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Year Round Travel Destinations

Year round weekend destinations for out-of-town friends or locals, Jesse Tam. Looking for a weekend escape or getaway in the Puget Sound area.  Seattle and Bellevue destinations take you to islands, forests, mountains or places remote.  Here are some suggestions to relax and it’s only a short drive from home.

These destinations make great Seattle getaways, whether you’re looking for a short mini-vacation or even an ambitious day trip.

These destinations are only 2 hours drive away from greater Seattle and Bellevue.

  • Bainbridge Island
    Lots of waterfront, Winslow’s walkable shopping and dining district, and lovely parks and natural areas are at a premium here.
  • Bellingham
    There’s so much to see and do in Bellingham, you can have equal amounts of fun visiting for a weekend or for an entire summer.
  • Birch Bay
    Get that remote waterfront feeling just a short drive away from the full range of visitor amenities
  • Lake Quinault Lodge
    Take a relaxing step back in time at this idyllic lakefront lodge adjacent to Olympic National Forest.
  • Leavenworth
    Washington’s Bavarian-themed mountain escape offers fun and frolic for the active and fo
  • San Juan Island
    Exceptional island scenery, bountiful local cuisine, and outdoor recreation on land and water
  • Suncadia Resort
    Upscale resort community on the sunny side of the Cascades

Plan ahead during the summer months and events.  Jesse  https://jessewa28.wordpress.com/

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National Park Discover Pass

National Park Discover Pass, Jesse Tam. There’s a few days remaining to obtain the Discover Pass  for Seniors before the price increase.  There are 417 national parks in the US and if you’re 62 or older, $10 will get you into all of them for the rest of your life.  Senior pass is a great way to see the national parks and save on entrance fees prior to rate increase from $10 to $80 starting August 28.  Get the pass at the NPS station or apply online with a service fee.  Here’s more info to get pass online  https://store.usgs.gov/senior-pass

Congress approved the National Park Service Centennial Act in December 2016, which raises fees and sets up an endowment to help pay for projects and visitor services.  The senior pass requires US permanent residents or citizen.  Great time to begin the journey and to explore the outdoors and trails in our region.

The best time to see new places and plan for a day trip, weekend get a way or longer road trips and visit campgrounds and our National Parks region.  Check out the programs, visitor centers and ranger trail hikes before you go.

Thanks for reading, Jesse   https://jessewa28.wordpress.com/

 

Soaring Heat Wave Ahead

Stay hydrated with soaring heat wave ahead this week,  Jesse Tam. Temperature  in the region will soar beginning Wednesday though Friday and will reach triple digits in the Pacific Northwest.  The heat wave in the Emerald City is currently one of the longest streaks on record since June 18 without measurable precipitation on record.

Seattle has only had three days of 100-plus-degree heat, all in July from records dating to 1894

  • July 29, 2009: 103 degrees
  • July 20, 1994: 100 degrees
  • July 16, 1941: 100 degrees

Tips to beat the heat

  • Stay hydrated even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Wear light-colored clothing to stay cool.
  • Take breaks if you are outside, and find shade when you feel hot.
  • Always “look before you lock” your car to make sure you haven’t left your kids or furry friends in the backseat.
  • Check on your friends and neighbors that are susceptible to summer heat.

Remember to walk pet early or in the evening.   Watch the hot pavements, have plenty of water and find shaded areas during the summer heat.  Stay connected https://jessetam.com/   Thanks for reading   Jesse  

Seafair Parade

Seafair Parade is here, Jesse Tam.  It’s the summer time gathering for the Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade on July 29 starting at 7:30 pm.  View the marching bands, floats, balloons, clowns and dance in celebration of Seattle  The event is free and great for families of all age groups.  Reserve seating is also available for purchase.

The parade will start from the Seattle Center along Mercer Street.  Come early and join the FanFest and explore the exhibit booths, food vendors and the Blue Angels balloon. The route starts at the Seattle Center (4th & Broad Street) on 4thAvenue and ends on South Washington Street.  http://www.seafair.com/p/schedule/299

Join the fun along the route on 4th Avenue and bring your chairs to enjoy the festivities.  

It’s a great community event for those marching and all participants involved with Seafair.  Thanks for following  Jesse  https://jessetam.com/

 

Slip Away to the Pacific Northwest

Slip Away to the Pacific Northwest by Jesse Tam.  Summer is a terrific  time to slip away and discover the Pacific northwest with a scenic drive from Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Take the coastal route along US 101 which is more relaxing and enjoy the Sea Lion Caves, Lighthouses, Seaside and more.  Interstate 5 (I-5) is and easy drive if you are have only a few days to discover the city highlights.

A favorite place to relax and enjoy the Seattle summer outdoors is at Lake Union with the boats, dinning, festivals and just view of the city.  Walk along the dock and see various types of boats at the moorage slips or bring your boat and park at one of the docks and dine in one of the fine restaurants for a fantastic fresh seafood catch or simple happy hour.

The beautiful waters of South Lake Union with Seattle Space Needle and city view towards downtown.  There will be plenty of cranes in the skyline with construction and growth in the region.

Thanks for reading, discover new places.  Jesse  https://jessetam.com/

Seattle Evening Farmers Market

The Emerald city summer days are filled with activities, Jesse Tam. Start planning your visit.  Whether you are a tourist in Seattle/Bellevue area for the first time or locals, don’t miss the Evening Farmers Market.  Come join the vendors with weekly selection of new  items and entertaining for all age groups.  Pike Place Market’s popular Wednesday Evening Farmers Market, kicking off on Wednesday, May 31, 2017!

