Celebrating the unique beauty and flavor of the Pacific Northwest.
Celebrating our unique community, by highlighting selections of the region’s best in every issue, is Distinctly Northwest’s mission.
Read how local innovators build thriving businesses and stunning homes. Plan your next weekend getaway to a beloved attraction or little-known destination.
Get to know some of the area’s intriguing personalities. And, of course, indulge in some fine foods and beverages.
Simple Beauty, Timeless Quality
Homebodies Inspired by Nature
For homebodies Bill and Kathy Hoffman, their decision to build a dwelling came only through assurance of daily joy and contentment in the space and environment.
The Napa, Calif., transplants achieved that and more in their dream home, constructed on a gently sloping 22-acre site of mixed woodlands in the Williams Valley near Applegate.
Applegate Orchard Upholds Organic
Plenty of craft ciders are brewed in Oregon. “Tree-to-bottle” ciders are in a class of their own.
The Apple Outlaw brand has grown far beyond the capacity of Blair Smith’s seven-acre orchard in the Applegate. But Smith’s higher-end Thompson Creek line keeps the connection to his land alive.
“It focuses on and highlights the organic, estate-grown fruit,” says Smith.
Meet Distinctly Northwest’s new editor, Sarah Lemon. You may recognize her as the Mail Tribune’s food and dining columnist or follow her blog and podcast, The Whole Dish (view here).
While food has fueled Sarah’s passions over a media career that spans more than 20 years, she’s also written extensively about health and fitness, wine and cannabis and just about every genre in between.
And she has a lifelong passion for exploring her native Pacific Northwest, sharing the stories that make this region so special and continuing the Distinctly Northwest tradition in every issue.