturesque hike on the  Guemes Channel and Ship Harbor Trails.  Guemes Channel Trail in Anacortes is a paved road with superb views of the island of the same name. Partially made up of boardwalk, The Ship Harbor Trail borders a sandy beach and takes you through beautiful wetlands. (Get directions at www.lcl.bz/ShipTrails)

At  Little Mountain Park in Mount Vernon, be sure to allow a lot of time to explore the number and variety of paths for hikers, bikers, runners and walkers! You’ll also want to have your camera ready because the Pickering and North Viewpoints offer breathtaking, 360-degree views of Skagit Valley! You may feel like you’ve stepped into an episode of Downton Abbey when you arrive at  Willowbrook Manor in Sedro-Woolley. The grand, 9-acre estate offers unique lodging on its chamomile farm. Tea and scones are served each morning. Guests also have the option of taking a scenic countryside bicycle tour.

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Skagit County has an amazing array of sweet and delicious ice cream that is sure to satisfy your sweet-tooth! Don't forget to stop by these shops on your next Skagit Getaway! Be sure to have cash in hand for a colossal cone at the  Snow Goose Produce Market! Featuring classic flavors like Cookie Dough and exotic offerings like Black Licorice, their yummy, all-natural ice cream is presented in a homemade waffle cone.

We all scream for ice cream! C-Square Cones  is  located just a few blocks from downtown Mount Vernon. They use organic milk and cream from area farms for their delectable handmade ice cream, frozen treats, sundaes and floats.

Enjoy a family-friendly dinner and an oldfashioned ice cream sundae at Big Scoop Sundae Palace & Restaurant in Mount Vernon. They serve over a dozen types of burgers, 9 kids’ meals, 28 sundaes and 39 mouthwatering flavors of ice cream! Tucked inside a cute little blue house in Anacortes,  Mad Hatter’s Ice Cream has both hard and soft serve and lets customers get creative with “twisted” combinations! When you’re strolling through La Conner, you can’t miss the iconic  La Conner Ice Cream Tower. They serve ice cream, Hawaiian shaved ice, milkshakes and other goodies through a cute walk-up window. = NW Pup-Friendly

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ÖVN WOOD FIRED PIZZA IN FAIRHAVEN

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Historic Fairhaven Getaway

If you have an Italian grandmother, you know the food at Mambo Italiano Cafe is the real deal. Their made-from-scratch pasta, pizza, seafood and desserts are delizioso! On the third floor of the historic Sycamore Square building, you'll find The Black Cat (Le Chat Noir) restaurant, a fave of both locals and visitors. Their cool, dark and elegant ambiance might just remind you of a chic French bistro. Enjoy a glass of wine with  Övn Wood Fired Pizza's signature Fondue appetizer. Rosemary, gruyère, brussel sprouts, prosciutto - their artisanal ingredients will make your mouth water (and your tummy happy). A small-batch brewery that is BIG on adventure! Stop by Stones Throw Brewing Co. for a Raincountry Liquid Sunshine or a Total Eclipse of the Hop on your way back from a hike or before a boat ride around the bay. Their cozy taproom welcomes both kiddoes and doggies.

 Rustic Coffee + Wine Bar is a delightful

place to hang out at any time of day. Get your morning started with a Cappuccino and a Rustic Breakfast Wrap or wind down in the evening with a glass of Merlot and a White Cheese Platter. This is just a small selection of the delicious dishes and drinks that await you in the Great Northwest. Find your next foodie adventure at YummyAlert.com!

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hether you and your besties want to shop until you drop or you're looking for a fun excursion with the family, Fairhaven, Washington is filled with boutiques, eateries and beautiful views.

For a special piece of jewelry you won't find anywhere else, stop by the aptly-named  Whimsey. With an array of necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets created by over 20 artisans, it's easy to forget about time when you peruse this airy, colorful shop.

There is nothing cookie cutter about the carefully curated clothing, gifts and home decor at the  Three French Hens boutique. They carry designer apparel lines like Eileen Fisher and Tribal, elegant bath & beauty products, and stylish home decor - all with a French flair. Tres' Chic! You probably have been wine tasting but have you ever had an olive oil tasting? At  Drizzle Olive Oil and Vinegar Tasting Room, you'll be introduced to their high-quality, delicious olive oils and balsamic vinegars.

 The Chrysalis Inn & Spa has everything you need to unwind

after a day of shopping. Melt away stress with an on-site spa service, dine on regional cuisine at Keenan's at the Pier, and spend the evening in one of their luxurious guest rooms. If you like to be in the heart of the city, the The Fairhaven Village Inn is in walking distance of shops and restaurants. You will enjoy a spacious room and receive a complimentary treat at Galloway's Cocktail Bar offering drinks, small bites, desserts and more. Scanthis QRcode! www.lcl.bz/FairhavenGetaway

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A Walk In The Park In Bellingham, Washington

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tep outside and take advantage of miles of hiking trails, serene parks, and special spots in and around Bellingham that allow you to unplug from the world. With endless activities in the great outdoors, the only problem is deciding what to do first.

Dating back to the 1890s,  Whatcom Falls Park is steeped in history. The stunning combination of tranquil woods and cascading waterfalls makes for a mystic experience. The Fish Hatchery is teeming with trout that stock lakes and rivers across the state. Walk across the iconic Chuckanut Sandstone Bridge for a premium view of Whatcom Falls.

On a hot day, visitors cool off in “The Whirlpool,” a popular swimming hole that offers a 60-foot cliff for adventure seekers. Plan to play at the park the whole day? You can make use of the picnic tables, barbecue areas, playgrounds, sports courts and the pup-friendly off-leash area at the south end of the park. Art and nature collide at a one-of-a-kind city park tucked above Lake Whatcom.  Big Rock Garden Park displays dozens of original sculptures by local and international artists. The diverse collection features mediums of concrete, granite, steel, and wood. This outdoor exhibit is permanent yet ever-changing as the spring flowers give way to autumn leaves on maple trees. Open year-round from dusk until dawn, the whole family will enjoy a stroll through the peaceful grounds.

