Washington

By Julie Snyder The plan was simple enough. Point Van Go due north for the four-hour drive to Port Townsend, Washington, visit some friends living there, and overnight at a vintage hotel. The next day, head west to the Pacific Coast for beach time, then south to Lake Quinault Lodge

Story by K. Mitchell  Snow Photos by Paul Clemence Everyone knows what Washington, DC is supposed to look like: the Capitol, the Supreme Court, the White House and the monuments to Jefferson and Lincoln all proclaim US democracy’s debt to ancient Greece.  More contemporary ideas about a truly inclusive democracy

By Brian E. Clark When my oldest son finished his college studies a decade ago, we decamped for the Rogue River in southwest Oregon for a mellow, four-day rafting and kayaking trip with OARS, an Angels Camp, CA-based outfitter. This past summer (2019), to toast my daughter’s graduation from high school,

  Story and photos by Julie Snyder By the time the hazardous forest fire smoke over Portland had begun to dissipate, my husband, Joe, and I were frantic for fresh air. So we pointed Van Go toward Bavaria. Not that Bavaria—Americans are still personae non-gratae in Europe. But visitors are

Story & photos by Julie Snyder We looked up in awe, craning our necks to glimpse the towering treetop, partly shrouded in a silvery mist. We stretched our arms around the massive trunk, speculating how many other tree huggers with outstretched limbs would be required to embrace its girth. We

By Julie Snyder You can go home again. Especially if that home is as magical as the region surrounding Lake Chelan, a 55-mile ribbon of crystal-clear, glacier-fed water tucked into Washington’s Cascade Mountains. Just ask Heather and Dean Neff, owners of Nefarious Cellars, who apprenticed in the wine business in

By Everett Potter Where do you go in the depths of winter on the East Coast when you need a quick getaway that will amuse you, your spouse and your 10 year old daughter, a getaway that doesn’t involve expensive air travel or a ski slope? A city, of course.

Courtesy of Waterfront Bicycles, Portland. By David McKay Wilson Portland, one of America's most bike-friendly cities, is a great place to ride, with its sprawling network of trails and bike lanes that take you safely around town, and beyond the city limits to glorious cycling terrain.    After arriving in Oregon