Plan the Ultimate Spring Staycation Around Seattle




Happy April!

Hopefully you were able to get away for Spring Break or even a weekend. If you can't get away for awhile, a staycation is a good idea to take advantage of now.  It is a fun way to experience an escape from the daily grind on a budget.

Since I live near the Emerald City, I thought I would share some ideas for a staycation around  Seattle.  If you are not close by, maybe this will inspire you to explore your own area more.  Here are some low cost, stay-cation ideas  around the Seattle area :



Pike Place Market





If you have spent anytime in Seattle, you know this is the most popular visitor attraction in the city.  Every year over 10 million  people visit the market every year, and 20-40k per day. Woah, I had no idea it was that many!

The market is currently in the stages of a remodel. The newest addition has several new eateries to check out, and most of them have a stunning view of the sound.  I love to visit Pike Place Market rain or shine. 

Go Shopping


The market if full of souvineer shops, produce stands and unique boutiques. Down below the market  is the coolest bookstore ever. . Lion Heart is the most unique book sellers I have found downtown.

If you are a fashionista like me, you'll need to venture  up the street to WestLake to shop.  The market isn't the place to find the lastest in fashion trends, ha ha!  There are a few shops that sell cute clothes, but not many.

Along with Westlake there is Pacific Place Mall, and many more chain retailers in the area: H& M, Banana Republic and Anthropologie- to name a few.

Ride a WA State Ferry



Washington State is home to the largest ferry fleet in North America. You can't truly experience all the Northwest has to offer, until you ride one!  I've lived in the Seattle area over 30 years, and still have several routes to try!  All of the rides are quite scenic. The Kitsap Peninsula is a great idea for a day trip and ride on the ferry.  There are 4 ferry routes that dock in Kitsap county, check them out if you can.

Keep your camera and binoculars close, ya just never know when you'll see a pod of whales, or sea lions having fun in the sound!



Visit Point Ruston, Tacoma 

Point Ruston is a newer community located in North Tacoma, down on the waterfront. This area is the best kept secret in the West Sound. I can't think of a better place in the Seattle area, to spend a stay-cation day!  You can ride quad bikes, shop, and eat til your heart's content.  Learn more about this popular destination here.

 Mt. Rainer is by far one of the most popular landmarks in Wasthington State. I've viewed it from many different locations over the years.  In my opinion, Point Ruston is the place to catch the best view of this natural wonder.




Stay at a Really Cool Hotel

Bellevue is one of my favorite cities to visit in metro Seattle. Located on the eastside, it is an easy 20 minute drive across Lake Washington. The scenery enroute, will take your breath away! There are many beautiful hotels, malls, and activities to keep you busy for a few days.  My favorite hotel is the W, and it is the newest addition to the main drive downtown.

The W Hotel is also part of Lincoln Square, and provides boutique style accomodations in the heart of the ctiy. I've attended several fashion and networking events at the W.  Once you check in, I promise you won't want to leave! Relax and unwind here in luxurious comfort.  In this hotel, experience a throwback to the rustic lakehouse of yesteryear.  The decor and ambiance are bar none!





Grab a Cuppa Jo 


Of course in Seattle the choices for coffee shops are endless. Starbucks has one on every corner, and a few other coffee chains do as well.  I prefer a mom and pop shop for my coffee. They usually have  the most unique decor and specialty menu items.

The Poulsbohemian is one such coffee house. It's located on the Kitsap Peninsula, in the town of Poulsbo. This charming java stop is a 15 minute drive from the Kingston Ferry, or you can reach it by heading west from Tacoma on Hwy 16.

This one is my favorite Northwest coffee shop. I call it an " Office with a view." You can relax, work, or just enjoy the breath taking views of Liberty Bay.  If you are into unique places to get your java fix, more ideas here.



 Have you ever taken a stay-cation? Share in the comments!

I  just returned a few weeks ago from a spring vacation in Las Vegas. It's always great to be in the hot sun, and relax by the pool. I hope you enjoyed this post and are inspired to plan a stay-cation, or a vacation to Seattle!  Stay tuned, as I  am planning to do a travel series on Vegas in the next few months.

The month of May will be dedicated to cruise travel tips as I'm going on one soon! Thanks again for following along. If you  have an instagram account, catch me there for additional travel & style tips.


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26 comments

  1. Just came back from Seattle in Feb and this post brings back all the feel good memories. Especially ferry boats and Mt. Ranier.

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    1. Oh great glad you had a visit here, come back in summer- the most amazing summers are to be had here!! The views are breathtaking with both of those!

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  2. I have! I love staycations because it really forces you to explore your own city. Sometimes we take our nearby surroundings for granted :)

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    1. Yes so true! I am from Vancouver BC and have gone back a lot recently to discover places I never saw as a kid!

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  3. Interesting how so many cool hotels are called the W (there's one in DC too!) I was born in Seattle but moved when I was a baby, so this just made me want to visit again!

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    1. Yes its a huge chain getting very popular! Awe thats cool you were born here, come back for a visit1

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  4. Lovely to know what one can do in Seattle during the springs. We might move here for a few years by next year or so. With a small kid, and the pressure of setteling into a new place, we can definitely do with some staycations like the ones you have called out here. And the activities look interesting too.

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    1. Traveling with littles is not easy at all, I remember those days!! Stay cations are great with kids, and hopefully down the road you can make it to Seattle, lots of kid friendly things here to do!

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  5. Isn't it great to live in a city that people want to come to? I'm in Souther CA and we have no shortage of tourists! Sometimes we forget all the awesome things in our own backyards. Looks like you had an amazing staycation! I loved Seattle, so much to see and do.

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    1. Oh yes it is! Although I think SOCal is even more desirable because of the heat and year aroudn sunshine. I have wanted to move there for years, but so so spendy! Glad you loved Seattle!

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  6. Lovin the vibe in Seattle. Looks so artsy and chill. Should plan a visit soon :)

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    1. Glad this inspired you to visit, Hope you can make it out soon!

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  7. Wow, the view of Mt. Ranier is spectacular! Still covered in white blanket. Seattle just seems like such a lovely and liveable city. Could see myself exploring the area for more than a week. (from Mateja)

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    1. Thank you so much, I was lucky to capture it on this day from a great angle!! Come back and visit soon!

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  8. Seattle looks really liveable! I really should take some time for a staycation myself... I'm embarrassed that I can't really say much about my own city after two years...

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    1. It definitely is a great place to live, just the weather is not the greatest all year long.. ha and its getting more expensive. It is super popular in the summer with cruise tourists coming here!

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  9. Oh wow, it looks lovely here. Beautiful photos. I would love to visit :) Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you Claire , glad you stopped by! I hope you get to visit Seattle soon! Have the most lovely week!

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  10. How cool is it to be a tourist in your own town?! I've never been to Seattle, but I'd love to check it out and your post has definitely pushed it up higher on my bucket list! Thanks for sharing your post!
    - Emma (Emma Jane Explores)

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    1. Hi Emma , I’m glad this inspire you to visit , you’ll love it !

      Valerie

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  11. I did my undergrad in Seattle so I was excited to see some fun spots that are sentimental to me! Thanks for joining Fly Away Friday, hope to see you tomorrow for the 50th one - exciting things happening! xo

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  12. Seattle looks wonderful. I hope to get there to see the original Starbucks one day! Thanks for coming to Fly Away Friday! Hope to see you tomorrow for our 50th link up!

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