August 2020 253 Lifestyle

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August 2020 253 Lifestyle

ISSUE NO. 20

AUGUST 2020

L I F E S T Y L E M A G A Z I N E

Tacoma’s

Humane Society

“COMPASSION ISN’T CANCELED” IN

HUMANE SOCIETY’S 30TH ANNUAL

DOG-A-THON

Q&A WITH RANDALL MORRIS

FORMER SEATTLE SEAHAWK AND FOUNDER OF

THE RANDALL MORRIS FOUNDATION

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The Final Days of Summer

THIS SUMMER HAS BEEN ONE TO REMEMBER, though possibly

one many would like to forget. As our wonderful community events

continued to be canceled left and right for the concern of our health

and safety, it almost felt as if we had been stripped of what makes

summertime here truly memorable year after year. But, maybe this

could be a blessing in disguise for so many of us. Summer is still here,

and now more than ever we have the opportunity to spend more

quality time with our families than usual.

Despite the uncertainties, we continue to work and play in this

place we call home—even if that means finding new ways to get

outdoors and take in the beauty and unique opportunities our town

has to offer. Don’t let another day pass you by without seizing those

moments and creating memories with those most dear to you by

your side.

Before we know it, the long days of summer will be behind us, and

it will be back to routine—whatever that may look like, as so much

is still unknown. The kids will be back in school, whether that be

in a structured school setting or in the comfort of your own home

via remote learning. Sports will once again be making their return,

adding some excitement and friendly competition amongst the

players—and their audience. Life will continue, and we will continue

to adapt to the changes and challenges that come with it.

Despite all that is going on around us, we can take comfort in

knowing that our community remains strong, and together, we will

survive and once again thrive.

As you read through the August issue of 253 Lifestyle Magazine, you

will be reminded of the wonderful place we live and the incredible

people who surround us daily. We are truly fortunate, and it is a

reminder to be grateful for the gift we’ve been given to live in, and be

a part of, such a caring community.

Memories are ready to be made, and the 253 is the perfect place to

create them.

Q&A WITH

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“COMPASSION ISN’T CANCELED” IN

HUMANE SOCIETY’S 30TH ANNUAL

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About The Cover

Former Seattle Seahawk Randall

Morris makes his way to the cover

of 253 Lifestyle Magazine for our

August 2020 issue. Read more about

Morris and his life, including The

Randall Morris Foundation and the

effects of the current pandemic on

his small business, in this month’s

Q&A on page 30.

Cover photo by Samanatha

Elise Tillman

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ISSUE NO. 20

Tacoma’s

Humane Society

L I F E S T Y L E M A G A Z I N E

AUGUST 2020

Q&A WITH RANDALL MORRIS

FORMER SEATTLE SEAHAWK AND FOUNDER OF

THE RANDALL MORRIS FOUNDATION

HOME

A Warm Welcome and Comfortable Stay:

Setting up your short-term rental

TRENDING

Fall Beauty Trends: Now’s the time to

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TACOMA

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SETTING UP YOUR SHORT-TERM RENTAL

BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, INTERIOR DESIGNER

So many people are falling in love with our area and purchasing a second home here. If that is you, congratulations! If, instead,

you are from here and decided to take advantage of this boom we are experiencing and rent out your home for short-term

rentals (STRs), congratulations! If you just live here and don’t have a second home, still—congratulations! We live in a beautiful

area that people love to visit.

Setting up your property to rent, however, can be intimidating. I’ve worked on many rental properties, and the competition is fierce for

the high-dollar rentals. Part of the issue is the pressure from social media. Rental companies and, indeed, renters, would like their vacation

homes to be Instagram and Facebook worthy. They want a vacation home that comes with bragging rights. But how does one accomplish

this and still account for the fact that items may be stolen, damaged, broken, misplaced or misused?

When outfitting a short-term rental, the first thing I do is assess the surfaces. Anything worn, damaged or unsightly needs to be repaired

or replaced ASAP. This goes for flooring, cabinetry, carpeting, countertops and all bathrooms and plumbing fixtures. I also look at heat

sources and ventilation. It might be summertime swelter to us locals, but someone visiting from Arizona or Georgia might find our chilly

summer nights a bit on the frigid side. Comfort is key. Ceiling fans and air conditioning must also be in good working order. If none exist,

a good-quality floor or table fan is definitely a must—especially in bedrooms. All doors and windows must also be in good working order,

with locks on bathroom doors, if possible.

A fresh coat of paint is always appreciated, as are clean carpets, maintained fireplaces and appliances, a full kitchen—including cookware

and basic spices. Towels and linens are a must, as are clean sheets and ultra-clean bedding. It should look a feel like a hotel but with a

“homey” twist.

Curb appeal is important as well. That first glimpse of the home when people pull up really begins their experience. If you do not live

here full time, make sure that you have a landscaper or someone maintaining the lawn and front garden beds. Hot tubs are a plus, but

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of course, not necessary, as are fire pits. However, it is a good idea

to leave your renters with instructions for both! Instructions for any

unusual or high-end appliances are also a good idea and may prevent

unwanted mishaps.

For furnishings, the focus is usually on beds. “How many does it

sleep?” is a common question in the world of STRs. However, this

question should be addressed within reason. Bunk beds are a plus,

but not always necessary. Sometimes queen-sized beds in each

bedroom work just as well, as family members can double up if

needed, including kids. Pull-out sofas are also recommended, but

again, not always necessary. If you’d like to focus on quality instead

of quantity, that is certainly acceptable. As well, I’ve worked on STRs

where instead of a huge room of beds we’ve placed good-quality

sleeping bags on the floor of a bonus room, and the kids have had a

great time, treating it like a campout!

Interior decor should be simple, tasteful and area specific. Signs

reading “Welcome to the Beach” or “Relax, You’re at the Cabin” are

welcome. Family photos and other personal memorabilia are not.

People love their vacations to be beautiful and fun, but not stressful.

Your STR is not the place for your grandmother’s china or pristine

antique dining table. Items need to be somewhat affordable and

replaceable, just in case an accident occurs.

