Wonderful Washington Wine Country!
Did you know that Washington is the second biggest wine-producing state in the whole of the United States? We are blessed to have so many of these fine wineries in our own backyard!
The Washington State Wine Commission reports that we’re home to nearly 1000 wineries, more than 350 grape growers, and 50,000 acres of vineyards ~ that’s a lot of grapes! Yes, Washington cultivates nearly 70 different grape varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Chardonnay.
The largest of Washington’s wine regions is Columbia Valley, stretching nearly 11 million acres, and produces 99% of all the wine grapes grown within Washington. The wine region reaches to the Oregon border and includes appellations such as Horse Heaven Hills, Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Horse Heaven Hills, and more.
While most of the wine-growing region is located in Eastern Washington, many of the wineries have set up shop with tasting rooms in beautiful Woodinville, Washington. There are now more than 100 tasting rooms and wineries located in Woodinville, located just 30 minutes away from downtown Seattle.
SEA Black Car by Shuttle Express can whisk you away to the wine country, secure in the knowledge that we provide safe, reliable, and trustworthy transportation. Whether you grab a big group and reserve a van or mini-coach or prefer a chauffeur-driven limo, we are your Wine Country HQ. At Shuttle Express, we also offer share-ride and private transportation services, including ADA accessible vehicles. The fleet includes luxury vans, shuttle, motor, and mini-coaches for those special group outings to the wineries.
The month of March is designated as Washington Wine Month, culminating in the annual event Taste Washington held at CenturyLink, Seattle, from March 19-22, 2020. Taste Washington is the state’s premier wine and food festival, featuring 200+ wineries and 65 chefs/restaurants preparing delicious bits. Tickets are on sale now at https://tastewashington.org.
Let SEA Black Car by Shuttle Express take away the stress of finding parking for this popular festival of food and wine, but more importantly, let us provide safe transportation door-to-door for you and your party so you can enjoy the experience of tasting some of the best Washington wines.
Contact SEABlackcar.com or call 425-981-7000.
21 Brilliant Ways to Use Shuttle Express Transportation
Getting where you need to go isn’t always easy, especially in Seattle where traffic congestion has reached epic levels and parking spots are elusive.
We’ve got 21 ideas on how to make life better – and none involve you driving. Shuttle Express has been around for three decades, getting busy people to where they need to go, safely and on time. Our reliable airport shuttle service gets travelers to Sea-Tac and back 24-7, and our private hourly service offers something for everybody—black car service with town cars, SUVs, and limos, private vans and shuttles, and coach service for groups.
Just to show how versatile we are, here are 21 ways our service can make your driving stress a thing of the past:
- Elegant town car service for two for dinner and a show in Seattle.
- Share ride shuttle to get your family to Sea-Tac and back – children ride FREE!
- Private 10-passenger van to haul you, your bike box, golf clubs, and luggage to the airport.
- SUV private service for the office team of five to go out for lunch. No parking hassles!
- Mini coach service for 28 staffers to attend training 50 miles away. One vehicle for all.
- Motor coach service for a conference, from Seattle to Spokane. We go anywhere!
- Town car service to and from your favorite party spot – we’re your perfect designated driver.
- Private van or car service to the Big Game.
- Limo or car service for an afternoon of wine tasting in Woodinville.
- Luxury service for a weekend of wine tasting in eastern Washington, with lots of room to store purchases.
- Limo for your teen’s special prom for safe transportation all night.
- Private 10- to 55-passenger service to the ski slopes. Bring all your friends!
- Coach service for your church’s annual trip to … anywhere.
- Mini coach service to get your kid’s soccer team to/from all their games.
- Commuter program for your company – keep your employees happy with shuttle service between public transportation hubs and the office.
- Town car service for fast, easy private airport transportation.
- Coach service for your group to visit Leavenworth during the holidays.
- Private service to the Tulip Festival in the spring, just a few friends or the whole gang.
- Town car service to your favorite music venue, no worries about traffic or parking.
- Private limo service for a stress-free, safe “girls’ night out.”
- Luxury limo service for the wedding party.
So, whether you’re working hard or playing hard, make life easier with transportation by Shuttle Express. Contact our sales team at email@example.com or call 425-981-7096 and see how we can help!
