BOI Bucket List Travels: 24HRS in SEA

I do my fare share of traveling primarily due to my job. Last week, I went to SEAjust for a day. And I wanted to make sure I squeezed in as much as possible!


Going to be in Seattle for a short period of time? Checkout these places!


Pike Place Market

Famous for its sign and fish-throwing-fisherman, it’s the traditional tourist spot. I arrived to the farmer’s market at the tail end, missing out on some of the goodies (fresh homemade donuts!). But, it was definitely worth visiting!


The Gum Wall

Yeah, it’s a wall completely covered in ABC gum: already been chewed. I HAD to see this infamous gum wall after seeing my share of photos on IG about it. The Wall is in this alleyway, which if you go later at night it may seem pretty scary.


Tip: if you use GPS, it’ll lead you to the side street that leads to the gum wall location. You’ll have to walk down toward the alleyway from the GPS location.


Beecher’s Homemade Cheese

One of my friends on Facebook commented “find the Beecher’s cheese curds!” Not to disappoint, I walked over to Beecher’s with the goal of snapping a photo of  the curds. Little did I know they also had a food menu. Because all I had was a yogurt parfait 3 hours before, my belly sure was chatty. With its “World’s Best” Mac & Cheese” — a hardy plate of penne pasta combined with the Beecher’s flagship cheese — I definitely satisfied my belly AND taste buds. While eating, I sat near the large glass window and watch a cheesemaker complete his final task of the day. If only I came sooner I would have been able to witness the cheesemaking process!


Cafe Presse

It’s a French-styled cafe tucked in on 12th Ave near in  South Capitol Hill. On its menu, it serves up  casual Parisian cafe classics, either to enjoy for take-out or for your dining-in experience. You may also grab an adult drink, reading one of the Cafe’s  plenty of reading pleasures (guilty pleasure magazines to Wall Street Journal).  You can either sit at the bar, grab a seat near the window facing the street (like me; perfect for people watching), or grab a table. It’s a cozy size restaurant, so don’t expect lots of seats.


While people watching, I saw this elder couple leaving the Cafe. When I’m usually sitting alone and facing a street, I enjoy a game called “Which car will it be?”

Silly game – yes.

But nonetheless something fun when dining alone. Back to the story. While playing this game, I guessed the red little Porche belonged to the man, and the SUV Audi belonged to the woman. Nope – WRONG. The Porsche boxer was her toy, driving away with sheer speed & acceleration.

#GOALS


Mighty-O Donut

I randomly came across Mighty-O donut while I was walking to Seattle University. I think visiting a donut shop in every city is a must!  These donuts are organic and made from scratch. So delicious you (slightly) forget you’re eating a donut.  The donut shop is located in Wallingford’s historic Keystone building.


Seattle University

With my hotel being directly across the street, it was only inevitable for me to want to explore the University. I wasn’t aware SU is a Jesuit College or ranked as Best Colleges in 2015. I guess it’s because I’m no longer in the undergraduate admission realm. What a beautiful campus — modern, spacious, and near Downtown Seattle. I couldn’t help but to wonder how much work students get down if living that close to so many things to do!


Pacific Place 

Talk about a high-end mall.

I couldn’t even afford to window shop (salary can’t afford Tiffany’s & Co. at this time)! Nonetheless, it’s always fun to walk around and see and what all the luxurious brands display in the windows. I particularly enjoy malls like these because of the diversity of people you’ll come across. You have the gentleman playing music on the street corner, you have the tourists taking an exorbitant amount of selfies/pictures, and the locales walking around with their adorable doggies.


Cupcake Royal

With a motto like “Seattle’s Best Cupcakes & Ice Cream” it only seemed naturally to check ’em out. I stumbled across this cupcake shop while waiting for the hotel shuttle to pick me up (yes, Silvercloud Hotels offer shuttles to and from downtown).  Too many choices to choose from! I ultimately ended up selecting the  Dance Party Cupcake flavor — rich pink vanilla buttercream spread onto sweet vanilla buttercake, all topped with a colorful confetti. My type of PARTAY!!!


 

I’m starting to love mini getaways. Although this one was for work, I seize any opportunity to explore when presented. As the weather warms up, I will have a slew of #BOIBucketListTravel stories to share with you all!

 

 

Dating in the BOI: 5 Ways to Spice Up Your Relationship


Undoubtedly, winter is definitely the seasons for cuffing.

What’s cuffing? You ask?

It’s a slang term to describe this odd phenomenon, where couples are “cuffed”  to each other all winter long. But when spring comes (or  warm weather– whichever one comes first), these imaginary cuffs come off.

When I confidently walk around Boise as a singleton, I tend to notice how Boise does cater to couples.

