Gladdening Guests

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love my hometown. It’s one of my favorite places on earth. Granted, I haven’t lived anywhere else (with the exception of the three months I lived in Salamanca, Spain), but the fact remains.

I mean, look at that and tell me what is not to love? / Image via UW’s Biochemistry Website

It’s not just our insane amount of coffee, our delectable seafood, or our fantastic music scene (can you honestly tell me you’re not into Macklemore even just a little bit?)—this city really does have a lot to make one happy. I know living here isn’t for everybody—you have to be able to live with gray skies and be willing to abandon everything when the sun comes out—but even if you couldn’t see yourself living here, there is a ton to do if you’re coming for a visit.

No, I’m not talking about the Space Needle or Pike Place Market—I’ve got something else in mind. (Fun fact: you can tell a non-local right away if they refer to “Pike’s Place.”) I have some recommendations for our guests that even we indulge in, and that is saying something for people who live here.

First up: chocolate.

If I’m going to recommend a touristy activity to our guests (and I am, and I’m recommending it to you, too) the first thing I’d suggest is Theo Chocolate Factory.


Image via Theo Chocolate

Theo is a fair trade and organic chocolate company. They produce their own chocolate and confections and they are DELICIOUS. For $6 you can tour the factory and see the bars and other things being made, and you can sample nearly everything they make. We’ve been on the tour three different times and we’d totally go again. I already told you that Theo is located nearish to our house, and we pop in quite often to buy chocolate, caramels, and truffles.

We also suggest Fran’s Chocolates (particularly their sea salt caramels), though they don’t have a fun factory to tour.

Next up: coffee.


Personal photo

Skip Starbucks. If you come to Seattle, you have to drink non-Starbucks coffee (it’s one of the 35 truths that Seattleites are aware of, after all). Some of my girlfriends did a great rundown on Seattle coffee shops to try. (I’d vote for Kakao, Milstead, or Herkimer—they are my favorites.)

I heard a question there: But Miss Campfire, I want to see the view! Isn’t the Space Needle the place to see it?

I mean, it’s a great view and all”¦ / Image via Seattle Fun

Skip the Needle. Check out the Columbia Tower instead. You can actually look down on the Space Needle from there! (Bonus: it’s close to our guest hotels!)

Wave hello to the Space Needle! / Image via Seattle Rex

For the guests who will be in town a bit longer, I’d definitely recommend going to a Sounders game (if you’re into soccer) or a Mariners game (if you’re into food—I mean baseball—no, actually food). Just don’t go on our wedding day! ;)

If a more “touristy Seattle” experience is what you (or our guests) are hoping for, then my suggestions would be as follows: the Underground Tour, Pike Place Market, or (*shudder*) the Ducks. Better yet? Take a ferry ride or check out the Garden and Glass.

We also have a new Ferris wheel. / Image via the Watch Dog

For the guest that likes to eat? Well, all they would need to do is just ask. Sparky and I are always happy to provide a list of restaurant recommendations. Our favorites right now are: Tilth, Revel/Quoin, Walrus and the Carpenter, and Delancey. We also have a weekly breakfast date (before I go to class on Mondays) that takes place at Eltana Bagels, so I would say that’s special to us, too.

Do you have places you plan to send your guests to? Are they the normal “tourist” activities or are they more off the beaten path?


Mrs. Campfire

Seattle, WA
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    pacnwbride 171 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:36 am

    Thanks for some new ideas Campfire! We live just north of Seattle and work in the U District and are always looking for new stuff to do. Definitely going to take the kids to Theo’s after reading this! I’m also surprised I never thought to check out the Columbia Tower!! Way better view that the Space Needle and so much cheaper!

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1069 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:39 am

    Lol, Pittsburgh has a version of The Ducks called the Just Ducky Tour and honestly, I want to do it SO badly. It looks like so much fun!

    I think it’s awesome that you’re going to have recommendations for your guests, hopefully it encourages them to make the trip their own vacation!

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    veggie_rachel 575 posts, Busy bee @ 11:06 am

    I went on an underground tour when I was in Seattle a couple years ago and it was so cool! I wish I’d known about Theo!

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    Lily, Guest @ 11:22 am

    Great guide! Seattle really is the best city ever, I’m so excited to share it with my guests! And awesome restaurant picks, those are some of our favorites too! Our rehearsal dinner is at Boat Street because we’re such big Renee Erickson fans! After culinary school and 7 years as a chef my whole list of things to do in Seattle are food related!

