Seattle Premium Outlets
Located just 30 minutes North, you'll find 125 choices, ranging from Adidas to Zumiez.
Shop Calvin Klein, Coach, Polo, Brooks Brothers, Nike and Kate Spade. For more see our Outlet Shopping Spree!
Walk or drive the just 2 blocks down to find Seattle's oldest covered shopping mall with a broad offering of stores including: Nordstrom's, Ulta, Macy's, Nordstrom's RACK, JC Penney, GAP, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Target and more. Then dine at one of the wonderful surrounding restaurants like Stanfords, Mama Stortinis or Saffron Grill.
Downtown Shopping District
Any time of the year, shopping in Downtown is a great experience. Duck your head into little consignment shops for a unique shopping opportunity or work through the expansive selection of shops like Abercrombie, Arc'teryx, Anthropologie or All Saints then head to dinner at Andaluca... And that's just the A's! For a special treat visit when Seattle puts on it's holiday spirit with lights, carriage rides, a carousel and more festive fun!
**Seattle Premium Outlets is Closed on Christmas Day, and open 'till 6pm Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve. They feature special sales for Summer (July 4), Back To School (Aug), Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Midnight Madness, and Christmas Sales with extended hours. See their full details here.
U.S. Customs has an interesting tool for monitoring border wait times. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the default: Click Here or choose the entry point and crossing type for your preference.
Canadian & U.S. Government duty free allowances list: https://www.dutyfreeexpress.com/duty-free-allowances/ (select country)
Currency ConverterU.S. - Canadian Border Wait Times
U.S. Customs has an interesting tool for monitoring border wait times. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the default:http://bwt.cbp.gov/?com=1&pas=1&ped=1&plist=3004 or choose the entry point and crossing type for your preference.
Links to useful border websites:
For driving directions from Western Washington's Canadian Ports of Entry to Staybridge Suites, click on the port name (link) below. For reference we've also estimated drive times and distance from border.
From Pacific Highway Border Crossing near Blaine, WA: 1 hr, 35 min. 156 km (97 miles).
From Douglas Border Crossing (Peace Arch) near Blaine, WA: 1 hr, 34 min. 155 km (96.5 miles).
From Aldergrove Border Crossing Langley, B.C.: 1 hr, 42 min. 155 km (96.5 miles).
From Port of Entry Sumas, WA: 1 hr, 49 min. 155 km (96.5 miles).
Although Washington stores are not required to give a sales tax exemption to Alberta residents, many do waive sales tax for Alberta residents who provide a valid driver's license or other proof of residency.
Washington State government directives concerning tax exemptions: http://dor.wa.gov/content/findtaxesandrates/retailsalestax/nonresidents/default.aspx