IMG_8978We had a packed week with a quick trip up to Seattle for a conference Neil was presenting at and a family filled weekend. We were in Seattle for two days, Neil working and me exploring, and we were able to do so much. First of all the weather was AMAZING. It was mid to upper 70s and 80 the second day. I also got a bunch of fabulous recommendations from a two of my co-workers (thanks Dana +cousin and Sophia!).

We stayed in Belltown in an airbnb apartment which was a great location. I was able to walk everywhere. We were just a fews blocks from the hotel Neil’s conference was at and half a mile from Pike’s Place.

We started with a great breakfast of fresh doughnuts with vanilla bean marscapone cream and strawberry jam and eggs benedict with smashed garlic potatoes at Lola. Both were so tasty but so rich, and I was stuffed until 1pm even though we split. We visited family in the morning the first day together. After that I headed out to the market to walk around and grab a salmon piroshki from Piroshky Piroshky. It was delicious and I enjoyed it on the grass near the market while reading my book. From there I walked to the Olympic Sculpture Park and then up and around Myrtle Edwards Park along Elliott Bay. With the sun shining it was a lovely walk. When I got a bit hotter I decided to take a detour and walk up to the Queen Anne neighborhood to try an ice cream shop Sophia recommended called Molly Moon’s. It was quite the hike to the shop but it made my waffle cone with Maple Walnut and Strawberry totally deserved.

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I then walked to the Chihuly Garden and Glass. I walked past the International Fountain at Seattle Center and got to see kids running through the water with a music and water show, very fun. I had decided to do happy hour at the garden and glass and Neil met me at their cafe. Unfortunately there was an event so the arbor was closed and you can’t see much of the gardens or glass from inside the cafe. We will have to save that for the next trip.

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After that I headed back to the apartment to charge my phone and change for the evening. I had decided to go to a tapas restaurant called Pintxo for dinner. It was a lovely recommendation from a friend and was perfect. I sat at the bar reading and chatting with the chefs and was able to enjoy white wine and tapas over a couple hours while Neil was at the conference. The food was fabulous and the staff were so friendly. They have a great happy hour, which I missed but would make this place super affordable, most things are half off! I spent the rest of the evening getting drinks with Neil and co-workers at a conference event.

I walked quite a few miles, ate delicious food and enjoyed beautiful weather … all in one day!

Seattle Trip: Day 1
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