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Seattle — By Mary Jo Manzanares on January 5, 2010 at 10:34 am

2010 Seattle Travel Resolutions

I didn’t do all that well with last year’s 2009 Seattle travel resolutions.  Part of the reason is that I discovered all sorts of new places in the city to check out, and with only so much time, priorities had to be set.

Seattle Space Needle Seattle is a great place to visit, and an even greater place to live.  So this is the post that forces me to think outside of my usual things to do, and to focus on things that I haven’t done for awhile, or haven’t done at all.  Some of these are quintessential Seattle experiences, others appeal to my particular interests, but all of these can be done over the course of the year.

So, I give you my Seattle Travel To-Do List for 2010, 12 items, one for each month of the year.

  1. Whale Watching:  I just need to figure out the best time of year for this and do it!  These creatures are lovely, and I can brave a little bit of cold weather to get a glimpse.
  2. Float Plane Trip:  This has been on my list for awhile, and is another example of how things just don’t seem to get scheduled.  This is easy to do, lots of convenient flights to take, so what’s getting in the way?  Just making the time!
  3. Visit Maryhill on the Columbia River: A friend visited this spot over the past year, and raved about it.  The wine is supposed to be delicious, the scenery beautiful, and I understand there’s some great art as well.  It would be a great weekend trip, maybe when the weather gets a little nicer.
  4. Mt. Saint Helens:  I remember where I was when the mountain blew – both times – and now it’s time to go take a look at what’s going on there.  This could easily be part of a weekend trip, combined with some other spots in the area.
  5. Take Amtrak to Portland:  This one is in the planning stages already.  It’s been years since I’ve ridden on Amtrak, and transportation can be as much a part of the experience as the visit to Portland.  With all that’s going on in Portland, there will be lots to do and see.
  6. Check out more hotels:  I do a pretty good job at staying in the city and experiencing things as a visitor might, but there are still so many great places to stay that I haven’t checked out.  Seattle has a lot of great downtown hotel choices that span a wide range of preferences and price ranges.
  7. Get to Eastern Washington:  There’s a whole ‘nother side of the state, much of which makes for an easy day or weekend trip from Seattle.  There’s lots of activity booming around Spokane, wineries in the Yakima and Walla Walla area, and all sorts of fun little towns in between.  Some plans are in the works on this item already, too.
  8. Dinner at Canlis:  It’s been too long since I’ve been, and there are a number of occasions coming up that would be perfectly celebrated at this long-time Seattle restaurant.
  9. RV Trip:  I know that this doesn’t really seem like my cup of tea, but there has to be a way to go camping that includes the things that I like (nature, locations on the beaten path, casual), and avoids the things that I hate (cold, wet, bugs).  Maybe an RV or travel trailer experience?  I’m still not sure I’m going to fall in love with this kind of roughing it, but I’d like to give it a try.
  10. Get to the ocean.  I have never been to the ocean in Washington, and I’ve lived here my entire life.  Seen the ocean nearly everywhere else, but for some reason (I think it’s the cold), I’ve skipped it here at home.  There’s nothing like a winter storm on the ocean, as long as I’m tucked in somewhere warm and dry, so there’s no reason to pass up this opportunity.
  11. Spend some time with a chef.  Seattle has lots of great chefs, whether at restaurants or independent, and I’d like to spend some time learning a little more about the Seattle food scene.  What are the hot food trends, and which restaurants are poised to take advantage of it?  Where do the food industry people go for special occasions or a quick bite after work?  What restaurants have I been missing out on?  And how can I make something taste this good at home?
  12. Spend some time with a personal shopper.  I get lots of questions about where to go shopping in Seattle, and the answer depends on what your style is and how much money you have.  I tend to do most of my shopping on the road, so I’m pretty out of the loop about new shops, boutiques, and salons that have burst onto the Seattle scene.  I’d like to spend some time with someone who can help me tune into real-life fashion – for real people, with real budgets – giving me lots of great places to recommend.

If you’re someone who can help with suggestions or recommendations on any of these items, please email me or leave a comment below.  I’m hoping all my readers will hold me accountable for my to-do for this year.

Photo credit: Mary Jo Manzanares



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