Is it the Upset of the year?! | Get Your De-facto Huskies Gear at Simply Seattle

Boy, oh boy, is it a good time to be a Huskies fan! After coming off one of the best seasons in decades, the Dawg’s are the Pac 12 Champs! Now, they’re gearing up for a huge Semi-Final game against the # 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl on December 31st. Can the Dawgs Beat ‘Bama and move one step closer to securing the # 1 spot for the first time since their 1991 championship? Clay Helton, Head-Coach of USC (the only team this season to have faced up against both the dawgs and the tide) certainly thinks so. But at Simply Seattle, we don’t just think, we know the Dawgs can do it.     

Is it feeling a little 90’s in here?

At Simply Seattle, we’re feeling nostalgic for the early 90’s. Remember those times, when Huskies Head Coach Don James led us to back to back National Championships in ‘90 and ‘91? Any true Dawgs fan will remember the impressive 22 game win streak Washington had. What many may not realize is the similarity between the great teams of the past and the current day. The success of both ere in large part to their tenacious D. Again, at Simply Seattle, we remember; especially considering UW is once again led by a suffocating defense. So much so, in fact, SC’s coach Helton says that the Dawg’s defensive strength could give them an edge against Alabama. It’s well documented about the talent that resides on the defensive side of the ball for Alabama.  Quite possibly, Alabama will have 11 players drafted in the 1st or 2nd round of the NFL Draft, when it’s all said and done! At the end of the day, the outcome very well may be determined by which defense blinks first. 

It promises to be an interesting game, especially since Husky pride has been reinvigorated ever since the team came under the tutelage of Head Coach Chris Peterson. Just listen to Coach Peterson back in March outlining his expectations for the season and his players, and then take a look at where they are at. As Peterson stated in that interview last spring, the Dawgs are headed in the right direction, but their mindset remains the same; take one game at a time.

If You’re After Huskies Gear, Simply Seattle has you Covered 

So, if you’re as excited for Alabama Vs. Washington as we are, you’re likely on the hunt for some epic Huskies gear that lets you show off your Husky Pride in time for the big game. Well, guess what!? Simply Seattle has a whole host of Huskies gear, not just the generic stuff you’ll get elsewhere all year round - we’ve got the good stuff. Check it out: 

We Got the Hats!  

 

We Got the Beanies!  

We Got the Husky Swag!   

  • Huskies Pashi Fan Scarf

With Coach “Pete” at the helm, the Huskies have a very bright future. We haven’t seen fans get this excited over a game since the early 90s when Don James, the original Dawg-Father, led the team to back to back National Championships. Perhaps Head Coach Chris Petersen represents the 2nd coming of the Dawg-Father, and maybe he’ll usher the Dawgs into a new era of national prominence. 

There’s no better way to show support for this new era of the Dawgs than some epic apparel, and Simply Seattle is the perfect go-to, one stop shop for Huskies Gear and for all other Seattle sports apparel. 

For more epic Seattle gear from Simply Seattle, make sure to check out our site!

Leave Black Friday Behind - Simply Seattle Gift Baskets Are All You Need This Holiday Season

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Lookout! The holidays are here again, and if this year is anything like the years past, you’re likely scrambling to find the perfect gifts. Between your loved ones, colleagues, in-laws, friends, and others, how do you keep your shopping list straight? How do you make sure nobody slips through the cracks?

Don’t worry - Simply Seattle, your one stop shop for Seattle sports, souvenirs and apparel, is here to wash away all of your holiday worries. Well - maybe not ALL of them, but we’ve got the shopping and gift-giving covered.

Seattle Gift Baskets, FOR THE WIN

Don’t waste time and money on a white elephant exchange, or worse (gulp), a gift card. Seattle gift baskets from Simply Seattle are a quick and easy way to give a thoughtful present that you know your recipients are going to love. We’re not talking cookie-cutter, generic Seattle souvenirs. Whether we’re making one, or a thousand, each gift-basket is handcrafted by our team in Seattle, ensuring that each and every gift basket we send out has a personalized, special touch. Plus, you can even order a customized gift basket, full of some truly special items of your choosing! Need something customized for your business or event? Want to add some wine or champagne? No idea is out of bounds! Just fill out our custom gift form, and we'll get started on creating exactly what you’re looking for!

