Where to take a summer staycation in Seattle and around the Sound

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I guess it's ironic that we live in the most beautiful corner of the country, and yet we typically want to leave the Northwest on a regular basis. 

Hopping on a plane for a long weekend in Palm Springs or Las Vegas, taking a 10-day hiatus in Hawaii, or crossing the country for an East Coast escapade -- we do it all the time, right? 

Well, maybe not so much right now.

It's true that things have loosened up as far as travel and eating out and shopping, which I guess makes it easier to think about taking a trip, although I can't say I'm stoked about the idea of flying right now. Maybe it's just me, but even when there's no pandemic, planes seem kinda  . . . germy. 

If you're not quite ready to take the plunge and do a full-on flyaway vacation, there are still a ton of places around here where you can scratch the itch to wander.

In the Seattle Times, there's Stay home, see your city: Here are 8 Seattle staycation ideas for this summer. It's fun to play tourist in your own city, and the suggestions in this story are great for reacquainting yourself with the Seattle you normally only see when Grandma and Grandpa come to visit from Indiana: Walk the Seattle waterfront, stroll our unique parks (Olympic Sculpture Park, Kerry Park on Queen Anne, Gasworks Park with its rusted relics, and Green Lake Park, to name a few,) paddle a kayak around Lake Union, or hit the beach at Alki, Carkeek, or Golden Gardens. When the sun shines, how can you not?

Meanwhile, from the Seattle P-I, check out 6 Seattle summer staycations to book now. Some of these suggestions are a little pricier, but you're not paying for plane fare, so these might still pencil out for you: There's the pampering romantic seclusion of the Willows Lodge in Woodinville's wine country, the luxurious escape of Alderbrook Resort & Spa on the Hood Canal, and the newest addition to my travel bucket list -- TreeHouse Point in Issaquah, where you can stay in one of six gorgeous treehouses in the forest near the Raging River. Lock the door if you're a sleepwalker.


And finally, from GlampingHub.com, you might like Staycations outside of Seattle. These are mostly cabins all over the place, from Long Beach to Leavenworth to Bellingham. You can filter for pet-friendly accommodations and the type of dwelling you're okay with -- tent, yurt, hut, barn, floating home, private island . . . you pick. They run the gamut.

Wherever you go, stay safe, wear a mask, and have a great staycation!


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