A short-term vacation home is a place where your guests don’t want

to have to worry about their surroundings. The best gift you can give

them is a comfortable bed, a simple but cohesive interior and a warm

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One of the easiest ways to embrace a new season and

step into an opportunity for change is by refreshing

your look. This fall, new beauty trends offer the

chance to both play with boldness and speak volumes

with simplicity.

From colorful makeup trends to subtle hair

accessories, the fall of 2020 will certainly bring its

opportunities to refresh your routine when it comes

to makeup, hair and skin care.

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According to Vogue, the makeup forecast for fall

2020 is largely bold, bright and exuberant. This year’s

runways saw glitter, sparkle and shine with attentiongrabbing

colors, as well as darker, moody nods to the

era of grunge. Here are a few of the most prominent

upcoming trends:

Color pops - This year, as temperatures start to cool, it

doesn’t have to mean cooling off the intensity of your

look; bright color is certainly on trend. Keep the heat

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Keeping your roots darker while

bringing softer caramel tones to the

lower lengths will prepare you to

warmly welcome fall with just the

right amount of contrast.

bold, red lip. Pick an area to focus on, and embolden yourself to go

for more: a flashier, fluorescent mascara or a color-blocked eyelid

are right on par with fall runway looks.

Shadow play - If you’re looking to draw attention up to your eyes,

trendsetters are all for bright shadows this season. From glamorous

golden tones to bright orange or blush, a statement shadow can be

worn “like jewelry,” according to Harper’s Bazaar.

Goth and punk-inspired - Color isn’t everything this fall; those

who lean more toward a darker look are in luck. Black eyeliner is

very much on-trend and can be made even edgier with a healthy

smudge. Even better news: This type of look (a thick swipe of

eyeliner with full, dark mascara) takes hardly any time and is

perfect for moments when you’re pressed for time. Take this look

up a notch at night with a darker, bolder winged liner applied with

brushed liquid eyeliner, paired with a nude or matte lip.

Hair Trends

Textured updos - This fall wants to see your texturized pony and

those playful, pinned-up curls. Start with texturizing powders and

beach wave sprays that add a healthy, easy bounce. Pin your waves

back in a tousled, romantic updo or a youthful scrunchie. The

more texture and character, the better.

Small, subtle details - Tiny, barely-there braids or subtle accent

accessories woven into your updo will bring a subtle accent to

your everyday look this fall. Play up your ponytail by weaving in

tiny pins or ribbons—even a darker ribbon that matches your hair

color will add dimension while keeping your overall look more

neutral.

A “less is more” approach to accessorizing - Headbands and hair

accessories are coming back for the fall of 2020. Trending styles

will be minimal, with accessories aimed at accentuating, not

overshadowing, the look. Trending headbands will be thinner,

wiry, and laced with small jewels or pearls. Don’t overthink it—a

small, simple hair clip or jeweled bobby pin is all you need to pull

this trend off.

Hair color - With the way this year has gone, many are still

awaiting their chance to sit in the hair colorist’s chair. When you

finally get that long-anticipated appointment, keep in mind fall’s

most predominant hair color trend: caramel highlights. Keeping

your roots darker while bringing softer caramel tones to the lower

lengths will prepare you to warmly welcome fall with just the right

amount of contrast.

Skin-Care Trends

Skin care is ever evolving, with many trends crossing over from

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the realms of dietary wellness and nutritional science. A few new ways

to care for our body’s largest organ will surely interest both the healthconscious

and the environmentally aware consumers.

Going plant-based - We often hear about the power of plants in terms

of what we put in our body, but what about what goes on our skin?

As plant-based beauty has grown in popularity, a few trends to watch

for this fall include: vegan and cruelty-free claims, “nature-identical”

ingredients that, like they sound, have their original form in nature

as a plant or mineral, and Halal beauty, indicating products that are

cruelty-free, alcohol-free and free of animal products.

Taking bacteria beyond the microbiome - The power of probiotics to

promote a balanced gut isn’t a new, trendy conversation; but expect to

see that conversation shift to include more beauty and skin products

this fall. Everything from pre- and probiotic-packed deodorants that

feed the right odor-fighting bacteria, to bacteria-based scalp serums,

will be headed our way this fall.

Going environmentally conscious - Trendsetters are predicting a

step up from recycling this fall with upcycling, which encourages the

repurposing of items to extend the lifespan of their usability and avoid

adding more waste to overflowing landfills. Brands are paying more

attention to what their products’ containers are made from to allow

buyers to continue using the containers in creative ways long after the

product is gone, with possibilities ranging from on-the-go storage to

a home for succulents.

You can recreate your look and skin-care routine at any time, whether

it’s by starting small with a subtle accessory, or going bold with a

bright new eye shadow.

There may be no better time to take a small risk and approach

something new than in the fall, when everything seems to be primed

for change. This fall, don’t be afraid to be bold, remembering that

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“COMPASSION ISN’T CANCELED” IN HUMANE

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By Rachel Kelly

Photos Courtesy of Humane Society for Tacoma and

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The story begins in 1888. The local circus was in

town, along with an advertised performance by

local animals; one of those performers being

a large bear. The mistreated and most likely

malnutritioned bear failed to perform. His trainer began

to ruthlessly kick him and would not stop. Appalled, the

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of his cruelty; enough time to recognize that he’d found

himself in a wholly different kind of city. It was for this

reason that the Tacoma Humane Society was formed.

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separately and individually according to the needs of its

community. The Humane Society of Tacoma and Pierce

County is proudly one of the oldest Humane Societies

in the country. In 1888, when it was founded, it ran a

little different than it does today. Originally, the Tacoma

Humane Society began as a nonprofit geared as a refuge

for orphaned children and livestock.

Today it has evolved according to the needs of its

community and is back to where it began (minus the

children). It is a refuge for injured, abused or lost animals.

Namely, domesticated pets. Currently the Tacoma

Humane Society of Tacoma and Pierce County is housing

over 230 cats, dogs and critters. This doesn’t include those

in its foster care program, which bumps the number of

pets considerably higher. The society only euthanizes

animals for the sake of compassion, and never for space

or time. Which is why the foster care program is so

essential: It makes space. The Humane Society for Tacoma

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and Pierce County sees approximately 10,000 animals per year. A

high 92 percent of those animals leave the building healthier and

happier than when they came.

