How are you all holding up? 🌻 We're healthy and safe, that's the most important thing!
Are we going a little stir crazy? You betcha, but oh well we'll survive. 🚲 Was supposed to start month 3 of my work out challenge, but you know what I just needed a mental health day. I'll start tomorrow or the next day if needed. Didn't even make Mason get all his school work done, he'll have to finish it tomorrow. We just needed a day to relax as much as possible in this crazy time we're in. 
#stayingpositive #positivevibes #pnw #positivethinking #stayhome #momlife #health #wellness #MPC2020 #mypeakchallenge #mentalhealth

How are you all holding...

There are so many things I'm thankful for and one of those is the amount of nature areas Washington state has to offer. I'm so thankful we were able to get out and walk Nisqually Wildlife Perserve before the "Stay Home, stay healthy" order the Gov. placed. It was wonderful to get out one last time, this staying home is tough and I don't know how we're going to manage?!! #pnw #nature #optoutside #stayhome #momlife #sendwine

There are so many things...

🌴On Saturday we took advantage of the sunshine and finally got out of the house! This will be a rough and trying time for our mental health, not going to lie. But we got to play at the local beach while practicing #socialdistancing it was wonderful! 🌻And we found a beautiful painted rock, thank you to who ever hid it!
#tacomarocks #pnw #optoutside
#chambersbay #beach #nature

🌴On Saturday we took advantage...

Stop to smell the flowers! 
This is your daily reminder to get outside, get some fresh air and your daily dose of vitamin D! 
#optoutside #flowers #nature #mondayvibes #stoptosmelltheflowers #dailyreminder

Stop to smell the flowers!...

What are you going to do with your child if homeschooling isn't cut out for them or your family? Take a deep breath, exhale and relax. It'll be okay! Everyone's health and wellness is much more important at this time than academics. I've got a list of activities if you'd like some structure in your lives though. Check it out on my blog.
#linkinbio #pandemic #school #homeschool #unschool #schoolduringcovid19 #schoolclosure #wellness #healthandwellness #health #familyfriendly #healthblogger #momblogger #momlife

What are you going to...

Looking for recipes to make at home?! I've got a list of healthy, fresh, and family-friendly recipes on my blog. Like homemade fresh bread, butter, cookies, slow cooker meals, ect. 
#linkinbio #pandemic #food #foodie #recipes #foodblogger #health #healthyfood #familyfriendly #healthblogger

Looking for recipes to make...

Glad we were able to squeeze in one more trip out into the community and zoo before things start shutting down. Friday Piper and I made an impromptu visit to Pt defiance zoo! It was great minus the cold/rain; there was only a couple other people, animals were active, didnt need to touch anything. Now schools are out for 6 weeks and we plan on quarantining ourselves at home for most of that time, except to get out into nature. 
#quarantine #zoo #optoutside #tacoma #healthyliving #healthandwellness #sundayfunday #healthispriority #health #stopthespread #wellness

Glad we were able to...

On February 3 I started My Peak Challenge and happy to say I'm still going strong! I've been needing to make some lifestyle changes and get more active. I've been working to control what I eat, getting some kind of exercise  in daily which I'm really enjoying. I didn't think I'd ever say that! 💚 #MPC2020 has truly started changing my life, I've had more positive thoughts and my body feels good. @mypeakchallenge

#mypeakchallenge #healthyliving #healthandwellness #loveyourself #fridayfeeling #tgif  #challenge #movement #bodypositive #healthblogger #wellnessblogger #health #wellness

On February 3 I started...

Visiting University Place, WA

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Unless you’re local, most don’t know where University Place is! It was home to the US Open 2015, no it’s not called Chambers Bay and let’s not get it confused with University District in Seattle. It’s right outside Tacoma and about 45 minutes south of Seattle. Population of about 35,000 in a beautiful area close to the water, low crime, perfect place to live or visit.

Whether you live around here or maybe you’re vacationing to Seattle, our little town has a lot to offer. It’s a short drive from Seattle and you could easily spend at least a full day here.

Visiting University Place

Getting to University Place

It’s fairly easy to get to here and accessible by automobile, whether you’re coming from Seattle or Olympia.

Straight from CityofUP.com: Heading north or south on Interstate 5, take the 56th Street Exit and head west. 56th Street will become Cirque Drive, one of several major east-west arterials in University Place. The other major east-west arterials are 40th Street West, 27th Street West, and South 19th Street. The major north-south arterials in University Place are Grandview Drive West, Bridgeport Way West, and 67th Avenue West.

The City is served by Pierce Transit and more regional service is provided by Sound Transit. Amtrak Service can be accessed in nearby Tacoma.

Visiting University Place

Where to Stay

Our little town has a lot to offer but lodging isn’t really one of them. They do have plans for a resort in the future at the golf course, I’ll keep you posted.

  • Check out vrbo.com and airbnb.com
  • Chambers Bay Bed & Breakfast

Where to Eat

There’s a few different options to eat in University Place, whether you’re going for a more formal dinning spot or family friendly. Everything from Mediterranean to Burgers, I’m sharing some favorites below.

