Urban and lush, Seattle sits on the edge of a bay, surrounded by a beautiful mountainous landscape.
Back in February, Cameron surprised me with airfare to Seattle and three night hotel stay at the Marriott Waterfront for my 24th birthday. It had been too long since we had visited the Emerald City.
Although we picked one of the rainiest months to visit Seattle, forecasts remained clear the entire time we were there. We enjoyed our sunny weekend, deluge free. It’s a good thing, too, because we forgot to pack umbrellas!
We embraced the fact that we were tourists visiting Seattle and unashamedly set out to do all of the things that tourists do. Oh yes, even the Space Needle. We were going to pay for admission to the observation deck ($29 per person), but didn’t want to pay that full price just to snap a few photos. So we didn’t. And as usual, Cameron found a loophole. He has a very strange talent of always being able to sniff out the best deals.
So, here’s a tip if you’re ever in Seattle during the “offseason”. You won’t find this advertised anywhere on the Space Needle’s website. In between the lunch and dinner seatings, the restaurant at the top of the Space Needle, Sky City, serves a limited seating “Sunset Hour” menu. All that they require is a $25 minimum spend, per person. So instead of paying nearly $60 to visit the observation deck Space Needle, we enjoyed a semi-private happy hour of hors d'oeuvres and drinks for less than two tickets to the observation deck. Going this route gives you priority elevator access and free entry to the observation deck. It’s a no brainer!
Seattle, Coffee, Coffee, Seattle. They go hand-in-hand. We stopped by the original Starbucks, only because I had never been, but with Cameron being the coffee snob that he is, we were on the hunt for something greater. We stopped by the La Marzocco Cafe and Showroom, a cool space just blocks away from the Space Needle. That afternoon, they were serving up Heart Roasters coffee straight out of their world-renowned espresso machines.
What’s a trip to Seattle without a visit to Pike Place Market? Or two? Or three? This famously fresh farmer’s market is always a must. There are so many hidden gems within, I always make sure to try something new every single time. Fresh flowers, fresh fruit, and flying fish, it’s a sight to be seen.
My favorite yogurt in the world? Ellenos. Hands down. And you’d agree. A real greek family serving up their family’s real greek yogurt recipe to patrons from all around the world visiting the bustling streets of Pike Place. Yogurt options change with the season, but our favorite on this trip was Marionberry Pie.
Growing up Russian and eating piroshky, I had to stop into Piroshky! Piroshky! to get a taste of what I had smelled from blocks away. If you ever walk by and there isn’t a line, you’re probably dreaming! Piroshky lovers line up out front, but don’t be discouraged because it moves quickly!
Seattle’s Golden Rule: When visiting Seattle, eat your weight in sushi. And if you’re looking for a recommendation on the best sushi spot, our favorite is Umi Sake House. Recommended to us by a Seattle native, we went twice in two days. It was that good the first time. Two recommendations, order the Hotter than Hell!!! roll and try to make it during their happy hour.
On our last morning, before Ubering to the airport, we stopped by General Porpoise for some fresh doughnuts filled with handmade creams, custards, curds and jams. A very sweet ending to a very sweet trip. And, just steps away from General Porpoise is Portland’s poster child, Stumptown Coffee. So, our taste buds demanded us to wash those doughnuts down with a steamy cap.
Onto the next adventure! Ireland, here we come!