Washington State Local Customs

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Washington State Local Customs

  • Coffee Craze

    Seattle Local Customs

    Just try and say Seattle without thinking of coffee. Even my beer-obsessed mind can't fathom a day without the java in this caffeine-infused culture. As you walk around town, you notice the number one accessory is the coffee cup. And when you don't have one of your own, you start looking for a place to get one. That's okay, you never have to look...

  • Seattle Weather

    Seattle Local Customs

    They say it rains a lot in Seattle! That's so true! We got used to it already except that our drivers don't. So be careful driving! So, when you come to Seattle, choose the right season then you don't have to bring an umbrella. The best time to come to Seattle is the month of July, August and September. It is bright and sunny but, sometimes, it...

  • Friendly Seattelites

    Seattle Local Customs

    Seattle has amongst the best street performers and some of the most colourful people we've ever encountered on our travels. Take the time to stop and enjoy the creative music and wonderful sounds that some of these young up and coming stars provide to the onlookers for small tips or with the hopes of selling a cheap CD.

  • Artwork / Architecture

    Seattle Local Customs

    I don't know if Chihuli is an indian or not, but I admired the sensibility he shows about indian culture. His "boathouse", more than being a cathedral of glass creation, is a carefully displayed collection of indian artifacts, that evidence the pleasure of just holding them.

  • Food and Drink

    Seattle Local Customs

    Not trying to be ingratious or sarcastic, but it seems like every time myself & my friends and / or coworkers go out for dinner to any Seattle restaurant, when the server starts reciting the tedious litany of evening "specials" on the menu - inevitably there always seems to be at least 4 or 5 different offerings & preparations of salmon. I know...

  • Lucky Dip

    Seattle Local Customs

    Not staying in Seattle, but staying close by? You can get a feel for different neighborhoods (in and around Seattle) at this site: Seattle Times Neighborhoods

  • Christmas Lights

    Seattle Local Customs

    If you happen to be in Seattle for New Year's Eve, you're in for a really good time. The city of Seattle presents a fireworks display at the Space Needle. From all over the Seattle area you can see the fireworks exploding around the Space Needle beginning at midnight. It's a wonderful sight! The downtown area does get very crowded for the...

  • Shop Till You Drop

    Seattle Local Customs

    Shopping in Seattle competes with most large cities. Small funky boutiques sit along with Norstrom, Bon Marche and the new mall Pacific Place. PIKE PLACE MARKET is a bazaar of fresh seafood, fruit, veg., flowers, ethnic entries and specialty shops, not to mention the many street performers. Don't forget to walk around the waterfront surrounded with...

  • Northwest Folklife Festival

    Seattle Local Customs

    The Northwest Folklife Festival was founded in 1972. The festival is run by an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes the cultural heritage of Pacific Northwest communities. The festival is free and offers live music. The music tended to be folk music from various Pacific Northwest cultures. Food is available and booths are present to...

  • craft beer pioneer

    Many are coming to realize that Washington State is full of many scenic wonders but it has been a forerunner in the craft beer revolution in the United States as well. In the early 1980s, small breweries started to spring up around the the US with many of the first in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California. The climate is quite good for...

  • Right place or wrong place who knows !!

    When touring Washington state see if you can take in one of the Battle Reenactment & living history demonstrations.If you are not from the area you will learn how life was back in the old days.

  • Coffee is a Way of Life

    More than just a drink in Washington, coffee has become a way of life. As you are driving keep an eye out for Espresso Stands. Normally no larger than an information booth, you can drive right up and place your order. Whether you end up with the best grande half-caf soy latte you've ever had or simple cuppa joe, you are guaranteed a Washington...

  • Political correctness is the...

    Political correctness is the norm in Seattle and surrounding communities. It's laughed at in most other parts of the state. Tee shirts featuring sea turtles, whales and Ichiro are proper Seattle atire, while Spotted Owl Soup is a local favorite in Eastern Washington cafes.

  • Dumb Washington LawsAll...

    Dumb Washington LawsAll lollipops are banned.A law to reduce crime states: 'It is mandatory for a motorist with criminal intentions to stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town.'It is illegal to paint polka dots on the American flag.People may not buy a mattress on Sunday.All motor vehicles must be...

  • People out here are generaly...

    People out here are generaly into the outdoors.With a lot of people heading into the mountains for a day hike,mountain bike or general sports activities around town during good weather days.There are more than enough trails throughout the mountains to accommodateeveryone though trails within an hour of Seattle or any big city with of course have...

  • Here's a gorgeous mural of...

    Here's a gorgeous mural of typical Washington state scenery, painted onto a building in downtown Seattle. Keep an eye out for public art!

  • Washington is much like any...

    Washington is much like any other western state, a mix of ethnic backgrounds and cultures. You do find more mixing in the more populated areas, therefore less diversity in rural communities. ('Howdy' is a common greeting in the outlying areas.) Tipping your servers is the normal 15 to 20%, depending on service quality.

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