Seattle’s Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight

You can’t grow up in Seattle and not have been to the Museum of Flight. Every school goes at least once a year, seniors groups have monthly tours, and it’s a staple of high school and college engineering programs. My dad worked for the Boeing Company when I was a kid, and we went 5 or 6 times a year for tours of new exhibits or planes, and once or twice a year for an evening employees-only party. (If you want a truly unique venue for an event, this is a place you should seriously consider!) Even if planes aren’t your thing, I promise you will find something interesting to take away from your visit, even if it’s just that you got to see an old Air Force One, or watched a short film about space travel in the 3D theater.

Our History in Aviation

The Emerald City has long been home to Boeing and prides itself on a history of innovation in aviation that has transformed the field in the past several decades. And even though Boeing HQ is no longer here, it’s still a major source of employment – with over 80,000 people working in the factories, hangers, and providing engineering and admin services. Visitors to Seattle who are looking for an immersive experience into the city’s incredible role in aviation will want to make time to visit The Museum of Flight.

Looking Upwards

Located at 9404 E. Marginal Way, Seattle’s Museum of Flight has earned the title as the largest nonprofit air and space museum on the planet that retains independent status. The museum was started in 1965 by the Pacific Northwest Aviation Historical Foundation. This group of dedicated aviation enthusiasts recognized the importance of saving, preserving and displaying artifacts from the aviation industry that showed progress and demonstrated the importance to the public. With this mission of education firmly in place, the museum was built on an old Boeing company site in 1983 and has remained there ever since.

What to Expect During a Visit

A trip to the Museum of Flight is an interactive, engaging and insightful experience. A combination of over 175 aircraft, including spacecraft, are on display for visitors to explore. Beyond this, thousands of artifacts are on display including photographs, specialized exhibits and a library dedicated to information relevant to the field and history of aviation. When you visit, you’ll have a chance to wander the aviation pavilion for an up-close look at planes that have graced the skies through history.

Beginning April 13th, and running through September 2nd, is the Destination Moon: the Apollo 11 Mission exhibit. It is part of the National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian US tour, and this is its only West Coast stop, and the final stop of the two year special exhibition. With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this summer, there are special events planned for the entire family including a playground with a full-sized, hands-on command module, the actual Columbia command module from the Apollo 11 mission, Yuri’s Night Out (the museum turns into a dance club!) on April 12th, and over 20 one-of-a-kind artifacts from the Smithsonian, NASA, and the museums’ own Russian additions.

Another unique program for the museum is Project Welcome Home, dedicated to the veterans and aircraft lost in the Vietnam War. They have restored a Boeing B52-Stratofortress 59-2584 Midnight Express and placed it in a specially designed park at the west side of the campus. The park opens on May 25th.

If you’re in the mood for an even more engaging experience, hop in the pilot flight simulator and see what it takes to maneuver aircraft on your own. A Museum of Flight visit also highlights the wonder of the cosmos and provides guests with a chance to experience space with a showing at the on-site 3D movie theater. Shuttle training tours let guests step into a space shuttle pod and get a sense for what it might feel like to live above the atmosphere and among the stars. Whether you’re here to pursue a passion for aviation or are hoping for some insight into the world of astronomy, there’s something for every enthusiast that looks to the sky for motivation at the Museum of Flight.

Enjoy a Seattle Stay

Let the team at Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals help you find the perfect vacation home to call your own when you’re in the Emerald City for a great getaway that includes a fully stocked kitchen, luxurious linens and all the comforts of home. Our team is happy to help you find a customized property that matches your taste and style while keeping you right in the heart of downtown. Contact us today to start planning!


4/20 in Seattle!

Written by Daniel Pacheco

Seattle has always been a fairly marijuana friendly city, but with the unofficial 4/20 holiday approaching you can expect slightly hazier and cloudier weather.  If you have partaken of marijuana before, starred in a Cheech and Chong movie, hated the devil’s lettuce, always been curious, or did a Bill Clinton and “didn’t inhale” that one time in college, hopefully you will learn something new or helpful.