No matter who you’re gifting for, Simply Seattle can create a Seattle gift basket that will win over your busy CEO, woo out-of-town friends & family, or impress the most seasoned Seattleite.

Allow Us to Break it Down for You

Pike Place Gift Basket

Pike Place Gift Basket Custom Gift Basket Seattle WA

How could we possibly offer Seattle souvenirs without including a Pike Place Gift Basket?  Allow Simply Seattle to bring Pike Place to you and yours. With the Pike Place gift basket, you can skip the crowds and enjoy the best of the market’s offerings wherever you are! If you have a loved one that’s missing the Emerald City, give them a basket full of Local flavors.

Simply Chocolate Gift Basket

Custom Chocolate Gift Basket Seattle WA

Everybody knows a chocolate lover, and now you can cross the chocolate lovers in your life off of your holiday shopping list with Simply Seattle’s Simply Chocolate Gift Basket. This basket is full of chocolates from all around our beautiful city. Milk, Dark, Sweet or Salty, this basket will have something for every chocolate lover! We might even include some Beast Mode Chocolate if you play your cards right!

Simply Seahawks Gift Basket

Seahawks Gift Basket Seattle WA

Got a 12th Man on your shopping list? What about a Pat’s fan that you’d love to spite with a carefully selected assortment of ‘Hawks Gear? In either scenario, our Simply Seahawks Gift Basket is sure to go the distance. This Seattle gift basket is constantly on rotation, to ensure that your getting the latest and greatest in Hawks gear from Simply Seattle. Check out the gift basket's page for a full list of what’s included.

Simply Salmon Gift Basket

Simply Salmon Gift Basket Seattle WA

Does the whole ‘flying-fish’ thing kind of go over your head? Don’t worry - with the Simply Salmon Gift Basket, you can avoid the crowds and the airborne aquatic animals that tourists still faun over, without missing out on anything else. Whoever you’re shopping for, the Simply Salmon Gift Basket is sure to satisfy! A little salty and a little sweet, this basket is full of Salmon themed items that reflect the Emerald City’s passion for our neighboring Pacific Ocean's bounty.  

Rainy Day Gift Basket

Rainy Day Gift Basket Seattle WA

If you’re struggling to find a gift for a friend or loved one who just recently relocated to the Emerald City, we’ve got just the ticket! The Rainy Day Gift Basket is the perfect gift for any  Seattleite who embraces the ever-present Seattle drizzle. There’s a Seattle Skyline Umbrella, some smoked salmon chowder, market spice tea, and more - everything you need to fend off the rain and stay cozy this winter.

Let Us Do the Work for You

The Best part of choosing a gift basket from Simply Seattle is that your work is simplified, because choosing is where your job begins and ends. With Simply Seattle, you’ve got the best of the Emerald City curated for you, so you can rest assured knowing that you and the recipient of these Seattle souvenirs will be thoroughly delighted. Each one of our Custom Gift baskets are hand assembled, giving them a thoughtful touch that everyone, you included, will appreciate. Let us make you look good this Holiday season. Plus, we offer Free Delivery in Downtown Seattle! You can’t beat that!

If you’re interested in a wonderful handcrafted gift basket, or some top-notch Seattle apparel, you’ve come to the right place!

Meet Billie the Piggybank!

Most Seattleites and tourists alike know Rachel the Piggybank. She lives right underneath the iconic “Public Market Center” clock and sign and stands proudly in front of the fish mongers of Pike Place Market. Needless to say, Rachel gets a lot of attention!

Rachel’s fame often overshadows her lesser-known cousin, Billie the Piggybank, who sits on Western Avenue. Billie is slightly younger than her cousin Rachel (she arrived in Pike Place Market in 2011, while Rachel made her first appearance in 1986). Besides providing a convenient place to meet someone in the crowded Market and a great photo-op, both Rachel and Billie play an even more important role for Pike Place Market: every day they collect donations of dollars and coins from passerby, which help sustain the work of Pike Place Market Foundation.

Bringing home the bacon!

Established in 1982, The Market Foundation has granted more than $26 Million to provide housing, healthcare, healthy food, childcare and a community of support to our most vulnerable neighbors. Rachel and Billie’s donations contribute to a thriving, caring Market community for seniors and families. Last year, these two piggybanks collected nearly $30,000 – that’s what we call “bringing home the bacon!” Read more about The Market Foundation here.

