To celebrate our one year anniversary, Sean and I headed to Seattle! From the minute we landed at the Sea-Tac Airport, to last minute shopping in Ballard, our weekend getaway was full of adventures and good times. We had amazing weather too… not going to lie, I was expecting rain showers the whole time, so the fact that we only had about an hour of drizzle was surprising! The air was so fresh, and it was the perfect “sweater weather.”
We stayed at the Palladian (a Kimpton Hotel), which was so hip and modern! I loved the historical feel, gold accents, and the massive window that gave a ton of natural light. Bonus points for the hotel location being just a block or so from Pike Place Market. Walking into our hotel room I found a beautiful bouquet of flowers, wine, and chocolate – all sweet surprises from Sean! He’s the best!
That first day we wandered through Pike Place Market. We waited in the longest line of our lives for Beecher’s Cheese, and it was SO worth it. The mac and cheese there was to die for. We saw the original Starbucks (quaint, with a line that wrapped around the corner), the famous fish tossing at the market, and paused to listen to the street performers play folk music. As a fashion lover, I had to find Moorea Seal! I’m a fan of her 52 Lists book, and dainty jewelry. For dinner that evening, we went to How to Cook a Wolf in Upper Queen Anne – the best Italian place! We ordered a few small plates to share and savored every bite. After dinner, we spontaneously decided to ride the Seattle Great Wheel and came to realize we’re both semi-afraid of heights!
Day two could be summed up in one word: coffee. We woke up early and went to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery. Basically, it was like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, only for coffee instead. It’s definitely not like a typical Starbucks. It’s filled with upscale decor, limited time coffee blends, coffee tastings, and the chance to see the roasting process up close. We also went to The London Plane, a dreamy brunch spot with a flower shop and specialty food groceries. If you visit, I would recommend their handmade croissants, and of course, coffee!
Not kidding, we went to yet another coffee shop… La Marzocco. It was attached to a radio station and art gallery, so definitely a win! We walked over to the Space Needle, and I played in the fall leaves (I’m still a kid at heart). We watched the sunset that night from Gas Works Park, and then had the best dinner of lives at Westward over-looking the water. I tried clams for the first time (yum!). They have rocking chairs and a fire pit outside, so we stayed awhile and dreamed up our future trips. I’m not sure if I’ve had better seafood anywhere else, it’s a must!
Day three… we went back to Pike Place to buy a few little trinkets, and also ventured out to Capital Hill for brunch at Oddfellows. Oddfellows was probably my favorite brunch spot we went to – just so warm, inviting, and the food was delicious! We couldn’t fly home without checking out Ballard and checking out all of the cute shops in the downtown area. It felt less “big city” to me, and more of the type of vibe we’re used to.
It was such a treat to visit Seattle, and the perfect way to spend our first anniversary! What a gift to be married to my best friend, and to have the opportunity to travel. I couldn’t be more thankful.