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travel blogs through small town america

  • Chelan Succulent Garden Surprise

    As we always do when visiting Chelan, for Kate’s 14th birthday weekend, we stopped by the Lone Pine Fruit and Espresso. Just outside their front door we came across a new surprise. I swear this place just keeps getting better. They already had fresh veggies, chai tea lattes, home baked pies, local wine and ciders, and my heart… now they have partnered with Buffalo Plants of Chelan and have a succulent and cactus nursery/store on premise, too! Kate happens to have a random but thorough obsession with tiny cacti and has a growing collection of them lined up in her window at home. Coming across this unique addition to one of my favorite Chelan…

  • Enumclaw Series: Introduction

    “Enumclaw may come across as a cow town if you’re just passing through, but its much more diverse and sophisticated after a closer look”. That’s what Enumclaw’s resident brewer, Eric Brandjes, was quoted as saying in the February feature article in Sunset Magazine’s Where to Go This Weekend series about the town that Belinda and I have been known to paint blue on more than one occasion. In fact, Enumclaw is such a fun community, full of small town charm, that when we decided to put down our roots, we decided Enumclaw was a place we wanted to call home. Belinda and her hubby  recently purchased an older craftsman home…

  • Lake Chelan Winterfest, a 2nd Annual Adventure

    A few weekends ago we headed off to the better half of the state for a last hurrah. I was about to begin my first week back at work and Mr. Kelly has worked almost 3 weeks straight so we both needed to unwind. Lake Chelan, our happy place, was the perfect destination and the timing worked out perfectly to hit up the Lake Chelan Winterfest again, making the trip our “second annual.” Last year’s trip was our first time seeing the lake in wintertime and it made for the perfect retreat. The ice dripped from lichen on the tree trunks of my uncle’s property, making for some beautiful practice photography…

  • Farm stays on Airbnb

    One of our farm friends was recently interviewed for an article about sharing their farm on Airbnb. I have included the article below so you can check it out for yourself.  For those of you who are not familiar with the website, Airbnb let’s people post homes, rooms and even couches for nightly bookings. Our friends Tanya and Duane over at Growing Thyme Farm have started renting out an extra room they have in their house through the site to share their little slice of farm heaven. In addition to renting out a room they usually throw in some of their awesome homemade farm fresh treats. As a huge supporter…

  • Working Off Farm means a paid trip to San Diego

    According to the USDA’s Farm Family Income publications it’s hard, well pretty much impossible, for a family to survive on farming income alone. According to their study, 85-95 percent of farm household income comes from off-farm sources (including employment earnings, other business activities, and unearned income).  Even among the largest farming operations (the 8 percent of farming operations with annual sales exceeding $250,000), off-farm income accounts for 24 percent of farm household income, on average. And for the the 82 percent of U.S. farming operations that have annual sales of $100,000 or less (yup that’s us), off-farm income typically accounts for all but a negligible amount of farm household income. Which is a data rich way…

  • Winter Wine Tasting: a girl’s weekend guide

    If there is one thing my sister and I really love (besides baby goats, fresh chicken eggs, our dogs and our hubbies of course) it is a good girl’s weekend. Creating and keeping close female friendships is one of the biggest accomplishments of my young adulthood and I have found our nights of laughter, shenanigans, and TMI birthing story sessions (yup, no kidding) to be incredibly rewarding! When checking out the Chelan Winterfest this weekend I couldn’t stop thinking about how fun it would have been to have all of my girls there with me, dancing, wine tasting and making friends with the locals. We’ve had 4 of our bachelorette…

  • Day trip: Lake Chelan in Winter

    About this time during a Washington winter, I begin to crave escape. The feeling is visceral, like I will begin to peel out of my skin if I must endure one more fog filled day of dreary Northwest winter. I start to plan spring vacation escapes and my pinterest board turns more and more tropical (this year I am thinking Palm Springs: vintage bikinis, old men in fedoras, Joshua Tree, poolside margaritas.) I betray my native city by beginning to long for any glimpse of wide open blue sky. This is in stark contrast to my feelings at the end of the summer, when I crave with equal strength the…

  • Drllevich Sister’s Take Tennessee Part III: Dollywood

    As idols go, mine really run the gamut. The women who inspire me range from the everlasting chic and celebration of simplicity of Coco Chanel to the cool intelligence of Diane Lane (that woman wears the hell out of a pantsuit) all the way to the star spangled disco ball of feminine allure that is Dolly Parton. It took little more than this quote “I describe my look as a blend of mother goose, cinderella, and the local hooker” to convince me that this woman has something special I should pay attention to, and then this movie to seal the deal. It isn’t just the fact that she is uncompromisingly, unflinchingly fabulous, or that she has stood by her image and confidently pursued…

  • The Drllevich Sisters Take Tennessee Part II

    After the beautiful Malone wedding, we said goodbye to our family and headed on a seester adventure! The drive from Memphis to Nashville took us about 3 1/2 hours which we filled with gossip and our country music playlist which included some Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and Kacey Musgraves. Not wanting to spend our extra money on a hotel we checked into the cheapest motel on Priceline, The Comfort Inn, changed our clothes, teezed our hair and got a cab to Broadway Street. Broadway Street is where we spent the next two nights. We had so much fun listening to great country music, bar hopping and meeting strangers that we…

  • The Drllevich Sisters take Tennessee, Part 1: Walking in Memphis

    Today is the third day of Venise and Belinda’s Nashville Adventure! We are in Memphis to celebrate my cousin Daniel Malone’s wedding.  We left our husbands at home but are here with the Malone family, our cousin Casey and Aunt Diane and Aunt Deidre and her boyfriend Denis. We will be in Memphis with family through the weekend and then Belinda and I are taking off on a Tennesse road trip through Thusday. We have a very vague plan, but are hoping the road speaks to us and leads us to some good times and great memories. I am hoping that I will be able to blog throughout the trip so that I can take…