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Wednesday, January 27, 2016 -- 12:04 am
Escape to Latigo for a Nordic winter wonderland
The Woodinville Weekly - Colorado is known for its mountains, among a number of other notable standouts. People come from all over the globe to photograph these impressive behemoths, scale their rugged peaks, hike, bike and horseback on their countless scenic trails and simply relish the opportunity to rejuvenate mind, body and soul by breathing in their intoxicating air. Located amid this awe-inducing landscape are numerous dude ranches where city slickers who have never been astride a horse join expert equestrians looking to challenge their skills in the rugged terrain. The ranches are a magnet for all kinds of folks, especially families seeking a fun and memorable, all-ages, outdoor adventure vacation. Read more...
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 -- 12:34 am
Big Bend beckons
The Woodinville Weekly - I had no control over my burro. The spirited creature obviously had a mind of his own as he took off at a fast clip, then veered over and attempted to squeeze between two of his friends. At one point my stirrups hooked onto those of another rider's and we were locked leg to leg. Laughing uncontrollably, we bounced down the road like two Siamese twins linked together, eventually arriving at our destination - the tiny village of Boquillas, Mexico. Easing off my animal in a most ungraceful way, I decided that burro riding did not rank among my favorite means of transportation. Read more...
Friday, November 13, 2015 -- 1:09 am
Reboot your mind, body, spirit at Sunrise Springs
The Woodinville Weekly - I confess I've never been a fan of chickens. They always seem like nervous and high strung birds, and their pecking and quick movements are unsettling to me. I would have never imagined that these creatures could be used in the realm of animal-assisted therapy. Dogs, yes. Horses, sure. But, chickens? They couldn't possibly bring a sense of calm and comfort to people. Then I was introduced to Blanco and his gang and something special happened. Read more...
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 -- 5:57 pm
Enchanting Prague and beyond
The Woodinville Weekly - No Czech city has been written and talked about as much as Prague, the country's picturesque capital. It's a magical place where history comes alive and the mysteries of the past are revealed through the town's uniquely preserved historical center. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Prague boasts Romanesque chapels, Gothic cathedrals and Baroque palaces and gardens, making it a showcase of architectural masterpieces dating back centuries ago. Nicknamed "the city of a hundred spires" for its numerous towers, this European capital is regarded as a medieval jewel. Read more...
Monday, October 12, 2015 -- 5:47 pm
Stroll, sip and savor the delights of storied Carmel-by-the-Sea
The Woodinville Weekly - To say that Carmel-by-the-Sea is dog-friendly is an understatement. The famed California central coast town, rated the #1 Dog Friendly Town in America, welcomes man's best friend with open arms. Pet owners and their canines can dine together al fresco on many of the local restaurants' patios, and numerous stores have water bowls outside their doors, making it convenient to satisfy Fido's thirst as you stroll the streets. Snacks are also readily on hand as shopkeepers happily dispense doggy treats to well behaved canines. At Carmel Beach, you and your pup have more than enough space to roam, sans leash. Come nighttime, canine-friendly accommodations abound among the forty plus boutique inns, B&Bs and distinctive hotels. At the Cypress Inn, for example, which is partly owned by ardent animal lover/actress Doris Day, pet owners can bring their furry pals into their hotel rooms, enjoy happy or "yappy" hour, doggy turn-downs and even high tea together in the lobby. It's a veritable who's who of breeds, sizes and personalities, and surprisingly everyone gets along - four-legged creatures as well as two! Read more...
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 -- 8:54 pm
Educational family fun is a guarantee in D.C.
The Woodinville Weekly - Washington D.C. is a vacation destination magnet for families. It's a vibrant place, where history comes alive, and children can get an up close and personal view of the workings of our nation's capital. Visiting D.C., however, should ideally be reserved for a time when kids are old enough to appreciate and understand the sights and experiences this city offers. They need to have patience to stand in lines and listen to tour guides, along with the stamina to walk the necessary distances that the city demands of its visitors. It's also advantageous for children to have studied or to currently be learning something about U.S. history and government in order for such a trip to have maximum benefit. That being said, kids of all ages can have an enriching experience in D.C., approaching it from whatever perspectives they possess. Read more...
