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Japanese-style pod hotel is a value stay in Canada

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Japanese-style pod hotel is a value stay in Canada

It is peak season in Whistler, British Columbia, one of the top North American ski resorts. While its upscale village can lead to some pretty pricey accommodations, Pangea Pod Hotel aims to provide a more affordable option. Here, you'll stay in a boutique hotel, but only pay for the part you

Arizona is a warm-weather paradise during the winter

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Arizona is a warm-weather paradise during the winter

The greater Phoenix area offers days of sunny, mild weather during the winter and spring months. For example, Scottsdale is a luxurious enclave with upscale resorts, while Mesa is a vibrant town with more economical options. Phoenix itself falls somewhere in between. Phoenix also makes a great base for your vacation, and

Learn about the history and wildlife of the Willapa Bay

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Learn about the history and wildlife of the Willapa Bay

December is the perfect month for day trips to the areas surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Willapa Bay, famed for its oysters, is a pristine body of water around an hour and a half drive from JBLM. We'll start the day with a unique hike at the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge,

Check the Northern Lights off your bucket list

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Check the Northern Lights off your bucket list

Now that you are living in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska is a surprisingly easy destination to get to. One of the big-bucket list items is a trip to see the Northern Lights, and a great location to experience this natural phenomenon is in Fairbanks, Alaska. It is an easy, nonstop flight

Fun outdoor winter activities in the area

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Fun outdoor winter activities in the area

Snowfall is massive in the Cascade and Olympic mountains and the foothills surrounding them. Fun activities to do in the snow include winter hiking, sledding, snow shoeing, and riding snow machines. With the proper equipment and warm clothes, this area becomes a winter playground. Although snowfall is limited on Joint

A taste of the Ukraine near Mount Rainier

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A taste of the Ukraine near Mount Rainier

Anatoliy Zaika, owner of the Paradise Village Lodge near Mount Rainier, is a man with a dream. A huge fan of the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad, he purchased the lodge as a family business, and to bring a bit of his homeland -- the Ukraine -- to America. He

DoD grant will fund rigorous national Stem program

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DoD grant will fund rigorous national Stem program

Last week at Graham-Kapowsin High School, leadership from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and the Bethel School District announced a new partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). The initiative is an evidence-based, rigorous national STEM program which was made possible by a $727,500 grant from the U.S. Department

Holiday magic at Enchant in T-Mobile Park

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Holiday magic at Enchant in T-Mobile Park

Enchant Christmas returns to Seattle's T-Mobile Park for an extravagant Christmas experience. This year, the world's largest Christmas light maze, Mischievous, will delight children of all ages as they search for Santa's missing gifts in time to save Christmas. During the event, the stadium is packed with fun things to do.

Shopping Puyallup’s Main Street district

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Shopping Puyallup’s Main Street district

Puyallup's quaint downtown isn't far from the historic Meeker Mansion, and unique antique shops, cafés and pubs abound in this easily walkable district. Start your day early with breakfast at the Rose Restaurant. This cute, vintage café is where the locals eat. It's nothing fancy, but the food is good and

Holiday shopping  in Portland

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Holiday shopping in Portland

Portland is about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and you can make it a day trip for holiday shopping or extend as an overnight trip to enjoy some of the city's sights, as well. The big advantage is the tax-free shopping, which saves you almost 10 percent compared to

Cutting down your own Christmas tree

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Cutting down your own Christmas tree

Did you know that Christmas trees are an agricultural crop that provides another income stream for local farms? Once a tree is cut, another is planted to take its place. Tree farms are a busy social hub during the weeks following Thanksgiving, with cut-your-own tree opportunities and seasonal fun like

A visit to the tip of the Olympic Peninsula

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A visit to the tip of the Olympic Peninsula

Heading out to Neah Bay and Cape Flattery is a doable day trip from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, but it is a long one at almost four hours each way. Spending the night on the Olympic Peninsula when it isn't daylight savings time is advisable, as it gets dark so early now.

GoFundMe campaign seeks to raise money for local soldier

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GoFundMe campaign seeks to raise money for local soldier

On Oct. 6, Staff Sgt. Ian Ives was critically injured by an IED explosion while deployed to Afghanistan. The Puyallup resident is currently at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he is undergoing treatment to include multiple surgeries for his extensive injuries.  AD: Couple counseling on JBLM

Veterans Day freebies

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Veterans Day freebies

In honor of Veterans Day, many local restaurants, businesses and attractions are offering free admission, a meal, or discounts for Veterans Day. In order to receive a discount, you must show proof of military service such as a VA Universal Access Card, military ID, DD-214 (discharge papers), Veterans Service Organization

Step up your care package game with Creative & Co.

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Step up your care package game with Creative & Co.

Many of us are veterans of multiple deployments, and our care package game may be getting a little stale. Join military spouse Mailani Cappaert, owner of Creative & Co., for a workshop on stepping up your care package game. What makes the best care package? Find out Nov. 9 from 11

Enjoy a late fall getaway to Canada’s Okanagan region

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Enjoy a late fall getaway to Canada’s Okanagan region

Kelowna, British Columbia, is considered the gateway to the Okanagan Valley. The city sits on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake, surrounded by vineyards and wineries, orchards, mountains and many provincial parks (the Canadian equivalent to U.S. state or national parks). Situated in an area packed with things to do, Kelowna

South Hill - a popular neighborhood with JBLM families

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South Hill - a popular neighborhood with JBLM families

The South Hill community is located above the south side of the Puyallup River Valley in Pierce County. It has become increasingly popular with military families stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) because of its proximity to the base and a good school system. Steve Gilpartick, Community Sales Manager for Lungren

Real estate is a flexible career for military spouses

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Real estate is a flexible career for military spouses

For many military spouses, the constant moves and fluctuations of the military life can wreak havoc on their career goals, and military spouse April Johns is all too familiar with that scenario. "Being a military spouse for the last 13 years, we have moved to four different duty stations. I have

Historic Fort Steilacoom predates JBLM

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Historic Fort Steilacoom predates JBLM

You may have noticed the older buildings on the grounds of Western State Hospital in Lakewood. They are what remains of what was Fort Steilacoom, a military base which predates the Civil War, and four buildings from the original fort are open to the public the first Sunday of the

West Yellowstone, Montana, Adventure Gateway

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West Yellowstone, Montana, Adventure Gateway

Yellowstone National Park is one of the most visited in the United States, with the number of visitors peaking in the summer months. In October, those numbers slow down before the park roads close in early November. This makes fall a perfect time of year to visit, and the town

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