Urban Safari: Marysville

Forty-five minutes north of Seattle is a small town brimming with global flavor

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Forty-five minutes north of Seattle is a small town brimming with global flavor

Most people travel north to Marysville to shop at Seattle Premium Outlets or to get their thrills gambling at the Tulalip Resort Casino. But on the east side of I-5 lies the quieter—and original—side of this small town, which invites visitors to peruse one-of-a-kind shops, embark on family adventures and indulge in internationally flavored restaurants.

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At Gatherings (1515 Third St.; 360.659.9729) products include carob-scented Italian bath salts ($12.95) and a zebra print rug ($489). Hunt for antique treasures at Finders Keepers Furnishings (1517 Third St.; 360.653.6046), which offers everything from china tea sets to estate jewelry. If you miss Poochapalooza, a furry affair for dogs (7/11, Asbery Field, 1605 Seventh St.; 360.651.0633), throw Fido a bone (or a Frisbee) at the 3-acre Strawberry Fields for Rover Off Leash Park (6100 152nd St. NE; 360.363.8400), located less than 15 minutes north of downtown. Try your hand (feet?) at skateboarding at the 10,000-square-foot Marysville Skatepark (1050 Columbia Ave.; 360.651.5085), or (safer yet) observe the /  talented skaters from the spectator area. Wondering how all this came to be? Learn about the town’s origins at the Marysville Historical Society Headquarters (1508-B Third St.; 360.659.3090), which houses an exhibit of Native American wood carvings and the Norwesco Telephone Museum (360.653.0171), featuring an old-school switchboard and a wide array of antique phones.

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At Froso’s (314 State Ave.; 360.659.9222) you’ll dine amid pristine Mediterranean white chapels (at least in mural form) as you sample a taste of Greece. At recently opened Bajio Mexican Grill (2707 171st Place NE, Suite 104; 360.652.3800), you can admire the colorful Talavera tile and decorative lights while gobbling chicken green chile quesadillas ($5.95). Fuel up at local fave Cristiano’s Pizza (1206 State Ave., Suite G; 360.653.8356), where a friendly staff serves up a generous pizza-and-salad lunch special ($9.25). Follow your nose around the corner for dessert at the old-fashioned Oosterwyk Dutch Bakery (1513 Third St.; 360.653.3766) where mouthwatering delectables such as the gevulde koek—a double-sided butter cookie with an almond paste ($1.75–$1.85)—have been made from scratch since 1921.

Head across the freeway to the Tulalip Resort Casino’s T Spa (10200 Quil Ceda Blvd.; 360.716.6350), where all spa treatments also include use of the eucalyptus steam room, cedar sauna and oasis pool.

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