While marijuana is still illegal federally, the government has allowed states to pass their own laws regarding its use. Keep in mind that National Parks are federal land so marijuana is banned completely in those areas. Different forms of medical marijuana have been legal in Washington state since the 1990s and in 2012 recreational marijuana was legalized. In the summer of 2014 recreational marijuana stores officially opened for business in Washington and have since made over 3 billion dollars in sales and over 1 billion dollars in tax revenue.

As with alcohol consumption, there are a few rules and laws to follow when it comes to recreational marijuana usage. You don’t need to be a Washington resident, but you will need a driver license or passport to show that you are at least 21 years old. You are allowed to possess up to 1 ounce of usable marijuana (the plant form people typically call “weed”), smoking paraphernalia, 16 ounces of solid marijuana infused products (cookies, brownies, etc), or 72 ounces of marijuana infused liquids (lotions, etc.). You will receive a receipt when purchasing products and it’s best to keep that with your goods as proof that it was purchased at a licensed retailer.  You must be 21 to purchase or possess marijuana, you can not drive and consume marijuana, you can still get a DUI for driving while “stoned”.

The 3 most common products you will see people using are “flower” which is the term used for plant material, vape cartridges which turn marijuana infused oil into vapor like an electronic cigarette, and edibles which are different types of food infused with marijuana. The law states that you may not consume marijuana in public view, and almost all hotels and vacation rentals do not allow smoking in their properties, so your best bet would be to try an edible.

If you haven’t tried marijuana before, think of it as drinking for the first time. Drinking an entire bottle of vodka and then hitting the town would be a terrible idea. Similarly, smoking or eating a bunch of marijuana products is a terrible idea. With edibles, 10mg is the most common standard serving size you will see. If you have never had marijuana, or if you have smoked but never tried an edible, playing it safe is the way to go. Eat half of a serving, wait 60-90 minutes, see how you feel, and use that to gauge whether or not you should eat the other half.

If all of this sounds extremely overwhelming or intimidating I have some great advice….just ask questions. The list of recreational stores below all employ extremely helpful staff who can answer any questions you may have and guide you in the right direction.

Have a Heart in Belltown

115 Blanchard St. Seattle, WA 98121 Open daily from 8am to 11:45pm

Have a Heart’s Belltown location is one of the highest selling stores in the state and has a friendly experienced staff

Uncle Ike’s in Capitol Hill

501 15th Ave E | Seattle, WA 98112 Open daily from 8am to 11:45pm

Uncle Ike’s in Capitol Hill has a small parking lot and a vending machine with free goodies.

Diego Pellicer

2215 4thAve S Seattle WA 98134 Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 11pm, Sundays 9am to 9pm.

Diege Pellicer is a high end recreational store that was also recently featured in Buzzfeed. While offering lots of high end specialty products, they also have plenty of deals as well.

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Sky’s the limit in Seattle!Whether you’re here for a festival, holiday, or just a few days away with your friends, let the experts at Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals help you find the perfect vacation home to call your own while you’re here. Our team is happy to help you find a customized property that matches your taste and style while keeping you right in the heart of downtown. Contact us today to start planning!

 

 


April Events Calendar!

April in Seattle. The sun is coming out, the flowers and trees are starting to bud and the city parks are bustling with people. You know it’s true spring in Seattle when you see its citizens outside in 50 degree weather in shorts and tees….if you’re not from here, you won’t understand. If you’re visiting us in April, you have so many choices of things to do – even events that are scheduled outside! One of the biggest events of April isn’t exactly in the city, but is definitely worth renting a car for the day: the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

The Skagit Valley is located roughly 70 miles north of Seattle, about an hour and a half drive during the week. The festival kicks off on April 1st and runs through the end of the month. There is a downloadable guide and driving map on their website, as well as information about the participating farms and other events that go along with it like the street fair in Mt. Vernon and the Parade in LaConner.

If pretty flowers aren’t your thing, there’s plenty to see closer to home. How about sports? The Seattle Sounders FC have some really exciting matches this month, hosting Real Salt Lake on the 6th, Toronto FC on the 13th, San Jose on the 24th, and LA FC on the 28th.  The Seattle Mariners host the Astros on the 12th – 14th, the Indians the 15th – 17th, the Rangers the 25th – 28th, and end the month with the Cubs on the 30th and May 1st.

