Five glorious days in Seattle only leaves me aching for more. The more I travel, the more convinced I am that most big cities look the same but Seattle had this charm about it that I haven't seen in any other big city I've visited, and by day two I was completely smitten. Though it has the tall buildings, the downtown hustle and bustle and the traffic you'd see in every big city, I never felt like I was rushing from one place to another: it's walkable, friendly and welcoming. Plus, the buildings are older and therefore have more character....which means less of a "corporate" feel. AND THE WEATHER. It was in the mid to high 60's during the day, and between 35-40 at night. Literally most perfect fall weather.
We also had two of the best hostesses ever in Jenna and Nicole. (Check out their style blog here!)
Another amazing thing about Seattle? It's so freaking affordable! We never paid more than $12 for an Uber, every meal we ate was reasonably priced and I felt like I really got to enjoy the trip because of it. Case and point? This doughnut, which was as big as my face, only cost $5. FIVE DOLLARS. (The bakery where I bought it is called Pike Place Bakery. It should be your first stop.)
I could go on, and on about how amazing Seattle was, but Kyle made a video of our travels. Enjoy!
and here's the good stuff:
Where we ate:
Right on the water with gorgeous views. We did Happy Hour here.
Four words: Moscow Mule Jello Shots. We basically drank a lot here.
This was one of my favorite spots. It's in Alki Beach, right on the water with perfect views of the city. I ordered the sunrise burrito, Kyle got a kimchi quesadilla and we split a side of fries with numi sauce. They had "make your own mimosas", too!
This is basically a "make your own Moscow Mule" bar, located right in Pike Place Market! I mean, I'm sure it's mostly a ginger beer bar but we all made our own Moscow Mules and yes heaven exists. I made a Moscow Mule Pineapple Float and I still dream about it. Sidenote: the ginger beer is crafted right in Seattle!
Located in the up-and-coming neighborhood, Georgetown. This was the one fancy meal of the trip and it did not disappoint! I ordered: tender greens and the house smoked brisket mac and cheese (SWOON). Kyle ordered the Washington Grass Fed Burger and he's still talking about it.
A farm-to-table breakfast spot that uses all Washington farms. This was our girl's brunch spot. I ordered the vegetable fritatta. Another favorite was the dungeness crab cake benedict.
If you're a Seahawks fan (like us) go here on game day to mix and mingle with your fellow Hawks fans. Make sure you wear your Hawks gear and order the burger and blue cheese fries served on the patio. Oh and get there early because it fills up fast.
They boast about their clam chowder. They should. I'm not usually a clam chowder fan but holy shit this was fresh, creamy and delicious. We went there twice it was so good!
And you thought New York was the only place that served slices as big as your face.....you were wrong! The pizza was affordable and delicious....and in the most charming neighborhood! We went there twice it was so good! I ordered: BBQ Chicken Pizza. Kyle ordered: the West Side.
I'm always leery of eating Mexican food outside California: it never tastes the same. But, the Matador was a good substitute. The girls and I split our meal: queso black bean dip, Nachos and Calamari.
Other Seattle things I absolutely loved:
Starbucks was founded in Seattle in 1971 (for those of you who live under a rock), but this roasting room opened in 2014. It's basically the coolest freaking place I've ever been. Think: wine bar for coffee lovers. My explanation won't do it justice so click the link above and check it out. Even if you aren't a Starbucks lover, this is worth the trip. I had the best time.
Another favorite of mine, because I worked at Starbucks during high school and college. This store is so busy that I was worried my experience would suffer but not true. The baristas we so nice, so happy and extremely willing to answer all my geeky questions. I also bought two mugs.
This place is magical. If I lived in Seattle I would buy all my produce there (and lots of doughnuts as big as my face).
For a whopping $4.75 you can ride from Alki Beach in West Seattle to Downtown Seattle. SO. COOL.
Ok, ok, ok, not everyone is a Seahawks fan like me but this is one of the coolest NFL stadiums I've ever seen. If you don't want to spend money on a ticket to a game, you can take a tour of the stadium.
I also highly recommend hiring Jenna & Nicole as your personal tour guides if you ever visit Seattle. They picked every restaurant, every bar and made sure we had the best experience. I'm itching to go back ASAP!