Summer in Seattle – Day 3

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)

 

Seattle Day 3

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Summer in Seattle – Day 2

Continued from Summer in Seattle – Day 1. All recommendations are based on my own experiences. No compensation was received.

Saturday morning, our group split up. Two of the girls wanted to go exploring outside the city, and the rest of us were ready to hit the tourist spots with the least amount of walking required. Enter Ride the Ducks of Seattle! This 90 minute tour takes you through the highlights of Seattle (the waterfront, Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market, the downtown shopping district and Fremont), then drives right into Lake Union! Is it a van, a bus, a boat?! No one knows. But it was awesome! Our tour guide was fantastic! I highly HIGHLY recommend this. (Again, not getting paid to say that!)

Across the street from our duck tour drop-off was the EMP Museum. They currently have a Jimi Hendrix exhibit that one of the girls in our group wanted to see, and the rest of us were just excited that there was a restaurant inside, so we spent some time exploring that. In addition to Hendrix, they have a Women Who Rock exhibit, which I really liked.

Then, we were off to the Space Needle! Holy long lines in the heat! We waited at least an hour before we could go up, but it was totally worth it. I’m not a fan of heights, so I was a little nervous, but once you get up there it doesn’t seem like you’re over 600 feet off the ground, and the view is spectacular!

Seattle Day 2

 

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Summer in Seattle – Day 1

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know that I was in Seattle for a girls weekend last week. These are the highlights of my trip! (Pictures or it didn’t happen, right?!) I’ve decided to split this into three posts, just because it’s going to be EPIC otherwise! **P.S. I am not receiving compensation for posting any of the following links – only sharing my experience!**

We all flew into Seattle on Friday morning, and while we were waiting to check into our condo, we explored the Pike Place Market. OMG – so much awesome! I had to take a picture of the original Starbucks, of course. (Forget going inside, though…the line was out the door and down the street!) We stopped at Pike Place Chowder for some lunch, followed by gelato at Bottega Italiana. A quick trip back to the market for some fresh fish and produce to prepare Saturday night’s dinner (we opted to actually make some use of the kitchen in our condo), and we were ready to get settled in to our home for the next few days.

If you ever visit the Seattle area, and need a bigger place to stay, check out Sea to Sky Rentals! They have several locations available to rent, but our party of five stayed in Centennial Tower. The location was FANTASTIC! I couldn’t get enough of the view! (It’s even more amazing at night!)

Once we got settled in, it was dinner time. We drove down to the pier for some yummy seafood at Elliot’s Oyster House. Luckily, we decided to spring for valet parking, because parking at the pier was a mess. Dinner ran pretty late (as you would expect on a Friday evening, so keep that in mind if you’re so hungry you could eat your arm!) Rather than ride the Ferris Wheel (not that I would have anyway – heights and I do not mix), we headed back to the condo to get some much needed sleep.

Seattle Day 1

 

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