While the occasional tourist or local might stumble upon Billie for a photo or to drop a bill in her coin slot, unfortunately Billie doesn’t get enough attention in her current home on Western Avenue. But soon, that’s about to change. Pike Place Market is growing with the new MarketFront expansion, currently under construction on Western Avenue and scheduled to open summer 2017. The new MarketFront will add 35,000 square feet to the public Market, adding more local shops, restaurants, low-income housing, and a public plaza for locals and visitors to enjoy unobstructed views of the Puget Sound. And starting on December 16, 2016, the new MarketFront plaza will be Billie the Piggybank’s new home!

Vote for Billie as your favorite 12th Ham

You can help pave the way for Billie the Piggybank’s big move to the new MarketFront. Write your name on Market Charms or a Bronze Hoofprint, which will be displayed on the new MarketFront. Your donation helps complete the new MarketFront project and leaves your family legacy at Pike Place Market. Or, simply vote for Billie as your favorite 12th Ham and send her to a Seahawks game in style! Either way you’re supporting Billie and Pike Place Market.

For more information about the new MarketFront, please click here. For information on Market Charms and Hoofprints, please visit:

PS: If you can't get enough of the market, check out our Best of Pike Place Gift Baskets.

The 12th Dog Contest Barks On

We're approaching the halfway mark of the 2016 12th Dog Contest and things are heating up. With up to 75 entries and over 7,000 votes, the race to elect this year's 12th Dog is wide open. THE BEST NEWS, besides giving away a Dream Seahawks Weekend, is that together we've helped raise OVER $1,000 for Seattle Humane. A HUGE thank you to our sponsors. Make sure you don't miss out on these great offers!

Pooch need a pampering? Downtown Dog Lounge has you covered.

If you've never stopped and stared through the window of the South Lake Union Downtown Dog Lounge, then you're missing out. It's dog poetry in motion as a stunningly clean room of playful pups is led and cared for by the instructors. Downtown Dog Lounge has been locally owned and operated in Seattle since 2002. With three Seattle locations offering daycare, overnight boarding, grooming, and training, they are here to serve the pooch!  Each location features live webcams and 24/7 human supervision.  In addition to South Lake Union they have locations on Capitol Hill and in Interbay. Click here to receive 50% OFF a Bath & Blowout for your pooch! Service includes bath, dry, nail trim, inner-ear wash, and expression.

 

Home made dog treats? The Seattle Barkery won't let you down.

After years of being in the dog care service, owners Ben & Dawn Ford decided to "switch gears" and combine their passion for dogs with their passion for providing a fun and unique way of reaching out to the crazy dog lovers in the Pacific Northwest...In 2014, The Seattle Barkery was born in 2014, providing hand crafted treats and gourmet coffee to go on their vintage 1968 converted food truck! You will see Buster (the truck) cruising all over Seattle on a daily basis parking at all the hot dog spots in the city! Enter your dog and you'll receive a free treat for your dog.

Too busy to walk Buster? Rest easy with Rover.

Rover.com is the nation’s largest network of loving and trusted pet sitters and dog walkers. Discover, book, and manage personalized care for your dogs including pet sitting, dog walking, in-home dog boarding, and doggy day care.

With over 65,000 sitters who’ve listed their services on Rover, it’s easy to find neighborhood care you can trust. Book on Rover, then relax: Rover offers premium insurance, 24/7 support, secure online payments, walk maps and activity tracking, photo and video sharing, and general background checks for sitters.

Looking for the Perfect Seattle Gift Basket? We Have You Covered!

Seattle Custom Gift Baskets

aIf you’re looking for a local Seattle gift shop, you’ve found the right place! Simply Seattle specializes in gift baskets that you will love! If you’re thinking sweet, savory, or a custom mix of both, we’ll help you make a basket that’s filled with Seattle charm!

Seattle Gift Baskets: Delivery Friendly!

One of the great advantages about gift baskets is that you can order from anywhere. Give us a call from your office or while you’re on vacation, and we’ll help you put together and deliver a fun and unique gift for anyone on your list.  At Simply Seattle, we offer free local delivery in the Seattle area!  No matter the size we put the the same love and care into each and every one of our baskets.  We can accommodate for any occasion or event. Contact us for more details about ready made and custom gift baskets today!

