Everyone has been traveling to the West Coast lately. Maybe it's the weather or perhaps it's the laid back atmosphere but when it came time to plan our Anniversary trip my husband and I settled on Seattle (which also may have had to do with the fact that I had an engagement session planned there)
We ended up catching a 6am flight which with the time difference had us arriving in Seattle around 8:30am
First thing we had to do was fill our bellies. After a 6 hour plane ride and waking up at 3am we were famished. We had heard that Pike Place wasn't too busy early on weekday mornings so we headed straight to the infamous Market Place.
Of course we stopped by the famous Piroshky Piroshky - home to delicious Russian pastries filled with meats and cheeses. (This is also conveniently located next to the original Starbucks if that's your fancy)
While we didn't spend too much time walking around this area as it started filling with patrons as soon as the fog lifted and the sun peeked out. If you walk all the way down the street you can get to a pier that overlooks the Seattle Great Wheel.
We grabbed a quick coffee at Storyville Coffee. It had been highly recommended but I found it to be so/so. They make their own almond milk with almonds and dates and had an odd aftertaste. But definitely an option if you're not a Starbucks drinker.
While we didn't stop we walked by a cool place called Biscuit Bitch that makes southern style biscuits.
We rented an Air BnB in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and decided to walk around this hipster area filled with coffee shops, thrift stores, and lots of bars. We were starving and were planning on stopping by Dick's Drive-In (a fast food burger joint we had heard great things about) but with a line to the road we kept walking and ended up at Tacos Chukis.
This fast, casual taco place has only a few choices but with $2 a taco you can't beat this homemade, tiny kitchen, local loved restaurant.
After walking around the town we ended up running into a friend at Chucks Hop Shop (which we actually grabbed a beer at everyday of our trip).
They have a large selection of beers on tap, hard ciders, and is also a bottle shop with a rotating food truck out front. They also are super dog friendly and have an entire wall dedicated to Polaroids of people's furry friends. There was even a guy who had his cat at the bar.
Just a little ways down the street is Uncle Ike's Pot Shop. (That's right because marijuana is legal in Seattle and when in Rome ) I had to check it out. Was so overwhelmed I grabbed the first thing I saw - an infused chocolate bar.
Last we grabbed dinner at a great Thai restaurant called Manao (Seriously the best food I've ever eaten).
We ordered the crispy rolls, herbal Cripsy chicken, and Phad Prik Khing Crispy Pork Belly.
We had a 5:30am wake-up call to make it to Mt. Rainer for an anniversary photo shoot. My friend Megan from Megan Gallagher Photography took some anniversary photos on the mountain. I was amazed by how HUGE it was and how the pathways were already covered in snow in October. (Considering I don't get to see snow til January or if I get to see any at all)
After a very very mild hike (bad ankle + fashion boots + snow) we headed back down the mountain.
Since we were starving and an hour and a half outside of Seattle we made a pit stop in Tacoma (which was actually pretty cool.) This town had a super hipster vibe. We ate at a Diners, Drive-In's, and Dives approved Dirty Oscars Annex.
We hit up Victory Records. This record store was literally the best record store I've ever been in. They had so many new, unopened vinyl, and walls of used vinyl separated by album and artist. I was able to score some really awesome albums I didn't think I'd ever be able to find.
Next door is a cute boutique that sold vintage clothing, accessories, one of a kind items, and handmade soaps.
Lastly we stopped and grabbed a doughnut at Legendary Doughnuts.
Since I'm a huge fan of Twin Peaks we had to visit the North End of Washington - the location of the famous Norma's Diner. After a slice of cherry pie and a "damn fine cup of coffee" we headed back to Cap Hill to end the evening at Chucks.
When you have to move your car by 7am you learn to wake up early.
First on the agenda: Coffee - We walked a few blocks down the way to Fuel. A small, quaint, local coffee shop that served delicious lattes. In the early morning it was pretty dead except for a few regulars reading papers.
We wanted to hit up the touristy spots early, so we stopped off at the Space Needle. (We didn't go inside but we got to see it from the outside) There are some cool architectural art pieces to look at and it's littered with tourists. And strangely it's not as tall as you would think.
One of the things I really wanted to see was the Fremont Troll. Since I've been a huge fan of 10 Things I Hate About You I really wanted to check it out. Get there early because as soon as we left there were tons of people waiting to take a photo.
Then we headed to the Ballard neighborhood to grab brunch at Hattie's Hat. They had Hocus Pocus on the television and the inside was decorated for Halloween. The food was delicious and the menu had a wide variety of items for everyone.
We walked around this eclectic neighborhood and unfortunately a lot of the shops weren't open yet but the inside of them looked amazing. From clothing to art to organic dog food I wish we could have seen it when it was actually open.
Then we had to make a Target run and I was inside a TWO STORY TARGET and it was amazing.
Gasworks was one of the places I was looking forward to the most. An abandoned Gas facility and it reminded me Miss Peregrines. Unfortunately it was so bright and sunny it was hard to take good photos.
My next stop was Carkeek Park - I had an engagement session scheduled and it was cool to see a pebble beach. There was some amazing foliage during these fall months, the brightest leaves I had ever seen.
Then we headed to the International District to grab some food. We went to Dough Zone - a Dumpling House and this place was PACKED. Even though we were the the party in line we got in under 20 minutes.
We ordered so many things from scallion pancakes, vegetable dumplings, noodle bowls, and steamed buns, everything we tried was delicious.
I only had an hour in the morning before we had to head to the airport to catch our flight so I made Andrew go back to Gasworks to see it in it's true foggy glory. If you actually time it right you can get a great view of the Seattle skyline. We got to enjoy the park with little pedestrians and enjoy it's pure eerie glory.
If you have any questions or suggestions about Seattle let us know! We'd love to help you plan your perfect vacation.