You Are Here: Savannah, GA

During our time in North Carolina we take advantage of weekends and long trips by visiting areas nearby. Perks of being on the east coast! On the top of our list was Savannah, Georgia.

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Our family in Florida drove up to meet us there for a weekend in an adorable VRBO. This house was fantastic for us on a family weekend trip (I can’t remember the address but The Lucky Savannah houses are all very similar layouts and decor.) If it’s important for you not to drive a few minutes to downtown then I would choose a home closer to downtown. The home was fantastic and so beautiful; it was just my style but would love for it to be closer walking distance next time for a weekend of going out. No matter what I was surprised they had parking garages that were very central and free or low cost.

We spent our first night having dinner at the Savannah Taproom. We tried a few new beers like the D9 Brown Chicken Brown Cow beer and split their nachos which were great. I had their much raved about Captain Crunch Chicken Fingers…I will tell you they’re worth it!

If you have to wait for a table and need something to do check out the retro toy store next door!

The BEST thing about Savannah (ok…one of the best? Maybe THE best…) is that it’s open container!

Heads up you’ve got to make sure it’s in plastic and it’s one person per drink to carry it out of the bar. Walk down to the Riverfront Market. On the way we came up on a film set where it was rumored they were shooting a Bette Midler movie.

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Savannah is filled with awesome rough cobblestone streets, steep staircases (like in the photo above), hanging moss on ancient trees, beautiful parks every block and tours. We enjoyed walking around and checking out the crowds before a sweet treat night cap that NEEDS to be on your must-visit list. It’s the glory that is Leopold’s.

Don’t be intimidated by the long line…it moves fairly quickly and you will want the time to figure out your order. I ended up choosing the delicious mocha and coffee with chocolate chips. We all had different flavors and liked them.

Saturday was a day focused on walking around to explore the city. We started out with a self-guided walking tour through Bonaventure Cemetery. If you have your own car there I would drive in and park in the small lot up front. There’s also areas to park throughout the roadways in the cemetery. To take yourself through the cemetery you can buy or purchase a mobile app or the paper map.

My favorite place to eat and visit was this next part…Treylor Park Hitch! You have to go. They have a laid back feel with creative and upscale food and drinks. They’re menu is filled with things I wanted to try! I had my favorite Son of  a Peach beer which always smells and tastes like a jam-packed peach pie…except here it was on tap. We shared their nachos grande and the PBJ chicken wings. You read that right. Peanut Butter Asian-fused wings with a jelly inspired dipping sauce.

We grabbed drinks while walking around touring parks, the fountains, Forsyth Park, old houses and the beautiful downtown. It was the best time just being able to walk around, visit, read and learn about the area.

We were also able to do a little eavesdropping on a bike tour talking about the bench were Forrest Gump was filmed.

Being a Saturday night the crowds were definitely out and about. Trying to get a space at restaurants for 6 people was a bit difficult so we had to go to the Little Duck Diner. Their food wasn’t outstanding but it got the job done in the nick of time before our scheduled ghost tour. I would have preferred trying out Moon River Brewing Co. if I were you!

Our scheduled ‘adult’ ghost tour meets in a park and took just over an hour to walk around, learn the history of the city and hear stories of the infamous burials or locations. Again, we were able to bring our drinks and had a great time. We noticed that the City Market area was party central.

They’re also known for hosting a great St. Patrick’s Day so a spring break trip would be a blast here!

Even though we had to cut the trip short and leave early the next day we know we will be back and are excited to visit again! If you have tips on where we should go or what we should do drop them in the comments below!

 

Cheers!
Marin

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How To Own Your Business Before It Owns You (And What You’re Doing Illegally On Facebook)

What’s your name?

Ok, now go buy YourName.com.

Even if you’re unsure of what you want to do, in what industry or what to call it. The number one way to own your business is to create, manage and improve your sites and systems. You cannot improve or evaluate something that isn’t happening.

The countdown is on: March 31st is the LAST DAY this year we’re offering 50% off of our Branding and Positioning Strategy. Even if you’re curious, unsure or have a few questions, let’s talk!