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You can reap the benefits of nature right in the heart of the city! Bellingham offers walking and biking trails that take you through neighborhoods, parks and historical landmarks.  The Old Village Trail connects Elizabeth Park and the Maritime Heritage Park. You'll pass the Pickett House, Bellingham's oldest home, and the Territorial Courthouse. The  South Bay Trail is a 4-mile (roundtrip) path with pretty views of the Bellingham Bay and San Juan Islands. It connects the business district with a charming, downtown Fairhaven. Walkers, cyclists and even equestrians appreciate the relaxed vibe of the wheelchair-accessible  Interurban Trail where Fairhaven joins with Larrabee State Park. The wooded path offers water views, a waterfall, and beach access. If you head toward Bellingham Bay, the Interurban leads to the  Lower Padden Trail. In fall and early winter, you may see spawning salmon in Padden Creek. The trail leads you to the entrance of Marine Park, where you can hunt for sand dollars on the pebbly beach, launch your kayak, and marvel at soaring herons and eagles. www.lcl.bz/bhamtrails

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THE OUTBACK KANGAROO FARM IN ARLINGTON

PETTING ZOOS If you are an animal lover, there is a virtual menagerie of critters to interact with on regional farms. We’ve compiled a list of fantastic beasts (and where to find them) in Snohomish County!

KANGAROO FARM IN ARLINGTON

You would normally have to book a trip Down Under to see amazing kangaroos and wallabies roaming free. At The Outback Kangaroo Farm, no passport is required! On a guided tour, guests can meander along with the Aussie marsupials as well as lemurs, alpacas, llamas, birds and more.

PETTING ZOO IN EVERETT

Cuteness alert! Kids of all ages will love the hands-on experience at  Forest Park Animal Farm. This compact petting zoo has a large variety of furry friends that are ready to meet you. Snuggle with a bunny, pet a goat, watch pigs play, see ducks swim, and even ride a pony!

REPTILE ZOO IN MONROE

The creatures at The Reptile Zoo may not be soft and cuddly, but they make up for that with their coolness factor! Get up close and personal with exotic reptiles from around the world. Alligators, lizards, and snakes including a deadly Black Mamba! And, no you aren’t seeing double, that's a turtle with TWO heads! Friendly zoo keepers are on hand to provide a fun and educational experience. To find out about more adventures, please visit NW.Life!

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Ruffin' It In the Northwest Take Your NW Pup To An Off Leash Dog Park

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og lovers in the Pacific Northwest will find that they have lots of options for bringing their four-legged companion with them on their outdoor adventures.

Whatcom County's Lake Padden Dog Park This dog park is packed with off-leash trails, lake areas, and fenced-in areas to let your buddy stretch his legs. Skagit County's Ace of Hearts Rotary Dog Park One and a half acres of open-run doggy playground can be found in this public park. Here you'll find two fenced areas, ample water supply for your pets, and a large covered shelter. Island County's Marguerite Brons Memorial Park If you're looking for something a little wilder, you can stop by this 13-acre dog park. Throughout the park, you'll find lush meadows and quiet woods filled with dogs of all sizes and their owners. Snohomish County's Strawberry Fields for Rover Off-Leash Park There are plenty of places for your pup to find adventure at the Strawberry Fields Dog Park. Well manicured grass areas and fenced areas provide plenty of fun for your pet.

Lake Padden Dog Park

Ace of Hearts Rotary Dog Park

Strawberry Fields Dog Park

Marguerite Brons Memorial Park

4882 S Samish Way in Bellingham 6100 152nd St NE in Marysville

3901 H Avenue in Anacortes

2837 Becker Road in Clinton

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North Snohomish County Stanwood, Arlington & Oso Getaway

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ead 15 minutes north from bustling Seattle and you'll find yourself delightfully nestled between the majestic Cascade mountains and the Salish Sea. With coastal towns, historic districts, state parks, and regional cuisine, North Snohomish County is a great day trip or weekend getaway!

A magical place that's doing important work,  Bonhoeffer Botanical Gardens in Stanwood is home to 20 acres of uniquely native NW flora, including endangered species. Kiosks provide shelter on a rainy day as well as a habitat for butterflies. There is also a mile-long wheelchair-accessible path. If you visit during the spring, prepare to be dazzled by Daffodil Hill with 400,000+ sunny, yellow daffodils surrounding a 115-year-old church. Looking for a seaside activity? Check out  Kayak Point in Stanwood, a breathtaking saltwater beach park. With 3,000 feet of shoreline along the Puget Sound, visitors can enjoy boating, fishing from the pier, and hiking.

 Centennial Trail starts in Arlington and connects it with the

historic small towns of Snohomish and Lake Stevens. The 30mile, paved path is accessible for people of all ages and abilities. Picnic tables and benches are placed along the way for you to enjoy a snack while taking in the beautiful scenery. Spend the night in a 1920's dairy barn at the  Mystic Mountain Bed & Breakfast in Oso! This country property offers 1,800 square feet of living space with kitchen access. Other themed rooms are available for rent as such as the Bear Cabin, which boasts mountain and valley views. Scanthis QRcode! www.lcl.bz/NSnoCoGetaway

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SNOCO YUMMY ALERT Taking the concept of 'dinner and a show' to another level, The Restaurant at Rhodes River Ranch in Arlington offers a view into an indoor horse arena! During special events, guests can watch horse riding and training while enjoying scrumptious surf and turf. White linens are the backdrop for artfully presented cuisine at  Bistro San Martin in Arlington. Utilizing fresh, local ingredients for their globally-inspired dishes, you'll relish everything from the first course to the housemade dessert! If you are craving a legit burger, a visit to Mammoth Burger Company in Stanwood is a must. Get your camera ready for their COLOSSAL signature burger that is perfect for sharing! When it's time to wet your whistle, get a handcrafted cold one at  Skookum Brewery in Arlington. Using primarily locally-sourced ingredients, their beers are as uniquely named (like the Murder of Crows) as they taste! You can try your luck at the slots and get a delicious brew at the  210 Brewery co. inside the Angel of the Winds Casino Resort in Arlington. Pair the Espresso Stout with their famous ‘Burnt Ends and Beans’. A brew with benefits, the kombucha on tap at  Glory Bucha in Arlington will tickle your taste buds and please your tummy! Crafted with organic ingredients, this fermented, sweetened tea may become your new fave. = NW Pup-Friendly

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ROCKAWAY BAR & GRILL ON CAMANO ISLAND

