I’ve never been much of a chocolate person.
Growing up, chocolate gave me a sore throat if I ate even more than a few bites. So I always thought chocolate wasn’t really for me. I became a person who chooses savory over sweets most times.
When I was older I learned why chocolate hurt my throat. It’s because I grew up with the Hershey’s and Nestle’s of the world, where the main ingredient is sugar. When I learned about artisan chocolate and the “bean to bar” philosophy, I became aware of how chocolate is made and why you should consume (mostly dark) chocolate from respectable makers.
The Pacific Northwest fortunately has a lot of artisan chocolate makers, probably because we’re an area of the nation that cares a lot about our health and sustainability. As a result, I’ve become a “chocolate person”. And these artisan chocolate makers are the reason for that.
When I moved to Seattle 10 years ago, everyone would tell me to stay away from downtown Seattle. I remembered that when I started working downtown. I’d see the throngs of tourists and think maybe these people were right.
But the longer I worked in downtown Seattle, the more I came to realize just how many amazing hidden gems there are in the neighborhood. You just have to know where to look.
Whether you’re doing a quick layover after a cruise, spending the night for a work trip, or looking to book a staycation, I’ve outlined everything worth doing in downtown Seattle and my tips for exploring the city’s center like a local.
There’s nothing I love more than spending a Saturday meandering from one winery to the next. But I don’t always have time to drive 30 minutes to the Woodinville wineries or 4 hours to the other amazing Pacific Northwest wineries.
Luckily, there are more than 20 Seattle wineries offering wine tastings right here in the city. I’ve been to just about all of them and found myself going back to a handful again and again. I’ll outline where all the Seattle wine tasting locations are and list out the best Seattle wineries of the bunch.
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.
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.