The BF and I recently took a quick weekend trip up to Seattle, Washington to celebrate his birthday! Before this trip I had never been to Seattle, and quite frankly it wasn’t on my radar of places I wanted to visit. Thanks to the Twilight movies I always pictured Washington as cold, dreary and rainy. And yes, it was raining 50% of the weekend, snowing the other 50%, and just FREAKING COLD 100% of the weekend. It makes sense that Seattle is also known as the Emerald City, because it’s so green all year round from all of the rain. Despite the climate, I ended up falling in LOVE with Seattle. There is so much to do, especially downtown. Everyone we met was suuuper friendly and chill. If you like shopping and eating (who doesn’t?) there are plenty of stores and cute restaurants. Not to mention Seattle is home to both Nordstrom’s Flagship store and the original Starbucks Coffee. On top of it all (literally) you can also enjoy views of the entire city and mountains from the top of the Space Needle. Just a heads up, this post is going to be more pictures than words, because let’s be real, pics or it didn’t happen.
We stayed at the luxurious Fairmont Olympic Hotel. A Historical Landmark in Seattle. If you are planning a trip to Seattle, some other hotels that are worth looking into, include The Paramount Hotel, The Loews Hotel, and the Inn at the Market Seattle.
Seriously, how gorgeous is this lobby?!
View of Downtown Seattle from our room. It kinda reminded me of NYC!
I took this photo when we first arrived in Seattle and it had started to snow! There is a ton of great shopping and restaurants all within a few blocks walking distance. Just make sure you dress warm. I’m used to Cali weather, so I tried to prepare myself as much as possible (I really wasn’t prepared at all).
Nordstrom’s Flagship Store. It has 4 floors. Every blogger’s dream.
We also went to “The Starbucks Roastery.” It’s currently the only one of it’s kind. The Roastery is 9 blocks away from the original Starbucks if you want to visit both. Expect for it to be crowded if you visit on the weekend!
My coat that I wore throughout the entire trip is still available in a few sizes here!
The view of the city from the top of the Space Needle! It’s a significant icon of Seattle and one of the most recognizable structures in the world.
We also went to the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit. This is just one of the many pieces of gorgeous blown glass art. We were worried about not having enough time to see the Space Needle and this Exhibit, but it only took about an hour and a half for both. It’s also convenient because they are right next to each other! Seattle has a ton of museums and exhibits that I wish we could’ve visited if we had more time.
We stopped in a little town with no cell service. Current Population: less than 200 people. Wild.
I HIGHLY recommend taking time to explore outside of Downtown Seattle. Washington as a state is incredibly gorgeous. We were fortunate enough to be able to rent a car and see some of the beauty that Seattle has to offer.
And of course we had to visit the famous Pike Place Market. It opened in 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the U.S. This is also where the original Starbucks is located. We went on a Sunday morning and the line was literally down the block. Needless to say, we didn’t wait in line.
Despite the cold and rainy weather, we absolutely loved Seattle. I contemplated moving there until I realized I couldn’t sacrifice my hair. But I definitely want to take another trip up there soon!