The number of animals currently being housed at the facility may

seem high, but it is in fact characteristically low. The play pens,

runs, building and parking lot are pretty quiet. This is not because

animals are not coming in; the healthy partnership that the Humane

Society for Tacoma and Pierce County has with animal control

ensures that there will always be lost animals coming in. However,

since the COVID-19 shutdown, adoption has been up. And while

the pandemic itself is not good news, the compassionate response

of our community toward its smallest members is. Adopting an

animal doesn’t take very many resources, but it does take time.

Time is about the only thing that we have in excess right now.

The pandemic has also changed the face of the Humane Society’s

largest yearly event: the Dog-A-Thon, with 2020 marking its 30th

year. Normally the fundraiser boasts of a vendor village, which

is like a large open-air market for local products (many of them

pet related). There is also a 1-mile walk; this year they were even

planning to add on a 5k. In addition, there are usually canine demos

and a dog agility course. But as the time for the event came closer,

the society came to the realization that a large community event

just might not be feasible. However, equally unfeasible was the

thought of not having

funding for proper

veterinary care. So this

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On Facebook, the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce

County did a 30-minute presentation, opening up the event and

showcasing adoptable animals. There was even an online tutorial

for pet CPR!

The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County ended

the fundraiser having raised $100,000, a significant number

comparable to previous years. These funds will reverberate

throughout the year, felt by each animal that finds its way through

the Humane Society’s doors. And what a year it’s been thus far!

In January, the Humane Society began by taking in a group of

dogs forced into brutal combat in an illegal dog fighting ring. Just

after that, the pandemic hit, and the Humane Society became very

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fundraiser. What’s next for the society now that we are rolling

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into fall? Much the same as it has always planned in years past since its

conception in 1888: care. Care for the smallest most vulnerable members of

our community—from domesticated rabbits to the dogs forced to “perform”

in dog fighting rings.

The pandemic has been, for some, an experience akin to having the floor

crumble beneath their feet. We’re all like plumbers, who’ve discovered that

there are 20 leaks in the pipe. We plug one hole with one hand, only to

discover another one open. We eventually run out of hands and begin to

wade in deep water. The pandemic has forced us to take a good hard look in

the mirror at who we are and where we want to go. It can be disconcerting,

and yet it can also be empowering. Empowering because we discover that

here, we’re not alone. There are other hands ready to plug a few more holes.

Community is the buoy that bolsters our efforts. Together, we are successful.

There are a lot of things we’re missing right now, a lot of yearly activities

that are canceled. Some of our favorite community places have closed, and

we mourn the wide range of change and struggle. But compassion is never

canceled. Compassion does not close. The need for goodness, for a helping

hand, does not go away. Thank you, Tacoma, for never forgetting that. We

are a city that answers the call for help, even from the very least of these.

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“We will have to think

outside of the box on

fundraising this year. We

are looking forward to

doing a virtual auction

online to try to raise

money for charities. People

and organizations are

depending on us to be

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Former Seattle Seahawk Randall “Too

Hot” Morris made Seattle his home after

his career in the NFL. He established his

own company Morris Janitorial Services,

LLC and continues to raise money to support

local charities through the Randall Morris

Foundation for Youth and Families.

Q. Your son Trey is following in your footsteps

playing football as starting quarterback at

Rainier Beach High School. What is it like for

you being a football dad versus down on the

field playing?

A. I am so proud of Trey. Since he was born,

he was made to play football and play the

quarterback position. I’ve coached him since he

was 7 years old to play that position. The days of

playing football for me are long gone. I receive

so much joy watching my son execute the things

that we have practiced over and over again. I love

the fact that he comes to me for guidance and

understanding. It gives me joy to know that I

have played at the highest level and that my son

has the confidence in me to steer him in the right

direction.

Q. The Randall Morris Foundation has raised

and donated an impressive more than a half

million dollars since its inception to mostly

Pacific Northwest charities. How has the

COVID-19 pandemic affected fundraising for

the foundation, and how do you move forward

and adjust at this time with all the uncertainty?

A. COVID-19 has affected our fundraising

efforts in many ways. We are scheduled to host

our 14th annual auction/gala in September. Our

auction/gala is where we make the majority of

our money for charities. It will be extremely

difficult for us to go forward with our festivities

because of the social distancing dilemma and

people being afraid of contracting the virus.

We will have to think outside of the box on

fundraising this year. We are looking forward

to doing a virtual auction online to try to raise

money for charities. People and organizations are

depending on us to be there for them, and I do

not want to disappoint them.

As the founder of our foundation, I must be

sensitive and a voice of reason. Nothing is more

important to us than the health and safety of

our supporters. We send our best wishes to

all individuals and communities who have

been affected by this horrific virus. We would

like to thank all of our supporters during this

challenging time.

Q. Like many former Seahawks players, you

have continued to make the Seattle area

your home. What was it about this area and

community that made you decide to make it

home?

A. I love Seattle! It’s beautiful! When the sun

is out, there’s not a nicer place to be than here.

Have I gotten used to the rain yet? No, but it’s

still my home. The reason I made Seattle my

home is that I knew one day I would get married

and have a family. What better place to raise a

family than Seattle, Washington? I laid my roots

down here and have been able to spread my

wings as well as my family, opportunity wise.

Q. You grew up in the 1960s in Alabama

before schools were integrated. The first high

school football game between a black and a

white school did not take place until 1968.

What impact did sports have on creating

opportunities for you and other black students

in the rural south?

A. I was born in Anniston, Alabama, but moved

to Long Beach, California, at the age of 5. My

mother felt that we would have a better chance

of succeeding in California. I come from a

family of nine siblings; six boys and three girls.

Three of my older siblings were left behind with

my father. One of my brothers who also played

professional football would tell me stories about

the lynchings, burning and shootings that they

saw daily in Anniston.

He also told me that if you were a good athlete

it felt like you got a pass or a get-out-of-jail card

because you were excelling in sports and making

them look good. It is the same way in today’s

society. Nothing has changed. The Jim Crow laws

were alive and in effect. My mother would always

tell us two things: “As a black man you have to be

twice as good to be equal,” and “Those who were

last shall be first.” She said that it may not be in

our lifetime, but it is going to happen.

