Sunday, July 7, 2013

Seattle — Seeing the Sights

We're back from traversing the Pacific Northwest and I'm excited to share some highlights with you. Our adventure started in Seattle so over the next week or two, I'll devote my posts to the city that's an anagram of the phrase "Let's Eat!"

But before I delve into the insane amounts of good food we consumed while on vacay, I want to let the record show that we did more than just eat and drink. There's no shame in being a tourist nerd on occasion. In Seattle, we covered a lot of ground in a little time (two and a half days) and bopped around Pike Place Market, took a Ride the Ducks tour, watched the Seattle Mariners win a baseball game, and soared to the top of the Space Needle. We had planned on doing all of these activities before the trip and there were a few more fun things that we did on a whim once we were there. I'll let you know more about those places later.

Pike Place Market

So I lied. Our first tourist stop involves food. Lots of it.

The day we arrived in Seattle coincided with the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and the Fremont Fair so the city was bustling with energy. Couple those events with the fact that it was a beautiful and unseasonably warm summer day made the already busy Pike Place Market pure crazyville.

One of the places I wanted to go was the original Starbucks. I feel silly for admitting that, but hey, it's the truth. My husband (who doesn't drink coffee) thought it was a bit ridiculous to wait in a thirty minute line for the same cup of coffee that I could get back home. He was right. For whatever reason, I had my heart set on drinking a cup of the Pike Place Roast at the place where it all started. Fortunately, I came back to reality and remembered that there were dozens of local coffee shops across the city that I would enjoy more anyway, so we stopped for a picture, and went on our merry way.

The food market at Pike Place is fun to browse. The local berries and cherries all looked so delicious. Since we were traveling, we couldn't take anything with us, but fortunately you can order fresh seafood or Washington wines and have them shipped to you.

Sadly, there were too many people crowding the place where the guys throw the salmon so I didn't get to see that but at least I saw Rachel the Pig, the bronze mascot of Pike Place Market.

We enjoyed some treats at Piroshky, Piroshky and although I really wanted to try some mac'n'cheese at Beecher's Cheeses, our tummies could not handle any more food at the time. We later went to Zig Zag Cafe behind Pike Place for a dark and cozy, off the beaten path, chill place for interesting cocktails and tasty food.

If you're not a germaphobe, leave your gum mark at the Gum Wall in nearby Post Alley. It's pretty cool but totally gross. Don't worry, I washed my hands shortly after posing for  this picture.

Ride the Ducks Seattle

A Ride the Ducks Seattle tour drives you around the city for an hour and then cruises Lake Union for great views of the city skyline and Gas Works Park. During the ride, we let loose with our quack noisemakers and danced in our seats to songs such as "Who Let the Dogs Out?". Albeit cheesy, it is so fun and truly a great way to see the city. Plus, you'll learn some Seattle history, too. Be sure to book your tickets in advance; these tours are popular! 

Mariners Game
Whether you're in town during baseball, football, or soccer season, try to catch a game at Safeco Field or CenturyLink Field, two amazing stadiums a bit south of downtown. We lucked out with great seats for the Seattle Mariners/Oakland A's game and had fun spending an inning in The 'Pen.

Space Needle 

There's something quite magical about viewing a city high above it all. The Space Needle was built for the 1962 World's Fair and is quite the modern marvel of retro architecture. We lucked out by going to the top right at sunset because we got to see the city when it was both light and dark outside. The views of the city, Elliot Bay, and Mount Rainier and the Cascades were unbelievably spectacular. 


Anonymous said...

So fun to read about your vaca to the Northwest! I felt like I was right there with you.

Hannah said...

Can't wait to see/hear more! Looks like a great time!

Molly Jane said...

The gum wall grosses me out! I don't think I could visit without a gag fest. :) Can't wait to see more pics and hear more stories!

Allison said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this! This was just one of about a dozen posts I have about the trip so stay tuned for more.

Allison said...

It was a great time. Your adventure is next!

Allison said...

I think that being a teacher has made me immune to rogue gum.

Kelli Long said...

Loving the bronze pig! And totally agree on the gum wall - YUCK!!!!

Allison said...

Isn't the pig so cute? I really liked all of the colors on the gum wall. Brian wanted to get out of there stat!