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My 8 Favorite Antique Vintage Shops In Seattle

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The best antique vintage shops in Seattle for people who love thrifting, junking, and antiquing.

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.

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A Local’s Guide to the Best Woodinville Wineries

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This is JM Cellars, one of the wineries that made it onto my list of the best Woodinville wineries.

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.

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The 5 Best Cocktails In Seattle

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The best cocktails in Seattle. Some of them come with a view, like this one at the Smith Tower Observatory.

If you’ve read any of my recent travel guides, you know I love wine. But I also love me a good cocktail. There are a ton of craft cocktail places in Seattle with really excellent bar programs. I’ve been to enough that I’ve started to identify the best places to go and, most importantly, the best drinks to order.

I’m always sharing with my friends what drinks to seek out, but it’s time I share it with everyone else. Here is the list of some of my favorite bars and the best cocktails in Seattle you must try.

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Where to Find the Best Steak Tartare in Seattle

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The Walrus and Carpenter in Seattle serves the best steak tartare I have ever had. It is super creamy thanks to a raw egg, salty, and crunchy because of the rye toast crisps. I highly recommend trying this if you go to this popular French restaurant in Seattle!

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I’m completely obsessed with steak tartare. I’m a complete savage when I go to restaurants. If they have this popular raw meat dish, I will be ordering it.

I started to realize that not all steak tartares are created equal. So I created a Trello board with a running list of all my favorites (I know, I’m a nerd). Rather than let that list go to waste, I thought I’d share with you where to find the best steak tartare in Seattle.

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An Interview with the WA Wine Shop Championing Small Local Wineries

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We sat down with the owner of Farm Shed Wines, a wine shop in Western Washington that sells sustainable, small batch wines from the Pacific Northwest. This is their space for wine tasting and events.

If you’ve learned one thing from my Instagram stories, Walla Walla wine guide, and my Lake Chelan wineries round up, you know I love wine. That’s why I was so pumped to learn about Farm Shed Wines, a new wine retailer curating sustainable, small batch wines from the Pacific Northwest.

Since I love supporting local makers and artisans, we’re going to work together to develop recipes and wine pairings highlighting stories from their winemakers. But before we dive into each winery’s story, I wanted to share with you how Farm Shed Wines went from an idea to a full-fledged wine shop just outside of Tacoma, WA.

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