Category Archives: Seattle

Where to See the BEST Flowers this Spring Near Seattle

Spring is finally here in Seattle! After a long, cold, and hard winter full of snowy days and freezing temperatures, I’m sure I’m not the only one craving the sunny days and colorful spring flowers. Seattle has a beautiful selection of places to see the flowers, and the Pacific Northwest, in general, has so many beautiful flower fields and gardens worth a visit.

Woman wearing a purple dress running in a tulip field

Today, I will be highlighting five of my favorite spring flower varieties and my top picks on where to see them, whether you’re okay with crowds or would prefer to avoid crowds altogether. I’ll be posting summer flowers later in the season, so stay tuned for even more places to see flowers near Seattle!

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A Local’s Guide to the Best Seattle Gift Shops in 2021

Happy Small Business Saturday! Are you shopping small this holiday season and looking for the best Seattle gift shops? Read on, because in the process of only shopping small businesses in Seattle last holiday season, I discovered some amazing local shops and new-to-me businesses in the process. And I thought I already had the down-low on the best gift shopping destinations as a Seattle native!

Best Gift Shops Seattle

Disclosure: Some items photographed in this post have been provided for editorial consideration. Additionally, some links in this post are affiliate links. If you click them and make a purchase, I may make a small commission. All opinions are my own!

Why shop small? Keeping our money in the local economy is important to me, as small businesses are the backbone of our community and I’d hate to see any more of my favorite businesses be forced to close their doors. As things have opened back up in the last year, there is no better time to change up your holiday shopping habits and avoid the big box stores. Many small businesses are offering creative shopping including shipping, curbside pickups, and delivery to make buying gifts from Seattle easier than ever. Why not shop locally and visit the best Seattle gift shops this year?!

If you’re trying to do the same and shop locally this holiday season, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Seattle gift shops and locally owned businesses with gifts for everyone on your list!

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15 Fun Activities To Celebrate Fall in Seattle

Happy September! It is officially Pumpkin Spice season. And while 2021 continues to be an unusual year, it is also flying by surprisingly fast. Somehow, we are already well into September, the temperatures are dropping, and the leaves are already changing. To me, these signal the beginning of fall in Seattle. It is honestly a magical time to enjoy Seattle’s fall colors!

It is a beautiful time to visit the Pacific Northwest and I would argue that fall in Seattle rivals that of the East Coast. While the weather might be shifting quickly to cooler temperatures, there are still plenty of fun outdoor activities to celebrate the fall season. As we find ourselves back to masking up and keeping our distance from others outside of our household, outdoor activities are my go-to. I thought it would be a great time to highlight fall activities that can be done outdoors, distanced, and of course, celebrate the fall season!

Sunflower Fields Near Seattle // Activities During Fall in Seattle

So what are those activities? Keep reading on for socially distanced, outdoor activities you can participate in this fall in Seattle!

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Pack Your Bags for an Island Getaway Before Summer is Over | 15 Things to Do on Whidbey Island

Pack your bags, and let’s head on an island getaway! Just outside of Seattle and a ferry boat ride away, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a completely new place. Yes – I’m talking about Whidbey Island. There are so many things to do on Whidbey Island that you can’t go wrong whether you’re taking a day trip or spending a few days city hopping on this quaint island.

Have you been to Whidbey Island, or know where it is? I grew up across the sound from Whidbey Island in Mukilteo, and funnily enough, only recall visiting a couple of times in my childhood. Those memories are a bit fuzzy, but often when I was asked about my hometown, the next question would be, “Oh, is that the town with the lighthouse and the ferry over to that island?” Yes, that one, and yes, that’s Whidbey Island! Trust me, however, there’s much more to both Mukilteo and Whidbey Island than a ferry boat ride and a lighthouse. (Though don’t let me stop you from visiting those spots, too!)

Best Things to Do on Whidbey Island | Deception Pass Bridge

As an adult, we’ve ventured over to Whidbey Island several times. Most recently was for my friend Lisa’s wedding a few years ago, where we stayed in a little Airbnb in Langley, explored the town, and also took the long way through Deception Pass. I think we’re about overdue for another adventure to the island, but until then, here is a huge list of things to do on Whidbey Island!

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Shop Local for the Holidays: 101+ Best Gift Ideas from Seattle Businesses + Makers

2020 has been a challenging year, and like everything else this year, the holiday season promises to feel different too. As holiday gatherings move virtually and annual traditions are adapted for the new normal, I encourage you to change up your holiday shopping habits, too! Now more than ever, local businesses need our support. Many of them have adapted to these trying times by offering shipping, curbside pickups, and delivery to make buying gifts from Seattle easier than ever. Why not shop local and get the best gift ideas from Seattle businesses this year?!

Best Gift Ideas from Seattle | Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide 2020

Disclosure: Some items included in this post have been provided for editorial consideration. Additionally, some links in this post are affiliate links. If you click them and make a purchase, I may make a small commission. All opinions are my own!

That’s exactly why I wanted to lend my support to small businesses this holiday season. Not only here on the blog, but also with the holiday shopping I am doing, too. I know the holiday season is going to look different this year. However, I’m hopeful that by putting our dollars back into our local economy, we can help small businesses stay afloat.

If you’re trying to do the same and shop locally this holiday season, I’ve rounded up hundreds of gift ideas from Seattle for everyone on your list!

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