Travel expert Rick Steves has a message for the Class of 2020

“Caught up in and inspired by the positive joy of graduation season,”Edmonds-based European travel expert Rick Steves produced a message for any schools or families or grads that might like a few stories from the road to add to their graduation festivities. “This is my gift to grads everywhere as they make 2020 a springboard…

Edmonds-based Rick Steves Europe scrambles to cope with COVID-19

“It’s overwhelming what’s going on,” Edmonds resident and European travel expert Rick Steves said in a Saturday morning phone interview.  “Europe is locking down just like we are. A lot of dreams are dashed.” Steves has cancelled all tours departing through April 19, closed his Edmonds Travel Center to the public, and arranged for as…

Lynnwood man named Paine Field’s one millionth passenger, wins two free flights

A Lynnwood man was greeted at Paine Field Airport Monday with two free round-trip tickets and a bottle of champagne for being the airport’s one millionth passenger. After returning from San Francisco International Airport on United flight 5880, Aristotle Roberts was awarded a bottle of Dom Pérignon, one million days of free airport parking, and…

York, England: Explore Roman, Viking and medieval legacies

Planning a trip to England? Do visit the fascinating city of York. This small city has Roman roots and a Viking past, medieval walls enclosing its highly walkable center, and the magnificent York Minster. More than a stunning cathedral, the Minster encompasses nearly 2,000 years of history. York is just over a two-hour train ride…

Weekend road trip: Enjoy a window into local marine life at Seattle Aquarium

The Seattle Aquarium, located on Pier 56 of the iconic Seattle waterfront, has been a popular destination for locals and tourists to the area since its opening in 1977. In 2007 the aquarium completed a $41 million renovation and is hoping to soon put into motion a $113 million expansion that could be open to…

New Zealand: Exploring the Land of Kiwis

Think New Zealand – do flightless kiwi birds and fuzzy-skinned kiwi fruit come to mind? You’ll find both in this amazing country… where you can experience Maori culture, hike through tree fern rain forests, kayak scenic lagoons and explore glowworm caves. New Zealand is “Down Under” – but actually not that close to Australia, its…

Sponsor spotlight: Travel to Croatia/Slovenia with Edmonds Rotary in April

Quaint Slovenia with its sunny Julian Alps and lush green hills is the vibrant springboard for our custom Edmonds Rotary Club journey down the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. Experience the hidden treasures of the Adriatic, stroll the lovely old town of Stari Grad in Dubrovnik with its marble-paved squares, and cross the wooden footbridges on the turquoise lakes…

Travel eats: Barbecue sings the blues — on Beale Street

Former Restaurant News writer Kathy Passage writes about her food adventure in Memphis. Pork. It’s why I can never become a vegetarian. There I’ve said it, not ashamed to admit I’ve never found anything that quite replicates a texture, taste and aroma of bacon sizzling in the skillet. I adore pork chops. I could write poetry…

Alaska Airlines says due to government shutdown, Paine Field flights delayed until March 4

Alaska Airlines announced Wednesday morning that they will be delaying flights out of Paine Field until March 4. According to a post on the airline’s website, “several key groups within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) which conduct crucial certification and oversight work required for the start of commercial air service at Paine Field, are subject…

Travel notes: Experiencing the Panama Canal from both ship and shore

The Panama Canal is an engineering feat amazing for its time. Begun by the French in 1881, the 50-mile-long canal route suffered numerous setbacks, and was finally completed by the U.S. in 1914. Today the Panama Canal continues to be a true marvel to experience, both on a ship cruising through it and from shore…

Sunday suggestion: Day trip along Chuckanut Drive

Since the Seahawks aren’t playing Sunday, it might be a good day to take a drive north along winding Chuckanut Drive, photographer David Carlos suggests. “It takes about 1.5 hours from the Lynnwood area to get to the start of Chuckanut Drive,” he says. “From that point, it’s a 20-mile drive along twisty, boulder-lined roads,…