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Northwest Living Spring Daytrip

It’s a short drive from greater Seattle/Bellevue to view the outdoor tulip fields, Jesse Tam.  Living in the Pacific Northwest and to be surrounded with the annual fields of spring blooming daffodils and tulips, what an exciting place to visit for locals and out of town visitors. The Skagit Valley Tulip festival brings visitors to this celebration in April with flowers bursting in colors for approximately 3- 4 weeks.  Mount Vernon is only a little over an hour drive from the greater Seattle/Bellevue area and bus tours and bikes are suggested during the peak times on weekends.

The fields may be muddy, so rain boots and comfortable shoes are highly suggested.  Enjoy the beautiful fields and grounds with a packed lunch or snack.  Flowers are available for purchase at our store.  Fun for the family and all ages to spend at the gardens.  Bring your bike and see the fields/flowers to avoid traffic.  Visitors can park in marked parking sites and take the bus to the fields. Stay connected, Jesse

Fields of yellow tulips, early April blooms

Daffodils among the fields of tulips, Skagit Valley





Store of the Future

Store of the Future or busy schedule, Jesse Tam. Here’s an innovation for those who don’t enjoy waiting in lines at checkout lanes.  This new technology is in Seattle with a quick App download and smart phone. Ready to shop, open the App as you enter and wave a code on he screen above a gate to enter and you’re ready to go.  There are no cashiers at this 1800 square feet high-tech Amazon Go store; except there are greeters, stockers to refill shelves and one person check IDs near the alcohol. Outside, greeters hand out reusable shopping bags and answer questions at the entry.

You can pick up items and the sensors on the shelves will know it you put them back and won’t be charged.  The store has cameras and tracking technology as you shop.  This will be another tourist place for those who visit the greater Seattle area and Starbucks, Space Needle, Boeing or Pike Place Market.

Just walk out when you have completed your selection and you’ll get a message regarding your purchases, simple and quick when your are in a rush.


Plan Ahead for Holiday Travel

Plan Ahead, holiday travel Jesse.Tam.  A strong economy and higher incomes enables more travelers hit the highways and air this holiday season.  Many of us will be starting early this year with Christmas and New Year on Monday to get to our destinations.  The entire week before Christmas will be a busy time for most of us.  If you’re planning to fly, Tuesday, Dec. 19, is best for smaller crowds on departure and Saturday, Dec. 30, the best day to fly home.

Remember to leave gifts unwrap as you will need to clear TSA or place items in checked luggage.  Allow extra time for heavy traffic, weather and more travelers at the airport.  It’s good to allow time to relax at the airport and enjoy the holiday music before boarding on your flight.

The busiest airports to avoid during Christmas and the holiday season:

  1. Orlando International Airport – Orlando, Florida
  2. Los Angeles International Airport – Los Angeles, California
  3. Denver International Airport – Denver, Colorado
  4.  Newark Liberty International Airport – Newark, New Jersey
  5. McCarran International Airport – Las Vegas, Nevada
  6. San Francisco International Airport – San Francisco, California
  7. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport – Phoenix, Arizona
  8. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport – Seatac, Washington
  9. O’Hara International Airport – Chicago, Illinois
  10. Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  11. LaGuardia Airport – Queen, New York

It is difficult to avoid crowded airports, there are ways to speed up your check-in once you with Clear lane or TSA PreCheck. The worst time for Seattle metro area is Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. to be on the road. Seattle- Tacoma International Airport is one of the busiest for the Christmas holiday season.  Stay connected, Jesse



Day Visit at Snoqualmie Falls

It’s a great place to view the waterfalls year round with raging waters at Snoqualmie Falls.  Jesse Tam, an easy drive approximately 30 minutes east on I-90 freeway and relaxing drive. It is one of the most popular scenic attractions in Washington with more than 1.5 million visitors visiting the falls every year.  Seattle, Bellevue locals or out-of-town guests find the site a spectacular place to view.

Wear comfortable shoes, bring a packed lunch and enjoy the trail to the lower waterfall.  Stop into the lodge and experience the northwest features of rustic relaxation.  Sit back and view the amazing waterfall from the lodge dining room and more.  It’s a great meeting facility with a short drive from the hustle and bustle of the city traffic and noise.

View the photos and story during a summer day at the falls  via Beautiful Day at Snoqualmie Falls

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

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

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


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.

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


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


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

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

Spend a few hours or the day at the Pavillion and check out the fountain, Jesse. Follow my blog and thanks for visiting!