About

We live here.  We play here. 

We’ve lived on the West Coast, from Canada to California, for almost 15 years.

For the past 4 years, we’ve been professional travel photojournalists here (we were paid). But we’ve been traveling this coast — from Alaska to Peru — for pure joy, for more than 25 years (we weren’t paid).

Kathleen Kenna, West Coast Weekends co-founder. (Hadi Dadashian photo)

Kathleen, kayaking off Point Defiance. WA. (Hadi Dadashian photo)

The West Coast is one of our favorite places on the planet: We were married here.

We lived in Vancouver, B.C., and left for India. We returned from Asia, and went back to school in Berkeley, then San Francisco.

We moved to Portland, Oregon for work, and then Tacoma, Washington for more work. Kayaking in South Puget Sound is as good as it gets.

Of all the places we’ve lived, of all the continents we’ve traveled, the West Coast is the home we chose. No matter where we journey, this is always home.

We’ve started this blog to share our love of the Pacific Coast.

We’ll share the places locals love — where they eat, where they drink hand-crafted beer and only-on-the-West-Coast wines. We’ll recommend hotels where we’ve stayed, at all price ranges, from low-budget to high-end luxury.

Hadi Dadashian at work. (Kathleen Kenna photo)

Hadi Dadashian, at work on the Southern Oregon coast. (Kathleen Kenna photo)

Travel writers/photographers are often labeled as “touch-down journalists” because they cover destinations where they’ve only stayed a night or two.

No touch-downs here: This blog is about places we’ve enjoyed, as professional journalists and as everyday adventurers. It’s about places we visit often, places where our friends and some of our family live. It’s about places we love.

Most West Coast Weekends feature communities where we’ve spent days or even weeks, just relaxing.

We’ve paid for every meal, every hotel, every moment of play (kayaking or wine tasting, for instance), unless otherwise noted.

Full disclosure:  You’ll know when a hotel stay or anything else was sponsored — we give full credit at the Stay-Eat-Play part of most posts. 

See some of our professional work at:  Ocean’s Edge Media.

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