As a Pacific Northwest native, I've been up North to Portland's big sister city, Seattle, a number of times. Every time I visit this city the inexplicable happens: it's sunny, or at least partially sunny and not raining. For a city well known for "out raining" rainy Portland, this could be classified as pure luck. Take a few weekends ago, for example.
My dear friend Rachel (and blogger extraordinaire of Love, Rachel), invited me to pal around Seattle for the weekend. We predominately hung out in Queen Anne and Ballard, exploring restaurants like La Isla for killer Puerto Rican comida, as well as a few bars and coffee shops.
We also frequented a few classic Seattle spots such as...
Safeco Field for a Mariners game.
Because, is there anything better than baseball season? Answer: nope.
Pike Place Market for fresh flowers and people watching.
If you haven't been to Seattle, you have to stop at Pike Place. Sure, it can be a little crowded with tourists. That being said, Pike's is famously stuffed to the gills with local fishermen, farmers, and artisans showing off the freshest of the fresh seafood, baked goods, crafts, and more. The rainbow rows of flowers are my personal favorite. (More on getting the most out of your next stop to Pike Place coming soon!)
Kerry Park for some of the best views of the city.
Besides showcasing an amazing view of downtown Seattle, this park was featured in the (totally classic) late 90s movie 10 Things I Hate About You.
Thanks for the good times, Seattle.
I know that I'll be back for at least one more weekend trip before this year is over. Where are your favorite spots in the Emerald City?
P.S. Stay tuned for a few more Seattle posts and a very, ahem, spirited cocktail feature coming soon!