48 Hours on Capitol Hill: How to Spend 2 Days in Seattle’s Cool Gayborhood

SCVB_AllRightsES_-2964_resizedThe majority of Seattle visitors staying downtown have no idea that they’re blocks away from one of the most exciting neighborhoods in the entire country. Capitol Hill, adjacent to the east perimeter of downtown, has long been the Emerald City’s gay epicenter and home to artists, hipsters, students and now-famous musicians, not to mention some of the best restaurants, bars, coffee shops, live music venues and public parks.

If you’re only in town for a couple of days and want an authentic Seattle experience, head to Capitol Hill. Here’s what I recommend checking out. Continue reading

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The Travel Effect: Ladies’ Weekend Getaway

logo-travel-effectEditor’s note: This post is part of a series themed to The Travel Effect, a national advocacy campaign created by the U.S. Travel Association.  Visit Seattle is committed to promoting the importance of travel and we remind our hard-working team members with a “Spontaneous Getaways” program. Each quarter, we award one employee a trip of their choosing. We provide the transportation and allocate extra paid time off, they return rejuvenated and sometimes even write about their travel experiences. We hope this post inspires you to book your own trip soon.  

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Jenn Horenstein, my faithful “Wingman,” and I on the way to Austin. Photo: a selfie of course!

In the midst of planning the Visit Seattle Annual Holiday Breakfast event, I was lucky to have my name drawn in the Travel Effect Employee raffle for two round-trip airline tickets and some extra time off – perfect timing as I wrapped up the final details for the last event in 2013!

That night I went home and tried to decide what I wanted to do for my getaway.  I immediately started researching warmer weather destinations including St. Lucia, Cancun and the likes.  Unfortunately, with it being the holidays, most were blacked out for travel or the hotel prices were through the roof.  Going back to the drawing board, I started thinking about places I have heard fun things about that I had never been to.  I called up one of my close friends, Jenn Horenstein, and we picked Austin, Texas – a city I had heard great things about for nightlife, music scene and ease in getting around. Continue reading

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Seeing is Believing: A Day With Miró

As I strode into SAM on a sleepy Thursday morning I realized that the only time I had ever seen Miró’s art was in college studying Gardner’s Art Through the Ages. As you can imagine, seeing the works of a master is hardly impressive when you see them as a two by three inch picture in a textbook. I had no idea how magnificent they could be in person. Continue reading

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Taste Washington is Back!

Photo by Kristen Marie Photography

Photo by Kristen Marie Photography

Taste Washington is quickly approaching and I couldn’t be more excited! When I first attended this event two years ago, it was like entering culinary heaven. You walk through the doors, grab a glass and gaze out in wonder at the amazing treasure trove of delights that lay ahead of you. I realize that sounds pretty intense, but trust me, it’s accurate. With row after row of Washington winemakers excited to tell you about their craft, and restaurateurs eager to show off their skills, this is the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event – and it happens in Seattle! Continue reading

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650,000 12th Men

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Downtown 12th Man in lights and CenturyLink Field illuminated on the right. Photo by Sarah Minaker.

For visitors and locals alike, it is nearly impossible to step foot in Seattle without taking notice of the Seahawk’s fervent 12th man following.  ESPN’s Chris Berman even questioned whether Seattle had seceded from the Union, referring to the replacement of American Flags with the 12th Man version. Continue reading

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