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Tourist in Your Own Town

July 12, 2013

When I was a kid, we didn’t have a lot of disposable income.  kansas-city-missouri-downtown_at_twighlightWe certainly didn’t have money for camps or family summer vacations.  That doesn’t mean I had a boring childhood – quite the opposite.  One year McDonald’s gave out a cartoon type map of Kansas City showing both local landmarks and of course, their restaurants.  My mom took that map and used it as a “Tour KC Guide” and each week we went on an outing.  Again, we didn’t have the funds to “eat out” – even at McDonald’s – each week so she packed picnic lunches for us.  What a great time we had and what wonderful memories!

McDonald'sYou can do the same thing even without the help of a McDonald’s map!  Before you say “I’ve already done everything there is to do in this town” you may want to think about it.  Likely there are new museums, galleries or attractions that have opened.  Others I suspect it has been a LONG TIME since you visited.  Maybe it’s time to go back to the aquarium, the science center or Northwest Trek.  Do you have a friend who moved to your town in the past few years?  Invite them along.  It’s always fun to play tour guide.

Great WheelMy summer list includes riding the Great Wheel, the giant Ferris wheel on the waterfront in downtown Seattle.  The harbor seals have a new home at the Seattle Aquarium I might have to check out.  Northwest Trek has added a zip line and I do love zip lines.  I’ve never made it to Wolf Haven but it interests me – anything with animals interests me.  Which makes me wonder what might be new at Woodland Park Zoo.  There’s also the Chihuly Garden and Glass which I got a glimpse of as we rode the elevator up to the Space Needle for Christmas dinner.

Chihuly Garden and Glass

When you don’t have to factor in the cost of transportation and accommodations, a vacation gets much more affordable making a “Staycation” an attractive idea.

Kenny LogginsThere are lots of free concerts in parks and plenty of other outdoor concert venues where you do need a ticket.  Many let you bring a picnic meal while others have food for sale at the venue.  For the over 21 crowd, the outdoor concert space at Snoqualmie Casino is my personal favorite.

There are lots of great memories to be made right in your own backyard.  With a little internet research and a spirit of adventure you can make this a summer to remember no matter what your budget.


Happy Haunting

September 28, 2012

Halloween is barely a month away – time to start planning your costume and deciding where and how to celebrate.

The Mardi Gras of the Pacific is Lahaina on Maui.  The annual parade on Main Street has a family friendly version early and then later it definitely turns more “adult”.  Costumes are definitely the order of the day and there is music all evening .  If you’ve never been – it’s worth doing at least once.


Las Vegas is another nearby Halloween haunt.  The Hard Rock Casino and Resort is hosting the “Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Bash”.  There’s no shortage of parties in the various clubs and hotels around Vegas to celebrate.

Want something closer to home?  Tulalip Casino just north of Seattle in Marysville is hosting “Monster Bash”.  Tickets are only $15 in advance so you can spring for a hotel room for the night too!

Snoqualmie Casino has the KISW  “Heaven or Hell” bash in their ballroom with tickets for $25.  They don’t have a hotel so you’ll either have to drive home after the party (so be sure you have a designated driver) or stay nearby at the Salish Lodge.

All these big parties are taking place on the Saturday night before Halloween.  Get your tickets – especially if you also want to get a room – early!  There are also costume contests at most so you could make it a profitable and fun evening.

Don’t want to bother with a costume but want to get in the spirit of the season?  KUBE 93 has their annual “Haunted Morgue” in Georgetown.  Buy tickets on line and spring for the VIP pass and skip the line – that’s $10 well spent!  Do a quick Google search and you will no doubt find other haunted houses including some that are “family friendly” such as the one at the Nile Country Club in Mountlake Terrace.

Want to do something unique on Halloween proper (rather than the weekend before)?  Try Private Eye on Seattle Ghost and True Crime Tours.  At only $28 they offer 2.5 hours of haunted history of Seattle from a comfortable van.

If you end up not making plans but decide you want to have some fun – take an empty wine glass and go “Adult Trick or Treating” door to door in your own neighborhood!  Anyway you choose to celebrate, have a haunting good time!

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