Connie Blumenthal

The Most Seasoned Real Estate Connoisseur in Greater Seattle and Mercer Island Luxury Real Estate Markets

Fly, Drive, Boat- Get Away For Memorial Day

  Memorial Weekend marks the end of a school year, the start of great summer weather, and the perfect occasion for Northwestern-er's to get away from it all.  Ask around, and you will most likely find "migratory Memorial Day" plans - meaning, folks tend to return, year after year, to the same Northwest vacation destinations.  Great vacation spots are coveted and usually booked months, if not a year(s) in advance (many book upon check-out the year before!).

Thankfully, the Northwest offers something for everyone this weekend. Prefer boating? Motor up to the San Juans and check out Lopez Island (see below).

Wishing for wine country?  Head over the mountains and take your pick - Chelan, Walla Walla, Leavenworth, and of course Yakima Valley. Love music?  The Gorge amphitheater hosts the annual Sasquatch festival (not for the faint of heart...). Prefer the beach? Then head to the coast.  I think I've made my point well - there is no shortage on areas that attract BIG numbers this weekend.

In case you have yet to make plans, here are a few links to help you get on your way.

A great resource for large groups who prefer more personal accommodations is The site has hundreds of NW listings, which you can search by region (I have successfully booked beautiful properties using this site and recommend it).

Want to leave some of the work to the pros? There are still a number of rooms available across the state and into Idaho (the Tamarack Resort is gorgeous, has a fine golf course, and many other resort amenities).

San Juan Get-a-ways

Lopez Island-NY Times Top Places to visit

Kenmore Air

Bird Rock Hotel --- touted as the "new" San Juan stay.

Rosario Resort & Spa --- classic, refined, renowned

Hotel de Haro --- classic, refined, next to the buzz of the harbor

House Rentals

Wine Country Get-a-ways

The Iconic Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla

Campbell's Resort in Chelan, Washington (you may want to check for houses first, there is typically a much younger/louder crowd in-town)

Sasquatch Music Festival

Tickets are "sold out" but you can find them here.

The Coast

Ocean Shores

Long Beach


Get to getting away Seattle - Have a great Memorial Weekend.

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