Tanea in Portland's International Rose Test Garden

Tanea in Portland's International Rose Test Garden

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.