Foodies love April, specifically Restaurant Week the 7th – 18th. There are over 165 restaurants participating, and they’re offering 3 courses for only $35! There’s also the Scotch & Beer Festival on the 19th and 20th and Argosy offers their Saturday Wine Cruise every weekend.

Theater & Arts fans have something to go see every night of the week! Highlights include The Lightning Theif at the 5th Ave Theater,  Cats at the Paramount, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Opera, and Seattle Symphony all have full calendars. The Seattle Center has lectures, plays, movies at the Armory and a the Cherry Blossom Festival the 26th – 28th.

Earth day is the 22nd, but in Seattle we need 3 days! The 20th – 22nd is Earth Weekend and there are many events, fairs, lectures, and educational events in every neighborhood.

And don’t forget Easter! It’s technically Sunday the 21st, but there are events happening all weekend long. The BunnyCon Bar Crawl starts at noon on the 20th, that will be some epic people watching! If you’ll be here with the kids, there are Easter Egg Hunts all over the city, and lots of special Easter menus and bruches at almost every restaurant. Why not try something different this year and check out the Easter Brunch on Blake Island. It includes an amazing buffet, Easter baskets and an egg hunt for the kids and time to check out the beach before you sail home.

Click on this link to view the entire 2019 Events Calendar and see what’s going on for your upcoming trip! Events12.com also had a great events calendar that shows fun things to do for the entire Puget Sound Region.

Let Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals help you find a luxury apartment in the heart of all the April action. From Belltown to Capitol Hill, we have something that will fit your needs. And for those of you who want to get away from it all, we have several quieter units available too. Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals, Redefining Accommodations since 2007.


The Top Four Reasons to Spend Valentine’s Day in Seattle

Remember when you were young, and Valentine’s Day meant your parent or grandparent helped you make cupcakes or cookies and you had to make sure you had something for every person in your class? And the most exciting part was wondering if your crush picked out that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle card especially for you?!? There are times when I wish things were that simple again. As an adult, this particularly odd February holiday can be stressful, for singles and couples alike. Regardless of how you feel about cupid and his arrow, our city has something for everyone – from gourmet chocolate to local wine to insect feasts that include our tiny friends in both food and beverage, (Yes, it’s a real thing! The Atlas Obscura Society Valentine’s Insect Feast is on the 14th at Darrell’s Tavern in North Seattle) if you can’t find something do to, you’re just not trying.

Seattle, Washington beckons travelers to its vibrant city limits in droves each year. While it’s an exciting place to visit year-round in the name of urban entertainment, outdoor adventure and delectable dining, February 14th transforms the Emerald City into an oasis of love and romance. It’s hard to find a better place to spend time with the one you love most with opportunities to indulge in the language of love lingering on nearly every block. Here are the top 4 reasons you’ll want to spend Valentines Day 2019 in Seattle.

The Chocolate

There’s nothing like chocolate to set a romantic scene. A stay in Seattle over Valentine’s Day is best experienced when it includes a trip to Seattle Chocolate. This combined flagship store and chocolate factory is a tasty icon of the Pacific Northwest that encourages guests to indulge in local melt-in-your mouth flavors. Pick up a variety of chocolate delights with the understanding that they are best enjoyed when shared. Take a tour of the factory to see how these delicious creations get their start, then spend time enjoying truffle bars until your heart is content. Even more, guests get to keep spreading the love well beyond Valentine’s Day with a portion of every sale going directly back to local food banks.

The Spa

While a day at the spa holds the potential to turn everyday into your best day, Valentine’s Day calls for a spa experience that brings an inclusive touch along with the luxury. Tucked inside the Fairmont Olympic Hotel is The Penelope and Beauty Bar. An ideal Valentine’s Day destination in Seattle, this spa carries some of the most exclusive brands on the market while offering up wonderful couple’s massage options. Take time to relax in style but more importantly, together when you book a session at this lovely locale. Haircare, waxing and skin treatment services are readily available for those couples looking to indulge in a day of pampering as opposed to a few hours.

