Seattle can keep you busy for weeks on end with it's vast choices in arts, eats, and entertainment. If you're wishing for something different than the big city though, you might choose to visit one of the many small towns in the Seattle area. Here are a few to give you an idea of what's available. Each is close enough for a day trip, but you just might decide to make it a weekend adventure instead!
Carnation: If you love medieval history you won't want to miss Carnation. Camlann Medieval Village is a living museum that will take you back to the days of yore, and of course there are endless options for shopping and dining while you're there.
Poulsbo: if Scandinavian is the experience you're craving just head to Poulsbo. Nicknamed "Little Norway," Poulsbo looks like a village from the past, and the view of the Olympic Mountains will make you feel like you've transported to the Old Country. Take a stroll down Viking Avenue and enjoy the restaurants, bakeries, and shops and you'll fall in love with the old fashioned charm of this small town.
Snohomish: if you're a history buff put on your walking shoes and head to Snohomish. Billed as "The Antique Capital of the World" this small town is chock full of antique shops as well as an extensive historic district with endless tours.
Snoqualmie: If you love railroads make sure to visit Snoqualmie, home of the Northwest Railway Museum as well as the famous falls. You can also visit the PSE Hydroelectric Museum and learn about the first underground power station in the world or visit the filming locations from the popular 1990 TV series "Twin Peaks."
Winthrop: A visit to Wintrop is like stepping back into the Wild West, so plan to wear your walking shoes to experience the boardwalk and old time shops. Dine in a saloon, visit a cider house, or stay in a cabin for the full western experience.
Kirkland: if you want to visit some of the greatest Northwest’s wineries, breweries, and distilleries head to Kirkland. If spirits aren't your thing check out the extensive array of art galleries and shops on the main drag and you won't leave disappointed!
Leavenworth: a Bavarian style town, Leavenworth shows its German roots throughout the city. Plan to enjoy German style food and beer as well as excellent shopping choices. If you want to make a weekend of your trip there are several quaint Bavarian Inns to make your stay even more enjoyable.
Edison: Edison is all about the bread, so if you love baked goods this is the perfect destination. Plenty of artisans and artists in residence make it an excellent destination for gift shopping, too.