5 Things I Love about Tacoma (Yes, Tacoma!)

Hello from the sick ward at my house. This is going to be a fairly lackluster post because my brain’s functioning at only about 50%, especially after watching “The Bachelor” premiere and the resulting loss of brain cells.

Ermagawd. (And the preceding sentence would have accompanied a still of Drunk Tara from “The Bachelor” if WordPress was cooperating, but my app kept crashing whenever I tried to insert the code, so there you go. #signfromGod)

But I didn’t want to miss the Friday 5 Link-Up hosted by Courtney from Eat, Pray, Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed up for What?!. So here I am, sick-brain and all!

This week’s theme is my 5 favorite things about living in Tacoma. If you’re from the PNW, haven’t spent time in Tacoma, and are aware of the stigma that my city (unfairly) carries, then you may giggle at this topic. But just read on.

5. Its wonderful parks.
Tacoma has dozens of parks, but my 2 favorites are Wright Park and Pt. Defiance Park.


Wright Park

I grew up playing in Wright Park, and now my kids play there. Pt. Defiance is the gem of our city: An urban forest jutting out over the Puget Sound. They’re truly special.

4. Tacoma loves runners, and runners love Tacoma.
Tacoma is a mid-sized city but it has a sizable running community with international reach. Tacoma Runners is 3,000+ members strong and hosts weekly beer runs and 5Ks.


Tacoma Runners’ REI event last August.

The Marathon Maniacs and Half-Fanatics are based in Tacoma. And the community is growing!

3. Incredible recreation is only a short drive away.
We love to ski and also enjoy activities like clam-digging.


Skiing at White Pass.



Clam-digging at Hood Canal.

As Tacomans, we can do both activities by driving only an hour or less from our urban home. Pretty nifty being in the smack-dab of outdoor recreational opportunities like that.

2. Tacoma is real.
My friend Sonja sells t-shirts in her boutique that say “Gritty Tacoman” and they sell really well.

Credit: Sonja Clothing for Women.

Credit: Sonja Clothing for Women.

Tacomans are proud of our down-to-earth, no-bullshit ways. We aren’t glossy and upscale like Seattle or Vancouver. We’re a port city with industry and military bases. We’re diverse.

Tacoma isn’t a big city like Seattle, and it doesn’t carry the big price tag, either. I really appreciate being able to live comfortably in a pleasant, safe, and affordable neighborhood in Tacoma.

1. Its gorgeous setting on Puget Sound.
I get to see views like this on a daily basis.

2015/01/img_6890.jpgIt never gets old.

What are some of your favorite things about living in your city?

18 thoughts on “5 Things I Love about Tacoma (Yes, Tacoma!)

  1. Tricia Johnson says:

    I’m so sorry that you’re still not feeling well! Book! At least you got some Nuun to get #electrolit 😉 it’s so funny that you watched The Bachelor today because I’m literally watching the craziness unfold as I type this! I love Pt Defiance and the fact that we have parking lots, instead of parking garages!

    • Thank you! I can’t believe how much this virus has kicked my ass! It’s a sneaky one, because I’ll start feeling better and then I’ll feel terrible again. Ugh. And, yes, thank God for the Nuun. At least I’m well-hydrated!

      Totally true about the parking lots. I didn’t think of that!

      • Tricia Johnson says:

        Well at least you’re well stocked with Nuun now! I tried the grape flavor for the first time yesterday after you mentioned liking it and I have to say, it’s now one of my favorites too!

        Feel better!!!

  2. This really makes me want to visit Tacoma!
    Obviously I’m biased but Nashville is a great city. It’s full of creative people and we have the nicest most inclusive running community!

    • I have heard the best things about Nashville! Creatives and runners make for a phenomenal community. Tacoma’s affordability has attracted many creative-types, which has led to a strong art scene.

  3. I had no idea that the Maniacs were HQ’ed in Tacoma – that’s wild! I have no desire to be one, but I have lots of running friends who are and they regularly get together with other Maniacs from all over the place. I always love your pics from the parks; so beautiful. Hope you get well soon!

    • I don’t have any desire in being a Maniac, either. I think my body would explode if I tried to run enough marathons in a limited amount of time in order to qualify for membership!

      Thanks for the well-wishes, Tara! I hope I do, too.

  4. Ugh your pictures always kill me. I’m still planning that elusive PNW trip… I DVRed the Bachelor and I don’t think I can watch it until Sunday afternoon. I’m prepared to kill brain cells though, I’ve been working much too hard this week.

    • You need to come visit… and bring your camera, because you always take such great photos. 🙂

      I am toying with the idea of writing Bachelor recaps. There’s so much hilarious material there!

  5. Hope you feel better soon! I’ve never been to Tacoma or the PNW before but your post has me motivated to bump it up on my places to visit list. I love living at the base of the Front Range of the Rockies. Depending on my mood, I can be a city gal or a snow bunny. There are so many fun things to do and plenty of crazy runners to enjoy the trails with!

  6. I have another non-blog friend who lives outside of Tacoma and she always posts the most beautiful photos. I would LOVE for that to be my daily view! I’ve never been, but I really want to visit one day. (I lived on the west side but never made it that far north unfortunately.)

  7. I would love to visit Tacoma (last summer I was only in Seattle/Auburn). My good friends live in Portland, so hoping a long vacation in PNW will occur in 2015-2016 🙂

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