Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year. Sure, I love cookies, feasts, lights, the tree, and getting gifts. But what I really love about Christmas is buying gifts for people. I spend a lot of time finding the perfect holiday gifts. I think about the person’s interests, needs, and my relationship to them and try to find a gift that’s both thoughtful and practical.
Since I’m constantly curating gift ideas for my friends and family, I thought I’d share some of the best items I found with you. And if you saw my Seattle holiday markets article, you know I love shopping local. That’s why I decided to make this year’s holiday gift guide filled with all Pacific Northwest businesses and makers (a lot of which I discovered at this year’s holiday markets). So take a peak, find some gifts, and learn more about some of the awesome local businesses you can support this holiday season.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to Suncadia Resort. My sister went last year with my nieces for the winter season and said good things, so I figured I’d give it a try since I’d never been.
I expected it would be mostly a touristy hotel with the typical resort findings: pool, gym, spa, restaurant, etc. However, I was completely blown away to find the resort is huge. I’m talking 6,400 acres huge. And it was mostly undeveloped land that included a farm, trails, river, pond, and mountains.
Sure there’s still some “touristy” things, but hey, it is a resort catered to people looking to escape. But I had a fantastic solo staycation that included the outdoors, exercise, pampering, books, and wine (obvi). Here’s a recap of my trip with recommendations of what to do at Suncadia Resort and the surrounding areas of Roslyn and Cle Elum.
If there’s one thing I love, it’s exploring local fleas, vintage shops, and craft fairs.
You should see the mania that ensues when I travel. I try to find all the best maker markets in the area. In fact, I was just in Brooklyn a few weeks ago and I laid out an itinerary of the local fleas and indie markets I would be attending.
But perusing for local gems isn’t just for when I travel. I’m obsessed with doing it right here in Seattle, too. That’s why, every season I update my Seattle events calendar (nerd alert!) to keep track of all the holiday craft fairs and indie market pop-ups happening in the area. This year, I thought I’d share it with all of you because I’m a huge believer in shopping local and finding that perfect gift with a story behind it.
So mark your calendars people. You’re about to see the ultimate (maybe borderline obnoxious) list of all the Seattle-area holiday craft fairs and maker pop-ups happening this year.
If you follow me on Instagram at all (particularly my stories), you know my favorite emojis are the wine and smiley face with hearts…used together. So it’s no surprise I found myself doing a lot of research and drinking to find the best wineries in Lake Chelan, WA a few weeks ago.
So if you liked my guide to Walla Walla’s best wineries, you know I take finding the best of the best seriously. Here’s a run down of the wineries worth visiting.
Titling this post was hard. Starting it was even harder.
I almost went with “Where You Been?” as the title because that’s something I’ve been asking myself. I haven’t updated the blog in a few months and, as time passed, the excuses kept piling on. Travel plans, new job, boyfriend, family, exhaustion…you name it, I used it to justify why I wasn’t writing.
But enough is enough. It’s time to confess why I haven’t been updating and do something about it. So I’m here to tell you my story and announce the new (and scary) way I’m going to turn things around.