Tuesday, June 13, 2017

ULTIMATE SEATTLE TRAVEL GUIDE



Happy Tuesday! It's been two months and a day since my surprise birthday trip in April to Seattle! I thought it would be the perfect time to put together a little Seattle guide. (haha mega sarcasm because really I'm so late.) 

If you know anything about Seattle, you know its known for its rainy/cloudy weather. It made for all kinds of moody goodness for our photos. We were there for six nights which is a good amount of time. Honestly, you can probably pack in most of the top things to do and see within four or five nights. Since it was a surprise trip for me, I didn't have time to do my usual 85 hours of research and planning, so it was up to Jake to figure out most of the trip. But Jake isn't a planner. Soooo you know... that was completely throwing my OCD/over planning self for a loop. I've come to accept that I'm just not a go-with-the-flow kind of person. BUT it was a trip I'll never forget with fun memories galore! Scroll down to the bottom to see the full guide, complete with things to do, scenic places, and of course food to eat. It's a long one. You've been warned.





This is a major tourist draw, but it's definitely worth visiting! If you don't know what this is, it's basically a farmer's market on steroids. Make sure to walk around and check out all the vendors, restaurants, and famous gum wall.

I was in love with all the super affordable and absolutely stunning fresh flowers. I wish I'd purchased some on our last day so I could bring them home with me! For food, we loved the pastries at Piroshky Piroshky and the chowder at Pike Place Chowder. (Skip the lobster roll! It's good but not worth the price for the size of it in my opinion.)

Ballard

A few of our friends live in Ballard, which is a neighborhood about 15 minutes from downtown Seattle. It's super cutesy and much more low-key than the city which I liked. I've heard they have a killer farmer's market on Sundays but we didn't get the chance to go. I'd recommend stopping by Gracia for dinner (The quesadilla and their chips+salsa+guac. I know those are basics but just trust.) and then walking around the streets and checking out the boutiques there. Then take a quick drive over to Queen Anne (another neighborhood) and get some ice cream at Molly Moon. From there, take the five minute walk over to Kerry Park to watch the sunset with the best view of Seattle. Side note: When we walked up to the look-out, we heard people cheering. Two little lovebird humans had just gotten engaged! I was pretty devastated that we barely missed it. I've always wanted to witness a proposal... so like idk maybe someone could invite me to theirs one day? 


This activity will take almost the entire day. But hello worth it. We went to Pike's Place in the morning and got pastries from Piroshky Piroshky for the ferry ride to Bainbridge. The ferry ride is super cheap. I think it's $7 per person to Bainbridge? And then it's free coming back to the city. Once we got to Bainbridge, we hopped on a bus that took us to Bloedel Reserve. YOU GUYS, THIS PLACE IS SO MAGICAL. If you like looking at beautiful places and soaking in tons of greenery, this is for you. We loved it. We spent about 2-3 hours there. It's really big and has lots to explore. Then from there, we hopped back on the bus and asked the driver to drop us off in downtown Bainbridge. There were so many cute shops there! My favorite was Petit and Olson which gave me major Anthro vibes. So dang cute. Then we got hungry, but we hadn't really looked up places to eat so we just kinda winged it. And I'm glad we did because we stumbled upon this amazing pizza place called Bruciato with the best burrata. All in all, it was one for the books.


This place needed its own paragraph. BEST. BRUNCH. I'VE. EVER. HAD. They book out weeks in advance so make your reservations early! We got four things between the two of us (#fat) and we don't regret it at all. The dutch babies and basically all their specials are to die for. Go.


This place is another Seattle must-see. It has the coolest glass art. I was in awe of everything and clearly liked taking photos in the Glasshouse. 


One of the things Jake planned for us to do was go visit some tree houses. It was so freaking cool you guys. They let you go inside all the tree houses and they tell you all about them. We were in heaven. As we were leaving, the tour guide told us about a place called Snoqualmie Falls nearby that we needed to go check out. Soooo we did and it was incredible. 

Other Notable Places

-Nordstrom: The Nordstrom downtown is the flagship store so it's incredible and magical and I went there eight times. Jake hated me for it but it was my birthday so yeah. Plus I accidentally forgot all my shoes, except for the pair I wore to the airport, so yeah. I had to buy a few more pairs. I ended up getting thesethese, and these and I don't regret it at all. They are all incredibly comfortable and versatile. 
-Discovery Park: Another scenic location with the most gorgeous views and a cutie lighthouse. We went on a windy/rainy day so we ended up just driving to the lighthouse and soaking in the views.
-Lola: I'd heard it's amazing for brunch but we ended up going for dinner and loved their hummus and skewers. 
-MKT: An intimate restaurant with insanely good food. 
-The Walrus & the Carpenter: We wanted to go here but ended up not making it. Can't wait for our next trip to Seattle so we can try out their oysters!


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5 comments:

  1. This is amazing! I want to visit all of these places if I make it back to the area again. I just love your pics!!

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  2. Amazing :)

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  3. I love Seattle! And love all the areas you visited, looks like such a fun trip!

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  4. What a wonderful travel guide! So informative and these photos are gorgeous!

    xx, Elise
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