Tacoma

LeMay Collections at Marymount Car Museum, Tacoma

The collections here include about 1,500 cars plus trucks, motorcycles, and other forms of transportation. Additionally, there are some really lovely neon signs on display. And did I mention a sculpture garden? And an antique doll collection? And antique radios and telephones? And antique farm equipment? And…

LeMay Collections at Marymount Car Museum, Tacoma

Museum of Glass, Tacoma

I visited the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, in June 2017. It not only has exhibits of gorgeous glass art, but it also has a very large glassblowing studio where you can watch world-class artists in residence...

Museum of Glass, Tacoma

Hotel Murano, Tacoma, June 2017

My home away from home whenever I find myself in Tacoma, Washington, on business seems to be the Hotel Murano; my June 2017 stay is the fifth or sixth time I've been there. It's a really nice place and right in the heart of Tacoma's great little downtown...

Hotel Murano, Tacoma, June 2017

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, June 2017

In Wright Park in Tacoma, Washington, sits a fabulous little glass building called the WW Seymour Botanical Conservatory. They pack the space to the gills with exotic plants of all shapes and sizes. These images are from a visit in June 2017...

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, June 2017

LeMay: America's Car Museum, Tacoma

Two of the most recognizable roofs in the entire Tacoma, Washington, area sit side by side right off the I-5 freeway: the massive concrete hemisphere of the Tacoma Dome (the world's largest wooden dome) and the shining silver semicylinder of the LeMay: America's Car Museum or ACM. I toured the ACM in June 2017 with Travel Tacoma. The beautiful space holds about 300 cars and trucks in 165,000 square feet...

LeMay: America's Car Museum, Tacoma

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

In June 2017 Travel Tacoma took me to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park outside of Eatonville, Washington. Northwest Trek is a different kind of zoo than I normally see, one that focuses on the Pacific Northwest and one where the animals have a good amount of room to roam, particularly in the 400+ acres of open area on the north side of the park...

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Tacoma Day 2: Heritage Distilling Company

In between singing gondola rides and a tour of the Gig Harbor Museum, it was a very busy morning for our "instafam" tour, but we managed to squeeze in a tour and tasting at the Heritage Distilling Company, It is, in their own words, "the most awarded craft distillery in North American by the American Distilling Institute 3 years in a row (2014, 2015 and 2016)." Read more about them on their press page. Pretty cool stuff! Anyway, it is quite an impressive operation there at the distillery, and their spirits are smooth and flavorful, leaning toward the sweet side, which is just the way I like it. We tasted most of their spirits, and my favorite is the award-winning brown sugar bourbon. Definitely check it out sometime.  

Tacoma Day 2: Heritage Distilling Company

Tacoma Day 2: Stadium High School

One of the coolest building exteriors in the Pacific Northwest is Tacoma's Stadium High School. Built as a "French chateau"-style hotel in the 1890s, it never opened; instead, it was sold to the Tacoma school board who converted it to the facility we see today. Students get to enjoy not only the beautiful, funky Victorian building, but also spectacular views of the Pugent Sound. Famous alumni include Dale Chihuly, whose photo hangs in the main entrance. And movies like 10 Things I Hate About You have been filmed here.

Tacoma Day 2: Stadium High School

Tacoma Day 2: Bluebeard Coffee

Day two of my Travel Tacoma / Visit Rainier "instafam" adventure was a long day full of kayaks and gondolas and going back and forth between Gig Harbor and Tacoma proper. We therefore decided to make a quick stop for caffeine at local favorite Bluebeard Coffee Roasters (renowned for their pistola mochas), and I got to snap a few portraits through their big, shiny windows (one of my favorite pastimes). And of course, no hip coffee shop these days is complete without a man-bun.

Tacoma Day 2: Bluebeard Coffee

Tacoma, Day 2: Gig Harbor Gondolier

The second day of the July 2016 Travel Tacoma and Visit Rainier "instafam" tour was packed. The first thing (after breakfast at the Hotel Murano and checking out) in the morning we went to Gig Harbor, Washington, and met John "Cinque" Synco and his authentic Venetian gondola, Nelly. He runs Gig Harbor Gondola. John rowed us around the tranquil harbor, singing us Venetian songs and giving us a detailed history of gondoliers in America. Pretty great stuff! And the weather was truly perfect, as I think you can see from my photos below.

Tacoma, Day 2: Gig Harbor Gondolier

Tacoma: Day One of the "Instafam" Tour

For Travel Tacoma and Visit Rainier, five of us bloggers/instagrammers took part in an "instafam" tour of the greater Tacoma and Mt. Rainier areas in July 2016. Here is a look at the first day, which includes flying there, checking into the hotel, walking around Tacoma (including a stop at the lovely little Tacoma Art Museum), and having a nice group dinner together at the Hub.

Tacoma: Day One of the "Instafam" Tour

Tacoma, Day 2: Five-Mile Drive in Point Defiance, July 2016

For Travel Tacoma and Visit Rainier, five of us bloggers/instagrammers took part in an "instafam" tour of the greater Tacoma and Mt. Rainier areas in July 2016. Here is the first of several blog posts about the trip. One of the true must-sees when you're in Tacoma is the Five-Mile Drive through Point Defiance Park. You'll find hiking and biking trails through lush forest; you'll relax on serene Owen Beach with wonderful views of Pugent Sound and Mt. Rainier alike; you'll see thriving wildlife... particularly raccoons (one of my favorite animals). 

Tacoma, Day 2: Five-Mile Drive in Point Defiance, July 2016

Area 253 Glassblowing in Tacoma

Patrick Cahill of Area 253 Glassblowing gave me a tour and we made a Christmas ornament together. He is awesome, letting me have fun with all the steps of glassblowing while always keeping me safe (most of the glass is after all a mere 800 degrees).  If you're in the Tacoma, Washington, you should stop by and check them out!

Area 253 Glassblowing in Tacoma

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, Tacoma: Nov 2015

In November 2015, I worked with Travel Tacoma to promote tourism to the area, and this is my first blog post about that trip.  Where to start? Well, as no visit to that area of Washington is complete without a quick stop at least at the W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Wright Park, let's start there.

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, Tacoma: Nov 2015

Stephanie Miller at Owen Beach, Point Defiance, Washington

Model Stephanie Miller and I shot in Tacoma, Washington, at Owen Beach on Point Defiance... 

Stephanie Miller at Owen Beach, Point Defiance, Washington