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Easy Day Trips from Seattle: A First-Time Tour to Mount Rainier

September 26, 2014 at 12:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

Seattleites love spending time outside. This week, contributor Lilit Marcus shows how even the most indoorsy city kid can enjoy Seattle's outdoor gems without having to go on the advanced hike.

Mt. Rainier is probably the most popular outdoorsy day-trip attraction for visitors to Seattle, and with good reason. For one, it’s relatively close to Seattle; about an hour’s drive, depending on traffic, will get you from downtown to the national park. For another, it offers a broad range of stuff to do for people of every ability level, from easy hikes to three-day peak climbs with ice axes and crampons.

The most popular and accessible entrance is the Nisqually Entrance. There, you can stop in at the Longmire Museum, which has exhibits on the flora and fauna in the area and gives some historical background on the Native Americans who lived there.

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Easy Day Trips from Seattle: The Tropical Butterfly Garden

September 25, 2014 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Seattleites love spending time outside. This week, contributor Lilit Marcus shows how even the most indoorsy city kid can enjoy Seattle's outdoor gems without having to go on the advanced hike.

In Seattle, it’s always a good idea to have a rainy-day backup plan. If you want to see some nature but the weather’s not cooperating, stop by the Pacific Science Center and head straight for the Tropical Butterfly Garden. This name is no joke; even if it’s 20 degrees outside, it’ll be nice and balmy in the butterfly garden, since many of the species come from warm climates.

The Science Center is more expensive than some other Seattle museums—$19.50 for an adult ticket—so if you have a moldy student ID around somewhere now’s the time to grab it. For obvious reasons, there will also be lots of kids around, so try to survey the scene when you arrive and check out other exhibits if the butterfly garden is filled up with a school group. Our favorite way to kill time is to check out some of the undersea creatures in the fake tidal pool, even though the cold water starts to get to you after a while.

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Easy Day Trips from Seattle: An Urban Foraging Staycation

September 24, 2014 at 4:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Seattleites love spending time outside. This week, contributor Lilit Marcus shows how even the most indoorsy city kid can enjoy Seattle's outdoor gems without having to go on the advanced hike.

Farm-to-table is still ubiquitous in the food world, as is foraging. But for people who want to eat locally-harvested food while still hanging out in an urban area, the Hunt Club restaurant at First Hill’s Sorrento Hotel offers a first-of-its-kind “urban foraging” package.

The restaurant’s chef, Dan Gilmore, only allows 2-4 people per day to take part in the experience due to its hands-on approach and customized meal. It begins with a trip to nearby Volunteer Park, where Gilmore educates you about different kinds of edible plants and how to recognize them.

Next up is a trip to the local farmer’s market, where you can pick out whatever you want—from fish to vegetables to famous Washington State cherries and huckleberries—to become part of your dinner that night.

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Easy Day Trips from Seattle: The Woodland Park Rose Garden

September 23, 2014 at 12:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

Seattleites love spending time outside. This week, contributor Lilit Marcus shows how even the most indoorsy city kid can enjoy Seattle's outdoor gems without having to go on the advanced hike.

One of the best things about visiting Seattle is how much nature you can enjoy without ever leaving the city limits. There is, for example, the Woodland Park Rose Garden, located across the street from the entrance to the Woodland Hill Zoo. This lush location in the Green Lake or Wallingford neighborhoods (it depends who you ask) is completely free to the public and open from 7 AM until dusk every day, year round, rain or shine.

For an hour or half the day, the Rose Garden is an ideal spot for quiet time, reading, meeting up with friends, or just enjoying a nice day outside. There's also the added bonus of being among the first to spot new rose hybrids before they become publicly available, as the Woodland Park Rose Garden is one of the few certified Rose Test Gardens in the USA.

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Easy Day Trips from Seattle: A Total Beginner's Guide to Olympic National Park

September 22, 2014 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Seattleites love spending time outside. This week, contributor Lilit Marcus shows how even the most indoorsy city kid can enjoy Seattle's outdoor gems without having to go on the advanced hike.

Olympic National Park is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, which makes it an ideal spot for people crossing either national parks or UNESCO sites off of their to-do lists. Its size and distance from Seattle will make it just about impossible to visit without a car, so your best bet is to join up with a tour group.

The excellent but somewhat pricey Seattle-based EverGreenEscapes Tours (which I booked through Viator for $250 pp) will be happy to take you out for the day, an option which will free you from dealing with the logistics.

The adventure begins with a trip on the Bainbridge Island ferry, then a drive through Port Angeles to the park, with an arrival at the iconic Hurricane Ridge.

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How the Alaska Airlines 'Chief Football Officer' Can Score You an Airfare Deal

September 18, 2014 at 8:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Alaska Airlines has been utilizing quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks to promote their cause as Seattle’s hometown airline, and so far so good. There have been funny commercials, appearances here and there, and now the airline is continuing their relationship into the 2014 football season.

