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summer series // seattle, washington

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Debbi DiMaggio

Travel Log: Summer Series 2012
Seattle, Washington

When I travel to a new place, I bring my sense of wonder with me. I look for things to discover and wait to be inspired. I prefer to get to know a city in just four days and three nights.

If you are considering heading north to SEATTLE, here are a few of my highlights.

Fairmont Olympic Hotel
The Fairmont is a Traditional hotel with stunning Georgian architecture. My favorite feature is the indoor heated pool and spa. (I always try to stay at a hotel with a pool.)

W Hotel – Hip and Swanky
A favorite spot for locals and tourists after work or at play.

Four Seasons Hotel
Perched above the Puget Sound in a beautiful modern high rise. Four Seasons service has never been anything less than superior; consistent, tried and true.

By Air, Land or Sea


A great way to see the city surrounded by water:  All Sight Seeing Tours

Seattle Seaplanes offers charter flights and tours to Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, the San Juan Islands and other locations throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Seattle Seaplanes

Walking Tour
The World’s Greatest Walking Tour – The Seattle Walking Tour


Stroll Pike Place Market

The Market is filled with beautiful flowers and fresh vegetables. Watch the butchers playing catch with large, slippery salmon as they throw the fish over the heads of wide-eyed tourists. Indulge in a sampling of fresh, brightly colored fruit or something sweet from one of the many bakeries.  And don’t forget to stop by the original Starbucks. It is certainly true, there is a Starbucks on every corner.  PIKE PLACE MARKET

Try any one of the Tom Douglas restaurants for lunch or dinner. Etta’s, Lola’s and Dahlia Lounge to name a few… each with their own style and cultural flair.

Queen City Grill
A local favorite in Belltown – Old school, comfortable and friendly. Sit and chat with the locals at the bar or enjoy a private booth.

El Gaucho

Every time I visit El Gaucho  I see Jim Carey and Cameron Diaz spinning around the dance floor right out of a scene from the movie, “Mask.” Dimly lit, piano being played in the background while chefs and waiters prepare various dishes table side from Caesar salad to flaming kabobs or bananas foster. It’s an interactive dining experience.

You’ll notice that many restaurants, whether serving breakfast, lunch or dinner each have a bar and serve both wine and spirits. My first guess was because of the colder temperatures. But, during the summer, days go on and on… and it does actually warm up. I could not believe how light it was at 9:00 at night! Bars and restaurants are plentiful. Sip your favorite beverage while overlooking the Puget Sound or at one of the many restaurants located on one of the quintessential alleyways above Pike Place Market.


Charities define a city’s heart. You can’t walk around Seattle without seeing the “working man” sculpture. The Seattle Art Museum, known to locals as SAM, has an extensive collection of art and rotating traveling shows. A quick peak, for an hour or so, allows me just enough time to see things with a new perspective.

Isn’t that what makes traveling worth the effort?

My last piece of advice… Don’t forget your passport.

Canada is just a few hour drive, away.

There is always so much to discover!

XOXO!!  Debbi

 Alaska Air: A quick flight from Oakland to Seattle

           Video Training w/Natalie Rees & Sid Lee                                                        Jenn and Debbi               

Next Weekend

Summer Series // Beverly Hills

 LAX Tournament in LA // Tinsel Town Throwdown!

a walk down memory lane // children’s fairyland // magic*

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Debbi DiMaggio

Children’s Fairyland Since 1950! create, imagine, play and learn

yesterday i took a trip down memory lane. thoughts and images i did not even realize still existed in my memory bank took me by surprise as the incredible executive director of Fairyland, C.J. Hirschfield, took me on a tour of the completely renovated storybook park. words just fell naturally from my lips as we passed each icon.  the stories i found myself sharing with C.J. were just as vivid as the day they had occurred, nearly 40 years ago. i recalled birthday parties and feeding the sea lions ( who no longer reside in the park ), the jolly trolley and noah’s arc. i envisioned my brother michael and i running around; up the dragon tail, around the pirate ship and down the blue slipper all the while, he trying to keep up with me. ( most have learned now, it’s best just to sit and wait for me and i’ll eventually slow down and return. )  i recall the only shaded area with colorful little circle shades above, where finally he could catch up with me as i sat for a short moment to catch my breathe.  i remembered how i was dressed: mom always dressed me as neat as a pin, with my hair pulled way back in a tie and topped with a bow.  no doubt i was wearing white bobby socks, sparkling clean shoes and a cute dress with bloomers.

i hope you will allow yourself to take a moment to remember your childhood just as i had the opportunity yesterday to remember mine,

and are inspired to

“journey through the magical shoe, as you visit the dream of every child come true”.

As always, there is so much more to discover!

XOXO! Debbi

Join Us on June 7th for the

Children’s Fairyland Annual Gala – it’s not too late to purchase your tickets.


who could forget? old mother hubbard in her shoe, puff the magic dragon and noah’s arc? meet fairyland’s newest friends…soon to be named. stay tuned!

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