Good gravy, it has taken me for-eh-ver to get this post up. I've been slooowly composing it since November, isn't that ridiculous? These types of posts honestly take so so long to put together, so I tip my hat to the full time bloggers that are constantly putting up travel guides. Phew. Part 2 of our Not-Quite-Mexico anniversary trip was a quick jaunt down to Seattle. We crossed the border in our rental car & made our way into downtown Seattle, where we checked into, where else? The Ace Hotel. It's like a rule if you're a millennial visiting Seattle, I'm pretty sure. It started raining right as we drove into the city, so we cranked up the Bon Iver & relished the PNW-ness of it all.
We took some time to settle in & rest up (#pregnant), but realized that what little light was left on that cloudy afternoon was quickly dwindling, & checking the Space Needle off the to-do list of our tight itinerary got us back in our boots & jackets & sprinting over to the Needle with borrowed umbrellas. Definitely walking distance, so that was nice!We made it to the top with just enough time to catch a sliver of sunset off in the distance. It was perfectly drizzly weather, which made it such a quintessential Seattle moment. I LOVE doing all the cheesy, touristy things in new cities, but this is really a must-see, even if you're anti touristy things. It's such a striking view & so breathtaking for East Coast folks like us to soak in that West Coast horizon. It reminded me a lot of visiting the top of Montparnasse in Paris -- Pictures that I would link here if I had ever gotten my life together & blogged our 2014 European trip. *hangs head in shame*
I maybe forced Jared into taking this picture, if you can't tell by his grimacing smile, but omg worth it. We are mildly obsessed with Frasier & I just feel like we're in the opening credits. NO REGRETS, JARED.
We trekked over to Serious Pie & seriously stuffed our faces with their amazing pizza. It was just a short walk from the Ace, so completely perfect for tired, waterlogged travelers. It's a pretty intimate little restaurant, so I didn't bust out the camera, but trust me that it was good.
The next morning, we headed out to The London Plane for brunch, & boyyyyy was that a good idea. I continued my PNW Avocado Toast tour, & this spot did not disappoint. I don't know if it's a West Coast thing or a PNW thing to include a flower shop in your cafe/restaurant, but I wasn't mad about it. Such a cute little treat everywhere we went.
After brunch, we snuck over to Kerry Park to take in the view that had been recommended to us by my cousin .It was a super bright day, in contrast to our previous rainy evening, so it was really lovely to take in Seattle horizon in the daylight.
Next up, the infamous Public Market! We wandered for awhile (mostly reenacting parts of Sleepless in Seattle, let's be honest) & made all the obligatory stops, like the gum wall, the ferris wheel... So fun to see this place in person!
Jared's inner former-barista sprang to life when we passed the OG Starbucks, so we of course stopped there. Not pictured, & I can't figure out for the life of me why, is the best macaroni and cheese I've ever had in my life from Beecher's Handmade Cheese. I've seriously been dreaming about that mac n cheese since we left Seattle. SO GOOD.
HI CHELSEA! We met up with my sweet friend Chelsea (of Truelane fame), who gave us the Seattle-ite tour of the city, & insisted we take a trip on the ferry for a full Seattle experience. It took me a minute to get over her & Jared FINALLY meeting, but once I did, I made sure to play the Grey's Anatomy theme song as we sailed across the water. Super stunning.
After a quick pit stop at Street Bean Coffee & Moorea Seal, we drove over to the OTHER Capitol Hill for books, dinner & ice cream... Basically, my favorite kind of evening.
We popped into the Elliott Bay Book Company, where I finally purchased my French parenting book, then enjoyed dinner at Oddfellows... Which I cannot recommend highly enough. Super delicious food & super cool vibe. I think I was just too entranced in conversation with Chelsea & Jared to take photos (& the lighting was real low), but trust me. It's great. & conveniently close to Molly Moon's Ice Cream, which is just around the corner. Early Grey ice cream of my DREAMS. We definitely found a lot to love about the other Capitol Hill.
& honestly, just like that, it was time to head home! Yes, our stay in Seattle was pretty short, but we managed to pack in a lot of great stuff. It was a perfect taste of the Pacific Northwest, especially for little ol' me, who has never experienced the West Coast. I mean, I've been to Hawaii, but I've been told that doesn't count. We're definitely ready to plan our giant California excursion now. Someday!
Our time in Seattle was pretty quick so our itinerary was pretty tight - Check out these other Seattle Guides for some more insight on local spots to see!
New Darling Seattle City Guide
Local Wanderers Seattle City Guide
& of course, follow along with Chelsea on her blog and Instagram and Twitter and all the things for a look at a local's life in Seattle!