His official title is Chief Football Officer—hope the true airline CFO doesn’t mind—and as part of his duties he’s passing some Alaska Airlines savings on to passengers.

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Kick Off Fall Football Travel During the NFL Kickoff in Seattle

September 2, 2014 at 10:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

Are you ready for some football? The season kickoff this Thursday over in Seattle, and the Seahawks are busy preparing for this perk, which comes as part of the reward for winning last season’s Super Bowl.

It’s not just football this week, as there’s a city-wide celebration surrounding the start of the season. The NFL will host concerts, something they call the "NFL Gameday Village," and plenty of family activities in advance of the season’s very first game.

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Training Camp Travel: How to Scope Out the Super Bowl Champs in Seattle

July 29, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Are you ready for some football?! There’s still a few months before the first official kickoff, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for a sneak peek. Training camps are set to do their thing later this month, so if you’ve always wanted to check out the scrimmages and practices now’s the time to start planning:

In case you missed it earlier this year the Seattle Seahawks brought home their very first Super Bowl title after defeating the Denver Broncos in a big way. Now that’s all in the past, and the team is looking toward another winning season. Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, and Marshawn Lynch—well maybe, he’s holding out for a new contract—are all now warming up for the season, and you can check them out.

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Why Alaska Airlines is Spending Millions on Bicycles

May 9, 2014 at 10:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Alaska Airlines is spreading its wings and venturing into another mode of transportation, as they’re kind of getting into the bicycle business. In actuality it’s more of a sponsorship deal—advertising their main business of flying to here and there—as they’re chipping in $2.5 million to help get the Seattle metro area’s bike share up and running later this year.

Pronto Emerald City Cycle Share will be similar to bike sharing systems set up in cities across the country and the globe, so we don’t bore your with all the nitty gritty details. Do note that organizers recognize that the city is a little more hilly than other metro areas, and they’re preparing the rental bikes to have a few more gears than in other cities and systems—seven to be exact.

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Why You'll Want to Pop into Seattle Airport's Newest Shop

May 2, 2014 at 8:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s not everyday that a new record store opens up, and that’s especially the case over at the airport. Things are a little bit different over in Seattle—in a good way, of course—and the city’s airport just cut the ribbon on an outpost of the area’s famous Sub Pop Records right at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The independent label is bringing the sounds of Seattle right into the terminal and concourse, as the spot is now doing its thing within main terminal near the start of Concourse C. It debuted Thursday morning complete with a concert from singer songwriter Chad VanGaalen—signed to the Sun Pop Records label.

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Easy Day Trips from Seattle: Ruby Beach and the Olympic Peninsula West Coast

March 20, 2014 at 2:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Seattle, home of the Space Needle, Starbucks, and so much more, is worth a trip to the Pacific Northwest alone – but not exploring further what Washington State has to offer while you’re there would be a shame. This week, we’re completing our look at a few options for a one-day or multi-day trip from the city.

Part 4: Ruby Beach and the West Coast (see here for part 1, part 2, and part 3)

When you re-join the U.S. 101 having explored the Hoh River Valley and the only temperate rainforest in the contiguous United States, it soon heads to the west coast of the Olympic peninsula, following the coastline for a 17-mile stretch before heading back inland.

Where the highway first meets the coast, it’s worth taking the exit to Ruby Beach, so named for its pink sand, which gets its unusual color from the tiny grains of garnet it is made of. Leave your car behind in the designated lot and it’s a short walk through the forest to the water. We were here on a particularly cloudy and blustery afternoon, which resulted in a greyer look than normal (especially on camera), but it’s a very pretty spot nonetheless.

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Easy Day Trips from Seattle: the Hoh Rainforest and Hall of Mosses

March 19, 2014 at 1:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Seattle, home of the Space Needle, Starbucks, and so much more, is worth a trip to the Pacific Northwest alone – but not exploring further what Washington State has to offer while you’re there would be a shame. This week, we’re completing our look at a few options for a one-day or multi-day trip from the city.

Part 3: the Hoh Rainforest and Hall of Mosses (see here for part 1 and part 2)

If we had to give one reason for extending your stay on the Olympic Peninsula to a few days, it would be this: the Hoh River Valley, its temperate rainforest, and the Hall of Mosses trail.

Annual precipitation of up to 150 inches (380 cm) makes this one of the wettest places in the continental United States, and consequently almost unnaturally lush and beyond vividly green. Driving down the 101, about 8 miles south of Forks you will see the turnoff for the Hoh River Valley, which takes you 17 miles into the heart of the peninsula to the Hoh Visitor Center. Hiking trails range from easy walks (like the Hall of Mosses trail we’ll come onto in a second) to multi-day treks.

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