a weekend in seattle

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

you'd think that after almost four years of living in oregon, by now I would have visited seattle (or washington, at least!). but, you'd be wrong. maybe I'm just too loyal an oregonian. 

with our work schedules, it can be tricky for j & I to really take any significant vacation time, but magically, we were able to take a mini vacation this past weekend and escape to seattle. j has family that lives in town, so we got to spend the weekend with them and see (what felt like) every corner of the city.

(okay, maybe not every corner)

and now, lots of photos! 

the fourth of july was really fun. it started off with a tour around the space needle (obviously), a visit to the lake union market (where we got to explore some pretty cool boats and also where I inhaled the world's largest bag of caramel corn), a trip to the ballard locks, a deeeelicious bbq, and finally, an oh-so-casual fourth of july party on one of their friend's house boats. a house boat, people! it was very festive indeed.

somehow, we managed to score prime firework-watching-spots when the sun finally set (lately, it's been staying light out until almost 9pm!). we all piled into one of the boats outside the house and had the absolute best view of the fireworks over the water. I was convinced we were on the set of a movie.

the only downside of this trip was that we couldn't stay longer. four days definitely felt luxurious, but sunday rolled around much quicker than I would have liked. it's always great to explore a new city and spend time with people who really know the area. j's family took us all over the place - to all their favorite restaurants, bars, parks, shops. so even though we "only" stayed for four days, they packed in (what felt like) a week's worth of activities. there was no stopping us! onto the next great thing! 

pike place market was (of course) really cool to see. naturally we chose to go on the busiest day of the week, but it was fun to be around so many people and get to see all the little nooks and crannies of so many shops. (you would not believe their flower market. $10 for the most beautiful bouquet you've ever seen!)

and of course, our trip wouldn't be complete without a visit to the gum wall. mmmmmmm.

one of my favorite parts of the trip (though, there were many) was taking the ferry to bainbridge island. it was kind of a spur of the moment decision, but it ended up being one of our favorite memories of the trip. timing was really on our side. we set sail (ahoy, matey!) in the late afternoon, got to leisurely wander around the island, and by the time we caught another ferry back to downtown, the sun was just about to set.

it was very romantic indeed. ;)

(actually, it was freezing more than anything else. i'd say 70% freezing, 30% romantic) how d'ya like that! 

not pictured above:
01. the day we spent kayaking around lake union. talk about a serious arm workout! (j might have done most of the paddling. I wasn't a very good boat-mate... I don't think he was too happy about that)
02. the best ice cream i've ever had in my life (and I'm an ice cream connoisseur, so. think about that)
03. the best hot dog i've ever had at 2am.
04. the amazing, tangled monster that my hair became after our windy ferry ride.
05. the absolutely gigantic (and delicious) meal we had at the crab pot that sent all of us into an instant food coma.

all in all, I'd say it was a pretty great trip. I woke up monday morning already feeling nostalgic, and I think that's the sign of a vacation well spent.

Have you ever visited Seattle? What are your favorite parts of the city?


  1. Seattle is on my list of places to see! The picture of the gumwall is great. I love all the colors :)


  2. We are headed there in a couple weeks and Bainbridge was on our list :) Sounds like a great trip!!

    1. You absolutely MUST go to Mona's ice cream shop if you make it over to Bainbridge :) I recommend the raspberry cheesecake flavor. Mmmm.

  3. Oh, I love this, Heather! And I have to say -- you two are just about the cutest ever. :) I think that's the first time I've seen a photo of you two together. <3

    I have never been to Seattle, but considering I don't live TOO far away from there... I definitely would like to visit someday!

  4. Great photos! The area looks so beautiful in the summer :)

  5. That gum wall is very cool but also mildly disgusting! I'm so in love with your photos - you need to teach me some of your magic! x

  6. I am so jealous of your lovely Seattle weekend--your photos are beautiful! Despite growing up on the west coast, I never made it to Seattle. The closest I've come is the Seattle airport, which is very nice :)

  7. that sunset is insane.

    and I love those summery weekendy trips! gosh, so good to be young and able to go places!
    I'm so glad you got to see this place before you move far away.

    what's the countdown at, now?

  8. Looks like a great trip! I love Seattle! My husband grew up there, so I've been several times. If you ever go back you should check out Discovery Park and Molly Moon's Ice Cream. They have crazy flavors like balsamic strawberry, earl grey and honey lavender, but also normal flavors like stumptown coffee and theo chocolate. I'll have to try Mora's next time I'm there. :)


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