As much as I tend to complain about the retreat of Summer and the onset of the cold and rain Seattle is most known for, I do really love Fall activities. I often say that I love the idea of Fall, and if the weather could just stay about 20 degrees warmer until it's time for maybe 2 weeks of snow and cocoa I would extremely happy.
Luckily this year we had a few extra days of sunshine, which provided the perfect excuse to engage in some of the Fall traditions I love so much! A couple Saturdays ago I ventured out with a couple of my sorority sisters, crossing the 520 bridge into the quiet city of Carnation to visit Jubilee Farms. You could probably argue that the hour drive disqualifies this trip from being a Seattle Spotlight, but I'm a fan of alliteration and Washington Spotlight doesn't have the same ring to it. If you can make a day trip from the city, (or in our case a morning trip) then I say it counts!
Jubilee farms is worth the drive. Getting further outside of the city meant it was less crowded, with more activities, and a scenic route to enjoy on the way. I turned on Taylor Swift's Red album, which in my opinion is the only thing worth listening to while driving backroads surrounded by colorfully leaved trees. Once we arrived, there was a vintage truck-turned-coffee shop stocked with pumpkin spice and eggnog, followed by roasted corn and a hayride. The actual patch was pretty big, with more gourd and pumpkin options than I thought possible!
Our attempts to carry all our pumpkins left us laughing and covered in mud before finally finding a wheelbarrow. Everything about our trip to Jubilee felt so perfect, and I can't wait to return next year!
Happy Tuesday! Today I'm sharing another "Seattle" favorite - Daddy's Donuts! Full disclosure, they aren't actually located in the city, but I definitely consider Kenmore to be a part of the "Greater Seattle Area" and it didn't really take any longer for us to drive there than it sometimes takes to get downtown.
Daddy's Donuts is family owned, and makes their mini donuts fresh when you order them. You can choose between a cup of classic donuts, or a donut sundae (I'm bad at choosing so we tried both). I ordered the Robot Roberta, which is covered in chocolate sauce and oreos, and Ty went for the Caramel Apple sundae. For the classic donuts we decided on cinnamon sugar. Since everything is made to order, the donuts were warm and super soft! I ate waaaaay more sugar than I could ever justify having in one sitting but I have no regrets 😋
If you find yourself in Kenmore, or are craving sundaes made of tiny donuts, be sure to check out Daddy's Donuts!
Last weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Origin Salon | Spa for my first facial ever! I don't know what I've been doing with my life, but I have seriously been missing out! 😳If you haven't had a facial before, I highly recommend it (aka don't make the same mistake I did by going 23 years without trying it). I've never been so relaxed, and I came out feeling so refreshed and confident about my skin!
Since Origin is an Aveda salon, all of the products they use are high quality, all-natural and environmentally conscious. This is super important to me - there's nothing that feels ickier than rubbing a bunch of crazy chemicals into my hair and on my skin.
Even though I try to treat my skin well and avoid harsh products, I learned just how much room for improvement I really have. I struggle with combination skin - an oily nose and dry cheeks/forehead - that's difficult to keep balanced. My dry areas end up really flakey so I exfoliate frequently. What I didn't know, was that I was just making the problem worse by not giving my skin enough time to recover. Instead I was recommended to only exfoliate once per week at max, as opposed to every day or every other day. Luckily the facial helped restore some of the moisture I was missing, and I was able to grab my own bottle of the Intense Hydrating Masque so I can get the same soft skin from home.
From the moment I walked in the door, the ladies at Origin made me feel so comfortable. The salon space is bright and open, and the spa is quiet and soothing - just what I needed!
If you want to treat yourself to a relaxing day at Origin Salon | Spa you can use code "alyssa" to receive $20 off your service.
If I had to pick one thing to eat for the rest of my life, it would probably be ice cream. If I had to pick one ice cream shop to visit for the rest of my life, it would probably be Molly Moon's.
From the unique flavors to the homemade cones, Molly Moon's is a Seattle must. There are several locations, including University Village and Capitol Hill. These photos were taken in Wallingford, where the shop features this fun mural and a parklette with outdoor seating!
My favorite flavors are all season, the all-time-best being Vegan Coconut Chunk (paired with their vegan hardshell chocolate) followed closely by the Mixed Berry FroYo (paired with lemon curd). However, there are definitely some classics on the permanent menu that are super yummy as well! I like Scout Mint, Stumptown Coffee, and Yeti. Tyler always goes for Sweet Cream!
Beyond the ice cream, Molly Moon's does a lot for the Seattle community. The purchase of Thin Mints sends several Girl Scouts to camp each year, and the Anna Banana Milk Fund was set up to provide families in need with fresh milk. They also support up and coming performers with their record label, and hire local artists to create art for their cups and merchandise.
Next time you're in Seattle be sure to check out one of the shops!
Since I often turn to other bloggers for recommendations on where to visit, I figured it was time that I start sharing some of my favorite local spots in Seattle and the surrounding areas. I'll be adding a new tab called "Explore Seattle" that will highlight these places!
Many of my favorite places to visit in the city involve food, so I let my cravings guide me to my first spotlight: General Porpoise Doughnuts in Capitol Hill.
Tyler and I will often make our way to General Porpoise (or as we call it, Captain Dolphin) for a Sunday morning treat. The filled doughnuts are really tasty, and some of the flavors switch out seasonally. For this visit we had a bit of a late start, and arrived about an hour before closing. I recommend Getting there earlier in the day if you want a wider variety of options, but if you're open to trying anything than you don't need to worry about them running out.
If doughnuts aren't enough to draw you in, I recommend trying some espresso, or the chai made in house! Both options are yummy, and the warm drinks compliment the sweets well.
Not only is the ambiance of the shop totally perfect – I'm talking tons of natural light and the cutest decor, but everything around it is awesome as well. After we finish our "meal", we always like to explore the neighborhood. General Porpoise is located in the best (in my opinion) area of Capitol Hill, just around the corner from other great spots like Frankie & Jo's, Sweet Iron, Everyday Music, and Elliott Bay Book Company. I plan to feature each of these at some point in the future, but if you end up trying General Porpoise be sure to swing by some of the other great businesses!
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