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.
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.
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.