Lara Dunning

Member Since:
Sep 2016

I have been freelancing for over five years and write for travel and lifestyle magazines. My work focuses on boutique or historic hotels and inns, soft adventure (hiking, zip line, biking), culinary travel and experiences (local food and flavors, wine, beer, cider, food tours), luxury and budget travel, historic destinations (such as museums, historic spots like lighthouses, castles, homes, forts), cultural experiences, and dog-friendly travel.

I am also the Founder and Editor of Small Town Washington & Beyond where I share my passion for small town travel. This unique niche focuses on the items listed above and the entire small town experience to inspire visitors to travel to and explore small towns in their travels.

I also manage the editorial and social media for the WaggonerGuide.com, 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 over 100 published articles, and my work can be found at Experience Anacortes, Bainbridge Island Magazine, The Crossing Guide, Family Vacation Critic, Meeting News Northwest, Northwest Travel & Life Magazine, RealFoodTraveler.com, Travel Life Magazine, WaggonerGuide.com, WanderWithWonder.com and Whidbey Life Magazine. I have also worked with Moon Travel Guides.

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 Animal Literary Magazine, Soundings Review, Silver Apples Magazine, Mountain Gazette, The Lindenwood Review, and Niche Literary Magazine. My young adult novel, Aleutian Pearl, won 2nd place in the Authors.me YA!2015 contest. 

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Published Articles (28)

Explore the Midwestern Charms of Wabash, Indiana


Historic lodging and experiences in Wabash, Indiana. Contact Wabash County Visitors Bureau and Wabash Marketplace. Published in Wander With Wonder.

Escape to Jacksonville Beach: Florida’s Romantic Hideaway


A review of the historic Casa Marina Hotel and activities in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Hosted by the Casa Marina Hotel and Zeta Brewing. Published in Wander With Wonder.

Adrift Hotel and Spa – Industrial Chic and Next to the Beach


Hotel review of the Adrift Hotel & Spa in Long Beach, WA. Hosted by Long Beach, WA. Published in Small Town Washington & Beyond.

The Oyster & Thistle Restaurant & Pub in La Conner, WA – Regional, Scratch and Classic Fare


A dining review of the Oyster & Thistle Restaurant & Pub in La Conner, WA. Published in WaggonerGuide.com.

A Night Ashore: La Conner Channel Lodge and La Conner Country Inn


A hotel review of La Conner Channel Lodge and La Conner Country Inn for boaters. Host Love La Conner. Published in WaggonerGuide.com.

The Allure of the Sound in Mukilteo, Washington


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

Forget Hawaii, Forget Mexico, Vacation on St. Simons Island, GA


Seven reasons to vacation on St. Simons Island, GA. Hosted by the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. Published on Small Town Washington & Beyond.

The King and Prince Resort: Bask in Southern Oceanside Luxury


A review of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 WaggonerGuide.com.

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 realfoodtraveler.com 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 realfoodtraveler.com.

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.