Thursday, April 7, 2011

36 hours in Seattle

A fellow Seattle blogger, Mrs. Bliss, just posted about The New York Times publishing an article last week on 36 hours in Seattle, which I just LOVED reading.  I gets emails regularly asking for the "must-sees" for people visiting ... and to be honest, there is just SO much to do in this city that the list is never ending.

Photo found on NYTimes.com

"Let's face it, Seattle's weather has a bad reputation. As they say out here, "The rain in Spain stays mainly in Seattle." I wish I could tell you that it isn't so, but I can't. It rains in Seattle -- and rains and rains and rains. However, when December 31 rolls around each year, a funny thing happens: They total up the year's precipitation, and Seattle almost always comes out behind such cities as Washington, Boston, New York, and Atlanta. So it isn't the amount of rain here that's the problem -- it's the number of rainy or cloudy days, which far outnumber those of any of those rainy East Coast cities.  


Most of Seattle's rain falls between October and April, so if you visit in the summer, you might not see a drop the entire time. But just in case, you should bring a rain jacket or at least an umbrella. Also, no matter what time of year you plan to visit Seattle, be sure to pack at least a sweater or light jacket. Summer nights can be quite cool, and daytime temperatures rarely climb above the low 80s (upper 20s Celsius). Winters are not as cold as they are in the East, but snow does fall in Seattle.


Because of the pronounced seasonality of the weather here, people spend as much time outdoors during the summer as they can, and, accordingly, summer is when the city stages all its big festivals. Because it stays light until 10pm in the middle of summer, it's difficult to get Seattleites indoors to theater or music performances. But when the weather turns wet, Seattleites head for the theaters and performance halls in droves."   - NYTimes Travel 


and the list goes on and on.  Click the links above to read more.


*I've been meaning to write a post reaching out to all the Seattle bloggers to leave a comment so I can be sure to follow you!  I just love seeing how others soak up Seattle, so if you live in the Greater Seattle Area ... be sure to add it your comment!!  Xoxo

31 comments:

Gari B. Lugar said...

That New York Times article about 36 hours in a certain weekly destination is one of my favorites to read and save. So glad it was about your home town of Seattle. Did you discover or learn anything new? I am read for a visit up there. MoMmA

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

I really like reading the 36 hour articles and I was so excited to see Seattle on there! I love our city and so glad the NYTimes does too! :)

Kristin said...

I have family in Texas and they ask us, Does it really rain that much in Seattle? The answer - YEP! Haha!

I am new to the blogging world, but it would be fun to do a Seattle blogger meet-up! Have you done anything like that before?

Mateya said...

Very cool! Seattle has always seemed like such a fun place to visit!

Karren said...

I'm an hour or so away from Seattle. I've almost been here a year and I'm still trying to get use to the weather! I'm definitely looking forward to the summer here though.. there are so many places I want to visit and things I want to see in Seattle.

aimymichelle said...

gotta love seattle! what they don't say about our amazing city is that it doesn't rain ALL day. and the rainiest city in washington is forks, wa!

it'd be interesting to see how many bloggers ARE from seattle!

SEJ said...

i'm just north of seattle. i've been here 10 months and i'm trying to get used to the weather. i think it really does rain as much as they say! i certainly miss the hot sunny days of the midwest :) and the even hotter texas days (i've got family in houston!)

LaVonne @ Long Wait said...

Great post! I am now heading over to Mrs. Bliss. I had not heard of this blog before. Excited to check it out.

Even though we get drizzle, I would not trade Washington for the world :)

Long Wait For Isabella

Sarah @Newlywed and Decorating said...

I love Seattle! I lived in eastern Washington until I was in jr high so we got to visit a lot. I almost got a job there after college but it didn't work out and I was so sad! You're lucky to get to enjoy such an awesome city!

Cuz I'm the mama! said...

Thanks for this informative post! I have been fearful of the weather and it sounds like we better invest in some raincoats! I was hoping it wasn't as rainy as we've heard, but it sounds like it is. Either way - this was very helpful! Thanks!

Linda said...

I live in Bellevue, but work downtown. I love helping people plan trips to the area. Thanks for those links. I also love exploring too.

~KS said...

I have only been to Seattle once and it was for business.... so a quick trip. But I LOVED every minute I was there. Someday I need to come back!

Caroline said...

I love this!! The last time I visited Seattle I fell in love with your city. XO! Also, I love your new haircut! xo

LC said...

I've heard that too (that Seattle isn't the most rainiest city anymore)! I would love to visit Seattle one day!

BeckyJo606 said...

Seattle is on my bucket list of cities to visit! I bookmarked this so I can refer back to it when we're actually planning our trip!! :)

Jill VT said...

I'm a native, and it's not the rain - it's the gray that gets to you! But oh how I miss my hometown...

Samantha said...

I've been in the PNW my whole life, and YES it's gloomy about 9 months out of the year. But on a sunny day I'm completely convinced that Seattle is the most beautiful place on earth.

Jax said...

I totally want to read that article!!!!! We havent talked any more about our trip, but I'm SO hoping it will include Seattle!!!!

Giselle said...

I would love to travel to Seattle one day, have never ventured to the West Coast so I'm glad to find this article for future visits ;)
~Giselle
http://www.machinewashwarm.blogspot.com

Kelly said...

what a cool article. i've always wanted to go to Seattle! this makes me want to go even more.

Mrs. Buck said...

Yay, thanks for the shout-out and hooray for Seattle - I love this city, especially when the sun decides to visit us - like today!

arsenalfamily said...

We would love to visit Seattle! We need to make a list of all the things we want to do in Denver!

Gracie Rae said...

Just came across your blog...and now you are one in my favorites! :)

Great post! I'm actually in Olympia, WA but lived in Seattle for a year. Love that city & wish we were back there. So much to do! Such a great city!

Chelle said...

As I write this comment, the sun is streaming in my PNW windows and I'm loving it! I agree with Jill and it's not the rain that gets old; it's the grey, grey, grey skies that drive most Seattlites crazy. But there really is nothing better than a spring/summer/early fall day at the lake, on the mountain trail, sitting outdoors at a local bar, or at a bbq in a neighbor's backyard. There really is no place like home!

undomestic chica said...

It's funny how this post came on one of the only sunny days we've had in awhile :) I always think it's funny when people say, "Whats there to do in Seattle?" There's so much!

making life a Bliss said...

My husband just got a job offer in Seattle (bellevue) and we are most likely moving there at the end of the month. Kinda nervous! But, I'm glad to hear you all like it!

kristie @ making life a Bliss

Candice Pair said...

Seattle is still at thhe top of my list! I really hope to go there next year after baby #2 arrives!

Meghan said...

I am in Seattle! But pretty sure you already knew that. :) I love those NY Times travel articles and it was fun to see Seattle profiled! What about a Seattle blogger meet-up sometime? Would be fun!

LG said...

Wish i had veeb following you when We came to Seattle! We came with soem friends 2 years ago and hung out then went to The Gorge for 2 nights to see Phish! It was a fantastic trip! We loved Seattle. Soooo different that the south!

Chelsea Lane said...

yaaay a fellow Seattle blogger! love discovering more :) love your blog, glad to have found it! going to go read that article now!

xoxo

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

How great! Thanks for sharing the articles. I'm off to read them right now!

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