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Create New Family Traditions with These Christmas Road Trip Ideas

A Christmas road trip can establish new family traditions. which is part of what makes the Christmas season so magical. Rather than dragging the artificial tree down from the attic, why not take a family road trip to cut down your own Christmas tree?

Load up the car, fill the travel mugs with hot cocoa, crank your favorite Christmas carols, and head to one of these bona fide Christmas tree farms within driving distance of the Puget Sound area.

Beerbower Xmas Tree Farm in Elma

Located 1.5 hours from the Seattle area, a trip to the Beerbower Xmas Tree Farm makes for the perfect road trip. Not only do they have more than 12,000 trees to choose from, but they guarantee that the tree you purchase will be completely free of defects. Beerbower Xmas Tree Farm is one of the few farms open after dark, allowing you and your family to enjoy dazzling light displays and a relaxing nightly bonfire. Complimentary cookies, hot chocolate, and candy canes are also offered at this family-owned tree farm, making the experience that much sweeter.

Carnation Tree Farm in Carnation

This farm, located about a 40-minute drive west of Seattle, offers both cut-your-own and pre-cut Christmas trees. Carnation Tree Farm prides itself on old-fashioned Christmas spirit. Stroll through the farm’s 16 acres, sip free hot cider, pick up handmade wreaths, local mistletoe, and holly plants. Plus, enjoy a visit with Santa on select Saturdays and Sundays at the farm. Carnation Tree Farm uses green farming techniques and is one of the only certified Salmon Safe tree farms in the Pacific Northwest. The farm is open every day from November 23 until the trees are gone.

Enchanted Winds Christmas Tree Farm in Issaquah

Located just over 30 minutes from Seattle, this gorgeous route winds through Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park and Squak Mountain State Park before ending just outside Tiger Mountain State Forest. Make a day of it by planning a family hike or bringing a picnic lunch. When you arrive at Enchanted Winds Christmas Tree Farm, you will be greeted with 15 acres of trees. Tag your favorite, and the staff will cut it down and securely tie it to your car. The on-site gift barn at this family-owned farm offers free cookies and hot cider along with a selection of ornaments and greenery. On pleasant days, you can even take a hayride around the grounds. The season starts November 24th, and the farm is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (10 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays).

Snowshoe Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm in Puyallup

Drive 45 minutes south of Seattle to find this 100-year-old family-owned Christmas tree farm. Featuring 55 acres of five different types of fresh evergreens. You will also find a full nursery, handmade wreaths, and much more. Snowshoe Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm proudly participates in Trees for Troops, donating 100 trees to the families of service members every year. Hours are from 10 a.m. to dusk during the week and 9 a.m. to dusk on weekends, starting November 24th.

Three Tree Farms in Maple Valley

Just over 40 minutes from Seattle, this great farm caters to newbies by offering staff to help you cut, trim, and tie down your chosen Christmas tree. Three Tree Farms is at the base of the Taylor Mountains in the Cascade Hills, offering a picturesque setting for this timeless Christmas road trip tradition. You will find more than 5,000 beautiful trees along with complimentary homemade baked goods and hot cocoa, as well as espresso-based drinks. 

Prepare for Your Christmas Road Trip

Once you plan your Christmas road trip, stop by Greg’s Japanese Auto to make sure your car is in tip-top shape for the drive. We offer high-quality auto service at eight convenient locations throughout the Puget Sound area. You can also schedule a service appointment online.


Top 6 Best Places to See Fall Colors in Seattle

The summer heat is waning, and the days are getting shorter, which can only mean that Fall is just around the corner. The Seattle fall season makes for a prime time to go cruising in your vehicle. If you are searching for the best places in Seattle to see Fall colors, look no further. Here are the Top 6 best places to see autumn colors in the Pacific Northwest:

1. Lincoln Park, Seattle 

This West Seattle multi-purpose park is just North of the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal. Overlooking Puget Sound, its rocky beaches, beautiful meadows, and verdant forests are dotted with both picnic and play areas. In the Fall, the park’s 4.6 miles of walking paths are draped in blazing orange, vibrant reds, and bold yellows. In addition, a zip line, cable ride and abundant play elements make the park the perfect place to spend an autumn afternoon.

2. Montlake Fill, Seattle 

Officially named the Union Bay Natural Area, this 74-acre nature area is situated on the University of Washington campus. The pristine wetlands and gorgeous grasslands are close to University Village shopping and Husky Stadium. With Mount Rainier and Lake Washington in the background, the gravel walking trails are an excellent way to spend a Fall day. Bring a pair of binoculars to this premier Seattle birding site to spot waterfowl and other birds peeking through the brilliant autumn colors.

3. Bellevue Botanical Gardens, Seattle 

Standing as one of the top places to visit in Seattle, this urban refuge contains more than 50 acres of restored woodlands, natural wetlands and cultivated gardens. In the Fall, the breathtaking colors make it a can’t miss destination. Stop by the Visitor Center to learn about the courtyard gardens, pick up a treasure map for the kids, and decide where you want to wander. Take a class and learn about the best trees for color or just pick a trail and go. Remember to bring your camera to capture the fantastic view and vivid colors.

4. Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle 

Hidden along the shores of Lake Washington, this 230-acre park contains a dynamic assortment of plants ― unlike any found in the American Northwest. Managed by the City of Seattle and the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, the park offers self-guided, public, and private tours allowing you to explore the vast network of trails and interpretive signage. Stroll through the Woodland Garden and walk along Azalea Way as Fall is celebrated with riot of vibrant colors. Japanese maples, sorrel trees, witch hazels, and mountain ash are just a few of the trees that display gorgeous, intense shades of orange, red, yellow and purple during the autumn season at Washington Park Arboretum.

5. Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Seattle 

If you want to get out of town, enjoy stunning mountain vistas and dense strands of the forest by driving through the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The Alpine Lakes Wilderness is also perfect for hikers and backpackers with over 700 ponds and lakes carved from this rugged terrain. Hike the seven miles to one of the Upper Enchantment Lakes or apply for a permit and spend the night. Crisp mountain air, and brilliant colors as far as the eye can see, make this a must for your Fall to-do list.

6. Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Seattle 

Vibrant forest colors and an assortment of wildlife abound in this scenic gem located in Klickitat County, Washington (just outside of Portland, OR). Aspen, oak, and pine forests harbor long-bearded sego lily and Oregon coyote-thistle for one of the most diverse plant havens in Washington. The refuge is teeming with wildlife, from elk and Sandhill cranes, to deer and rare Oregon spotted frogs. Take the day and explore the valley, set ablaze with color and watch as fat gray squirrels prepare for winter and the snow geese, songbirds and swans head South.

Prepare For Your Fall Trips

Whether you are visiting the must-see places of Seattle or just want to explore the Pacific Northwest, make sure your car is serviced and ready to go. At Greg’s Japanese Auto, we will keep your vehicle running in top condition. Contact us to schedule your service today and be prepared for all of your fall time adventures!

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