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ISLAND YUMMY ALERT

Camano Island Getaway

At Rockaway Bar & Grill, you can nosh on Portobello Mushroom Fries with one of their signature cocktails, or have a leisurely lunch in their warm and inviting atmosphere. You'll find the 3 B's at The Baked Cafe: bread, breakfast, and burgers! They do comfort food with care, grinding their own meat and making the buns fresh daily! You don't have to fly east to have New Yorkstyle pizza.  Brooklyn Bros. Pizzeria has been serving up family recipes since 1977. Got somewhere else to be? Fuhgeddaboudit! It’s time for NYC pizza on the beach! An English pub in an island setting,  Ale Spike Camano Island Brewing Co. rotates about 10 of their own crafted beers like Eagles Landing Pale and saves three taps for guest offerings. You don't have to avert your eyes at  Naked City Brewing Company, but you will see they have removed gluten from many of their great-tasting beers! Drink a brew on their large patio and try a dish from the seasonal menu. Proud to be small,  Dusty Cellars Winery takes great care with the 700 cases a year it produces. You'll savor every handcrafted sip! Empty nesters-turned-vintners, owners of  Edward Lynne Cellars are passionate about Washington varietals like their floral Madeleine Angevine and Siegerrebe white wines.

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Camano Island, Washington

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ross the Camano bridge to start your Island Getaway. Camano Island boasts miles of beaches, parks, fishing, outdoor adventures, eateries and gorgeous views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. You can jam-pack a day or spread out the many fun activities over a relaxing weekend. You'll find that Camano Island is easy to get to but really hard to leave! Fine art and nature seamlessly connect in Matzke Fine Art and Design Sculpture Park, a 10-acre outdoor gallery. As you follow the peaceful trails, you'll come upon 3-D sculptures made of iron, stone, bronze, glass and wood that rest in harmony with the evergreens and NW fauna. You can stroll through the magnificent woods on Kristoferson Farm or you can FLY through them on a zip line! The whole family can enjoy an adrenaline-filled adventure with Canopy Tours NW, offering six different zip line tours, each including a fun ride in an Unimog forest vehicle.

 Cama Beach is a stunning 433-acre state park facing Saratoga

Passage on the southwest shore of Camano Island. A variety of boats are for rent at the Cama Beach Livery. Whether you want to be hands-on and row, let the wind help you on a sailboat, or cruise the Sound in a motorboat, you'll have an amazing day on the sea.

After a day of touring the sights, retreat to luxurious waterfront lodging at the Camano Island Inn. What once was a private, family home is now a grand and elegant B&B. Scanthis QRcode! www.lcl.bz/CamanoGetaway

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SPOILED DOG WINERY IN LANGLEY

Whidbey Island Getaway

LANGLEY EATS & DRINKS

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Spyhop Public House may be a small town pub but their food is big on flavor. Their juicy burgers are made with local, Painted Hills® natural beef and the cocktails are made with freshly squeezed juices. Be sure to try The Island Sipper!

Langley, Washington

ust 30 miles north of Seattle is the largest of the isles that form Island County, WA. Whidbey Island is like ten getaways in one! With sandy beaches, forest hiking trails, fishing, wineries, restaurants and premium lodging, your to-do list will be delightfully long.

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You may have heard of tiptoeing through the tulips. At  Meerkerk Gardens you can run through the rhododendrons! You can also leisurely stroll through the ten acres of gorgeous white, pink, red, & purple blooms, passing by magical ponds and stately trees. See if you can find the "secret garden" in the woods!

The atmosphere at  Flower House Cafe is as cheerful as its menu! Located at Bayview Farm & Garden, visitors can order a yummy sandwich or a freshly made scone then happily wander through the garden center and sunny yellow arbor.

Get your exercise AND taste some great wine at the same time! The Island Style Bike Rides Vineyard Wine Tasting Tour takes you to several boutique wineries and through historic downtown Langley where you can stop and explore waterfront shops. Enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch before pedaling back to the ferry.

Sitting in the middle of an organic farm, Orchard Kitchen, is a crown jewel. They amaze guests with their always-changing, 4course menu that lets the local ingredients like fresh mussels, artisan cheese and garden mushrooms shine.

Whidbey Island Kayaking allows you to customize your time on the water with a variety of adventures to choose from like the Early Morning Light, Private Couples, and Birdwatching Kayak Tours. You’ll have the best seat in the house to take in the mountain ranges, wildlife and coastlines.

Visit the charming Whidbey Island Winery and you’ll see why they are highly regarded and award-winning vintners. Savor a glass of estate-grown Madeleine Angevine or Island White NV in the 100-year-old apple orchard.

There's no better way to get on "Island time" than staying overnight. The Saratoga Inn offers a restful home away from home, with spacious suites and deluxe guestrooms. A delicious, complimentary breakfast is served each morning and a tea service each afternoon.

 Spoiled Dog Winery raises their prize Pinot

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Noir grapes organically on their estate. As their name suggests, furry friends are welcome on the patio!

Named after a stunning Whidbey Island beach,  Double Bluff Brewing Co. is a kidand-dog-friendly taproom offering tasty beer like their Scotch Ale, brewed on-site. = NW Pup-Friendly

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RUSTICA CAFE IN OAK HARBOR

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Romantic Getaways

Is there anything better than fresh pnw mussels? Fresh local mussels prepared in a bath of sage butter, shallots, garlic, cream, and house-cured bacon with a splash of bourbon. 670 SE Pioneer Way #102 in Oak Harbor

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ove your partner from the earth to the moon? Want to treat them real soon? Use our Romantic Getaways guide to plan a weekend getaway that'll make them swoon!

Enjoy a romantic island stay at Wildwood Farm Bed & Breakfast in Oak Harbor! Venture through their 80-acres of wooded trails and pastoral roads perfect for a long romantic walk! Experience life on a real horse farm by observing their professional staff caring for over 50 horses or be a little adventurous with their lessons and trail riding.

Indulge in luxury at the  Country Cottage in Langley! They offer cottages with a private deck, cozy fireplace and relaxing hot tub. Overlooking the Puget Sound, guests can enjoy a view of the water from their bed! The Chuckanut Manor in Bow has two properties on scenic Highway 11 - a 2-bedroom suite and a 1-bedroom cabin stocked with continental breakfast items for an indulgent breakfast in bed! You'll catch amazing sunsets as you walk to the nearby Chuckanut Restaurant.