It’s Show Time! Musicals in Seattle, How to Get There
If you’re a musical theater fan, you have much to be fanatical about with Seattle’s blockbuster shows coming up this fall and winter! And, if you’re new to the fun, check out the productions on the calendar for the city’s best venues.
Want to make the evening extra special? Reserve Black Car Service with Shuttle Express and leave the traffic and parking hassles to us. Book your trip on our new app, and we’ll take it from there – safe, on-time, comfortable luxury car service to and from the show.
December 5 – 10
Celebrate the holidays this year with Elf, an original musical that brings to life the heartwarming story of Buddy, an orphan from the North Pole who thinks he’s one of Santa’s elves.
Hamilton February 6 – March 18
This widely-acclaimed American musical returns to Seattle this winter, telling the life’s story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton through genres ranging from hip-hop, pop, rhythm and blues, and traditional show tunes. The popular production is inspired by historian Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography about Hamilton.
5th Avenue Theatre
November 6 – December 31
The whole family will enjoy this new musical inspired by the Oscar-winning film featuring 20 Irving Berlin songs, gorgeous sets and costumes, and stunning choreography. The holiday story follows Jim, who leaves show biz and the big city for a simpler life on a Connecticut farm, only to discover things aren’t what he expected.
February 2 – 25
This favorite hit musical is based around the music of superstar group, ABBA. Enjoy The 5th Avenue Theatre’s brand new, original version of the show that tells the tale of a family secret, full of glorious music and spirit.
Love, Chaos & Dinner at Marymoor Park
October 19 – April 29
Teatro ZinZanni offers something a bit different, with theatrical fun, exuberant atmosphere, and delicious food! Join your fellow dinner theater goers for the highly anticipated return engagement to Marymoor Park in October, and be swept away with the over-the-top story of, Love, Chaos & Dinner at Marymoor Park.
Getting to the Show
Shuttle Express offers black car/limousine service and private charters for special nights out, when you want to relax and enjoy yourself. Let Shuttle Express take care of the driving, traffic, and parking hassles so you can enjoy the show! Reach us at our Shuttle Express sales office or call 425-981-7096 for more information.
4 Dangerous Washington Hikes
It’s not too late for an invigorating trek through a few of Washington’s more challenging hiking spots! Check out MyNorthwest’s top four dangerous hikes and the best way to get there (hint: Shuttle Express drives anywhere, getting you and your group there safely and stress-free, no danger involved).
From rain forests to mountains to lakes, rivers and grassy meadows, it’s no wonder Washington is a hiker’s paradise. In fact, according to Washington Trail Association’s hiking guide, the state is home to nearly 3,400 trails, any of which might offer some fresh air, spectacular scenery and a good day’s exercise.
If you’re looking for a little more than a walk in the park, the state is home to several hikes waiting to challenge the adventure junkie. These four trails will have your heart pumping — both from exertion and adrenaline.
Muir Snowfield, Mt. Rainier National Park
If you’ve always wanted to tackle Mt. Rainier but haven’t any climbing experience, Muir Snowfield might just satiate your curiosity. Camp Muir — the endpoint of this spectacular hike — is as high as you can go on the mountain without a climbing permit. Beginning at Paradise, this trail is 8 miles round trip, but don’t plan on making quick progress. Until August, the trail is generally covered in snow, and with an elevation gain of nearly 5,000 feet, you’ll be huffing and puffing by the time you reach the camp. Save some energy for the last 250 vertical feet, which Washington Trail Association calls “interminable, even for strong climbers.”
Lake Constance, Olympic National Park
If you’re an avid hiker, you’re no doubt familiar with Olympic National Park, home to some of the region’s most beautiful trails. Widely known as the hardest and steepest hike in the park, the Lake Constance Route offers no mercy to novice hikers. A 5-mile hike with an elevation gain of nearly 3,500 feet, the trail can be very steep at times. Hikers will enjoy beautiful views of Constance Creek, Lake Constance, waterfalls and mountains and is best used from June to October.
