3/14/2017 – Pacific Northwest Social Media Greatest Hits

PNW Social Media Greatest Hits

It’s the midpoint of March and the snow is melting. A great time to check out what’s going on around the Pacific Northwest via social media!

Rainy day goals. #outdoors #mtrainier #naturelovers #rain

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The best gyms come with a view

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3/7/2017 – Pacific Northwest Social Media Greatest Hits

PNW Social Media Greatest Hits

Spring is on the way here in the Pacific Northwest and that’s starting to show in social media content out there. Here are some of this week’s highlights we’ve found.


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Road Trip Tip: Clean Out Your Car!

Road Trip Tips

It may not seem like it’s real important. It also may seem like something only a neat freak worries about. But, in truth, starting out a road trip with a clean car is a real good idea.

When your car is clean and organized, your road trip can be a lot more successful.

When wrappers and bags from cafes or fast food restaurants pile up on the floor or seat, it can make those four tiny interior walls of a vehicle close in tightly. When you stay up on cleaning out the car as you go, you’ll find you have more room to stretch out and enjoy.

Another problem that happens during a road trip is things getting lost in the car. It can be a smartphone, iPad, extra set of keys, money, or your child’s toy. It’s easy for something small to get lost underneath a wrapper. It can not only get lost during the trip, it can get lost forever if it’s accidentally thrown out during the big clean-up at the end of the trip.

It’s also simply less stressful to drive in a clean car. You don’t have to worry about the garbage. You don’t have to worry about something getting lost. You don’t even have to worry about cleaning out the car because it’s already clean.

Winding up a road trip, whether it lasted a day, a week, or longer, can be hectic. There’s all the unpacking to do as well as the putting everything away inside your house. Wouldn’t it be nice if you also didn’t have to worry about the big clean-up? Wouldn’t it be nice if the car was already mostly cleaned out? If you stay up on the cleaning up of the vehicle as you drive, then that can be the reality at the end of the trip.

Keeping your car clean during a road trip can go a long way in making the road trip much more enjoyable.

2/28/2017 – Pacific Northwest Social Media Greatest Hits

PNW Social Media Greatest Hits

Spring is coming fast… less snow today than yesterday. Soon it’ll be road trip taking time again. Here’s some more great finds from around the Pacific Northwest in social media over the past week or so. Enjoy!

Beautiful Spokane Falls

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Five Fun Facts About The Hood Canal Bridge

Hood Canal Bridge

Hood Canal Bridge

The Hood Canal Bridge is a famous structure in the Pacific Northwest. It stretches for nearly a mile and a half and features a draw span in the middle that is opened periodically to allow watercraft to pass through it. This is a main travel feature to the region and handles much of the traffic going to or from the Olympic Peninsula.

If you’ve traveled across the Hood Canal Bridge you know it’s an extremely memorable experience. Want to know more about it? Here are five fun facts about the Hood Canal Bridge.

What’s In A Name?

Known to almost everyone as the Hood Canal Bridge, it does in fact have another name. The official name for the bridge is the William A. Bugge Bridge. Bugge was the director of the Department of Highways for 14 years, from 1949 to 1963.

The Longest Of Its Kind

The Hood Canal Bridge is the longest floating bridge over a saltwater tidal basin in the entire world.

The Timeline

The Hood Canal Bridge saw construction begin in 1958 and it was opened in 1961. 1979 saw a violent wind storm sink much of the western section of the bridge. That was rebuilt and reopened in 1982. Then from 2003 to 2009, an extensive project was undertaken to replace the eastern half of the bridge.

Open Sesame!

Washington State law requires the Department of Transportation to open the Hood Canal Bridge within one hour’s notice of a boat or ship requiring to pass that way.

The Toll Has Got To Go

When the Hood Canal Bridge had reopened in 1982, it had done so as a toll bridge. The tool booths were removed in 1985 after a court determined that the insurance funds used to partially rebuild the bridge constituted repayment of the original bonds used to fund the construction of the bridge.