FLYERS RESTAURANT & BREWERY IN OAK HARBOR

OYSTER SHOOTERS A blend of their house cocktail sauce, freshly shucked oyster, a splash of vodka and lemon juice come together to create a delicious and fiery seafood experience you're going to love! 32295 State Route 20 in Oak Harbor

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Viewmont Manor Bed & Breakfast in historic Fairhaven is just minutes from the water, the forest and the city of Bellingham. This relaxing retreat pampers lodgers with coffee, tea and scones delivered right to your door. They even have a full breakfast in their downstairs dining room. With five elegantly appointed guest suites, the River Rock Inn Bed & Breakfast in Arlington is a retreat focused on pampering. Melt away stress in the on-site spa and savor the multi-course homemade breakfast each morning. www.lcl.bz/RomanticGetaways

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Whidbey Veterans Resource Center

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en years ago, a couple searched for help for their son who was struggling after his return from combat deployment. Finding no local services, they created the Whidbey Veterans Resource Center (WVRC). Today, the WVRC carries on the original mission of creating a place for Veterans to have camaraderie with their fellow vets, receive counseling, and get assistance with the VA benefits and healthcare system.

"Many Veterans we meet are unaware of the benefits for which they are eligible and we can help them with the application process," explains Volunteer Coordinator Dana Sawyers. The WVRC offers educational VA benefit sessions, aid with paperwork, and rides to the VA facilities in Seattle. Veterans and spouses, many of whom are senior citizens, are paired with what they call a "co-pilot" to help navigate the large VA facility. Groups for men, women, and spouses meet weekly for fellowship and support at the WVRC. In 2018, the WVRC added two new programs including a rideshare van offering free transportation to the VA facilities for veterans & their families and free confidential counseling during after hours. Their licensed mental health counselor and fellow Veteran, Jeffrey L. Rogers, has years of experience helping those who've served in the military and their families. If you are interested in making a financial contribution, please visit their website.

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Watch our video interview with members of the Whidbey Veterans Resource Center to learn more about this amazing group. The members of the Whidbey Veterans Resource Center range from Veterans and their spouses who want to help their fellow service men and women to local residents who want to give back to those who served our country. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer. You can provide rides for Veterans and their families to the VA facilities using the WVRC ride-share van, train to be a services officer and answer Veteran's questions, or just keep the coffee pot brewing. To make an appt or find out how you can get involved, please call (360) 331-8081.

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Art& Music "The town ofAnacortes has served as the inspiration and hometown for many local and regional bands. Anacortes has often been considered to be at the center of the vibrant and varied music scene in Skagit County." LADY OF THE SEA STATUE AT SEAFARERS’ MEMORIAL PARK © MARIANNE STICKLES


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Featured NW Musican: The Sky Colony

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he Sky Colony once had their sound described as “music my dad would listen to” . At first, the lead vocalist Kyle Findley-Meier didn’t know what to think, but the more that he thought about it, the more it made sense. They draw inspiration from the 60s & 70s-style folk and artists like Neil Young and Jackson Browne. “That kind of music was not only awesome but pivotal for social shift,” Kyle explained. The band embraced the description, making the phrase their tagline.

Their creative process begins and ends with emotion. Kyle relishes the opportunity to be around other artists he admires. "I really enjoy emotive vocalists - people who can sing a song and make you feel it," he explained. Founders and songwriters, Kyle Findley-Meier and Ben Meyer are inspired by the human experiences and challenges we all have to work through. Kyle and Ben started by collaborating on music together longdistance by sending cds through the mail, before Kyle took a job working on the same farm as Ben in Oregon. Kyle received a call from a friend of a friend in Washington who had lyrics they wanted to make into songs. Through the process of taking these lyrics and transforming them into songs, Kyle and Ben realized they could make this band thing work, so they both moved back up to Washington. A week before their first concert, they received a call from the commissioner of the project, they decided they wanted to keep the lyrics private. So they had to write new lyrics to all of their songs, in just one week! The audience loved the new lyrics, so they forged on creating their unique blend of psychedelic folk and indie rock.

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Kyle Finley-Meier is the lead vocalist, plays Rhythm Guitar and writes songs with lead guitarist Ben Meyer. Jeff Lacy plays the drums, and Marcus Nevitt plays the keyboard and lap steel guitar. Kyle loves the process of working with musicians who are great at their craft. He can bring lyrics and a melody to the rest of the band members, and each one will fill in the song with their own instruments until they have a completed track.

The Sky Colony is working on their second full-length album which will come out later this year. Recorded in Whatcom County, they focus the original music on internal healing and the need for “unity amidst chaos.” To find out more about The Sky Colony and hear their music, check out their website: TheSkyColonyMusic.com.

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Photo Highlight

MARIANNE STICKLES

Photographer Marianne Stickles got her start with a Canon AE-1 when the film was painstakingly developed in a darkroom, unlike the instant gratification of today's digital cameras. "The darkroom was great fun, and I loved everything about it," she recalls. "It was mesmerizing to see the film develop before your eyes!"

Her inspiration is as vast as some of her subjects, from a sunset that sweeps vibrant color across the sky to the intricacies of a single flower. But secretly her favorite may be trees.

"I see so much in a tree. I love every part of them - leaves, bark, the way the limbs stretch out. There can be such a gracefulness about them. On the other end of the spectrum, how many of us have seen 'scary' trees of childhood books? They provoke emotion." Poplar trees stand at attention like soldiers in her dazzling photograph of a daffodil field at sunrise (shown here). Marianne marvels at how the pinks and golds mixed with the blue sky. "What a sunrise this was! The colors were amazing. It really was glorious! I love the way [the trees] stand so straight and stately." In Skagit County, she only needs to walk outside her door for more inspiration. "All of it is inspiring to me. There are so many options for a photographer. Fifteen minutes from home can give me a boost for the entire day. We live in an awesome place."

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BRENDA CALVERT You would be hard-pressed to look at Brenda Calvert’s artwork and not instantly smile. Her color palettes and ability to bring out beauty in everyday objects is a heartening combination. The Lynden artist’s style is realism, which results in photograph-like paintings. When she started out, Brenda took her own photos. Today, she works from her client’s precious pictures which she brings to life on the canvas.

