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Olympic National Park and Seattle, Washington

Photo by Caroline Walker Evans

After exploring Ocean Shores and Ruby Beach on our recent trip to Washington, we spent a day soaking up city life in downtown Seattle before heading north to Vancouver. And much like Olympic National Park, Seattle instantly felt like home. Here’s a peek into favorite finds throughout the Emerald City.

Shopping, eats, and drinks at Melrose Market‘s Glasswing Clothing & Home Goods, Taylor Shellfish Farms, and Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room (Try Gravitas cupping for a coffee connoisseur, Shakerato Bianco for a sweet tooth).

Take an in-depth tour and whiskey tasting with the thoughtful folks at Westland Distillery.

Rent a canoe at University of Washington‘s Lake Washington docks. Forage for blackberries along the school’s bike path. Scoop up a fresh honey lavender waffle cone at Molly Moon’s Ice Cream.

Stop by Batch 206 for Americana vibes and whiskey pickles (yep, whiskey pickles).

Pike Place, a rite of passage when in Seattle. I loved Moon Valley Organics, Left Bank Books, and saki cups from the adorable Ting Ceramics.

Drop by straight-out-of-a-Wes-Anderson-film Cozy Nut Tavern or nearby Urban Light Studios, which offers gallery events, antique lion taxidermy, and a full tiki room. If the weather’s nice, take a long walk through Washington Park Arboritum. And of course, visit anything in Capitol Hill. Anything I missed (besides this phenomenal-sounding Stalking Seattle Rock & Roll minivan tour?).