Choosing the Right Gift Shops in Seattle

Many shops are filled with generic gifts that do little to capture the Seattle experience. Our souvenirs and gift baskets are hand-selected to represent the unique personality and flair of the Seattle culture. We represent all of our major sports teams, including the Sonics, Seahawks, and Mariners. The “Simply Salmon Gift Basket” is a local favorite among seafood lovers looking to share a little taste of the Pacific Northwest. Of course, no true souvenir shop would be complete without offering everyone’s favorite guilty pleasure; Chocolate!  Our decadent baskets are filled with the best locally made chocolate Seattle has to offer! Our premade and custom gift baskets are designed to give that special someone the unique feel only the Northwest can deliver.

Choose one of our many popular ready-to-go options, or create your own with a mixture of souvenirs and sweet and/or savory snacks. Simply Seattle gift baskets are the perfect way to say “Thank you,” “Congratulations,” “Welcome,” or “Happy Birthday!” Remember us the next time you are looking to send a gift to a co-worker, vendor, wedding party, conference goer, friend, or family member. We’ll take care of all the details.

No matter your budget, with our large variety of premade and custom packages we are confident you’ll find the perfect basket for the occasion.  We can deliver, or come one in and buy first hand from one of our two Seattle area locations.  Want to learn more about our premium selection of gift baskets and delivery services? Fill out our form online, or give us a call at (206) 448-2207.

CAN YOU REMEMBER?

Can you remember that special day? You jump out of bed early, throw on your gear, position your cap just so (Griffey-style) and grab  your baseball glove, your favorite possession in the whole world. Dad is taking you to your first big league ball game.

You’ve watched them on tv and their posters hang from the bedroom walls… but today you’ll see them in person.  He points out the stadium before you even get there. It’s big, but it just keeps getting bigger. You literally leap out of your seat, the car still rolling into place. Music is playing. There is laughter, excitement, electricity and the sweet aroma of all things good in the world rolled into one wonderful scent that will live with you forever.

Dad lets you hand the ticket to the “Gate Keeper”  he smiles and gives you back a stub.  To you it’s more than that!.  It’s your lucky stub that is immediately squirreled away in a lint filled pocket for keepsakes. You manage to  pull Dad up the steps although you're somehow floating. And then you’re there. Everything is bigger than life. The grass goes on forever, it’s the perfect contrast to the electric white uniforms of the bigger-than-life players that were waiting just for you. It’s a tidal wave that washes over your senses. Everything is magnified… the sights, the sounds, the smells.

You’ve walked into a dream. It’s spring and baseball is upon us! Whether you plan on making memories this year for your little one or simply feel it’s time to unleash the inner child in you, there’s no better time or place than Safeco Field, one of the true crown jewels of baseball.

Ball Parks of Baseball.com describes Safeco Field this way;

“...a beautiful ballpark that never tries to get too gimmicky or detract from the focus being the game itself. The exterior is your typical retro ballpark brick, but it's elegant and feels almost like you're about to step into a cathedral. The interior architecture lends itself well towards the general feel of Seattle, rich in many lush hues of green.”

Opening Day - Party With A Purpose

Our Mariners’ Home Opener this year is April 8th against division rival Oakland Athletics at 7 pm. However, you don’t have to wait until then to party like it’s 1995 all over again!

Simply Seattle has partnered with our friends at Pyramid Alehouse in Seattle to throw the ultimate Opening Day Party before the game. $25 get you this Exclusive Limited Edition Opening Day Tee and a voucher good for a beer in Pyramid's

Beer Garden before the game. The best part of all, $10 from every shirt sold is going to benefit Project Violet at Fred Hutch. Join us on April 8 from 2-7pm at the corner of Martinez and Niehaus Way.

Simply Seattle is the go-to place for all the latest Seattle sports gear. They can literally dress you from the tip of your toes to the top of your head.

Do you remember “REFUSE TO LOSE” and “MY OH MY”.  How about “Edgaaar”, “ The Kid” and the “Bone”? Of course you do, so get out the rye bread and mustard and join us for the celebration!

Memories are why the game of baseball never gets old.

12th Dog Leaderboard (12/10/14)

It's here. The last 12th Dog Update before the big winner is announced next Friday, December 18. It's kind of like the Seahawks 'The Day Before The Day Before'. People are excited and the puppies can hardly contain themselves. Just eight days of voting left before we crown this years 12th Dog and give away a Dream Seahawks Weekend!

