5 Tasty Breakfast Places at Sea-Tac Airport

Hankering for breakfast while waiting for an early-morning flight out of Sea-Tac Airport? Here are our recommendations, all conveniently located in the airport’s Central Terminal.

  1. Great American Bagel Bakery
    If you’re looking for quick stop for fresh bagels or baked treats, check out this place. You’ll find several other locations throughout the airport, and breakfast is served all day.
  2. Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
    Don’t miss Beecher’s Handmade Cheese—indulge in this artisan food company’s delicious cheeses and gourmet dishes, including their famous mac and cheese (yes, for breakfast!), hot breakfast items, grilled sandwiches, and Caffé Vita espresso.
  3. Dish D’Lish
    Stop here and enjoy outstanding breakfast fare such as savory stratas made with rustic bread, eggs, and cheese, freshly-baked breakfast goodies, and a variety of hot-pressed sandwiches.
  4. Bigfoot Food and Spirits
    If you’re in the mood for a hefty brekkie before you board, check out Bigfoot’s Lumberjack Omelets, loaded with your choice of fillings. Top it all off with a Bigfoot Energy Shot.
  5. Qdoba Mexican Grill
    Qdoba Mexican Grill is an affordable option that offers fresh, healthy choices made in-house daily. The breakfast burrito is the breakfast standard, but Qdoba’s fresh menu items taste good any time of day.

Need a ride to Sea-Tac Airport? Shuttle Express is here for you. As Seattle’s local airport and private transportation experts, our professional, friendly team has been at the wheel for nearly 30 years, keeping our guests safe, on time, and stress-free. Whether we’re driving you to Sea-Tac and back in a town car or shuttle, or transporting your office team of 150 to a group event in well-appointed motor coaches, our experienced, caring team will make it happen. Book online at shuttleexpress.com or connect with us at sales@shuttleexpress.net.

Traveler’s Guide to Carry-on Essentials

If you pack lightly for airline travel, you already know that traveling “carry-on only” is the way to go—no worry that checked bags won’t make it to your destination when you do, less waiting in lines, fewer airline baggage fees. While the friendly drivers at Shuttle Express in Seattle handle your luggage for you when taking you to the airport, usually you’re on your own.

Here are some tips and tricks for packing a carry-on bag that you can live with, without sacrificing too much.

Choose the right carry-on bag.

Know the size and weight requirements for carry-ons with the airlines you travel on most, especially the smaller carriers, since they typically have less room.

Once you find a bag you like, make sure it will be comfortable to haul around and easy to get in and out of overhead bins. Backpacks and rolling duffel bags are  good options.

Choose your liquids and clothes carefully.

The one-quart plastic bag has never looked so small. So, when you’re packing your carry-on, get ruthless about what you actually need, since every single liquid item must fit in it. Some ideas:

  • Decide what you can live without—body wash, mouthwash, for example.
  • Buy the essentials at your destination, if possible—shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, sunscreen.
  • Invest in a few multi-purpose items, such as shampoo/conditioner combos.
  • Find non-liquid versions like make-up wipes versus liquid remover and bar soap instead of liquid wash. You can even find quality solid shampoos.
  • Use the hotel’s complimentary items.
  • Last resort: take a vacation from the many products you use.
  • If you’re traveling carry-on only, heed the long-standing advice to bring multipurpose clothing that can be layered and worn 20 different ways until Sunday.
  • Plan to wash clothes often.

Carry-on’s Most Wanted List:

Even if you’re checking luggage, here are items essential to a well-packed carry-on bag:

  • Cell phone and electronic device chargers
  • Earphones, e-reader, notepad and pen, anything to keep boredom at bay
  • Snacks like nuts or easily-packed fruit like bananas that can tide you over until you land
  • Lozenges or gum to ease any ear pressure or dry mouth
  • Face wipes and toothbrush to help refresh you during a long flight
  • Change of clothes if you’re checking luggage in case of lost bags or long flight delays

Need a ride to Sea-Tac Airport? Shuttle Express is here for you. As Seattle’s local airport and private transportation experts, our professional, friendly team has been at the wheel for nearly 30 years, keeping our guests safe, on time, and stress-free. So whether we’re driving you to Sea-Tac and back in a town car or shuttle, or transporting your office team of 150 to a group event in well-appointed motor coaches, our experienced, caring team will make it happen. Book online at shuttleexpress.com or connect with us at sales@shuttleexpress.net.

