Our beautiful Design Director, Melissa, recently took a trip back home to Seattle and came back with some fun, summer, travel tips.
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Live: Los Angeles, California
Fave trip thus far: visiting an out-of-the way Snow Onsen in Minakami, Japan. So peaceful to sit in the hot spring bath (water is inky black from all the minerals) with snow falling. Not a single person spoke English but nevertheless best customer service ever!
Bucket list: at the moment, Iceland
Can't travel without: my silk travel blanket and lavender-filled eye pillow (great for de-stressing on a plane), Enza Costa wrap, Fresh Sugar Rose lip balm.
august bag I'm carrying now: Cartagena Tote in Black Scatterweave
Native American masks at SAM (the Seattle Art Museum). They always have some type of beautiful Native American exhibit on display, usually showcasing Pacific Northwest tribes.
At 620 feet total, this is the 2nd tallest year-round waterfall in the US. Climb up to the bridge spanning the middle of the falls for a vertigo-inducing view! If you’re driving from Portland, take the Historical Columbia River Scenic Highway, it adds about 20 minutes to your drive but takes you past tons of tucked-away waterfalls.
Just next to Pike Place Market is the very first Starbucks, which still has its original sign with the double-tailed mermaid logo and original colors (brown instead of green).
Starbucks just opened a massive flagship store/tasting room/roastery in the Capitol Hill district of Seattle. Join an espresso tasting, or watch the roasters at work. There’s a great selection of homewares and gifts in addition to the normal Starbucks food/coffee, and you can buy coffee beans that are specially roasted there – it’s expensive but actually very good. Most impressive is the architecture – kind of Pacific Northwest meets steam-punk. Off to one side is a pass-through to Serious Pie, one of the best pizza restaurants in Seattle.
Note: it’s REALLY popular with tourists, so in busy seasons there can be a line around the block to get in.
Watch boats pass through the locks, and visit the salmon museum that’s located under the south end of the structure. At the right time of year you can watch the salmon jump up the locks (a special ‘salmon run’ made just for them) on their way to spawn.