UP, UP AND AWAY
It’s early Thursday morning, Ryan and I head to San Diego International airport to board our flight to embark on a trip of tradition or could it be wanderlust? After planning this trip last year between quinceaneras and a wedding the day was upon us. We randomly decided to go to Seattle. The music scene and the 1998 premiere of MTV’s Real World Seattle put Seattle on my bucket list of places that I would visit one day. A mere two and a half hours and we were be whisked to a different city.
IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE CALI ANYMORE
We wanted to make sure we were centrally located to the tourist attractions——-downtown Seattle is where we ended up staying. I would say the only negative experience was the construction happening right across the street from our hotel. The construction caused our rideshare vehicles to be right around the corner but would take an extra 5 minutes to 10 minutes to get to us. We soon discovered that we were so close to the attractions we wanted to see that we would walk. GPS is a magnificent thing!!! We arrived at our hotel about 3 hours earlier than the check-in time. Luckily for us, there was a spacious room available on the last floor with the perfect view of the Space Needle. Now it was time to get some food and visit our first attraction, the Space Needle.
“NOBODY IS AFRAID OF HEIGHTS THEY’RE AFRAID OF FALLING”
After lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings** ssssh, I know, go all the way to Seattle for BWW** we decided to head to the Space Needle. I highly recommend getting a CityPass to save money on attractions. You can purchase the CityPASS online or at the site of the attractions. Also, utilize employee discounts or employee perks if your job offers them. We obtained our city passbooks and headed just outside and entered the Space Needle. When you first begin, you will come across the history of the Space Needle which also has some hands-on exhibits. You will then be asked if you would like to take your free picture and the guide will give you a ticket so you can look up your photo online. After you take your picture, you will be lead to an elevator which goes up and down every 10 to 15 mins. When you step in the elevator, there is clear glass so you can see outside as you are rising to the top. When you get to the top, you can choose to either stay inside and look out, or if you’re brave, you can go outside and walk around and even have a free selfie taken of you courtesy of the Space Needle. There is some construction happening at the Space Needle, and the result will be glass floors *starts hyperventilating*.
Once done with sightseeing at the top of the Needle, we headed back down to the bottom floor to buy some souvenirs. While shopping around I overheard a customer ask the rep behind the register of how to get to the Monorail. Yes!! Public transportation is available and takes you literally to all the attractions in the city pass for just $5 round trip. We left and decided to walk around behind the Needle. The attractions on the property are The Pacific Science Center, Chihuly glass museum and the Museum of Modern Pop Culture(MoPOP). The Chihuly glass museum was closed 1/15, 1/16, & 1/17 for annual maintenance, so we decided to keep walking around the property. Some food concessions were open, but most were closed because it was cold. The monorail was nearby so we decided to see prices and drop off locations. Ah Ha, a plan came to mind. I suggested we have a museum day on Friday and we would catch a lyft ride (cost $5-$6 from our hotel) to Pikes Public Market and take the Monorail back to the Space Needle to see the Chihuly glass museum and MoPOP. We called it a day and decided that we were close enough to the hotel to walk. It took about 12 mins to get back to the hotel by that time we were starving!
Crack is Whack but Not in Seattle
Exhausted and hungry we now had to find what to eat in a food mecca. Ryan had a taste for burgers and fries, so the Google search began. I stumbled upon a place called Li’l Woody’s. Li’l Woody’s is located in the neighborhood of Capitol Hill and was less than a mile from our hotel. We decided to take an Uber due to the weather and the wear and tear of the day. We checked the pics and reviews, and we knew we found a gem. I hadn’t eaten red meat in 20+ years so when I looked at the menu, I was pleasantly surprised there were alternative beef options. Ryan had a 1/3lb grass fed beef burger called The Trotter. The Trotter has caramelized onions, chopped up Hills bacon, apple, and Li’l Woody’s horseradish sauce. I had the Veggie Veggie which is a house made black bean veggie burger, diced pickles, chopped onions, tomato slices, lettuce, and ketchup. From the Extras menu was CRACK!!! Crack is hand cut fries with a bit of milkshake to dip in. If you ever dipped your Wendy’s fries in a frosty, then you know how addicting this is. Li’l Woody’s deserves every bit of the 4.4 rating it has on Google. There is one thing I forgot to mention is seating is first to come first serve.
FriYAY was here and this was the day to see the rest of the sites. But first, we needed to fuel up for the long day of sightseeing ahead. We chose Bacco Cafe located on Pine Street up the hill from Pike’s Place Market. We wanted to be at the restaurant by opening at 7 am, we couldn’t get out of bed. By the time we arrived at Bacco at 930ish, it was packed. We looked inside, and every seat was taken. The host estimated that the wait would be approximately 15 -20 mins. We decided to eat at Pike’s Place Market. How can I describe Pike’s? Hmmm, I say farmers market and a flea market combined. As we entered, the first place we came to was Lowell’s restaurant. There was a long line outside, and just as we walked up, a woman asked us if we knew how getting a seat worked. I replied no, she asked a host and explained that there are two levels, the first level where we were at was place your order and then you walk around and find an empty seat, the second level was full service. The woman, her significant other, Ryan and I, headed up to the second level where we got immediate service. Ryan had the Our World Famous Dungeness Crab Omelet which was Dungeness Crab, fresh farm eggs omelet with diced tomatoes and topped with Parmesan cheese. I had the Historic Hangtown Fry which was fresh hen’s eggs, fresh Pacific Northwest oysters, bacon, scallions, and Parmesan cheese.
