SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE

Took an impromptu trip this past weekend to Seattle. You’re probably thinking, why Seattle? Well, my best friend since 6th grade moved out there about a year ago to work for Boeing. (Yes, she’s one smart cookie.) The cool part about having friends that live all over is that I get to check out new places (for free)!

Despite it’s rainy/dreary reputation, Seattle is actually a pretty cool city. I lucked out and had three great tour guides. (Shout out to Emily Nelson, Caleb Buck and Abby the dog.) And, the weather was surprisingly great. In fact, on Saturday, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky!

They say that summer is the best time to visit Seattle. So, if you’re thinking of taking a trip, here is a list of must do activities.

1. VISIT THE FAMOUS PIKE PLACE MARKET

The largest farmer’s market in the U.S. and definitely worth a walk through. See the fish get thrown at the fish market, shop the vendors, buy a bouquet of tulips, eat some seafood at Lowell’s, check out Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, see the first ever Starbucks, get a piroshky (little Russian pastry) at Piroshky Piroshky and venture down under to Post Alley to see the gum wall.

2. VISIT THE SPACE NEEDLE

When in Seattle, you have to check out the iconic space needle. However, don’t spend your money to go up here. Instead, visit the Columbia Center to see the city views.

3. GET YOUR NATURE FIX

The Seattle surrounding area is drop dead gorgeous and there are plenty of great hikes. We drove up north of the city to Deception Pass, which has about a mile hike with outstanding views.

4. SEE SOME TULIPS

Seattle is known for their tulips (who knew?) and every year a tulip festival is held in Skagit Valley. However, you don’t need tickets to see the tulip fields. There are plenty of parking areas on the side of the road for just $5. Probably one of the coolest/prettiest things I’ve ever seen. Definitely worth the road trip.

5. GO TO SOME BREWERIES

While you’re up north of Seattle, hop from brewery to brewery to taste some craft beers and to get a feel for the local laid back vibe.