In early September Greg and I embarked on a week long trip to Seattle. It had long been on our list to explore the Pacific Northwest and it did not disappoint. We stayed at the Kimpton Hotel Vintage that provided us with a central location and access to a rental car. Since I had accumulated lots of points on my Chase Sapphire credit card, we were able to save money by using all of my points for the hotel and Greg’s United flight points for my plane ticket.
I arrived in Seattle late Thursday afternoon to meet Greg after his business trip ended. Since I was exhausted from traveling all day, we opted for a relaxed dinner at Umi Sake House. The front desk had recommended it to me and it couldn’t have been a better spot to start off our vacation. The large menu and unique dishes completely took us by surprise. Prices were very reasonable and to make it even better, we were there during happy hour. Come to find out later that it’s also one of the top rated sushi restaurants on trip advisor. Go figure!
We then hit the ground running on our first full day in Seattle, grabbing breakfast at Pike Place Market. We opted for the Crumpet shop, followed by amazing greek yogurt from Ellenos. I asked if they ship across country – because I loved them so much – and they sadly do not! We briefly walked through the market as we knew we’d explore it more in the coming days. So many great food options!
The first thing on our agenda was to visit the Space Needle. We walked from Pike Place to the Chihuli Garden and Glass museum and got a combined pass to the Space Needle. You reserve a time for when you go up the Space Needle which was super convenient. We had about 1.5 hours to look through the Chihuli museum and loved seeing the different sculptures and art work. It’s incredible to see what you can do with glass!
The Space Needle is conveniently located right next door. As you’re on your way to the elevators, you learn about the construction of the Space Needle and why it was built in the first place. The views from atop where beautiful and it’s one of my favorite view points I’ve ever been on. You really get a feel for the city and it was the perfect way to start our trip.
After a delicious burger at Lil’ Woody’s (!!) we headed to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery. It’s a really neat place to visit if you’re into coffee and well, Starbucks! You can see how they roast the coffee onsite and they have so many different unique coffee drinks available. Some of them even include alcohol! The Reserve is a unique concept and worth checking out for a nice afternoon pick me up.
To finish off our first day in Seattle, we ventured down to the pier and ate at Ivar’s Seafood Restaurant. It’s a traditional American restaurant with lots of Seattle history and great views of the water. I opted for sea bass while Greg craved some fried oysters. We ended our day by walking back to our hotel (all up hill haha) and seeing the city lights by night.
PS: In case you missed my first post about Seattle, you can catch it right here.