Last minute getaway to Seattle? Yes, please!!
I have to gush about my husband here for a sec, he has worked his ass off the last two months to land a new position in his company and HE DID IT!! He stayed patient through some tough obstacles and it’s paid off in a big way. I am so proud of him and I know he’s going to kill it! After officially accepting the position they asked him to be in Seattle less than a week later for training. Naturally, I saw an opportunity…neither of us had ever been to Seattle, so when I was able to finagle my way into a (semi) free trip I jumped on it.
We arrived Saturday by noon and headed for our hotel (gotta love the time change flying to the west coast). We were conveniently located at the Westin in Downtown Seattle and it was perfect! We were a short walk to Pike Place Market, the Nordstrom flagship store (and other fab shopping), and about a 10 minute walk to the Space Needle. Not having “planned” our trip to Seattle I wasn’t sure what we were going to get into, but I knew I was going to eat to my way through the city. Apologies in advance that most of the pictures on this post are food.
After checking-in we took sometime to freshen up and headed into the rain to Pike Place Market. If you’re not familiar with Pike Place Market, it’s a marketplace that’s open year round and sells everything from fresh produce and fish, to handmade goods, plus local restaurants and shopping. We wandered around taking it all in, and grabbed some treats at a bakery. Afterwards, we walked down towards the piers looking for a place to get a drink. We ended up at Old Stove Brewing for a couple of beers and made a few friends. The rain had settled so we walked around taking in the city before heading back to the hotel. We were wiped from traveling, so we stopped for take-out pho at this amazing Vietnamese restaurant and watched movies in bed before passing out.
Fresh fish! Pike Place Market is famous for throwing fish to customers.
When that cookies and creme cannoli is just so damn good!
The next morning we were up early and ready to explore, first stop was the Space Needle. It was slightly underwhelming in my opinion, then again it’s undergoing renovations so we didn’t get the full effect. We walked past the Chihuly Museum, Pacific Science Center, Museum of Pop Culture, and Seattle Center where they were hosting a holiday festival. I had a hankering for some brunch so we found a place called Wakefield Bar. We enjoyed the most delicious brunch and washed it down with a few mimosa’s and bloody’s
Ground tenderloin, rice and spinach with a mushroom Demi glacé and fried egg. It was INCREDIBLE!
Now, we were ready to shop! All of the best shopping was within blocks of our hotel, we really lucked out. The Nordstrom flagship store was our first stop. If you read my N-Sale post then you know I was excited to check it out. The store was huge and I would have happily taken one of everything. After drooling over designer clothing I can’t afford, we headed to our next stop. We shopped all afternoon and went into about 12 different stores before heading back to our room. After a quick rest we freshened up and headed to dinner at a restaurant around the block that the concierge recommended, Blueacre Seafood. I was ready to indulge in some Seattle seafood! We had a romantic dinner and a few drinks before retiring for the night, Tom had to get up bright and early to start his training class.
Headed out to dinner at Blueacre Seafood
Dinner was SO good!
Monday I was on my own. Tom headed to training around 8am and I took my time getting up and ready. Around 10am I headed out to get some work done. I figured I would work from the original Starbucks for the sake of saying I checked it out. I ordered breakfast and made myself comfortable in the window where I worked on my TAILOR to-do list until about 2pm. When we were at Pike Place Market on Saturday I was eyeballing some hum bao (Chinese bbq pork bun) in the window, so I made my way across the street for some lunch. Afterwards, I walked over to Cupcake Royale, treated myself to a red velvet cupcake, and headed back in the direction of our hotel. I stopped in a few stores along the way to get some holiday gift ideas. The rest of my afternoon was spent in a cozy King size bed bingeing Netflix and waiting for Tom to meet me for dinner.
Ready for his first day of training!
Hum Bao for lunch
Red Velvet cupcake from Cupcake Royale and the view from our hotel room
Tom met me at Tap House Grill for dinner and drinks where I stuffed my face and whined about having to take the red eye home in a few hours. I hated leaving Tom, but I think he hated me flying back home by myself more, ha! I made it back to VA safe and sound, not as jet lagged as I thought, and feeling good, until I walked out to our parked car. Someone had shattered the whole rear window of the car. Not how I wanted to start my Tuesday coming off the red eye. The police and parking garage management were useless and I wasted an hour talking to them with no conclusion other than to dish out the deductible and have the window replaced. Nothing was stolen and all was okay, minus our broken window. Try driving two hours down I-95 with four trash bags as your back window and a backseat full of glass, not fun.
Aside from coming home to a broken window, I had an incredible time!! Seattle was different than I had envisioned, but a very cool city. It was much more walkable than I had pictured and reminded me a lot of RVA. I would definitely love to visit again, hopefully in the warmer months so we can enjoy some of the natural beauty of Seattle. If you’re given the chance to go I would definitely check it out. Have you been to Seattle? What are your favorite spots? Taking recommendations for next time!