“I love to create pieces of art for my clients from their special memories,” she explains. Brenda’s medium of choice is acrylics because they allow her to blend colors and have a quick drying time. She uses them to paint her favorite subjects: landscapes, flower bouquets and birds, especially sparrows. Brenda teaches art classes for all age ranges from kids to adults. She loves being an example of a working artist to her students, being able to answer their questions and guide them on their journey. She recently completed a Barn Series, and didn’t have to look far for a muse. “I’m inspired by the land in Whatcom County. It’s so beautiful here!” While some of the barns are from her hometown, she also created the hashtag: #BrendaShouldPaintThis on Instagram. Followers submitted their barn photos and Brenda picked one to paint each month. The lucky winner received a copy of it. The final collection includes quaint barns from all over the United States. To view Brenda Calvert’s art, commission a custom work, or learn more about her art classes for kids, visit brendacalvertart.com.

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Yummy Alert “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virgina Woolf

COA MEXICAN EATERY IN MOUNT VERNON


ENCORE RESTAURANT IN BOW

It's Date Night!

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FLYERS RESTAURANT & BREWHOUSE IN BURLINGTON

levate your next date night with a Romantic Foodie Adventure at Encore Restaurant inside The Skagit Casino Resort in Bow!

Try Flyers' amazing hummus plate and enjoy baked pita bread with the delicious creaminess of hummus, sweet peppers, carrots, celery, cucumbers and olive tapenade. 15426 Suite B Airport Drive in Burlington

Set the mood with a Mint Julep where smooth small-batch Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon meets crisp mint and sugar to create a drink worthy of a derby (or just a night out)! Then, indulge in the melt-inyour-mouth Filet Mignon that marries the succulent flavor of tenderloin with the bite of Point Reyes Blue cheese. Served with a stack of garlic & Gruyère scalloped potatoes and fresh asparagus, this flavorful locally sourced, grass-fed prime beef tenderloin is guaranteed to make any evening special! Finally, prove your love by sharing a dessert you really want all to yourself... Salted Caramel Cheesecake. Almond biscotti crumbles serve as the crust for this New York Style cheesecake blanketed with white chocolate mousse and salted caramel. Finished with a shard of peanut brittle and served in a glass jar. Love is in the air at the Encore Restaurant.

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CEVICHE TOSTADAS The Northwest fresh flavor of seasonal fish blends with tropical mango and delicious sweet onion. Served up on two crunchy corn tostadas with a topping of pico de gallo. 517 S 1st Street in Mount Vernon

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FARMSTRONG BREWING CO. IN MOUNT VERNON

TRULY LOCAL BEER Every glass of Farmstrong Beer comes from grain that was grown, malted, and brewed in Skagit County. It's the freshest, most "truly local" beer you can drink. All ages welcome!

VALLEY SHINE DISTILLERY IN MOUNT VERNON

110 Stewart Road in Mount Vernon

NW Distilleries Tour

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he PNW is known for its great wine, but the distillery tasting scene is really hot, too! We have about a dozen craft distilleries right here in Whatcom, Skagit, Island and Snohomish counties. Focused on brewing small batches made with locally sourced ingredients, you can enjoy fine spirits like gin, vodka, rum, whiskey, and liqueurs in their welcoming tasting rooms. Cheers!

MAGNOLIA GRILL IN SEDRO-WOOLLEY

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LOBSTER SATURDAYS

SKAGIT COUNTY

Get crackin' at Magnolia Grill on Saturdays for fresh, sweet and decadent lobster dinners. Served with soup of the day or house salad, seasonal veggies and your choice of potatoes.

BelleWood Distilling in Lynden Daily from 8am-5pm  Chuckanut Bay Distillery in Bellingham Tues-Fri 12pm-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm  Deception Distilling in Anacortes Call for hours (360) 588-1000  Valley Shine Distillery in Mount Vernon Tues-Thurs 11am-8:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9:30pm, Sun 11am-6pm Wheelhouse Distillery in Anacortes Sat-Sun 11am-4pm

208 Ferry Street in Sedro-Woolley

ISLAND COUNTY

Cadée Distillery in Clinton Call for hours (360) 341-5120  Cultus Bay Distillery in Clinton By appt only, call (206) 295-9551 Mutiny Bay Distillery in Freeland Mon,Thurs-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm  Whidbey Island Distillery in Langley Daily from 11am-5pm

NORTH SNOHOMISH COUNTY

Bad Dog Distillery in Arlington Thurs-Fri 12pm-6pm, Sat 12pm-5pm, Sun 12pm-4pm  Dry County Distillery in Marysville Mon-Thurs 1pm-6pm, Fri 1pm-4pm, Sun 12pm-5pm 

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TRUMPETER PUBLIC HOUSE IN MOUNT VERNON

FISH & CHIPS This delicious dish starts with Alaskan Cod hand-dipped in tempura batter then fried and served with seasoned fries & tarter. Did we mention these fish & chips are gluten-free? 416 Myrtle Street in Mount Vernon

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VALLEY GRIND IN MOUNT VERNON

SKAGIT FOOD DISTRIBUTION CENTER During the annual Take A Bite For Skagit fundraiser participating restaurants donate a percentage of their sales to raise funds for Community Action's Skagit Food Distribution Center. This centralized distribution center provides for all of the food banks in Skagit County.

They work behind the scenes to provide 1.5 million pounds of food to 15 local food banks and 4 hot meal programs serving over 45,000 Skagit County residents annually. In addition to being the central distribution hub of Skagit County, they work to serve vulnerable populations in our community by coordinating healthy food delivery to homebound seniors and weekend lunches for school children across the county. They believe that all Skagitonians should have access to healthy, nutritious food to thrive at school, work, and at home. They buy produce from local farms that is in high demand, but less frequently donated such as beets, cabbage, carrots, green beans, tomatillos, etc. They also purchase top quality produce at a discount while helping local farmers to cover their harvest costs when a purchase deal falls through. Proceeds from last year's Take A Bite For Skagit went directly to purchasing, storing, and distributing fresh produce items to the 15 foods banks and 4 hot meal programs.

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From Day To Night

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et ready for a tasty adventure that begins with breakfast and ends with after-dinner drinks! Plan your day with these yummy stops in mind:

COFFEE & PASTRIES Grab a decadent Almond Roca Latte at

 Stop N' Go Espresso in West Mount Vernon and pair it with a freshly baked treat supplied by Train Wreck Bar & Grill. If you're in Burlington or Mount Vernon,  Woods Coffee has a sweet White Chocolate Mocha and tempting muffins (like the Berry Cream Cheese)! Don't miss  Valley Grind's tiny, blue coffee

stand in West Mount Vernon! Drive up and enjoy a delicious French Vanilla Latte with one of their fresh, seasonal scones. Milk and cookies? How about a Blended Caramel Latte and a Giant Cookie at  The Coffee Barn! Stop by one of their four convenient locations in Skagit County.

