If you have some extra time while in Seattle – and you’ve already enjoyed the must-do Pike Place Market -- I recommend heading a bit east to the suburbs for a different taste of the Emerald City.
One great suburb in particular is quiet, picturesque Woodinville, a hidden gem brimming with quaint family-run wineries and breweries, densely wooded residential areas, and Sammamish River waterfront views.
I’ve visited Seattle several times to visit my boyfriend’s family who lives in the similar nearby suburb of Redmond, the birthplace of Microsoft. We’ve done Pike Place Market and plenty of other touristy things, so this time, they wanted to show me something different -- let me in to one of their local traditions: blackberry picking.
From their cozy English Hill home, we cruised north through a few neighborhoods to Woodinville, where blackberry bushes grow wild around every corner. Our trunk filled to the brim with ladders, rakes, clippers, gloves, and bowls, we snagged and cut and collected for over an hour.
Back home, my boyfriend’s mother made a mean homemade blackberry tart.
Summer marks the best blackberry, raspberry, and blueberry picking season. For a more structured experience, there are tons of berry farms a bit farther east or south of these Seattle-area suburbs such as Remlinger Farms, Biringer Farm, Canter-berry Farms, Harvold Berry Farm, and Schuh Farms. It’s a great family-friendly activity, and you'll be delighted with the bounty you uncover.