Thank You For Caring For Animals

You've helped raised over $2,000 for PAWS and we'd just like to say - You're Awesome!!! If you haven't taken the time yet to peruse the PAWS website, you should. As an organization they are doing some wonderful things in our community.

12th Dog Kevin Bacon has his game face on.

12th Dog Kevin Bacon has his game face on.

The Top 20 Leaderboard

The race for the top remains close. Below is the current leaderboard as it sits right now. Please note that all votes will be reviewed according to the contest rules to make sure they are valid prior to announcing the winners. Remember, we're picking 5 winners total.

  1. Feature 12th Man!
  2. Running Back Rainey
  3. Maddog Lola
  4. Reese Lightning
  5. Abby Rose
  6. Luna the "Lunatic"
  7. Ella #ellathepug
  8. Charlie
  9. Zoe Hawk
  10. Vinny Mode!
  11. Cloverville Bruiser
  12. Rusty Wilson
  13. Max Mode
  14. Asker Sherman (2000-2015)
  15. Giorgio 'Hawk'adopoulos
  16. Leonidas
  17. Kona and Scout
  18. Koko
  19. Butters!
  20. Legion of Bark

Take Advantage Of the 12thDog Discount

As our way of saying thank you for participating in the 12th Dog Contest, we're offering 20% OFF our entire online store. Be sure to take advantage of this before December 17th to enjoy a great discount on everything we have to offer. Use coupon code 12thDog at checkout to redeem. Any items purchased by December 17th will be guaranteed for Christmas delivery.

Hot Off The Press!

If you're a Seahawks fan, you've heard of Thomas Rawls. He's on fire and so are these new shirts exclusively available at Simply Seattle.


12th Dog Leaderboard (11/24/15)

We had a feeling this would be fun, but couldn't have predicted the overwhelming support the 12th Dog Contest would garner. The adorable and hilarious pets, the thousands and thousands of votes and the over $2,000 raised for PAWS. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!

Palmer2 and PJ are ready for the Holidays.

Palmer2 and PJ are ready for the Holidays.

Every day new 12th Dog submissions roll in and the votes continue to mount. We're pleased to share with you the current leaderboard as it sits today. You'll notice some familiar names and a few newcomers to the top of the list. The voting margin remains quite close and with over three weeks to go it's going to come down to the wire. Remember, the winner will be announced on Blue Friday, December 17, 2015. So Keep voting!!! 

The Top 25 Leaderboard

  1. Running Back Rainey

  2. Feature 12th Man!

  3. Maddog Lola

  4. Reese Lightning

  5. Abby Rose

  6. Luna the "Lunatic"

  7. Ella #ellathepug

  8. Charlie

  9. Zoe Hawk

  10. Vinny Mode!

  11. Cloverville Bruiser

  12. Max Mode

  13. Rusty Wilson

  14. Giorgio 'Hawk'adopoulos

  15. Asker Sherman

  16. Kona and Scout

  17. Leonidas

  18. Koko

  19. Legion of Bark

  20. Dach Hawk Kleo

  21. Butters!

  22. Gotti

  23. Maeshawn Lynch

  24. The Roo P Chow

  25. Buster Hawk

Take Advantage Of the 12thDog Discount

As our way of saying thank you for participating in the 12th Dog Contest, we're offering 20% OFF our entire online store. Be sure to take advantage of this before December 17th to enjoy a great discount on everything we have to offer. Use coupon code 12thDog at checkout to redeem.

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115 Years of Apple Cup History

Photo by Shelly Hanks. ©2013 Washington State University

Photo by Shelly Hanks. ©2013 Washington State University

For those in the know, you know that the Apple Cup is the annual grudge match between Washington’s two biggest college football teams, the University of Washington’s Huskies versus Washington State University’s Cougars. What you may not know, is that the two teams have been at it every year since 1900!

This is a program cover from the 1942 Washington-Washington State game, played at Husky Stadium. David Eskenazi Collection

This is a program cover from the 1942 Washington-Washington State game, played at Husky Stadium. David Eskenazi Collection

Originally called the “Governor’s Trophy”, the trophy became the Apple Cup in 1962, in honor of Washington State’s delicious and iconic apples. Every odd year, such as this year, the game is played right here in Seattle, at Husky Stadium. And every even year, it’s played at Martin Stadium in Pullman on the east side of Washington. The game has been historically played as the last game of the season, on the saturday before Thanksgiving, though recently it’s been held after Thanksgiving.

