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.
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!
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!)
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!
If you’re anything like me, then you’ve been making up for lost time this summer! We’ve been enjoying getting out of the house (safely, of course!) to enjoy the beautiful summer weather. One of my favorite activities has been figuring out what to pack in my beach bag and spending the day in the sun. It’s been an unusually warm summer here in the Pacific Northwest. In fact, earlier this summer we had a heatwave and reached the highest recorded temperature in the Seattle area ever! It hit 111 degrees in some areas of the city. At my office in Bellevue, it was 109 and I had to go outside just to feel it for myself!
While I love summer and warm weather, there is a point in which it’s a bit too hot for me. Without air conditioning (retro house problems!), we sometimes are forced out of the house to cool down. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of water around here. While our beaches in the PNW might be less sandy than rocky, they sure are beautiful, breezy, and perfect for cooling down!
Are you heading to the beach soon? Today I’m partnering with Babbleboxx to share what to pack in your beach bag this summer to beat the heat. From hydration to the perfect read, you’ll want to check out these great new products that you might not know about yet!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx. All my opinions are my own!
This summer, it’s all about the staycation! That’s why I was so excited for a little weekend relaxation at nearby Lake Roesiger, where my friend Megan’s family owns the cutest little lakehouse. Of course, I had to pack all of the summertime essentials for the perfect day away from home!
It was a beautiful warm sunny day as I packed up my car with a giant pool float and a bag overflowing with my summertime essentials to enjoy lakeside! On the list are the obvious, of course: a cute swimsuit, a giant beach towel, a sun hat, stylish sunglasses, SPF, and a change of clothes for later. However, I’ve rounded up a few additional things that made this warm summer day even more enjoyable.
For everything you need for a day at the lake and all of my must-have summertime essentials, keep reading!
Well, things sure have changed since I originally wrote this post. In the fall of 2017, I had the opportunity to join the Kirkland Downtown Association for a tour around their city and discover the best things to do in Kirkland, Washington. While I’d visited Kirkland many times over the years, it was a great chance to talk with someone who lived in the community and had a great recommendation for everything. Following that visit, I started working on this post.
Three years later, a lot has changed. Right now, Washington has a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Since I’ve been home for the past 3 weeks, I’ve been doing my best to share small businesses in the form of “virtual tours” around some of my favorite Seattle cities and neighborhoods on Instagram. (You can watch the Kirkland tour here!)
In creating the virtual tour, I realized it was about time to refresh this post with some of my new (and old) favorite Kirkland spots. Read on for the best things to do in Kirkland, Washington!