Summer is a great time to be a Seattleite. The sun is shinning and weekends are often packed with adventure. Here are what us Curators are up to this summer:
I am not a camping person. I don't like bugs. Or most wild animals. But the Olympic Peninsula is so beautiful that I become a camping person for one or two weekends every summer. I will sleep in a tent. I will brave raccoons, spiders and outdoor bathrooms. And it will be spectacular.
I spent a long weekend in Walla Walla a couple of weeks ago. My husband, Chris, and I visited the following wineries: Long Shadows, VaPiano, Pepperbridge, Sleight of Hand Cellars, Northstar, Basel Cellars, Waters Winery, Beresan Winery, Balboa Winery, and Spring Valley Vineyard.
Long Shadows’ wines are amazing and were my favorite of all that we tasted. The view at Northstar can’t be beat, and the vibe at Sleight of Hand Cellars is laid back and very Seattle.
I’d be lying if I said I was not having a goddamn fantastic summer! Lots of little weekend trips to Whistler, Chelan, Oregon Coast, Anderson Island and Whidbey Island, plus a couple concerts I’m very excited about like Adele and Willie Nelson. Beyond those events and trips, my other big summer highlight is weekly beach volleyball on Alki.
One of my favorite summer traditions is going to my family’s beach house in Sandestin, Florida. They’ve had the house for longer than I’ve been alive and it’s been one of the greatest constants of my life so far. Laying on the beach all day, soaking up the sun and then retreating to a place that feels more like home to me than anywhere else isn’t a bad way to spend a week. Our house is on the bay side so we usually take a short walk to watch the sun set over the water and it never disappoints. Besides this getaway, I have been enjoying exploring my new city with day trips to Bainbridge Island, Owen Beach, and Crystal Mountain, as well as sipping cocktails on the roof of my townhouse. Long live summer.
I’m finally going on vacation! I'm going on a cruise to Mexico for a week with my family. I’ve never been to Mexico or on a cruise so I’m very excited for this vacation. We plan on swimming with dolphins in Cabo to fulfill my childhood DREAM of doing so, “snuba-ing” (where scuba diving meets snorkeling) in Mazatlan and renting speed boats and exploring Puerto Vallarta.
With Seattle summers being significantly cooler than those in my hometown of Houston, Texas, I plan on spending as much time outdoors as possible. I love that Washington offers a variety of terrain to explore. While many of my weekends have already been devoted to hiking through some of the local parks, I’m looking forward to hitting some new trails and enjoying the incredible mountain views. I recently hiked Poo Poo Point and some trails on Whidbey Island, but I'm hoping to take a trip to Rattlesnake Ridge or even Mount Rainier. I’m also excited to hit the beach and catch some sun, not just locally but also in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with my boyfriend and his family.
This summer I will be traveling to San Francisco for a few weeks, which I am thrilled about, but I am most excited to be seeing my favorite band Foals live for my 22nd birthday!
I don’t have any huge plans this summer, but I have been doing lots of fun little things on the weekends. I love getting out of the city and hiking or camping with friends. I’m also looking forward to going wine tasting for my 21st birthday.