hello seattle

september is the next time i’ll be hopping onto a plane and to cure my travel bug, i thought i would share some of my seattle & portland trip that joe and i took in june.

after a bout of thunderstorms during our layover in denver, we finally made it into seattle a little past midnight. unfortunately, i had caught a pretty bad cold before our trip and made all my fellow passengers suffer as i coughed my brains out. i was happy to finally make it into bed.

IMG_5804our airbnb hosts had a cat named luna, who to my surprise, was super friendly and became our little companion during our stay. she always greeted us when we came back and chilled on our dresser.

IMG_5841 IMG_5831the first stop on our trip was a one-hour tour on the argosy cruise. so thankful for gorgeous, sunny weather! our tour guide was entertaining and we got great views of the seattle skyline and mt. rainier from the water. i envy the people who live here and get to see this everyday!

IMG_5847we stopped for lunch at serious pie. yay, first meal in seattle! our pizza was topped with sweet fennel sausage, roasted peppers, and provolone. nothing more refreshing than pizza and a beer, am i right?

IMG_5848joe knows and understands my love for doughnuts, which is why we always make a pit stop to at least one donut shop every place we visit. top pot doughnuts is a cute little cafe filled with bookshelves that remind me of the ones in beauty & the beast.

IMG_5862 IMG_5861next on our list was the seattle aquarium. i’ve always loved aquariums growing up. something about the ocean and all the funky creatures that live in it amaze me. my favorite part of the aquarium was the life on the edge exhibit. we got to see and touch sea life found in puget sound tide pools. sea anemones feel all sticky and weird. and so do sea cucumbers.

IMG_5889 pike placeit’s not a trip to seattle without visiting pike place market. if i had the stomach for it, i would love to try all the food from the hundreds of vendors here. unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way. we sampled food from the crumpet shop, pike place chowder (highly recommend!), beecher’s handmade cheese, le panier (some of the best macarons i’ve ever tasted), and of course, the very first starbucks (the line is ridiculous).

IMG_5912 i thought this was such a cool bar, found at radiator whiskey. this spot was hidden in pike place market and took us many times up and down the stairs to find. great place for strong drinks! plus our bartender was awesome and very down-to-earth (as most people in seattle seem to be).

IMG_5915 IMG_5926joe and i also always make it a point to visit the baseball field (if there is one) in the cities we visit. safeco field, home of the seattle mariners, is nice – but the atmosphere still doesn’t compare to camden yards (go orioles! :)). apparently the sun in seattle doesn’t set until pretty late because it was still this bright out at 9:15 pm.

we had some late night eats at toulouse petit kitchen & lounge. highly recommend for great cajun food. they have happy hour pretty late as well!

stay tuned for day 2 and 3!


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