The View

While any other day of the year may categorize a tourist-heavy stop as standard, visiting the top of the Seattle Space Needle on Valentine’s Day comes with an element of romance that’s hard to resist. Make your way up to the observation deck to enjoy panoramic views of the city and surrounding waterways from an incredible vantage point. Away from the bustling crowds below, you’ll find an intimate moment to cuddle close to the one you love and soak up a view unlike any other while you’re at it.

The Dinner

If the language of love is best spoken through delicious dining opportunities, then Seattle is the perfect place to be on Valentine’s Day. A reservation made at Cascina Spinasse is sure to inspire love and a pleased palate. This upscale restaurant complete with elegant lighting and a rustic ambiance will leave you feeling as if you’ve been swept away to the Italian countryside in no time at all. Serving up Prosciutto, Capunet and Trota in style, guests have endless opportunities to enjoy hand-made pastas alongside a meticulously curated wine list. Fashionable and flavorful, Cascina Spinasse is the ultimate Valentine’s Day destination when it comes to fine Seattle dining.

A Romantic Seattle Stay

When you’re here in the name of romance, make sure the team at Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals has you booked in a beautiful downtown location. We’ll keep you close to the venues that speak to a celebration of love while providing unsurpassed views as the city comes to life during the day and well into the night. Contact us to start planning your Valentine’s trip!

 

 


Visit Seattle’s Iconic Smith Tower

Having grown up in West Seattle, I am very familiar with the skyline of my beautiful city – I was lucky enough to live where we had a view of downtown. Over the years, I’ve watched the city mature – building taller buildings, adding attractions like the Seattle Great Wheel on the waterfront, and now the removal of the viaduct for a tunnel. But for all the change, some things have stayed comfortingly consistent; like the Smith Tower.

In 1909, Lyman Cornelius (LC) Smith came to Seattle, looking for a place to build a skyscraper. LC made his fortune selling typewriters and firearms in New York, but his wife had fallen in love with our great city on a previous trip and convinced him to build here. He purchased the land at 2nd and Yesler and began plans for a 14-story building. His son Burns suggested that he should build something much taller, to steal the title of “tallest building West of the Mississippi” from Tacoma – so he did.

Construction began in 1911 and was completed in 1914, opening to the public on July 4th.  It towered above everything around it, measuring an impressive (for that time) 469 feet, and over 4,000 Seattleites road the Otis Elevator up to the 35th floor to observe the amazing 360-degree view of the Puget Sound. Unfortunately, LC died in 1910 and did not get to see his tower. But I think he would have been proud! It kept the ‘tallest building West of the Mississippi’ title until the building of the Kansas City Power & Light Building in 1935 and remained the tallest building in Seattle (and the entire West Coast!) until the Space Needle was built in 1962.

A couple of fun facts: the architectural firm Gaggin & Gaggin from New York was selected to design LC’s tower, even though they had never worked on a building taller than 5 stories. It was their first and last skyscraper.  And in the 35-floor Observatory sits the “Wishing Chair” gifted to Smith by China’s Empress Dowager Cixi before she died in 1908. Rumor has it that if you are single and sit in it, you will be planning your wedding within a year!

The ground floor of the building has a gift shop as well as historic exhibits that tell the history of the building. At the top floor of the tower is an Observatory with an open-air observation deck and 360-degree views of downtown Seattle, the Puget Sound, and the Olympic Mountains. If the sky is clear, to the Southwest you will be able to see Mt. Rainier, the tallest mountain in Washington state. While up there you can enjoy craft cocktails and seasonal appetizers in the bar, and if barrel-aged liquors are your thing, they make their own in house! Sip on a classic Manhattan or Old Fashioned while learning the colorful history of Prohibition in Seattle.

The Smith Tower Observatory and bar is open Sunday – Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Thursday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – midnight. They offer two different tours, The Legends of the Smith Tower before 9 pm and Straight Up By Night from 9 pm – 11 pm. Tickets for the Legends tour are available online and are $20 for adults and $16 for Military/Student and children aged 5 – 12 years. Tickets for the later tour are $12 and can only be purchased in the Main Lobby. They also offer tickets for $10 during their Weekday Happy Hour, Tuesday – Thursday from 4 pm – 6 pm. Pro Tip: Buy your tickets for the Legends tour in the Main Lobby day of and you will pay the Locals rate of $12!

