Seattle recap

September 20, 2016

Seattle Recap

Hi there! Last week, I wrote about my time in Portland and this week I’m recapping my time in Seattle.

Just as a refresher, here’s an overview of the entire trip:

  • Friday night: Drove to Redding
  • Saturday: Drove to Portland (with stops in Ashland and Eugene)
  • Saturday–Tuesday morning: Spent time in Portland
  • Tuesday morning: Drove to Seattle
  • Tuesday–Friday afternoon: Spent time in Seattle
  • Friday afternoon: Drove to Eugene
  • Saturday morning: Drove to Redding
  • Sunday morning: Drove home

Even though technically our trip started Friday night, I started counting Day One on Saturday. On Tuesday—Day Four, we spent the morning in Portland, then drove to Seattle.

DAY FOUR: Since the drive from Redding to Portland was about 7 hours, the 3.5 hour drive from Portland to Seattle was a cinch. We arrived at our Airbnb late afternoon.

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The room I slept in had two twin-sized beds. Naturally, Aubrey slept on one bed and I slept on the other. 😉

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Our Seattle Airbnb was so cozy. The twin-sized bed felt tiny to sleep in, but I really loved the way the wooden bed frame looked.

We rented a beach house in West Seattle. The house was literally one block away from Alki Beach. It was the best feeling to walk out the front door and in less than 5 minutes, be at the beach. Everyone in my family are early risers, so we took many early morning walks with Aubrey on the beach. I cannot articulate to you how peaceful those walks on the beaches were and how sweet of a memory they will be to me in the future. The weather had cooled down from the 90s/100 it was in Portland and was in the 70s/80s AKA juuuuust perfect. You could see the entire Seattle skyline from the beach. I beach combed for sea glass, interesting rocks, and driftwood.

Seattle Recap

Seattle Recap

Seattle Recap

There were so many florists at Pike Place Market. Heaven!

DAY FIVE: My cousin and her husband live about 30 minutes outside of Seattle. They met us at our beach house to give us a full day of Seattle touristy things. We went to Pike Place Market, the original Starbucks, the Ace Hotel (which was the original one—I did not know that!), Kerry Park (which has the best view of the Seattle skyline/Space Needle), and a whole bunch of other neighborhoods. I knew Seattle was supposed to be a really pretty city, with lots of water, but I was surprised by how much it took my breath away. Everything about the city was so modern and bustling, but still family friendly and just a wonderful place to walk around. Downtown (especially Pike Place Market) was at the heart of the chaos (to be expected), but once you got to other parts of the city—even just the outskirts of downtown—it almost didn’t even feel like the city anymore. There was greenery, water, and kids playing. It gave off such a feel-good vibe.

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Seattle Recap

The lobby of the Ace Hotel Seattle.

I went to Crossroads in Belltown for a quick bit to film a little Snapchat video. I saw a photo I shot from this photoshoot that Crossroads used in their ad hanging up in the window, street view. Suuuuch a cool feeling.

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There is soooo much water in Seattle. You can go kayaking here, but we didn’t. It’s definitely something I would love to do next time.

Seattle Recap

Seattle Recap

Queen Anne neighborhood. I have a Polaroid photo of the same shot as above. I love comparing digital photos with Polaroid photos.

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Seattle Recap

The view from Kerry Park.

My cousin and her husband drove us to the University District and University Village shopping area, the Fremont troll, and then we drove back to West Seattle. My parents went out to eat at a restaurant in West Seattle, while I stayed home with Aubrey, ate dinner, and watched YouTube videos—absolute bliss for me after a day on the go.

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My dad and me on the Fremont Troll.

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The skyline at night.

DAY SIX: Since Pike Place Market was so crowded when we visited mid-morning the day before, I went back again early for when they opened, so I could get some better photos without people in the way.

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Seattle Recap

More flowers at Pike Place!

My cousin and her husband met us back at our Airbnb to tour us around the area some more. We visited Seattle Center to get a clear view of the Space Needle. Then we drove around Wallingford (my cousin’s favorite neighborhood), Green Lake, and Matthews Beach neighborhoods. The Green Lake neighborhood has, you guessed it, a lake called Green Lake. The weather was in the mid-upper 80s and oh my goodness Green Lake Park was just incredible. There were young kids playing, older kids hanging out, a snack stand, a floating dock with a diving board, kayakers, swimmers, people lying on the sand, people reading in the shade… it looked like a Norman Rockwell painting. Idyllic. I can’t describe it other than it just gave me the happiest, feel-good, summery feeling. We drove around an area of Matthews Beach where the houses are right on Lake Washington and you can see Kirkland, a neighboring suburb, from the water. The homes—although large—were close together with narrow roads connecting them. It reminded me of the areas by the Long Island Sound in Connecticut. Maybe it was the nostalgia of that memory that made me so happy but I just absolutely loved it.

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Seattle Recap

Green Lake Park

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Seattle Recap

My parents and cousin + her husband had dinner at Beach Cafe in Kirkland, while I walked around the Carillon Point Marina (where the restaurant was located) with Aubrey. It was sunset hour and the entire water was illuminated with sparkles. Absolutely irritating to the eyes (even with sunglasses) but so, so breathtaking. On the way home, we drove through downtown Bellevue and some of its neighborhoods.

Seattle Recap

Seattle Recap

DAY SEVEN: We spent the morning + early afternoon in Seattle. I met with my friend Moorea Seal in Belltown for tea at Macrina. Oh my goodness, this lady. I forgot who followed who first online, but I knew her before she started her shop and we’ve been Internet friends for seven years. I was smiling like a fool the entire time we talked—I’m sorry but I get excited really easily. Internet friends turned IRL friends are simply the best—especially when they are a bestselling author (her second book comes out TODAY! and her third is in the works!), and owner of one of the prettiest shops in Seattle.

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Seattle Recap

Seattle Recap

I’m not sure what my parents did while I was hanging out with Moorea, but I think they walked around Belltown and went to Mud Bay with Aubrey. That afternoon, we headed back south to go home. We were spending the night at a cottage Airbnb in Eugene, OR. Unfortunately, we hit really bad traffic. As in it took us about 8 hours to get somewhere that was 5.5-6 hours away and we arrived at our little cottage after dark. I wish we had gotten there earlier so we could have seen the cottage in the daylight! We were only staying one night in Eugene before we left for Redding, CA the next morning. The cottage was adorable. I took a million pictures of it the next morning and am going to make a blog post (soon!) entirely dedicated to that cottage.

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The sunset on the road heading to Eugene.

DAY EIGHT: We hung around/took pictures in our cottage, walked around the neighborhood, checked out the farmers’ market (SUCH a good farmers’ market), then drove to Redding.

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The farmers’ market in Eugene.

DAY NINE: There’s not much to report here other than we woke up in our hotel in Redding, walked the famous Sundial Bridge, and then drove home. It’s funny how you can be away from home for a number of days, and when you return, everything is just as you left it. Nothing has changed. I, myself, am a complete homebody, so being home brought me so much endless joy. Especially since I had a limited kitchen + limited variety of food + had eaten in the car on the go a lot for the past nine days. (Traveling with food sensitivities is not the most fun to say the least.) I was happy to be reunited with my Vitamix and slow cooker, unpack, and enjoy being in the comforts of my home.

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Seattle Center

That’s all for Seattle and the trip home. Stay tuned for my blog post about the cottage we stayed at in Eugene coming up in the next few weeks. If you missed my Portland recap, go here.

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