City Explorations: Seattle, Washington

How’d I get there?

I was originally going to fly United round trip from Omaha to Seattle with a stop in Denver. Everything went according to plan on our way there, but our plane was delayed on the way home so I got rebooked on American Airlines. I ended up returning from Seattle with a stop in Phoenix instead of Denver. It was kind of the long way around, but I made it home nonetheless.

EXCITED TO GET TO SEATTLE!

EXCITED TO GET TO SEATTLE!

Where’d I stay?

I booked a nice two bedroom Air BnB in Capitol Hill. Elizabeth and I were meeting up with our friends Anna, Colin, Rachel & Shane so we needed more than just a hotel room. Our Air BnB was recently renovated with a nice kitchen and just enough space for the six of us to squeeze in.

AIR BNB SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

AIR BNB SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

AIR BNB SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

AIR BNB SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

AIR BNB SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

AIR BNB SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

AIR BNB SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

AIR BNB SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

AIR BNB SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

AIR BNB SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

It was great staying in Capitol Hill because we really got to experience the neighborhood feel of Seattle. Our Air BnB was within walking distance of local restaurants and bars. You could even walk to downtown if you felt like a little exercise, but it’s only a short Uber ride away.

NICE LOCATION IF YOU'RE NOT LOOKING TO STAY DOWNTOWN

NICE LOCATION IF YOU'RE NOT LOOKING TO STAY DOWNTOWN

What’d I do?

After we landed in Seattle, my first stop was the Space Needle. I didn’t actually take a ride to the top, but I did crane my neck to look at it from the bottom. Close enough right?

SPACE NEEDLE

SPACE NEEDLE

Just below the Space Needle is the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit. Dale Chihuly is a Seattle based artist known for his blown glass sculptures. He actually has quite a few pieces in Omaha so I’m pretty familiar with his work. I thought the exhibit was a little on the pricy side at $30 a ticket, but it’s actually pretty neat.

CHIHULY GARDEN AND GLASS

CHIHULY GARDEN AND GLASS

CHIHULY GARDEN AND GLASS

CHIHULY GARDEN AND GLASS

CHIHULY GARDEN AND GLASS

CHIHULY GARDEN AND GLASS

CHIHULY GARDEN AND GLASS

CHIHULY GARDEN AND GLASS

Next, the group and I beat feet down to the Pike Place Market. I’m sure I’ll get resounding agreement, but the Pike Place Market is my favorite part of Seattle. It’s everything great about the city all packed into one market. There’s nothing better than the smell of fresh fish, flowers, and produce.

PIKES PLACE MARKET, SEATTLE

PIKES PLACE MARKET, SEATTLE

PIKES PLACE MARKET, SEATTLE

PIKES PLACE MARKET, SEATTLE

PIKES PLACE MARKET, SEATTLE

PIKES PLACE MARKET, SEATTLE

PIKES PLACE MARKET, SEATTLE

PIKES PLACE MARKET, SEATTLE

Sunday morning we went on a walk through the University of Washington’s campus. Talk about stunning.  There were so many cool buildings and great views of the surrounding mountains. I’m going to have to steal a picture from Google, but you can see Mt. Rainer as you walk through center campus. It almost doesn’t even look real in the distance.

IMAGE COURTESY OF TROVER.COM

IMAGE COURTESY OF TROVER.COM

GO HUSKIES!

GO HUSKIES!

Next up on our list was the Agua Verde Paddle Club. They have hourly kayak rentals and you can paddle your way onto Lake Union for some great views of downtown Seattle. Rentals only run $24 an hour for so it’s relatively cheap and extremely fun. Elizabeth and I had a tough time navigating our kayak to start and ended up running into the most experienced kayaker on the lake. Needles to say he wasn't happy, but he'll get over it.

AGUA VERDE PADDLE CLUB, SEATTLE

AGUA VERDE PADDLE CLUB, SEATTLE

AGUA VERDE PADDLE CLUB, SEATTLE

AGUA VERDE PADDLE CLUB, SEATTLE

I NEED TO GET OUT ON THE WATER MORE!

I NEED TO GET OUT ON THE WATER MORE!

After we’d worked up a thirst, we went down the road to the Fremont Brewery for a drink. They’ve got some great craft beers and plenty of spots for people to sit both inside and outside.

