Portland and Seattle this past summer

November 29, 2017

Portland and Seattle this past summer

This past late summer, the fam and I took a trip to Portland and Seattle. It was our second time visiting—the first trip being the year before. I really love that with living on the West Coast, you’re very convenient to different cities up and down the coast. We could have kept going north after Seattle and hit Vancouver, Canada, but we only had a week. One of these days we’ll do a Portland-Seattle-Vancouver trip.

Once again, it wasn’t the most relaxing trip (haha!). We packed in SO MUCH in just the six days we were there—and two of those days were travel days. I shot some of the Drifter Organics Smile Balm video at The Portland Studio in Portland. Maybe the next vacation I do I think will be something more subdued, like Hawaii, though. Looking back on these pictures brings back so many good memories. They’re like happiness time capsules. Here are some highlights of what we did.

INTERNATIONAL ROSE TEST GARDEN / PORTLAND

Portland and Seattle this past summer

Portland and Seattle this past summer

The rose garden was like an English garden. Even the bathrooms were in a Tudor style brick building. You could see the city off in the distance, which was very cool.

Portland and Seattle this past summer

I love this picture of my mom in the garden:

Portland and Seattle this past summer

MULTNOMAH FALLS / PORTLAND

Portland and Seattle this past summer

We hiked Multnomah Falls the last time we were in Portland and that was one thing we wanted to do again. The week after we left, there was a huge fire in a city called Eagle Creek. The fire spread to Multnomah Falls and they had to close down the trails. It was sad to see pictures of everything in flames. I’m glad we visited the week we did!

Portland and Seattle this past summer

Portland and Seattle this past summer

GREEN LAKE PARK / SEATTLE

Portland and Seattle this past summer

Portland and Seattle this past summer

The neighborhood our Airbnb was in is called Green Lake. We explored Green Lake a little bit last year and we liked it enough to want to stay there. There’s a 3ish mile trail that wraps around a lake called Green Lake Park. We took morning walks there every day we were in Seattle.

PIKE PLACE MARKET / SEATTLE

Portland and Seattle this past summer

Portland and Seattle this past summer

When in Seattle, you have to do Pike Place. It’s a total tourist trap, but we still did it again nonetheless. I love the European market feel of the farmers selling fresh produce, meats, dairy, and flowers.

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND / SEATTLE

Portland and Seattle this past summer

Portland and Seattle this past summer

Portland and Seattle this past summer

This was something new we did in Seattle. Bainbridge Island is about 30 minutes away from Seattle by ferry or just about two hours by car. We took the ferry to Bainbridge Island. Although there wasn’t much to do on the island itself, the ferry ride was gorgeous and allowed you to get views of the Seattle skyline you couldn’t get otherwise. It must be so idyllic to live on Bainbridge Island. When we were looking for Airbnbs to stay at, we saw a few on Bainbridge Island. I think it would be a fun getaway to stay on Bainbridge Island for a night or two.

I really love how outdoor centric both cities are. In Seattle, there is so much water surrounding the city, there are always ferries, kayaks, paddle boarders, and other water activities. Granted, we’ve only visited in the summer when the weather is nice and I know it’s been cold and rainy (it snowed in Seattle a few weeks ago!), but the people are so friendly, it’s really refreshing (sometimes you run into the “fake nice” people in California). I love that with both cities, you can go to neighborhoods away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, but you’re still within the city. San Francisco is like that, too. It makes the city less overwhelming and seem more like a home.

Leave a Comment

take
me to
the top
Copyright © 2017 Oh My Drifter. Theme by Maiden Sites