Posted by Sarah Tunstall on
A couple weeks ago I got to tag along with my husband on a business trip to Seattle. It was awesome to visit this lovely city for the first time AND! (even better) to catch up with some long lost high school buds. I was suprised by how hilly Seattle is. Looking off into the distance, you could see the houses and buildings stacking up on each slope. Walking around the city a bit offers some lovely vantage points. SO! That’s exactly what we did. Also, it didn’t rain on me therefore I’ve concluded that Seattle loves me.
Here’s the view from our hotel downtown.
The first morning Travis told me we were going somewhere but wouldn’t tell me where. I thought it was going to be the first Starbucks, but INSTEAD it was the most giant, hipsteriest Starbucks of them all- STARBUCKS ROASTERY (and any place that ends their token verb in “ery” is obviously going to be wonderful). Pour-overs, small-batches, handlebar mustaches, reclaimed wooden things, and “artistanally crafted” goods did abound. In fact, when I tried to order “iced coffee,” they let out a single snort of derision and quietly escorted me outside.
It was, however, beautiful. They roast the beans on site and it smells like heaven inside. It’s really neat to see all the coffee processes going on.
Guess how many jokes my husband made about this avenue. Go ahead, guess.
Do you even know my husband because that guess is way too low.
Why YES I did chase this guy down and snap one quick, over-exposed photo (thanks, Lightroom).
Our first stop after Coffee was to head up to Kerry Park to see the skyline and HOLY COW. It’s hard to distinguish here, but Mount Ranier is just off to the right of the space needle. There are so many pretty bodies of water and mountains, I don’t know how you guys get anything done.
We are NEVER too busy to stop and take an awkward picture for posterity.
Second stop was Discovery Park to take in some NATURE and traipse around on all the unstable bluffs.
I’m a big fan of how Pacific Northwesty all the trees are.
And of how smiley all the forrest hoodlums are.
On the second day, my friend Natalie came and WHISKED me away for a mini high school reunion. This adorable house was lovingly remodeled by my friend and her husband.
Oh and did I mention that besides remodeling a beautiful house they also had THE WORLD’S SWEETEST BABY?
Day 3! (In which we finally go poking around Pike Place Market). There were people and food and flowers everywhere!
P.S. The picture on the right is the Haunted Coke Machine of Seattle from which we got some ghoulish fantas.
And then of course we went to see the baby again because she is adorable and her parents wanted some pictures.
Little known fact, Evie and Eleanor can communicate telepathically. (Pictured below)
To round off a wonderful trip, my friend Emily took Travis and I to dinner at this place called Ray’s Boathouse in Ballard. The view was ridiculous, the company was wonderful, and the food was delicious. 5 stars for you and your people, Seattle.