Win two tickets to the big game

Overall, UW’s Huskies have dominated over WSU’s Cougars, leading the rivalry with 69 wins over 114 years! Of course, with every year, the rivalry grows stronger and stronger, so show your team spirit this year with one of our “We Run This State” hoodies, in Husky Purple and Gold, or Cougar Crimson and Gray! We'll find out on November 27, who runs this state. Even better, we'll be sending two lucky fans to the game. Go here to enter!
 

Exclusive 2015 Apple Cup Gear

Exclusive 2015 Apple Cup Gear

Making A Better World For Animals

When it comes to American football, no other team seems to have quite the same following as the Seattle Seahawks. Their “12th Fans” are known across the United States for the intensity of their roar on game day. Adorning themselves – not to mention their pets, cars, homes, and workplaces – in green and blue, a Seahawks fan’s pride is strong, their support unwavering.

In the animal rescue community, there’s one organization who considers themselves blessed with their very own kind of 12th Fans – committed, caring and compassionate people who have helped make a difference to the lives of thousands of animals in need for almost 50 years. That organization is PAWS.

PAWS volunteer with puppy

PAWS volunteer with puppy

From thrift store to shelter

"Every time we went to the grocery store, there would be a box of kittens or puppies with a sign saying 'free to a good home'," recalled the late Virginia Knouse, PAWS' co-founder. "It was awful and we wanted to do something about it."

Virginia and a group of friends realized the solution to the tragedy of pet overpopulation was spaying and neutering. In 1967, this dedicated and forward-thinking group banded together to raise money to pay for spay and neuter surgeries. The Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) was born.

The founders first raised money to pay for these surgeries with a rummage sale in an office basement nicknamed "the Cave", which soon became PAWS' first thrift store. As word spread that an animal welfare group was operating a store in Lynnwood, the store became swamped with cats and dogs brought in by people who hoped PAWS would take care of them. Within two years, PAWS opened their companion animal shelter for lost, abandoned, and homeless cats and dogs.

Like many shelters, over time PAWS also started receiving sick, injured and orphaned wild animals. In response to this great need, PAWS began rehabilitating wildlife in 1981, and has become a leading voice in the protection of habitat and wildlife in Washington State and beyond.

PAWS working with wildlife

PAWS working with wildlife

Animal champions

PAWS is people helping animals—rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife, sheltering and adopting homeless cats and dogs, and educating people to make a better world for animals. 

We are the kind of people who delight in the company of an animal friend, who are awed by a majestic eagle in flight. We understand that animals enrich our lives. We also know they can’t speak for themselves and need protection. 

Last year, PAWS helped more than 7,600 wild and companion animals in need. And without the hundreds of volunteers who work tirelessly alongside staff 365 days a year, and the generous donors who share our vision for a world where all people recognize the intrinsic value of animals, this just wouldn’t be possible.

In 2014 alone, volunteers contributed more than 53,000 hours to PAWS; that equates to about 25 full time staff! With opportunities in animal care, fostering, and wildlife rehabilitation to name a few, volunteers are an integral part of daily life at PAWS, and cherished for the time they so selflessly share with us.

PAWS Walk

PAWS Walk

Then there are the fundraisers and donors who give in so many different ways – from donating food and supplies to help care for the animals, to making a monthly gift, to taking part in the annual PAWSwalk, and everything in between!

PAWS would never be able to accomplish what it does without the volunteers, donors and advocates who support our work so passionately. To the multitude of individuals who are helping us realize a brighter future for animals, thank you.

Best Museums to see on Free First Thursdays

We at Simply Seattle want to help locals and guests get the most out of the great city of Seattle. To help guide you and point you in the right direction, we're presenting a series of articles to serve as a Virtual Tour Guide! Below is the latest article, and you can see them all in the Tour Guide Category!

Seattle is steeped in culture, and one of its biggest claims is its diverse museums. One of the best ways to visit them, and save a little money, is to check out Seattle’s Free Museum Day, which occurs on the first Thursday of each month. Here are some of our favorite museums to visit:
 

Seattle Asian Art Museum

Museum-goers taking in a recent exhibit at Seattle Asian Art Museum. Photo by Dominic Arenas Photography.

Museum-goers taking in a recent exhibit at Seattle Asian Art Museum. Photo by Dominic Arenas Photography.

