As I am sitting at the airport wrapping up a three day trip here in Seattle I am surprised by how chilly it's been up here. I flew in on Tuesday from Houston and it was sunny slightly warm. Fast forward three days and I'm chilly and it's super gray outside. Seattle has so much to offer and I am thankful for getting a chance to explore. I had a HUGE itenarary but ended up spending most of the week exploring instead. I am so excited to share some of the places I visited with you guys in this post!
One thing I really like about this place was how clean the city is. I was so surprised. Houston is not always the cleanest despite how much I love living there. Seattle on the other hand was sustainable, clean and has so much to do outside. I arrived early Tuesday and immediately toured the city. You can easily take the train from the airport to downtown using the LINK rail. It was so simple and I found really easy to navigate even with my luggage.
The first stop I made was to see the bay at the Victor Steinbrueck Park near Pike's Place Market. It had tons of people and colorful art everywhere. I made my way after a quick stroll to Mercato Stellina where I had the most delicious organic mixed greens salad. The staff couldn't have been kinder and gave me a few recommendations of places to visit while I was in town. The atmosphere of the restaurant was so elegant I really wanted to bring home one of their exquisite chandeliers.
Afterwards I trotted over to Pike's Public Market which is full of fresh foods, flowers and just about everything else in between. I was astonished at how inexpensive a bundle of flowers are compared to what we pay here in Houston. I love markets and this one was bustling with people. I highly recommend visiting for souvenirs, lunch and you can have them ship seafood home for you!
That evening I headed over to Kirkland where I was meeting one of my longest running friends after she was out of training. Both of us were ready to grab a drink and some food so we settled on a local restaurant that was around the corner from our hotel called the Big Fish Grill. After a few glasses of wine, oyster shooters and delicious Baja Fish Tacos we decided to call it an evening.
The next morning I arose and headed downtown for another day of exploring. One thing to note about Seattle is that everything opens a little later than it does in the South. Many restaurants do not serve until the evening and brunch is more of a weekend thing. So if you are traveling during the week, I found the best places to grab something to eat where restaurants part of hotels. I began at The Thompson Hotel and ate at Scout. Their avocado toast was heavenly. After lunch I stopped at the Chocolate Box which serves wine flights paired with chocolate (can I say heaven?) It was so delicious. Since it was sunny that day, I made sure to spend as much time as possible touring downtown. The city has so many different eclectic flavors and I was surprised at how many Italian restaurants there were.
On the last day I decided to start off the morning grabbing delicious greek yogurt and berries at Shaker and Spear in the Palladium Hotel. This place is perfect if you want to leisurely take the time for a bite and even get work done. Afterwards I headed over to the Bookstore Bar which had the most charming interiors. They serve a delicious sparkling flight that donates to local causes. The last restaurant I visited was call Floret where they serve vegetarian food and handcrafted cocktails. I ordered their goat cheese crostini which was whipped goat cheese served with olive oil and spiced bread. Needless to say it was devoured. Floret is located right in the airport and felt like I was immediately transported out of a terminal and into a modern cafe.
After three days I was ready to be on my way home, but would love to revisit when I can do more outdoor exploring. The one thing I wish I had known was how much chillier the weather is. I brought this adorable jacket, but could have easily worn something heavier. On Wednesday I opted for a lemon print linen shirt, midi skirt and the best ballet flats (seriously, no blisters!) I picked up a new pair of sunglasses while I was there and this cute hat I'll be wearing this summer. Another thing to know is the sun sets later there. In fact, sunset in June is slated for 9pm so you can get a lot more done if you are looking for outdoor activities.