Me on an Island rest stop during a kayak tour around Salt Spring Island, British Columbia: one of my all-time favorite places.

Me on an Island rest stop during a kayak tour around Salt Spring Island, British Columbia: one of my all-time favorite places.

Connect with Tanea

Thanks for checking out my collection of Pacific Northwest recommendations of my favorite experiences. My name is Tanea Stephens and I am a discerning, self-proclaimed "Ambassador of Fun" who is obsessed with seeking out quintessential, off-the-beaten path experiences and inspiring others to do the same.

I love hearing from readers and offering individual recommendations. If you are looking to experience someplace that is not already listed on my site, please send me an e-mail, using the form below, and I will do my best to offer recommendations. I also welcome feedback and plugs for your favorite places.

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My Inspiration

I become very inhospitable if not afforded the frequent opportunity to go on on a date with my husband or escape the Seattle city boundaries. My personal passion lies in finding reasons to celebrate and matching those with authentic experiences that evoke a sense of escape, re-connection and appreciation for life. Once I find someplace I love, I want to inspire others to check it out and that is why I started ExperiencePNW.com. 

This passion started for me in middle school when I would scour the Saturday "Peach Section" of my hometown newspaper, "The Toledo Blade." The Peach Section listed events happening around town. I mostly daydreamed about being able to experience all the events, but moved more into action mode in college when I started planning social events for the Public Relations Student Society of America at Ohio State University. After working in PR for 15 years, my husband Tim and I owned a bar and live music venue called ToST Lounge, which was like hosting a party every night of the week. These days, Tim and I continue to host parties and camp-outs and plan vacations nearly a year in advance. 

My favorite getaway companions are Tim, our 11-year old daughter Bella (author of the Tween articles), dog Veli and our lively cadre of friends. When I am not planning our next adventure or exploring the Northwest I enjoy gardening, cooking, experiencing live music and practicing my Taylor GS Mini guitar.  

On this site, I only feature experiences that I personally recommend. I hope that these posts inspire you to round up your favorite getaway companions and hit the road soon for a day or weekend.