My Favorite Things About Spring in the PNW


If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, you’re probably just as sick of winter, gloom, rain, and clouds as I am! Spring officially started on Monday and while we’ve seen a couple teasers of blue skies, we’re still holding onto hope that there will be a day without rain. It’s been the gloomiest winter since before I was born, and it seems like everyone is feeling the effects of it, not just the Californians like me!

So in order to continue the positive attitude that spring has officially sprung, and it’s slowly teasing its way to our area, I figured I’d make a list of my favorite things about spring in the PNW!

What is there to do during Spring in the pacific northwest, Seattle area?

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1. Bars and Restaurants are opening their patios again!

I don’t go to happy hour as often as I used to. I blame being 2+ years into a serious relationship and no longer working downtown. But when I do, I looooove when the bar has a garage door style front and leaves it open. The fresh air flowing through the building is so nice, and it creates an awesome transition when the sun goes down so that you aren’t suddenly freezing outside.

The typical patio is fantastic too. I used to live across the street from several bars, and one had a beer garden with life sized Jenga and other games. It was a great place to hang out with a group of friends or meet new ones.

2. The Cherry Blossoms Bloom

Washington D.C. isn’t the only Washington with cherry blossoms! I wasn’t super familiar with cherry blossoms, growing up in Southern CA and NV. When they first bloomed during my first spring in western Washington, I totally swooned. You can go to the University of Washington and see their gardens, or you can just walk around town and find them in front of people’s homes.

Spring on the streets of Tacoma. #nofilter

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They’re so pretty!!

3. We Can Go Camping and Hiking Again

Last weekend we went hiking for the first time since last summer. It was so nice! I was wearing warm socks, fleece lined leggings, jeans, a tank top, a short sleeve, a long sleeve, a sweater AND gloves… but it was still really nice to be spending time outside again. I feel like we’ve been cramped inside for months. While cold camping at the end of the year isn’t my idea of a fantastic time, cold camping in the beginning of the year feels like freedom!

If you’re new to camping, check out this complete guide to your camping pack list. I wrote it after I finally got the hang of packing so it’s geared toward those of us who haven’t been outdoorsy our whole lives.

4. My Feet Aren’t Wet Every Single Day

OK, I don’t know about you guys, but I hate when my feet are wet, haaaate it! It’s even worse when the bottom of my pants are wet as well. It is the ickiest feeling to me. It still rains in the spring (and sometimes all summer too, but I’ve been lucky with most of my summers here), but it’s not as bad as the winter.

5. The 5k Options Become More Plentiful

You can participate in 5ks from December to February, but why would you? JK JK, some of you are tougher than I am and don’t mind inhaling freezing temps. I prefer more balmy weather for a race, partly because I’m so competitive that if I’m being timed, I have a harder time easing into a workout.

My first #5k – after. That smile took a LOT of work but we did it! 32 min, 13 seconds!!

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6. I Can Wear Dresses Without Tights

Well, on most days at least.

7. Mariners Games!!

J and I love going to Mariners games. We’ve gone to Opening Day together for the last two years, and are going to opening day on April 10th with a huge group of friends!  They’re one of my favorite activities in the spring and summer, especially if we take the boat up.

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OK. Now that I’ve shared my favorite things about spring in the PNW, I’m ready for the temperature to rise above 50 degrees! Let’s do this!

How are the changing seasons experienced in your area? Is there one season you love more than the other? 

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    Angie Agerter
    March 30, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    I love Spring here. Love it. It’s my favorite season and time of the year. The birds starting to sing each morning. The warm morning sun. Happy Hours and dinners sitting outside and being able to take along Roxy. Just perfection. I can not wait until it does finally get warmer and I can sit outside on the porch with my coffee and book. My favorite part of the day.
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    March 30, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Oh man I am JEALOUS! Here in the Midwest it’s cold and rainy. And it could still snow at any minute. I need to go visit the PNW obviously!
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    March 31, 2017 at 2:24 am

    I no longer work in downtown Seattle either and I definitely miss outdoor happy hour!

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    Doreen's Style Diary
    March 31, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    PNW has the best spring/summer. I’m going to UW this weekend to see the cherry blossoms.

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    April 1, 2017 at 9:36 am

    #4! Amen! I can’t wait to wear sandals again!!! Thanks for sharing this list and reminding me that there is light at the end of this gloomy tunnel. Spring/summer in the PNW does exist. I still believe. ;)

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    Ashley @ Life on the Parsons Farm
    April 1, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    There really is nothing like Seattle when the weather is nice!! I have to admit up until today when I read your post I have been taking the Cherry Blossoms for granted…I never thought about them not being everywhere in the states before! The house I grew up in had 5 LARGE mature blossoming cherry trees and I loved them every year. I miss those trees.

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    April 2, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Oh my gosh, so much yes… I just can’t wait for the weather to get warmer and the sun to shiner brighter. Seattle is best in Spring and Summer, I am so looking forward to everything you have mentioned (except the bar scene maybe, how could I with a new baby in hand haha).

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