Sunday, August 30, 2015 -- 11:12 pm
Experience the WOW factor of Sweetwater County, Wyoming
The Woodinville Weekly - Sweetwater County, Wyoming isn't a destination on many travelers' lists. In fact, most folks have never heard of the place. In comparison to the state's more popular hot spots like Yellowstone and the Tetons, this area is relatively unknown. What people don't realize, however, is that this hidden gem is an all-ages adventure playground, ripe for discovery. Read more...
Sunday, July 5, 2015 -- 11:05 pm
Experience la dolce vita at the pace of a paddle stroke
The Woodinville Weekly - Ah, Italy! Images of famed masterpieces, majestic churches and revered historical sights immediately come to mind. Not to mention the food, glorious food, and wine that seems to run like water in this fabled destination. Most people pinpoint a few notable cities when they talk about Italy, primarily the well-known, "must-see" triad of Rome, Florence and Venice. Such places are typically on every traveler's bucket list and often serve as representative of the country as a whole. After touring these locales, many travelers feel they have seen Italy and opt to move on to the next European hot spot on their agenda. Years ago, when I first went to Italy, I dashed madly from town to town, crossing off sights at rapid speed, then proudly announcing my feat to others. I had "done" Italy...or so I thought. Subsequent trips to this magical destination later in my life fortunately proved this assumption wrong. The truth is that one can't truly appreciate Italy as viewed solely via some frenetic whirlwind city tour. Italy demands time - time to slow down and engage your senses, and to fully indulge in la dolce vita. Walking and cycling through a country are wonderful ways to relax the pace of travel and I have enjoyed both these styles in the past. On my most recent trip to Italy, however, I decided to join a kayak expedition in order to see the country from a different perspective, one paddle stroke at a time. My eleven-day kayaking adventure with award-winning Tofino Expeditions focused on Cinque Terre and Sardinia, two of the most beautiful areas in Italy that also happen to be world class paddling destinations. The trip began and ended in Genova, the capital city of the Liguria region, which is situated around the northwestern coast of the country. Known as the City of the Sea, due to it being a strategic port on the Mediterranean, Genova is also rich in art and history, with a past that dates back 1,000 years. For this reason, some have deemed it the "City of Culture" or the "City of Art." The town's exceptional cultural heritage is displayed in its many museums, opulent palaces and Romanesque and Baroque churches within the Porto Antico, the largest medieval historic center in all of Europe. Narrow streets and ancient alleyways called "caruggi" create a labyrinth for visitors to navigate. Wandering through this maze, you'll stumble upon one historically highlighted building after another, as the city is a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hillsides surrounding the town are dotted with grand villas, while down on the restored waterfront is the site of one of the largest aquariums in Europe, as well as a maritime museum that chronicles Genoa's history as a sea power. Our group was fortunate to get an insider's tour of the city with a true local, who also just happened to be the fearless leader of our kayak expedition. Though Enrico (picture a gregarious Italian Sean Penn, who is passionate about life, Italy and kayaking) provided much informati Read more...
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 -- 2:33 pm
Take a trip through time on the historic Durango & Silverton Railroad
The Woodinville Weekly - A ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is first and foremost about history. It's a testament to engineering prowess, hard work, determination and extraordinary vision. And it all began with the mining boom that struck Southwest Colorado in the late 1800s. Read more...
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 -- 6:30 pm
The indefinable magic that is Cuba
The Woodinville Weekly - Any reason is a good reason to visit Cuba. Maybe it's the island's legendary music that's the allure. Perhaps it's the colonial architecture and wonderfully preserved history that offers the appeal. Or possibly, the country's political situation is of great interest to you. Then, of course, there are the people. Comprised of a colorful melting pot of cultures from Spain, Africa, Asia and elsewhere, they represent diversity at its finest. Read more...