Planning Your Stay

 If you are looking for accommodations in Seattle, consider booking one of our vacation homes. We offer rentals in the heart of downtown Seattle, many of them within walking distance of the Smith Tower, as well as in some of the city’s best neighborhoods. All of our rentals are updated homes with modern decor, high thread count linens, and high-quality appliances. Make breakfast and some coffee in your kitchen and then step out on your private balcony for stunning views of the mountains, Puget Sound, or downtown Seattle. For more information on our vacation homes or to book a rental, please contact us today and we will help you find the perfect home.


Awesome Seattle Winter Events You Didn’t Even Know You Were Missing…

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been lucky enough to have done a lot of traveling in my life, both overseas and here in the US, and one of my favorite things to do when in a new place is to talk to a local and find out where they go for food and fun. They know all the great little places to eat and drink, the attractions that are more than just for tourists, and the best places to watch a show. Some of the most fun experiences I have had on vacation were at small, local venues, fairs and community festivals. In fact, most of the staff here at Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals have travel in common; between all of us, we’ve been not only all over the world, but visited all 50 states here at home! So, with that in mind, we decided to take our combined love of food, drink, music, sports, and festivals and make a calendar for our guests. Every month we’ve listed some of the events we think you might like to check out while here.

But winter in Seattle? Most people think of rainy, dreary days – and to be honest, there are a lot of those. But there are quite a few indoor activities to be found, there’s something for everyone. January and February are the biggest Show months: we have the NW Garden Show, the Home Show and the Boat Show just to name a few. And while major league sports aren’t huge this time of year, there are a lot of College, AAA and minor league teams playing all over the city. We have sports bars that show Soccer, Hockey and Basketball from here and abroad. And don’t forget museums, theaters, and arts performances; lines are shorter, and tickets are more readily available. Many of the vendors at the Pike Place Market are open year-round. Yes, you will need a jacket, but it’s covered so you won’t get rained on.  There are also several really amazing food and beverage festivals as well, how about the Chocolate and Bourbon festival or the Seattle Food and Wine Experience?

Please click on this link, or one of the images above, and it will take you to our Events Calendars page on our website where you can download the monthly calendar. The events listed have links to their website or where you can purchase tickets.

And if you find an event you just HAVE TO experience, why not stay with us for your visit? We have comfy, well-stocked units in the heart of downtown Seattle. Why not make life easier and stay where you can walk or Lyft to your night out? And if you have questions about other things to do or need information about anything Seattle, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Build it and they will come – the story of Seattle’s Benaroya Hall

When you think about the music scene in Seattle in the 90’s, you probably think of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains – grunge was huge, and Seattle is where it all started.  And as a teenager of the 90’s, I was one of the fortunate to have experienced it all; live in clubs that allowed 16-year-old patrons before 11pm.

What you might not think of is world class performing arts. In the 90’s Seattle was one of only six cities in the United States to have a major symphony, an opera company, and a ballet – with all three sharing the same home. The Seattle Center Opera House was booked virtually every day of the year, with no room for flexibility in schedules or to add additional performances.

In 1993, a local man named Jack Benaroya read an article in The Seattle Times arguing for a new home for the symphony, they needed a permanent place that was made for the unique sound of a large group. He agreed, and through his foundation gifted $15 Million to get the project started.

1998, After one of the most ambitious capital campaigns in the city’s history ($159 Million was donated through private funds) Benaroya Hall opened in the heart of downtown, occupying a full city block. Benaroya Hall is known for its state-of-the-art acoustics, its elegance, and its prime location; all adding to Seattle’s tourism industry and helping support small businesses.

Directly underneath Benaroya Hall is the Great Northern Tunnel, where freight and passenger trains run through every day. In fact, there is a station integrated into the Hall to allow for public transportation to events. Sounds noisy? Here’s an interesting fact: the concert hall is protected by the rumblings of the trains and the traffic outside by floating on giant rubber pads.

The inside of Benaroya is full of elegance. The main lobby is an expansive room with large glass windows. Its centerpiece is a one-of-a-kind Dale Chihuly chandelier titled Crystal Cascade.

