Pike Place Market Charm: We Were Here

Long before our first visit to Seattle, I had heard about Pike Place Market. I don't remember how or why. It's certainly one of the more highly promoted attractions in the greater Puget Sound region so I may have simply read about it in one of my travel magazines at some point. When we moved here, …

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Washington Hikes: Cherry Creek Falls

The last time my parents visited I spent some time on the Washington Trails Association website looking up nearby hikes. If you have any interest at all in spending time on the trail anywhere in the state, you HAVE to reference this website during your planning. It’s so well-organized, has so much great information, and …

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Local Adventure: Capitol Hill

We continue to make our way through different Seattle neighborhoods, discovering the better known as well as the lesser known things to do, places to eat, and more. Although we've been to Capitol Hill on a few occasions, we haven't spent an entire day there getting to know the neighborhood. A few recent experiences include: Meeting …

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Seattle’s Smith Tower Experience

The Smith Tower remains an iconic standout on Seattle's skyline, despite being surrounded on all sides by gigantic skyscrapers in various stages of completion. Its bright white exterior and interesting design are easy to spot as you're walking around downtown. We remembered learning about it on our first visit to Seattle in 2010, and although we've seen …

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Local Adventure: Fremont

One Seattle neighborhood we seem to visit time and time again is Fremont. Maybe its self-proclaimed status as the Center of the Universe does on some subconscious level keep drawing us back! It certainly offers a variety of activities, shops, restaurants, and eccentricities that we continue to explore, and that we bring visiting family and friends …

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Seattle’s Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room

Visiting the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room in Seattle has long been on my list of things to do. A pet project of Howard Schultz, the Starbucks roastery is where you can experience the roasting process, try out some unique blends that become Starbucks Reserve coffees, and try your preferred coffee blend via several different brewing …

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Seattle’s UPS Waterfall Garden Park

Did you know the United Parcel Service (UPS) was founded in Seattle's Pioneer Square in 1907 by two teenagers? That it was known as the American Messenger Co. until 1919 when its headquarters relocated to California? Me either! Not until my mom stumbled upon an 'only in your state' article that featured a few historical gems …

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A Sunday in Ballard: Farmers Markets and Nordic Heritage

Several months ago I came across an ad in one of my magazines about a Marimekko exhibit coming to Seattle! I’m not into fashion, but I was familiar with Marimekko because their beautiful, colorful patterns often appear on Crate&Barrel items like bedding and shower curtains, several of which I’ve purchased. I knew they were based …

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Worldy Fare: Bastille Cafe and Bar

While Brian and I love to try new food and drink when we travel, we don’t typically eat out when we’re at home unless we’re with friends and family, or meeting with work colleagues or customers. While this practice allows us to save money and better control the nutritional value of what we eat, it …

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