Apr 09, 2014

Destination, Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington Skyline

I’m so excited to share that our next adventure will be in Seattle, Washington! Planning this trip was sort of on a whim for us. Steve has family near Seattle and one of my good friends just moved there. We looked up air prices just for fun and they were a lot cheaper than we expected, so we decided to go. We really wanted to get one last flight in before Søren isn’t qualified as a lap child, too. I haven’t been there since I was a lot younger so I’m really excited to go back and really explore more of the city. The kids are excited to go somewhere new as well. We’ve been scouting out things to see and do and so far our list looks like this:

  • Space Needle, duh!
  • Pike Place Market
  • Bainbridge Island
  • Seattle Monorail
  • Olympic Sculpture Park
  • Theo Chocolate factory
  • Fremont Troll
  • Molly Moon’s Ice Cream
  • Oddfellows Restaurant
  • EMP & Seattle Center
  • Volunteer Park Cafe
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Gasworks Park
  • Golden Gardens
  • The Great Wheel
  • Melrose Market on Capitol Hill
  • Full Tilt Ice Cream
  • Stumptown Coffee
  • First Starbucks?

Some of these places depend on the weather, but we’ll see how everything pans out! These ideas came from friends and this blog post, but I’d love to hear what you have to say!

Have you ever been to Seattle? Do you have any recommendations for us in Seattle?

Pike Place by Jim Nix
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I’ve never been to Seattle but your first photo is gorgeous! I’m enthralled with the colours and composition. You have an amazing eye!

Monika (cobblestonesandcappuccinos.com)

Great list! I live in Seattle, and here are some things I’d add:
-Getting coffee at local independent coffe giant Caffe Vita (Stumptown, while incredibly delicious, is a Portland company)
-Visiting a local microbrewery. Beer is big in the Pacific Northwest! Check out The Elysian.
-Going to the Columbia Tower: It’s the highest building in Seattle, and they have an observation floor that’s cheaper than the space needle, and then your cityscape photos can include the space needle. 🙂
-Fresh seafood! Seattle is a great place to get delicious fish and shellfish, and you should definitely check out Etta’s near pike place market (for Salmon) or Coastal Kitchen on capitol hill (for oysters). Also, the sushi at Momiji is incredible.
-On a nice day, a walk through the Washington Park Arboretum is fantastic, especially in the spring when the cherryblossoms are blooming!
-Get brunch at Glo’s on Capitol Hill. The wait can be long, but it is definitely worth it. The eggs benedicts are ridiculously good!
-Eat Pho. Seattle has a large Vietnamese population, meaning that delicious pho is plentiful and very cheap.

Enjoy your trip!

Thanks for all of the suggestions! Will def. want to check out a brewery or two. 🙂

Cool, I’m excited for you to experience my city. Just keep it a secret, it was rainy and gloomy, no matter what, got it? 😉 I gotta ask though, Stumptown? It’s good, no doubt, but there are local, more inspired coffee shops around. Also, the first Starbucks is a myth, it doesn’t exist anymore. Theo and Molly Moons though, noms.

Hey now, this isn’t a travel guide! I’m just going on recommendations for stuff we’ll check out / research more on. 🙂

Seattle looks fantastic!
We haven’t been there before (apart from the airport en route to Calgary!) but we were planning a visit last Summer that ended falling through. My list of places to go looked pretty similar to yours and I’m looking forward to finally making it there one day – maybe this Summer.
One thing I’m quite looking forward to seeing (even though the thought of it totally grosses me out!) is the gum wall by the market. Have you heard of it? A whole wall completely covered in chewing gum “art”! Ok, mostly just blobs of chewing gum. It looks amazing. Apparently there’s one in San Luis Obispo as well.

I haven’t heard of the gum wall but it’s not too far from our hotel… LOL.

Yah I’m so happy you’re visiting Seattle! We are currently living in Korea, but have lived in Seattle for over 20 years… and we’ll definitely be back! Your list looks great. If it’s a nice day, parks are the way to go. I see you have Golden Gardens and Gasworks. I would also recommend Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill, Lincoln Park in West Seattle and Discovery Park in Magnolia. Electric boats on Lake Union are also a blast! I would also recommend checking out the Ballard Market on a Sunday if you’re able to. Have so much fun! Can’t wait for us to visit in August. 🙂

Yay, thanks for the recs! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for nice weather.

All great locations in Seattle. Our family loves the Ballard Locks. It is fun for the kids to see the boats go through as the water levels are adjusted and to see the fish ladder as the fish make their way over.

Cool, thanks for the suggestion! I think the boys would love that too.

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