Even though I love traveling, I pretty much always am ready to go home by the end of trips. But I did not want to leave Seattle. There was so much more I wanted to do and see, but we saw a lot in 2 days (we could’ve snuck in more spots, but I wasn’t feeling too well on Friday night, so we called it quits after dinner). We also got a slow start on Sunday, but could’ve easily squeezed in a breakfast spot. It’s also not congested at all. Maybe it was the time of year that we went (mid-September)/the way we timed everything, but we also barely found ourselves waiting in line + almost everywhere we went took reservations. We were also able to get away with only taking 1 day off work by flying into Seattle after work on Thursday.
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»Warwick Hotel: Since we booked our hotel in Seattle late (like the week before), we didn’t have TOO many options. The Warwick was in a pretty good location and was within our budget.
»Rabbit Hole: Our flight got into Seattle pretty late, but we wanted to get a few drinks before going to bed. We walked to Rabbit Hole from our hotel (took about 7 minutes) and grabbed a few drinks. It was a dark bar with cool decor + skee-ball in the back.
»Rocco’s Pizza: With all the traveling (okay, it was probably the cocktails we had), we worked up an appetite so went to Rocco’s which was a few doors down from Rabbit Hole. We got your standard pepperoni and cheese, but also a slice of one of their specialty pizzas (Stacey + Tina’s Night Out) with ranch (obviously) and it was SO good.
»Space Needle: Probably one of the most iconic spots in Seattle. It opens right at 9am, so this was our first stop to try and beat the crowds (you can buy tickets in advance, but we just bought them when we got there). We also paid a little more + got access to the Chihuly Glass Museum right next door. There is the outdoor area on the top + the glass floor right below the outdoor level. We were there for about 20 or 30 minutes.
»Chihuly Glass Museum: This spot exhibits the glass work of Dale Chihuly and it’s beautiful. We were there for about 15 minutes.
»Pike Place Market: Another iconic thing to do in Seattle. We walked through Pike Place Market, essentially a huge farmer’s market, and tried a lot of good food samples. They have fresh fish, flowers, crafts, etc.
»First EVER Starbucks: We almost missed this since it doesn’t look like a typical Starbucks from the outside but the long line gave it away.
»Truffle Queen: While we were perusing Pike Place we walked by this shop, and I’m so glad we stopped here. They have $10 wine (3 pours) + truffle tastings. It was a gloomy day and this spot was super cozy and welcoming.
»Pike Place Chowder: We walked up the alley from Pike’s Market and got chowder here. The line seemed long, but we were really only waiting for about 8 minutes (we were there around the lunch hour too). The clam chowder is award winning and soooo good. We were told they were asked not to compete in any more nation-wide competitions because they won so much. We also tried the seasonal chowder which was crab/lobster/corn chowder. They also have another location in the mall if that fits better with your schedule.
»Rachel’s Ginger Beer: A few doors down from Pike’s Chowder is Rachel’s Ginger Beer. They have a ton of specialty made ginger beers. We got two tequila drinks – one with black currant ginger beer and the other with pink guava ginger beer.
»Gum Wall: Walking distance from Pike’s Place, we headed to the Gum Wall. It’s more of a gum alley and obviously very iconic.
»Starbucks Reserve Roastery: We Ubered from Pike’s Place to Starbucks Reserve. If you’re a Starbucks fan, you should definitely go here. It reminds me of Starbucks’ version of Willy Wonka’s factory.
»Terra Plata: We noticed this spot when we walked out of Starbucks Reserve (it’s right across the street) and were intrigued when it said the rooftop was open. We grabbed a glass of Sangria here and loved the vibe.
»The Nest Rooftop: Perfect spot to grab a drink, listen to a fun DJ, and look at the Seattle skyline. We got here around 4:45pm and it was busy, but not overly crowded.
»Fog Room: This rooftop bar/restaurant was a 1 minute walk from The Nest, so we decided to try it out. It’s more of a rooftop “lounge” than a spot where you would party with a bunch of friends. We ordered a drink and deviled eggs (SO good if you like Salmon and Fish Eggs).
»Six Seven Restaurant @ Sunset: This restaurant is inside the Edgewater hotel and is right on the water. The outdoor area is first come/first serve, so we were lucky to grab a table and watch the sunset while sipping on a cucumber/mint/tequila martini.
»Shuckers: We ended the night at Shuckers for dinner. This spot has a super old school feel and is known for its (duh, the name) oysters. They were delicious!
»Skillet Diner: Omg this breakfast was sooooo good. We got The Chub sandwich + Breakfast Burrito with Fried Chicken. They take reservations too!
»Bike Bainbridge Island: We almost skipped this because I thought we were trying to cram too much in, but I’m SO glad we did this. We took the 10:40 ferry over from Downtown Seattle and got there around 11:10. From there, we rented bikes at a spot right off the ferry and splurged on electric since we didn’t have that much time there. It was one of the highlights of our trip for sure.
»Via Rosa Italian Market + Kitchen: This was our lunch spot on our Bainbridge bike ride. The pizza was delicious and they also had a lot of other yummy looking Italian food.
»Amelia Wynn Winery: This spot was in the town area close to the ferry pick up, so we squeezed in a wine tasting before getting back on the ferry. Loved the cozy vibe.
»Westward: I wish we could’ve stayed here all night! This place was so peaceful. We were even lucky enough to grab chairs right on the waterline looking out to Downtown Seattle- it was perfect. We ordered oysters and clams which were super good.
»Seattle Mariners Game: My boyfriend and I thought it would be fun to try and see all the baseball stadiums in the US over the years so we planned this trip around a baseball game. It started raining halfway through, but the stadium has a retractable roof which is super cool.