The concert hall is not only the home of the world-renowned Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Symphony Chorale, but you can also see jazz musicians, pop acts, comedians, and musicals at the hall. For example, on February 15th you can attend A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour!

You can easily take public transportation, or if you are driving, there is an underground parking garage, that can be accessed on Second Avenue just south of Union Street. Parking is $16 unless otherwise noted.

If you are unable to attend a performance or just want to learn more about Benaroya Hall, they offer free docent-led bi-monthly tours. Tours last approximately one hour and are recommended for guests aged 10 and older. You can sign up for a tour on Benaroya Hall’s website.

Planning Your Stay

 If you are planning a trip to our beautiful city, consider booking one of our luxury Seattle vacation homes. Did you know we offer rentals in the heart of downtown within walking distance of Benaroya Hall, as well as homes in some of Seattle’s best neighborhoods? For more information on our vacation homes or for help finding the perfect rental, please contact us today.


Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

Just south of downtown is Seattle’s Chinatown-International District which is known as the bustling hub for Seattle’s Asian American community. Enter the International District through the Paifang archway which cross over the street. Once inside, you will find streets lined with noodle houses, tea shops, dim sum restaurants, sushi spots, and Uwajimaya, a large Asian grocery store with a gift shop and bookstore.

Known as The Wing, The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience is a fixture of Seattle’s International District. Founded in 1967, the museum’s exhibits showcase the histories, experiences, and cultural legacies of Asian Americans. Their ongoing exhibits include “I am Filipino,” “Hometown Desi,” and “A Dragon Lives Here.”

The museum offers tours of the International District. For fans of Bruce Lee, take Bruce Lee’s Chinatown Tour. The famous martial artist and actor went to school in Seattle and opened his first martial arts studio in the city. The tour will take you around Lee’s old stomping ground, including some of his favorite spots and his martial arts studio.

For the foodie, The Wing also offers food tours on Friday nights. Eat your way around the International District where your guide will take you to some of the most popular spots in the city. The menu changes each quarter: January to March is #1 International Dumpling Crawl, April to June is The Rice Stuff, July through September is Grilled Things and Chicken Wings and October through December is Twilight Noodle Slurp.

When you’re done in the museum, be sure to check out their gift shop – it has many unique items and books that are available only at the museum!

The Wing Museum is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission costs $17 for adults and children 5 years and younger are free. Admission also includes a free Historic Hotel Tour which takes you to many of the historic buildings that were an important part of the early Asian American pioneers. First Thursday is Free! The Wing Participates in the First Thursday program to promote arts and culture. They have extended hours the first Thursday of every month as well: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Planning Your Stay
If you are looking for accommodations in Seattle, consider booking one of our vacation homes. Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals offer a variety of choices in the heart of downtown Seattle as well as homes in some of the city’s best neighborhoods. For more information on our vacation rentals or to book your stay, please contact us today. #bookdirectandsave


Good Bye Viaduct!

This January, Seattle is Undergoing an Epic Renovation!

Perhaps surprisingly, January is a great time to make a trip to the Emerald City.  Seattle has great eats and world-class museums. Crowds are small, and lines are short!  Weather, while rainy, is rarely freezing so getting around is easy.  Downtown Seattle has the flagship Nordstrom as well as many other great little stores as well as an upscale shopping mall. Even in January, the Pike Place Market is still vibrant and active, with lots of vendors active year-round.

With that said, on January 11 traffic and commuting in downtown Seattle is going to get a lot more challenging, at least temporarily. Why? Because the Alaskan Way Viaduct, that large freeway between the tall buildings of downtown and the Seattle waterfront will close forever!!!!

It’s being replaced by a brand-new tunnel that will run under downtown, but there is a three-week gap between when the old viaduct closes and the new tunnel can open.  This isn’t a scheduling glitch; there are last minute construction tasks that can’t be completed until the viaduct is closed.

Locals are apprehensive about the upcoming traffic apocalypse, and as a visitor there are a couple things you should be aware of if you are visiting us in the month of January:

Currently, about 90,000 car trips a day go over the Viaduct. Many of those cars will migrate to I-5.  That means that the already dreadful I-5 headache will start earlier, end later, and be even slower.   Be aware of this if you are driving into Seattle or renting a car at the airport and try to plan your arrival before or after rush hour.

