Things to See and Do in Seattle, Washington

Friday February 17, 2012 at 12:12 AM | 1 Comment

"Seattle Skyline with Space Needle"

Walk to the top of Kerry Park on Queen Anne hill for the best views of the Space Needle and Seattle's skyline.

Are you visiting Seattle, Washington for the first time? Below is a list of “Insider Tips” for things to see and do in the Emerald City.

  • Visit Seattle Center – Space Needle, EMP and Pacific Science Center
  • Ride a ferry
  • Stay in a downtown hotel
  • Ride the monorail, walk around the city from Westlake Park to Pioneer Square to the Olympic Sculpture Park along the waterfront
  • Walk through Pike Place Market, meet local farmers and artists
  • Check out Golden Gardens, Woodinville Wine Country
  • See Seattle from above, take a Seattle heli-tour (sight see via helicopter) or Kenmore Air (floatplane tour).
  • Walk around Greenlake or on Alki beach
  • Shopping on Old Ballard Ave
  • Capitol Hill bars
  • Experience live music and theater
  • Enjoy a good cup of coffee
  • Take a tour – Savor Seattle Food Tours, Evergreen Escapes, Tours Northwest, Ride the Ducks
"Seattle Space Needle"

When I have a visitor from out of town, I take them to Seattle's Space Needle

First time visitors to Seattle

When I have a visitor from out of town, I take them to: Pike Place Market, Space Needle, Kerry Park, Gas Works Park and Woodinville. Ballard and Capitol Hill for shopping and dining.

Looking for a quiet place to relax? Check out one of the many parks in Seattle:

  • Olympic Sculpture Park along the waterfront
  • Discovery Park in Magnolia
  • Greenlake
  • Gasworks Park
  • Alki Beach

Don’t miss a visit to Seattle Center (Space Needle, EMP Museum & Pacific Science Center) if you have kids traveling with you.

Seattle Food Scene:

If you are looking for typical Seattle cuisine, I recommend seafood (Salmon, Oysters, mussels, clams and geoducks)

Looking for cheap food in Seattle? Check out the mobile food trucks or head over to the Pike Place Public Market for fresh produce.

Marination Mobile

El Camion

Kaosamai

Bigfood

Skillet Street Food

Maximus Minimus

Leilani’s Lumpia Land

Pai’s

Where Ya At Matt

For a high-end, yet quality meal, go to Canlis.

Seeing a lot of coffee shops? Seattle is the birthplace of Starbucks.

"Pike Place Market Salmon"

You'll find plenty of fresh seafood, including salmon, in Seattle

Picture taking in Seattle

When you come to Seattle, get your picture taken in front of the Pike Place Market sign near First Avenue.

The best vantage points are taken by walking to the top of  Kerry Park on Queen Anne hill or from Gasworks looking at the City over Lake Union or from boat in Elliot Bay.

In Seattle, outdoor enthusiasts will want to:

Hike – Mt. Rainier, Cascade Mountains and many close hikes on the I-90 corridor

Bike – Burke Gilman trail, around Mercer Island, Bainbridge Island

Kayak – Lake Union and Lake Washington

Water ski/wake boarding/ wake surfing – Lake Union and Lake Washington

Seattle is very walkable

Looking for a little exercise? Walk from Westlake Park to Pioneer Square or from downtown Seattle to the Olympic Sculpture Park along the waterfront or from downtown Seattle to Capital Hill.

If you are a museum lover, Seattle’s best museum is Seattle Art Museum (SAM)

Enjoy a night out on the town? For live music – Triple Door or Jazz Alley

Dick’s Drive-In is the spot for late night dining. Be warned – there is no seating and no credit cards are accepted – cash only.

13 Coins Restaurant

If you want to read like a local, The Seattle Times is the city newspaper.

"Public Market Place"

Get your picture taken in front of the Pike Place Public Market sign

Special Events in Seattle

After a long winter, Seattle locals welcome spring. Opening Day of Boating Season is on the first Saturday in May.  Taste Washington  is a fun wine and food event held in the springtime.

Bite of Seattle, Seafair and Bumbershoot are some of the summer events taking place in Seattle, Washington.

It’s true that Seattle is famous for their coffee, but did you know that Seattle is known for micro beers and great wine? Plan a visit to Oktoberfest and drive out to Woodinville, Washington in the fall.

Come to Seattle for Holidays in the City in the winter.

"Pike Place Market Produce"

Pike Place Public Market produce stands offer healthy cheap eats

What are your favorite things to do in Seattle?

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Thanks to Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau for assistance with this post.  Seattle photos, article and YouTube video by  Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown.

