Edmonds’ 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…

EPIC Group Travel Writers: Stavanger — chocolate goats and sardines

One of the major reasons to visit Norway is to see the magnificent fjords, sea arms that stretch far into the landscape. One of the most spectacular is Lysefjorden, not far from Stavanger, a city between Bergen and Oslo, the capital. The 26-mile long fjord with waters 1600 feet deep is hemmed in by cliffs…

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…

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…

100 Rick Steves tour guides to descend on Edmonds Jan. 21-28

From Jan. 21-28, you may see kilts, dirndls, lederhosen, berets, and lots of fun-loving Europeans around Edmonds.  That’s because Rick Steves is hosting his annual week-long tour guides’ summit in Edmonds, flying in his guides from around Europe. Saturday, Jan. 25 is the big day for the public: About 1,500 travelers will come to town as…

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…

Rick Steves’ Europe awards first annual million-dollar climate smart commitment grants  

Edmonds-based Rick Steves’ Europe has selected 11 nonprofits to receive its first annual $1 million Climate Smart Commitment grants. The company’s yearly investment will go directly to two kinds of organizations: groups advocating in Congress for U.S. policies to fight climate change, and nonprofit organizations who are helping farming communities in the developing world mitigate their…

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…

Rick Steves launches annual million-dollar commitment to carbon neutral travel

Edmonds-based travel authority Rick Steves has announced a new Climate Smart Commitment aimed at offsetting the carbon emitted by its tour members. In an announcement, Steves said he has seen the effects of climate change around the world, and he is passionate about doing what he can to slow those changes down. Starting in spring…

Sponsor spotlight: Pull them out, dust them off, protect them

Spring is starting to poke its head out of the long winter hibernation. And that means it’s time to blow the dust off of our toys! But before you do, take a moment to ensure that you are properly insured. All Insurance Services Inc. is here to assist you. Living in the Great Northwest, we…

EPIC Group Travel Writers: Israel — Acre and Caesarea

I met a traveler from an antique land. To be honest, I didn’t actually meet anyone in person but through the 1912 edition of Baedeker’s Palestine and Syria travel guide, a wonderful Christmas gift. I love old guides that reveal so much about conditions as seen through the eyes of whomever contributed to the text and…

Magazine names Edmonds one of state’s ‘8 wonderful weekend getaways’

Trivago Magazine recently highlighted Edmonds in its collection of “8 wonderful weekend getaways in Washington state.” From the magazine: It’s a foggy morning in Edmonds, a walkable beach town on the Puget Sound just 15 miles north of Seattle. I’m balancing on a driftwood log, sipping from the vanilla latte in my hand. At the…

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…

European tour guides descend on Edmonds; free travel classes Saturday

As of Tuesday, 120 European tour guides are roaming the streets of Edmonds. It’s all part of  the annual Rick Steves Tour Guide Summit — a week-long series of workshops and meetings that prepare the guides for a busy season of European tours. The week will cap off with this Saturday’s “Test Drive a Tour…

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,…

Highway 70, Glenwood Canyon (YouTube)

Travelogue: From sea to shining sea

One more day until we dock at Southampton. I’ll spend a day in London to catch up with friends, and then head north for a week in a rented flat in York, a town I’ve only briefly visited before. The ship’s crossing is comfortably quiet. I’ve gladly slipped into a nice rut of a routine,…

Edmonds summer travel tips and trends

With summer arriving soon, it’s time to start making your plans to enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest and beyond. The first step in creating an enjoyable vacation lies in the planning. And Edmonds boasts a plethora of experts to help you create the perfect trip! We asked Petra Rousu, owner of The Savvy Traveler, to share…

Exploring Spain’s Andalusia Region

Traveling in Spain’s southern Andalusia region, I was entranced by the Alhambra in Granada. Islamic rulers designed the Alhambra to be “paradise on earth” when they built it in the 14th century. Then I visited the Mezquita (Great Mosque) in Cordoba, once capital of Al-Andalus Islamic empire in Iberia. I was even more amazed by…