Jan 21, 2022

Seattle Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2022

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and it's the perfect occasion to shop local and support Seattle's best designers, brands, and boutiques. From cards to candy, fashion, beauty products, and experiences, this round-up has something for everyone on your list. 

For the ladies in your life, this beautiful Boma Jewelry Rose Quartz Pendant from the Treasured Collection makes a great gift. Featuring upcycled bi-disc stones, this necklace is available in 14k gold plated and sterling silver. Last year, the brand celebrated 40 years in business with a series of Seattle pop-ups featuring local AAPI brands. Learn more about Boma's backstory here. Shop online and don't forget to offset your carbon at check-out using CarbonClick

The Beloved Beanie by Sskein originally made its debut last fall and it's a classic gift that gives back. For every beanie sold, a new beanie is donated to Seattle non-profit Mary's Place. The Beloved Beanie by Sskein is available in 9 colors including Cameo Pink (shown above). 

Seattle brand Lulumiére makes beautiful, hand-poured candles using plant-derived ingredients that are good for you and the planet. Available in a variety of scents, the Chai & Cinnamon candle is perfect for Valentine's Day. 

If you're been curious about trying the Lip Blush beauty trend, look no further than local make-up artist and beauty expert Heidi Nymark. She offers a service called the "Sula Lip" that customizes the perfect lip shade for each client, creating a natural look that beauty fans will love. Gift the service to a friend or book a treatment for yourself. Check out the results on my lips, above. Book during the month of February and get $50 off your service by mentioning promo code SYDNEY. 

For those on your list who are currently binge-watching Yellowstone on Paramout+, chances are they've been admiring the fashion worn by lead character Beth Dutton. Her low-cut floral dresses and cowboy boots are epic and these pink Lydia boots by Rachel Comey, available at Corre, are a total vibe. 

I love Seattle brand The Cura Co. because they make it easy to shop for Valentine's Day with your values in mind by curating an amazing mix of ethical brands. Their Black-Owned Gift Set features a Clarifying Face Mask by Ilera Apothecary, loose-leaf herbal tea by QBIPOC brand Aesthete Tea, and a fine art print by Marsha Robinson of Strange Dirt. Pick up this great gift set from the store or have the box shipped directly to your Valentine. 

This "Satin Mood" French fragrance by Maison Francis Kurkdjian is a great gift for beauty fans. Featuring notes of geranium, cinnamon, roses, and violet blossoms, a spritz of this parfum will definitely put romance in the air. Available locally at Nordstrom. 

Australian brand Frankie4 recently opened a beautiful new storefront in Seattle and their Mim II Blush Braid sneaker makes a beautiful gift for Valentine's Day. Podiatrist-designed to be stylish and good for your feet, this lightweight shoe features adjustable heel, arch, and foot support. Also available in white. 

I didn't understand all the fuss about the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer until my husband suprised me with one last year. I can honestly tell you, it's a TOTAL game changer. I have long, thick hair and this dryer saves me so much time. It used to take me 20-25 minutes to blow dry my hair in sections. With this dryer, I can dry my hair (without putting it into sections) in 7 minutes flat. Totally worth the splurge for your VIP Valentine. 

Help your Valentine relax and unwind with CBD oil by Seattle brand Two Cranes. The Attune 
Full Spectum CBD oil in 300+ mg is fast-absorbing and helps with stress, anxiety, and inflammation. Two Cranes CBD oils are made without herbicides, solvents, preservatives or fillers. They are also non-psychoactive and contain less than .3% THC. 

The Knours Komplete Kit from K Banana contains all my favorite k-beauty essentials and makes a great Galentine's Day gift.  This set features One Perfect Youth Cream, Your Only Cleanser, Double Duty Mist, and a pair of Sweet Enough Rescue Masks all packaged in an eco-friendly, biodegradable pouch that is great for travel. 

Cute notebooks, blank pages, endless possibilities. This trio of notebooks from Chez Gagné, available at Seattle boutique Foundation on Queen Anne, makes a gift for great Valentine's Day. They're small enough to tuck into a jacket pocket or handbag and perfectly sized for capturing moments of inspiration. 

It's a Golden Galentines, no but really. This adorable card available locally at Paper Source is exactly the kind of snail mail I want to give and receive on Valentine's Day. We miss you, Betty White! 

