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April 10, 2013

Readers, I Need Your Help! Vacationing With Vintage Highlights

by Andrea

Readers, I need your help!


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Darren and I are planning a road trip at the beginning of May, to the Pacific Northwest.  We plan to head to Seattle for sure, and spend several days there.

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I’ve never been to Seattle before, and Darren was last there about 15 years ago, so this is where we need help – I would love all of your recommendations of places to shop, places to see, things to do.  Especially with a mid-century emphasis!  Know of an area of Seattle that has tons of great mid-century buildings?  Know of a fabulous vintage/antique shop?  I would love to hear about it!  Also, since I am a sewist/crafter, I would love to hear about any great shopping for those hobbies as well!

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If time allows, we are also planning on heading down to Portland as well.  Again, I would love your mid-century recommendations for Portland, too.  I am definitely looking for this to be a very vintage themed vacation!

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Please leave your suggestions and recommendations for me in the comments below.  I am super excited to see what you all recommend!

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13 Responses to Readers, I Need Your Help! Vacationing With Vintage Highlights

  1. Queen of Fifty Cents Reply

    April 10, 2013 at 1:59 am

    We were in Seattle recently for the NW Garden Show; you’ll have a great time. Best restaurant we ate at was Cafe Flora, which is vegetarian. About the most flavorful food I’ve ever eaten! There was an article in the most recent Atomic Ranch about a neighborhood of MCM houses up there, so we took a drive through it. I didn’t think it held a candle to my neighborhood in Salem – or my own MCM house for that matter! (Yup, no false modesty here!)

    If you do make it to Portland, check out the MCM League website http://mcmleague.org/. There are several stores catering to MCM tastes, especially on Hawthorne. I have a list; holler and I’ll email it to you. And I would LOVE to show off some of our MCM houses here in Salem. We’re about 45 miles south of P’land, an easy drive down the 5.

    Have a wonderful trip!

    • Andrea Reply

      April 10, 2013 at 10:54 am

      Queen of Fifty Cents – awesome recommendations, thank you! I am a vegetarian myself, so I will definitely have to check out Cafe Flora for sure! I would love your list of stores as well – can you email it to andrea@sewwhatfabrics.ca? Thanks so much!

  2. Desirae Reply

    April 10, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I was there for a week for a conference about seven years ago, but I was stuck downtown without a car. So, I hoofed it. I enjoyed the EMP (Experience Music Project) and the Underground Tour. I didn’t get to do much else.

    • Andrea Reply

      April 10, 2013 at 10:56 am

      Desirae – I will have to look those up to check out, thanks!

  3. Lauren Bradley Reply

    April 10, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Make sure you make a stop at Rhinestone Rosie’s! She’s a vintage costume jewelry dealer. She’s also been an appraiser on the Roadshow.

    My favorite conveyor-belt sushi joint is down the street, it’s called Sushiland.

    • Andrea Reply

      April 10, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      Lauren – awesome! I am a big vintage jewelry fiend, so I will definitely have to check out Rhinestone Rosie’s, thanks! Sushiland sounds awesome, too!

  4. Laura Reply

    April 10, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Just recently visited. If you want to stay at a piece of MCM history, there’s the Edgewater, a hotel built to accommodate people staying for the 1962 World’s Fair. Here’s the wikipedia info on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Edgewater

    Of course, the 1962 World’s Fair gave Seattle it’s most famous MCM landmarks, the Space Needle and the Monorail. You can’t go to Seattle and NOT do these two things!

    Classic MCM signage to see? The Elephant Carwash sign on Battery Street near Denny Park. Don’t miss it!

    • Andrea Reply

      April 10, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      Laura – I think we’re definitely going to have to try to stay at the Edgewater, fantastic suggestion, thanks! The monorail and Space Needle are definitely on our list as well, even though I am super afraid of heights, LOL!

  5. Sara In AZ Reply

    April 10, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Oh that’s so cool! I’ve only been to Seattle once….it was when my husband was there on business 6 years ago. We had to do all these insane work projects and we had hardly had any time to sight see, but we did work a few things in. We did the Underground tour and I thought that was pretty cool.


    We also did a bit of antiquing. Snohomish is a cute little town and it had a bunch of antique stores in the downtown center when we were there – you may want to check that out.


    And finally, you may want to check out XXX Root Beer! It’s a cool old root beer shop that opened in the 60s….and they have the best root beer!


    Can’t wait to see where your trip takes you!

    • Andrea Reply

      April 10, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      Sara – Undgerground Seattle has been on my list of places to visit since I saw it featured on an episode of Ghost Hunters a few years ago, LOL! Definitely going to have to check out the antiques in Snohomish, and that XXX Root Beer looks awesome! Thanks for the suggestions!

  6. Susan Measures Reply

    April 10, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Sara, you mention the XXX rootbeer drive in. May 5 there will be a Vintage Travel Trailer show on in the parking lot.The Drive in is in Issaquah.

    • Andrea Reply

      April 12, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      Ooh, I’d love to catch that vintage trailer show, and that’s right when we should be in Seattle, too. Awesome!

      • Susan Measures Reply

        April 13, 2013 at 3:40 pm

        I will be in the tiny airstream with the Green stripe awning.

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