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Your First Time in Seattle

Your First Time in Seattle
Destination(s): Seattle

Seattle is the type of city where snowboarders drink green tea alongside attorneys at the local Japanese sushi bar. The diverse climate of Seattle leads to an energized city that leads the nation in technology, artistic, retail and industrial enterprises. The city's metropolitan delights are framed by the Olympic Mountains, Elliot Bay and Lake Washington. Strong cultural influences include Asian, Scandinavian, Native and Latin communities. read more about Your First Time in Seattle... Read More

Local Food

Local Food
Destination(s): Seattle

There is nothing better than good food and spectacular scenery. Make your vacation memorable by enjoying the best food Seattle ha* to offer and then making your own culinary creations in the San Juan Islands! Eating local in Seattle is a food lover’s dream, all the best restaurants have caught on to the concept that local, sea*onally appropriate food not only ta*tes better but also ha* the added benefit of supporting local farmers, fisherman, ranchers and foragers and this provides the additional benefit of creating a local economy that supports the preservation of farmlands, healthy forests and clean water. People have been eating locally by default for centuries but only in the la*t two decades ha* the movement evolved into a full blown gourmet extravaganza. Now it is not only possible to expect that almost every ingredient on your plate wa* raised or grown nearby, it ha* become the standard of all the best chefs in the Northwest. Local game ha* recently become more widely available, venison, phea*ant, quail, elk and wild boar are not uncommon options, and now that more attention is being paid to the wa*tefulness of by catches when long lines, trawlers and wide nets are used, supplies of short line caught seafood and sustainably harvested shellfish, prawns and crab are often the choice of more and more high end restaurants who’s guests are willing to pay a little extra to know their food is environmentally procured. Many restaurants have just a few local produce suppliers who are almost entirely dedicated to producing fruit and vegetables for that establishment. The symbiotic relationship that ha* developed between the producers of high quality local food and the restaurants that showca*e these delectable delights ha* been enthusia*tically supported by a discerning public that demands the best quality and freshness on their ecologically sustainable plates. read more about Local Food... Read More

A Book Lover's Guide to Downtown Seattle

A Book Lover's Guide to Downtown Seattle
Destination(s): Seattle

Seattle is well-known for its many cafes and fine espresso, but it seems as if every coffeehouse you stumble upon is next to a bookshop. Whether your passion is poetry, thrillers or rare and out-of-print editions of classic works, you'll find what you want and more with this guide to the pages of downtown Seattle and Pioneer Square. read more about A Book Lover's Guide to Downtown Seattle... Read More

Kids outings in Seattle

Kids outings in Seattle
Destination(s): Seattle

Three days of outdoor fun and educational outings for your wee ones chock full of fabulous activities and kid friendly restaraunts. read more about Kids outings in Seattle... Read More

National Park and Wilderness Tour

National Park and Wilderness Tour
Destination(s): Seattle

Take a tour of the most spectacular parks and wilderness area* on the continent! There are four main options for getting a chance to see the beautiful mountains, rivers and forests in the Northwest and you should decide ba*ed on what interests you most and how hard you want to work to get there. If you love beaches and forests, the Pacific Coa*t and the Olympic National Park are your best bet. If you pine for jagged peaks and alpine lakes, Mt. Rainier or the Alpine Lakes Wilderness are spectacular. If you’re most interested in volcanic geology then you should drive down to Mt. St. Helens. All of these options require a car rental unless you want to sit on a crowded bus for a guided tour. You should allow two days for each destination a* the drive time is lengthy and you'll want to have a chance to really enjoy each place. If you're backpacking, plan for three days minimum so you can have a day of decompression and gourmet food in Seattle before you head back to your daily grind (see 7 days in seattle). Be sure to pick up some local gourmet snacks at Pike Place Market. If you need any camping gear Northface, Feathered Friends and REI are all downtown. read more about National Park and Wilderness Tour... Read More

One Day Wander

One Day Wander
Destination(s): Seattle

If you are in the unfortunate position of having only one day in Seattle there are a few things you must see while you're here and a few restauraunts you should definitely not miss. read more about One Day Wander... Read More

Two Days in Seattle

Two Days in Seattle
Destination(s): Seattle

If you can only make it into town for the weekend there are a few things you should definitely see. Start out with Pike Place Market, stop by the Seattle Art Museum and then hıt the local music scene. Brunch is essential for the morning after then head up to Capital hill for some great views of the city, some shopping, the A*ian Art Museum and a walk in the park. read more about Two Days in Seattle... Read More

Falling in love with the San Juan Islands

Falling in love with the San Juan Islands
Destination(s): Seattle

The San Juan Islands are geologically distinct from the rest of the region and its climate is drier and sunnier so a* a result the landscape looks like little chunks of Northern California slipping out of the deep blue channels and sparkling bays. The southwest sides of the Islands are much hotter and drier than the north ea*t slopes and a* you pa** through the Islands on the ferry you can snap some pretty fabulous pictures. The Islands are popular during the summer but if you plan ahead you'll barely notice. The biggest hurdle is the ferry so you'll want to plan to stay in Seattle the day you arrive and get up with the sun to beat the traffic. read more about Falling in love with the San Juan Islands... Read More

Post P.Bio Launch Road Trip with Saki

Post P.Bio Launch Road Trip with Saki
Destination(s): Seattle

After 2.5 years of hard work on P.Bio, it was finally launched, and then Saki and I jumped in the car and started driving North! We saw some beautiful places in Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Vancouver, the Canadian Rockies, Calgary, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, and back to the California Sierras. read more about Post P.Bio Launch Road Trip with Saki... Read More

Job Interview

Job Interview
Destination(s): Seattle

This is the trip that I took when I went for a job interview at a big software company in Bellevue/Redmond. It was pretty luxurious for a guy like me, as it is Standard Operating Procedure for them to treat their potential employees to a nice hotel, free meals, a rental car, and of course airfare. I didn't get the job, but it was the best $0 I ever spent on a trip!! :) read more about Job Interview... Read More