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Why Everything Is Better In The Pacific Northwest
There are many reasons why thousands of people choose to not only vacation in the Pacific Northwest each year, but choose to call these lush lands their home. The locals are passionate about the culture, fresh brew, and lavish amount of outdoor activities to enjoy either in sunshine or rain. Thinking about planning a visit or loading up the moving truck and relocating? Leave your umbrella at home! The locals take pride in going without.
Here’s to counting down the top eight reasons why I love calling the Pacific Northwest my home
1.Incredible Hiking Spots
Whether you call yourself a beginner or hiking enthusiast, the Pacific Northwest offers incredible hikes and in an array of hiking levels ranging from beginner, intermediate, and expert. Feeling the urge to take on a challenge? I dare you to hike Dog Mountain located in the Columbia River Gorge. I promise, you won’t be sorry! The views alone make the steep hike totally worth it.
2.Biking Washington and Oregon
Are you a biking extremist? If you haven’t biked the trails in Washington and Oregon, you’re missing out on the thrill. With over 239 trails alone in Oregon, you have many options all of which are 100% scenic. What are you waiting for?!
In just a short drive, you can plan a day trip and still be home in time for dinner! Experience 12 unique ski areas that offer more than 16,000 acres of skiing, 400 runs, 71 ski lifts, 13 terrain parks, snow cat skiing, and around 400 inches of snowfall annually. Ranging from community ski hills to destination resorts, Oregon and Washington have great mountains to explore.
We can’t forget about our water lovers! Whether you like to surf, kayak, water ski, tube or just lie on the sand and catch a tan Washington and Oregon cater to a wide variety of water sports. Fun fact: Washington State has 157 miles of Pacific Ocean Coastline & close to 100 rivers and lakes.
5.Public Markets and Fresh Organic Produce
Although famous, Pike Place Public Market is not the only public market located in Washington. The locals take great pride in living and leading healthy lifestyles, consuming mostly organic and local produce and meats. Have you ever tried an organic cucumber fresh out of a garden? Stop by a local market and ask for a sample, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the quality and taste; so surprised you might not eat produce from a grocery store ever again!
What happens when you get a bunch of creative minds together in one place? MAGIC! The Pacific Northwest locals are creators. This is a land of loggers and farmers; ranchers and cowboys; fishermen and sailors; high-tech visionaries and ambitious entrepreneurs. Looking for a last minute unique Christmas gift to give to Grandma? Nothing better than a James Kirk Wright original! Ask me where you can get your hands on one, I know a guy ;)
The thought of an ice cold micro-brew is enough to make any Washingtonian or Oregonian salivate! We love BEER! Beer making in the Pacific Northwest is a craft. It’s an art in itself! Instead of wine tasting in Northern California this year, come hang with us and let’s go beer tasting. Not a beer fan? Washington is the nation’s No. 2 premium wine-producing region.
8.Fishing. All the fishing!
Yes, THAT is a real fish. And YES, that GIRL caught it! You go girl! Here in the Pacific Northwest, fishing is just AWESOME! Some do it for a hobby but most do it for the local catch of the day @ dinner time. I bet you I know of a secret spot or two…. Who’s ready to fish?!
Are you worried about the rain? I’ll admit; it’s an acquired taste but it doesn’t stop us! We’ll hike, bike, run, fish, shop and play outdoors all day, every day. Bring it on!
With mad love for the Pacific Northwest,
Leah L Wright
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Born and raised in "sunny" Washington state, AJ's favorite thing about living in Vancouver is that it is an hour and a half from EVERYTHING (beach, mountains, outlet malls, etc). He also loves that Va....
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