How to Have a Very Pacific Northwest Winter

I didn't appreciate the Pacific Northwest nearly enough while growing up in it. I was dying to get away and it was only after leaving that I realized how beautiful and wonderful it was. Every time I go back, I find more to fall in love with. If you're ever going to spend time in this part of the world during the winter months, here are some ideas for how to fill your time.

First, grab your boyfriend and head to Seattle. Drive to Kerry Park at sunset and take in the skyline with the Space Needle and Mount Rainer to draw you in. After the sun goes down, drive to Gas Works Park and marvel at the city across the lake and enjoy twilight as the moon starts to appear.

If you have time, gather up some friends and go to Pike Place Market for some holiday food and a visit to the gum wall.

Next, it's time to take on nature. Grab your little sister and drive into the woods, perhaps onto Fidalgo Island and up to Mount Erie and reconnect with the greenery surrounding you. If you need some scenery, drive to Deception Pass Bridge and revel in this man-made wonder.

Snow is a rarity in the Pacific Northwest, so when it comes, it deserves to be appreciated. If its a lucky year, drive out to a quaint little place like Greenbank Farm and shoot some white Christmas shots with the snowflakes as the backdrop.

And now it's time to celebrate the New Year. Dig around your dad's office and find leftover sparklers from a past Independence Day and go in your backyard and light them up, all while holding onto a glass of prosecco to bring in 2018.

I can't wait to spend many more winters in the Pacific Northwest and hope you can find your way to celebrate the cold season here too someday! Happy holidays!