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    Mrs. Orchard 72 posts, Worker bee @ 12:31 pm

    I love this post, it does make me so homesick though (I lived in Woodinville for awhile after college!). And I love Macklemore- no shame! :) we’re going to see him while we’re on our honeymoon!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:38 pm

    Awesome! Things to keep in mind when we end up at some point visiting Seattle! My fiance is a huge Griffey fan, so I know he’d want to do a Mariners game!

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    Mrs. Jet Setter 490 posts, Helper bee @ 5:42 pm

    We did a Pike Place food tour while we were there! It stopped at Chukar’s Cherry, Beecher’s, Starbucks, Market Spice, and a bunch more! It was a blast and so yummy. :)

    I’m hoping my guests go apple/pumpkin picking or just on a nice long drive to take in the foliage!

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    Mrs. Campfire 970 posts, Busy bee @ 9:22 am

    @pacNWbride: The chocolate tour is so fun!
    @Mrs. Palm Tree: I think I may be anti-enforced fun. Plus the ducks almost ran me over in the lake when I was in a kayak.
    @veggie_rachel: The underground tour is fun! And you’ll have to make it back for Theo.
    @Lily: Awesome! I love so many of our Seattle chefs, it would be hard to pick a favorite.
    @Miss Orchard: Come visit! I’ll host you. :)
    @Blonde17Jess: It’s a pretty awesome stadium! Plus tickets are pretty cheap.
    @Miss Jet Setter: Apple picking is such a cute activity and so fun!

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    missausten 192 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:03 am

    Thanks for sharing your recommendations! My FH and I are coming to Seattle for our honeymoon in October, before heading onto Victoria for my friend’s wedding. We have tickets for a Seahawks game (we’re big football fans) and plan to check out many of the sites you mentioned. If I have any more questions, I will definitely be messaging you!!!

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    Mrs. Campfire 970 posts, Busy bee @ 10:04 am

    @MissAusten: Please do! If you’re here for awhile, check out Whidbey Island or any of the San Juans, too! (I recommend, highly, the Inn at Langley).

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    this-time-round 10219 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 10:05 am

    As a Travel Nut, I LOVE it when the Blogging Bees tell us about their home towns, cities, regions, country etc.
    Mr TTR & I travel a lot… but we haven’t gotten to Seattle as of yet. It is however, MOST DEFINITELY on our MUST DO List for after we retire (which isn’t that long away now). One of the first trips we want to do in Retirement is travel to some of the Western States we haven’t been to, and visit Wine Country… Washington State thru California – Drive Hwys 101 & 1 along the Coast – and enjoy some of the GORGEOUS Scenery and incredible cities.
    Seattle is right up there on the list of MUST SEES… so thanks for your perspective as a Resident and the tips.

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    Mrs. Campfire 970 posts, Busy bee @ 10:07 am

    @This Time Round: Let me know if/when you schedule your trip! I’ve got more recommendations, including wine country ones! :)

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1300 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:42 am

    How informative! I’ve never been to Seattle, but I want to try these Theo Chocokates you and Miss Road Trip are always going on about ;)

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    Mrs. Wallaby 2809 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:58 pm

    Agree with 100% of this post!!!!! I wish we lived in the same city, we’d be BFFs. I loooove Tilth and every coffeeshop you mentioned.

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    Mary, Guest @ 8:38 am

    Oh my goodness, I am going to Seattle for the first time next Wednesday! I can’t wait to check these out! Do you suggest walking around Capitol Hill?

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    pacnwbride 171 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:48 am

    @Miss Campfire: Oh Oh! Do wine country next! Woodinville is a 10 min drive from my place and what, 1/2 hr from Seattle? People need to know these things :)

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    Mrs. Campfire 970 posts, Busy bee @ 10:53 am

    @Mrs. Waterfall: They’re definitely delicious!
    @Mrs. Wallaby: Well, let me know when you come visit and we’ll be BFFs then. :)
    @Mary: Depends on what you’re looking for – it’s not my favorite neighborhood but that has more to do with parking than anything else. There are definitely great restaurants! If you’re going to explore neighborhoods, though, I’d recommend Fremont or Ballard.
    @pacNWbride: I’ll see what I can do. ;)

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    usagidollie 53 posts, Worker bee @ 7:00 pm

    The fact that you’re from Washington makes my heart happy. Seeing pics of Seattle makes my heart happy too.


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    Mrs. Campfire 970 posts, Busy bee @ 10:27 am

    @usagidollie: Seattle makes my heart happy, too! Glad to share the love!

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