Friday, May 8, 2015 -- 3:14 pm
The Three R's of Kaua'i: Rebalance, Replenish, and Revive
The Woodinville Weekly - At one point during my blissful lomi lomi massage, I actually nodded off and awoke to drool inching down my chin. When I embarrassedly made a comment about it, my therapist Connie kindly complimented me on my ability to drift off, saying that it was a sign of complete relaxation or "malie" in Hawaiian. I, in turn, returned the compliment, noting the expertise of her magic fingers. The tension seemed to just melt away as she worked wonders on all of my body's knots. That, combined with being in a semi-open air treatment room where I could hear the rustling of the palms and smell the perfumed scent of the flowers, made for a heavenly experience. It was one of many I would have during a memorable stay on the Island of Kaua'i. Read more...
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 -- 7:17 pm
Family-friendly Kaua'i is a kid magnet
The Woodinville Weekly - Choosing family vacation destinations can be challenging, especially when you have kids of varying ages and interests. It's hard to please everyone and invariably someone will complain - loudly and frequently - causing everyone else to suffer. Often the dissatisfaction is due to the fact that there are just not enough activities available or those that do exist are not geared towards children. On the Island of Kaua'i, however, boredom is not a state of mind your kids will ever experience. Read more...
Monday, March 30, 2015 -- 4:26 am
WHS baseball: Skyline gets offensive, beats Woodinville in KingCo opener
The Woodinville Weekly - The Skyline Spartans pounded out 9 runs on 13 hits, scoring runs in four consecutive innings, to defeat the Woodinville Falcons 9-3 last Friday night at Woodinville High School. It was the KingCo conference opener for both teams. Woodinville pitcher Connor White started out strong with two shutout innings, before running into trouble in the top of the third. Read more...
Monday, March 30, 2015 -- 4:15 am
WHS boys soccer: Tensions flare as Falcons and Vikings play to a draw
The Woodinville Weekly - If one thing's clear after watching Woodinville and Inglemoor play soccer last Tuesday, it's that these two teams dislike each other. Woodinville's Trevor Dickie scored a first half goal, Inglemoor's Jacob Kavanagh countered in the second half with one of his own, and this pre-season game concluded in a 1-1 tie. Woodinville left with an overall record of 3-0-2, while Inglemoor was at 2-1-2. Read more...
Monday, March 30, 2015 -- 4:08 am
WHS Track and Field: Falcons shine bright on sunny day
The Woodinville Weekly - The Falcon track team basked in glorious sunshine and warm temperatures last Thursday in their meet against Issaquah at Woodinville High School. Jordan Markezich stood out with a strong performance in the 3200m, dropping 38 seconds off his previous personal best. "We've been working on training faster rather than longer and it paid off," Woodinville distance coach Sandy Laurence said. "Dropping that much time for an experienced athlete is unheard of. Wow!" Read more...
Sunday, March 22, 2015 -- 9:33 am
WHS fastpitch: O'Farrell's blast lifts Falcons past Jackson
The Woodinville Weekly - Alyssa O'Farrell hit a mammoth two-run homer in the third inning to rouse the Woodinville Falcons to a 3-1 victory over Jackson last Wednesday evening at Woodinville High School. Woodinville's Alena Jones added a sacrifice fly in that same inning that scored freshman Erin McGrath. This was all the run support the Falcons (2-0) would need, as Taylor Rhinehart and OIivia Riener combined for a 3-hitter. Read more...
Sunday, March 22, 2015 -- 9:10 am
WHS girls tennis: Lady Falcons off to fast start after beating Mountlake Terrace
The Woodinville Weekly - With intermittent raindrops peppering the tennis courts, Woodinville stayed focused to beat Mountlake Terrace 6-1 last Thursday afternoon at Mountlake Terrace High School. The non-conference victory gave the Lady Falcons a 2-0 record to start the young season. Read more...