BREAKFAST & BRUNCH It's the most important meal of the day, so start yours off right at  The Woolley Market in SedroWoolley with a scrumptious Breakfast Croissant. The Farmhouse Restaurant in Mount Vernon serves up Swedish Pancakes with homemade lingonberry butter! It's really not brunch without a Mimosa.  Third Street Cafe in Mount Vernon uses organic orange juice in the classic morning cocktail. AFTER-DINNER DRINKS It's always 5 o'clock somewhere! Unwind with a Juicy Red Flight, a trio of red wines, at  La Conner Sips. Find your new fave with a Beer Tasting Flight at  Birdsview Brewing Company in Concrete. Head over to La Conner for the distinctive, herb & citrus-infused Polish Vodkas at Anelia's Kitchen & Stage. They are made in-house!

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Skagit Comfort Food

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e've got three scrumptious Foodie Adventures featuring all of your fave comfort foods. Burgers, pizza and tacos, oh my!

BURGERS Guacamole isn't just for tortilla chips! After you try the yummy Guacamole Bacon Burger at  Birdsview Burgers in Concrete, guac may become your favorite burger accessory. Also on State Route 20, Cascade Burgers offers another way to eat bacon: in their decadent Blue Cheese and Bacon Burger! A premium American Kobe Beef Burger is waiting for your choice of toppings at  La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib House. The signature Havoc Burger from Flyers Restaurant & Brewhouse in Burlington does suggest mayhem with its killer combo of BBQ sauce, double-smoked bacon and onion rings. PIZZA Love both barbecue and pizza? You don't have to choose! Cascade Pizza in Sedro-Woolley has an all-in-one BBQ Chicken Pizza. Head over to Concrete for  Annie's Pizza Station's Supreme Pizza. With three different meats and lots of veggies, they aren't kidding around. With a Take 'N' Bake Hawaiian pie from Papa Murphy's Pizza in Anacortes, you can have hot, bubbly pizza right out of your own oven. Aloha!



MEXICAN Why have one taco when you can have THREE?! Try the delicious Trio of Tacos at La Catrina Tacos & Tequila in downtown Mount Vernon. COA Mexican Eatery in Mount Vernon is serving crazy-good Chicken Tinga Loco Burritos with a nice, smoky heat. In Anacortes,  Frida's Gourmet Mexican Cuisine treats guests to special, authentic dishes like their Lamb de Kahlo. Do you like chocolate mole sauce? Do you like fries? Then head over to Santo Coyote Mexican Kitchen in La Conner for their Mole Fries smothered with sauce and cheese! www.yum.bz/ComfortFood

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CIAO IN COUPEVILLE

CIAO-A-BUNGA PIZZA Every bite of the Ciao-a-Bunga Pizza is filled with their five cheese blend, fresh ricotta, Hawaiian pineapple, Prosciutto and herbs cooked just right to bring out the best flavors. 701 N Main Street In Coupeville

MOUNT VERNON FARMERS MARKET

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Bellingham Farmers Market - Barkely Square Wed 3pm-7pm Ferndale Farmers Market - 1985 Main Street Fri 2pm-6pm Bellingham Farmers Market - 1100 Railroad Avenue Sat 10am-3pm Blaine Gardener’s Market - H Street Plaza Sat 10am-2pm  Lummi Island Saturday Market - 2106 S. Nugent Road Sat, 10am-1pm Lynden Farmers Market - 319 Grover Street Sat 10am-2pm 

SKAGIT COUNTY

Mount Vernon Farmers Market - 1415 Kincaid Street Weds 11am-4pm Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market - Ferry Street & Metcalf Street Weds 3pm-7pm  Bow Farmers Market - 15115 Bow Hill Road Thurs 1pm-6pm  Skagit Up River Farmers Market - 45218 Fir Street in Concrete Fri, Sat & Sun 9am-4pm Anacortes Farmers Market - 611 R Avenue Sat 9am-2pm  Concrete Saturday Market - 45821 Railroad Street Sat 9am-3pm Mount Vernon Farmers Market - 501 Main Street Sat 9am-2pm  Edison Farmers Market - 14136 Gilmore Avenue Sun 10am-2pm

ISLAND COUNTY

TASTE OF INDIA IN MOUNT VERNON

MANGO CURRY Indulge in authentic Indian cuisine with the Mango Curry at Taste Of India! Served with rice and naan, this dish is mind-blowingly good! Be sure to pair it with their Chai Tea! 420 W Gates Street In Mount Vernon

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Camano Commons Farmers Market - 848 N. Sunrise Blvd. Tues 3pm-7pm  Oak Harbor Farmers' Market - SR 20 at 4th Avenue Thurs 4pm-7pm Bayview Farmers Market - Bayview Road, off of Hwy 525 Sat 10am-2pm  Coupeville Farmers Market 788 NW Alexander Street Sat 10am-2pm  Langley Farmers Market - Frick Lane between 1st & 2nd Street Fri 2pm-6pm South Whidbey Tilth Farmers Market - 2812 Thompson Road Sat 11am-2pm

NORTH SNOHOMISH COUNTY

Stanwood Farmers Market - 8727 271st NW Fri 2pm-6pm Arlington Farmers Market - 200 North Olympic Avenue Sat 10am-3pm Marysville Farmers Market - 1035 State Avenue Sat 10am-2pm www.lcl.bz/NWFarmersMarkets

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Balance Your Health With Juicing By Dr. A. Nicholas Martin, D.C., C.C.E.P.

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o perfectly balance your health you need three basic things: a healthy diet, regular daily exercise and regular chiropractic adjustments!

BeginnerJuice Recipe

Juicing is the path of least resistance when it comes to consistently getting all the nutrients your body needs. It is the fastest way to add all the fruits and vegetables you need with the least amount of effort.

For example, one glass of carrot juice can contain as many nutrients as three carrots. Drinking a glass of juice is a lot easier than eating three carrots. Especially when the alternative is often eating no carrots at all. The more nutrient-rich raw materials you consume, the more energy is available. Your body uses a process to store and use energy that I like to refer to as energy cash. The amount of energy cash available to your body affects how efficiently you are able to perform day-to-day tasks. It even affects how much energy you have to sleep efficiently. When your body does not have enough energy cash, you need a kind of jump start to provide that boost of energy and that is where juicing comes into play. I encourage everyone to get a juicer and drink at least one glass per day.