Shop after work and support local farmers with fresh picked morning fruits and veggies, beautiful bouquets, artisan food, drinks, and specialty farm products from more than a dozen farmers and producers set up on Pike Place.  Enjoy the summer evenings and relax after work with live music, fun kids activities, food tastings, and a chance to explore the new expansion on the waterfront.

Evening Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 3 – 7 pm
May 31 – September 27
Pike Place at Stewart Street

Join us for Opening Day Celebration on May 31!

 Thanks for reading, Stay connected, places to explore.  Jesse  https://jessewa28.wordpress.com/

Cherry Blossom Cultural Festivities

Here’s another event held at the Seattle Center for friends and families of all ages, Jesse Tam. Come join the activities to celebrate the Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festivities from April 21 – 23rd.  Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Japan through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods and games including Taiko drumming and artisan demonstrations.

The Festival was founded 40 years ago in appreciation of 1,000 cherry trees gifted to Seattle by Prime Minister Takeo Miki on behalf of the Japanese government in commemoration of the nation’s bicentennial. It is the first ethnic festival to be held at Seattle Center annually and the oldest in the Seattle Center Festál series.
Taiko drummers performing at the festival in 2014.• Photo from Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival Facebook page.Date:  April 21-23, 2017
Armory Main Level, Fisher Pavilion
http://www.cherryblossomfest.org

Spend a few hours or the day at the Pavillion and check out the fountain, Jesse. Follow my blog and thanks for visiting!  https://jessewa28.wordpress.com/

Booming City of Shanghai

Booming City of Shanghai – Jesse Tam. The fast pace changing city of Shanghai from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is approximately 12 to 13 hours nonstop to Shanghai Pudong International Airport. There are several airlines that serve the gateway to Asia with  Delta adding a new hub to meet the needs of business and tourists arriving in the United State and Pacific Northwest region.

Shanghai has a lot to offer to first time visitors and re-visitors. Each time you return to the city a new high-rise will be built and vast assortment of restaurants serving French, Italian and Japanese cuisine. The Bund is located on the bank of Huangpu River in downtown Shanghai. It is one of the city’s biggest highlights. Must see attractions around it include the Oriental Pearl Tower and Jinmao Tower. Take an evening stroll and enjoy the lights along the river.

It is a fast growing city and now the economic capital of China with a melting pot of Eastern tradition and Western modernization.  Shanghai Tower is the tallest building  2,073 ft tall with 128 floors, currently the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world.

Keep traveling. Thanks for reading.  Jesse    More blogs  https://jessewa28.wordpress.com/

Seattle Blanketed in White

Seattle Blanket in White, Jesse Tam.  The snow storm in Seattle, Bellevue and Puget Sound region caught everyone by surprise on the total amount of snow that caused several days of school closures and power outage to many areas.  Lowlands in Seattle had rain and little snow, but the city had snowplows ready to tackle the streets and hilly areas.  Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport reported 7.1″ of snow as of 10 a.m. Monday, making it the snowiest storm since the great snow and ice storm of January, 2012.

Bellevue, Redmond and the eastside had snow levels from 8 inches to over a foot with icy road conditions up in the foothills.  Some of the families were without power for hours or several days due to fallen trees, branches and power lines down.  We were fortunate to have power with a warm house and heat, while another friend were without heat for a whole day.

Driving in this type of weather and condition would be difficult, so it was a work from home or taking a day off while the kids were home.  Schools, colleges and business closures on Monday for many due to heavy snow.  Over 150 schools canceled classes, including Seattle, Auburn, Bellevue, Bellingham, Bothell, Issaquah. Lake Washington, North Thurston, Olympia, Puyallup, and Tacoma.  It was a fun day for children and parents playing in the snow, making all types of snow creatures and sledding in the neighborhood hills or parks.
Winter Wonderland, Snow Day, Seattle/ Puget Sound Storm

Outdoor Trek, Nature’s Winter Beauty, Snow covered trees…

it was the strongest storm Seattle had seen in over five years!  It was a perfect day to take a hike in the beautiful snow. Thanks for reading  Jesse   https://jessewa28.wordpress.com/

U.S. National Parks Free Admissions

A day drive from Seattle or Bellevue eastside is Mount Rainier National Park.  Jesse Tam, plan ahead to U.S. National Parks 2017 free admission days.  Washington has miles of hiking trails, rain forest, hot springs, beaches and lodges to explore at Olympic National Park.

Olympic National Park

  • Monday, January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Monday, February 20: Presidents Day
  • Saturday and Sunday, April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
  • Friday, August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • Saturday, September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • Saturday and Sunday, November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

Most of the days fall on or around a weekend to make a perfect three-day get away for the family and escape outdoors.  Purchase an $80 annual pass or multiple passes available depending on your qualifications. Seniors 62 years and older can buy a lifetime pass for $10 to visit U.S. National Parks.

With more than 400 national parks, monuments, and historical sites to discover, there’s no shortage of places to visit. While 137 sites typically charge admission, entrance fees will be waived on these 10 days in 2017.

Thanks for visiting  Jesse  https://jessewa28.wordpress.com/