24 hours in Seattle
While spending a week in Portland, it was on my bucket list to visit Seattle and hit a new state! We got lots of recommendations from friends and were able to cover a lot of ground in 24 hours. We drove up Friday afternoon and went straight to dinner with my friend from college Lauren (my little sister in my sorority!) and her boyfriend who now live in Seattle! We had an amazing dinner at Bizzaro Italian Cafe up in Wallingford. The meal was delicious! I got pumpkin ravioli and it was so tasty and seasonal and paired perfectly with the house red wine that we downed by the carafe. After dinner we headed back to their adorable apartment! It’s always the best feeling to be reunited with friends who live so far away!
The next morning we got up early to explore downtown before we needed to check out of the hotel. We walked to breakfast at The London Plane for a pastry and hot coffee for Austin and tea for me. It was a beautiful space with an excellent croissant! This area of Occidental Square was really beautiful and quiet, lots of brick paved streets and cute squares but I will say some of the streets were populated with a lot of homeless people and that’s just something to be aware of. Portland and Seattle definitely have a homelessness problem and while I never felt unsafe (except for one time in Portland) I also would not want to be walking around there at night or by myself.
Next, we walked to the famous Pike Place Market. It was even bigger than I expected and super crowded. I was blown away by the huge, gorgeous bouquets of seasonal flowers that were sold for only $10! What a steal. It was definitely touristy, but definitely a must stop! It was unfortunately super foggy the one day we were visiting and we couldn’t even see the bay! We planned on taking a ferry ride to Bainbridge Island but it was so foggy I didn’t think it was worth it. Next time! Instead, we stopped by the original Starbucks and were actually blown away with how many Starbucks there were around town- not even exaggerating but probably one cafe every two blocks!
After stopping by the original Starbucks, we walked up to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery which was the modern and huge. There, you can watch the coffee beans being roasted and pick from a myriad of ways how you want your coffee to be brewed. It was a cool experience for my favorite coffee lover- Austin Nyquist. Next, we walked up to General Porpoise donuts and while I’m not a big fan of donuts normally, these were by far the best I’ve ever had. We went with the vanilla custard and lemon curd and the vanilla was a showstopper! It’s located in a very hip neighborhood and we enjoyed walking around and checking out the cool shops. Seattle is very hilly, which I wasn’t expecting because Portland is so flat. The hills definitely helped work up an appetite for all of our food stops.
For lunch we headed up to the Queen Anne neighborhood and ate at Tacos Chukis. This was a recommendation from a friend who is a fellow taco lover like we are and I have to say they did not disappoint! Their signature taco topping is grilled pineapple and that changes everything. They were delicious and after all that walking, Austin and I were able to go back for seconds! Nearby was Kerry Park which is supposed to have one of the best views in Seattle. Up on a cliff, the fog had cleared up enough to get a decent view of downtown and the bay and we also walked around the neighborhood which was filled with amazing homes that had a stellar view!
We decided to leave Seattle before dark so that we could catch a glimpse of Mt. Rainer on the drive back to Portland. We drove around Mt. Rainer National Park and stopped to check out some of the views. I initially frustrated Austin with this detour because he was tired from all the walking and the long drive ahead of us, but we ended up being so glad we took the time. The views were so amazing and I’ve never been in the remote woods like that before so I was very impressed. It was gorgeous and the leaves were changing and the mountains were so vast and untouched. I definitely would love to go back and be able to hike or drive through the park more as it is so huge and we only saw a small sliver of it! I’ll just add it to the list for next time…