Hood Canal

Photograph by Linda Helms

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Union, Washington
Union, Washington, is located on Hood Canal, coined "The Venice of the Northwest," home of artists, dreamers, nature lovers and the Skokomish Tribal Nation. In 1920, it became Washington. It was the state's first artist colony. Generations later, Union still draws the artistic soul. Bill Gates and his family have been here for decades. There is a palpable peace that resides on the canal. Like the sustained note of a Tibetan healing bowl, it vibrates, lifting one's soul into the realm of joyful stillness.