Public transportation will not save you here.  Busing or riding light rail WILL help by keeping yet another car off the roadway, but still be aware that buses and trains will be extra full, and in the case of buses, you will be stuck on the same roads as everyone else, so allow extra time.

Metro (Seattle’s bus system) is adding buses during the closure, and a second water taxi (so exploring Alki will be easier than ever, as a surprising benefit).

The great thing about staying with Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals is that once you are here you won’t have to deal with any of these traffic issues! Staying in one of our Belltown locations will guarantee you close access to all of the famous Seattle sights. Leave your car in our free parking spot and walk or bike to shopping, restaurants, the Seattle Center, Pike Place Market and more.

 

 


Seattle’s Best: Ice Cream and Sweets

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Seattle Sweets: The City’s Best Ice Cream and Sweet Shops

Vacation is about exploring, trying new things and indulging in local culinary pleasures. Why not make your vacation to Seattle all the sweeter by visiting one of these fabulous local ice cream and treat shops? All are located within walking distance or just a short ride from our vacation rentals.


Shug’s Soda Fountain and Ice Cream
http://shugssodafountain.com/
1525 1st Avenue (Pike Place)
This old school soda shop, features classic sundaes made with local ice cream and house-made syrups and toppings like roasted marshmallows. For a truly decadent experience, try the Viva la Champagne Float with peach sorbet floating in a glass of champagne topped with a Toshi Amarena sour black cherry.

Gelatiamo

1400 3rd Avenue (Downtown)
For a smooth, rich treat, head to Gelatiamo for Seattle’s best gelato. This frozen indulgence has less buttercream and less air than ice cream making it incredibly rich and creamy. Their gelato is made fresh daily and features flavors like lavender and honey in addition to classics like chocolate and pistachio. If baked goods are more your thing, sample some of their fresh Italian pastries and biscotti to pair it with a robust cup of Caffe Umbria coffee.

Holy Cannoli
http://www.holycannoliseattle.com/
2720 3rd Avenue (Belltown)
Holy Cannoli is a pastry lovers dream. These crispy treats filled with luscious cream come in a variety of flavors and in small and large sizes. The Traditional is always a good bet or try one of the rotating flavors such as Nutella, Limoncello, or the Salted Caramel topped with crushed nutty pecans. Pair the cannolo with a cup of their strong coffee imported from Italy.

Cupcake Royale

108 Pine Street (near Pike Place)
Known for it’s decadent cupcakes like the Key Lime Cheesecake and Tiramisu, Cupcake Royale is a Seattle gem with 6 locations sprinkled throughout the city. A fave cupcake is The Big Dipper; deep chocolate cake topped with fluffy meringue, chocolate and a candy pearl. Cupcake Royale also serves up Seattle’s Best Ice Cream by the scoop, in shakes or in a decadent sundae. For a bit of heaven, try the red velvet cupcake ice cream.

Frankie and Jo’s
https://frankieandjos.com/
1010 East Union Street (Capitol Hill)
This chic little shop serves vegan, plant-based ice cream in inventive flavors. The ice creams are made with sprouted cashew nuts or using coconut milk. Our favorites include the Roasted Banana Super Cookie and the Chocolate Mint Brownie. A must try is the odd-colored but incredibly tasty Salted Caramel Ash (grey ice cream anyone?) For anyone with a gluten intolerance, their waffle cones and brownie bites are gluten-free, therefore guilt-free.

Molly Moon’s
http://www.mollymoon.com/
917 East Pine Street (Capitol Hill)
This local chain of quaint shops is known for their silky ice cream in a bunch of unique flavors. For a classic treat try the sweet cream or be a bit adventurous and sample one of their seasonal offerings like the Black Sesame or the Vegan Matcha Peach Sorbet. 1% of all sales of Molly Moon’s ice cream is donated to their Milk Fund which donates dairy to local food banks, so not only will their ice cream make you happy but has the potential to bring joy (and milk) to someone in need.

Candi Canncel is Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals interior designer and when she is not shopping for our next fabulous vacation rental property, she is a food writer and world traveller

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