Lara Dunning
Lara Dunning

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Lara Dunning


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I have been freelancing for over five years and write for travel and lifestyle magazines as well as Small Town Washington & Beyond where I share my passion for small town travel.

I focus 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), and dog-friendly travel.

I am the Founder and Editor of Small Town & Beyond, a travel site dedicated to lodging, dining, and activities in small towns. This unique niche focuses on the entire small town experience (lodging, dining, adventure, history, local life) to inspire visitors to explore small towns in their travels. Its viewership is looking for slower-paced travel experiences, the ability to connect with locals, unique and budget lodging, and the history and food culture of a location.

My freelance travel work can be found in Experience Anacortes, Bainbridge Island Magazine, The Crossing Guide, Family Vacation Critic, Meeting News Northwest, Northwest Travel & Life Magazine,, Travel Life Magazine,, and Whidbey Life Magazine. I have also worked with Moon Travel Guides.

Part of my work includes managing the editorial and social media for the

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, The Lindenwood Review (honorable mention), 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.
small towns, food, luxury travel, historic destinations, dog-friendly travel, boutique inns or hotels, soft adventure.
Outlets:, Bainbridge Island Magazine, Experience Anacortes,, Travel Life Magazine, Meeting News Northwest, Northwest Travel & Life Magazine, Family Vacation Critic,
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IFWTWA, SATW, Travel Massive
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My Recent Work

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Georgia Peach
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Travel Life Magazine
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The PBY – Naval Air Museum – The Story of Gigi (Part 1_
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Whidbey Camano Islands
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The PBY – Naval Air Museum – A Visit to the Museum (Part 2)
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Whidbey Camano Islands
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How to Visit Seattle Like a Pro – plus Day Trips to Anacortes & the Skagit Valley!
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Experience Anacortes
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Fidalgo Island – A Paradise for Your Dog
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Experience Anacortes
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Inn at Gig Harbor
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Meeting News Northwest
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Holiday Inn & Suites Bellingham
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Meeting News Northwest
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Crushing on Rattlesnake Hills Wineries in Yakima Valley
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Small Town Washington & Beyond
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