Granite Mountain, Snoqualmie Pass
No one ever plans to wind up in a mountain avalanche, but if you’re traversing Granite Mountain, you’d best be prepared. In fact, Washington Trail Association recommends hikers have experience with travel in avalanche terrain before attempting the trail, which runs 8.6 miles round trip and gains 3,800 feet – nearly 1,000 feet per mile. Hikers will navigate large boulders and rocky hillside as they climb higher on the trail. Those who reach the summit will be richly rewarded with spectacular views of Mt. Rainier, Kaleetan Peak and Crystal Lake.
Mailbox Peak, Snoqualmie Region
Yes, there’s a mailbox at the summit. No, it’s not easy to get to. Historically, Mailbox Peak was a hike for ultradaring (and possibly masochistic), hikers, but after massive erosion and countless injuries, the trail was rebuilt — though not for the novice. Gaining 4,000 feet in less than 5 miles (the hike is 9.4 miles round trip), you’ll huff and puff your way through nearly 4 miles of steep switchbacks. To get to the summit, you’ll traverse 960 vertical feet in only a half mile, making that mailbox a welcome sight.
With hiking the state’s unofficial favorite pastime, you can count on these heart-pumping trails to be busy during the summer and early fall months. Parking spots can be scarce, so beat the road traffic and get on the trail as soon as possible with Shuttle Express service. With casual van service for up to 10 hikers plus gear, coach service for groups of 14 to 55 and even overnight service for weekend hikes, you can relax and enjoy your outdoor experience without worrying about traffic, parking and leaving your car. For more information, visit www.shuttleexpress.com.
Frightfully Fun Family Day Trips in October
Scare-tober in the Seattle area is chock full of family-friendly events, fun places to visit, and cool activities for groups large and small. Our sales team came up with their personal favorites to give you some ideas for your group of family or friends. Don’t want to drive? Shuttle Express takes the hassles of driving, traffic, and parking off your plate. We have vans, cars and coaches to fit any group, so don’t let Seattle’s traffic stop you from getting out and enjoying events around the Sound this fall.
Apple Fest – Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm
Plan a trip to the country and enjoy Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm’s Apple Festival in Olympia, WA! Beginning Sept. 28 and running every Saturday and Sunday in October from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Lattin’s offers something for everyone in the family: fresh-picked apple samples, bluegrass music, kids’ animal train, face painting, petting farm, pony rides, and wagon rides to their pumpkin patch.
Admission is free, but parking is $5.00 per vehicle. Planning a group visit to the farm? Book a Shuttle Express private van or coach bus so everyone can go together, plus you’ll save parking fees!
Remlinger Farms in Carnation, WA, kicks off fall with their Fall Harvest Festival, offered every weekend in October from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Experience a “Full Farm for the Full Day” and enjoy all park rides, live entertainment and attractions, tractor-drawn hay rides, and more. Before heading home, search the U-pick pumpkin patch for that perfect size for carving.
This festival is the largest in the area, with a treat menu featuring tasty options like mini donuts, pizza, burgers, hot dogs and brats, caramel apples and kettle corn. Admission is $19.75 plus tax – check out their website for all the details.
Kinderfest at Oktoberfest Northwest
Oktoberfest Northwest, an authentic Oktoberfest celebration complete with German beer, brats, entertainment, and games, features a robust kids’ fest, too. Bring the whole family the weekend of October 7-8 to Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup to experience and participate in the Kids ½ Mile Rootbeer Run (Oct. 8), games, a scavenger hunt, pumpkin decoration, airbrush tattoos, authentic May Pole dancing lessons, and authentic arts and craft projects provided by the Tacoma German Language School. Check out their website for all the details. Plan easy, safe transportation with a chartered bus or private van with Shuttle Express.
Cascade Kennel’s 5th Annual Haunted Puppy Town Family Event
Want to include your four-legged family members in the fun? Check out Cascade Kennel’s 5th Annual Haunted Puppy Town family event on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Woodinville, which not only promises fun and excitement, but also benefits local pet rescue and animal sanctuary organizations.
This annual Halloween event and fundraiser includes a costume contest for both pets and their owners, carnival games, a haunted but pet-friendly maze, agility demonstrations and lessons by Dogs in Progress, where your dog can test his skills on obstacles including tunnels, A-frames, jumps, and teeter totters. Admission is free, but donations are suggested.
