Explore Fort Vancouver by candlelit lantern through February

Featured image: A historical reenactment during a lantern tour at Fort Vancouver, Washington (photo credit National Parks Service) Experience Fort Vancouver in a different light with a 90-minute Saturday evening stroll through the reconstructed fort buildings or the barracks. Visitors ages 10 and older carry lighted candle lanterns for the walks led by National Parks … Continue reading Explore Fort Vancouver by candlelit lantern through February

Peacock Lane, Portland’s Christmas Street, granted national historic status

Featured image: A snowman greets visitors strolling Peacock Lane's holiday displays in Portland (photo by Cheryl Landes) On Monday, residents of Peacock Lane announced that the National Park Service approved its neighborhood to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The four-block lane, from SE Stark to SE Belmont Streets, is best known … Continue reading Peacock Lane, Portland’s Christmas Street, granted national historic status

Providence Festival of the Trees inspires holiday decorators, helps needy patients

Featured image: Mini-trees on display at the 2016 Providence Festival of Trees in Portland Photos by Cheryl Landes Updated November 21, 2018 Looking for fresh ideas for decorating your home for Christmas? Get inspired at the Providence Festival of Trees at the Oregon Convention Center's Hall A in Portland November 30-December 1. More than 100 … Continue reading Providence Festival of the Trees inspires holiday decorators, helps needy patients

Shop holiday gifts, save lives at Artisans for Animals November 19 in Portland

Featured image: Kuma, a beautiful Siamese, snuggles on a scratching post shelf at Animal Aid in Portland, Oregon. Kuma is one of several cats looking for a forever home at this no-kill shelter. (photo by Cheryl Landes) If you're in the Portland metro area next weekend and want to find unique holiday gifts from local … Continue reading Shop holiday gifts, save lives at Artisans for Animals November 19 in Portland

Replace Black Friday shopping with a free California State Parks pass

Featured image: Father of the Forest at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California's oldest state park, 25 miles northwest of Santa Cruz (photo by Cheryl Landes) Here's a challenge from the Save the Redwoods League: Ditch shopping on Black Friday and escape to the outdoors with a free California State Parks pass. To get your … Continue reading Replace Black Friday shopping with a free California State Parks pass

Stanger House in Vancouver, WA, opens November 12 for 150th anniversary

Featured image: A winter view of the Stanger House (photo credit: Jane Weber Evergreen Arboretum) The John Stanger House, Clark County, Washington's oldest privately built home that's still at its original location, will open its doors to the public today, November 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. to celebrate its 150th anniversary. The home, a … Continue reading Stanger House in Vancouver, WA, opens November 12 for 150th anniversary

Free admission to national parks and forests this weekend

Featured image: Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, Washington (photo by Cheryl Landes) In honor of Veterans Day, the US National Parks Service and National Forest Service are offering free admission to national parks and forests that charge an entrance fee to the public today and tomorrow. Find a national park near you. Find a … Continue reading Free admission to national parks and forests this weekend

West Coast attractions offering free admission to honor military personnel this weekend

Featured image: Museum of Flight in Seattle (photo by Cheryl Landes) Several tourist attractions on the West Coast are offering free admission to Veterans and active-duty military personnel this weekend in honor of Veterans Day. Washington Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma offers free admission today and tomorrow for all active-duty military personnel and … Continue reading West Coast attractions offering free admission to honor military personnel this weekend

Free breakfast for veterans and active-duty military personnel all day at Shari’s

Featured image credit: Shari's Cafe & Pies In honor of Veterans Day, Shari's Cafe & Pies is offering a free breakfast for Veterans and active-duty military personnel. The breakfast includes three pancakes, two eggs cooked to your preference, bacon or sausage, and hashbrowns. To get your free breakfast, show your military ID or proof of … Continue reading Free breakfast for veterans and active-duty military personnel all day at Shari’s