About two months ago, I was off to the airport and on a direct flight from Austin to Seattle. Scott left earlier in the week to attend a conference, which had ended that Friday. The conference was in Bellevue, so just about 25 min outside Seattle. I landed around 10:00 pm and took an Uber from the airport to Scott’s hotel in Bellevue. During our stay in Seattle, we stayed one night in Bellevue, one night in the Laurelhurst neighborhood at Scott’s cousin’s house and 2 nights in Downtown Seattle. I’ll try and share our experience in chronological order!
- I arrived in Bellevue late Friday night and crashed pretty hard! Pregnancy+travel=pretty darn exhausting. We woke up the next morning and had a yummy breakfast at Lot No. 3 before heading into town to meet up with the cousins. We met up with the cousins around noon and got settled into our room for the night before we were off to our first adventure.
- Fremont Troll! I’ve read up on a couple of sights to check out while in Seattle and the Fremont Troll was one of them! We learned that it was created by 4 sculptures as a way to improve the area that had become a dumping ground. Now, it’s a popular attraction!
- Fremont Brewing: Shortly after we saw the troll, we walked the area a little bit before we ended up at Fremont Brewing. It was a cute little brewery that reminded me a lot of something we might find in Austin. It was indoor/outdoor, kid friendly, with people sitting at community picnic tables playing games. It had a great vibe to it! I didn’t get to try any of the brews this time, but maybe that means I’ll have to make another trip ;)
- We ended up coming home and resting a bit before heading to a yummy dinner at Mamnoon, a Lebanese restaurant in the Capitol Hill area. It was located in a really trendy part of town and right across the street from the Starbucks Reserve Roastery. After dinner, we stopped in to check out the roastery. It was quite the set up and smelled amaaaazing!
- Sunday morning we woke up slowly and ate breakfast with the cousins before we were off to our next adventure. We stayed at the Marriott Downtown, just a couple of blocks from Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market. Everything was really close and an easy 10 min walk. During our two days in Downtown, we tried to make the most out of it! We seriously did ALL of THE THINGS!
- The first thing on our nonexistent agenda was the underground tour in Pioneer Square. We learned about about the city and it’s history. It was really informative considering I really didn’t know much about Seattle at all!
- Afterwards, we toured around Pioneer Square and looked for a place for lunch. We tried a place called Delicatus for a quick and easy lunch that included a roast beef sandwich for me and a reuben for Scott.
- From there we made our way down to Pier/boardwalk area and got in line for the big ferris wheel. We got a great view of the city including the Seattle Seahawk stadium, Mount Rainier, and the bay. It was beautiful!
- The Seattle aquarium was really close by so we thought, what the heck! We didn’t have a set agenda so we went! And it was SO FUN! There was a little area where you could touch sea urchins, starfish and sea cucumbers, which was really cool. The best part by far was watching the adorable sea otters swim around together. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them in person and I was in love. They were so cute!!!
- We had plans to meet up with one of Scott’s coworkers and his wife for dinner. They live just outside of Seattle and drove into town to meet us at this yummy pizza place right outside the infamous gum wall. Even before approaching the pizza joint, we were hit by a wall of old, stale gum smell. Initially, I had the gum wall on my list of things to see/do but after that encounter, I was severely grossed out! We made our way in to the restaurant really quick as the smell was nauseating me! The pizza was great though!!
- After dinner on our way back to the hotel we stopped by the famous little piggy bank at Pike Place Market and snapped a pic. Evening was the best time to go check it out as there was no one around and no line! and of course when we passed by a gelato place on our way to the hotel, we had to make a quick pit stop for dessert!
- Biscuit Bitch! Our morning started slow as we made our way over to Biscuit Bitch for breakfast. We got there pretty early around 10 to try and beat the crowd. There wasn’t much of a line when we got there. I ordered the bitchwich with bacon, egg and cheese and Scott got the hot mess bitch. OMG everything was so good!!!
- Toured around Pike Place Market. Of course we saw the famous fish throwers, fresh bouquets and flowers and all your other typical farmers market finds. I couldn’t believe how cheap the bouquets were! I told Scott that if we lived in Seattle, I’d expect fresh flowers weekly :)
- From there we made our way over to the monorail and road it over to the space needle. Honestly, not that impressive. It was neat looking back on the history of the Space needle, but we weren’t crazy about the experience.
- After touring the space needle, we walked next door to the Chihuly garden and glass exhibit. WOW, talk about incredible. We were blown away(get it, because it was a blown glass exhibit…) with all the talent and beauty of it all. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.
- Afterwards we were pretty worn out so we made our way back to the hotel for a little nap before dinner. Seeing as we were on the water, we wanted to indulge in some yummy fresh seafood. We made reservations at Elliott’s Oyster House on the pier and were not disappointed. Of course Scott ordered a variety of oysters while I got the halibut. We finished dinner just before the sunset, which worked out perfectly. We got ice cream from a little vendor on the pier and watched the sunset from the pier. It was beautiful! It was the perfect ending to our sweet little vacation with just the two of us. :)