Monday, March 6, 2017

Seattle

I'm pretty sure I left a portion of my heart in Seattle. It was amazing. Seattle and the surrounding areas have an amazing mix of every little lifestyle you could want, well maybe minus laying on the beach in the hot sand, but we knew that going in. You can go from the busy hustle and bustle of the downtown area to a quaint small town feel in the matter of about a 15-minute walk. We did so much, but I just wanted to take a minute to recap a few of our highlights.

We stayed at the Hyatt Grand Seattle which is caddy-corner from Nordstrom's flagship store (swoon) and within walking distance of so much. I don't think we could have asked for a better location. The staff was beyond friendly (which is something we found everywhere we went) and the design is craftsman-esque which almost makes you feel like you're up in the mountains versus smack dab in the middle of downtown (perfect to retire to for the evening). Thank you, Hyatt Grand Seattle, for such a perfect stay!



We spent a good three hours at the Starbuck's Roastery our first day and it is probably one of my favorite places ever. Yes, we all love coffee, but Tony is obsessed with everything from bean origin to different brewing techniques and all of the different steps in between. This place was like Willy Wonka and the coffee factory and it did not disappoint. Take the nicest, most passionate Starbuck's employee you have ever met, clone them and multiply them by 100 and that is the staff that you will find there. Each one that we encountered had about a 10-minute conversation with us answering any questions we had and giving us the coolest little tidbits of knowledge. The food was phenomenal, most of it being items that are only served at the Roastery, and they had so many different fun coffee creations to choose from, like my incredible hazelnut bianco latte. It's a must if you're in the area.



We had some seriously gorgeous weather. It was definitely cold, but it barely rained on us at all. We went up in the space needle on the clearest day and it was breathtaking. Seattle is just about surrounded by water on most sides and the space needle is the perfect observation point to see this. I am a bit afraid of heights so it took me a little while to get comfortable with being up there, but they have a great cafe at the top that is perfect for sitting and looking straight out while you adjust to the height. 



We had so much good food, but we ate at two places really stuck out (I'll get to the second one in a minute). Pie Bar is definitely in my top five favorite dessert places of all time. It is literally pie and a bar. They serve a couple of savory pies, the most amazing dessert pies, and handcrafted cocktails. It is the cutest little hole-in-the-wall with the friendliest staff. When we walked in we were greeted with a cheery "Welcome friends!". We had the coconut cream pie and desserted island and both were phenomenal. We went back a second time and I am so so thankful that they are a plane ride away because I don't think my jeans would fit if they were down the street. 


Of course, we had to go to the original Starbucks. It was a super long line, but really neat to see where it all started. Again, the staff here was the sweetest and they even have a Pike Place Reserve Roast that is only sold at this location. We were pleasantly surprised that they did not have their prices jacked up, well because they really could have. We stood in quite a long line, but it moved quickly and was definitely worth it. We also explored the rest of Public Market. We stood and watched fish being thrown for some time and indulged in the best chowder ever at Pike Place Chowder. After stuffing ourselves we strolled along the waterfront park.


This breakfast was the other meal that I just have to share with you. Morsel is a tiny cafe in the University District that serves nothing but their incredible biscuits every way you could possibly imagine. It was phenomenal! We had biscuits and gravy, biscuits and jam and biscuits with roasted garlic, tons of cheese and a fresh roasted tomato dipping sauce (yes, carb overload). At the end of this meal, I wanted to empty my stomach and do it all over again. The service here was also wonderful and they even sent these tourists on our way with their version of cinnamon rolls, compliments of the owner.  


About 30-minutes from downtown is the Boeing plant. If you have any interest whatsoever in how things are made, this is a must. The building alone is worth seeing as it is the largest building in the world by volume. You could fit all of Disneyland and it's parking inside this building and still have 12 acres left over. That aside, I thought it was really neat to see exactly how these beasts of engineering are built since we trust them to carry us through the air. It was a 90-minute tour and you aren't allowed to take your phone or camera with you but they also have a pretty neat science museum to visit after and that's where we took the picture below. 


We rounded our trip out with a visit to Bainbridge Island. Talk about quaint! I absolutely loved it especially for a change of pace. To reach Bainbridge you have to take a 35-minute ferry ride and the view of the city that comes with that is worth it in itself. It is a slow-paced break from its neighboring city. We just walked the little town, wandered in and out of bookstores and local artisans shops, had lunch at the local butcher shop and people watched. It was perfect. 


We both loved Seattle equally and we will definitely be back. I am so thankful for this trip and the memories we made. It was a beautiful time for us to just be and enjoy each other's company. 

I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!

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