For Travel Tacoma and Visit Rainier, five of us bloggers/instagrammers took part in an "instafam" tour of the greater Tacoma and Mt. Rainier areas in July 2016. Here is the first of several blog posts about the trip. One of the true must-sees when you're in Tacoma is the Five-Mile Drive through Point Defiance Park. You'll find hiking and biking trails through lush forest; you'll relax on serene Owen Beach with wonderful views of Pugent Sound and Mt. Rainier alike; you'll see thriving wildlife... particularly raccoons (one of my favorite animals). Other parts of the park have spectacular flower gardens, as well as the zoo and aquarium. I've visited the park every time I've been in Tacoma, and I'm ready to go back again!
Tacoma: Day One of the "Instafam" Tour
For Travel Tacoma and Visit Rainier, five of us bloggers/instagrammers took part in an "instafam" tour of the greater Tacoma and Mt. Rainier areas in July 2016. Here is a look at the first day, which includes flying there, checking into the hotel, walking around Tacoma (including a stop at the lovely little Tacoma Art Museum), and having a nice group dinner together at the Hub.
Tacoma, Day 2: Gig Harbor Gondolier
The second day of the July 2016 Travel Tacoma and Visit Rainier "instafam" tour was packed. The first thing (after breakfast at the Hotel Murano and checking out) in the morning we went to Gig Harbor, Washington, and met John "Cinque" Synco and his authentic Venetian gondola, Nelly. He runs Gig Harbor Gondola. John rowed us around the tranquil harbor, singing us Venetian songs and giving us a detailed history of gondoliers in America. Pretty great stuff! And the weather was truly perfect, as I think you can see from my photos below.
Tacoma Day 2: Bluebeard Coffee
Day two of my Travel Tacoma / Visit Rainier "instafam" adventure was a long day full of kayaks and gondolas and going back and forth between Gig Harbor and Tacoma proper. We therefore decided to make a quick stop for caffeine at local favorite Bluebeard Coffee Roasters (renowned for their pistola mochas), and I got to snap a few portraits through their big, shiny windows (one of my favorite pastimes). And of course, no hip coffee shop these days is complete without a man-bun.
Tacoma Day 2: Stadium High School
One of the coolest building exteriors in the Pacific Northwest is Tacoma's Stadium High School. Built as a "French chateau"-style hotel in the 1890s, it never opened; instead, it was sold to the Tacoma school board who converted it to the facility we see today. Students get to enjoy not only the beautiful, funky Victorian building, but also spectacular views of the Pugent Sound. Famous alumni include Dale Chihuly, whose photo hangs in the main entrance. And movies like 10 Things I Hate About You have been filmed here.