Hope everyone is having a great week. Life is crazy and busy and exhausting but so, so good. Every day, I wake up to Nora’s grunting and cooing. I get her out of her cradle and she grins so big at me, and I am reminded how blessed and thankful we are. Before too much time passes and I completely forget everything, though, I want to share with you guys pictures and details about our unintentional babymoon to the Pacific Northwest back in March. It was one of our favorite vacations we’ve ever been on together, and I would recommend these places to everyone if you haven’t been. It was so special to have had this time together just the two of us right before Nora came (we had been home just 24 hours when we got “the call”!). Today’s post is about the Seattle leg of our trip. 🙂
We flew into Seattle in the morning, and headed straight to our Airbnb. We stayed in the Fremont area, and decided to forego a rental car and just Uber or walk everywhere, which ended up working out really well! (I don’t know what people did before Airbnb’s. I just love getting to experience living like a local!) Our first afternoon/evening, we explored the cute little shops around Fremont (and the random statue of Lenin that is constantly defaced) and ate dinner at an amazing Korean/French fusion restaurant called Revel.
Our second day was dedicated primarily to Pike Place Market — my favorite part of Seattle. We ate breakfast at Top Pot doughnuts (delicious!), then explored the market. Some of my favorite things here were the gum wall,our amazing lunch at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, and the antique shop there. We ate pizza for dinner at the Alibi Room and it was really good! There’s also a really cute kid’s clothing store there called Boston Street where we bought a unisex Bruce Springsteen onesie for our future child (Josh’s dad is a huge fan). We had no idea we’d get to use it so soon! Coffee at the first Starbucks was a letdown if we’re honest, but worth the photo op I guess. 🙂 After the market, we walked to the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), which I think would be cool for adults or kids alike. I wouldn’t allot a ton of time for it, though; we went through the whole thing in about an hour and a half.
On our last day, we had breakfast at Portage Bay Cafe, which I highly recommend! They had a buffet for waffles, pancakes, and french toast with every type of topping you could imagine. I was in love. Our plan was then to bike the Elliott Bay trail, which we had heard great things about. Unfortunately, that did not happen because what did happen was an obscene amount of RAIN. So much rain. We were really thankful that I hit up a winter boots sale in Nashville the day before we left, and got us each a pair of Sorel rain/snow boots. We would have been miserable the rest of the trip if we hadn’t had those and our rain jackets. However, I had not checked the forecast that day, and we did not bring those boots with us that day. We wore tennis shoes so that we could bike . . and therefore, we were soaked and freezing the entire day! We made the best of it, though. We bought an umbrella and walked around downtown Seattle. We stopped every hour or two to recharge (and dry off) in coffee shops, and enjoyed the unique shops that we wouldn’t get to see anywhere else. We walked back to Pike Place Market for lunch (not too far from downtown) because Josh really wanted to try the Russian place there, Piroshky Piroshky. It did not disappoint!! Who knew I liked Russian food so much?! We walked 7 miles total in the pouring rain that day, but made memories we’ll never forget. We even found a Jimi Hendrix statue and ate burgers at Dick’s Drive-In, so it was a successful day overall.
We felt that 3 days in Seattle was plenty for us. We were able to see pretty much everything we wanted to see, but didn’t have a ton of down time, either. On day 4, we got up early to go to the Amtrak station. We rode the train to Vancouver, and it was one of the coolest experiences of the trip! I am now wanting to go everywhere on a train. It was clean, fast, comfortable, and had beautiful views. In the next post, I’ll share all about our time in Vancouver — one of my favorite places I’ve ever been.