I can’t tell you how many people come to us looking for one solution and end up realizing where all of the gaps in their business actually are. This isn’t your fault that you’ve missed this…sometimes you just need someone with an outside eye to help out. You might not even be aware some solutions existed.

Opportunities are problems in search of solutions-Denis Waitley

The FIrst challenge is…

Figuring out what you need and why. Like social media and website pages for instance. You either ‘think you need it’ or ‘think you don’t.’ But this isn’t about YOU. This is about your clients and potential clients. Where do they go to read reviews? Where do they go to view your portfolio? Where do they go to book a call or service with you?

Then there’s the days you find all of your eggs in one basket…and the basket was tossed around in the trunk of an off-roading pickup.

If one site were to crash how else do you stay in contact with your friends? You should always have a website and then one or two of the main social media sites where your target audience hangs out.

Whether working for yourself or a MLM (Multi-Level Marketing: Arbonne, MaryKay, Senegence, Herbalife, etc.) never assume they will be around forever. They are just as susceptible to going bankrupt or shutting down as anyone else. They could get reported, blocked or shut down.

 

Did you know it’s actually illegal to do business on your personal facebook page? 

 

How many times were you added to a LipSense Facebook page only to silence notifications or stealthily sneak out a few weeks later? *Raise your hand with me.*

Using a company’s branding on your personal page or creating platforms not only drives people away from you but it’s also against Facebook Terms of Service to do business on your personal page. If the attraction of an MLM or owning your own business and freedom how are you protecting it? If you were reported or had your page taken down, what would you do? Where would you go?

How do you avoid losing everything you’ve worked so hard to build? I repeat.

  1. Create your own website. If you like the freedom, the structure and the support then establish a website page under your name or your business name.
  2. Create your own business page. Not sure what platforms your target audience is on? Not even sure who your target audience is? Luckily for you that’s what we specialize in.
  3. Own your own business. Do not depend 100% on any platform or business. If something goes down, keep your business going and serve your clientele base.

 


The second challenge is

Interaction. If you’re blaming the algorithm (ugh, please don’t) for not showing your content to your people then increase your MEANINGFUL interaction. Block out 10-20 minutes a day to COMMENT, READ, AND MESSAGE real life people.

Avoid mindlessly going through and tossing emojis but supporting someone. Make it a goal to interact with 10 people while you’re online during your Netflix shows. Business and Pleasure.

Treat your social media as if it were a Spotify playlist. The more people see you post, like it, interact and comment, it will help boost you.

 


A man’s glove should show what he has done not what he hasn’t.
(I do not own the rights to this photo)

The THIRD challenge is

…One I’m going to toss in because you should hear it. Just because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you should or need to. If it feels overwhelming or tedious, hire someone to help. Hire someone better, faster or smarter than you. What can you outsource in your business and in your home?

What is important for you to focus on? What are the things you want to be known for? What do you want to be really freaking good at?

Chase those. Focus on those. Protect your business. You’re obviously doing something that you’re passionate about for one reason or another so OWN IT.

 

Cheers!

Marin

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Plan Your Visit To Seattle!

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For three years my husband and I lived just south of Seattle. While the city gets a bad rap for the gray skies and rain, it really is not that bad! For a majority of the fall and winter you’ll find the PNW is buzzing with locals on the hiking trails but in the summer months downtown is filled with cruise ships, tourists and long-term visitors.

We absolutely loved living in Washington and once our friends and family came up to visit they were just as excited to come back. There’s no shortage of things to do or places to see. It’s a great place if you love wine and beer, a large variety of food, family-friendly and children’s activities, party groups and your beloved dog. Can you really go anywhere without them? 

If you’re looking for things to do in Washington or any neighboring states check out the Passport section of the blog. Right now I’ll just focus on downtown. It’s easiest to go through the neighborhoods so you can pick and choose what works best for your trip. If you have any questions just ask!

WHERE TO STAY

We never stayed in an Airbnb while in downtown Seattle and instead opted for the Mediterranean Inn in lower Queen Anne. Living on the outskirts or suburbs would have been too much of a hassle to get in and out with the traffic and busy streets. The Inn was always a great experience and comparable in price (if a bit lower) to other hotels near Pike Place. We also loved it because it was across the street from Dick’s for a late-night snack or early-morning hangover cure, walking distance to the Monorail in Seattle Center and city views from your bedroom window or romantically lit rooftop.

