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Enjoying Edmonds

Home to Rick Steves

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Nestled in the suburbs of Seattle is a quiet, peaceful harbor town called Edmonds. Here the lawns are meticulously maintained, storefront windows glisten, passerby smile and wave, and even dogs happily sniff one another in passing. Could this be Pleasantville? Sure Edmonds has a handful of jay walkers and poor drivers, but pulling into this sleepy town I am suddenly overcome with the powerful urge to relax.

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I first discovered Edmonds about a year ago when I was planning a two month trip to Europe. Edmonds is the hometown of travel guru Rick Steves and the headquarters for his company Europe Through the Backdoor. Rick hosts hundreds of travel lectures in this quiet corner of Seattle and several times a year Edmonds is overrun with potential European tourists as they make the pilgrimage to one of Rick’s coveted all day seminars. Between “Packing Light and Right” and “Travel as a Political Act” participants learn to travel as temporary locals in their country of choice. I will be completely upfront –I am a Rick Steves fanatic. I have attended dozens of the free seminars offered through his company and own a shelf full of his guide books. I even stooped so low as to convince my husband to chat with Rick on his weekly radio program so that we could get a free Italy guidebook – autographed! I regularly read his blog, preach his wisdom to fellow travelers, and follow his recommendations when traveling.

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Edmonds has embraced the Rick Steves spirit and has quickly become a town which caters to travelers. On my most recent visit, our little outdoor café took it a step further and upon ordering we were given a postcard of Hawaii to place on our table rather than a number. When our order was ready they simply looked for the Hawaii card and brought us our food. Oddly I found myself transported to the beaches of Maui as I basked in the Seattle sun enjoying my lunch.

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Edmonds is the type of place I could call home. With each visit, I find myself eyeing real estate ads and “for sale” signs as I wander the friendly neighborhood streets. Edmonds’ tranquility is charming and the pristine, tidy homes remind me of my little town I grew up in. Oh, and the possibility of running into Rick Steves and swapping travel stories wouldn’t be so bad either.

Posted by Jennylynn 05:51 Archived in USA Tagged tourist_sites

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