Set the mood for a romantic night in with this delicate incense burner from L'Objet, available locally at Flora & Henri. Scent has the power to transport us to another place and time and while we may not be able to travel as often as we used to, this incense burner is a great gift that can help recapture those precious memories. Made from porcelain and presented in a luxury gift box, this is the perfect Valentine's Day gift for a night in. Don't forget the incense sticks

You can't go wrong on Valentine's Day with a classic Red Velvet cupcake. Trophy Cupcakes masters this best-selling treat with traditional buttermilk cake paired with a hint of cocoa and topped with a swirl of cream cheese frosting. Shop the full assortment of Valentine's Day treats from Trophy Cupcakes here

Low key and perfect for a cozy Valentine's Day snuggle session, this crewneck sweatshirt featuring a lipstick kiss is available at Emry boutique and makes a great gift. Like many people, I've been living in sweatshirts during the pandemic and this one is SUPER cute. 

A spa day is always a good idea, especially when it's at the new Yuan Spa location at The Village at Totem Lake. Savvy spa fans will enjoy the new range of Ultraceutical Facials while purists will enjoy a Yuan Chinese signature massage. Stop by the spa to purchase a gift card in person or shop online and send a gift card via email. 

If you're looking for something fun to do around town to celebrate Valentine's Day, don't miss the Lipsology event at W Seattle featuring certified lipsologist Deni Luna. The event is taking place on Thursday, Feb. 10 from 5-8 p.m. in the Living Room bar. Register here

W Seattle is also offering a special Skyline Valentine hotel package now through the end of February that includes a room, 2 cocktails, an in-room dining experience, and an intimacy kit.  During your visit, don't miss the Indi-gogo cocktail featuring a fashionable twist on a classic gin and tonic, inspired by Pantone's 2022 Color of the Year, Very Peri (shown below). 


Jan 20, 2022

Weekend Staycation at The Woodmark Hotel

It's no secret that it's a weird time to travel right now due to the ongoing pandemic. While that hasn't stopped us from safely visiting some of our favorite places, we've also sprinkled in some fun staycations around the city to mix things up. Over the weekend my family and I stayed at The Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland and had a great time waking up on the water. The hotel is located on Carillion Point overlooking Lake Washington and it's an easy 15-minute drive from Seattle. Underground covered parking is available for guests and once you're on-site, there's easy access to coffee, dining, and even a spa. 

We started our adventure with a complimentary glass of bubbles upon check-in and then went up to find our room. The Kirkland Suite is a great option for families who want extra space. The room is 650 square-feet and features a separate living area with sleeper sofa, private balcony, master bedroom and bathroom, in-room fridge, and plenty of space to stretch your legs. 

For dinner, we headed to the Beach Cafe which is located on the lower level of the hotel overlooking the water. The menu has something for everyone including craft cocktails and an extensive wine list. We ordered the truffle mac and cheese, bread basket, sliders with truffle fries, and chicken strips for the kids. Everyone loved their food and we're excited to go back again soon. 

If you're traveling with people who love snacks, don't miss the chance to "Raid the Panty", nightly at 10 p.m. The Woodmark Hotel stocks everything you need for late-night nibbles including candy, popcorn, ice cream, and fresh local treats. 

For brunch the next morning, visit Carillon Kitchen across the plaza which serves complimentary coffee and tea for hotel guests and also has a limited menu of breakfast items available. For a full brunch experience, make reservations ahead of time at Le Grand Bistro Américain. I've dined here on many occasions for brunch with friends and the food has been excellent EVERY time. The French Toast with maple syrup and vanilla créme fraiche is not to be missed. 

In terms of activities, The Woodmark Hotel is centrally located next to Downtown Kirkland which has a great mix of shopping and dining options. Or, if you take Lake Washington Boulevard the other way, you'll find even more shopping, dining, and entertainment options at The Bellevue Collection. 

The Woodmark is a great, pet-friendly hotel that is perfect for out-of-town guests or Seattleites looking for a luxurious staycation. One quick note, The Woodmark Hotel is currently renovating the lobby. From now until March 14th, guests should check in from the lower lobby which is accessible through the parking garage. 

The Woodmark Hotel
1200 Carillon Point
Kirkland, WA 98033


Sep 9, 2021

Boma Jewelry Partners with Starbucks on Exclusive Collection

Two of my favorite local brands have joined forces for an exclusive new collection! The Starbucks x Boma Jewelry collection of accessories is available starting today at select Starbucks Reserve stores. If you're a fan of fair-trade coffee and fashion that is good for the planet, don't miss out on this cool collab.

