Tourists in Our Own City

One of my regrets from our time in the Other Washington is that we didn’t do many of the “touristy” things.  I don’t mean the monuments – which I did make us take Cal to before moving – but things like festivals, museums, parades.  We recently had family in town in the Emerald City and in the few days that they were here, they experienced much more of the city than we had in our two years here.  Sure, it’s easier to cross items off the list when you are here to do just that and pesky things like work, babies and houses don’t get in the way, but I have become determined that we experience more of what the Emerald City has to offer.

We started this weekend.  As is our annual tradition, A and I went to the annual beer fest.  It was a glorious day, perfect sun and a wonderful time, including Cal who loves his trips to the beer fest every year, where he gets to meet lots of other dogs.

Saturday, we returned to Seattle Center, this time with LC.  A and LC played in the fountain and ran around in the grass while I ran to the Urban Craft Uprising, a craft fair I enjoy attending every year.  (I found a book for LC, a key chain, coasters and all my favorite organic goodies from Flying Bird Botanicals.)

Sunday, we celebrated Cal’s fourth birthday with brunch at Norm’s, everyone’s favorite dog friendly brunchy pub.  Despite a disappointing Wimbledon final, we enjoyed brunch and then headed to the Ballard Locks to check it out.  LC loved the salmon in the salmon ladder, as well as running through the grass.  We’d never been to the Locks before, so it was a great thing to cross off the list on a beautiful day.

Sunday night we returned to a Seattle favorite and attended the Seattle Storm game.  How cute is this little Sue Bird fan

It was a busy weekend, but we made the most of not only the weather, but of all Seattle had to offer.  We even did 6 loads of laundry – productive too!  The weather plans on sticking around for a while, so we hope to continue to enjoy the weather and the city.



  1. Sounds like you had a fun and exhausting weekend!!! That beer fest sounds AMAZING… I hope they will have something like that here in Orlando, although it would probably be in cooler months. How did you find these things to do- word of mouth, twitter, facebook? I am always looking for advice, and since you moved to a totally new place before like I just did, I'll take any advice you have!

  2. KJPugs – I think all of the above is the best answer. Twitter has been a great resource – finding some good local sources (like the lifestyle mag Seattle, restaurants, hotels) which will tweet about goings on, and following similar places on Facebook. I joined some MeetUp groups and while we've never actually attended any of the group meet ups, it gives us good ideas. I talk to people at work, families at day care, etc to find out what they do on the weekends. It can definitely be overwhelming trying to learn a new city – I still haven't found good Chinese food – but these resources have definitely helped us to integrate over the past two years.

    Good luck in Orlando! I was jealous of your day at Epcot, looked like so much fun!

  3. chw – we are thinking of you, Team 3. Thanks for sharing such heartfelt deorsiptisnc, photos, and how this has impacted each of you. No doubt you all must be tired, but thank you for taking the time to share with us what you’ve been experiencing. It’s great to feel like we are with you as we read your posts.

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