Located in the heart of beautiful Volunteer Park in Capitol Hill, Seattle Asian Art Museum is a wonderful place to experience ancient and contemporary art from artists all over Asia. We are very excited for their latest exhibit: Paradox of Place: Contemporary Korean Art, recently opened October 31st; which is being heralded as America’s first major exhibit featuring Contemporary Korean Art. Of course, the museum is not just contemporary Asian Art, there’s also a diverse collection of fine china, sculpture, and calligraphy.

Museum of History and Industry

Learning about outdoor activities at Museum of History and Industry. Photo by Dominic Arenas Photography. 

Learning about outdoor activities at Museum of History and Industry. Photo by Dominic Arenas Photography

Commonly known by its acronym, “MOHAI” is a one stop shop to dive deep into Seattle’s history, specifically our growth from humble logging town, to the world class city of today. Some of our favorite exhibits include the surreal sing-a-long account of the Great Seattle Fire, and the Jeff Bezos Center for Innovation, inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of Seattle. The recently opened “Legacy of Seattle Hip Hop” is sure to inspire future generations by portraying the rich history of Hip Hop in Seattle.

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Captivated by natural history. Photo by Dominic Arenas Photography.

Captivated by natural history. Photo by Dominic Arenas Photography.

Of course, no city is complete without a museum of Natural History, and The Burke completely fulfills this need! Operated by the University of Washington, The Burke Museum is not your typical “Fossils and rocks” Museum. Of course, it does have fossils and rocks, you can also find many interesting Anthropological exhibits, including Coast Salish Art, a collection of art created by the First Peoples of Washington and British Columbia. And if you’re a dinosaur fan, be sure to check out the Titanoboa: Monster Snake exhibit, featuring the world’s largest snake, a 48 foot beast that dined on prehistoric crocodiles.

Museum of Flight

In mission control, breathlessly awaiting a successful landing. Photo by Dominic Arenas Photography.

In mission control, breathlessly awaiting a successful landing. Photo by Dominic Arenas Photography.

One of Seattle’s biggest industries is aviation, and the Museum of Flight is hands down the best place to learn all about it. From the first pioneering mail carriers, to Boeing’s rich history, you’ll find not only interesting information about planes, but the planes themselves! You can walk through two huge rooms of planes, then head outside and you’ll find Air Force One, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and you can even take a tour of the Concorde. And one of our favorite experiences is the Mission to Mars simulator, a fully interactive space shuttle mission, with the shuttle and mission control having to work together to safely complete the mission.

Those are all of our favorite Free First Thursday museums, stay tuned to the blog for the next Tour Guide post! 

12th Dog Leaderboard (10/30/15)

We can't say enough about your creativity and support. The recent submission below says it all. Who new Butters could jump over Mt. Ranier? Together we've created the largest collection of Seahawks inspired 12th Dogs on the internet. Even better it's all in the name of supporting a great cause!

12th Dog Entry - Butters

12th Dog Entry - Butters

After 170 entries and over 35,000 votes the contest remains a tight race for first place. With just over 45 days left it's still any dogs game! Vote, Share, Laugh and Have Fun at www.simplyseattle.com/12thdog!! 

The Top 24 Leaderboard

  1. Running Back Rainey
  2. Reese Lightning
  3. Abby Rose
  4. Luna The "Lunatic"
  5. Maddog Lola
  6. Feature 12th Man!
  7. Zoe Hawk
  8. Max Mode
  9. Charlie
  10. Ella #ellathepug
  11. Rusty Wilson
  12. Kona and Scout
  13. Vinny Mode!
  14. Giorgio 'Hawk'adopoulos
  15. Koko
  16. Cloverville Bruiser
  17. Asker Sherman (2000-2015)
  18. Leonidas
  19. Legion of Bark
  20. Dach Hawk Kleo
  21. Gotti
  22. Beast Mode Millie
  23. Lola The Sea Gal
  24. Maeshawn Lynch

Don't see your dog on the list? Don't worry!!! Votes are continuing to pour in and there is still plenty of time. Encourage your network to vote once per day. As always, a huge Thank You on behalf of Simply Seattle and PAWS for supporting and protecting animals in and around Seattle.