All items from the limited-edition collection of sustainable jewelry were handcrafted at Boma’s facility in Thailand using ethically sourced recycled metals. The range features a sterling silver necklace featuring Starbucks' iconic mermaid, a ‘Roasted’ pendant adjustable necklace, sterling silver coffee bean earrings, sterling silver red hummingbird earrings, and sterling silver coffee plant studs.

The new collaboration builds on Boma’s commitment to partner with like-minded brands that are using business as a force for good. Last month, Boma Jewelry announced its B Corp Certification, becoming the first jewelry company in Washington state to meet the highest standards of social and environmental transparency, accountability, and impact.

You can view the official media alert here.  The collection is available at Starbucks Sodo Reserve, Starbucks Reserve Seattle Roastery, Starbucks Reserve Chicago Roastery, and the Starbucks Reserve New York Roastery. 

University Village announces Fashion Night Out

University Village has partnered with Gossip & Glamour and the team at Styled Seattle for a special fall fashion event on Thursday, September 23rd from 5-7 p.m. Guests will enjoy in-store activations at participating retailers that highlight seasonal arrivals and timeless must-haves. Fashion Night shoppers will also enjoy special discounts, raffle prizes, gifts with purchase, and more.

To celebrate the event, Trophy Cupcakes will be serving up fashion-forward cupcakes and The Confectionery will be curating a mix of stylish candy. The University Village Fall Fashion Night is free and open to the public.


Participating retailers + in-store offerings include:

Guests are invited to come check out the new store, shop for seasonal must-haves, and learn more about the brand's sustainability initiatives.

Shoppers can check out new arrivals for fall, enjoy a 20% discount (excluding outerwear), and enter-to-win a special giveaway featuring amazing prizes. Guests can also learn more about Oiselle’s local running club and social justice initiatives including the Women Run The Vote Relay.

Check out what’s new for fall at Athleta ranging from athleisure to ready-to-wear for women and kids.

Stop by the Free People store to shop for stylish new arrivals for fall.

To celebrate the season ahead, Eileen Fisher is hosting a special in-store fashion presentation!

Come celebrate fall fashion with the team at Evereve and enjoy 15% off your purchase + drinks and light bites.

Faherty is a family-run brand creating high-quality, sustainably-minded clothes. Stop by for Fall Fashion Night and enjoy 20% off your purchase.

Come see what’s new for fall at Jenni Kayne and get 15% off your purchase. Guests will also enjoy light refreshments.

J. Crew
Check out the top 10 fall favorites from J. Crew and enjoy a special gift with purchase exclusively for Fall Fashion Night shoppers!

We invite you to experience the brand-new Everlane store at U Village! Fall Fashion Night guests who shop from 5-7 p.m. will be automatically entered to win a $150 gift card.

Shop for all your K-Beauty favorites at K Banana. For Fall Fashion Night, they are also offering a free Knours mask with a purchase of $30 or more and hosting a special trunk show featuring AAPI artisans. Buy 5 face masks and get one for free!

Shop for new arrivals and learn more about Madewell’s 'Blue Jeans Go Green' initiative that encourages denim fans to turn in an old pair of jeans for a $20 voucher off a new pair.

Don't miss in-store services including fall eye make-up demos and brow waxing. Sephora artists will be doing day-time looks starting at 5 p.m., evening makeup looks starting at 5:30 p.m. and a special brow shaping demo at 6 p.m. Guests who attend the demos will receive a small gift and get 10% off their purchase if they sign up for the Sephora Loyalty program.

Check out menswear founded on fit, built on service, and focused on style.

Brilliant Earth is leading the industry when it comes to ethically sourced fine jewelry. Stop by the new store to learn more.

Check out fall arrivals for men and women.

Usher in autumn with new frames that pair perfectly with the turning shades of the season.

Guests will enjoy a 25% discount on fall apparel for men and women.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit their new store at U Village, stop by during fall fashion night! Parachute has revolutionized luxury home essentials with an emphasis on social responsibility. To celebrate Fall Fashion Night Parachute will have drinks + light bites and a special raffle for a signature Parachute robe or a piece of coveted loungewear.

Celebrate fall at Something Silver with 20% off jewelry during the fall fashion event along with refreshments and light bites.

Event Details

What: Fall Fashion Night at University  Village

When: Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021

Where: University Village 2623 NE University Village St, Seattle, WA 98105

* All activations are happening inside participating stores. Guests are encouraged to choose their own fashion adventure by visiting participating stores. 

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Fall Fashion Night at University Village is FREE and open to the public. 


