May 11th, 2018
Our late flight didn't get in until about 12:45 am and still needed to pick up our rental car. When I got to the check out counter I was given the option of whatever car I wanted and went with the Dodge Charger. The Jeep Wrangler might have been more fitting but I'll always choose the fast car over everything else. It turned out to be a terrible choice since I started to readjust as I was leaving the the rearview mirror and it just popped off.. nice..
Once we got to our place we weren't able to get the keys and had to call the host to come let us in. At this point its past 1 AM and we are just wanting to go to bed! She then changed our room but promised it was "better".. at this point we really didn't care. We finally got in and were able to pass out.
When we woke up we headed to Portage Cafe for breakfast. They had quality food and by quality I mean natural ingredients and stuff like that. We then headed over to Kerry Park which is where you'll get all those skyline pictures!
A had lunch at Paseo for their Caribbean Roast which is a must stop! We followed up the busy day by taking the ferry to Bainbridge Island. Throughout the island there are little winery store fronts to do wine tasting which is fun. We then made our way over to Hitchcock for dinner. This was probably my favorite thing in Seattle, just the ability to take the ferry, do wine tasting and have a fancy dinner out!
May 12th, 2018
You can't go to Seattle and not explore the outdoors so we stopped at Baja Bistro for breakfast before heading out to explore. First stop, Alki Beach!
We then checked out Snoqlamie Falls and continued our exploration into nature by hiking Little Si. Coming from the mountains of Arizona this felt like a long walk in the wilderness before a short climb to a peak but with a much greener view!
When we made it back into the city we headed to Green Leaf for a chicken rice noodle stir fry before taking a quick nap.
For dinner we went to Ikina and had a spicy tuna, scallop, and Seattle roll which were all amazing! Near by was Cal Anderson Park Reflection Pool where people were playing basketball, soccer, and just hanging out as we wandered through.
We ended the night by snagging ice cream at Molly Moons before grabbing a drink at Needle and Thread. We cruised by Unicorn and Linda's, which can be local places to go, but weren’t really at that level.
May 13th, 2018
We tried to go to the Starbucks at the 40th floor of a building downtown that gives a look out over the city but the building was closed. Instead we went over to the original Starbucks. If you expect some rinky dink small shop you'll see a large clearly been redone shop instead. It is right next to Pike's Place Market so we walked around, saw the gum wall, and got breakfast at Lowell’s. It gave a great view of the water which was cool.
We then finished our trip by heading down to the pier and riding The Seattle Great Wheel.
Getting Around: 5/10
The city is big and isn't super easy to get around. They do offer public transportation but from what I heard it isn't the best and is why we didn't try it. If you only stay in the downtown area you'll be able to walk wherever you want but the majority of the things we did wouldn't have been possible without a car but parking isn't easy either.
Things to do: 9/10
In downtown Seattle there is a bunch to do whether that is professional sports, museums, restaurants, markets or parks. If you venture out of the city, which I highly recommend, there are beaches, hiking, islands, wineries, and more!
Naturally with any big city there is a variety of options but the majority of the stuff we had was really good. We think back fondly of the sushi at Ikuna and the experience of taking the vary to Bainbridge Island for dinner at Hitchcock. We enjoyed everything we had!
Growing up in the desert I always thought I'd like Seattle because it rained so much there. Well, it didn't rain when I was up there and still really liked the city! I thought the downtown area was cool, super modern, but also very clean. I think what really skewed my perception of the city was actually getting out of the downtown area though. The things I enjoyed the most were the falls, the parks, beaches, hiking, and taking the ferry over to Bainbridge Island.
I obviously didn't do some of the more iconic things like going to the Space Needle, Chihuly exhibit, go whale watching or experience the rain but thought the Seattle was awesome! You can see where that ranks against the other places I've gone here.
Non-Obvious Seattle Recommendations:
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