The Seattle Hack is Seattle NorthCountry’s Urban Basecamp

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Have you ever thought about staying in Seattle without paying those Seattle prices? The hub of the tech industry is a nice place to visit but can be hard on your wallet if you play your cards wrong.

Some of the best things about Seattle are found a few minutes north of the Emerald City. And they can often be less expensive than the “tourist-traps.” In Seattle NorthCountry’s Urban Basecamp, you can lodge affordably and make day trip forays into both local and international culture. Here are your best bets:


Lynnwood is seriously the best place to eat. It’s hard to overhype this place. At first blush, the city appears to be a series of strip malls until, upon closer inspection, you discover that most of the strip malls are actually tiny enclaves of authentic international cuisine.

Expect to find the tastiest gyros, pho, tofu, noodle dishes and more. You can eat your way around the world without leaving the city limits.

Lynnwood is also home to Q Spa and Olympus Spa. If you’re heading out of town for a digital detox, treat your body and soul as well with an immersive self-care experience. Enjoy pools, wraps, steam rooms and a full day of self-care.

Check out the “Barcades,” which are what they sound like—bars plus arcades; video games for adults. It also has “nerd culture” in spades—comic book shops, video game stores, etc.

Or, if you’re in the mood, you can plain old “shop til you drop” in and around the vicinity of Lynwood’s Alderwood Mall. The mall is home to 152 stores, restaurants, plazas and atriums. Grab a coffee to pace yourself—there’s plenty of luxury retail in this city just 15 miles north of Seattle.


When in Bothell, pick up Salish Sea-fresh oysters at the PCC natural foods grocery store, and stroll through downtown Bothell for fresh baguettes, coffee and boutique window shopping. Bothell is a short bicycle ride away from Woodinville wine country on the Sammamish River Trail.

Your best bets for dining are Russell’s—a seasonal restaurant located inside a refurbished old barn. It’s classy in there. If you’re planning to stay in a hotel and want to cook for yourself, be sure to pick up ingredients and excellent beverages at Central Market in Mill Creek.

There’s no wrong way to stay in Seattle NorthCountry. The right time to visit is anytime. To learn more, go to