Sep 8, 2021

Shop Hawaii-Made Products at Common Ground

Earlier this summer, I visited Kauai for a post-vaccination getaway to soak up the fresh air and sunshine. Kauai is a beautiful island with lush vegetation, gorgeous beaches, and incredible sunsets. It's also home to an amazing company that offers an easy way for visitors to shop locally and support regional makers. As you can imagine, the current pandemic has impacted businesses around the globe and small businesses on the island are no exception. This is why it's especially important to support brands and collectives that are working to connect consumers with local artisan brands and products. One of the companies working to do just that on Kauai is Common Ground, a sustainable and regenerative e-commerce brand on a mission to build a community dedicated to the future of food and society at large. The company is located on an 83-acre agricultural campus on the former Guava Kai plantation in Kīlauea, Kauai. 

Common Ground allows customers to shop a curated selection of farm-to-shelf products from Hawaii-based businesses. It's an easy way for Hawaii fans like myself, located on the mainland, to support businesses that align with my values. Products range from Kona coffee beans and Kauai-grown cacao to sea salt, skin care products, gifts, and more. All items are made with local, sustainable ingredients that have a regenerative impact on the planet.

Here are a few of my favorite products from the site:

Tiny Isle | Chocolate Macadamia Nut Butter - Toasted macadamia nuts meet chocolate in this delicious nut butter. This Chocolate Macadamia Nut Butter contains dark, organic cacao sweetened with agave nectar and a bit of local vanilla from the Vanillery of Kauaʻi. 

Sol Remedies | Holy Cacao - If you love superfoods, don't miss this chocolate health tonic featuring a blend of herbs from Sol Remedies designed to balance energy levels, normalize hormones, and support immune function. You can mix with milk (or a milk alternative) to make a medicinal hot cot cocoa or simply add to coffee or smoothies. Holy Cacao is handcrafted in small batches and herbs used in the mix are cured for six months (instead of the typical four) to ensure maximum medicinal benefits.

Medicine of the ʻAina Collection - Let food be thy medicine with this supremely health-conscious bundle. Comprised of Slow Island’s Turmeric, Orange, Passionfruit Elixir, Laka’s Super Shroom Drip, and Secret Harvest’s Kauaʻi Golden Milk Blend, this curated collection of plant-based healing agents is an ideal addition to any wellness routine. These products are all produced sustainably and locally in the Hawaiian islands.

I love that you can shop the site by supply partner, impact, or category. Don't miss the Taro noodles and the Kauai Essential Cocktail Mixer Collection. Common Ground is an inspiring company using business as a force for good. Their mission is to honor Hawaii's agricultural legacies, invest in a circular economy, and build community dedicated to the future of food. 

Take a peek at their site, shop around, and let me know what you think. To learn more, visit Common Ground's Story Section

About Common Ground: Common Ground is a hub for the global idea exchange of important issues and brings together change-makers — thinkers, creators, designers, innovators and doers — to build a community dedicated to the future of food and society at large. Privately held, Common Ground Kauai is located on an 83-acre agricultural campus on the former Guava Kai plantation in Kīlauea, Kaua`i, Hawaii. For more information on Common Ground visit www.commongroundkauai.com/shop

+ If you liked this post, don't miss my 2021 Kauai Travel Guide


Aug 5, 2021

Seattle in Bloom: Local Hotels Celebrate Guests with Fresh Flowers

Downtown Seattle hotels are celebrating their guests by treating them to beautiful bouquets of flowers from Pike Place Market. Every day in August, the first 100 people to stop by the Visitor Information Center at Pike Place Market (located on the corner of 1st Ave. and Pike) with their hotel confirmation will receive a $15 Bloom Bucks voucher redeemable for a Pike Place Market bouquet. 

A variety of local hotels are participating in this program including Four Seasons Seattle, Thompson Seattle, Hotel Monaco, Fairmont Olympic, Grand Hyatt, Hotel Sorrento, Hotel Theodore, and more. For a full list of participating hotels click here. Fine print: One voucher per hotel reservation, while supplies last. 

Pike Place Market began selling produce to the public in 1907 and grew to 76 stalls with the first three months. By 1922, the market expanded to 11 buildings and spanned nine acres along the Seattle waterfront. Plan your visit and learn more about this historic market here

Photo credit: Vivian Hsu Photography


Everlane is Now Open at U Village

Everlane, the sustainable fashion brand known for radical transparency, is now open at Seattle's University Village. The new store is the brand's first store in the Pacific Northwest and marks the brand's 8th brick-and-mortar location in the U. S. In addition to apparel for men and women, the new store also stocks footwear, accessories, and swimwear. The store will also sell a limited edition "100% Seattle" t-shirt that will benefit the ACLU. To celebrate the grand opening on August 5th, the store will donate all of its sales for the day (up to $25,000) to Got Green, a local non-profit dedicated to environmental justice. 

