A few weeks ago, G and I had a couple days off together so we decided to take a trip. We weren’t really sure where we wanted to go but we thought it would be fun to visit a city we had never been to before. We decided on Seattle. We were able to fly in on a Thursday morning and left Friday evening. I was surprised with how much we were able to do with only 48 hours in Seattle! Our days were jam-packed but not totally exhausting and we were able to do everything we wanted.
Thursday morning we took the first flight to Seattle. We chose to stay at a slightly pricier hotel (The Roosevelt right in downtown next to Westlake Center) so that we didn’t have to rent a car. It ended up being a great choice because the hotel was really close to all the main sites and we were able to drop back in anytime we needed a little break. The Seattle light rail took us straight from the airport to Westlake Center (a huge shopping area that includes the Nordstrom flagship store) and our hotel was only a couple of short blocks away. After checking in we wandered over to the Pike Place Market, a bustling area full of shops, restaurants, and places to pick up fresh fish and produce.
We also headed over to the original Starbucks because that seemed like the place to be. It was fun experiencing some of the Seattle rain (because what’s a visit to Seattle without that?) and it gave me an excuse to use the umbrella that’s usually just sitting in the back of my closet.
After Starbucks we stopped by Le Panier to grab a couple of macarons and then headed to the hotel for a little rest before dinner.
The Purple Cafe and Wine Bar was recommended to me by Jenn of Hello Rigby and it was a great choice. The atmosphere was really nice and they had a huge selection of wines. We tasted a few before settling on a bottle and ordering dinner. G got a hamburger while I tried their lobster mac and cheese. We hit a few of the shops on the way back to the hotel (how can you not stop at Nordstrom when you’re in Seattle?) and then called it a night.
Friday was another packed day for us. We walked a couple of blocks to the monorail which took us to the Space Needle. I’m a little afraid of heights but I figured I couldn’t leave Seattle without going to the top. It wasn’t as bad as I imagined and although it wasn’t too exciting, I would recommend it to anyone visiting for the first time.
Next to the Space Needle is Chihuly Garden and Glass. I have to admit, I’d never heard of Chihuly before but this had great reviews on Tripadvisor. This ended up being the highlight of our trip. The museum has a bunch of rooms full of Chihuly pieces and then a garden with installations integrated into the foliage.
After our visit to the museum, we were ready for some food. We took the monorail back to Westlake Center and then walked over to the Pike Place Market. We stopped and grabbed a ginger beer at Rachel’s Ginger Beer (refreshing but I’m not really a ginger fan).
Then we headed over to Etta’s for some really good fish and chips. It was exactly what I needed after a long two days of traveling. We wandered around the Pike Place Market for a little while more before taking the light rail back to the airport. It was definitely a couple of busy days for us but we had a lot of fun. Our 48 hours in Seattle were perfect. We were able to experience everything we wanted to and I don’t feel like we missed out on anything by only staying for two days.
Have you ever been to Seattle?