12th Dog Leaderboard (10/14/15)

Will it be a monkey, a penguin, an otter, a pig or an actual dog? Come December 18, we'll know for sure who's going to win the 12th Dog Contest. In the meantime here's the Top 20 on this weeks leaderboard. Nearly 20,000 votes have been cast and with 145 total entries the contest is still wide open for anyone to win. Keep voting and sharing with your friends. www.simplyseattle.com/12thdog

Featured Dog - 12th Dog Pyramid

Featured Dog - 12th Dog Pyramid

The Top 20

1. Running Back Rainey
2. Reese Lightning
3. Luna The "Lunatic"
4. Maddog Lola
5. Zoe Hawk
6. Abby Rose
7. Max Mode
8. Rusty Wilson
9. Kona and Scout
10. Ella #ellathepug
11. Vinny Mode!
12. Koko
13. Charlie
14. Legion of Bark
15. Cloverville Bruiser
16. Gotti
17. Dach Hawk Kleo
18. Leonidas
19. Maeshawn Lynch
20. Feature 12th Man!

Don't see your dog on the list? Don't worry!!! Votes are continuing to pour in and there is still plenty of time. Encourage your network to vote once per day. As always, a huge Thank You on behalf of Simply Seattle and PAWS for supporting and protecting animals in and around Seattle.

Seahawks Gold Hats & Beanies

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Can A Penguin Or An Otter Be A Dog?

There has been a goofy twist with our 12th Dog Contest. Two otters from the Seattle Aquarium and Cortez, the penguin from the Woodland Park Zoo, have boldly entered the competition. What gives? You can find their images among our growing pool of contestants. We thought we would get an up-close and personal interview with this unique group of characters. Below is an edited version of our interview.

Seattle Aquarium 12th Otters.

Seattle Aquarium 12th Otters.

Simply Seattle:

Hello Otter #1 and Otter #2. We are pleased to see you have entered our dog contest. What inspired you to come play?

Otter #1:

We’re big Seahawks fans from way back. You’ve heard of the 12th Otter, right? The pooches in this contest have nothing on us. Has any one of them eaten a #12 ice toy studded with delicious raw shellfish? I don’t think so!

Simply Seattle:

If your followers vote you to be our contest winner, how will you feel about sitting in one of Century Field's fancy suites?

Otter #2:

We prefer to swim and groom our fur, but we’d totally make an exception to hang out in a suite—as long as the mussels are as good as the ones we get at the Aquarium.

Sea Otter Mishka.

Sea Otter Mishka.

Simply Seattle:

Unfortunately, the Seahawks have lost a few big games this season. What do you suggest they need to work on?

Otter #1:

They spend way too much time trying to move the ball on land. They should hire us to be their water coaches. Talk about moving! We can dive up to 300 feet below the surface when we’re looking for food. And, while we’re talking about what needs improvement, we’ve been seeing great #12 clothing selections for people and dogs. How about #12 attire for otters? We like simple wash and wear designs that are easy to slip on over our incredibly dense fur.

Cortez The Penguin.

Cortez The Penguin.

Simply Seattle:

Hello Cortez. Do penguins like simple designs as well?

Cortez:

We penguins are a classy bunch. A simple black tux with a splash of white always does the trick. And it not only looks good, but it protects us too. Just like the Seahawks wear pads to protect themselves from the hard hitting action of the game, our coats allow us to blend in to avoid predators. The black blends in with the ocean floor for those high in the sky hunters, and the white on our bellies blend with the light shining above the water so predators below the sea don’t snatch us up. Stylish and safe, can’t go wrong!

Simply Seattle:

Do you have any suggestions for the Seahawks?

Cortez:

Fly. I’m speaking metaphorically of course. I’m able to fly underwater thanks to my robust wings that help me propel up to 17 miles an hour. The Seahawks can fly into the air to catch a great pass from Russell Wilson (or even an interception) and use their speed to fly down the field to score the game winning touchdown.  I believe they have the power to soar above the rest; and I know the 12s does too.

Simply Seattle:

And, what if you win the 12th Dog Contest. Any special requests while enjoying your dream weekend in Seattle?

Cortez:

As you can see, I'm good with flags. I think the Seahawks should let me raise the honorary 12th Man Flag before kickoff.

Simply Seattle:

Thanks to all of you for your playful incite to our 12th Dog Contest.

We are all waiting to see which one of you has the most loyal fans since your followers can vote once EVERY DAY until December 18. May the best "Dog" win!!