Continued from Summer in Seattle – Day 2. All recommendations are based on my own experiences. No compensation was received.
Our last full day in Seattle was spent enjoying nature (the weather was perfect for this!), and exploring a couple of little towns outside of the city. Two girls in our group took a ferry to the San Juan Islands for some whale watching, which they loved (but it is COLD out there on the water so dress appropriately!) The rest of us hopped in the rental car and headed east.
Our first stop was the Japanese Garden at Washington Park Arboretum. I probably could have spent all day here just sitting in the peace and quiet. It was beautiful!
We were starting to get hungry, so it was off to Woodinville for some lunch at Teddy’s Bigger Burgers. (I had a veggie burger that was pretty good, and sweet potato fries that might be the best ones I’ve ever tasted!) But the main reason we went to Woodinville is because it’s wine country! There are no actual vineyards to walk through out there (they’re all about 2-3 hours south, I believe), but there are PLENTY of places to drink! We only went to one tasting at DeLille Cellars, though. (Cute little place, and the wine was great!) Being the last day of our trip, we were running out of money, so we decided to find some FREE things to do…
Just a ways up the road we ran into the Woodinville Lavender Farm. I have never seen lavender plants like this! Gorgeous! And the smell…ahhh!
Continuing with the botanical theme, our next stop was Bellevue Botanical Garden about 20 minutes away. Don’t be fooled by the fact that it currently looks like a construction site! There is a lot of beauty to be found behind those barriers! We saw so many wonderful plants and flowers that would never grow in my neck of the woods.
Snack time! Back to the city for some gourmet cheeses at The Calf and Kid! YUM YUM YUM! We split a cheese plate with some crackers and fig jelly…wow! Cheese will never be the same again…
Back to our condo for a little bit of downtime before dinner. We considered ordering in, but there was a cute little pizza place a few blocks away, so we decided to walk down there instead. (Less for us to clean up later, right?) If you’re ever in the Belltown area of Seattle, stop for a bite at Bambino’s Pizzeria. The pizza is great (and pretty reasonably priced!) They have an extensive drink menu, or if you’re not in the mood for alcohol…coke in glass bottles!! (Why does it taste better like that?!)
And that pretty much ends the highlights of my trip! Something tells me that a separate post about cleaning up the condo, packing, then sitting at the airport wouldn’t make for a good read! (Though, recycling is mandatory in the city of Seattle…let’s just say there was some trash digging involved…lol)