Sunday, March 22, 2015 -- 9:07 am
Woodinville varsity lacrosse opens season with 3 wins; Montana State High School champions here Saturday
The Woodinville Weekly - On Sat., March 14, the Sehome-Bellingham Warriors traveled down I-5 to play Woodinville.   While the JV game was a Woodinville romp 18-0, there was no certainty of such an outcome for the varsity squad. Woodinville has a new coaching staff and a bevy of starting sophomores while the Warriors are coming off an undefeated league season in 2014. Laxpower ranked Sehome-Bellingham 12th in the state and Woodinville far below at 22nd. The Falcons however, started out fast. Read more...
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 -- 8:26 pm
Cloudcroft, NM - 9,000 feet above stress level
The Woodinville Weekly - If things go bump in the night during your stay at The Lodge Resort & Spa, not to worry. It's most likely Rebecca, the friendly and mischievous ghost that wanders the hall of this historic hotel in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. She's a popular legend in these parts, whose tale is one of passion, betrayal and unrequited love. A beautiful young chambermaid with striking blue eyes and long red tresses, Rebecca mysteriously disappeared from her quarters after her jealous and enraged lumberjack boyfriend found her in the arms of another. That was a century ago, yet there are those who vow that Rebecca's spirit is still present in the hotel today. Some have seen her apparition in mirrors; others note such unexplained incidents as ashtrays sliding across tables unassisted, doors opening and closing for no apparent reason, lights turning on and off by themselves and even fires that have spontaneously ignited in the lobby fireplace. Over the years, both guests and employees attribute these odd happenings to Rebecca's ghost, who many believe is in search of a new lover or friend who might appreciate her playful and flirtatious nature. Rebecca is not the only famous person attributed to The Lodge. Among the notables who have stayed at this grand dame of a property include Judy Garland, Clark Gable, Pancho Villa and every New Mexico governor since 1901. Originally built in 1899 as a residential hotel for timber cutters working for the Alamogordo and Sacramento Mountain Railway, the property opened to the public in 1906 and became known as the "Queen of the Mountain." It was subsequently destroyed by fired and rebuilt five years later at its current location, where it has since been in business as an upscale, mountaintop lodge, complete with its own observation tower. Though the property has been refurbished inside and out, it still retains its historical bones and is a testament to a bygone era. Old photos, newspaper clippings and various factoids line the walls, giving visitors a snapshot of the hotel's storied past. Each of the resort's 47 rooms are decorated with a unique Victorian flair. There are several types of accommodations, including romantic Parlor Suites, family-friendly Guest Rooms and even a Honeymoon Suite that's a treat for lovers of all ages. And of course, there's the famed Governor's Suite, fit for royalty with its four-poster bed, intimate sitting area and elegant foyer. Nearby, the Lodge also offers its Pavilion Bed & Breakfast Rooms - ten cozy rooms with knotty pine walls that provide rustic, yet quaint quarters. Then there's also The Retreat Suites, which house four private luxury suites that share a common area with kitchen and conference facilities, making it the ideal setting for small company meetings or family reunions. A massive copper fireplace is the focal point of The Lodge's spacious lobby. Folks often congregate here in the evening before or after eating a sumptuous meal in the hotel's restaurant, which is named in honor Read more...
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 -- 11:51 am
Bothell struck twice by racist vandalism last week
The Woodinville Weekly - On the morning of Feb. 15, two similar incidents of vandalism were reported in Bothell. The outside wall of the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center had been graffitied with a swastika and the words "GET OUT." At Skyview Junior High School, graffiti was discovered on the exterior of buildings showing a swastika and reading "Muslims get out" and "Muslims be gone." Read more...



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