 

DRIVING IN

Whether you’re coming in from the north or the south you will get an awesome view of the skyline on your way in. You can also expect traffic. If you’re coming in from the north you’ll likely see the Space Needle first and a view of Fremont and Lake Union on your right.

Driving in from the south

If you’re coming in from the south (like from Sea-Tac) you will turn a corner and immediately see the skyline of Seattle as you wind your way in on I-5. As you near Seattle, Boeing will be on your left. If you have time stop in at their Museum of Flight for air and space artifacts or for a guided tour. We loved what they had to offer and being able to walk through aircrafts like Air Force One! Family friendly and interesting for anyone in your group. Tickets run about $25/adults but the first Thursday of every month is free admission!

Walking off Air Force One at Boeing’s Museum of Flight

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QUEEN ANNE

Speaking of Queen Anne, this historic area is well-known for it’s gorgeous homes and prime views of Seattle and Alki Beach from Kerry Park. Drive to this little strip of grass and get your photo opp in. It’s IG worthy at any time of the day in any weather. A few blocks up is the resident’s house from Grey’s Anatomy. This is an actual residence so enjoy the view but don’t get creepy trying to get inside.

Kerry Park

I already mentioned you can stay at the Mediterranean Inn, Dick’s and other restaurants. It’s also minutes walking distance from Seattle Center which we will get to below.

FREMONT

Make a point to ride your bikes or drive your car over to the Fremont Troll. This is another highly residential area but they have free parking spots on the streets near the top of the hill. You will have to walk a short distance to get to the Troll under the bridge. While you can’t graffiti it you can climb up for a picture.

Fremont Troll, June 2017

I hope you’re thirsty because you’ve got some drinkin’ to do! It’s a five-minute walk down the hill to 34th street and turn left until you see Fremont Brewing Company. They are pet and child friendly with indoor and outdoor seating, merchandise, snacks and a board full of brews to choose a drink from. While sitting out here you’ll see several sea planes land in Lake Union and Duck Boat tours driving by.

Fremont Brewing

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SEATTLE CENTER

No matter what you will be spending at least a day here! Seattle Center is home to the MoPOP Museum, the Space Needle, the Pacific Science Center and much more. One thing we didn’t end up doing here but is very popular is the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum and the Seattle Children’s Museum. We have visited the Pacific Science Museum and had a great time (without kids!) It’s actually a really well-done area.

Children’s Science Museum

The Armory is a multi-level building full of play places, events and food stands if you need a pick me up.

MoPop Museum

The MoPOP – Museum of Pop Culture- Museum ( or whatever else they change the name to every year) is the metallic colorful structure with the large playground next to it.

They rotate exhibits from the underground music scene Seattle is known for cranking out, artists, fashion and much more. Have fun taking a few hours walking through and playing the instruments.

The Space Needle is next; you ready?! I recommend ordering tickets online so you have a reserved time to go up otherwise order the Seattle City Pass to get the best value for all the main attractions. When it’s your time to go up head to the back of the Needle, walk up the ramp and head through security before taking a walk through time. They take a photo of you and your group before you enter the elevators and on the way up a tour guide will give you some facts about the needle.

Once at the top walk all around the interior so you can enter your name on the Visitor’s Board, tap the interactive panels for help on facts around the city and check out your photo to email to your account!

Always windy at the top!

Interactive Checkin at the Needle

Walking around outside will be windy (see the above photo) and a bit cold but there are markers for you to orient yourself and free binoculars for you to check out everything you can see. If you’re lucky the mountain might be out!

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You can also check out the International Fountain and walk around the lawn they’ll host several events and concerts on throughout the year.

International Fountain

If you choose to walk around you’ll run into the Belltown area which we will talk about in a minute. But if you want to give your feet a break, hop on the monorail.

