When I told people that I was traveling to Seattle for Labor Day, most of them asked “why?” Well, why not? This girl doesn’t need a reason to travel :) Seattle has been on my bucket list, even though I had been there a couple different times with my grandparents. This was more of an adult trip and focused more on the city itself, rather than Washington and the greater Seattle area.
Oh if I shared all the pictures from the trip, this post may go on for far too long. So I’ll keep it concise and share some of my favorite collages from the first couple days.
~ Day 1 ~
Pike Place Market, The Crumpet Store, The Original Starbucks
Starting off the day with the typical touristy photo. I managed to make my trip a friend’s reunion with a college friend (Alexis) and high school friend (Laura). Mixing friends doesn’t always work out but lucky for me, it did. Or at least they didn’t tell me otherwise ;)
Laura had one mega request and that was to go to the crumpet shop. From preserves to green eggs and ham, there’s no wrong way to savor your buttery bread. If you are in the market for a beverage to pair with your meal, the chai latte is highly recommended. But off to the market where the food will bring you to your knees.
The Crumpet Shop
1503 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Mon-Sun 7:30-3:30 (go early as they run out quickly!)
From fruit stands to flowers, honey and samples galore. The Ellenos samples were absolutely delicious but seeing as I had already eaten two breakfasts, I didn’t need a third. I could have and probably should have wandered back and forth through these aisles all morning long. To bad I was on a mission to see all of Seattle and kept us moving right along. But, we did catch the famous throwing fish folks and of course fulfilled our duty of seeing the original Starbucks.
My coffee habits have certainly evolved from my first sip in Barcelona almost three years ago, but it is a classic location and one must pay homage to the store that pretty much started it all. (Maybe not coffee itself, but rather creating a dedicated and obsessed following of caffeine junkies)
Now that we had satisfied our hunger and thirst, it was time to learn a little or maybe just soak in the sunshine and sights.
An underground tour, a trip to the top of the Space Needle, adventures through the Pacific Science Center, or even a music museum. Don’t forget to show a student ID for some sweet discounts!
Snacks packed from Laura’s SF kitchen to tide us over. So kind of her to share :)
~ DAY 2 ~
University of Washington, Chinatown, Bainbridge Island
Because we happened to be staying near the University of Washington (Go DAWGS!) and seeing as both my grandparents graduated from the U of W, I thought it would be fun to take a trip around the campus. The last time I visited, I didn’t fully appreciate the grandeur of such a large campus and really only cared about the next gift store and meal location. Typical child behavior, right?
This time I actually got to appreciate the grounds and while we didn’t make it all the way around, we did walk along Greek Row so that I could check out the Theta house! Fun fact – my grandmother is a Theta and so we are theoretically “sisters” (cue tease from mother and real sister…I already hear you two) ;)
All the walking made three girls ready for some lunch and soon we found ourselves in Chinatown. Our use of Uber (my first time using the service actually) helped to speed up our travel time as people were about to get hangry.
While Laura fought the brunch goers at the local dim sum restaurant, I found myself with a fresh black milk tea boba. A drink that used to gross me out completely, tapioca pearls are now one of my favorite guilty pleasures.
Just a hop, skip, and a swim away from the main city is the lovely island of Bainbridge. Between shopping for perfume to sweet, sweet ice cream scoops (did I hear blackberry and waffle cones??), a ferry ride and small town walk made for the perfect afternoon.
But of course there is more because after all, it was a three (or four) day weekend. More to come soon …
“Appreciate life as it happens. Moments will soon pass and you will wish you had treasured them more” – unknown