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Who Makes You Smile Contest – Win a Trip to New York

Thursday February 16, 2012 at 7:07 AM | 0 Comments

"Who Makes You Smile"

Who Makes You Smile contest

Smile if it makes you happy

Smiling is healthy; not only for you, but for the people around you. Smiling can lift your spirits. Unless, of course, you are traveling somewhere where smiling is frowned upon. Did you know that the people of Bhutan actually have a happiness quotient?

Who makes you smile? The folks at TopDentist.com think smiling is important and have created a contest asking “Who makes you smile?” Upload a pictures and you and a friend might win a trip to New York City.

"Henning Sami Trolls"

Who Makes You Smile? These Norwegian hand carved Sami Trolls from Henning make me smile

Californians Smile Often

I know that when I am traveling, I always smile at people and say, “hello.”  One time I was horseback riding in Norway and my Norwegian riding companion said, “I’m going to try that.” “Try what?,” I replied back.  “I’m going to be like you and say hello to everyone who crosses my path. ” It’s not that Norwegians are not friendly people. It is simply that they don’t offer greetings to strangers on the street.

Do you smile to strangers or do you reserve your smiles for friends only? Who makes you smile?

Who Makes You Smile Contest Details:

Visit the Who Makes You Smile contest page. Upload a digital photo of yourself with someone that makes you smile. In 140 characters or less, describe why that individual makes you smile and enter for a chance to win a teeth-whitening session, photo shoot,  trip to New York City and $1,000. in spending money.  Now if that doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will. Sorry this contest, sponsored by TopDentists.com, is only open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. See official rules for details.

This post is sponsored by TopDentists.com

Travel the Globe with Queen City Cookies, Scottie Dog Shortbread

Friday February 10, 2012 at 12:12 AM | 0 Comments

"Queen City Cookies Duchess of Roux"

Travel the globe with Queen City Cookies and regal elephants such as the Duchess of Roux

Food and travel

Food and travel go together like salt and pepper – the two should never stand alone in my mind. When I plan a trip, I look forward to eating the local food, as much as the travel experience itself. With that in mind, I walked the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco looking for foods with a travel theme. Dialing it down, I found two cookie companies that transport me; one to Africa and the other to Scotland.  Both companies make a butter-filled shortbread cookie; one in the shape of an elephant and one in the shape of a Scottie dog.

"Queen City Elephant cookies"

Travel on safari by elephant with Queen City Cookies

Queen City Cookies – Talisman to exotic worlds

“I think of Queen City Cookies as talismans to exotic worlds. Linger over our nautical variety pack and suddenly you’re in the South Seas, wind in your sails, mermaids shimmer as fish leap from the air. Relax, and feel the warmth of India. A cup of warm chai is the perfect guide to convene with our Ganesha, Mendhi Magic, Regal Elephant, Hindu Sun Wheel or Shakyamuni Buddha cookies. Next stop, Paris. Our Eiffel Tower cookie shimmers like the City of Lights. Each Queen City Cookie is a journey into memories past and longings for future travel. A little imagination, and the time to savor our edible artistry, and it’s possible to travel the globe with cookies that taste as good as they look,” says Peggy Shannon, owner of Queen City Cookies.


Walkers Shortbread Scottie Dogs

Walkers Shortbread has teamed up with the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) to raise funds for the non-profit organization’s animal welfare initiatives across the country. Throughout 2012, Walkers Shortbread will donate 10 cents from the sale of every package of its ‘Scottie Dog’ products sold in the U.S. – including its Scottie Dog cookies and tins – to the ASPCA with a minimum guaranteed donation of $25,000.

Walkers Scottie Dog cookies honor the Scottish Terrier, one of five breeds of the Skye terriers that originated in Scotland.

"Walkers Scottie Dogs"

Walkers Shortbread teams with the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®)

Walkers takes Scottie dog cookie for run

“The adorable Scottie Dog cookies convey our affinity for this beloved breed, and working with the ASPCA is a great way for us, as well as our customers, to show our appreciation for animals,” said Jim Walker, managing director of Walkers Shortbread. “Over the next year, Walkers is dedicated to helping the ASPCA raise awareness of the issues of animal cruelty and homelessness and will support the valuable work they do for animals across the U.S.”

Social media enthusiasts may follow Queen City Cookies on Twitter and  Walkers Shortbread on Facebook.  You may also follow Nancy D. Brown on Twitter for the latest travel news. Article and YouTube video  courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown. Photos courtesy of Queen City Cookies and Walkers Shortbread.

"Queen City Cookie flowering tree Lisa Ballard"

Queen City Cookie flowering tree design by Lisa Ballard

Where to Buy

Queen City Cookies

513.591.0022

Historic Findlay Market

124 West Elder Street

Cincinnati, OH 45202

Walkers Shortbread

Aberlour House
Aberlour on Spey,
Scotland, AB38 9LD

Walkers Shortbread Inc.,
170 Commerce Drive,
Hauppauge, New York,
N.Y. 11788, U.S.A.

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