State Fair Park in Yakima hosts first drive-through Holiday Light Fest

Image credit: State Fair Park in Yakima, Washington Explore a new light display from the comfort and safety of your car this holiday season in the Yakima Valley. From now until Sunday, December 6, State Fair Park glitters with 12 displays and 20 miles of lights illumating the park's buildings and trees, along with other … Continue reading State Fair Park in Yakima hosts first drive-through Holiday Light Fest

Stream the holiday tree lighting at Westlake Park in Seattle

Update, November 28, 2020: The recording of the tree lighting is now available at the Downtown Seattle Association's Facebook page. At 5 p.m. Pacific time today, watch the lighting of the holiday tree in front of Westlake Center, the Seattle Star (formerly the Macy's Star), and the light sculptures in Westlake Park in downtown Seattle … Continue reading Stream the holiday tree lighting at Westlake Park in Seattle

Armchair photo tours: A fall stroll at the Acton Arboretum

My favorite maple tree at the Acton Arboretum in Acton, Massachuetts Photos by Cheryl Landes The Acton Arboretum, a 65-acre preserve with trails crossing meadows, gardens, and woods, is a pleasant place to go for a nature walk any season. The fall colors make a stroll here a bigger treat. The arboretum was established in … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A fall stroll at the Acton Arboretum

Armchair photo tours: Damon Pond near Ashby, Massachusetts

Damon Pond near Ashby, Massachusetts Photos by Cheryl Landes Damon Pond in the Willard Brook State Forest is a nice place to stop and take a short break during a drive in northcentral Massachusetts. There's a short walk along the beach and a cute covered pedestrian bridge across Willard Brook. The pedestrian bridge crossing Willow … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Damon Pond near Ashby, Massachusetts

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site reopens after COVID closure

The stockade at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Washington Photos by Cheryl Landes The Fort Vancouver National Historic Site reopened on October 20 after being closed for several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hours are limited, as is some capacities. The visitor center is open on Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. until … Continue reading Fort Vancouver National Historic Site reopens after COVID closure

Take a video tour of some beautiful gardens in the Yakima area

The Yakima Area Arboretum in Yakima, Washington Photos by Cheryl Landes Every year, the Yakima Area Arboretum hosts a tour of some of the most beautiful gardens in or near the city. That changed this year because of safety concerns from COVID-19. Instead, the arboretum created five video tours and posted them to its YouTube … Continue reading Take a video tour of some beautiful gardens in the Yakima area

Armchair photo tours: Watching the sunset at Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia

The start of a beautiful sunset from Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia Photos by Cheryl Landes Kennesaw Mountain is an 1,808-foot mountain ridge between Kennesaw and Marietta, Georgia. Eighteen miles trails cross forests of oak, hickory, and pine, some of which end at sweeping views of the surrounding area. On clear days, Atlanta's skyline is visible 24 … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Watching the sunset at Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia

Visit any open Washington State Park for free two days in November

An ocean view from Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco, Washington (photo by Cheryl Landes) Entry fees to all open Washington State Parks are free on Veterans Day, November 11, and the day after Thanksgiving, November 27. These are the last two days in 2020 when Washington State Parks will have free admission days. For … Continue reading Visit any open Washington State Park for free two days in November