What to do in Washington
Leavenworth (German town)
If you are planning to go to Leavenworth for Octoberfest, here is a link.
If you are planning to visit Leavenworth for Christmas, make reservations early! It is listed as one of the most “Christmasy” towns in the U.S.
Seattle Center has events all year round
Memorial weekend in May every year is Folklife festival at Seattle Center, with music from around the world
If you have children and you want to take them on hikes that are easy for them, check out this book. http://www.amazon.com/Best-Hikes-With-Kids-Washington/dp/0898865662/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_1
Have you explored Eastern Washington? The landscape is completely different from Western Washington. http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/washington/eastern-washington
Columbia gorge concerts
Washington is also known for our wineries. Here is a link.
San Juan Islands
Considered to have one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world
Things to do on Orcas Island
Moran State Park, Mt. Constitution
I also heard that Friday Harbor’s Kiln Point Park is a good place to see whales. One year in mid-July, a friend saw several whales within 20 minutes. Just from the shore. This is on the island of San Juan (the 4th and last ferry stop of the San Juan Islands)
I personally like Orcas Island because from Mt. Constitution (around 2000 ft.) you can see all the islands around you. I haven’t seen whales there, but I heard that they can show up anywhere.
Orcas is the ferry stop just before Friday Harbor.
Where to dig for gem stones in WA (what I heard from others)
calendar of what to do
This is another lovely place I like. Mt. Baker. This takes an entire day.
Hurricane Ridge, another lovely place. This takes an entire day.
I saw this program (a regular program) on TV, for those who love Oregon.
8) Here is a list of activities in the area (some within several hours)
There are many u-pick farms in the area. You can pick strawberry, blueberry, and other berries. Here is one link to the Cascadian Farm from Natasha
When to pick what from a farm
cultural navigators program page: http://ericmembers.org/navigator.php
And flyers in various languages attached. CISC 仁人服務社also provides services in Chinese to seniors on the Eastside http://cisc-seattle.org/?page=senior_outreach_activities&lang=en and to all ages as well as Vietnamese at their main offices in Seattle.
Redmond, Bellevue area
blueberry farm in Bellevue
Winter House trail in Bellevue
Trails in Redmond
I find that by letting myself get lost, I discover new places.
To see cherry blossoms,
1) Look for a school named Holy Names Academy
728 21st Ave E Seattle, WA 98112
Walk down 21st Ave. East
between E. Aloha Street and E. Prospect Street (a few blocks from Volunteer Park Conservatory)
Cherry trees line this block. It’s like seeing snow, except the “snow” is cherry blossoms”
2) A few blocks from Montlake Community Center, http://www.seattle.gov/parks/centers/montlakecc.htm
there are unique houses on East Blaine Street and East Howe Street, Boyer Ave. E.
Some of these houses make you wonder which country you are in.
3) If you go to U.W., the cherry blossom is in the “quad” That’s the cherry blossom lane”.
4) A client showed me this special room because it is his favorite reading room. While at U.W. visit Suzzallo library, go up the stairs to the second floor. The Reading Room looks like a room from Harry Potter movies. It’s a special feeling in there. Complete silence. You have to turn off your cell phone.
5) While at U.W., if you go inside the Henry Art Gallery, there is a special room with an oval opening on the top. I believe it’s called the James Turrell Skyspace. That IS the art. You just enjoy the clouds in that room.
6) After you leave U.W., go toward Roosevelt Way and turn left. Roosevelt turns into Eastlake. Turn left right after the bridge when you see Sebi’s Bistro. 3242 Eastlake Ave E
Find parking near Canal Market Grocery and Deli
2919 Fuhrman Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98102
and walk to the intersection of East Shelby Street and Fuhrman Ave. E. The view is like something from a post card.
It is a residential area, so be discreet about using cameras.
Drive a little further on Fuhrman to around 19th, 20th, 21st. Turn either right or left and you’ll see houses with different architecture.
If you prefer not to get lost, here’s one landmark you can use on your GPS so you can always get back to a specified location.
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
2100 Boyer Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98112
7) And if you want to smell fresh flowers from Hawaii, visit the Hawaiian General Store
258 NE 45th St Seattle, WA 98105
They have fresh leis shipped from Hawaii every week. The price is very reasonable, given that they are sent from Hawaii. The leis are around $21, and your whole house smell great.
Enjoy your mini vacations.