A visual feast of the best weekend of our lives. Doe Bay, you’ll always hold a special place in our hearts. Photos by the lovely Lauren Kolyn.
Driving along the Olympic Peninsula feels like pouring out onto the earth’s edge. We drove slow, taking in the vast and rugged coastline, eating oyster po boys and dreaming about the future along the way. We watched seals swim at sunset, befriended a deer, sunk our toes in the sand, and drank whiskey… Read More
While a bit of a drive, the Methow Valley in northeastern Washington is stunning. Since there is still some snow in the mountains (all of these tulips almost had me fooled), we picked a place that would be good for camping, but in a sit-and-drink-scotch-by-the-wood-burning-stove-in-a-modern-Danish-shipping-container kind of way.
Hygge [hyɡə]: The art of building sanctuary and community, inviting closeness, and paying attention to what makes us feel open-hearted and alive.
It’s not simply the arrival of rain, but the transition to a different environment and way of life. The drear has a certain dark beauty; a low-contrast softness. There’s no need to squint or close the blinds. Even the sound of the rain on our… Read More
Another glorious weekend along the Puget Sound. Since summer won’t quit, why not spend it basking in the sun at the Doe Bay Resort and Retreat…again? Country roads. Beach-side yurts. Marion-berry muffins. You get my point.
I couldn’t think of a better way to salute the summer than by basking in some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest with my family for four days. The Doe Bay Resort and Retreat, tucked in the woods on the eastern shore of beautiful Orcas Island, is basically summer camp for adults.… Read More
When you visit a place so magnificent, it’s hard to describe its magic without physically bringing someone there. After a summer weekend in the Enchantments with my siblings in 2012, I knew I had to share the love. Thankfully, dozens of sparkling alpine lakes amidst… Read More
For our third annual Goren-sibling summer backpacking adventure, we made our way to the Olympic Peninsula—one of the most unique landscapes in Washington state. After four hours in the car, a quick ferry ride, and a few warm pastries in Sequim, we were on the Ozette Loop trail… Read More
For our second annual sibling backpacking trip, Anna, Jacob, and I took our chances and applied for the highly coveted Enchantments permit, granting access to a beautiful alpine basin full of sparkling lakes. Luckily we were chosen, and got to spend four spectacular days exploring the lakes, larch, and massive granite peaks of… Read More