The Seattle Monorail is next to the Armory in between the EMP Museum and the Space Needle. Tickets are $2.50 for adults or $1.25 for military. All prices are one-way so just buy before you ride. The monorail has never been packed and runs anywhere from 7:30 am to 11 pm depending on the day of the week.

Hop down to Westlake Center if you want to stay on the Monorail for now. Otherwise you can-and should at least once-walk through Belltown.

 

BELLTOWN

One of the most quaint and quirky, residential and comfortable areas in Seattle for us was Belltown. We walked through consistently to and from the Needle and Pike Place. As you’re leaving the needle you can choose to stop in for the game at the local sports bar in KOMO Plaza or you can cross through the lot (They used the roof of that building to film the rooftop helipad scenes in Grey’s Anatomy) and over the street to a street of bars and restaurants.

The authentic wood-fired pizzeria Bambino’s Pizzeria is at the corner on the end to your right. We always had the most accommodating service, authentic, delicious food and a large beer selection. I remember they also had a large wine selection though I never drank wine there.

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Belltown is also home to a Biscuit Bitch location. I have seen kids in here but just be aware that the menu, language and surroundings are full of colorful decor and language. Having said that the food is delicious and the coffee specialty drinks match. I enjoyed their unicorn latte (maybe only during pride month?) and the Seattle Fog.

Belltown Biscuit Bitch

 

WESTLAKE CENTER

The Monorail has two locations to hop on and off the monorail: Westlake and Seattle City Center. Once you step into the Westlake Plaza area you’ll see several food trucks across the street. You HAVE to try out a Seattle Dog! They’re a hot dog topped with cream cheese and sauteed onions.

Seattle Dog

Nearby is the Nordstrom #1 flagship store. I’ve been in a couple but I can say this is a BIG store and the cafe had great cocktails upstairs!

A few blocks down to the water and you’ll be at Pike Place.

 

PIKE PLACE

Another Biscuit Bitch location is located above Pike Place. It was much smaller than the Belltown location and was just wide enough for one line up and a shelf on the side of the wall where we were able to stand and eat. Otherwise expect to stand outside or take your food to another location to eat.

On your way near 5th street you’ll come across the flagship Top Pot Doughnuts. They are one of my favorites and there are dozens of locations around the city so just google one near you. Top Pot  has hand-roasted coffee and hand-forged gourmet doughnuts. I didn’t meet a doughnut or iced coffee here I didn’t like. They’re great to grab a box and take home for breakfast the next day.

Seattle street signs around the city.

Another must-see, must-do, backbone of Seattle. There will be a fairly steep hill before getting to the market. The Market opened August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States. Expect this place to be shoulder to shoulder crowds near the vendor tables especially during the summer months. You will probably also be in a few lines for the more popular attractions. At the ‘main entrance’ you’ll see Rachel the Piggy Bank for the market foundation. You’ll also get the up front prime viewing of the Pike Place Fish Market fish throwers. When we have been they only throw the fish when someone makes a purchase.

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Walking down the alley past the donut stand you’ll see a small Indian food stand called Saffron Spice. This is where we were introduced to samosas and, once we did, we returned each time we were in town.  Pop some gum in to freshen up (plus you’ll need it in a minute) and walk back toward the fish market.

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To your left there will be a staircase that leads you down to the gum wall.

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This wall is cleaned every few years (once lasting a 20 year span) because the sugar from the gum erodes the brick walls. You’ll see tickets, ID’s, names and initials spread out, some on the ground and some so high up you wonder how they were placed there. Take your boomerang blowing a bubble or the picture of you adding to the saliva-filled colorful wall and NOW it is time for a drink!

At the left-end of the alley is the Pike Brewing Company. The most fun thing about this bar for me is the location and I enjoyed a few of their beers from local grocery stores or from a flight on the bar.

In front of Post Alley

Back up on Post Alley you can walk on the far side of the alley and you’ll come across Pike Place Chowder.

THIS CHOWDER is the BEST I have ever had (seriously I would pay you for a bucket right now) and there will always be at least a short line but mostly a long line backed up to Rachel’s Ginger Beer. *Rachel’s is hand brewed and the sting of ginger is real. Fun drinks on a hot day though!