  • Gyro Zone – one of our favorite places to eat; great food, great prices for the amount you get, not a big seating area though
  • Pine Cone Cafe – homestyle cooking, really great breakfast
  • Sapporo Steakhouse – new Japanese restaurant in U.P. with Hibachi style
  • Chambers Bay Grill – good food but not necessarily family friendly
  • Applebees – American food
  • Mediterranean Gyro Grill
  • Whole Foods/The Lumberyard Grill – ale-cart style, sandwiches, and very good pizza and beers
  • Top Pot Doughnuts and Anthem Coffee Tea – both in the Village at Chambers Bay
  • Lefty’s Burger Shack – fun summer time lunch/dinner, outdoor seating only
  • Boathouse 19 – casual dinning spot on the water, great menu including Gluten free
  • Grassi’s Ristorante – serving Italian food, we have not visited the restaurant yet but we plan on it soon
  • Bliss Small Batch Ice cream coming soon to Village at Chambers Bay (Spring 2018) – very tasty ice cream
  • Harbor Greens – has a great deli section

What to Do

University Place offers many things to do especially outdoors, we have a very beautiful little corner in Washington. Many family-friendly and free options.

  • Chambers Bay (park) offers many things to do; a little over 3 miles of trails, a dog park, two different meadows the top is equipped with soccer goals, beach access, watch the trains go by, and a beautiful playground (Playground by the Sound), it’s our most favorite place to watch the sunset
  • Chambers Bay Golf Course home of the US Open 2015
  • Go for a picnic at the Curran Apple Orchard or check out the free music events during the summer
  • Take a stroll, shop, and eat at The Village at Chambers Bay
  • One of our favorite hidden gems is Kobayashi Park; great hiking trail, perfect place for little explorers, covered picnic shelter, plenty of shade and when the weather is hot there’s a creek you can wade through
  • U.P. offers a few different park choices; Sunset Terrace, Cirque, Playground by the Sound, Colgate, Homestead, Kobayashi
  • On the outskirts of University Place you can find a bowling alley – Narrows Bowling Alley and an arcade/laser tag/indoor playground – Odyssey 1
  • Check out the calendar for a paint class at Art Studio 27
  • Visit the Chambers Bay Distillery or Narrows Brewing Company
  • Stroll, shop and eat at Green Firs Village includes a Trader Joes, Home Goods, Starbucks and more!
  • Our town has a big festival/parade to start the summer season off, Duck Daze is the first Saturday of June
  • The town’s Christmas Tree Lighting is the first Friday of December

Visiting University Place, WA What to do, where to eat, how to get here, where to stay.

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  • Jen
    March 28, 2018

    I love that playground by Chambers Bay – and you’re right about the sunset! Will need to check out the other playground, Kobayashi Park, sounds like a fun place to visit

    • jinglebellstime@gmail.com
      March 30, 2018

      Yes, definitely come check out Kobayashi on one of the hot summer days – just remember to bring towels :)

  • Rachel Teodoro
    March 28, 2018

    Great recommendations. I’d add Harbor Greens to the list too Love their sandwiches and their fresh produce. Plus they carry my favorite Ellenos yogurt!

    • jinglebellstime@gmail.com
      March 30, 2018

      Yes, great recommendation. I’ll add it right now because yes, there deli food area is delicious and I love their produce and plant sales.

  • Terumi
    March 28, 2018

    That’s such a cool playground! We’ll have to head to your hometown this summer to check it out:)

    • jinglebellstime@gmail.com
      March 30, 2018

      For sure, it’s a beautiful place here and only about 10-15 min away from downtown Tacoma. Let me know when you do and maybe we could meet up with you guys ;)

How are you all holding up? 🌻 We're healthy and safe, that's the most important thing!
Are we going a little stir crazy? You betcha, but oh well we'll survive. 🚲 Was supposed to start month 3 of my work out challenge, but you know what I just needed a mental health day. I'll start tomorrow or the next day if needed. Didn't even make Mason get all his school work done, he'll have to finish it tomorrow. We just needed a day to relax as much as possible in this crazy time we're in. 
#stayingpositive #positivevibes #pnw #positivethinking #stayhome #momlife #health #wellness #MPC2020 #mypeakchallenge #mentalhealth

How are you all holding...

There are so many things I'm thankful for and one of those is the amount of nature areas Washington state has to offer. I'm so thankful we were able to get out and walk Nisqually Wildlife Perserve before the "Stay Home, stay healthy" order the Gov. placed. It was wonderful to get out one last time, this staying home is tough and I don't know how we're going to manage?!! #pnw #nature #optoutside #stayhome #momlife #sendwine

There are so many things...

🌴On Saturday we took advantage of the sunshine and finally got out of the house! This will be a rough and trying time for our mental health, not going to lie. But we got to play at the local beach while practicing #socialdistancing it was wonderful! 🌻And we found a beautiful painted rock, thank you to who ever hid it!
#tacomarocks #pnw #optoutside
#chambersbay #beach #nature

🌴On Saturday we took advantage...

Stop to smell the flowers! 
This is your daily reminder to get outside, get some fresh air and your daily dose of vitamin D! 
#optoutside #flowers #nature #mondayvibes #stoptosmelltheflowers #dailyreminder

Stop to smell the flowers!...

What are you going to do with your child if homeschooling isn't cut out for them or your family? Take a deep breath, exhale and relax. It'll be okay! Everyone's health and wellness is much more important at this time than academics. I've got a list of activities if you'd like some structure in your lives though. Check it out on my blog.
#linkinbio #pandemic #school #homeschool #unschool #schoolduringcovid19 #schoolclosure #wellness #healthandwellness #health #familyfriendly #healthblogger #momblogger #momlife

What are you going to...

Looking for recipes to make at home?! I've got a list of healthy, fresh, and family-friendly recipes on my blog. Like homemade fresh bread, butter, cookies, slow cooker meals, ect. 
#linkinbio #pandemic #food #foodie #recipes #foodblogger #health #healthyfood #familyfriendly #healthblogger

Looking for recipes to make...

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