Tidy Up, Seattle – Office Declutter List

If you’re ready to lose your office clutter but you’re not sure where to start, check out our list. We asked the most organized, neat-freak transportation experts at Seattle’s Shuttle Express transportation headquarters for some ideas, and here’s what they came up with.

  1. Know and accept your organizational style—if you’re a filer, use a simple filing system and file your stuff every day. Don’t let things pile up. Maybe you’re a piler. See #2.
  2. If you’re a piler, go ahead and own it, just organize your piles. Get sturdy paper holders or decorative boxes to round up only those important papers you want to keep; maintain everything in neat, easily-movable groups.
  3. If you’re overwhelmed with clutter, set aside time—a few hours or a whole day, whatever it takes—to clear out everything. Then, bring back in only what you know you’ll use.
  4. Get in the habit of putting everything in its place after you use it, or at least at the end of each work day.
  5. Dirt happens. Schedule reminders for yourself to dust your computer monitor and keyboard, and keep disinfectant cleaning wipes on hand to regularly wipe-down other surfaces.
  6. Store often-used items and files nearest to you and store less important stuff farther away.
  7. Be ruthless—pitch things you never use.
  8. Clutter creep happens to the best of us, so do a “clean sweep” regularly to maintain your tidy space.
  9. Use drawer compartments to keep small items from jumbling together and making a mess.
  10. Enter or scan business cards into your contact system right away, then toss them in the trash (not in a drawer to handle later).
  11. Let go of your mountain of “sticky notes” and instead keep track of deadlines, details, and meetings with a virtual assistant app or in your calendar synced to your phone.
  12. Keep your virtual desktop as clutter-free as the rest of your space. Resist randomly saving files to your desktop, which results in a sea of unorganized files.
  13. Move photos and videos to the cloud using free options like Dropbox.
  14. Declutter your smartphone. Dump those apps you thought you couldn’t live without, but you never use.

Need a ride? As Seattle’s local transportation experts, our professional, friendly drivers have been getting people to where they need to go for nearly 30 years, safely and on time. We’re best known for our iconic Sea-Tac Airport van service, but we do so much more—luxury cars, large and small coaches, private vans. We partner with corporations, hotels, meeting planners, or anyone who needs reliable, comfortable transportation with a friendly attitude.

So whether your company needs VIP black car service or group transportation for 40 of your favorite colleagues, our experienced, caring team will make it happen. Reach us at sales@shuttleexpress.net.

6 Easy Ways to Travel on the Cheap

Resolution #1: Travel more in 2017. Resolution #2: Spend less in 2017. Sound impossible to do both? Before ditching your resolve and indulging in some online retail therapy, read on for easy, practical ideas to make both goals happen this year. The travel universe is brimming with shockingly great deals, and our Shuttle Express transportation team in Seattle pulled together just a few of the ways you can travel more while spending less.

  1. Flight Deals Search for low-cost flights on sites like Momondo.com – a free, independent global travel search site that compares prices for flights worldwide. Matt at Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site says sites like Momondo offer a wider range of choices than more popular discount sites. Take our economical airport share ride service (children 2 and under ride free!), and you’ve got a deal.
  2. Flying Alternatives Going ground isn’t nearly as popular as it used to be, but if you’re open to a different travel experience, consider planning a train trip, or even a cross-country bus excursion. Tickets are dramatically lower than airfare in many cases, although amenities vary.
  3. Travel Coupon Sites Check out Groupon Getaways and LivingSocial Destinations for some pretty nice deals. A quick online search will give you scads of other sites, too, but these are two of the most reputable.
  4. Cruising on the Cheap Deals on cruises abound, but you can start with Vacationstogo.com where you’ll find their self-described “world famous” 90-day ticker featuring a complete listing of last-minute cruises on the world’s best cruise lines. Deals sell out lightning-fast on this popular site, so if you see a winner, book it immediately!
  5. Meal Deals It’s not new advice, but it works: make your own food. Buy the essentials, make a sandwich or two, and save your funds for special meals out. Then, eat like the locals, which likely will be less expensive but will enhance your travel experience.
  6. Travel Rewards If saving on travel is your goal, choose your credit cards wisely. Many offer travel rewards, but some are better than others – here’s NerdWallet’s overview on the top travel reward cards for 2017.

