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New to the area? Looking for some fun places to camp, explore, dine or picnic? This post is for you, written by some of our most knowledgeable readers.

We asked and you all answered! Here’s a collection of your NW Favorites! Be sure to pin this for later!

df9d2bf9-f6f7-431b-b845-6137a2ab1c04From @Shawnauw “A favorite family friendly PNW hike we discovered is Spada Lake at the Sultan Basin. It’s a reservoir lake so there’s no swimming allowed but it’s quite beautiful and there are so many trails to hike around the lake.Plus all around the lake there are fun and secluded picnic areas making it very family friendly. You can also walk up to the dam and there’s a short kid friendly trail with a pretty view!809eab03-e0b0-419a-82d8-a9785d82b82b The hike we chose was part of the Greider Lakes Trail. The kids loved all the creeks and waterfalls! Plus the magical reflection pool was one of the most beautiful I’ve seen. It’s a wonderful area to explore with the family plus dogs are welcome (on leash). We did happen upon some bear scat so be aware of your surroundings. We also saw some deer on this hike! Quite beautiful and less crowded than many of the hikes we’ve been on that are so close to the city. Backpacking and overnight camping on some of the trails is also welcome. “2dd4949a-27ac-4d86-a84a-adc51ec94424

From @amberlouiselloyd “Backpack to Shi Shi Beach!” Enough said. If you haven’t gone, this is a MUST.

From @shawnauw: For dining, we LOVE eating outside on a sunny evening at Anthony’s Beach Cafe in Edmonds then playing on the beach afterwards! It’s amazing!

From @twokidsintow: Breakfast at Maltby Cafe in Snohomish. You better believe I’ll be hitting them up when I visit next month! 😋

@Laughclan said: Scenic Beach State Park

From @dawnsyogagypsylifestyle “I love hiking Mt. Erie in Anacortes and then heading into town for my favorite Ruben Sandwich at Gere-a-Delierie

Sailing in the San Juan Islands in the best! Our favorite stop is Doe Bay on Orcas Island.13838159_10208860663966315_2145560697_o

And of course, because I’m a yoga instructor, I love to take my yoga outdoors! This photo was taken in Bellingham in front of our favorite restaurant, The Mount Bakery, where the Eggs Benedict is so delicious you’ll want to lick the plate clean.”13672392_10208860659766210_1385787315_n

From @pnw_travel_dog ” This is Rockaway Beach. In winter or summer, this is a perfect local beach. My parent’s parents love coming here and now our little family does, too. Our dog especially loves it cause she can run and run the beach. “rockaway

From @pinonjuniper “This is the Sheep Lake trail up on Chinook Pass and it’s part of the PCT. It’s an easy family hike and dog friendly, too!”

What are some of your favorite places around the area? Anything you’d add to this list?

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About Angela Strand

Angela is a wife, mama to three little ones and a lifelong Washington State resident. Besides facilitating the NW Healthy Mama website, she loves being involved in her kids' school, hiking with her girlfriends, growing all the things, writing, reading and taking photos.

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