Carpinito Brothers Pumpkin Patch
Carpinito Brothers U-Pick Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze kicks off its 25th year on Friday, Sept. 29 and is open for family fun through Oct. 31st. Whether you’re looking for the best and biggest jack o’ lantern you can find, or you can’t wait to hop on the hayride or get lost in the corn maze, you’ll find it all here. Carpinito Brothers offers a unique selection of pumpkins on more than 20 acres of farmland, two different corn mazes, a farm fun yard featuring farm animals and games, hayrides, a produce stand, and delicious treats like kettle corn, roasted sweet corn, lemonade and more. Check their website for admission information.
Getting There with Shuttle Express
Start the fun at your front door and skip traffic and parking hassles. Let Shuttle Express drive! Our private service offers something for everyone – luxury cars and SUVs, large and small coaches, and private vans. We’ve got plenty of room to haul pumpkins back home, too, so make the most of your day trips and family events and book easy, safe transportation with Shuttle Express. Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 425-981-7096.
Tricks to Find More Time in Your Weekend
If your two days of weekend freedom zoom by at lightning speed with little to no relaxation or fun to be had, read on for some easy, proven ways make your weekends seem just a little bit longer.
Try Something New
Instead of doing the same ‘ole stuff every weekend (Netflix binge, Chinese takeout, more Netflix), try a new activity or go somewhere you’ve never visited. There’s solid science behind this suggestion: neuroscientist David Eagleman studies the brain and our perception of time and he says your brain works harder at collecting information when you’re doing something unfamiliar. One reason may be that you’re creating a more thorough memory, which makes sense, because when you’re doing something routine you may not be as present and “in the moment” as when you’re learning a new hobby or visiting an unfamiliar location. So, expand your horizons and it may expand your weekend.
Make Tasks Serve Double-duty
This suggestion isn’t new or earth-shattering, but it’s worth noting since it really does free up time. Look at your “to-do” list for the weekend and see how many of them you can double-up. Here are some ideas to get you thinking:
- Work out with your family: Get your workout in and spend quality time with your family, at the same time – go for a hike with the kids, play catch, or go to the park with friends and family for a volley ball game.
- Catch up on your reading while working out or driving – audible.com offers numerous titles, or listen to your favorite podcast for information or motivation.
- Pencil in some weed-pulling or other gardening task and count it as part of your work out.
Rework Your Schedule Slightly
- Consider Friday night an important start to the weekend—don’t just crash, if you can help it. Plan something enjoyable and get your relaxation and fun started immediately.
- Don’t leave all the chores from the week for the weekend, since that’s a sure way to kill your fun and suck up time. If you can, schedule a task each week night for 15 to 20 minutes so you’re free and clear come Friday at 5 p.m.
- Don’t sleep your weekend mornings away, at least not entirely. Get your needed ZZZ’s, but fill your days with enjoyable activities, friends, and fun.
- Plan your TV and social media sessions, don’t just mindlessly consume 10 hours of House of Cards. The shows will be there later, but precious weekend time waits for no one.
Let Someone Else Drive
- This one works any time, not just on weekends. Don’t waste time behind the wheel, fighting traffic, and searching for that elusive parking space—hire someone to take care of this.
- If you’re planning a weekend date night, book a car so you can enjoy your night out. No teetotaling required.
- If your friends and family are gearing up for a day trip, it’s easy to charter a bus and split the costs so everyone can relax and enjoy the trip.
- Headed to a meeting during the work day? Use the time in the car to work and prepare, get door-to-door service, and arrive fresh and on time. Forget traffic and parking hassles. You just saved an hour of your day.
Need a Ride?
As Seattle’s local transportation experts, our professional, friendly drivers have been making weekends better for busy people for nearly 30 years. We’re best known for our iconic Sea-Tac Airport van service, but we do it all—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.
Whether your company needs VIP black car service or group transportation for your team on the weekends or during the work week, our experienced, caring staff and drivers will make it happen. Reach us at email@example.com.
Book it! Track it! APP IT!
