Chicago, New York, Miami, and Seattle: what do all of these cities have in common? They are the pillars to the United States, and I have to visit them all. Seattle was the lastest trip, and I LOVED it!
Michael and I were lucky enough to get the Southwest Companion Pass, meaning we spent way too much money on house renovations and this was a friendly kickback from our favorite airline. The Companion Pass means Michael flies anywhere in the United States with me for an entire year. Due to craziness and life events, we have only been able to go to two places, Colorado earlier this spring and now, Seattle!!
We flew in on a Friday afternoon, and boy was it a long four and a half hour flight! I forget it’s cross-country trip! When we arrived at our cute hotel, Hotel Max, we decided to walk around and explore the downtown area. One of our favorite stops was a vibrant new brewery right on the water, called Old Stove Brewing. We also enjoyed exploring the Pike’s Place alleys and waterfront.
Saturday, we slept in a bit. I mean we were on vacation for heaven’s sake people, and of course, needed coffee. Luckily, our hotel offers drip coffee from local roasters in the morning, SO GOOD. Once we were caffeinated, we headed off to the Capitol Hill neighborhood. It is young, hip and super trendy. We stumbled upon this super cute vintage shop, Pretty Parlor, a boutique that offers adorable dresses, funky handbags, amazing fur jackets, and the cat’s meow, a feline named Minz. After torturing Michael, we went to brunch at Americana. We waited an hour an a half, and it was well worth it! We decided to walk off the brunch and happened upon Neko, a cat cafe. We didn’t go in to hang out with the cats, but had a drink and stayed for a bit because the cafe was so adorable! The rest of the afternoon was spent touring the neighborhood, including eating vegan pizza and trying mussels for the first time…consensus, NOT a fan.
Saturday night, we had dinner and drinks with friends downtown. We had cocktails at our hotel bar which was called Miller’s Guild, and then headed over to the Nest at the Thompson Hotel. Naturally, it was raining, so the rooftop bar wasn’t as exciting as it could be, however, it was less crowded, and seeing the night city views was well worth getting a bit wet for!
Sunday morning was the perfect time to try the famous, Biscuit Bitch. Yes, you read that correctly; a biscuit restaurant where everything is based around the word bitch. The portions are significant and so is the attitude. This quaint restaurant will have you waiting for over an hour and rush you out the door when you take your last bite, but it is well worth it. Believe me. I didn’t eat for almost six hours because it was so rich and filling!
Although we were out west, we did not take the opportunity to go hiking or anything super outdoorsy, so I took one for the team and did something Michael wanted to do. We went to a vintage car show in a cute little city about half an hour away from downtown Seattle. Snohomish, Washington, was such a delight. Not only was the car show very cool, but the historic town also had lots of interesting heritage and architecture. We enjoyed walking the streets, looking at cars and exploring this quaint town. After the car show, we stopped by the Woodinville neighborhood wineries, highly recommended by my friends over at Ruby Tap. The neighborhood was probably a couple of blocks filled with wineries and small shops, basically my definition of heaven. There were so many wineries to choose from, but, as I said, I had recommendations from one of the owners of my local wine bar, so I knew I would be in good hands. We visited Milbrandt, Dusted Valley (two couples from Wisconsin started it), and Trust Cellars. All three of were terrific.
After letting our wine buzz wear off, we went back to our hotel to change and freshen up and relax before dinner. We went to a sushi restaurant with delicious offerings, and called it a night… after visiting a funky rum bar, ha!
To finish off our trip, I, of course, had a photo shoot with a local photographer, #basic, I know. I figure I can only benefit from working with other photographers and shooting in unfamiliar areas, so I went to my handy-dandy Instagram and found the lovely, Kailee Elizabeth Photography. We started at a charming coffee shop called, Good Company. We then walked around the Pike Place area, and she shared the ins and outs of downtown Seattle.
After our photo shoot, we continued down the riverfront and ended up taking a ferry to Alki Island. Although it was off season for the touristy spot, it was a delightful city. We walked the beach and found a cute coffee shop where we could sit and watch the water.
All in all, it was a great trip. I honestly love having the opportunity to spend a couple of days with my husband amid the craziness of life. Cheesy, I know. I posted a butt load of entries to my Instagram stories, so head over to my IG to view my travel highlights and to see our entire trip in real life! It was such a lovely and action-packed trip, and I highly recommend a visit to Seattle if you get the chance!
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