Q. Small businesses have been so impacted

by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a business

owner, how has your business been affected,

particularly in relation to your employees?

A. This COVID-19 is no joke. I am a small

business. I have 11 employees, and ever since this

pandemic started, we have been on hold. I have

lost contracts and employees because of no work.

I am hoping that this will pass very soon. As far

as my employees are concerned, many had to get

other jobs because I could not compensate them.

It’s a tough time right now. “Tough times don’t

last but tough people do.”

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Vacation is always a great time filled with

relaxing, fun activities, and making memories.

We dread coming home and the ultimate task

of unpacking, but even before the trip begins,

sometimes packing can also be a bit of a hassle. What do I

pack? Should I pack light or take options? I’m no expert, but

here are some suggestions I have found helpful planning for

vacation.

Have options. Let me be the first to tell you, I have no advice

on packing light. My suitcases are always at the 50-pound

limit, and there’s no way I could ever pack in just a carryon.

I like having my options. When traveling in the Pacific

Northwest, I have found that having options has been the

best choice. The weather here can be in the 70s during the

afternoons and in the low 50s at night. So generally, I will

pack an outfit with jeans/pants and shorts/skirt, so the

bottom is interchangeable with the top and can be worn

depending on the weather. I also always pack a lightweight

jacket or cardigan that is neutral in color so it will match the

rest of the items I have packed.

Watch the weather. I hate waiting until the last minute

to pack, but with how frequently the weather changes,

you’ll want to keep checking. First off, I usually google our

destination and the month we are going to see the average

temperatures in years past. This will give you a good idea of

what it will be like, but things can always change. I also add

the destination to my weather app on my iPhone so that I

can keep checking our destination up until the day before

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What kind of things

do you have on your

itinerary? This will

give you a great

idea for outfits or

specific clothing items

you’ll need.

we leave. This way, if something does change, you

still have time to switch out items if you need to.

Plan for activities. What kind of things do you

have on your itinerary? This will give you a great

idea for outfits or specific clothing items you’ll

need. If you’re kayaking, you’ll want to remember

your water shoes and water-resistant clothing.

If you’re heading to the beach, then swimsuits,

cover-ups and maxi dresses are a great idea. Don’t

forget any gadgets or specialty items you may

need to pack also.

Pack the packing cubes. Packing cubes are

one of the best inventions since electricity. OK,

maybe not that awesome, but they are pretty

great to pack in. They save space but also offer

a bit of organization. Keep your daily outfits

and sleepwear separated, plus extra jackets/

cardigans if you need them. Packing cubes also

help tremendously if you have kids. Pack all of

their clothes in a packing cube so their clothing is

organized and ready for them to put on. This also

prevents them from throwing the contents of your

suitcase on the floor searching for their clothes.

We recently visited Seabrook, Washington, and

had a fantastic getaway. The vacation rentals have

all of the amenities you need on vacation, and the

town offers lots of activities in addition to visiting

the beach. Special thanks to Seabrook Cottage

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Health

DISCOMFORT IN AESTHETICS

Why you feel pain more intensely at times, and the ideal time to

book your aesthetic treatments

BY KRISTIN CARLSON, MEDICAL ESTHETICIAN

F

our weeks after my son was born, I planned my first

post-baby treat for myself: an appointment at the medspa

where I worked with my fellow esthetician. Growing

what would be a 9-pound baby boy wreaked havoc on

my skin with hormonal breakouts on my chin, jawline, and even

my neck. He was worth it, but I couldn’t wait to get my skin back in

shape post-baby. It was a treatment I had had many times before, so

I knew what to expect. What I didn’t expect was the amount of pain

involved in that treatment I’d had so many times before. My doctor

later pointed out that the fluctuation of hormones post-pregnancy

was the probable culprit for my sensitivity.

Here is some medical background on why we may be more sensitive

during certain times and the optimal time to schedule your aesthetic

treatments.

Estrogen is responsible for collagen production, hydration,

thickness and overall health of the skin. Our estrogen levels fluctuate

throughout our menstrual cycle, during and after pregnancy, and

with perimenopause and menopause. Some studies have shown

these changes correlate with how intensely a woman feels pain.

According to one Health.com article, estrogen helps to plump,

thicken and protect the skin. Because estrogen levels decrease

around your period, your skin might be predisposed to pain and

sensitivity.

The same reasoning can apply to postpartum women. Estrogen

levels also drop dramatically after giving birth, possibly explaining

my sensitivity to my routine skin-care treatment after my son’s birth.

On the other hand, when estrogen levels are higher, for instance,

mid-menstrual cycle, and in menopausal women, pain tolerance

tends to be higher.

Additionally, conditions such as stress, anxiety, heightened

emotional state and even depression are known to increase pain.

An article in EverydayHealth.com states there are many studies to

support this theory. Pain is regulated by our nervous system. The

brain controls how we perceive pain. If you’re stressed, anxious or

depressed, the brain’s ability to filter pain signals is affected and pain

is increased.

We all want to get the most enjoyable

experience out of our aesthetic

treatments.

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So, what does this mean in regard to scheduling

your treatments?

Schedule your more sensitive beauty treatments

(waxing, laser, microneedling, injections, etc.) midmenstrual

cycle (in the weeks after your period). If

you are post-pregnancy and nursing, remember you

may be more sensitive to your usual appointments

than average.

Although there is conflicting information on this

subject, one thing is sure: We all want to get the

most enjoyable experience out of our aesthetic

treatments. The expression “No pain, no gain”

should not apply to your beauty routine.

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Health

WHO’S UNDER SOME STRESS?

