I’m sort of obsessed with old things, particularly of the home variety. You should see me when I travel. It doesn’t really matter that it’s completely impractical to go to flea markets or antique malls thousands of miles away from Seattle. I still always make time for perusing antique vintage shops in the area.
I just love everything about them. The array of items. The more affordable prices, yet high quality craftsmanship. The glimpse back in history. The opportunity to breathe new life into something and save it from the landfill. The smell. Ok…maybe the smell isn’t the best. But it’s something that I’ve come to associate with a lot of happy shopping memories.
Being obsessed with antiques, vintage, and second-hand items also means I’ve ended up in pretty subpar junker scenarios. There’s nothing I like more than the hunt, but sometimes I have to be in the mood to go through 1,000 items I would never want before I find that gem.
This inevitability has helped me develop a keen eye for great antique vintage shops. Ones that have great prices, are organized, and have carefully-curated items just waiting for a new home. I want to share my favorite antique vintage shops in Seattle so you, too, can enjoy the thrill of thrifting without the exhausting exposure to junk you have no intention of breathing new life into.
Every fall my family and I take a long weekend to explore some the best Pacific Northwest wineries. I’m bummed that this year we won’t be able to go. But I guess I shouldn’t complain, considering we’re not going because I’ll be galavanting around Italy and Stockholm instead. Whoops!
Luckily, my boyfriend and I were able to squeeze in an earlier wine trip. This time it was exploring the Willamette Valley wine country in Oregon. In just a 4 hour drive from Seattle, we were able to explore one of the best regions for pinots in the world. But the Willamette Valley is so much more than just the wine. That’s why I’m outlining not only what to drink, but also what to eat and do between winery visits.
We all know that Olympia is the capital of Washington state, but how many of us have really ever been there? I hadn’t until last month. My boyfriend and I wanted to take a quick weekend trip, but we needed it to be 36 hours or less so we’d have time do some life things that weekend, too.
Enter Olympia. Our state capital is about a 1.5 hour drive from Seattle, which makes it a great day or one-night trip. And there’s a whole lot more to do than just visit the capitol building. In fact, it’s a tight-knit community that shares a lot of my values: celebrate local farms, make good beer, and get outside.
Have a day or two to spare? Here are 8 ideas for how to spend 36 hours in Olympia, WA.
Blueberry season is among us! Every year I like to go blueberry picking at Mercer Slough in Bellevue, Washington. My family goes complete ham and comes home with pounds and pounds of blueberries. A lot of them end up in my morning smoothies, but I like to reserve some for no or minimally-cooked dishes during the dog days of summer.
Enter this Israeli couscous salad recipe. When mixed with corn and high-quality extra virgin olive oil, the blueberries add a glorious burst of juice and sweetness to an otherwise savory dish.
Read on for an easy salad recipe that’s about to become your new summer staple.
If you’ve seen my past guides to PNW wineries, you know I have a near reverence for wine. I’m constantly researching places to try and sipping my way through the best wineries in the region.
Washington is home to some of the best wine in the world, and people living or exploring Seattle have a great wine tasting area nearby: Woodinville. This wine-loving town is about a 30-minute drive from Seattle and has more than 100 wineries and tasting rooms.
I’ve explored most of the wine districts in the area, so I’ll break down the areas and give you a local’s perspective on the best Woodinville wineries.