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Top Places for a Staycation in Seattle

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If you don't want to travel far just yet,  a staycation is wonderful idea. It's fun way to escape the grind and experience gems in your own backyard.

I lived in Seattle area for 35 years. We are currently living in the Southwest, but mostly likely will go back. I miss Seattle and the PNW immensely!  

Miners Landing


Miner's landing is an iconic Seattle spot you must experience! Eat, shop and enjoy unforgettable experiences. Stop for lunch at Ivar's Seafood and enjoy a stunner view of the Puget Sound.  If you want an amazing sky view, hop on the Great Wheel for some NW fun.

If you love to browse in unique shops, this is the place for you.! Supporting local businesses during the pandemic is especially important. If you want to spend the entire day at Miner's Landing,  be sure to tour the waterfront on an Argosy Cruise. 

Pike Place Market


Pike Place Market is the most popular visitor attraction in the city.  During a normal year when there is no pandemic going on over 10 million  people visit the market each year, and 20-40k per day.  Eat your way around the world in just a few hours! Many cultures are represented with the cuisine available at the Pike Market.

The market if full of specialty shops, produce stands and unique boutiques. Down below, is the coolest bookstore ever: Lion Heart . Shop til you drop and discover unique treasures to take home. I used to shop downtown Seattle often. Unfortunately the shopping has dwindled significantly due to protests destroying the downtown core.


Ride the 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!  Even after living in the area for years, I still have several routes to experience.  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.

Keep your camera and binoculars close, pods of killer whales and sea lions show up often to put on a show!

 Visit Point Ruston, Tacoma



Point Ruston is a newer community located in North Tacoma 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 your heart out. 

 Mt. Rainer is a also an iconic landmark in Washington State. I've viewed this stunner scene from several places, including the friendly skies.  In my opinion, Point Ruston offers the best view of this natural wonder.


Stay Overnight in Bellevue

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.  My favorite hotel is the W.

The W Hotel is also part of Lincoln Square, and provides a boutique style stay in the heart of the city. I've attended  many 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 lake house of yesteryear.  The decor and ambiance are bar none.


Enjoy Coffee on the Kitsap Peninsula


Of course in Seattle the choices for coffee shops are endless. Starbucks has one on every corner, and  other coffee chains as well.  I prefer a mom and pop shop for coffee. They usually have the tastiest  coffee and offer 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 find it by heading west from Tacoma on Hwy 16.

This is my favorite Northwest coffee shop. I call it an " Office with a view." You can relax, and enjoy the breathtaking views of Liberty Bay.  If you are into unique places to get coffee, more ideas here.


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  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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  13. I haven't made it to Seattle yet but it looks like there are a number of great spots to visit, even if it's on a staycation!

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  14. Lovely ideas for a staycation! We have never been to Seattle but for sure we will follow your post for our future travels to the US.

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  15. I really enjoyed reading your post! Reminded me of a fun weekend I spent in Seattle two years ago. I hope to go back soon!

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  16. Seattle has been on my list for years, but I've never managed to get there. Plenty of ideas here for when I finally make it :)

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  17. These are such great ideas! I can't wait to visit Seattle one day!

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  18. I have been on a couple of staycations in Northern France, but your post really makes me want to visit Seattle!
    Julia x
    https://www.thevelvetrunway.com/

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  19. Beautiful! I can't wait to start traveling again..hopefully soon. Everything looks so pretty there too. Have a great weekend! xo

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  20. Lovely post! I genuinely feel that staycation is such a great idea for those who are still not quite comfortable with traveling. Moreover, staycation are definitely way more relaxing than regular travel. I ensure to take at least a couple of staycations every year just to take a break from regular travel.

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  21. My husband and I have explored our state a lot over the past year and a half, logging miles with over 30 hikes as well. I have enjoyed our state-cation, but I am ready to venture even further now. Loved Seattle when we visited a couple of years ago.

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