The effects of stress on your dental and physical health

BY DRS. KARLA BLOOMQUIST AND CHIARINA IREGUI

SOUNDBRIDGE DENTAL ARTS AND SLEEP THERAPY

In light of the current pandemic, it is important to address how

stress affects your dental and physical health. It is reported by

the American Institute of Stress that 43 percent of all adults

suffer adverse effects due to stress. (1,2) They also estimate that

up to 85 percent of all diseases and illnesses may be stress related. (2)

Unfortunately, chronic stress and the inability to cope with it has the

most effect on health. Chronic stress leads to eventual depletion of

physical and mental resources, to exhaustion, and eventually leads to

physiological symptoms of chronic diseases. (3) Examples range from

heart attack, stroke, cancer and mental health issues that can result in

substance abuse, suicide, violence and nervous breakdown. (3)

It is because of this that it is key for health-care providers to be

perceptive and vigilant with patients on assessing the potential signs

and symptoms of chronic stress. Due to the fact that your dentist sees

you at least twice a year, they are in a prime position to notice changes

in your health that can be due to stress. In addition to noticing changes

in your physical health, your dentist, upon evaluating your oral health,

should notice how stress manifests itself in the health of your teeth

and gums.

Physical symptoms of stress may include an upset stomach, difficulty

sleeping, headaches, GI issues, tightness in your chest and throat, or

exhaustion, which can lead to the craving of sugary foods, to name

a few. Your dentist’s role is to be queued in to how these types of

symptoms affect the integrity of your teeth. Stomach upset/GI issues

can lead to gastric reflux. This is when acid from your stomach works

its way up your esophagus. This acid is extremely degrading to the

enamel, the hard covering of your teeth. And, we all know that sweets

lead to cavities. Habits of constantly feeding the “bad bacteria” with

acid and sweets is a recipe for dental disaster.

Emotional and behavioral symptoms of stress that potentially affect

your dental health are excessive drinking, drug use, and grinding

and clenching of your teeth. More often than not, dental health is the

first sign that your overall health is potentially deteriorating as we

see dry mouth, decay, worn and fractured teeth, and an increase in

inflammation and/or deterioration of your gums.

Stress is shown to be one of the main culprits associated with the

inability to fall asleep. Adults need seven to nine hours of sleep nightly.

If this does not occur because you are unable to sleep due to stress,

your body can not do what it needs to do during sleep in order to

keep you healthy. Your immune system suffers, your body can not

repair itself from the day’s work, your cognitive ability declines and

your ability to tolerate daily life becomes difficult—leading to more

stress. It is easy to see how this cycle takes your health down a path of

destruction.

Implementing strategies to cope with stress will help decrease the

effects it has on your overall health. Be aware of the symptoms and

ask questions if you are concerned about your stress level and your

health. Although your dentist focuses on your oral health, you have to

remember, your mouth is often a window to your overall health, and

your dentist is a great resource.

1) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes

of Health, National Institute of Mental Health. Adult Stress-Frequently

Asked Questions. Available at: NIMH.nih.gov/health/publications/

stress/index.shtml. Accessed on February 6, 2013.

2) Seaward BL. Managing Stress. Principles and Strategies for Health and

Well-Being. 7th Ed. Jones & Bartlett Learning. Burlington, MA 2012.

3) Lenz, Thomas. Lifestyle Medicine for Chronic Diseases. Prevention

Publishing, Omaha, Nebraska 2013

Implementing strategies to cope with stress

will help decrease the effects it has on your

overall health.

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From Walla Walla

TO HOLLYWOOD

THE LIFE AND CAREER OF ADAM WEST

BY JOHN J. RASPANTI

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JONATHAN GRANT

Sometimes a career starts with a dream.

When he was a young boy growing up on a farm in Walla Walla, Washington, Adam West, born William West Anderson, went to the movies

every Saturday afternoon. He loved it, spending all day caught up in the fantasy world of cowboys and Indians. He knew this mythical place

called “Hollywood,” where the movies were made, was where he wanted to be someday.

West knew a little about the place from his mother, a pianist and opera singer, who had gone to Tinseltown on a scholarship. She gave up her career

when his brother was born. West never forgot how different she was when she came back to the farm after his brother’s birth. Depression drove her to

drink. As a result, he vowed to make it in the world she couldn’t.

West’s father worked the farm with no illusions of grandeur. When the teenaged West, who was class president of his high school, and a star athlete,

told his father what he wanted to do with his life, his father disapproved. No matter. West had made up his mind. Needing a backup plan in case he

failed, he delayed his trip to Hollywood and enrolled at Whitman College in Walla Walla, graduating with a degree in Literature in 1951. That same

year he married Billie Lou Yeager and picked up work as a disc jockey at a local radio station before moving to Northern California and enrolling at

Stanford University for a little over a month. An audition led to work for a newspaper chain where West did voice work and wrote shows.

Drafted into the military, West served his time producing U.S. Army television shows. When his two-year service ended, he went to New York and

worked days as a milkman and nights as a master of ceremonies. At this point in his career, his deep smooth voice was his biggest asset. The Gypsy life

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continued when West moved to Hawaii, working

in theater, television, commercials, and directing

TV shows. After appearing in a production of

“Picnic,” a Hollywood agent contacted him. West’s

dream had never been far from his thoughts. He

had divorced and remarried and was the father of

two young children. He had a friend take a picture

of him sitting on a ragged old horse, dressed as a

cowboy. He sent the photo to Warner Brothers who,

after receiving it, called him to come to the studio.

After finding a place for his family to live, West went

to the Warner lot in Burbank, California, and did

a reading. The studio immediately signed him to

a one-year contract. West, 31, was ecstatic. It had

been a long road to Hollywood, but now he was

working at the same studio that made the classic

film “Casablanca.”

Growing up on a farm served as training for the

actor now known professionally as Adam West.

Cast in numerous westerns, very popular at the

time, West was skillful on a horse and looked good

in fights and shootouts. He co-starred in such

hit television shows as “Lawman,” “Sugarfoot,”

“Colt.45” and “Cheyenne.” He had a recurring

role (as a different character) in the two popular

series “77 Sunset Strip” and “Maverick.” All in all,

West appeared in 15 different television programs

along with debuting in the film “The Young

Philadelphians.”

Things were going well, and then, they weren’t.

Warner Brothers declined the option for a second

year on West’s contract. So he freelanced, appearing

on television in “Bonanza,” “The Rifleman” and

“Perry Mason” before landing a regular role on “The

Detectives.” West showed up in “Bewitched” and

then played it straight alongside The Three Stooges

in the feature “The Outlaws Is Coming” in 1965.