The company deeply believes that in order to make meaningful progress in the fight against climate change, we need to move fast. As a result, Everlane has committed to a variety of initiatives including eliminating virgin plastic from its supply chain and moving toward organic cotton. As of April 2021, the company reported that 97% of its apparel materials containing polyester and nylon are now made from certified recycled fibers and 45% of the plastic components on its footwear are now made from recycled materials. When it comes to packaging, all shipping bags are made from 100% recycled plastic or FSC-certified paper. Clean denim is another area of focus for the brand and the company takes great pride in partnering with factories that recycle water, use renewable sources of energy, and utilize organic cotton that are farmed without toxic pesticides. Everlane denim is available in waist sizes 23 (US size 00) to 35 (US size 16). Denim prices start at $68. 

Everlane was founded in 2010 as a direct-to-consumer brand and opened its first physical retail location in 2017. The University Village store is located in between Levis and Athleta at 2618 NE University Village St. Seattle, WA 98105. 

Learn more about what Everlane is doing to address diversity, equity, and inclusion, here


Aug 2, 2021

Summer 2021 Travel Guide: Kauai

Kauai is one of the most beautiful places on earth. I actually lived on the island for several years as a kid and it's always had a special place in my heart. My family loves it too, so we try and visit as often as we can. Kauai is Hawaii's fourth-largest island and is often called the "Garden Island" for its lush greenery. The island is less touristy than other islands and most things shut down by 9 p.m., so you're forced to relax and enjoy the scenery. After a crazy year of working from home while also homeschooling the kids due to the pandemic, we desperately needed this recharge. Read on for my guide on all things Kauai. 

Best Place to Stay

We always stay at the Kauai Beach Resort when we visit the island. We've stayed there many times over the years and always had a great experience. The hotel is located in Lihue near the airport and has been a great home base for us when we visit. The rooms are spacious and if you can get a view with an ocean view, even better. 

One of the best things about this hotel is that there are four swimming pools, including one with a water slide. We also loved the convenience of the poolside outdoor bar. For littles, there's a super shallow, sandy pool that has a great water feature.  

The hotel also has a great gift shop/coffee bar that serves Starbucks coffee and pastries. It was a great way to start the day and pick up snacks before heading out on our daily adventures. The hotel also has a great bar and restaurant for dine-in or take-out. One of the things we loved about our recent visit was the fact that you can now order and pay remotely via your phone and pick up your food at the hostess stand once it's ready. Technology is the best. 

We found ourselves at Shutter's Lounge multiple times on our trip. They do great fish tacos and Kalbi beef bowls. They also have a great kids menu which was helpful since we have notoriously picky eaters. 

Best Beach for Kids

Kauai Beach Resort is less than 10 minutes away from Lydgate Beach Park, a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. This beach is protected from the ocean by a rock wall, making it a great choice for kids and for those who want to snorkel. There are also lifeguards on-site and a shaded playground nearby that is great for kids who need a break from the sun. There are also on-site facilities including picnic areas and restrooms. 

Best Beach on the Island

Hanalei Bay is the best beach on Kauai. Although it's not the easiest to get to at the moment due to recent andslides and subsequent construction, it's worth the drive. Located on Kauai's North shore just past Princeville, Hanalei offers clear blue water, white sand, and sweeping views of gorgeous green mountains. The historic pier was built in 1892 and still offers visitors a stunning backdrop for beach days and sunset picnics. 

Check Hawaii's DOT site for traffic info before heading out to stay up to date on lane closures and traffic revisions. 

Best Beach for Spotting Sea Turtles

Poipu Beach is a great place to spot sea turtles on Kauai. We spotted them several times surfing the waves when we visited the beach and each sighting was magical! The drive to Poipu Beach from Kapaa is about 40 minutes by car and you get to pass through a beautiful tree tunnel on the way. Poipu Beach has a great swimming area with lifeguards plus a playground for kids.  You can also get a legendary Puka Dog across the street from the beach. 