July 2017 Rachel’s Ginger Beer

Sept 2015 Rachel’s Ginger Beer

We usually split a few small cups of chowder since we like to eat around the market. At the front counter you can turn around and the shelving with utensils has a basket on the top filled with inside of the sourdough bread bowls. You get the best part of a bread bowl for free and you don’t even have to order the filling bread bowl! Usually the inside seating is sparse and filled constantly so your best bet is a picnic table outside.

If you don’t feel like going to Pike Place Chowder there is a pizza counter next door called LoPriore Brothers Pasta Bar (if it’s still open) that serves large slices of New York style pizza and Italian food made in front of you.

Take a walk down the market eyeing the fresh bakeries and seafood, the colorful (and huge variety) of produce and you’ll eventually come up on Beecher’s. They’re famous for their handmade cheese products and you can watch from the corner windows as they make it. I’ve had their cheese on other occasions but never straight from the store (not a huge straight cheese person) but I have heard great things about their legendary mac-n-cheese.

You want to try a place with some bomb food that might take my #1 favorite in the market? It’s Piroshky Piroshky Bakery. Usually there is a short line but in spring and summer you’ll have to wait in a roped off line for a two minute transaction inside the no seating alley shop. But my gooodddnessss is it worth it. I LOVED the Smoked Salmon Pate for a great Seattle take on the Russian pastry. If you’re in a sweet mood I enjoyed the Chocolate Cream Hazelnut Roll. I don’t think you could really go wrong.

You’ll need the snack during your wait right next door at the ‘original’ Starbucks location. The original Starbucks was actually a few blocks north at 2000 Western Ave but then moved to this location five years later during construction. Giving the monster that dominates the coffee industry today this is still a fun experience for visitors.

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You’ll wait in line before entering a quaint wood planked, narrow coffee shop. To the left is a wall of merchandise where you can grab a location mug or a bag of coffee. When you order notice the names and locations of the baristas: they are from all over the world. You will then stand in a crowded corner while you wait for your drink. I encourage you to order a drink you can only get at the roastery or reserve areas.

If you’re traveling buy your coffee in beans so you can fly with it. Once you’re at your location any Starbucks (or coffee shop) will grind the beans for you at no cost if you don’t own your own grinder. I purchased several bags of the specialty Pike Place Special Reserve which is only sold at two locations.

The Pike Place Blend OR the Pike Place Roast are also available in other locations but this is different than the above two. Coffee, right? 
Once you have your drink and the photo to prove you’ve also been there, walk through the market and get the view at the back looking over the pier.

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My favorite thing to do in the market is pick up a bouquet of flowers at the end of the day. For $5-$20 you can get the most incredible, HUGE bouquets of flowers. If it works out grab the bunches before the market closes in the afternoon so you don’t have to walk around with them all day but they will wrap them up with a bag of water to stay fresh.

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If you’re near Pike Place market in the evening I recommend going! The streets clear out and you can find drinks up and down the streets. We had a large Mexican dinner at El Borracho Pike Place Market and some Uli’s sausage  (they have their main vendor location in the market) and beers at Old Stove Brewing. It’s fun to see the neon sign and walk around the romantic, glistening streets at night knowing how busy it is during the day.
Purple Cafe and Wine Bar is also near the area. I went with two girlfriends and the atmosphere was great for our night and a few girly drinks but we weren’t crazy about their food.

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PIER 57
You can get to the pier by walking down through the gum wall alley and turn right. There will be a set of stairs and a street to cross under the bridge but the Pier is a fun place to walk around.

View of Seattle Aquarium

While I never went in you could hide from a rainy day at the Seattle Aquarium or hop on the Great Wheel. Tickets are a bit pricey at $14/adult but it is a one-time experience that you can choose to do.

On top of the Great Wheel, June 2017

Afterward take a walk through the Miners Landing building. This building is like walking through a two-story covered pier with a carousel, shops, ice cream stands and restaurants. Outside to the right is the infamous Ivar’s. If you didn’t already getcha some fish and chips in Sea-Tac then this is the place to snag some up. It’s a walk up window with a nearby enclosed eating area. They also have yummy chowder!

