As my JetBlue 757 flew into Seattle Washington’s airspace on my first, albeit short visit, I was deeply impressed by the lush greenery surrounding the city. Coming from a New York City background, I loved strolling the downtown area and seeing all the different shops and eateries.
In northern Washington, an old highway known as Route 11 bids a welcome adieu to the rush of Interstate 5 and heads northwest through Skagit Valley farmland. Soon, pastures fall away to estuaries and forested hills rise up out of Samish Bay, breaking the flat delta landscape.
You may know downtown Seattle’s Pike Place Market as an outdoor farmers market where flying fish soar through the air. But to a local Seattleite, the pockets of the Market exemplify much more than just a place to sit on a carved bronze pig for a candid snapshot. So then, what is “the Market” to a native Pac-N-Westerner?
But why would you travel an hour or more south of Seattle, which is a gastronomical world capital, searching for great food? Because some delectable surprises are in store. Olympia is slow food country. Local, sustainable and imaginative are the mantras. The Olympia Farmers Market, located an oyster’s throw from the waterfront, is a perfect place to scope out what local chefs are likely to be using.
Most people think of southern Washington beaches as a place for a family vacation. Lots of commotion and smiles of course, but what if there are only two of you and you wish for something more relaxing? Empty nesters, couples, friends, family members, take heart. “Two” can have a wonderful beach adventure if you keep few things in mind when planning.