Seattle has been on my list of places to visit for a long, long time. In June, a meeting at Amazon finally gave me an excuse to go. Since the meeting was on a Monday, I flew out late Friday night to enjoy the weekend.
I was prepared for rainy, cold weather, since that’s the reputation Seattle has, but low and behold, it was a GORGEOUS day on Saturday with full sun! I knew I had to squeeze in as much fun as possible on such a beautiful day!
First, I went to Piroshky Piroshky at Pike Place Market to meet up with a friend from Vevey and his fiancée. (They recently moved to Seattle, and they were leaving the day after our meet-up to fly back to Italy to get married!)
[I chose the Smoked Salmon Pate piroshky, and it was so good! I accidentally took a bit out of the tail before remembering to take a picture.]
We walked through the market, and I marveled at all of the flowers…and the fish, but mostly the flowers!
They also took me to see the Gum Wall, which is somehow amazing and disgusting at the same time! I did NOT contribute a piece!
We went on a walk along the water – all the way to the Space Needle. We had a bubble tea together before they left me to continue exploring on my own. It was such a wonderful morning with them!
I like to say that I’ve seen all of the sites in a place, but I actually wish I would’ve skipped the Space Needle. Similar to the arch, it’s cooler from the ground. Plus, my online advance ticket purchase did me no good. I still waited in a line that took 45-60 minutes, which was really frustrating. (Maybe you would have a different experience first thing in the morning.) There was a lot of construction happening at the top, too. After all of that waiting, I took only a couple of pictures at the top and made a beeline for the exit elevator. I enjoyed reading some of the history while waiting in line. It’s funny to read about how futuristic this was back in the 1960’s.
After the Space Needle, I walked next door to Chihuly Garden & Glass, which was definitely one of the highlights of my trip! I’ve been a fan of Chihuly for many years, and it was amazing to be in a museum and gardens dedicated exclusively to his work! I took MANY photos, but tried to only post my very favorites…
[In the ceiling!!]
Isn’t his work AMAZING?!
I walked through Olympic Sculpture Park on my way back toward the water. Lots of BIG sculptures in a relatively small park. This park is part of the Seattle Art Museum.
Because it was SUCH a beautiful day, I couldn’t resist a boat ride out on Puget Sound. I went for a one hour ride with Argosy Harbor Cruise. The views of the skyline were stunning from the water!
We also saw some HUGE ships coming in and out of the Port of Seattle…and Mt. Rainier making an appearance in the distance!
And as if that wasn’t enough for one day, I had a final stop planned…a baseball game at Safeco Field! Only at a baseball stadium on the water can you get a crab sandwich at the concessions stands!
On Sunday, the misty rain was back, and I had a more relaxing day. I went to Biscuit B*tch for breakfast. (Excuse the name, but they really had amazing food!) I was warned that there would be a line, if I wasn’t there first thing, so I arrived a few minutes before they opened.
I was a little surprised that you couldn’t dine in (well, there were a couple of small tables outside, but they were all full when my food was ready), so I took my breakfast around the corner to the original Starbucks store at Pike Place Market to get a Chai Tea Latte to go with it. It was probably a little evil of me to come strolling in with a delicious-looking breakfast that I couldn’t share, but there wasn’t a line there either at 8:15am on a Sunday, so I was able to look around and order a drink without a crowd. I took my breakfast and my drink to a table overlooking the water and thoroughly enjoyed it!
After breakfast, I had an Uber take me up to Queen Anne for a great Seattle skyline view. I could tell the Uber driver hadn’t been there before, because when I turned around to get back in the car after taking a few pictures, I realized he was also out of the car snapping some pics, too! Ha!
In the afternoon, I went to the flagship Nordstrom store and to a movie to get out of the rain. Then, I wrapped up my day with some delicious Beecher’s macaroni & cheese. They make their cheese on site! YUM!
I also got to visit the Amazon Go store, where you don’t go through a checkout. You have an app on your phone, and there are cameras and censors everywhere tracking what you purchase. It was wild!
I was worn out after this whirlwind visit, but I definitely give Seattle two thumbs up!