Happy Tuesday lovely Bead Fest fans! We hope your Labor Day weekend was packed with relaxation, cookouts and fun!
As sad as we are to say goodbye to summer, we are thrilled to be that much closer to Bead Fest Fall, happening October 13-16 in Tacoma, Washington! With over 100 educational workshop sessions, countless jewelry art exhibitors and a lineup of renowned instructors, how could Bead Fest Fall get any better!? To answer our own question, the unbeatable location!
Tacoma is an inspirational paradise, and an artist’s dream come true. The beautiful scenery combined with the city’s remarkable and iconic glass work makes Tacoma a truly unique destination. Better yet, Tacoma is less than an hour away from Seattle and just a few hours away from Portland.
So if you’re making the trek to Bead Fest Fall (which you should!), make a vacation out of it and travel to the some of the most scenic and historic cities in the US! Trust us, if you haven’t explored the Pacific Northwest you NEED to!
Here are some of our top picks for things to do and see in Seattle and Portland.
If you venture to Seattle, you can’t miss…
Located in the Madison Park neighborhood, this lush garden has been named one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in the United States. It’s the perfect place for a picnic, scenic walk, and it’s the ideal spot for sketching out your next jewelry design!
Located in Seattle
Pike Place Market has been providing Seattle with fresh produce and local goods since 1907, and it’s a dream come true for history buffs and foodies alike. The market features over 200 owner-operated shops, produce stands and over 80 tempting restaurants. Our advice when visiting Pike Place Market? Come hungry, leave happy (and full!).
Located in Seattle
The Pacific Northwest has a lot of natural wonders, and Snoqualmie Falls is definitely one you need to see. The 270 foot waterfall is located about 40 minutes outside of Seattle, and it’s surrounded by a gorgeous park with hiking trails and an observation deck so you can get a great look at the waterfall. While you’re there, stop by the Salish Lodge which features a renowned restaurant and spa. Pack up your camera, a water bottle and a thirst for adventure—this natural wonder is a must see!
40 minutes from downtown Seattle
Explore the creative paradise that is the Seattle Art Museum! Located in downtown Seattle, locals and visitors can’t get enough of the museum’s permanent collection and the carefully curated selection of installations that cover a variety of artistic styles. Soak in the beauty of the Seattle Art Museum’s contents and then take a stroll to one of the many fantastic restaurants located nearby!
Located in downtown Seattle
If you venture to Portland, you can’t miss…
This 13-acre garden will blow you away with its ponds, waterfalls, magnolias and cherry blossoms. All of the inspiration—and let’s face it—Instagram worthy scenery make this huge garden a must see during your visit to Portland! Pack up your picnic basket, plenty of water and a blanket to sprawl out on. Once you immerse yourself in the beauty of this garden, you won’t want to leave!
18 minute drive from downtown Portland
This massive mansion is a stunning piece of Portland’s history. With a unique blend of French-Renaissance design, Victorian flair and 20th-century furnishings, you simply have to see this beautiful 22-room estate in real life. Explore the grounds, take a tour and drench yourself in the history of this unique beauty, built by Henry Pittock in 1914. Need more of a reason to visit? You didn’t hear it from us, but this palatial piece of history is reportedly haunted!
10 minutes drive from downtown Portland
For those of you traveling to Bead Fest Fall from parts of the country–or world–that lack scenic mountain ranges (like me), you will want to take full advantage of the abundance of towering peaks located in the Pacific Northwest. Mount Hood is renowned for its skiing opportunities, but if you don’t want to hit the slopes, we encourage a day trip to experience the hiking paths, bike trails and countless activities and tours that surround the mountain. Be sure to bring plenty of H2O and snacks. You’ll want to stay hydrated and nourished during your outdoor excursion!
90 minutes from downtown Portland
If you have not experienced the wonderful city of Portland, there is something you should know. Locals LOVE their food trucks and food carts. And who could blame them? With so many fantastic chefs whipping up a variety of deliciousness, from poutine to pizza, Cartopia is the ultimate destination for foodies. Bring your appetite. You’ll want to grab a bite from as many of Cartopia’s carts as you possibly can!
Located just outside of downtown Portland
We know it can be difficult to make time for travel, but you deserve this vacation. Give yourself the opportunity to experience top-notch jewelry art education and explore the gorgeous and artistic Pacific Northwest. It’s the perfect vacation, whether you are flying solo, or traveling with friends and family. So pack your bags, register for some Bead Fest Fall workshops and plan the vacation of your dreams. We promise, it will be an unforgettable and inspirational experience–we’ll see you there!
Interested in exploring Bead Fest Fall’s home? Check out our Tacoma Travel post HERE!