Lara Dunning

Lara Dunning

Member Since: Sep 2016

My professional life is a balance of freelance writing for various travel magazines and Small Town Washington & Beyond where I share my passion for small town travel. My freelance travel work can be found at Experience Anacortes, Bainbridge Island Magazine, The Crossing Guide, Northwest Travel & Life Magazine,,,, and Whidbey Life Magazine. Member of IFWTWA, NATJA and SATW.

I also manage the editorial and social media for the, and am part of the editorial team for their annual publication the Waggoner Cruising Guide which has been coined "the boating bible" for Pacific Northwest boaters.

I have an MFA in Creative Writing with a dual degree in nonfiction and young adult writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. I also write creative nonfiction and young adult novels. My essays have been published in Soundings Review, Silver Apples Magazine, Mountain Gazette, and Niche Literary Magazine. My young adult novel, Aleutian Pearl, won 2nd place in the YA!2015 contest. 

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Published Articles (23)

The Allure of the Sound in Mukilteo, Washington

Hosted by Silvercloud Inn Mukilteo. Published in Wander With Wonder. A iconic Pacific Northwest location with a ferry and lighthouse, waterfront luxury boutique hotel, and dining.

The King and Prince Resort: Bask in Southern Oceanside Luxury

A review of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. I was hosted by the resort on a press trip.

Wandering the Romance of Gig Harbor, Washington

Posted in Wonder With Wonder. As a host of Gig Harbor, I discovered the romantic locations of this seaside historic town.
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The Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Anacortes

Insider tips on where to watch the sunset on Fidalgo Island. Published in Experience Anacortes.

Saddle Up To Ellensburg

Two-day getaway ideas for Ellensburg, Wa. Hosted by Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce and Ellensburg Downtown Association. Published in Northwest Travel & Life Magazine.

Cocktails, Popcorn and the Rose Theatre

A night at the Rose Theatre and the Starlight Lounge. Host Enjoy PT and Rose Theatre. Published in

Off The Rock & Back Again

Day tripping ideas for Bainbridge Island (WA) residents. Hosts Visit Kitsap and Enjoy Port Townsend. Published in Bainbridge Island Magazine.

Five Reasons to Visit Fort Worden & Three Ways to Get There

Five reasons Fort Worden, a turn of the century history fort, should be on boaters travel list. Published in

Shining a Light on the Past: Whidbey Island’s Fort Casey and Admiralty Head Lighthouse

A historic travel destination with unique lodging on Whidbey Island. Hosts Fort Casey Inn, arranged by Go Whidbey Camano Islands Tourism Information. Published in Whidbey Life Magazine.

History, Architecture, and International Eats on the Minne-Roadtrip in Owatonna, MN

Two-day itinerary in Owatonna, MN. Hosted by Visit Owatonna. Published in Small Town Washington.

Five Ways to Taste and Create Your Way Through Anacortes

Five ways to get hands-on when visiting Anacortes, WA. Published in Experience Anacortes.

Holiday Inn Downtown Yakima Convention Center: Minutes From Wine Country

A hotel review and its location in Yakima Wine Country. Published in and hosted by Holiday Inn Downtown Yakima Convention Center, arranged by Columbia Hospitality and Yakima Valley Tourism.

5 Yakima Valley Wineries You Must Visit

5 must visit wineries in Yakima Wine Country. Hosted and arranged by Columbia Hospitality and Yakima Valley Tourism. Published in Small Town Washington.

Pine Near R. V Park – One Block Away From Downtown Winthrop, WA

Cabin and RV Park review with pros and cons. Hosted by Pine Near R.V. Park. Published in Small Town Washington.

The Oystercatcher – Embracing the Locavore Lifestyle

An in-depth interview with The Oystercatcher owners and their locavore philosophy. Published in Whidbey Life Magazine.

McMenamins Anderson School: Washington’s Destination Hotel

Hotel Review. Host McMenamins Anderson School in Bothell, WA. Published in

Eye in the Sky

The sunrise experience at Haleakalā Crater in Maui. Interviewed Park staff. Published in the Mountain Gazette.

Friday Harbor House – A Boutique Island Getaway

Boutique hotel review. Hosted by Columba Hospitality, arranged by Visit San Juan Islands. Published in The Crossing Guide.

Escape to a Castle by the Sea

Unique lodging at historic Fort Woden in Washington State. Hosted by Fort Worden Public Development Authority, arranged by Enjoy PT. Published in The Crossing Guide.

SUVA – Back Home and Sailing in Coupeville

Coupeville’s heritage vessel history and sailing trips. Hosts Coupeville Chamber of Commerce, arranged by Go Whidbey Camano Islands Tourism Information. Published at Whidbey Life Magazine.

A Sailor’s Life on the Schooner Zodiac

An Ales ‘n’ Sails dinner cruise experience on the Schooner Zodiac. Hosted by the Zodiac, arranged by Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism. Published in The Crossing Guide.

Sleeping Under the Stars, Anacortes Style

Lodging ideas for a vacation to Anacortes, WA. Published in Experience Anacortes.

Fresh, Local & Happy Bellies…Experience the Flavors of Anacortes

The local food scene in Anacortes, WA. Published in Experience Anacortes.