Need a ride? Shuttle Express is here for you. As Seattle’s local transportation experts, our professional, friendly team has been at the wheel for nearly 30 years, keeping our guests safe, on time, and stress-free. We’re best known for our iconic, budget-friendly Sea-Tac Airport van service, but we do so much more—luxury cars, large and small coaches, and private vans.

So whether we’re driving you to Sea-Tac and back with our black car service, or transporting your office team of 150 to a group event in well-appointed motor coaches, our experienced, caring team will make it happen. Reach us at sales@shuttleexpress.net.

Seattle Wedding Venue Gems

It’s never too early to start planning your wedding day once you’re engaged, and it’s never too early to snag the coolest venue in Seattle. Our transportation coordinators sifted through dozens of unique wedding venues, including those where we’ve transported our wedding party clients, and we narrowed our list to these four shiny gems:

  • Stimson-Green Mansion
    If you’ve dreamed of getting married in an English Tudor Revival-style mansion, this place is for you. This 1901 landmark in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood features a variety of architectural styles, with each room offering something different. Notable highlights of the mansion include gorgeous leaded-glass windows, antiques, vintage fixtures, and rich wood detailing throughout. Best for smaller weddings, this venue is limited to 80 seated guests for an indoor ceremony.
  • The Great Hall at Union Station
    Nestled in the heart of Seattle’s Pioneer Square, this historic space once served as the main concourse of Seattle’s Union Pacific Station and features stunning turn-of-the-century grandeur that will awe your wedding guests. The 1911 landmark boasts a magnificent 55-foot-high barrel-vaulted ceiling, central skylights, polished limestone walls, archways, and a striking black-and-white mosaic tile floor.
  • Sodo Park by Herban Feast
    In a former life, this venue was a hard-working factory built in 1907, but it’s been reborn as an industrial-chic location perfect for the bride searching for an elegant, contemporary vibe. The space’s highlights include a loft design with vaulted ceilings, original windows, and an inner courtyard for more casual gatherings. Check out their award-winning in-house catering company, Herban Feast Catering.
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass
    Getting married among the magnificent suspended glass sculptures of artist David Chihuly would be memorable, to be sure. You and your guests can enjoy the world-renowned art glass installations at this unique venue. The shimmering Glasshouse can accommodate the largest of weddings, and it’s conveniently located at the Seattle Center.

Planning wedding transportation? As Seattle’s local transportation experts, Shuttle Express has taken part in hundreds of weddings, transporting brides, grooms, and guests to venues all over the region for nearly 30 years. We bring transportation knowledge, professionalism, and caring service to your most treasured event to ensure nothing is missed.

Choose from our extensive fleet of black cars, limousines, and luxury coaches to handle each part of your wedding event. Contact us at sales@shuttleexpress.net to arrange a site visit to personally inspect our luxury fleet and to meet your coordinator. We can’t wait to meet you!


Helping Others, One Ride at a Time

No matter what time of year, it feels good to lend a hand, to make someone smile, to lighten someone’s load. Our Shuttle Express Team was fortunate enough to get that opportunity this holiday season when KING5 Evening asked us to help a local family get to the Seahawks game on Christmas Eve.

The Gritten Family of Spanaway won tickets to the Dec. 24 Seahawks-Cardinals game through Ben’s Fund/Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Washington, an organization that helps families affected by autism. Ben’s Fund/FEAT was founded by John Schneider (general manager of the Seahawks) and Traci Schneider in honor of their son Ben, who has an autism diagnosis. (Check out their site to find out about their great work with Washington families!)

The Grittens have been through some significant health challenges this year, and going to the game promised some needed fun and relaxation for the whole family. The monkey wrench in the plan? The Grittens’ vehicle had broken down, and they had no way to get to the game.

KING5 Evening thought of us and called because, well, that’s what Shuttle Express does—we get people to where they need to be. We were delighted to send a 10-passenger private service van to take the Grittens to the game and back home again. Problem solved. Game enjoyed!