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3 stalks of celery 1/2 large cucumber, cut into quarters 1 medium apple, cut into eighths 3 carrots, with the tops removed Optional add-ons: Golden beets, ginger, spinach (you can't even taste it!), or a pinch of mint.

Wash and cut each of the ingredients. Juice all of the veggies and fruit. Drink the juice right away, or save it in an airtight mason jar for up to 24 hours in the fridge.

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Shopping & Services The Great Northwest is filled with great boutiques, unique shops, salons and spas. Plan your next shopping spree and finish the day with a massage at a regional spa!


HOLIDAY SPORTS IN BURLINGTON

NORTHWEST EXCELLENCE Since 1984, the knowledgeable staff at Holiday Sports has helped enthusiasts enjoy the ultimate experience in fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, and boating.

FERRY STREET ANTIQUE MALL IN SEDRO-WOOLLEY

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One-Of-A Kind Shops

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f you love hunting for one-of-a-kind items, we have a few great stops for a day of antiquing, salvaging, and shopping local!

A FINE VINTAGE With many vendors under one roof, you're bound to find some gems at Ferry St. Antique Mall in SedroWoolley. They carry an impressive variety of toys, books, postcards, antiques, collectibles, and home decor. Perusing through the vast assortment of vintage goodies at The Red Door Antique Mall in Mount Vernon is like a walk down memory lane! From classic kitchen wares to furniture to fun knick-knacks, it's easy to lose track of time.  Red Rooster Antique Mall in Freeland is a charming red building housing cottage style home decor and antiques. If you find a piece that just needs a little love, they carry a line of paints and finishes to give it a second life!

NASTY JACK'S ANTIQUES IN LA CONNER

ANTIQUING ADVENTURE Nasty Jack's Antiques has a breathtaking selection of antique and reproduction furniture to fit every budget, hundreds of unique gifts, tin signs, estate finds, and more. 103 Morris Street In La Conner

SECOND CHANCES If you're looking for that special element for a remodel or project,  Skagit Building Salvage in West Mount Vernon has everything from corbels and doors to lighting and chairs. The  RE Store in Bellingham has 20,000 square feet of cabinets, lumber, plumbing parts and endless possibilities to turn castaways into a cool DIY project! FOR ART'S SAKE You can literally take a piece of Whidbey Island home with you!  MAKE Whidbey General Store in Clinton features cutting boards and other items made with island wood as well as handcrafted soap, candles, yarn and totes.  Artisans Mercantile in Snohomish is little shop that believes in quality over quantity. They carry a curated collection of distinctive products and gifts made by artists and crafters right here in the PNW. Scanthis www.lcl.bz/OneOfAKindShops QRcode! Sign-up for our Newsletter at NW.Life/Newsletter

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GBROS IN BURLINGTON

FURNITURE LIQUIDATION Make sure your office is well-furnished with GBros Inc. They have been providing affordable, high-quality office equipment for customers in Skagit County since 1999. 170 N. Burlington Blvd In Burlington

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DOCKING BAY 93 IN MOUNT VERNON

COMIC BOOKS Whether you are looking for comic books, board games, trading cards, collectibles or toys, Docking Bay 93 has something fun for your favorite geek. 224 Stewart Road In Mount Vernon

VILLAGE BOOKS IN FAIRHAVEN

Bookstore Adventures Escape In A Great Book

WIND & TIDE BOOKSHOP IN OAK HARBOR

FOR LOCALS! The Wind and Tide Bookshop has a local author and local topic section with maps, birdwatching guides, plant guides, and local history books! 790 SE Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor

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here’s nothing like escaping into a great book. You’ll see why the Northwest is a book lover’s dream when you go on our Bookstore Adventure!

 Village Books in Fairhaven is a three-story bookstore offering new, used, and bargain books. Upstairs you can get a latte and a truffle from Evolve Chocolate + Cafe to enjoy while you read your book. You can also find handmade gifts for writers and book lovers in their Paper Dreams gift shop next door! What goes together better than a book and a cup of Joe? Why, a book, coffee, AND a chocolate chip cookie, of course!  Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse in Anacortes accepts books for trade credit or cash. They also sell delicious coffee, delectable cookies and thousands of used and rare books each month!

If you like a good hunt,  Easton's Books in Mount Vernon specializes in used, out-of-print and collectible books. You can find the volume you want from their inventory on their website. They have subjects ranging from Agriculture to Travel.

SKAGIT VALLEY FOOD CO-OP IN MOUNT VERNON

HIDDEN BOOKSHOP On the 2nd floor of the Co-Op, you'll find a treasure trove of books, including cookbooks, self-help, nature, and books by local authors. 202 S 1st Street In Mount Vernon

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A lovely seaside shop on the Swinomish Channel,  Seaport Books in La Conner is your go-to spot for books related to the Pacific Northwest. They feature books for all ages and books by local authors. Stop in and create a custom gift basket for the bookworm in your life from their wide array of titles and reading accessories. Grab your bookmark and check out the warmth and charm of the many bookstores in upper left Northwest! www.lcl.bz/NWBookstores

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BLUE WATER POTTERY IN BELLINGHAM

Meet The Artisan Makers

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he Great Northwest is home to many gifted artisans who create one-of-a-kind wares and specialty food for the discerning shopper.

ARTISAN GIFTS Artist and designer Shelby Sneva of Sown Designs creates stunning, fine and re-purposed leather accessories inspired by the PNW. Whether you choose a Mountain Scape Tri-Fold Wallet or a Reversible Braided Cuff, you’ll be thrilled with her distinctive fashions. The hand-thrown dishes, bowls and cups of Blue Water Pottery are stunning enough to put on display but practical for everyday use. Artist Jeremy Noet and his wife Megan use vivid colors and glazes for a stunning effect on every piece.

