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Three Days as a "local" tourist in Seattle

Jun 25, 2006  Weekly theme of "what would you do with three days in your favorite city?"
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Want to visit Seattle and experience it as a local would? This is a list to follow if you've already seen Pike Place, The Needle, and other major points of interest. It's time to experience the city in a way only a 3rd generation Seattle Native like myself can tell you about.

  • 1. Day 1 - Deception Pass State Park
    Deception Pass State Park, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island

    Get out of the city and experience the beauty of Deception Pass. Depending on where you are staying hit up Larry's Market, PCC, or Whole Foods for some healthy gormet picnic items and you'll be set.
    Start by driving up I-5 North and stop at the Tulip Fields in Skagit Valley if in bloom. When you arrive at the park (before you actually get to the bridge) pick nice spot with a vew and enjoy your lunch in the beauty of the park. Work off some food by exploring the tide pools and search for life.

  • 2. Fort Casey Inn
    Fort Casey Inn, Coupeville, Whidbey Island

    After Deception Pass head on to Fort Casey just past Coupville and explore the fort. Try out the "switch board" a pitch black hallway that loops back to the entrance made to fool anyone who invaded. The light house makes for a great photo as does the gun emplacements fit with large cannons. The beach is perfect for beach combers and a nice stroll. If you don't feel like making the trek back to the main land just spend the night in some of the housing left from the officers of long ago.

    Treat yourself to a Ferry Ride into Mukilteo and stop at Arnies for a nice breakfast/brunch

  • 3. Day 2 - University Village

    Head to University Village for some shopping and lunch. Must check out stores are Fireworks & the large Barnes & Noble. There are too many good place to eat here to list. Two of my favs are Atlas and The Ram.

    When finished shopping head to the Husky Staduim and visit the boat launch for Canoe or rowboat rental and padle around Lake Washington.

  • 4. Nordstrom
    Nordstrom, Seattle, Washington

    Time for some R&R since you've earned it! Make an appointment for a signature Nordstom facial and you won't be disappointed! You will be pampered and fall into relaxing bliss. With your new found sense of self it's time to hit the town for a fantastic dinner!

  • 5. Wild Ginger
    Wild Ginger, Seattle, Washington

    The kabob's are heaven as is the duck with rice buns for sandwhichs and the seven flavor beef.

  • 6. Kells Irish Restaurant
    Kells Irish Restaurant, Seattle, Washington

    Time to end youre three perfect days by parting like an Irishman! The live music on the weekends is great and you'll probably catch the owner get up and sing a tune or two.