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Seattle | Quick Trip City Guide

Nicole | July 25, 2016

Seattle Great Wheel on Pier 57

After attending a wedding in Roche Harbor in Washington State we stayed 2 days in Seattle to soak up this dynamic city; it’s sights, sounds, it’s fresh air and flavors. Seattle, in my mind, had a reputation for rainy days and grunge music like Nirvana but all I came back with was sunny weather and smiling people everywhere I turned–oh! and the Seattle Pride Parade which was right across the street of our hotel on Sunday morning. I loved the hustle and bustle of the city that weekend and have very beautiful memories of our short time there. We can’t wait to be back!

Even though we’re so happy to be in Houston right now, we highly we enjoyed taking this quick trip just for ourselves in Seattle and it felt like a mini vacation in the midst of the upcoming chaos with back-to-back destination weddings in Pittsburgh and Beirut.

I hope you enjoy our photo album and don’t miss my checklist of things to do in Seattle. Be careful because you might fall in love and never want to leave the city where Starbucks, Nordstrom and Amazon were born!

Essentials-for-SeattleEssentials before heading out to explore Seattle!

We loved walking in downtown Seattle and exploring! We bumped into the beautiful Seattle Art Museum.

We explored downtown walking in the perfect 68 degree weather and admiring the tall buildings including the Seattle Art Museum.

Steps

LovePosing at The Harbor Steps in Downtown Seattle

The-steps

Ivar's Fish Bar at the Pier in downtown SeattleDinner at Ivar’s was highly recommended by locals

Dinner at Ivar's with the hubby Dinner at Ivar's and trying out Washington Riseling wine

Cheers to life at Ivar's!Riseling white wine from Seattle for the win!Mussels-at-Ivar's Best seafood appetizers at Ivar's!

Beautiful weather in Seattle during our trip in June

The famous Pike Place Market in Seattle Public-Market-Center

The famous Pike Place Market behind me full of food vendorsw and stores

Enjoying ice-cream at the Pike Place Public Market

Walking-through-Pike-Place

Pike Place Market alleys The cute alleys close to Pike Place Market are beautiful and worthy of many Instagram photos.

Pike-Place-Market

PierThe best way to explore the Pier is to walk along it! It takes roughly 30 minutes.

Pier-1

The-first-StarbucksVisited the first Starbucks but did not make line to buy anything! I’m not very patient when waiting for coffee. LOL

Pike-Place-StreetThe crazy hills in Seattle! So different from all the flatness in Houston.

Loving the Seattle weather with Miguel!

Cupcake-RoyaleCutest dessert car! But can I take it back to Houston and use it as my car?

Brunch at Lola's in downtown SeattleYummy eggs-Benedict brunch with my hubbyDonut hole with fresh vanilla mascarpone and apricot jamThese freshly made donut-holes with vanilla mascarpone and apricot jam were to-die-for.

Posing in front of the first Nordstrom! Posing in front of the first Nordstrom

Visited the first Nordstrom which was born in Seattle

Downtown-Seattle

Nicole-meets-a-basset-in-SeattleBumped into the cutest Basset-Hound and he reminded me of our Bam Bam who passed away last year.

The-WestinThe Westin in Downtown Seattle is where we stayed. We had a beautiful view of downtown but no view of the Space Needle. Ha!

New-Amazon-buildingThe new Amazon building under construction.

Beautiful view of Seattle This view of Seattle takes my breath away with Mount Rainier in the background.

Seattle Check-List

Where To Stay

The Westin in downtown Seattle (we were at walking distance to everything and never took a cab)

Where to Eat

Ivar’s for a seafood dinner (the King Salmon is the specialty!) and Lola’s for brunch

What To Do

Visit the first Nordstrom, the first Starbucks, the new Amazon building, Pike Place Market, walk along the Pier,  get on a wacky Duck Tour (which we so sadly missed!) and get to know Seattle in a couple of hours on a bus that turns into a boat, board the Washington State Ferries vessel on foot for a scenic cruise out onto Elliott Bay, visit Kerry Park for the best view of the iconic Space Needle. The Chihuly Garden and Glass is on my wish-list for our next trip here!

*If you want a single girl perspective on Seattle & some must-see spots,  my friend Maddy has a fun post on it!

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