I’ve always wanted to go to Seattle, mainly to see Seattle Grace Hospital, but turns out that doesn’t exist in real life. Either way I wanted to go see this city of coffee and nonstop rain. Or at least that was my idea of it. My airline pilot hubster has traveled there several times and I’ve been so jealous! So, when my younger cousin called to tell me she was getting married in Seattle, and wanted me to photograph her wedding, I decided to make a vacation out of it.
Scott and I took the entire week and took Seattle by storm! Or, at least, by iPhone. Actually I gave Scott my old Rebel and he’s picked it up pretty quickly. Several of the photos below are actually his! I decided to stick with my iPhone, though. We did a lot of traveling, walking, sight seeing, and just wanted to enjoy it instead of feeling like I needed all these epic pics for my blog. :) So I’m blogging iPhone pics. Anyway here’s a little look into our Seattle extravaganza!
We stayed in a super hipster-y little town called Ballard our first three nights in the area. LOVED. IT. Restaurants, bars, coffee shops everywhere. Cute streets. Just about everything I love about living in a city. We stayed at Hotel Ballard which was just incredible really. Ahhh I want to go back! They had a great restaurant/bar downstairs on the street where we stopped for an appetizer and beer. We wanted to try a lot of places, so we decided to restaurant hop, trying a drink and an appetizer at each place we went. Here, they slice meat for their meat & cheese platter right in front of you on this awesome vintage meat slicer. I wish I had taken a picture because it was so awesome I kind of want one for myself. Just to look at.
We had a rooftop courtyard suite, and this was our view.
This is actually taken from right in front of our door. There were a handful of suites, and that building thing you’re looking at is where they have events, wedding receptions, etc. They actually had one going on the last night we were there and we seriously considered trying to crash it. But alas, we did not.
On Tuesday we woke up, had breakfast at Vera’s, a cute little hole in the wall, good ole diner. It was pretty tasty. Then we explored the main streets of Ballard and enjoyed the weather and the shops! That morning we went kayaking on Lake Washington. It was a little rainy and well, we were in the water, so we didn’t take our phones out for pics. We were tucked into those kayaks pretty good, to the point where I was a little claustrophobic but tried not to think about it. We kayaked out to the Arboretum into the stillest water filled with lilypads and ducks! The ducks would literally swim right next to us up against our kayaks. I thought they were going to hop right up onto our kayaks but they didn’t. Anyway it was really really fun!
After lunch which consisted of my first Udon noodles meal, which I did not enjoy (though Scott loved it), we headed out to Snoqualmie Falls. Such a beautiful drive and a true pacific northwest experience. I just loved seeing all the huge pine trees and so much green! Coming from AZ, we don’t even get this much green up in Flagstaff. It’s so pretty in Seattle. And as it turns out, it really doesn’t rain that much. It might sprinkle for a bit then the rest of the day is nice! Of course we were there in the summer and the weather was absolutely perfect every day.
Here are a few pics from our visit to Snoqualmie Falls. So gorgeous!
After a pretty exhausting day of kayaking and hiking, we were getting a little hangry, so we found this fabulous little Italian restaurant called Volterra. Basically one of the best Italian meals I’ve ever had. We sat outside on this quaint little patio overlooking the street and enjoyed some wine with our dinner!
On Wednesday we got up and headed down to the Air & Space Museum. We purchased a Seattle City Pass and this was one of the attractions on the pass. We really could have spent the entire day here looking at everything and reading all the little facts they had posted everywhere. Scott of course loved all the airplane stuff, and I got lost in the space section. As a child I really wanted to be an astronaut and even went to the abbreviated Space Camp. I kind of hope when I get to heaven, God puts me in charge of space exploration.
Outside, they had some really cool planes on display, including this Concorde. I kinda wish these were still around because when I win the lottery I think it would be really fun to travel on one.
The first 747 was under renovation so we didn’t get to go inside, unfortunately. It’s cool though that they are taking steps to restore it to its original grandeur.
After the museum we grabbed lunch at a fabulous Brewery called Some Random Bar. They had a great menu with lots of quirkiness like “No crap on tap.” Which was good because I really did my best to try all the local craft beers I could! Then we headed over to the infamous Space Needle, also part of our City Pass.
Our CityPass got us access to the Space Needle twice in 24 hours, so we decided to go walk around and grab dinner, then come back later that night.
We headed down to Sculpture Park and watched the sunset.
Shakespeare in the Park!!
It was a slightly overcast evening with low clouds, so you could see the shadow of the Space Needle on the clouds directly above us. Kind of cool!
The next morning for breakfast we stopped at The 5-Point Cafe, a pretty badass bar that also served breakfast. Their menu also had lots of funny informational tips, summed up as, if you don’t like our clientele, get the f*** out. The food was incredible!! So much breakfast food this week. Actually Scott and I love going out for breakfast so it was a real treat to be on vacation and find so many great breakfast joints!
Next we headed over to the EMP Museum, also part of our CityPass, primarily to see the science fiction portion of the museum. Okay, we are basically nerds… I just loved seeing all these cool movies props and reading all the informational plaques.
They also had some really cool books on display throughout the exhibit, so I took pics of them to add to my reading list!
Scott’s 2nd favorite movie, after The Empire Strikes Back, is Aliens, so it was pretty cool to see this!
There was also a really fun section dedicated to the horror genre. I loved all these old horror movie posters!
And a sweet lego section with some very impressive structures of famous buildings around the world.
There was also a “fantasy/myth” section that was really fun!
That afternoon we headed down to, you guessed it, Pike Place Public Market!
Of course I had to stop at the first Starbucks! This was the line.
We headed down the incredibly busy farmer’s market portion. Just unreal the amount of fresh produce and fish!
LOVE this sign:
Also part of our City Pass was the Seattle Aquarium. Scott and I both loooove aquariums. Another place we could get lost in for hours just staring at these amazing creatures.
We happened to time our tour perfectly for the sea otter feeding! Um, CUTE!!!!! This one swam really close to us. What a real treat this was!
Next on our City Pass was a harbor tour with Argosy Cruises. It was definitely a fun little trip around the harbor with a great, educational tour guide.
On our last day, Saturday, we went out on a yacht with my bestie, Melissa Kilner. This was really one of the high points of the trip for sure! Such a great trip on the boat, and just being out on the water was indescribable. It was definitely an unforgettable experience!
I’m on a boat!
Oh, and at some point in the midst of all this I shot my cousin’s wedding. Haha! It was such a great week and I’m so glad Scott and I got to experience it together! This last picture of Mt. Rainier is another one of Scott’s, taken from the cockpit of the plane on our way back to Phoenix.
Thanks for following along on this little journey with us!