It’s been one crazy busy summer and I’ve finally had a chance to sit down at my desk and create a little travel guide for Seattle from a trip we took back in July.
My cousin lived in Seattle for a bit over ten years ago, and that was probably the last time I spent a good chunk of time in the city. Since Seattle is only about a 3-hour drive away, we figured we were long overdue for a visit!
Here’s what I suggest to eat, see, and do during a weekend getaway to Seattle:
WHERE TO STAY
We had a lovely visit at The Kimpton Hotel Monaco right in the heart of downtown and walking distance to Pike Place Market and lots of great shopping. Read more + see the photos from our stay at Hotel Monaco Seattle.
WHERE TO EAT
If you’re thinking Happy Hour or looking for a place to eat near Pike Place Market, I definitely recommend swinging by CHAN Seattle for a Korean Gastropub experience. See all our photos + review of CHAN Seattle.
For lunch, we stopped by Jack’s BBQ to sample his legendary brisket and BBQ with a spicy bloody mary and a smoked orange mimosa! Jack’s team wakes up bright and early to get that meat going in the smokers and the food is just pure perfection.
For our oyster fix, we stopped in for a large platter and a couple drinks at Taylor Shellfish Farms in Capitol Hill. This is also a great little hip neighbourhood to explore. I recommend coming in a little early before dinner to check out all the shops.
A visit to Pike Place Market is just a given and where you’ll want to stop in and have lunch – as most vendors are closed by 6 PM. Definitely stop by the very first Starbucks store (there’s always a line), and Beecher’s Cheese for cheese and crackers.
Cafe Campagne has a cute little patio for a glass of rose, I also like Rachel’s Ginger Beer for a refreshing small batch made beverage after a long day of walking around.
I also really enjoyed a freshly made crumpet with ham, cheese and egg for breakfast from The Crumpet Shop right near the market. The crumpets are made right in the front window at the shop and they often sell out.
For dessert, stop for an ice cream sundae at retro-inspired Shug’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream. The flavours change out depending on what is seasonal, but we loved all their different sundaes and the banana split!
WHAT TO SEE + DO
We picked up a Seattle CityPASS and we got an amazing value out of it because it included all the things we wanted to see. The pass is good for 9 days and is $79 for adults or $59 for children under 12. Ths savings is around 45% or more and often times you can go through an express line and not have to wait.
For this flat-rate price we were able to see The Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Museum of Pop Culture and Chihuly Garden and Glass. There’s also a Harbor Cruise included as well!
Hop on over to the Seattle Aquarium where you can see sea otters, seals and all sorts of fish at this waterfront attraction. We had a fun time touching live sea creatures, seeing fish in a coral reef and exploring all the different exhibits. It was a really fun way to pass an afternoon.
You’ll also be right near the waterfront and ferris wheel where you can explore all the cute little tourist shops around Pier 57.
We also had a great view at night over drinks on the Seattle Thompson Hotel Rooftop. Definitely recommending this spot for a nightcap with gorgeous city views.
We chose to head to The Space Needle near sunset and it was much less crowded at this time as well. You’ll get 360 degree views of the city and be able to see the mountains and water.
The ride to the top only takes about a minute or so, and there were two elevators running during our visit to handle the summer traffic. The line does move quickly, but do bring something to read or do.
If the weather is rainy, get inside and check out the very unique Museum of Pop Culture with fun exhibits featuring Star Trek memorabilia, an installation on horror films, a David Bowie retrospective and even a Nintendo game room. It’s perfect for kids of all ages and we had a super fun time as adults.
I love exploring local gardens for a moment of zen when I’m visiting a new city and The Chihuly Garden and Glass was that place in Seattle. Picture a garden, with lots and lots of glass art installations and unique pieces by Dale Chihuly.
This gallery is incredibly unique and just beautiful to walk through and not what I would call a traditional art museum at all. It’s located right near The Space Needle and The Museum of Pop Culture – so it’s easy to hit all of these things at once.
Be sure to also hop on the super retro Seattle Monorail to get back into downtown or to your hotel.
So that’s what we got up to on our trip to Seattle! What do you suggest we eat, see or do on our next visit?