Travel Bug — Seattle

I have a major itch to travel right now. Normally Bryce and I go on one big trip a year — we’re working to check off all 50 states and last year we actually knocked out three of them. This year our only trip was to get our pup in Missouri, which we had been to before, so while I think Beatrix was definitely worth the trip it didn’t exactly cure my yearly travel bug. Originally we were going to take an anniversary trip (most likely to New Orleans), but we were responsible puppy parents and used up our vacation time to stay home with Beatrix after she was spayed. Between her surgery, new tires for my car, and our desperate need for a new mattress, we decided that traveling just wouldn’t be in the budget for this year.

With all that being said, I’ve been really reminiscing about our honeymoon last year in Seattle & Portland. It was an incredible couple of weeks. I intended to create a blog post about it after we came home so I could remember all of the details, but as you may know, I kind of fell off the blogging planet for a while. This past year really flew by and I want to record our trip while the memories are still somewhat vivid. I don’t know that anyone actually cares about our honeymoon, but I always enjoy reading about other people’s trips to get ideas for my own. I highly recommend a visit to Seattle!

Seattle

seattle loft

Where We Stayed
Airbnb Loft in Downtown Seattle walking distance from Pike Place Market and the Space Needle
$178/night

Airbnb has grown so much in the past year. When we booked our places, no one we knew had heard of it. We saved so much money by using Airbnb that we actually extended our honeymoon by a couple of nights. While it wasn’t exactly the experience I hoped it would be (full Airbnb review to come), it was worth the money savings and the access to a full kitchen for this trip.

 

Day 1

beers at tour

Where We Ate
Whole Foods hot bar & grocery shopping

What We Did
Discovery Park — We pretty much just drove all over Seattle until we were allowed in to our airbnb rental (which was supposed to be ready when we got off our plane, hmph).
Bill Spiedel’s Underworld Tour — We went on this tour the first night we arrived in Seattle because we figured if we had something scheduled late at night it would keep us awake to help in our adjustment to Pacific time. This tour was awesome and the perfect way to start our honeymoon. Definitely a must do if you’re in Seattle! Since this is their late night, adults only tour, a free cocktail is included and the stories are R-rated. You know, prostitution, murder, opium. The usual and all underground (modern day Seattle is built on top of former Seattle, it’s pretty cool).

Day 2

le panierpink door 2pink door

Where We Ate
Le Panier — This french bakery & cafe is located in pike place right near the original Starbucks and we had breakfast here a lot. Le Panier can be blamed for my returned coffee addiction because prior to my cappuccinos here, I hadn’t had coffee in years. Even more delightful, the seasonal apple tart. I’m planning an attempt at making the pastry myself.
The Pink Door — An iconic restaurant, The Pink Door serves up fresh & delicious italian food. Their caprese salad is LITERALLY THE BEST CAPRESE I’VE EVER HAD.

pike place 1 pike place 2space needle
What We Did
Pike Place Market — Obviously we couldn’t pass up a trip to the iconic Pike Place market. We watched the fish fly, smelled some flowers, and bought a couple of souvenirs.
The Space Needle — Somewhere, floating around, is the picture of my unimpressed face next to the space needle. We didn’t go up, I don’t care. We walked around. We went home. I hate being a tourist. Cool picture though.

Day 3

hot cakesblack bottle

Where We Ate
Hot Cakes — Take and bake molten chocolate lava cakes in mini mason jars. I don’t know how I even found out about Hot Cakes, but we went, we bought, we baked, and we devoured. You can purchase them online, but it is pricey. I planned on buying these for our anniversary in lieu of wedding cake (because we weren’t happy with ours), but I just can’t bring myself to pay $68 for 4 tiny cakes (shipping is crazy).
Black Bottle — We shared several small plates here after a day of whale watching. I’m not sure Bryce entirely enjoyed the experience since he was post-whale watching tour motion sick through dinner, but the food was delicious. I still think about their broccoli blasted everytime I roast vegetables.

orcas 2 orcas

What We Did
Mystic Sea Charters Whale Watching Tour — We were so lucky to have a beautiful, magical day on our orca whale watching tour. So lucky, in fact, that we got stuck out in the ocean because we were surrounded by so many whales. There are laws against turning your boat on when a whale is within a certain distance and we just couldn’t get away. Probably the best way to be stranded in the ocean. The on-board naturalist taught us so much about the whales and what we were seeing. She said our trip was the best she’d ever been on — she was pretty excited about that since it was her last tour before maternity leave. I think we can all thank her baby for the good luck. Oh and we had a Groupon!

Day 4

beer in wine country

Where We Ate
The Station Pizzeria — A fun little pizza place in the middle of Woodinville’s wine country. We stopped for a quick lunch between wine tastings and Bryce ordered a beer. Who orders a beer in wine country?! My husband, apparently.

woodinvillenoveltyhill-januik winery
chateau 1
chateau 2chateau 3snoqualmie 1snoqualmie 2boehms
What We Did
Novelty Hill/Januik Winery — This building was so modern & organic and if I lived in Washington I’d want to hang out there all of the time. I wish I had a better picture. This winery introduced me to one of my new favorites — Grenache. Fun, casual tasting.
Chateau Ste. Michelle — I’m really happy we decided to go to a bigger winery on our trip. Since their wines are easy to find, we buy them for special occasions or just a night in and remember our honeymoon by it. Beautiful grounds, nice free tour and great tasting.
Snoqualmie Falls — This was a gorgeous stop on our way back to Seattle from Woodinville. I have to say, waterfalls just aren’t that impressive when you’ve been to Niagara multiple times, but these were still pretty. And the falls & Snoqualmie lodge are in the show Twin Peaks!
Boehm’s Candies — We read about this store in our travel book and it was a neat building & yummy chocolate. A nice snack to have for the ride home.

Day 5

canlisvirginia inn

Where We Ate
Le Panier — Again.
Sisters European Snacks — A quick little lunch near pike place. Great for light sandwiches on a day full of exploration.
Virginia Inn Tavern — An impromptu beer stop on our way back from the market. What a cool, historic building! We ordered inside and asked for a local beer recommendation. Geez, they really like their fruity IPAs with lemon out there. We sat outside and sipped away.
Canlis — We decided to have one crazy, fancy night out in both Seattle & Portland. Canlis was our crazy night in Seattle and it was the most amazing dining experience ever. Outrageously incredible food and service. We had the vegetarian tasting menu and it was absolutely the best food I’ve ever had. Can’t say it enough…INCREDIBLE. We opted not to see the menu so we could be surprised when each dish came out. It was so much fun to guess what was coming based on the silverware being put in front of us.

Here’s the menu:
Corn & Espelette
Beets
Goat’s milk curd & raspberries
Carrot
Pickled radish, leek & rutabaga
Asparagus
Chantrelle mushrooms, soubise & caramelized onion
Raviolo
Broccoli, white cheddar & ramps
Strawberries
Brioche, basil & chamomile
Apple Tarte Tatin
Green apple sorbet with hazelnut

This also included three “bites” at the beginning of the meal and macarons at the end of the meal. The bill is served with a chocolate bar and your car is waiting for you as you walk out the door. Unbelievable.

What We Did
Ananya Spa — A spa day was very much needed after the chaos of planning a wedding. And, as it was our last day in Seattle, we wanted to make it really luxurious. Couples massage, body wraps, the works. I’ve decided I don’t like massages — Bryce was in heaven.

 

Stay tuned for Portland!

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