Pier 57

PIONEER SQUARE

After our time on the pier we chose to walk the few minutes down to Pioneer Square. You can also catch an Uber if you wanted but the walk really isn’t that bad. You’ll have to walk up the tower to cross the bridge over the street and you’ll come across downtown area near the International District. Pioneer Square is trendy and filled with art galleries, coffee shops and a beautiful plaza, paved streets and lined trees.

I would have loved to take one of the underground tours in this area so if you have time go for it! Our favorite place to go at the edge of this area is Elysian Fields. Elysian is Seattle’s prime brewing company and home to Drew’s favorite: SPACE DUST IPA. Seriously he always orders it and if we find it on the East coast, he will buy it. They’re right next to Safeco Field where the Mariners play and CenturyLink field where the Seahawks and and Sounders play so on gameday this place is packed. It has a huge horseshoe bar, two seating areas and stacked bleachers with views of the game on TV. We always had great food -think upscale bar food- no matter what we ordered and I loved their seasonal beers or limited release. Check out their Capitol Hill location below.

On our way to a Mariners game we stopped at a tailgate popup in front of Pyramid Brewing Company which is conveniently across the street from the stadium. The beer garden we were in hosted several different breweries and I was introduced to one of my all-time Beerland worthy beers. A mango passionfruit IPA from Two Beers Brewing Co. They usually serve ciders because their owner was gluten intolerant but this IPA was MAGICAL. I really, really enjoyed it and I think people who don’t like IPAs would drink this all day. My only complaint was it was difficult to find afterward.

If you’re looking for a late night order of fries walk down a few blocks to The Lodge. While this bar drew us in because of the large wood doors and warm, lodge ambience inside it’s also trying to go for a sports bar and grille feel which it slightly misses for me. We’ve been twice for afternoon drinks and had a good time but I would say there are hundreds of other places if you’re only in town for a little while longer.

CAPITOL HILL

This is a town so easy to walk around in. I would say this is one of the most eclectic areas in Seattle because it’s packed with trendy, hip bars, gay clubs, indie stores and a drink-with-cats lounge all connected with rainbow crosswalks.

There are several artsy walls for your viewing pleasures like this…

Capitol Hill Wall Mural

Plus another Dick’s burgers location and Volunteer Park in the historic mansion district with walking trails that are always busy with locals and their dogs. It abuts Lake View Cemetery, where the city’s founders (and Bruce Lee) are buried.

This is a college district so you’ll see Seattle Central College near the Jimi Hendrix statue at 1604 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122.

If you’re looking for restaurants check out Mezcaleria Oaxaca for their rooftop happy hour and taco truck or downstairs seating for their large menu. There are so many good places to eat a variety of food a simple google search for what you’re craving won’t disappoint. If you’re looking to start your day with brunch you need to go to Witness. The chicken and waffles are exactly what you want (even if you don’t know you want them) and the drinks are poured generously. It’s a simple, southern menu and adornments in a trendy PNW fashion.

If you’re here to drink, you will be overwhelmed with your options! Number one must visit on your list should be the Unicorn. It’s a no cover, gigantic, eclectic bar that’s sure to take you on a trip (if you’re not already…WA things.) Even if this isn’t your usual scene you still need to walk around and have a sugary, cereal flavored drink. The booming music, lights, arcade games and crowd are entertainment enough.

Across the street is Elysian’s Capitol Hill Brewery. Elysian has brewed over 350 craft beers since it opened on Capitol Hill in 1996. We visited their Capitol Hill location and it reminded us of Deschutes in Portland but more of a sports bar vibe. Since they had the pride parade recently before we visited they had their pride glitter beer on tap which was fun to try although it didn’t glitter like I was hoping. Another plus is they have their own Series of beer to choose from!

There are local gay bars, biker bars, specialty bars and late night menus we loved checking out.

You’ll see this area is jam-packed with every kind of awesome gastropub or bar you could ever want to visit. If you’re looking for more suggestions send me a message! 