Best Place for Beach Rentals

There are many great places to rent beach equipment on Kauai including sun umbrellas, bodyboards, coolers, beach chairs, inflatables, and more. We rented from Kauai Snorkel Rentals located at Coconut Marketplace in Kauai. The prices are great, $15 for a week-long body board rental, and the process was super easy. We simply showed up, picked out our gear, and brought it back a week later. This is a WAY better alternative to buying gear and leaving it behind at the end of the trip. We talked to locals about this issue and it sounds like island tourists are notorious for this. Please be mindful of the environment and the footprint you leave behind when you visit Hawaii. 

Best Shave Ice

I could literally eat shave ice every day and I probably would if I lived in Hawaii. We loved Jojo's Shave Ice at the Coconut Marketplace in Kapaa and went back several times during our time. They offer so many delicious flavor combinations but our favorite was definitely the classic Rainbow (Strawerry, Banana, Vanilla) with Macadamia nut ice cream. Shave ice makes a great snack on a hot day and the small size was big enough to share. 

Best Poke Bowl

If you're a poke fan, don't miss the fresh fish at Foodland in Princeville. For less than $10 you can get a rice bowl topped with fresh poke. Voted Hawaii's best for 9 years in a row, I promise you, this poke bowl is well worth the drive. I like spicy poke, Shoyu (mixed with soy sauce), and Hawaiian-style (mixed with seaweed and sea salt). Honestly, they're all good and if you can buy a bag of Hawaiian taro chips, the experience is even better. If you're heading to Hanalei Bay for the day, stop by Foodland to pick up a poke bowl for lunch on the way. 

Best Date Night Restaurant

Every time we visit Kauai, we always make reservations at The Plantation House by Gaylords. This is a great restaurant for date nights, family dinners, and special occasions. The dinner menu includes fresh ahi poke, lobster gnocchi, sake short ribs, and truffle potatoes. The cocktails are good, too! If you head over for lunch, don't miss the Koloa Rum Tasting Room which is also located on-site. 

Car Rental Advice

There's a severe rental car shortage in Hawaii due to low inventory and increased demand, so if you want wheels on your trip (you'll need them), I recommend that you book early. We rented from Avis on this trip and had a great experience. Our 4-door Jeep Sahara was so much fun to drive!

How to Plan Your Itinerary

Driving around Kauai takes time, especially during the summer months, so it's best to plan your day by choosing one main area to explore or dividing the day into morning and afternoon activities. Hanalei Bay is a full-day activity when you consider drive time and traffic revisions. Here are some of our favorite things to explore on Kauai that should absolutely be on your itinerary:

Hanalei Bay
  • Beach Park & Pier (the most gorgeous beach with white sand and clear blue water) 
  • Hanalei Shopping Center - Lots of great local shops and restaurants 
  • Bubba's Burgers
  • Plan a full day and take a picnic lunch to the beach. Rain showers and clouds generally pass quickly, so don't be worried if you see a few clouds in the sky. 

  • Princeville Center is a great place to shop and dine
  • Foodland has THE best poke bowls on the island
  • There's a great toy store for kids on-site
  • Keep an eye out for the Princeville Night Market

Poipu Beach
  • Beach Park & Playground
  • Sea Turtle Spotting
  • Puka Dogs
  • Baby Beach
  • Brennecke's Beach Broiler
  • Old Koloa Town (Stop by on your way to Poipu Beach)
  • The Shops at Kukui'ula (Located near Poipu Beach and a great place to stop for dinner after a day at the beach. The center also has Long's Drugs so you can stock up on anything you forgot at home)

Waimea Canyon
  • Great scenic drive when you need a break from the sun
  • The canyon is a 14-mile stretch with panoramic views
  • The road ends at Kokee State Park

Coconut Marketplace
  • Located in Kapaa with easy parking and plenty of gift shops
  • Don't miss Jojo's Shave Ice
  • Great dining options including Chicken in a Barrel, Bobby V's, and Island Country Market
  • You can also get beach rentals including sun umbrellas, snorkel gear, and more at Coconut Marketplace

Final Thoughts

If you're heading to Kauai, take a deep breath, enjoy the experience, and don't forget to pack your patience. The summer months are peak season for tourists and in addition to increased traffic on the roads, you'll also experience long wait times at restaurants if you don't have advance reservations. Kauai is experiencing the same labor shortages we are on the mainland, so please remember to be patient and kind. If you're staying at a hotel, don't forget to take out cash to tip your housekeepers. They are working overtime this summer and want to help ensure that your trip to paradise is an amazing one. 

Last but not least, please note that masks are mandatory indoors in Kauai. It's a state law and businesses are doing their best to keep everyone safe. You can view Hawaii's latest pre-travel testing requirements here.

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