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GEAR FOR YOUR NW LIFE From Anacortes to the former city of Bug to Livermore Garage, these fun tees are designed by our team of local artists using local lore and history. New designs added all the time! www.NW.Life/Gear

ARTISAN HOME & BODY CARE PRODUCTS Leaf Soaps are as luxurious as they are beneficial to your skin. From body balms and bars to herbal soaps wrapped in soft wool made right in Skagit Valley, taking care of yourself has never been so lovely. Created by a cancer survivor, Leslie Jane Naturals uses nontoxic, eco-friendly ingredients in her home care products. With essential oils that smell as good as they work, cleaning your house might just become therapeutic! ARTISAN FOOD MAKERS Whether you pick a classic flavor like Heavenly Fig or a specialty flavor like Peach Bourbon, the premium jams and syrups at 3 Generations Jam are utterly delicious! Mom-daughter team, Jan and Becca, source the best ingredients from local farms. Cascade Shrub Farm specializes in a unique concoction of fruit, vinegar and sugar. Creators Josh and Tomo add local flavors to the refreshing drink that can be mixed with sparkling water or added to your favorite cocktail. Scanthis www.lcl.bz/MeetTheMakers QRcode! Follow us on Facebook.com/realNWLife

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UNIQUE CHIC JEWELRY IN BURLINGTON

MODERN MEETS VINTAGE Unique Chic Jewelry combines modern designs with vintage beads to make classy and elegantly designed necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Great for gifts! UniqueChicJewelry.com

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STYLE NW We share beautiful before & afters, awesome sales, fashion advice and wellness tips from regional and local salons, spas, boutiques, clothing shops, and jewelers. Instagram.com/StyleInTheNW

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PAVE JEWELRY & DESIGN IN MOUNT VERNON

HEIRLOOM JEWELRY Pave is a local provider of beautiful, heirloom quality jewelry. Their delicate pendants, stunning bracelets, and rings are the perfect finishing touch to your favorite outfits. 725 S 1st Street In Mount Vernon

hether you are looking to update your wardrobe or do a house make over, it’s time to get the girls together and go on a shopping spree at some of the regions most stylish boutiques.

Maple + Moss Boutique is located in the historic area of downtown Snohomish and features wardrobe must-haves like cozy sweats, the perfect little black dress, and fun graphic tee's.

 Fringe Boutique In Bellingham is a great stop if you’re looking

to dress up your wardrobe with the perfect heels or a cozy cardigan for layering up in the NW weather.

Pretty Simple Boutique in Burlington is a woman's fashion boutique showcasing a collection of cute clothes, essential accessories, and trendy jewelry.



Posh Upscale Resale & Handbag Consignment Store in Bellingham are two stores under one roof! You can browse their designer consignment clothes and find the perfect purse to match! Featuring styles by Gucci, Chanel, Burberry, and others at discount prices.

AQUA GIFTS IN COUPEVILLE

GIFT SHOP ON PENN COVE Located in a historic building built in 1890 overlooking Penn Cove, Aqua Gifts offers an eclectic array of jewelry, lotions, home decor items, gifts, women's clothing, and shoes. 2 Front Street NE In Coupeville

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Collections Boutique in Coupeville is a quaint clothing shop for ladies that appreciate distinctive, well-made fashion and accessories. With quality lines including Habitat, Picadilly, and Tribal, you'll find an outfit (or two) that makes you look chic! Find even more boutiques on FB.com/StyleInTheNW!

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THE GETAWAY PACKAGE Spend some quality time with your bestie! The Getaway Package at The Apothecary Spa is designed for two but it's also the perfect solo escape. Enjoy two, stress-melting treatments including: a 60-minute Signature Massage with an amazing Nourishing Scalp Massage and a 60-minute Signature Organic Facial customized to your unique skin type. Arrive early so you can take full advantage of the Eucalyptus Steam Room and relax in the Sanctuary! THE APOTHECARY SPA INSIDE THE MAJESTIC INN & SPA IN ANACORTES

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Treat Yourself To A Massage

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ometimes you just need to take some time to treat yourself and unwind from the tension of the hectic pace of modern life, and there’s no better way than with a massage. We've created this guide with a selection spas offering different types of massage.

Red T Spa in Arlington (360) 657-0507 Must try: Quick Pick Me Up Massage Treat yourself from headto-toe in just an hour. This package includes their herbal bath foot exfoliation, a facial, a paraffin treatment, and a massage. The Suite Salon & Spa in Arlington (360) 435-1593 Must try: Ultimate Neck & Shoulder Massage Hydrotherapy, aromatherapy and trigger point therapy are combined with traditional massage techniques for Ultimate relaxation.

SPERO SKIN SPA SALON IN MOUNT VERNON

AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE Featuring beneficial essential oils like lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus, this massage will melt away tight muscles while calming your mind at the same time. 1400 Riverside Drive A in Mount Vernon

The Seaside Spa & Salon in Coupeville (360) 678-0508 Must try: Warm Honey Massage This spa uses rosemary and honey combined with rhythmic massage to boost microcirculation and help you unwind in just one visit. Adara Salon & Spa in Mount Vernon (360) 336-2985 Must try: Elemental Nature Massage Let their heated bed soothe your aches and pains and enjoy your favorite Aveda aroma during this custom tailored experience including Acupressure, Swedish Massage, and Hot Stone therapy. Zazen Spa in Bellingham (360) 715-1050 Must try: Signature Jade Stone Massage Relax as this spa uses jade stones to relieve muscle tension and alleviate pain without any discomfort.

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DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE Deep-set knots and tension? Get relief from your stiff neck and upper back with the Deep Tissue Massage that reaches deeper layers of muscle than traditional massages. 301 E Rio Vista Ave in Burlington

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The Story Behind The Lens

FEATURED NW PHOTOGRAPHER

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Marianne Stickles, Photographer from Mount Vernon

ver the 15 years on-staff at a community newspaper in California, Marianne Stickles' responsibilities were taking pictures connected to news stories, city council meetings, and community events including award ceremonies and banquet dinners. Today, she cannot wait to get out into the beautiful outdoors to share what she sees through her lens of our vivid sunsets, farmland vistas, soaring eagles, and all of the beauty the PNW has to offer.

The Barn on the front cover - The moody sunset behind the barn was captured by Marianne as she stayed close to the road. Marianne recalls the sunset and smokey skies that colored it from a forest fire that reflected light in the barn windows giving a reddish tinge to the golden wheat. The Tulips on this back cover - Marianne's desire for a photo of tulips with a unique perspective paid off. "This shot shows a worker getting an early morning head start clipping off the tops of the tulips," she explains. The bright blue sky is a delightful contrast to the rows of cheerful pink flowers.

Marianne is passionate about capturing the heart of the many unique places she loves in the PNW.

"Photography gives an opportunity to see life and nature through the photographer's eyes. It's about creating an experience for the viewer and the hopes that there's a connection made to enjoy something that I see and want to pass on to others."

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