Tanea in Portland's International Rose Test Garden

Tanea in Portland's International Rose Test Garden

Thanks for checking out my collection of Pacific Northwest recommendations. 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. 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, seeing live music and practicing my Taylor GS Mini guitar.  

I love booking travel around hotel events, as well as, checking out hotel events in my hometown of Seattle. Hotel bars often feature free live music and host fun seasonal activities. Because Tim and I often spend countless hours trying to find cool local events in beautiful, intriguing environments, I thought it might be a good share my research. I created a "Hotel Happenings" page that lists fun Pacific Northwest hotel-sponsored events, which I hope inspire you to soon plan your next weekend getaway or evening out. 

On this site, I only feature experiences that I personally recommend. Feel free to reach out to me if you have a specific experience in mind, which I have not yet written about. I hope that these posts inspire you to round up your favorite getaway companions and hit the road for the day or the weekend. Feel free to leave a comment or share your favorite places, and follow ExperiencePNW on social media.