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Funky and Ecclectic

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Funky and Ecclectic

Hello,

wondering if anyone out there has some insight or suggestions for a romantic little Seattle/NW Washington short roadtrip, we are a funky fun ecclectic couple who enjoys local neighborhood thrift stores more than Pikes Place or Downtown, great BBQ or local pubs for eats more than a five star dining experience, we vacation in jeans ( or carhartts for him) because we travel so much with work. We're more the love the adventure than the stick to the schedule type.......

we are renting a car, that's a done deal and only have three days, they are full, arriving on a Fri morn at 5am and leaving on a sunday night (monday morn) at like 3am

any local advice would be great, and we would love to venture outside of seattle without getting totally driving logged, and great secrets you wish to share would be incredible!

Thanks

Jess

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1. Re: Funky and Ecclectic

Lots of Seattle neighborhoods may appeal to you:

Fremont: Lefty funky

UDistrict: Young, broke and funky

Capitol Hill: Worldy funky/homofunky

Chinatown International District: Asian funky

If you like salvage and true factory-second stores, try the industrial areas south of Safeco Field.

For gifts/souvenirs, head to Ballard to Archie McPhee novelty shop.

You could make the UDistrict your home base (more hotels there -- good cheap restaurants, too) and drive to the other 'hoods.

If you need more specifics, just ask away. I like funky stuff, too.

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two editorz always seems to give good advice, but I have another route for you. The best of the worst ie: tacky in a good sense 'fine' dining might be experienced at the Mecca Cafe or the High Spot, both near the space needle. You might want to head over Snoqualmie Pass stopping at Snoqualmie Falls and looking around in downtown Snoqualmie or even North Bend. Keep driving east and stop in Roslyn. Its one of our oldest towns, visit the Brick Tavern. This is the town that was the exterior shots for Northern Exposure (Cicely Alaska). Its an old coal ming town and very well preserved. If you keep going Ellensberg has a good old town with lots of small shops. Going North over Hwy 97 towards Wenatchee will bring you to hwy 2. Go east about 10 miles and visit Cashmere a small apple growing town., or head west and visit Leavenworth. Perhaps a little touristy but a fake Bavarian Village with lots of natural scenery. If you keep driving back on hwy 2 you will make a nice circle drive without driving hundreds of miles. (Seattle to Leavenworth is around 125 miles) Lots of things to do, just ask away.

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Two: wow you broke down the districts beautifully. And David, and tourist flaky as Leavenworth is, I had looked into it. Which leads me to my next question of the two I find to be the most informative, what do you think of Lake Chelan, I found a great price on (albeit touristy and all) a "romance package" from Calavere Resort, and was wondering if it's worth kind of skippin' our get-in-the-car-and-wander-lust. There seems to be alot within four hours of Seattle that makes the wandering appealing, even checked out some stuff on the coast down by Ocean Shores and such.......

Oh the resort told me Lake Chelan was an easy three and half hours from Seattle, is this true? Double checking because I know the tendency to downplay drive time.

Part of me we could stay in Seattle for a day (read this as shop my hiney off) in the U and Capital Districts, and grab some good food, then head out to wander, we will be doing this weekday so let me know what you think?

Not asking for lots of opinion or anything, and at the same time, I haven't seen him in 8 weeks, and won't after this short trip for another two, so part of me is thinking we should really concentrate more on the room LOL! Hence Lake Chelan looking appealing due to the "feel like you're in a completely different world aspect".......

I babble, but i also take great notes and the help thus far has been great! Thank you!

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I find Lk Chelan quite nice as far as weather, but, and this is only my opinion, that without a boat its just another resort type town. On the positive, you could use this as a base and still explore Leavenworth, or go back towards Cashmere or even Wenatchee as short escapes. Theres a small town called Manson which I always enjoy, with a Casino and a golf course. You could still work your way over stopping at Snoqualmie. Ok maybe it would work out. Its a good 3 hrs to Leavenworth and Lk. Chelan is maybe another 40 minutes so time est would seem accurate. You could still come over I-90 one way and go home via Hwy 2 to change the scenerey.

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Hey David,

you are obviously turning out to be a huge help, which i anticipated after reviewing the forums for some time, do you have a website or something, I need to check and see if I can post an email address if you had the time would love to get some more detailed info.

I greatly appreciate it.

surfing for Manson and other mentioned towns as we forum!

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6. Re: Funky and Ecclectic

Haven't seen him in 8 weeks?! Are you sure you'll want to leave the hotel? Driving too far might be dangerous. ;)

Davidgmg's ideas are always good, too. I can't speak to Chelan -- can't believe I've never been there.

A couple of others:

Olympia is maybe a couple of hours south of here -- depending on the ever-annoying traffic on I-5 -- and it has a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly downtown (LOTS of shopping).

Vashon Island is just a ferry ride from West Seattle. It's fairly countrified and bohemian.

And Leavenworth is really pretty and bordering on campy but fun. Enzian Inn is a lovely hotel there, with plush rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, a full breakfast, game rooms and a putting course where you can golf under the watchful eyes of a couple of mountain goats. Or you could just hang up the do-not-disturb sign and see what happens.

Be sure to let us know how your trip goes!

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I just had written out this lengthy response when my belove cat walked on the keyboard and deleted the post. Oh well. Thanks for the compliment. I'm a Seattle native and a sales rep who has traveled very extensively everywhere in the west. I'm now a full time tour guide and do tour planning for small groups. I don't have a website but the company I have been working for has a site at toursofseattle.com. My e mail is seattletourguy@yahoo.com.

I'm thinking you might like hitting snoqualmie falls and Roslyn and ending up at Lk. Chelan. They do a boat trip to Steheikin ?

on the lady of the lake? boat. Its an all day thing unless you take the faster boat. There are also lots of wineries around Lk Chelan that might be a fun diversion. Write me soon as I leave monday for a tour of San Antonio.

David