Think about it.

From all the cozy restaurants where you can eat quietly in a corner, to a warm coffee shop where can sit near one another and talk while sipping hot cocoa, to taking salsa classes and dancing the night away.

Yes, this is a couples’ city.


I know I’m THAT single person who writes about her dating woes. But don’t be fooled. I consider this good research for when I do meet my better half. Since my love language (this is a MUST-HAVE book, by the way!) is a mix of quality time and physical touch (probably T.M.I for you all), I’m mentally taking note of the varying things to do in Boise, activities where I can spend quality time and physically be close to my better half.


Trust me, this is all for research. Or, at least that’s what I tell myself.


Here are my 5 ways you can spice things up here on Boise:
1. ENJOY DINNER AND A MOVIE

I love movies. I miss the days where I looked forward to movie premieres. And I particularly miss going with my better half. There something to be said about grabbing dinner and a movie on a Friday night. For many, it’s the end of the week, start of the weekend, and the unofficial movie date night. Don’t believe me? Go alone to a movie theater on Friday. Count the number of couples.

Exactly.

The Treasure Valley has its fair share of movie theaters. You can grab dinner & a movie in downtown Boise on 9th Street, or travel to the Village at Meridian. 


You can’t deny that feeling you get when you’re sitting close to your significant other, in a dark movie theater, holding hands during the movie. Don’t get me started on going to a horror movie. Some of my best memories have been going to see the movie Saw on Halloween with my then-boyfriend, being surrounded by couples. When the gory scenes popped up, the ladies around me gasp and nestle their faces in the arms of their partner.

Yup. Told you I love the feeling of going to the movies.

Note to Mr. Right for Me who may be reading this: I like movies. You don’t have to like them, but you must know I do. And love that I do.


2. SIGN UP FOR DANCE LESSONS

Did you know Boise has its selection of dancing lessons?

  • Swing Dancing
  • Salsa Dancing
  • Bachata
  • Line Dancing

Spice things up by taking a dancing class. Don’t worry about whether you’re good or not. The point is to experience it together. So what that you’re uncoordinated, or that you have two left feet. Dress up, grab your partner, and make it a night of dancing. It’s a bonding experience, and who knows what it’ll lead to afterwards. Hey, my blog is PG. I’ll let your imagination run wild.


Here are some links to checkout:

Heirloom Dance Studio

Idaho Dance Sport

Carpe Danza


3. ENJOY A STAY-CATION AT A LOCAL HOTEL

Why would I suggest staying at a hotel if you live right in Boise?

It’s simple: stay-cation.

Do you know how many times I imagined staying at a local high-end hotel just for the amenities? Couples spa. Room Service. Big, comfy bed.

I suggest staying at a downtown hotel because it’s a local and conveinent way to enjoy a weekend together. As a couple, you can:

  • Get a massage together
  • Workout together
  • Sleep in and order room service
  • Enjoy downtown at your leisure
  • Enjoy music at the hotel’s lounge

Depending on the season (like upcoming Valentine’s Day), some local hotels host specials, like the Riverside Hotel. 

Boise has its share of upscale hotels (and more to come!), so you have your share of options.


4. TAP INTO YOU FUN SIDE

Whether it’s Big Al’s or Wahooz Fun Zone, Boise has its share of fun activities for both kids and adults.

What I find appealing about both locations is that each are a playground for all ages. And it’s why I believe they are ideals places to spice things up.

A little fun competition between couples is an excellent way to strengthen that bond between each other.

For example: include a fun wager in your game of bowling. Whoever gets a strike, gets a kiss. Or whoever loses the game has to do what the winner wants.

You can honestly include a friendly wager in any activity you do. Whether it’s racing go-karts, playing mini golf, or a game of pool — friendly and flirty wagers add that extra spice in your game of fun.


 

5. TRAVEL TO A HOT SPRING

As a Florida girl, the only thing which resembles a hot spring are Jacuzzi hot tubs. Yes, hot tubs. Not really a fan after learning about the dangers of hot tubs in the standard Health Sex Ed course.

For those who are unaware, a hot spring is exactly that: a spring of naturally hot water, heated by volcanic activity. And fortunately you, Idaho has its share of hot springs.

This seems like the ULTIMATE way to relax with your partner. You’ll be in a complete relaxing state of mind, immersed in the quietness and stillness of life. You two wouldn’t even have to talk — just sitting, smiling, and thinking how thankful you are to be with one another.

Need a list of hot springs in Idaho? Here ya go: https://visitidaho.org/things-to-do/hot-springs/


 

That’s all I have — for now. I’ll probably have an entire long list of ways to spice things up in Boise; it’s only a matter of time.

Till next adventure,

Boise Bucket List


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