At the beginning of August, I set out to the Pacific Northwest with my mom & sisters in tow to explore the city of Seattle. This was my second time in the PNW - I went to Porltand last May & fell in love with that quirky town. Seattle wasn't at all what I was expecting -- it didn't rain once the whole time we were there -- but it was beautiful and so much fun to expolore. We had great food, went on great adventures and I'm extremely glad I had the opportunity to go.
Here's a few shots from my time in Seattle, and a list of where we ate & explored. Click the link to the full gallery at the end of the post for even more pictures of my PNW adventure....
Here's most of the places we went while in Seattle...
- Voxx Coffee - Cute neighborhood (right around the corner from where we stayed) and pretty good coffee. Great for watching locals run to and from work.
- Analog Coffee - Definitely the most hipster place we went to all trip. I loved this place. The coffee & donuts were great. I loved the capital hill neighborhood.
- Blackbird Bakery - This was a quick in & out once we got to Bainbridge Island. I wish I was hungry because their pastries looked incredible.
- Cafe Cesura - We stopped here on the way out to the winery. The coffee was really good, but the atmosphere was a little cold & formal. But if you're in Bellevue, it's good for the area.
- List - This place was amazing. Four of us shared nine small plates. We had a few cocktails. All amazing. They just get packed really quickly & are a tiny place. So go early.
- Canon - If I had to pick a dream spot, this would be it. It was pricey & made my family a bit uncomfortable (a little too uppity for their tastes) but I was in heaven. I threatened to stay there alone while everyone continued on. But, sadly, I wasn't in Seattle only for cocktails. Maybe next trip.
- Von Trapps (now called Rhein Haus) - This was so much fun! Beer. Indoor bocce ball courts. And great sausage. We celebrated my mom's birthday here & it was the perfect pick.
- Molly Moon's Ice Cream - Goodness. Best ice cream I've ever had. I picked up a lavender lemon flavor, while my mom got the salted caramel, which was incredible. Totally worth finding.
- Eastlake Bar & Grill - So while this wasn't my favorite spot ever, the view was amazing & it was down the block from where we stayed. If it's convenient to go sit on a patio by the water & drink cocktails, I'm all in!
- The Crumpet Shop - While I wasn't really a fan of Pike's Peak Market (way too many people!), this crumpet shop made up for it. They were amazing & I left wishing I'd ordered a second one.
- Rachel's Ginger Beer - The second spot in Pike's Peak Market that made the crowds worthwhile. I almost brought a few gallons home, but sadly they had to be refrigerated.
- Quinn's Pub - We finished our last night in Seattle here & it was hands down my favorite place of the trip. The cocktails were insane. The food was exquisite. And I loved the neighborhood it was in. Totally worth checking out.
- Bainbridge Ferry/Bainbridge Island - This was an almost all-day excursion but it was so worth it. The ferry ride was really fun & the island was beautiful to explore! It was great to see more of Washington than just the city of Seattle.
- Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery - My mom visited here a few years back & insisted we drive out to take a tour. And I'm so glad she did. It was lovely! Instead of the traditional winery tour, we opted for the garden tour, which gave us a more intimate look at the grounds surrounding the winery. That was a good choice.
- University of Washington - My sister Dana is headed to grad school next fall to get her Masters/Ph.D. in Classics and Latin. U of W has one of the best programs around, so we snuck into the classics building, listened in on a class & even snuck into an empty classroom for a bit. The campus was gorgeous & I'm really hoping she gets in. I'd definitely visit her all the time.
- Freemont Troll - Ok. So this wasn't exactly the best use of our time. But it was close to the University & we just had to. It was hilarious.
- Moss Bay (Kayaking) - This may have been my favorite non-touristy (kind of) thing we did. I'm not usually an adventurous type, but something about kayaking under sea planes landing and taking off just sat right with me. And these guys were super nice & a great place to rent from!
- EMP Museum - Of the super touristy things we did, this was my favorite. The museum was quirky & had so many interesting artifacts and hands-on exhibits. It was a little pricey, but a great way to spend a few hours.
- Space Needle - One cannot go to Seattle for the first time without going to the Space Needle. It was a little cheesy & crowded, but the view of course was gorgeous & I would have kicked myself for missing it.
And that's all from Seattle. I'm headed to Chicago (one of my favorite cities ever) at the end of September... let me know if you have any suggestions. It'll be my first time there without family. So I get to do more "me" things ;)