Seattle Getaway

I’m so excited that I was finally able to visit Seattle.  My uncle, who I haven’t seen in over 12 years, was getting married!  I knew we would be spending most of the weekend with family and catching up on old times, so we decided to extend our trip an extra few days to explore The Emerald City =) .  I’ve always wanted to visit Seattle, and thanks to authors like S.C. Stephens and E.L. James, I couldn’t be any more excited about this getaway  😉 .  There is a short collaborated video of our adventure at the end of this post.

So, when we arrived at the airport, we checked in both of our suitcases.  Traveling with a toddler means the less you lug around, the better.  Being Sadie’s first time flying as a toddler, we didn’t know what to expect or how she would react to being on a plane for a period of time.  We made sure we packed plenty of snacks and filled our iPad with a bunch of her favorite shows.  These volume-limited headphones for children was a must!  Sadie was able to watch and play on her iPad without disturbing others around us on the plane.  It’s cute and foldable for easy packing =) .

How cute is this floral midi dress that I wore to my uncle’s wedding?  The weather in Seattle was astounding, and this dress was a perfect fit for it!  Then pair it with these heels – a match made in heaven =) .  Did I forget to mention, the sandals are ON SALE?!

After all of the wonderful wedding festivities, we were finally able to visit some of the touristy hotspots.  We purchased the City Pass, which allowed us to visit 5 of Seattle’s best attractions at a discounted price.  You’re given a ticket booklet that’s valid for 9 days starting the first day of use.  This way you can take your time and spread out your attractions.

Places to go:

  • Pike Place Market – an absolute must if you’re in Seattle!  It’s a perfect place to grab fresh produce and seafood.  Not to mention fresh flowers, too!

  • Gum Wall – It’s located in Post Alley under Pike Place Market.  I find this wall very interesting, yet pretty darn gross.  I’m sure all of the dentists out there are cringing at the image =) .

  • Space Needle – a beautiful structure with such a gorgeous view of the The Emerald City.  You have to reserve a time slot, and we chose to go at 8PM.  We hung around long enough to watch the sunset from the very top.  It’s pretty amazing and a must do at least once when visiting Seattle.

  • Seattle Aquarium – great place to check out with younger children.  Sadie had a blast watching the otters and seals.  Adults were disappointed that there were no sharks =( .

  • MoPop museum – Museum of Pop Culture was a pretty neat place.  We really enjoyed the SciFi, Star Trek, and Horror section.  They also have a sound lab where all of us could go in and play/rehearse as loud as we want!  In our case, we made as much noise as possible =) .

  • Chihuly Garden and Glass – such an amazing exhibit from beginning to end.  The shapes and vibrant colors of the glass artwork was breathtaking.  Pictures just don’t do it justice.  Glimpses of the exhibit will be in the video below =) .

  • Bruce Lee and Brandon Lee grave site – a must stop if you’re a Bruce Lee fan.  My brothers grew up watching his movies and would repeat his martial art moves at home =) .  We decided to make a quick stop to pay respect to their childhood hero.

  • Alki Beach – a perfect place to end my trip.  Just sitting back and relaxing on the beach while admiring the beautiful sunset and the city.

Of course, we fed our hungry tummies during the trip.

for Foodies and Coffee Addicts:

  • Anchorhead Coffee – we actually came here twice, maybe three times during our trip =) .  It’s located in downtown near our hotel and serves the most delicious cold brew.  They have plenty of cute seating from office-style chairs to teal leather couches.  Oh! And they serve beer and wine in the evenings!

  • the original Starbucks – It’s located near Pike Place Market, so swing by just to say you’ve seen it.  The line is ridiculously long, so we didn’t pick up any coffee here.  But no worries, there’s a Starbucks practically around every corner.
  • Le Panier – the almond croissants (amandines) tasted heavenly.  The line was long, but it moved pretty fast.  Trust me, it was totally worth the wait.  It’s also near Pike Place Market, so do not pass this place up if you’re in the area.
  • Ivars Bar and Grill – a good place to stop for creamy clam chowder and fish and chips.  They also have a good variety of other good deep fried seafood options.  Ivars is located on the Seattle waterfront and has a walk up window for you to order.  It has covered outdoor seating, so when you’re done dining, you can feed the seagulls your leftovers.  Nope, not this girl though <–  Those who know me, know that I have a huge fear of birds!  I just can’t.  Nope.
  • Din Tai Fung – they have a couple of locations here in Washington, as well as California.  I’ve been to the location in California and loved it.  Tried it here in Seattle and love it just as much!  Absolutely great place to get soup dumplings.
  • Biscuit Bitch – small place with no indoor seating.  There were a couple of tables and chairs outside that we had to scope out.  The wait and ordering process was a little confusing, but it was TOTALLY WORTH IT.  Their biscuit and gravy was filling and comforting.  I ordered the Smokin’ Hot B**** ,and it was so flavorful and delicious.  It included biscuit and gravy, smothered in cheese, and topped with hot links and jalapeños.  YUM!

[Trench Coat] [Tory Burch Flats] [Off the Shoulder Top]

Hiking:

  • Groves of the Patriarchs
  • Reflections Lake
  • Tolmie Peak
  • Silver Falls

Hiking was on our to-do list while we were here, but we just couldn’t find time to squeeze it in.  It’ll definitely be a priority for our next visit.  And there WILL be a next time.  See you later, Seattle.