Thanks, KING5 and Ben’s Fund/FEAT, for inviting Shuttle Express to join in helping the Gritten family make happy memories this holiday season. The pleasure was all ours.

From our Shuttle Express family to yours, enjoy a safe, happy 2017!

Family Fun and Fireworks around Seattle

Summer is officially here, which means firecrackers, food, and festivities are mere days away. This July is no exception! The region is packed with events to choose from, including 4th of July celebrations, beer and wine events, endless kid fun, and yummy food. Check out our short list of summer festivities compiled to help you decide just how much fun you can handle in the next few weeks.

1. Float your boat with the 40th Annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival—enjoy free boat rides, live music, kids’ activities, not to mention the many food and beer vendors. Admission is free, so bring the whole family from July 2nd to the 4th! Find out more here: http://cwb.org/events/festival/

2. Gear up for a night of fireworks—camp out all day at a family favorite or check out a new city:

  • Bellevue – Downtown Park 10:05 p.m.
  • Edmonds – Civic Stadium 10 p.m.
  • Everett – Port Gardner Bay 10:20 p.m.
  • Federal Way – Celebration Park 10:15 p.m.
  • Kent – Lake Meridian Park 10 p.m.
  • Kirkland – Marina Park 10:15 p.m.
  • Lakewood – Joint Base Lewis-McChord 10 p.m.
  • Newcastle – Lake Boren Park 10 p.m.
  • Renton – Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park 10 p.m.
  • SeaTac – Angle Lake Park 10 p.m.
  • Seattle – Gas Works Park 10:20 p.m.
  • Tacoma – Ruston Way 10:10 p.m.

3. Pedal to the metal! Join the 15-mile Seattle Night Ride from Peddler Brewing through Myrtle Edwards Park. Enjoy games, beer, and food trucks. Register here: https://www.cascade.org/rides-major-rides/seattle-night-ride

4. Woodland Park Zoo’s annual concert series Zoo Tunes is back, sounding better than ever! Choose from many outstanding artists throughout the summer, including artists Jeff Beck, UB40, Ziggy Marley, and Pink Martini. Buy your tickets now: http://zoo.org/zootunes#.V3VHEqI3kgs

5. Love the thrill of competitive dragon boat racing? Bring the family out to the 13th Annual Seattle Dragon Boat Festival on July 30th where each 40-foot boat is colorfully decorated and ready to rumble on South Lake Union. The festival features racing, live music, kids’ activities, and food. Find out more here: http://seattledragonboatfestival.net/at-the-festival/

–Compiled by Kimberly Kong, Sales and Marketing Coordinator

Dad-friendly Fun Around Puget Sound

Show dad some appreciation this Sunday—whether your dad is a car guy, festival guy, beer guy, or outdoorsy guy, we’ve got you covered with ideas to make this Father’s Day memorable.

  • Check out the 2016 Washington Brewers Festival, from June 17th to the 19th: taste more than 450 Washington-brewed craft beers, do the 5k fun run, listen to live music, and enjoy the weather in Marymoor Park. Learn more at washingtonbeer.com.
  • Take Pop over to the Bell Harbor Marina to admire more than 50 classic yachts (many were built prior to World War II!). Admission is free.
  • Stop by the Ballard Locks on June 18th to enjoy a free outdoor concert—bring the whole family to listen to music and watch the boats, barges, and sailboats sailing along the locks.
  • Bring the family to the hip Fremont Solstice Fair—free admission! Enjoy the dog parade, listen to live music, and check out more than 300 vendors. The Fremont Solstice Parade beings on Saturday–attend and be one of the 100,000 guests in this beloved neighborhood fair. Get the details at fremontfair.org.
  • Cruise on over to the quaint town of Burien to check out some sweet rides at the Father’s Day Car Show—the Wild Strawberry Festival is right across the street where you can enjoy the carnival rides, games, and delicious festival food for the family.
  • Get down with some awesome dance moves with dad at Seattle’s EMP—from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for only $10.00 per ticket!  Take in the museum, get schooled with break-dancing lessons, and enjoy groovy arts and crafts. Visit empmuseum.org/ for more details.
  • Renton some wheels and explore the beautiful Tacoma area of Point Ruston—picnic at Point Defiance Park, take a picture of Mt. Rainier, visit the Japanese and rose gardens, and take in the scenic views that Tacoma has to offer. For more information, visit wheelfunrentals.com/Locations/Tacoma-1.
  • Can’t get enough of the shiny chrome and leather aroma of classic cars? Visit LeMay-America’s Car Museum for the Father’s Day Hoods Up event. Explore this four-story museum with classic cars, trucks and motorcycles to fulfill your inner teenager with the whole family.

