1. Learn which local fruits and vegetables are in season, and eat accordingly.
Have you ever had a freshly picked apple, Rainier cherries that are in the heart of their season or recently harvested asparagus? Nothing else will ever compare, so do yourself the favor of shopping wisely.
2. Learn our state history.
Washington was an important part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and that’s just a small part of our rich history.
3. Visit other parts of the state (for longer than a weekend).
Stepping outside your comfort zone is good for you, and our state has a wide variety of cities and towns with a lot to offer. If you prefer small town living, visit Seattle. If you love the big city, spend a couple of weeks (or a year) in a rural town. You might realize you’re more adaptable than you think… and if nothing else, you’ll be more secure in your decision to stay right where you are.
4. Get a Discover Pass.
For $30, you can have access to over 100 state parks, recreation trails, wilderness areas and primitive recreation sites for an entire year. This is an incredible value and will give you an excuse to go exploring.
5. Learn to embrace—or at least respect—the Seahawks.
Most of us are Hawks fans through thick and thin. And if you aren’t, that’s fine… but at least learn to embrace being surrounded by us, because we’re proud and we’re loud. Record-breaking loud, in fact.
6. And while you’re at it, go to a Mariners game.
Win or lose, they’re a lot of fun. And they’re doing very well right now.
7. Shop at farmers markets when you can.
Washington’s diverse climate allows us to grow a wide variety of tasty produce, not to mention our locally raised meats and artisan cheeses. Shop your local farmers markets now and then. You’ll be supporting local businesses in the most delicious way.
8. Do the touristy things. Even the cheesy ones.
Go to the top of the Space Needle at least once. Go to Pike Place Market. Visit Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens. Spend a weekend boating on Lake Chelan. There’s a reason so many of our visitors flock to these spots… they’re fun!
9. Visit our beautiful coast.
No, our beaches aren’t as warm as Hawaii’s and some of them might have more rocks than sand. But they’re insanely beautiful and worth exploring.
10. Go to food festivals.
We’ve got food worth celebrating here. Go to Taste Washington in Seattle, Pig Out in the Park in Spokane, Pullman’s Lentil Festival or one of the many seafood festivals held every year.
11. Read books by Washington state authors.
Elizabeth George, Julia Quinn, Rick Steves and Steve Martini are just a few of our many wonderful writers.
12. If you drink, get to know our breweries and wineries.
Our state is full of hops and vineyards that result in some outstanding beverages. Enjoy them.
13. Go to concerts and festivals at The Gorge.
The Gorge in George is one of the most beautiful concert venues on Earth, and they host a huge variety of artists and performers.
14. Travel extensively…
We live in a beautiful country and a big world. See as much of it as you’re able to.
15. … but always come back.
Because obviously the best decision you could ever make is to make Washington your home.