Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Travel Guide: Seattle


I can't believe it's almost been a month since we were in Seattle!
Seattle is one of our favorite places to visit, not only because of all the amazing food, but it holds a special memory for us because we got engaged there! It's a quick 1.5 hour plane ride from us so it makes for a great weekend getaway.
We were so excited to bring our little babe with us this time around and we were pleasantly surprised that we were totally able to do many of the same things and eat at our favorite spots with her in tow.

There are so many amazing spots in Seattle and I'm sure we haven't even scratched the surface of this fun town, but here's a list of the handful of spots that we love!


Inside Pike Place Market
The view from Kerry Park

WHERE WE STAYED
MAYFLOWER PARK HOTEL: We've stayed in multiple different locations in Seattle but staying downtown was a must for us this time as we wanted to be able to walk everywhere.
This was our first time staying at the gorgeous Mayflower Park Hotel which was about a 7 minute walk to Pike Place market and everything downtown (including a 3 minute walk to ALL the shopping.....clearly that's a major bonus for me!)
We cannot say enough great things about the Mayflower Park Hotel as every single employee was extremely helpful and kind, the location was PERFECT, and the rooms were beautiful. The Mayflower Park Hotel celebrated it's 91st birthday this year and it was so fun to stay in such a historic hotel with so much history. The also have a beautiful bar and restaurant downstairs called Oliver's Lounge if you want to grab a drink or a quick bite to eat. They were super accommodating with Eloise, providing her with a crib to sleep in, and it overall was just a wonderful experience. If you are planning on visiting Seattle, we highly suggest booking your room here....we know that we will for sure be back!



Shop my entire look here.


WHERE WE ATE
LOCAL 360: One of our absolute FAVORITE spots in Seattle. All of the food is locally sourced, SO fresh and just absolutely delicious. They also have a fantastic cocktail menu and the restaurant atmosphere is just fun. We were wondering how we would eat here with Eloise, so we made our reservations for 5:30 pm (early is KEY) and we got the perfect corner table with room for our stroller or a highchair. We couldn't have asked for a better experience or greater food!

SERIOUS PIE: Another one of our go-to spots when we visit Seattle. They have delicious pizza and a great wine list! We sat at a communal table and they provided a highchair for Eloise that worked out perfectly! We also have been to Serious Biscuit for breakfast  on one of our past trips and OH MY, the biscuits are so so good!

PURPLE CAFE & WINE BAR: We come to this wine bar & cafe every single time we are in Seattle. It's absolutely beautiful inside, the food is so delicious & the wine list is out of this world. We decided to eat here for lunch and it worked out great with Eloise. It wasn't too crowded and every single thing we ate and drank was amazing!

GHOST ALLEY ESPRESSO: A little hidden gem underneath Pike Place Market. It's super small inside but we always stop in for a mid day espresso pick me up.

BEECHER'S HANDMADE CHEESE: We always make sure to stop in here and grab some gourmet mac & cheese before cruising around the market. If you like mac & cheese, this is a MUST.

PIKE PLACE CHOWDER: Another favorite in our book. You get to choose from a wide variety of chowders, including clam & corn - our must haves! We've grabbed chowder to-go a couple of  times and then walked down to the water and enjoyed eating it outside while people watching.

ORIGINAL STARBUCKS: Another touristy thing to do, but a must if you've never been. Seattle is the home of the first and original Starbucks, so it's fun to wander by and check it out.

*** We also were planning on going to brunch before we left on Sunday, but our flight left earlier than we thought. The top recommendations for brunch were Portage & Biscuit Bitch. We will definitely check one of them out next time we are in town!



Ghost Alley Espresso


Inside Purple Wine Bar & Cafe

Our lunch spread at the Purple Wine Bar



Pizza at Serious Pie

WHAT WE DID
PIKE PLACE MARKET: An obvious must if you visit Seattle. It's just fun to walk around, look at the vendors and enjoy the true Seattle atmosphere.

SPACE NEEDLE: Another obvious must see when in Seattle. We didn't go to the top because we were limited on time, but we have before and loved it! I absolutely recommend going to the top at least once as the sights are amazing and there's a bar at the top if you wanted to grab a fun drink with a view. We took the monorail from downtown and it was SO fast, efficient and easy.

KERRY PARK: Where we got engaged! This little park has some of the BEST views of Seattle. It's quite a hike (more hills then we remember) but it's totally do-able if you don't mind a little walk. We walked from the space needle and it took us about 30 minutes. The views at the top are breathtaking and it's a great spot for pictures!

SEATTLE GREAT WHEEL: We didn't ride the Ferris wheel this time, but we have in the past and it was definitely fun! If you are looking for more great views, this is another option and kids will enjoy it too.








Shop Eloise's pom pom hat here.


OTHER TIPS:
*** We took the light rail to and from the airport and it was super easy, fast and affordable. It's probably faster to take a taxi or uber, but it's more expensive and we wanted to see if the light rail was do-able with a baby. We've always taken the light rail to and from the airport and it's always been a breeze. It's $3.00 a person each way and it drops you off about 2 minutes away from the Mayflower Park Hotel/downtown. 

*** We travel with our Uppa Baby Cruz stroller & Uppa Baby Mesa car seat. This was our seventh flight with Eloise and we've brought both of these with us every time we've flown with her. We roll the stroller and car seat through security and check it at the actual gate. That way we have it right when we get off the plane. 

*** If you are traveling with a baby, make reservations for an earlier dinner and always tell them there are 3 of you and you have a stroller. They will usually give you a corner table and you won't feel like you're in the way.

*** You might want to just walk to the Space Needle from downtown, but if you don't, just jump on the monorail as it's super fast, cheap and you get there in under 5 minutes.

*** Always pack and carry an umbrella :) It rains so spontaneously in Seattle!


We always eat a lot when we visit Seattle, but we always walk a lot too so it totally balances itself out! We already can't wait for our next trip back....have you been?! What should we add to our list for next time? Leave me a comment on this post and let me know!

Thanks for reading & I hope this post helps you plan out your next adventure to Seattle!

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