West was now a working actor making good money.

But stardom seemed remote until a commercial

changed his life. West was Captain Q, selling Nestle

Quik in a parody of the James Bond films. He was

amusing and nonchalant. Apparently, executives

at ABC saw the 30-second spot and thought West

would be perfect in a new television series they were

set to make.

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Needing a fresh start, West moved his family to a ranch in

Ketchum, Idaho, in 1985. The house was surrounded by

mountains with a stream nearby. West loved it there.

West, who as a kid, loved reading about the character’s exploits in comic books, was sent a

script. He loved it but was concerned that he could be typecast. His agents suggested he do

it, so West signed on the dotted line. Burt Ward was cast as Robin. West decided he’d play

the title character with his tongue firmly in his cheek. His deadpan delivery was perfect.

At first, the producers weren’t thrilled with West’s performance. They wanted an edgier

Batman but came around after viewing the rushes. West still wasn’t sure what to expect.

The show premiered January 12, 1966. “Batman” took off like a rocket, an overnight

ratings smash and culture phenomenon. “Bat-mania” was everywhere. A Batman movie

soon followed with West and Ward taking on an all-star cast of criminals led off by Frank

Gorshin’s Riddler. West even recorded a song as his Batman alter-ego.

Hollywood veterans wanted to be part of the show. The lineup of guest stars was impressive—

including Vincent Price as Egghead, Roddy McDowall as Bookworm, Julie Newmar as

Catwoman, Burgess Meredith as the iconic Penguin, George Sanders as icy Mr. Freeze and

Cesar Romero as The Joker. Rumor has it that even Frank Sinatra wanted to play a villain

on the show. Elizabeth Taylor, Gregory Peck and Sinatra asked to be guests in scenes when

Batman and Robin scaled a building. West channeled Basil Rathbone’s Sherlock Holmes in a

comedic way when Batman played detective. He was having a ball but still worried that the

role would damage his career.

By season two, the show was losing steam. West was frustrated. The program

was expensive, and West heard it was losing money. He couldn’t convince the

producers to accept his suggestions. He considered quitting, tired of fighting

for better scripts. But he still loved playing “Bat.” A new character, Batgirl, was

added to try and improve the ratings. It didn’t help. “Bat-mania” had morphed

into “Bat-fatigue.” ABC canceled the show after 120 episodes. A fourth season

looked possible when NBC contacted the producers, but the sets had already

been dismantled. The cost to rebuild them made the decision easy for NBC. No

more Batman.

A few months after the show was axed,

West played a soldier of fortune in “The

Girl Who Knew Too Much.” The film

bombed with critics and moviegoers.

West’s worst fear was coming true. He

was being typecast because of Batman.

He couldn’t escape it. He’d be on the

verge of landing a good part until

someone would mention the show. He

was stuck, and he knew it.

George Reeves, who played Superman

in the classic 1950’s television show,

faced the same problem. After

Superman’s cancelation in 1957, Reeves

found it virtually impossible to get

hired for another role. Reeves had been

working in Hollywood for almost 20

years. His most notable role, though a

small one, was in “Gone with the Wind.”

He’d worked with James Cagney, Tyrone

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that seemed to matter. He was Superman. Reeves was

forced to don the red cape and make public appearances

at fairs to make a living. He died in 1959.

West faced a similar dilemma. He was still working, but

the roles were small and barely paid the bills. Things

might have been different if West had accepted a chance

to play James Bond in 1969, but he was wary of the role

because the character is British. The role eventually

went to Australian George Lazenby. A year later, West

was taking almost every acting gig thrown his way, and

like Reeves, started making public appearances dressed

as Batman. He played the character again in a couple of

animated programs. His lowest point was likely when,

dressed as The Caped Crusader, he was shot out of a

canon.

Racked by self-doubt, West found solace in alcohol.

Perhaps he remembered his late father telling him

Hollywood was a dirty place. By 1980, he accepted a

role in a terrible film called “The Happy Hooker Goes

Hollywood.” Needing a fresh start, West moved his

family to a ranch in Ketchum, Idaho, in 1985. The house

was surrounded by mountains with a stream nearby.

West loved it there.

When Hollywood decided to make a new Batman movie

in 1989, West was excited. He wanted another crack at

the character. He’d even written a script. Michael Keaton

landed the role instead. Disappointed, West realized that

this was a “new” version of the character. New wasn’t

him. Christopher Nolen created a Batman animated

series a few years later. West played an out-of-work

actor who had once played a superhero. He resented

being typecast. West likely recognized how closely the

character resembled his own life—but not completely.

West was working pretty steadily. His work ethic,

inherited by example from his father, never failed him.

The younger crowd in Hollywood was finally seeing that

he was more than just a guy who had once run around on

TV in tights, a cowl and a cape.

More work came his way. He appeared in numerous

television shows, sometimes playing himself. His old

standby, his voice, made him very employable. He did

voice-over work for cartoons: “Johnny Bravo,” “The Fairly

Odd Parents,” “Robot Chicken” and “The Simpsons.”

He even voiced author Ernest Hemingway. And most

importantly, he found peace with the character who had,

as he said, been a two-edged sword. West had gained a

new generation of fans. Being seen as only Batman had

“HIS WORK ETHIC,

INHERITED BY

EXAMPLE FROM

HIS FATHER, NEVER

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A BOY, ONCE

UPON A TIME,

SAT IN A DARKENED THEATER

been tough, but overall, the role gave him fame, money and recognition. He

also loved showing his versatility.

One of his biggest fans was writer and actor Seth McFarland. They met

while working on an animated series. They clicked comically. McFarland

wrote a pilot for West that wasn’t picked up, but when his series “Family

Guy” became a hit, McFarland created a role for West. He would play a

character called Adam West—the mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island. The part

was offbeat, quirky and hilarious. Many would describe West in the same

manner. In 2012, West, with his wife and four children standing proudly

alongside him, was given a star on Hollywood Boulevard, but as always, he

didn’t take himself seriously, commenting that, “Now people can walk all

over me.”