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5 Questions With The Coeur d’Alene Resort

​There are a few accommodations around the Pacific Northwest that both residents and visitors know by sight or name. The Coeur d’Alene Resort is just that type of spot. It features an amazing location, right on the shore of beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene, an incredible boardwalk and golf course, and so much more. Inside its walls, the Coeur d’Alene Resort offers the same level of top notch amenities and comforts.

With it being such a well known Northwest asset, I took the chance and reached out to the Coeur d’Alene Resort to see if they would take the time to answer some of our pesky questions. Thankfully, they agreed as I was able to touch base with the director of marketing at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, Danielle Beaudine.

5 Questions With The Coeur d’Alene Resort

The Coeur d'Alene Resort

1st Question:
The Coeur d’Alene Resort is one of the most iconic lodging opportunities in the area. In what year did it first open?

The Coeur d’Alene Resort opened its doors in May of 1986.

2nd Question:
The Coeur d’Alene Resort features some distinctive architecture. How many hotel rooms are available in resort?

There are a variety of room types at The Resort, including Lakeview rooms with unique fireplaces, balconies and automated curtains. In total there are 338 rooms.

3rd Question:
Possibly my favorite question, is there a little known fact or piece of trivia that most people don’t know about the Coeur d’Alene Resort?

There is a wine cellar in the basement of Beverly’s restaurants on the 7th floor, you take a spiral staircase down to access it. There are FREE daily tours with a wine taster daily at 4pm. Beverly’s also has a secret room, called the Owners Dining Room. It is cantilevered out from the side of the Resort over lake Coeur d’Alene with incredible views and can be booked in advance for small special occasions.

4th Question:
One of the most visible outdoor attractions near the Coeur d’Alene Resort is the boardwalk that shelters the marina. Do you have any idea what the length of the boardwalk is there?

It is the World’s Longest Floating Boardwalk and is ¾ mile in length.

5th Question:
What’s one of the most interesting things to see inside The Coeur d’Alene Resort?

There are a wide variety of amenities at The Resort depending on your preference! The Spa Coeur d’Alene has a $100,000 TAG Signature Shower with 18 shower heads, and an incredible two-story relaxation room with a full skylight ceiling. Dockside’s world famous Gooey sundaes are not to be missed for any special occasion! In the summer, Guests can take a complimentary ride on our custom wooden boats, the Eagle Boats, to our infinity pool & beach located around Tubbs Hill at The Resort Golf Course. For families, there’s a book based on Coeur d’Alene, called Mudgy & Millie, that gives you a walking tour with large bronze statues of the moose & mouse featured in the story!

Once again, I’d like to thank Danielle Beaudine and the Coeur d’Alene Resort for putting up with our questions!

The Coeur d’Alene Resort
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2/19/2017 – Pacific Northwest Social Media Greatest Hits

PNW Social Media Greatest Hits

It’s been a long cold winter but it’s time for Social Media Greatest Hits to come out of hibernation. Here’s a quick look at some of the best in social media in the Pacific Northwest recently!

The gulls at Ivar's have no fear. #seattle #DTSEA #ivars #nofilter

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One Photo:  Vintage Life Ring At Tumwater Dam Viewpoint

Tumwater Dam is located in Tumwater Canyon on Highway 2, just a few miles west of the Bavarian destination of Leavenworth .  This is a historic dam and is often overlooked because of its size.  It’s not only an interesting attractionbthough, it’s also located in a very scenic location.

On my last stop there I became a little focused on the metal life ring holder mounted on the railing at the dam’s viewpoint.  It has a very cool look to it, especially with the rapids of the Wenatchee River trailing off behind it.  It got me thinking about why it’s there.  Yes, to rescue someone.  But to rescue someone at that spot someone else has to think it’s a good idea to disregard the posted DANGER signs and instead jump into a cold, mountain, boulder-filled river either right above or right below a concrete dam.  Not smart.

Cool contrast with the surrounding scenery though.