No work and no kids (even if it’s just for a few days) is sometimes all you need to get your groove back…with bae.
As with most of my weekend trips, I was in search of a non-stop flight (from Houston) that would land me smack dab in the middle of plenty of fun and new experiences. I wanted to choose a destination that offered tons of great dining options with plenty of things to do that didn’t require us to jump in an Uber everywhere we wanted to go. That means the city needed to be walkable with lots to see from popular attractions to those off the beaten path.
Hello Seattle! The perfect place where the possibilities for a fun-filled weekend getaway are endless. Known as the Emerald City, Seattle’s natural beauty is enough to win anyone over, and if you add that to the many theaters, galleries and museums, exploring the city is quite the adventure. But first things first…let’s talk about the weather. Seattle is known to rain about 150 days a year but please don’t let that deter you. I traveled there in early May and the weather was absolutely perfect — without a single drop of rain in sight. This of course may not be your experience so if you want to play it on the safe side, stick to the summer months. However, the best rates and fewer crowds come during the months of April, May, September, and October.
Our weekend kicked off immediately after checking into our hotel, the Kimpton Alexis (I’m a sucker for small boutique hotels). Located downtown, it was walking distance to many shops and restaurants and the idea of having lots of options nearby was a bonus. We placed our bags down and headed straight down the block to Storyville Coffee for an early afternoon pick me up. It was an adorable spot to quickly unwind and finalize our plans for the rest of the day. Lunch at Biscuit Bitch in Belltown would prove to be both delicious (the food) and somewhat entertaining (the name). This place was packed from the moment we arrived so we were glad that our wait wasn’t that long.
After a quick lunch, we spent the remainder of the day at Pike Place Market. A required stop for anyone who visits the city, the market will put all of your senses on overload. There is just entirely too much to see – and eat! Covering nine acres, this is a farmers market on steroids with multiple levels providing a plethora of opportunities to taste while you shop and shop while you taste. And if you get lucky you’ll get an opportunity to catch some fish at the seafood stand. This is actually a bucket list for some and very much a Pike’s Place Market tradition. We ended our evening sipping on cocktails at Von’s 1000 Spirits before catching a show at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley.
We were up bright and early because our second day would be completely booked. Breakfast at Terra Plata was the perfect choice before we jumped on the Seattle Center Monorail (which was an experience in itself) to the Museum of Pop Culture (AKA MoPop). This museum has struggled with its identity over the years and has become somewhat of a hodgepodge, but maybe that’s why we had such a great time! We spent hours in the hands-on Sound Lab living it up like rock stars, playing drums, and even singing in a realistic recording studio. The Scared To Death: The Thrill of Horror Film exhibit was equally amusing and scary at the same time. If you have time, get a little romantic from 205 feet above in the Space Needle.
We didn’t have much time to spare so our time at the museum was cut short. The second part of our day would send us across the waters of Puget Sound to Bainbridge where our 35-minute ferry ride was just as exciting as visiting the actual island. We walked about the ferry taking in every view of the city and making kissing selfies with beautiful backdrops. Once we arrived, we made several stops at local galleries and boutiques and had plenty of time to enjoy fish and chips at The Harbour Public House followed by ice cream at Mora Iced Creamery.
Before we said goodbye to Seattle the next day, we ordered breakfast in bed (always a highlight of any hotel stay for me) and vowed to return to do it all over again. For our final day we keep it pretty simple spending time at Pioneer Square and grabbing lunch at Ma’ono for some Hawaiian Fried Chicken. Whew, what a weekend!