westward.

April 26, 2017

travel tips | reading my tea leavesYesterday we boarded a plane for the first time as a family of four and made our way to Seattle for a dear friend’s wedding and general gallivanting. (A million thanks for all of the recommendations you guys gave on this post!) While we’re busy exploring, here are a few travel-related posts from the archives for digging into:

+ Travel Tips from a Toddler

+ Have Baby, Will Travel

+ Luggage for Minimalists

+ Packing Light with Littles

+ Packing for a Month Away

If you want to keep up-to-date with some of our PNW adventures, I’ll be dusting off the old #travelingtealeaves hashtag.

If you have any other favorite Seattle sites to see, don’t hesitate to share!

If you’re looking for some PNW-inspired travel duds, head this way.

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21 Comments

  • Reply Robyn April 26, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Those nesting bowls! Any idea where they are from?

    • Reply Sarah May 1, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      I found them on Lawsonfenning.com, the magic of a good google search! They are really nice, they caught my eye too! They are called Petite Nesting Bowls and I am so tempted to overlook the horrible Canadian exchange rate and order them.

      • Reply ERIN BOYLE May 2, 2017 at 10:30 am

        Hi there! Not sure the origin of the airbnb host’s bowls, but these are definitely not the ones! This set was enormous! The largest bowl was at least a foot in diameter and probably even a bit larger!

        • Reply francescak May 3, 2017 at 5:55 am

          This is an airbnb?! Looks gorgeous. Any chance you can give me the details on the place you stayed at? Thanks.

          • ERIN BOYLE May 3, 2017 at 10:31 am

            It is! I’ll be putting together a little post about our trip shortly!

        • Reply Sarah May 14, 2017 at 9:35 pm

          Oh wow! I think I would need a bigger table then and possibly a bigger house lol, definitely not #lifeinatinyapartment suitable then but they are really eye catching.

    • Reply Debra May 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      https://www.remodelista.com/products/petite-nesting-bowls/ These look like these but the description says they are petite!

      • Reply ERIN BOYLE May 2, 2017 at 10:31 am

        These do look similar but you’re right that the dimensions are not the same!

  • Reply Stephanie April 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Who is the artist of the painting?

    • Reply Kari April 27, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      I was wondering the same thing–it’s gorgeous!

    • Reply annie May 8, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      I saw this house tour on design sponge that had the painting http://www.designsponge.com/2011/05/sneak-peek-jordan-carlson.html. I really like the painting and remembered it from the tour. I think the owner tells about it in the comments.

      • Reply Stephanie May 13, 2017 at 9:38 pm

        Thank you! I will definitely check this artist out.

  • Reply MA April 26, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Have a great visit! I highly recommend visiting the Seattle Public Library downtown and the SAM sculpture garden. And a ferry ride to Bainbridge Island!

    • Reply Stephanie May 13, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      Thank you! I will definitely check the artist out.

  • Reply Amy April 26, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Troll under the bridge and the water spray zone by the space needle… free fun for toddlers!

  • Reply Linda April 26, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Enjoy your stay in Seattle! I’m sure you’ve gotten plenty of recs already but if there’s anything you’re wanting to do/see but haven’t had an opportunity to let me know and I can send them over!

  • Reply Alyssa April 27, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Have a great time! If I ever moved out of the SF Bay Area, it would be to Seattle, no question. Our favorite place the last time we visited was STOCK in Ballard! Excellent Pho 🙂

  • Reply Dana Leigh Lyons April 28, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Love travel-light posts – thank you, Erin!

    Just today, I unwrapped something that’s been on my wish list for months: an Away carry-on in graphite. I’m planning an 8-day, carry-on-only, self-guided solitude + yoga retreat in Vancouver mid-May. This carry-on is part of that rare gift to myself.

    I have an extra-lean wardrobe (way smaller than the usual capsule), yet somehow manage to take most of my closet with while travelling these days. Such weight lifts when I decide to go carry-on only!

  • Reply Page Inman April 29, 2017 at 7:53 am

    If you like bookstores here are a couple to explore

    Ada’s Technical Books, Seattle: Finally, a bookstore I haven’t worked for! But I want to live here: their cafe has full meals as well as great coffee, and the curation — they sell technical nonfiction and fiction with sciencey themes — is absolute perfection. (Jenn Northington)

    Auntie’s Bookstore, Spokane: If you find yourself on the opposite side of the state from Seattle, swing by Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane; it’s eclectic and awesome. (Christy Childers)

    Third Place Books Ravenna, Seattle: Washington is so full of amazing bookstores that it’s hard to choose just one, but the careful curation of Ravenna is hard to beat. I’ve never walked out of that store without a new book in hand. The staff is friendly and helpful, they’ve got a bar downstairs and a delicious Greek restaurant in the back—it’s truly an awesome indie. It would be my number one favorite if it wasn’t for Elliott Bay (but I work there, so I thought picking it and mentioning their excellent comics selection was kinda cheating). (Emma Nichols)

  • Reply Rita May 3, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Not related to this post but I just wanted to say that I’ve been re-reading your book and it’s been wonderful. Can we expect another 😉 ?

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE May 3, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Thanks so much! Maybe one day…!

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