When my husband and I first got married, one of the first trips we took as newlyweds was a short trip to Seattle. My husband had a work trip and I hadn’t started my new position as a technical writer yet, so I was able to tag along. We got to see a sample of the city but the trip wasn’t long enough for us to truly explore all that it had to offer. Still, we fell in love with the city and its water views and we vowed that we’d be back one day. So, when he got the opportunity to travel back to Seattle last autumn, we arranged for our parents to help watch the kids and we took the chance to revisit one of our favorite places.
We started where we began the first time, at the Pike’s Place Public Market. We stood in a very long line just to say that we visited the first, original Starbucks. We had read in a travel book that one of the best eats inside of the market were the spinach and mushroom piroshkis. We found a vendor that was selling them and sat down on outdoor stools to see
what the fuss was about. I would compare the piroshkis to a meat and veggie-filled stromboli, but a million times more savory and delicious. We each got one, then walked around a little more to build our appetite back up, and got one more before heading back out.
Of course, we watched them throw the flying fish, and we also sampled some of our favorite fruits, a pluot, which is a cross between a plum and an apricot! We hadn’t been able to find pluots back home, so we knew we had to buy a few while we were in the area.
From there, we took a local ferry to nearby Bainbridge Island. The ferry ride was only about 20 minutes long, and it was chilly because we were on the water! We knew that traveling at that time of year, the weather would be windy, cold and likely overcast, so we were sure to pack plenty of long sleeves and pants. We were able to walk around on the outer decks of the ferry boat for the entirety of the ride and take in the sweeping views of the Puget Sound.
To our delight, there was
a business festival and farmer’s market happening on the main square of the island. From west coast law offices
to homeschool groups and every entity in between, we learned about local organizations, events coming up in the next few weeks, and where to shop for the freshest fruits and vegetables. We perused the wares and considered just buying a hot dog from an outside vendor for an early dinner, but there was a specific restaurant I wanted to try called Fork and Spoon. I’d read about this establishment in a local magazine and it sounded like all of the food was fresh, simple, homemade and organic. To fight the chill, we got grilled paninis with soup and slaw. It did not disappoint!
We finished our time on Bainbridge Island with a trip to the Bainbridge Island Brewery. This place was right up our alley, with plenty of brews to choose from and a fun lounge area in the upstairs loft, complete with board games, books and a ping-pong table. From there, we took the ferry back over to Seattle, where we checked into our hotel for the next two days. For the most part, my husband worked and I was
on foot, exploring the nearby grounds. While we weren’t situated too closely to Pike’s Place, we were near a Tully’s Coffee. The hotel front desk manager informed me that to many locals, Tully’s is superior even to Starbucks. I found that to be the case for me as well, and I spent the majority of the next two days holed up inside their cozy coffee shop, working on my proposal management work by the little fire.
Seattle was just as fun and memorable the second time around as the first. Next, we hope to bring our entire brood back here one day to see, experience and taste the city for themselves!
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