Shortly before he died in 2017, at the age of 88, West returned to his

childhood home in Walla Walla to sign the door to his room. A few months

later, a new street sign, Honorary Adam West Way, was unveiled near his

old house. Hollywood showed its respect for West by shining the Bat signal

from City Hall. His career had spanned 60 years, with appearances in over

50 films and TV shows.

Not bad for a boy who once upon a time sat in a darkened theater and

dreamed of being in the movies.

John J. Raspanti is co-author (with Dennis Taylor) of “Intimate Warfare: The

True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy,” an Amazon

bestseller. His article on Sugar Ray Seales (From the Dim to the Light) was

included in the January 2019 edition of 253 Lifestyle Magazine. Raspanti’s

second book (Blood on my Notebook: Dispatches from the world of professional

boxing) is now available on Amazon.com.

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ASIA PACIFIC CULTURAL CENTER WELCOMES THE COMMUNITY TO THE ANNUAL

POLYNESIAN LUAU – A VIRTUAL EVENT

By Jillian Chandler

The Asia Pacific Cultural Center has been serving the Tacoma

community and beyond since 1996. Though housed

in Tacoma, the cultural center serves statewide and is

recognized both nationally and internationally.

APCC prides itself in representing more than 47 countries and

cultures of the Asia Pacific Rim, where more than 100 languages

and dialects are spoken, with the arts and cultures of these people

offering unique diversity, history, traditions and spirit. The Tacomabased

center is the one place where immigrant and non-immigrant

communities can come together in celebration, education and

exchange.

August 29 will mark Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s 23rd Annual

Polynesian Luau. In years past, the luau has provided a funfilled

afternoon event for the entire family, with cultural dances

representing various islands; a delicious Island menu of roasted

pig, Hawaiian macaroni, sapasui, banana poi, panipopo, steamed

rice, teriyaki chicken and fresh island fruits; cultural booths from the

different islands; Island desserts for tasting; and live music!

This year, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the event has

gone virtual, but it will still offer a wonderful experience for all of

those who would like to join in the festivities via Facebook Live or

YouTube from the comfort of their own homes—and don’t forget to

come prepared with an island cocktail in hand. The event is free, but

those who would like to donate to support the APCC programs are

encouraged to do so.(Text the code APCCLUAU to 44-321 to donate

or donate online at Bit.ly/APCCLuauDonate.)

According to Faaluaina Pritchard, Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s

executive director, the live stream event will be held 6 to 7:30pm

and will include authentic entertainment, including cultural music

and dances from the islands of Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, Hawaii, New

Zealand, Samoa and Guam; fire knife dances (win an Alaska Airline

ticket voucher) and raffles for great prizes!

To read more about Asia Pacific Cultural Center, visit

AsiaPacificCulturalCenter.org. For the Polynesian Luau live stream

on Facebook, log onto Facebook.com/AsiaPacificCulturalCenter or

Bit.ly/APCCYouTube on Saturday, August 29, at 6pm.

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AUGUST 1, 8, 15 & 22

Drive-In Movies are making a return to Haub Family Field at LeMay

- America’s Car Museum. Enjoy a Saturday evening at the movies

drive-in style, as LeMay - America’s Car Museum hosts their Drive-

In Movies series. August 1, 8, 15 and 22, parking begins at 7:30pm,

with limited capacity available in accordance with social distancing

regulations. Movies start at 9pm. General admission is $20 per vehicle,

and members are free. Pre-registration is required. Movies include:

“Frozen II” on August 1, “Bumblebee” on August 8, “Toy Story 4” on

August 15 and “Raiders of the Lost Arc” on August 22. For tickets and

additional information, including COVID-19 rules for all attendees,

visit AmericasCarMuseum.org.

WALK TACOMA VIRTUAL SCAVENGER HUNT

AUGUST 5 - 12

Sponsored by Pierce Transit, Xfinity, Commencement Bank,

Spaceworks Tacoma and Downtown Tacoma Partnership, the Tacoma

Scavenger Hunt will be 100 percent virtual. Register by Monday,

August 3, and receive details and clue sheets via email at noon on

Wednesday, August 5. On the hunt, participants complete as many

activities and questions as possible. Results are due by noon on

Wednesday, August 12, by submitting your answers through a form at

DowntownOnTheGo.org. Prizes can be collected at the DOTG Shop

on August 12 from 11am to 1pm and 4 to 6pm. Appropriate social

distancing and wearing of face masks will be required.

HOGS, DOGS & RODS

AUGUST 15

Show your support for the Northwest Kidney Center by attending

the third annual Hogs, Dogs & Rods car and motorcycle show. The

fun takes place Saturday, August 15, from noon until 5pm at the Gig

Harbor Eagles Club, 4425 Burnham Drive. Attendees will enjoy a car

and motorcycle show, as well as pinup girls, and an awards ceremony.

There will be hot dogs and pretzels for your enjoyment as well. Event

organizers will be following the current COVID-19 safety guidelines.

There is no cost to attend, though donations are appreciated. For those

unable to attend the event and would still like to donate, you can do so

online at JustGiving.com/fundraising/michelle-thomas58.

*Please check event websites as events draw near for up-to-date information,

including event changes and cancellations.

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Eat & Drink

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HUCKSTACHIO ICE CREAM

Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 cups huckleberries

2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

5 organic eggs, whipped

4 cups heavy whipping cream

13.5 oz. can full fat coconut milk

4 tsp. vanilla

1/4 tsp. Himalayan salt

1 cup sea salted pistachios

METHOD:

• In a small saucepan over medium heat, reduce huckleberries and lemon juice

until juice is thickened.

• Use the back of a fork to break down berries. Remove from heat and set aside

to cool.

• In a large bowl, whisk eggs until scrambled. Mix in whipping cream, coconut milk,

vanilla, salt and pistachios.

• Poor mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s

directions. When the ice cream is firm, place in a freezer-safe container and chill

for 3 to 4 hours before serving.