Book fast, ride easy with our new Shuttle Express app
Need safe, on-time private car service? We just launched our new app that will make booking your black car service that much easier. Just book on our Shuttle Express app, then sit back and enjoy the ride!
How It Works
- Book your private black car, SUV, or exclusive van in seconds to anywhere in Puget Sound
- Track your trip
- Get fare and driver info
- Save trip details in your profile to make booking future rides that much quicker
What About Shared Shuttles and Coaches?
You’ll soon be able to book your Share Ride service on the app, but for now, book shared shuttles at shuttleexpress.com, then once it’s booked you can track your share ride trip on the app, too.
For our 14-, 28- and 55-passenger coach service, call our office at 425-981-7096 for personalized, helpful service.
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Shuttle Express Car Service: Safe, Easy, Comfortable
- Book and track your car service on our new APP, quickly and easily.
- We get you to your meeting, event, or party and back home again, safely and worry-free
- Chauffeurs are drug tested and fully insured for your safety and peace of mind
- Shuttle Express offers black car/limousine service and private charters to get you there, safely and on time
So, let Shuttle Express take care of the driving, traffic, and parking hassles–download our new app now! Questions? We can help. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 425-981-7000.
8 Cool Northwest Festivals You Can’t Miss
Gathering to celebrate the best food, music, art, and everything wonderful and unique about the Pacific Northwest — that’s what our festivals are all about. We have our annual favorites, from Bumbershoot to Seafair, but here are eight culturally-rich and diverse gatherings you may not have heard about. Our Shuttle Express team offered their top festival picks coming up this fall, so you won’t miss a thing. We’ll even get you there!
Tumbleweed Music Festival
Sept. 1–3, Richland, WA
Head to Eastern Washington over Labor Day weekend and enjoy acoustic music on the banks of the Columbia River. Choose from more than 75 acts on five stages and experience hand’s-on workshops on instrument playing, songwriting and dancing.
Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival
Sept. 8-10, Mukilteo, WA
Considered Mukilteo’s biggest blowout party of the year, the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival promises food and a beer garden, music, art displays, and two fireworks displays.
Rod Run to the End of the World
Sept. 9–10, Ocean Park, WA
Interested in engines? Check out this event, featuring classic cars from Model As to muscle cars, tearing up the streets of the peninsula.
Sept. 13–15, Pendleton OR
If you’re a cowboy or cowgirl at heart, plan a trip to Pendleton and enjoy an authentic Western rodeo, with bull riding and other rodeo contests, parades and more. Round up a group of friends and charter a bus, we’ll drive!
Cache Dash Splash III – Behind Bars
Sept. 15–17, Long Beach Peninsula
Ever heard of geocaching? It’s a modern-day treasure hunt, and we’ve got the perfect place for you to start this fascinating activity: the Cache Dash Splash III on the Long Beach Peninsula will have you searching and finding “treasures” while enjoying the gorgeous location.
Pacific Northwest Brew Cup
Sept. 22–24, Astoria, OR
Enjoy more than 40 brews at this family-friendly event—taste beers, listen to live music, and bring the kids for activities planned for all ages.
Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival
Sept. 23–24, Leavenworth, WA
It’s always the perfect time to visit Leavenworth, including September, when the scenery boasts leaves turning in full color. This festival offers live music, pie-eating contests, a parade, and street dances in historic downtown Leavenworth.
Trailing of the Sheep Festival
Oct. 4–8, Wood River Valley, ID
This unique festival’s mission is to gather, present, and preserve the history and culture of sheep herding in Idaho and the West. Under the theme of all things sheep, you’ll enjoy concerts, workshops, presentations, and cooking classes during this culturally-rich weekend.
Charter a Bus to Anywhere
As Seattle’s charter bus experts, Shuttle Express offers trusted, safe, and reliable group transportation for business or pleasure, for groups large and small. We’ll get your group anywhere in the region, whether it’s across the Sound or across the mountains. We maintain an expansive fleet of clean, comfortable mini and motor coach buses, private vans, sedans, and SUVs, perfect for day trips, overnight excursions, corporate events, family celebrations, and special occasions.
To plan your charter to your favorite festival, group event, or business meeting, contact our team at email@example.com or call 425-981-7096.