CASCADE

Near Capitol Hill we’ve only been to the MBar here on the 14th floor for a fantastic view of the city and glass-walled rooftop. For this was a cocktail specialty bar where you are paying for the view and perk of the elevator, guided entrance experience. (Pictures of all this on Instagram.) You can expect a menu filled with portions of food that tastes great but you would see it on the food channel wondering if you would even feel full haha! This is a must visit for a date or girls night out. Even if you go for one drink it’s fun and quirky! Make sure to place your reservation ahead of time.

You can venture down the streets for a few more bars and pizza shops even though a majority of this area is business buildings.

 


Other things to do in Seattle that we did not end up seeing but wanted to were the Kurt Cobain bench (His childhood house is a few hours away here.)

Starbucks Reserve Roastery is at 1124 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101. When driving in from the south you’ll be able to sneak a peak at the logo on the towering building down past the stadiums. They have special drinks, wifi and light bites.

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We loved living an hour away from this city and we really enjoyed living in Washington. Don’t underestimate what this state has to offer in Seattle, the national parks or out west! It’s bordered by Oregon and Canada for your roadtrips and has direct flights to Hawaii. Whatever you choose to do I hope you have a great time and know this place has a very special place in our hearts.

 

Cheers!

Marin

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Westport Beach Camping

Summers are for camping, beaches and time with your friends. If you can fit them all in the same weekend, even better!

Westport is known for it’s miles of sandy, public beaches, boardwalk with stores and plenty to eat and drink and a casual weekend for anyone wanting to drive out to the beach. They allow dogs on their beaches and you can take the truck or 4WD on the sand.

Leaving for Westport. Read more at www.mylocalcollaborative.com

From Lacey to Westport it was only 1.5 drive. It takes you through Aberdeen, known as the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula (Which we camped through a few weeks ago. Most incredible trip ever; check it out here!) It is also famous for being the birthplace/hometown of Kurt Cobain.

Aberdeen. Read more at www.mylocalcollaborative.com

Shortly after we met our friends at Westport Winery. You’ll see it on your right and just keep a look out for the lighthouse. They have a small, gated dog play area with water and a bench. They have outdoor games and you can go inside to order beer or wine and shop around. They also had basic food and snacks available. After a few hours we walked around the gardens to view their plants, flowers and themed set up.

Wesport Winery. Read more at www.mylocalcollaborative.com

It was a quick 12 minute drive from the winery to Twin Harbors State Park for us to get our site set up in the daylight. The entrance fee is minimal and you just keep the ticket in your car window. We had two lots across the street from each other and were located right next to the bathhouse, trash dumpster and water spout which was super convenient.

The campsite is popular and fills fast so get your reservations in early! If you can’t find anything there are at least two more campgrounds in the same area.

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The first thing we did when we got there was walk a short distance to the back of the campground and get beach access. From tents to sand it was about a ten minute walk. It’s a small, single path clearance that’s a little rough so wear your shoes. You will come out of the woods and climb a short hill to the top of the sand dune for the best, expansive view ever!

After setting up camp we started up the fire and heated up our pre-made meals. I went on Pinterest to find easy dinner meals. We were in charge of dinner and had loaded fries (or tots) and foil wrapped meals followed by s’mores with Reese’s. If you haven’t done this then GET ON IT! It’s a game changer.

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The next day I woke up super early thanks to my dog and caught the most gorgeous pink, orange and ethereal sunrise ever. I had the entire beach to myself and had left my phone at camp and it’s one of my favorite memories to think back on. We heated up a campfire breakfast prepared by our friends and spent the morning playing in the water, walking around the exposed dunes and down the beach.

That afternoon we packed up and went downtown to walk the boardwalk, around the lighthouses and get a view of Ocean Shores. If you’re hungry you need to stop into Aloha Alabama for savory BBQ twists and a dog friendly patio. We also grabbed ice cream at Pickaroon Pelican.

 

We had a few more photos and videos on the GoPro but due to a hard drive crash they’re currently unavailable. Thank goodness for Instagram!

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Once we got home from our overnight trip, we noticed when we got home that Argo’s paws were raw and sore from the hot sandy beach so we tried Vaseline and taping a sock to keep him from licking it off. Just a heads up if your pup has sensitive paws!

 

 

Cheers!

Marin

 

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**This trip was late July 2017**