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Long Beach Peninsula

AT 28-MILES LONG, IT IS PERFECT FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING

STORY & PHOTOS BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND

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Travel

With the COVID-19 pandemic dragging on much longer than anyone expected, it can be challenging

to find a safe place for a getaway. The Long Beach Peninsula in Washington state, with its many wideopen

spaces, is perfect for a less risky vacation. The 28-mile-long beach is an ideal destination for

social distancing. You can drive on the beach and remain in your car or just stroll for miles. Shops and

restaurants are open and following state rules regarding safe distancing and wearing masks. The main drag has lines painted

6-feet apart on the sidewalk to aid keeping the recommended distance. During these chaotic times you may not want to

leave your pooch behind. The Long Beach Peninsula is super dog friendly, so bring him along.

Safe Distancing Activities

Go fly a kite. This is a perfect activity for social distancing. Head out to the beach for miles of accessible space to fly your kite.

The wind is always kicking, making it easy for your kite to find its way up into the sky. The World Kite Museum is worth a

stop—if it is open. The gift shop has a great selection of kites for sale in all shapes and sizes. Make sure to check out the Bald

Eagle flag. It is very impressive.

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At the northern tip of the peninsula is the

Leadbetter Point State Park, which has 7

miles of hiking trails. The park has beach

frontage on both the Pacific Ocean “and Willapa Bay.”

Pack a picnic and head to either end of the peninsula to explore a Washington state

park. Cape Disappointment State Park is at the southern end and has a variety of

activities as well as two lighthouses to hike to. It is also part of the Lewis and Clark

National and State Historical Parks and highlights the westernmost terminus for

the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Make sure to check out Beards Hollow at both

the scenic overlook and down below on the trail. The area was once a cove and

is now marshy land. At the northern tip of the peninsula is the Leadbetter Point

State Park, which has 7 miles of hiking trails. The park has beach frontage on both

the Pacific Ocean and Willapa Bay. This park is not well known, so chances are

you will find a place all to yourself.

The paved 8.5-mile Discovery Trail is well maintained and perfect for bike riding

or pushing a stroller. It starts in Downtown Ilwaco and ends on Long Beach at an

18-foot bronze tree. There are displays and sculptures along the way, as well as

great beach views. It is relatively flat except for the portion going through Cape

Disappointment State Park, which is hilly. The half-mile Long Beach Boardwalk

is not what you would expect for a beach boardwalk. There are no food stands or

rides but instead you have panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and a bird’s-eye

view above the sand dunes.

There are six little towns that comprise the peninsula, each with its own charm.

Visit Ilwaco, Long Beach, Nahcotta, Ocean Park and Seaview to enjoy their shops

and restaurants. Oysterville is an 80-acre National Historic District and is a lovely

place for a stroll. Purchase fresh oysters and other local products at Oysterville

Sea Farms. Profits from the Willabay brand help to preserve Oysterville’s last

oyster buildings. You won’t find fresher Willabay oysters and clams; these are

harvested the same day.

Where To Stay

Boardwalk Cottages is Adrift Hospitality’s newest property. The 13 cute cottages

each have their own unique charm and size. The location in Downtown Long

Beach is perfect for a quick walk in the morning to grab coffee and pastries at

the Cottage Bakery & Delicatessen. You will be blown away by the choices. There

are lots of cute shops nearby as well. You also have access to the amenities at

the Adrift Hotel and Spa, which include a heated pool, barrel sauna, and beach

cruisers to rent. Also located at the hotel is the Adrift Distillery, a fun place to tour

and imbibe. Pet-friendly rooms are available.

In the fishing village of Ilwaco, At The Helm is its newest lodging. Just steps away

from the marina, this lovely bank building has been lovingly repurposed into an

eco-friendly boutique hotel and restaurant by owner Marcene Miller. You can see

the love, care and hands-on work she put into each choice during the renovation.

Rooms are named after the owners’ fishing vessels they had throughout the years.

Staying here allows you to bask in luxury not normally found in this area, and all

the extra amenities make you feel special. It begins with a complimentary glass of

beer or wine at check-in, breakfast delivered to your room, and a basket of snacks

to enjoy during your stay. So worth the splurge. Take time to look at the interior

décor, as there are so many interesting touches and artwork to observe. Note:

This hotel does not have pet-friendly rooms, but they are welcome in the outdoor

seating area of the restaurant.

What To Eat

A surprisingly good place to eat is at the Peninsula Golf Course at the Cove

Restaurant. It is also one of the most pet-friendly places I have ever eaten at.

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Popular with the locals, the Cove menu has many country-club favorites such

as a Prime Rib dinner available Thursday through Saturday and is heavy on the

local seafood with great burgers, sandwiches and salads as well. Where it really

shines is the nightly specials, where the chef can flex his cooking chops. A recent

special was Halibut, Scallops and Prawns served over rice with a curry sauce. Very

flavorful with just a hint of spice. The cooking staff has competed and won local

food competitions. Make sure to try the award-winning Tiramisu Cheesecake

with a caramel drizzle. Yummy.

The Peninsula Golf Course is one of five in Washington state that allows dogs on

the course. At the Cove Restaurant your pet is welcome at the outdoor seating.

They even offer a Patio Pup Menu with Haida’s Turkey Bites, named after a pooch

who frequented the patio. A big water bowl is offered for the pups as well. The

menu features a variety of fish, turkey and beef that is sure to please even the most

finicky dog.

The Waterline Pub in At the Helm has incredible food. You can choose to

dine indoors, which is adorned with reclaimed wood, or outside on the patio

overlooking the marina. The menu is heavy on the local seafood, which comes

right off the fishing boats in the marina. Everything is delicious, but you must try

the Seafood Nosh Board—not your typical charcuterie. This is loaded with fresh

crabmeat, prawns, oysters, grilled Brie cheese, olives, house-made sauces and

served with grilled bread. The crab is served plain, and its sweet freshness with a

squeeze of lemon is delicious. With good, quality ingredients you don’t have to do

much to highlight it. The chef does a variety of chowders, stews and specials each

day. Well worth a stop—and pets are welcome on the patio.

Planning a trip during the pandemic can be done. Just take a few extra steps to

ensure your safety and that of the destination you are going to. Call ahead to

lodging, and ask about restrictions. Wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Make reservations to any restaurant that you wish to eat in, as seating is limited.

Enjoy more outside activities and get exploring.

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