-Kimberly Kong, Sales and Marketing Coordinator

March Fun: Tulips to Bunnys!

Looking for some fun as you wait patiently for spring to arrive? Here’s a roundup of eight enjoyable Seattle events to keep you busy during the last weeks of winter.

Now: Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – Thanks to Mother Nature, the blooms are early this year and the two display gardens are open for business.

3/19: Spring into action with the Magnuson Series Dualathon in Magneson Park—all ability levels for biking and running are welcomed, so bring the whole family to have some competitive fun!

3/25: It’s hot, it’s cool, it’s for a great cause. Come join the 21st Annual Hot Java Cool Jazz to help support local high school award-winning jazz bands at the Paramount; 100% of the ticket sales will be contributed towards school music programs.

3/26: From 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., get your fill of Easter egg hunting with the Bunny Bounce and Easter baskets for the animals at the Woodland Park Zoo–from creative crafts, bunnies to bears!

3/27: Enjoy Easter Sunday brunch on a boat cruising Lake Union and Lake Washington with Waterways Cruises—look forward to full bellies, gorgeous scenery, and a special visit by the SeaBunny,

Get your creative juices flowing with the Art Walk in Seattle’s U-District neighborhood, which takes place on the 3rd Friday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m., with no charge.

Join the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma every 3rd Thursday of every month from 2 to 8 p.m. for storytelling, artifacts, and learning more about your home state!

All Month: Enjoy all that Seattle has to offer with Urban Adventure Quest–a tour, a game, and a guaranteed good time all wrapped into an adventure. Create your team to play any time! Sign up here to get all the details.

-Kimberly Kong, Marketing Assistant

9 Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day near Seattle

Are you searching for the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetie or your family? Here’s a roundup of romantic and fun ways to spend Valentine’s Day this year. Remember, if you need transportation such as private town car service in Seattle, let us know – we’ll do the driving!

Family Events:

Father-Daughter Snow Ball

Fathers, want to create more special memories with your daughter? Put on your dancing shoes and head over to the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center. The Father-Daughter Snow Ball event features a frozen-like atmosphere with music, arts and crafts, dancing, and refreshments.

Family Basketball Show

Enjoy a night out watching the Harlem Globetrotters as they celebrate their 90th tour. Check their website for locations, times, and tickets.

Woodland Park Zoo

Explore the zoo during Woodland Park Zoo’s Valentine’s Day Enrichment, Sat. Feb 13, from 10 am to 3 pm. Feed the animals with heart-shaped treats and learn fun facts from zoo staff.

Scavenger Love Hunt

Want to stay in with the kids? Brainstorm an exciting scavenger hunt with the kids to create some great memories.


Special Date Night Events:

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Before dinner, take your date to a performance of the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Romeo and Juliette.”

Valentine’s Day Cruise

Charm your loved one with a Valentine’s Day Brunch or Dinner Cruise with Waterways Cruises & Events. Choose a cruise on Lake Union and Lake Washington and enjoy cocktails and delicious food.

Wine & Chocolate

Bring your date to Enumclaw, located about an hour south of Seattle, and “celebrate the finer things in life” at the Wine & Chocolate Festival. Indulge in more than 80 unique Washington State wines and a dozen of the region’s top chocolatiers’ treats. You will also learn how to pair your favorite wine with delectable chocolates.

Paint Nite Seattle

Get artistic with your significant other: sign up for a vast variety of different types of art you can paint on canvas. Use code “retailmenot” to get discounted rates.

Stay In Candle Light Dinner

Create a fun menu and spend time in the kitchen, have dinner, and watch a movie. Sometimes there’s nothing better than spending time alone at home!

-Allyson Eli, Sales and Marketing