People stroll along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, one of Europe’s most interesting historic walks, as Edinburgh Castle looms in the distance. (Rick Steves' Europe)

Edinburgh, the cultural heart of Scotland, packs a cultural punch

Once a medieval powerhouse, it is today one of Europe’s most lively and festive cities.

 

Dan Neumeyer peers out the window of his Hummingbird Yurt. (David Welton)

Otherworldly structures constructed on Whidbey Island

The small buildings — yurts, with a Western twist — were built by Earth dweller Dan Neumeyer.

 

Women came from all over the Pacific Northwest to “glamp” and raise money to send girls to Girl Scout Camp from Sept. 16-18. The next opportunity to glamp at Camp River Ranch will be Sept. 8-10, 2023. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Women’s glamping retreat raises money to send local girls to camp

I’ve been the camper, the counselor, the Girl Scout leader and the mom. Now, I was the glamper.

 

2022 Kia Sportage Hybride SX Prestige

The 2022 Kia Sportage is marketed as the “ultimate urban SUV.”

  • Sep 24, 2022
  • By Larry Lark
  • Cars
MyMyToyStore.com owner Tom Harrison at his brick and mortar storefront on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Near-death experience planted seeds for downtown Everett toy store

Former attorney Tom Harrison survived 9/11. It caused him to ask what’s important in life. Today, he runs MyMyToyStore.

MyMyToyStore.com owner Tom Harrison at his brick and mortar storefront on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Mazda CX-30 Crossover (Mazda)

2021 Mazda CX-30 Premium Plus

The crossover seats five adults and delivers the freedom to match active lifestyles.

  • Sep 23, 2022
  • By Larry Lark
  • Cars
Mazda CX-30 Crossover (Mazda)

Planting containers in the shoulder season

September and October can be tricky times of the year when it comes to our container plantings. Depending on our level of care, some of… Continue reading

Presented by the Edmonds Driftwood Players, Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” — a murder-mystery that is the world’s longest-running play — will run through Oct. 2 at Wade James Theatre in Edmonds. (Photo courtesy Dale Sutton)

Music, theater and more: What’s happening in Snohomish County

MUSIC Mill Creek Summer Concert Series: The music concludes with Big Dog Revue (1970s dance music), 6-8 p.m. Sept. 28 at Mill Creek Town Center,… Continue reading

Presented by the Edmonds Driftwood Players, Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” — a murder-mystery that is the world’s longest-running play — will run through Oct. 2 at Wade James Theatre in Edmonds. (Photo courtesy Dale Sutton)
2022 BMW X3 M40i (BMW)

2022 BMW X3 M40i

BMW is probably the best at naming cars with letters and numbers.

  • Sep 22, 2022
  • By Larry Lark
  • Cars
2022 BMW X3 M40i (BMW)
From left to right: Troy Chapman, Kristi O’Donnell and Keith Bowers are three of five members of the Hot Club of Troy. The band is the opening act at DjangoFest Northwest. (David Welton)

Django music festival returns to Whidbey Island this week

DjangoFest is taking place from Sept. 21-25 at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley.

From left to right: Troy Chapman, Kristi O’Donnell and Keith Bowers are three of five members of the Hot Club of Troy. The band is the opening act at DjangoFest Northwest. (David Welton)
Amy Turnbull pulls seeds off of a sunflower on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Flower power: Garden on Gibson Road cultivates a sense of community

South Everett mom Amy Turnbull turned a ditch of trash into a colorful 100-foot stretch of blooms and kinship.

Amy Turnbull pulls seeds off of a sunflower on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The 2023 Defender is Land Rover’s toughest and most capable SUV. (Land Rover)

2023 Land Rover Defender comes to the rescue during wildfire

With the Bolt Creek fire raging and an evacuation looming, a little sports car just wouldn’t do.

The 2023 Defender is Land Rover’s toughest and most capable SUV. (Land Rover)

Awaiting a refund for a cruise that was canceled in 2020

David Maddox has been waiting years for a refund for his Vantage Travel tour. Why hasn’t the company responded, and is there anything he can do to speed up the process?

  • Sep 18, 2022
  • By Wire Service
The Greek theater in Taormina: With a view like this, no play is a tragedy.

Halfway between Europe and Africa, Sicily oozes with energy

If you like Italy for its people, tempo and joy of living — rather than for its touristic icons — you’ll dig Sicily.

The Greek theater in Taormina: With a view like this, no play is a tragedy.
Caption: Easy ways to make time for reading when you are a busy parent.

How busy parents can find time to read — and not just to the kids

Jennifer Bardsley shares her strategies for raising readers, from toddlers to teenagers

Caption: Easy ways to make time for reading when you are a busy parent.

Mutual respect fosters cooperation and connection

In a world where aggression is on the rise, we need to cultivate peace and harmony — now more than ever.

Looking at the top of multiple Wild Iris Flowers Dietes Grandiflora FLower, White, Purple, Orange Yellow Iris,

Always something coming and something going in my new garden

A large variety of plants that provide beauty all through the year keeps things interesting and fulfilling.

Looking at the top of multiple Wild Iris Flowers Dietes Grandiflora FLower, White, Purple, Orange Yellow Iris,
Colchicum autumnale. (Great Plant Picks)

Great Plant Pick: Colchicum autumnale

This plant really shines in the fall, when lavender-pink blooms burst from the ground.

  • Sep 16, 2022
Colchicum autumnale. (Great Plant Picks)
Puzzle jugs provided a drinking game for centuries. Do you think you could drink from one without spilling?

Puzzle jugs challenged drinkers to do it right — or make a mess

The drinker had to know which holes to cover and which to drink from in order to draw the liquid up through the handle.

Puzzle jugs provided a drinking game for centuries. Do you think you could drink from one without spilling?
Possession Point Bait Company owner Dan Cooper fishes live herring out of his holding pond with a net on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 in Clinton, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Fish on! Whidbey bait shop delivers $7 bucket of herring to your boat

Possession Point Bait Co. owner Dan Cooper keeps afloat the Clinton fishing business his family started in the 1960s.

Possession Point Bait Company owner Dan Cooper fishes live herring out of his holding pond with a net on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 in Clinton, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)