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You may not be able to travel to Oz, but you CAN go to the Emerald City, also known as Seattle. This moniker may make you think of wizards and soaring palaces, but Seattle is not home to these fantastic things – at least not in a literal sense. Rather, Seattle has other near-magical claims to fame – Microsoft, Jimi Hendrix, the Space Needle, Starbucks and Costco. With so many famous progeny, Seattle must have a lot to offer.
Read on to see what’s in store.
1. Recommended by ModCloth girl Lauren, Mighty-O Donuts is OH so amazing. Their donuts are organic AND vegan, so nosh on these earth-friendly donuts with a clean conscious. When you take out your A Wallet Of Dough to pay for your treat, you’ll be sure to get some admiring remarks on your bakery-savvy style.
2. Perhaps the most famous of all Seattle attractions (forget the Space Needle!) is Pike Place Market. There’s no better place to while away the hours than in this expansive market. Watch the fish workers throw their seafood through the air, wander into the tea store and buy some Market Spice Tea, browse the artisan crafts, and purchase fresh food. Bring along your environmentally-friendly Perfect Palate bag to store all your purchases.
3. If you’re itching for some great vintage western wear, go to Insurrection. Their stock is fabulous – it should be illegal to have so many amazing vintage cowboy boots under one roof! Wear your Maine Tunic to show their vintage plaid shirts who’s boss.
4. Ms. Movie Theater, I now wed you to Mr. Bar. With those words, The Big Picture came into being. As you walk into this bar-theater for a taste of great nightlife, be sure to put on your Gelato Sunglasses to protect your superstar identity. A VIP-style night here includes watching a movie in the luxurious, ottoman-equipped seats and sipping delicious cocktails served to you seat-side.
5. You’ll need something comfortable to wear, like the Four Seasons Jeans, as you clamber onto a bench to get a better view of the costumed revelers at the annual Fremont Solstice Parade. This event is a blast, but innocent eyes, beware – you might see some participants who’ve chosen to dress up in their birthday suit!
For our next travel bug blog, we’ll fly over to Prague, so start brushing up on your Czech!
Ah, this post makes me homesick for Seattle!
Cute post- but the Solstice Parade was last weekend!
Don’t forget REI, UPS, and all the great little vintage shops to discover on the Ave near the universities or in the many quirky neighborhoods tucked here and there on the hills around downtown. Within a couple hours of the city are ferry rides and cruises, temperate rain forests, gorgeous hikes and secluded lakes….out on the Olympic peninsula you’ll find settings from Twilight: good ol’ Forks and La Push, so maybe you should pre-order Bella’s jacket too. 😉 Head East over the mountains for wide open farmland and one of the greatest music venues I know, the Gorge Amphitheater, where a beautiful gorge with a glittering river and stunning sunsets is the backdrop for your favorite band. Can you tell I love my state?
when i went to seattle pike place market was amazing but the best part about it was piroshky piroshsky… this little russian bakery that had a line around the block..
Love Seattle! I canÂ´t wait to go back!
But PETA is trying to take away our flying fish market! They’re already dead, so I don’t see what the point is….
Renai: I thought there was going to be some festival down near Tacoma this weekend, though. Can’t remember what about…
Ah my beloved hometown! I just got back from an amazing day downtown at the market and up in all the thrift and vintage stores on capitol hill!
For people thinking of visiting seattle you should also go to
1)Easy Street Records which is in West Seattle (and has a amazing diner attached) or downtown near the space needle.
2) The Greatful Bread Bakery in Wedgewod – A vegan and non vegan friendly bakery that has the best vegan chocolate chip cookies ( I give them to my brother…he doesnt even know their vegan haha!)
3) Fremont to see the Troll, Center of the Universe, and Lenin statues
4) Broadway Ave in Downtown Seattle in one of seattles hippest areas (Capitol Hill!) Great shopping full of vintage, thrift and up and coming designers as well as great coffee and cafes! There is also a great statue commemorating Jimmi Hendrix, a seattle icon!
5) and if you into music? You must go to the Experience Music Project and see all the great music artifacts, if your 21+ theres a club there at night as well
6) I agree with Marissa above! you MUST go the the market and go to Peroshky Peroshky. You should also sample some organic honey and visit the antique stores in the lower level.
I love my Hometown and even though I dont live here most of the year It will always be one of my favorite places!
If you love music festivals Seattle has two AMAZING ones to start and end the summer. Both are three days long and incredibly awesome.
Sasquatch and Bumbershoot
Sasquatch has already passed (Its memorial day weekend) but Bumbershoot is Labor Day weekend and if your in seattle or near by…GO!
But how can you advertise on Perez Hilton’s site? He went way too far today with the posts about Michael Jackson’s death.
Great suggestions everyone. Thanks for adding to the post!
Nice! Glad to see Seattle style getting some attention. 🙂 I love ModCloth!
Red Light on Broadway is the place to get vintage in Seattle.
You must go to Molly Moon’s ice cream boutique in Wallingford (or Capital Hill). I think it would be fair to compare it to a drug. There are lines nearly every day stretching about a block until they close at 11 PM. A must-see! Also, if you’re in Wallingford you must, must, must go to the Bizarro Italian Cafe. The decor is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. And the food will make you weak in the knees. Also, they have half price bottles of wine from 5-6. By the way, I think you missed the Soltice Parade. It was last Saturday. Hope to see you guys around town. Enjoy!
I love Seattle! But did you know the actual Emerald City is Coronado in San Diego? Not as fun as Seattle though, I’d rather go there
Next time you’re here, you should come to Bauhaus Coffee on Capitol Hill!
Yay Seattle! Capitol Hil *is* a crucial destination for younger and/or hipper Seattle visitors. Also: oneof our many farmers markets — Fremont, the University district, Ballard, Wallingford all have them on various days of the week (anc def go for a cupcake at Trophy if you stop by Wallingford).
Also remember that Seattle has more live theater than any US city other than NYC, including free Shakespeare in the park during summer, and most shows offer super cheap tix for students/people under 25. We also have the most parks of any US city — parks on the water, a new sculpture park downtown, Volunteer Park with the Seattle Asian Art Museum, and a huge arboretum.
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