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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to 2017. A fresh new year, a fresh start. As I write this Note from Yakima Magazine for the Travel Edition, I look for quotes to accompany my letter. I have always been moved by the words of Rumi and wanted to find just the right quote from him to start the first issu…

I’ll never forget that first morning we woke up in the sleepy mountain town of Myoko, Japan. Over a foot and a half of snow had fallen overnight and it was still coming down in buckets. My husband, Andy, and I had come to Japan with a film crew; to explore the mountains on skis, enjoy the lo…

Travel. Whether it’s for business or for pleasure, the steps we now need to take to get from point A to point B are far less glamorous than in days gone by. We tend to carry on our bags instead of dealing with the cost and time it takes to check them. We find ourselves spending hours at airp…

It seems these days — in a world saturated with binge-watching, stylized sitcoms, formulaic movies, and social media dominated by sometimes-nonsensical jokes and comments — everyone’s trying to be funny or entertaining. With this overload of competing hijinks via this or that screen, creativ…

Is it just me or is January kind of a tough month? All the holiday hoopla has come to an end and winter stretches ahead with its foggy gray days and scratchy throats. It’s bitter cold and it seems like everyone you know (including yourself) is on a diet, isn’t drinking or just joined a gym. …

There are a few foods in my arsenal that I consider not just comforting, but almost healing in the cold wintry months when everyone seems to be trying to keep the cold and flu season at bay. Pho is at the top of my list. Not only does it soothe and warm you, the broth, while made from beef a…

If you’ve driven a few miles in most any direction away from Yakima, you’ve inevitably noticed a hop vine or two growing. In fact the Yakima Valley is home to 75 percent of the hops grown in the United States. And while the Valley has become synonymous with hop production, that’s hardly the …

Josey Fast never pictured herself owning a framing shop and art gallery, but when the opportunity presented itself, she realized it was actually the perfect canvas to draw together her wide range of skills.

On one of the last days in August, my son and I set out for a day trip before the chaos of another school year began. The Bickleton Carousel Museum is located in Klickitat County, a little over an hour’s drive from Yakima. So, we jumped in the car and headed out, excited by the prospect of a…

It has stood on the west side of Interstate 82 for 32 years, surviving brutal winters and scorching summers. And every day it still sparks responses from passing drivers — ranging from smiles and curiosity, to laughter and head-shaking.

Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield is a tiny dynamo of a woman. She moves quickly around her Tieton loft, telling the stories behind the paintings that decorate every wall. “I painted this one by the full moon,” she says, pointing at a ghostly landscape with windswept trees. “And this one is from the po…

It’s a fact that our sense of well-being suffers when we’re deprived of contact with nature. And it’s not just people who move from homes with gardens into apartments who feel it. Ask any gardener in January what they crave, and it’s the simple pleasure of puttering around plants. There’s a …

I don’t even particularly like tea. Yet, the offer to go to “afternoon tea” is something I can never resist. Especially now, as the temperature drops and snow continues to loom on the horizon, there’s nothing like a pampering afternoon tea to warm your spirits.

The Yakima Valley is filled with beautiful homes that could easily grace the pages of a national publication, like House Beautiful magazine. However, after seven years writing about local residences, I’ve discovered that often a home with a less than ostentatious exterior, can hide interior …

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