Taryn's Wreckreation Guide: 3 Day Trips Within 3 Hours Of Seattle

January 5, 2017

Taking a vacation doesn't necessarily mean getting on an airplane or spending a small fortune, especially when we have TONS of incredible local destinations within 3 hours of Seattle! I've narrowed my list of favorites down to THREE great day trips I think you'll dig this winter!


1. White Rock, BC: This quirky beach down just over the Canadian border is one of the coolest places to explore during the summertime, but when you visit White Rock this time of year, you beat the crowds - I'm all about that! And yes, there is a literal white rock in White Rock. It's huge. You can't miss it.


          Getting there: White Rock is only 20 minutes from the Peace Arch, bordering Semiahmoo Bay, so it's an easy drive from Seattle. Time it just right, and your border traffic shouldn't be bad either.


          Where to eat: My favorite spot is Wings. Yup, just Wings! Guess what they have there? WINGS! They have other yummy menu items as well, but I go there for the wings, of course. My favorite flavors are East Meets West, Sweet Thai, and Jakarta Heat. 


          Where to drink: Charlie Don't Surf has an AMAZING happy hour menu, and they make a mean martini. And yes, if you love the movie Apocalypse Now, you are familiar with this famous line in the movie. Or if you're a fan of The Clash, you know the song. 


          What to do: You MUST walk the promenade and check out the businesses up and down the main drag. Ice cream, bars, souvenir shops and more will keep you busy all afternoon, and with an incredible view the entire time. The famous White Rock pier stretches out over the water and makes for beautiful photo opportunities with every step. You can access the beach where the pier meets the promenade, so head down to the beach for a stroll as well. Such a special place to explore! 


2. Roslyn, WA: Founded as a coal mining town in the Cascade Mountains in the late 1800s, Roslyn gained some serious popularity thanks in large part to the TV series Northern Exposure


          Getting there: A short drive from Seattle over Snoqualmie Pass, you'll be there in about an hour and a half. Piece of cake!


          Where to eat: The World Famous Brick Saloon is a MUST if you want to warm your bones by the fire and enjoy a great meal this winter. The Brick served as much of the Northern Exposure setting, so it's pretty cool to visit this popular spot in the flesh. If you're into appetizers, GET THE NACHOS! They're my favorite. And sit at the bar so your snowy boots can melt into the running water spittoon underneath it.  

Lunch @ world famous "the Brick" in Roslyn Wa

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          Where to drink: Because I'm a beer girl, I have to recommend Roslyn Brewing Company. They brew beer the SUPER old fashioned way, showcasing German-style recipes that were originally brewed by local miners during the days of Prohibition. It's a little slice of boozy history! They make the Roslyn IPL - an India Pale Lager - and I take a growler home with me every time I visit. 


          What to do: This might sound weird, but the Roslyn Cemetery is worth a visit. It's organized in some very unique ways... by lodge membership (Elks, Red Men for example) and by country of origin (Polish, Italian, German, etc). It gives you some pretty serious history on the town and who settled there. A unique experience, to say the least! But if you're not into that kind of thing, you can hike the Coal Mines Trail, explore the Roslyn Museum or visit their historical coal mines. 


3. Westport/Grayland, WA: Washington's South Beaches are fabulous in the wintertime! When storms roll in, it's almost more magical. The entire beach feels alive when the waves are really whipping, and you can take in some of the most intense weather patterns in the state!  You can go from gorgeous sunshine to wild hail in a matter of minutes. 


          Getting there: Less than a 3 hour drive from Seattle, you'll drive right through Kurt Cobain's hometown of Aberdeen and the muddy banks of the Wishkah River. Keep an eye out for the legendary "Come As You Are" sign as you roll through. 


          Where to eat: I'm a sucker for barbeque, but Aloha Alabama BBQ is the real deal, folks. They do southern-style BBQ justice on the Washington coast! First off, the fried pickles are a Taryn Daly requirement. And as a pulled pork connoisseur, that's my go-to sandwich. 


          Where to drink: A local brewery, of course - and I know you're shocked! I tend to favor them. :) Blackbeard's Brewing Company in Westport is FANTASTIC and their Set Sail IPA is TO DIE FOR, me mateys! Drop your anchor and stay awhile. 


          What to do: Bring a kite or buy one from a local shop and head to Cranberry Beach in Grayland! That's my #1 spot on the South Beaches of WA, and there's always an eagle flying overhead somewhere. For those into fishing, you might consider offshore fishing with one of the many Charter Boats out of the area! There is also wine tasting at Westport Winery for those who like to drink their grapes. 


Because our state is so spectacular, these are three of MANY sweet day trips to take this time of year! If you have one for me to check out, email me the details, your suggestions and hot spots so I can check it out! 


Happy Adventuring,


Taryn Daly