FREMONT BREWING, SEATTLE

FREMONT BREWING, SEATTLE

On Memorial Day we caught the ferry across the Sound to Bainbridge Island. A roundtrip ferry ride is only $8 so it’s a great way to get out on the water and explore a different part of the area. Bainbridge Island has a small downtown with local shops and eateries. We snagged a table at the Ale House and spent the afternoon trying some craft beers and playing Cards Against Humanity.

THE WHOLE GANG! 

THE WHOLE GANG! 

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND

Our last morning in town we got up extra early to hit some last minutes sights before our flights home. We made a stop at the Olympic Sculpture Park just after sunrise and then went on an unofficial tour-de-Starbucks. I got a latte at the original Starbucks located across the street from Pike Place Market.

THE ORIGINAL STARBUCKS, SEATTLE

THE ORIGINAL STARBUCKS, SEATTLE

Then we hiked up Pike Street to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room. It was designed with the intention to be the "Willy Wonka of coffee brewing." The whole interior is finished with wood and copper pipes stretch and bend as far as the eye can see. You can see every inner working of the roasting process.

STARBUCKS RESERVE ROASTERY & TASTING ROOM

STARBUCKS RESERVE ROASTERY & TASTING ROOM

STARBUCKS RESERVE ROASTERY & TASTING ROOM

STARBUCKS RESERVE ROASTERY & TASTING ROOM

STARBUCKS RESERVE ROASTERY & TASTING ROOM

STARBUCKS RESERVE ROASTERY & TASTING ROOM

Where’d I Eat?

The first restaurant we visited on our visited was called Monsoon. They mainly serve Vietnamese food, but have an interesting brunch menu on the weekends. I can’t quite recall what I ordered nor did I know how to eat it, but I enjoyed my make-shift Vietnamese omelet.

MONSOON, SEATTLE

MONSOON, SEATTLE

MONSOON, SEATTLE

MONSOON, SEATTLE

Saturday night we ate dinner at The Pink Door. The Pink Door’s only marking is, you guessed it, a pink door! There aren’t any signs for it and their entrance is in a small alley way. While I was there I got to try oysters for the first time. I don’t think they’re the worst thing I’ve eaten, but they're definitely not the best. Something about the slimly texture just doesn’t sit well with me. For my main dish I got the clam linguine. It was garlic seafood heaven.

THE PINK DOOR, SEATTLE

THE PINK DOOR, SEATTLE

THE PINK DOOR, SEATTLE

THE PINK DOOR, SEATTLE

The meal of the weekend went to Oddfellows Café without a doubt. I had one of the best brunches of my entire life. Every dish I tried, as well as my own, was perfect. Oddfellows Café is an absolute no brainer if you’re in Seattle.

ODDFELLOWS CAFE, SEATTLE

ODDFELLOWS CAFE, SEATTLE

BRUNCH HARDER THAN US, I DARE YOU...

BRUNCH HARDER THAN US, I DARE YOU...

Since we didn’t get to enjoy tacos at the Aqua Verde Paddle Club, that night we went to Barrio for our Mexican fill. They serve a variety of street tacos and a few specialty dishes. I ordered the chicken tacos and I really liked them. I appreciate that Barrio doesn't short you on the meat either, well done Barrio.

BARRIO, SEATTLE

BARRIO, SEATTLE

BARRIO, SEATTLE

BARRIO, SEATTLE

After Barrio we walked down the street to Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream. I think this is a Seattle favorite because I went there twice during our stay and both times there was a line out the door and around the corner. Don’t let it scare you away though because the ice cream is worth the wait!

MOLLY MOON'S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM, SEATTLE

MOLLY MOON'S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM, SEATTLE

The award for underwhelming meal of the weekend went to Skillet Diner. We had a reservation for brunch at 9:30 AM. We didn't even get a table until 10:30! What's the point of a reservation if you end up waiting an hour anyway? The food wasn't bad, but after the reservation debacle it was going to take a lot to impress me.

SKILLET DINER, SEATTLE

SKILLET DINER, SEATTLE

SKILLET DINER, SEATTLE

SKILLET DINER, SEATTLE

All-In-All

I loved my return visit to Seattle. I haven't spent much time in the Pacific Northwest, but I can promise you that is about to change. Seattle has opened my eyes up to a whole new scenic beauty and a love for ALL things. It was a great place to explore with some great people. I hope I can visit again soon!

What do you love about Seattle?