planning a day trip in your city

happy thursday, everyone! summertime has seemingly proven to be a whirlwind of barbecues, outdoor brunches and happy hours, and weekend adventures. work and other responsibilities are sprinkled in there (#adulting), but let’s be honest—we live for day trips and fun in the sun!

sequim lavender festival, seattle blogger

seattle fashion blogger, sequim lavender festival

“i haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”–susan sontag

a few weekends ago, the girls and i planned a day trip to sequim, washington. (sequim is a 2–3 hour drive from downtown seattle, located in clallam county.) we packed snacks, accessories, and outfits galore, loaded up on coffee, and escaped the city!

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despite the relatively short drive from seattle, i have never visited sequim. the girls and i planned to stop by a lavender farm—our visit coincided with the lavender festival—and then pop over to gig harbor or tacoma for dinner and additional outfit photos. unfortunately, traffic was worse than anticipated, but we had a wonderful time exploring the lavender farms and surrounding area. i look forward to visiting next year, too!

there are numerous farms located throughout sequim—i’ve scouted out several online that i hope to visit. (also on my to-do list for a future day trip: the new dungeness lighthouse, sequim bay state park, and lavish day spa.) have you been to sequim? if you have any dining or venue recommendations, send them my way!

there is a decent amount of planning that goes into taking a day trip. of course, the logistics, such as the destination, who’s driving, stops along the way, a general itinerary etc. need to be considered. the girls and i usually select our destination and communicate via group text—we message back and forth to brainstorm ideas and formalize plans. (we have taken several trips over the last few years, and it is always a lot of fun.)

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in addition to preparing for said day trip, it is equally important to be flexible and spontaneous. during this trip, for example, we drove by an adorable bed and breakfast. instead of continuing on to gig harbor, we chose to stop for photos. sure, this may have detoured from our original plan, but it provided a great photo opportunity and subsequent memory!

need help selecting a destination? think like a visitor! go wine tasting; get lost in a museum; try a new restaurant; the options are seemingly endless when you’re open to trying something new. still stuck? utilize online resources, such as tripadvisor, for unique ideas and recommendations. (if you’re local to seattle, i also recommend visitseattle—stay apprised of local happenings, festivals, and more!) i find day trips to be highly undervalued. there are seemingly endless adventures (waiting to be had) not far from home. one final tip? leave early. this will help maximize your time away while potentially cutting down on traffic. during two of my most recent trips, i only wish i had more time to explore!

diary of this girl, seattle blogger, seattle fashion

summertime fashion, seattle fashion, seattle blogger

photos by jenn from hello rigby

dress: asos (borrowed from ana luiza), hat: pacsun, purse: forever 21, sunglasses: nordstrom, sandals: zara

do you enjoy planning day trips? where are some of your favorite destinations? if you live in (or near) seattle and are looking for potential excursions, check out this article, published on narcity. you may or may not see a familiar face, too! =)

30 Spontaneous Day Trips, Seattle travel blogger

 

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