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Land of Loops 3: Shopping Loop

Hello, expert tag-popper. You have come to the right place. The keen deal-seeker will find things in Seattle NorthCountry that can’t be found anywhere else.

The adept money saver will score deals here on luxury goods for a much lower price point than can be found elsewhere.

In the era of online shopping, the appeal of touching, seeing, and feeling (not to mention trying on!) what you’re going to buy is stronger than ever.

If you like a cooler, more temperate climate for your outdoor shopping excursions, then consider coming here for a relaxed al fresco shopping trip at the Seattle Premium Outlets. A nice walk in the outdoors is complimented by a variety of foods and beverages— and you know the PNW is the place to get gourmet coffee.

Experience the thrill of discovery and searching for that unique item (strong collectability factor here) among the century-old boutiques and vintage stores of Snohomish, the Antique Capital of the Northwest.

Let’s take a look at your options.

The High-End Shopping Al Fresco Experience

The Seattle Premium Outlets are a favorite destination for busloads of Canadian tourists wisely seeking bargains take advantage of the close proximity of luxury goods. Shop 130 stores in one stop. The outlet malls have high-end luxury products for a lower price point from retailers like Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, Armani Exchange, Burberry, Nike, and Lacoste. See an explorable and mobile-friendly map of all of the retailers here.

The outlet stores are laid out in an open air mall and many of the walkways are covered, providing shade and protection from the famous PNW drizzle. Strolling on a cooler day is a refreshing experience.

Seattle Premium Outlets offers online coupons right here.

10600 Quil Ceda Blvd, Tulalip, WA 98271

Open Mon-Sat from 10am - 9pm, Sun from 10am - 7pm

Antique and Boutique Experience - Downtown Snohomish

There is no place I’ve ever encountered quite like Snohomish, Washington. For a city that bills itself as the Antique Capital of the Northwest, the little redbrick riverside downtown really delivers a sense of nostalgia that could make the toughest of cynics long wistfully for the days of soda jerks and chrome-heavy Chevy Bel-Airs.

Explore the many antique stores and antique malls for the thrill of finding one-of-a-kind pieces of lost Americana. Many objects here are pulled from nearby barns and farms and some of the internal displays at the antique stores are curated by the region’s best collectors.

Speaking of collectors, if you’re the type that is on the search for something very specific (baseball cards, vinyl records, vintage magazines or handcrafted furniture) this is a place where the patient searcher is almost guaranteed to find a treasure. And, unlike shopping on eBay, you don’t have to pay for shipping (ever paid shipping fees on a vintage oak armoire? Just saying).

Snohomish is also notable for its rows of boutiques featuring upcycled furniture, small-run fashion items, curated selection of candles and beauty products, plants and children’s consignment clothing. It’s the place to find a shabby chic end table or a woven poncho or a throw pillow monogrammed with “Life’s a Beach.”

I find that the dining/coffee/frozen yogurt options in Snohomish are a notch above your typical mall food, as they’re top quality stand-alone places anyway, incidental to (but nicely complimenting) the shops of Downtown Snohomish. Too much froyo and mimosas? Walk it off along the city’s charming riverfront promenade.

The shops close at different times, but your best bet is to go antiquing and boutiquing from mid-morning to late afternoon.

The Daytrip Shopping Experience - Alderwood Mall - Lynnwood

Alderwood Mall, located just moments north of the Emerald City in the Greater Seattle Metropolitan area, is a walkable place to spend a day perusing 152 stores, lingering by a fountain, or stopping to dine.

The mall here has something for everyone on your journey: from jewelry, clothing and stuffed animals to sports equipment, luxury candy and video games.

Take a break at the food court or other family-style restaurants that surround the mall. You can catch a movie at the theater, sit next to indoor fountains, and catch a break at kids zone. The mall offers plenty of places to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee. Ample parking. Relatively easy access from I-5 and 405, a short drive north of Seattle.

Are you a serious shopper? Coming from far away and need a place to rest overnight? There are plenty of accommodations and hotels nearby if you’re staying in the Seattle area.

3000 184th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98037

Open Mon-Sat from 10am - 9pm, Sun from 11am - 7pm

Want to make a trip of it?

Seattle NorthCountry has lodging aplenty. You can stay by the sea, or in a luxurious bed and breakfast, or even find a place to crash in a historic fire lookout on top of a ridge in the Cascade Mountains. Find a place to prop up your weary shoppin’ feet right here.

Richard Porter
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