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What are you up to this weekend? If you are fortunate enough to be reading this while looking at a forecast of sunny skies and warm weather then I presume your answer will involve warm weather activities. In fact, I’d imagine that given the chance you might insist it will only be warm weather activities for warm weather…

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4 Best Hot Chocolate Spots In Seattle

With the weather getting colder outside, there’s never been a better time to get a warm cup of hot chocolate. This is especially true if you love the outdoors, as you get to reward all your activity with a tasty mug of chocolate. I’ve been in Seattle for over 25 years, so here are my…

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Wish You Were Northwest Explore Washington State 2020 Gift Guide

There’s nothing like community. Here at Explore Washington State, we have built a small but strong group of people who continue to support us on our journey. Wish You Were Northwest, has done the same with their clothing.  Sisters Tory and Tahnee grew up outside of Seattle in a log house, surrounded by music, art…

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Tuesday Shop Washington gift guide 2020

Next up, let’s introduce you to Tuesday Shop!  If you’re shopping for a woman this holiday season, here it is: hand-dyed and painting clothing and accessories, created with zero-waste designs using factory remnants and vintage fabrics.  So, who is behind Tuesday Shop? Owner Rian Robinson first attended the University of Washington and majored in ceramics,…

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Cecelia Stitch stockings Explore Washington State 2020 Gift Guide

Hey guys, and welcome back to Explore Washington State’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide. Up next we’ve got Cecelia Stitch! Founded in 2017, owner Eve, found herself tired of managing other peoples’ businesses, which led to her creating Cecelia Stitch. Originally from New England, she hopped around the country before settling in Seattle. “The closeness of…

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Pike Place Market fish

Pike Place Market in Seattle has been a beloved shopping hot spot for over 100 years. With shops of all kinds, it’s no wonder why Pike Place Market is still favored by locals and tourists alike. As high-rise apartments develop and pieces of historical Seattle cease to exist, it’s hard to find places which add…

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Salt Blade spices gift guide

Kicking off the third local Washington brand for our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide, let us introduce you to: Salt Blade. Bob Blade, owner and founder of this delicious sustainably sourced salami company, has been making your (soon to be) favorite snacks since 2013. Based in Seattle, Bob prides himself on holding to his base values:…

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Boy, with the way 2020 is shaping up so far, I think we could all use a drink. One of the things I miss the most from pre-coronavirus times is treating myself to a cocktail over the weekend. Sure, Washington has plenty of great local breweries and wineries, but there’s something extra special about sipping…

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