After breakfast, we decided to walk around inside Pike’s for a little bit. There is so much to see from buying fresh seafood, veggies, artwork and everything in between. We exited Pike’s market in the back, and you end up outside on the waterfront. When you look to the left, you will see The Seattle Great Wheel which is located on Pier 57. Also on the waterfront is the Seattle Aquarium and Argosy Cruises. It was a bit too chilly, so we skipped the Great Wheel and the Argosy Cruise. We walked to the Aquarium which was nice, your run of the mill aquarium. At the aquarium, I asked the woman behind the front desk how to get to the Monorail. She pulled out a map, circled where to go and off we went.
After a five block walk, we ended up at the 5th Ave Monorail located on the third floor inside of the mall. The monorail runs every 10 minutes and costs $2.50 one way or $5.00 round trip. We headed back to the Space Needle which took no more than a 5-minute ride.
“I Never Met a Color I didn’t Like.”
Once we got off the monorail, we headed to the Chulily Glass Museum. The museum is exactly as what it seems it is a museum full of amazing glass art. If you plan on bringing children, this museum is not for touching. The museum is filled with different rooms and pieces of glass art. There is also a glass garden outside. If there are any words to describe this glass art, it would be gorgeous & mesmerizing.
“Life Moves Pretty Fast. If You Don’t Stop and Look Around Once in a While, You Could Miss It.” – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
After we finished our visit to the Chihuly Glass Museum, we head down the hill to the Museum of Pop Culture ( MoPOP). If you love the nostalgia of your childhood now this museum is for you. The museum has various rooms: video game, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy (there is a hidden door you walk through). For the music lovers, there are Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix rooms. The music rooms feature actual musical instruments, song lyrics, set lists, diary pages, headphones to listen to the artist music and artist interviews played over the loudspeaker. You could easily spend hours at this museum. Following the museum, we headed over to Seattle Grind and grabbed cardamom and lavender lattes.
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beer Holder
Back at the hotel, we rested a bit then decided that we would go to one of Seattle’s breweries. The choice for the evening was RedHook Brewlab. This place was hopping, luckily we were able to find an empty table in the back of the brewery. The front and back bars of RedHook hold different beers. Ryan had the burger and beer trio. The burgers change every week. I had a pepperoni pizza and an IPA. Be sure to get there early as this is open seating, first come first serve. It was raining pretty steadily, so we decided to call it a night. The plan for Saturday was to head back to Pike’s Public Market to explore more of the market and the area surrounding.
You are My Mac to My Cheese
Our vacation was coming to a close, and we decided to make it a day at Pike’s Public Market since we didn’t get a chance to explore all the levels in its entirety. We woke up early to avoid road closures due to the Women’s March. We decided to eat the continental breakfast in the hotel. Following breakfast, we took an Uber to Pike’s Public Market. The destination this morning was Seattle’s famous Gum Wall. Seattle’s Gum Wall is located at 1428 Post Alley. So you don’t have to go through the trouble of walking back and forth I will let you know how to get there. The gum wall is located downstairs inside Pike’s Public Market. The wall was cleaned four years ago of 2,350 lbs of gum, so it wasn’t like the old wall but still awesome.
Most of the vendors of the market were still setting up, so we decided to take a walk around the neighborhood. We came across Pike Brewing Company/Tankard & Tun, mental note made. We visited the pier again and just took some pics and marveled in the beauty of the scenery.
We looked at the time and saw that Beecher’s Handmade Cheese was opened and no line, so we decided to stop in and eat some of the famous mac and cheese and watch the workers separate the cheese curds. You can order cheese, curds mac and cheese online.
Finally, we stopped at Rachel’s Gingerbeer and had 12oz seasonal and blood orange gingerbeers. You can also order online.
We decided to call it a day and walk back to the hotel. On the way, the Women’s march was in full swing. Resting back in the hotel room, we wanted something good. We’re in Seattle. SEAFOOD!!! Reservations were made for 3 pm.
For the Love of Seafood
If you haven’t guessed it, we decided our last supper would take place at Tankard and Tun. Thank goodness we made reservations the dining area is quite small. Happy hour is from 3-6PM. We had cheese curds and two small Le Chowders(Salmon, rockfish, mussels, vegetables, herbs, cream, roasted garlic). For our main course, Ryan had the Filet-o Fish sandwich, I had the fish and chips, and we washed the food down with the Space Needle IPA.
ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END
So much to see and so little time. We plan to go back. Next time around I want to make sure to visit each neighborhood and experience what each one has to offer. Our next adventure to L.A. arrives in 2 weeks.