Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Seattle, Part 1!

We’re back! John and I decided to use our holiday vacation to travel to Seattle over the Thanksgiving weekend… and it was absolutely amazing!

For our first day in Seattle, we decided to go to Mt. Rainier National Park. Not surprisingly (considering it is pretty typical November Seattle weather), it was raining. The fog, mist,  and drizzling rain was so thick that we were unable to see the mountain despite being on it! Aside from actually seeing Mt. Rainier, the national park has absolutely beautiful waterfalls and a very old (and very, very green) forest ecosystem. The ground was seriously spongy from all of the moisture that occurs year-round!




The rain turned into snow the farther that we drove up the mountain, and eventually there were several feet of snow - this was a very fun and festive surprise considering the weather at home was a high of 84, ha!  Considering all of the fog and thickness of air, it is really no surprise that the Cullens decided to live in Washington (I may or may not have watched Twilight to pregame for our trip… hardcore, I know).



  
Our second day in Seattle was spent at the most glorious place on earth… Pike Place Market. Seriously, I can’t even – It was uh-mazing! I knew I would have a great time and swoon over everything, but that wasn’t even the start of it. The produce is the most amazing and vibrant colors you could ever imagine – and everything is perfectly ripe! The flowers are incredible… massive bouquets for $10!! I swear, if I lived there, I would be the biggest flower hoarder ever. I’m talking large centerpieces on any free counter space – so beautiful I wouldn’t be able to resist. 



And the seafood – the vendors all pass out samples of fresh smoked salmon… and let me tell you, I’m not into salmon. Salmon (similar to scrambled eggs), is one of those foods that everyone says “well you haven’t had my salmon” – but no, I don’t like any salmon… yours, your mom’s, Ina’s – I don’t care, it’s just not for me. BUTTTTT this salmon is amazing. Aside from salmon, I love seafood, so all of the fresh fish on ice didn’t freak me out (which is good, because they are everywhere)… we definitely had our fair share of seafood this trip! Dungeness crab is a must try!



And cheese!! John and I love cheese (like a lot), so we made sure to taste test and buy our fair share. And honey and jams and cherries… so much goodness!

Seriously, Pike Place Market is a little slice of heaven on earth – I can’t stop swooning! And also wonderful is the original Starbucks. Technically, there is nothing super special about this Starbucks (other than the ridiculously long line), but I just couldn’t pass up a holiday drink at the original location. Amirite?



We enjoyed a beer and a cider at Pike Place Brewing Company, and as if we weren’t wet enough from walking around in the constant mist of rain, we decided to go on a harbor boat tour. The tour took us through Elliott Bay and the surrounding coastal areas.  It was a bit chilly, but definitely worth the views for only an hour or two.
 
 


34 comments :

  1. Sounds awesome! I've always wanted to go to Pike Place Market! Sounds like it didn't disappoint!! Can't wait to hear more :)

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  2. Looks like a fantastic weekend! The scenery pics are gorgeous, and I'm pretty sure I would spend all my time at that amazing market if I ever went to Seattle! Very cool that you visited the original Starbucks, but I have to ask...did you stick with peppermint mocha or try the chestnut praline? :)

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  3. yahh! im so glad you had a great time. and i agree -- pikes place is the BEST! xo jillian - stop by! I'm hosting a Freshly Picked Moccasin giveaway on cornflake dreams

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  4. Looks like you guys had so much fun!! Seattle is so high up on my list of places to visit, I just love all their out door markets and I'm with you, I'd be a total flower hoarder!!

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  5. Looks like a blast!! Your outfits are adorable even though it was rainy/misting the whole time. Can't wait to see part 2!

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  6. Well despite the rain your hair still looked gorgeous!! Mt. Rainier looks absolutely beautiful and of course you have to get a Starbucks at the original location.. glad you guys had fun! It definitely makes me want to visit!

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  7. Wow that Mt. Rainier looks so stunning. I want to go to Pike Place Market just by your description, it sounds absolutely wonderful! Those flowers, so beautiful! Can't wait to hear about the rest!

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  8. We were both in Seattle for Thanksgiving and we totally should have met up! Haha :) But I was there visiting family, while it looks like you were busy experiencing all the excitement of Seattle! :) Looks like you had so much fun :)

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  9. so fun!!! Seattle is on our Anniversary Vacation List! My husband and I have never been there, it seems like such a fun place to visit!

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  10. Beautiful pictures! I'm glad that you two enjoyed your trip too. I would love to go to Seattle some day. Did you try the trick with the peppermint mocha? :-)

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  11. I'm so happy you had such an amazing trip! I've always wanted to visit (and hike!) Mt. Rainer National Park! I love that you watched twilight before you went... so funny! Pike Place Market seems amazing, and I can imagine that weather was such a nice change from 84 and sunny! Can't wait to see the rest of your trip girly! :):)

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  12. Ahhh! I love this post! My husband is from Seattle, and we went there this past January. It is such a fun, unique city!! Can't wait to hear more about it!!

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  13. Wow what a great trip, love your pics. I would love to visit Seattle one day!

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  14. Beautiful scenery! The market looks fantastic! Did you stay warm? What was the temperature?

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  15. Pike Place Market sounds amaaazing! I've never been but Nick went a couple years ago for a work trip and he's dying to get back! Such a fun way to spend Thanksgiving weekend! :)

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  16. SO glad you got to enjoy Seattle! It is such an awesome city! And Pikes is absolutely amazing! Every time we visit from Portland I always want to take all the seafood, produce and flowers I can carry home with me! Lucky for my husband we are usually walking around the city and with those hills I don't want to fill my arms up too much!

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  17. Looks like a fabulous trip, love all your pictures!

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  18. The trip looks and sounds fantastic, Lisa!

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  19. Mark and I were talking about going to Seattle the other night! I definitely have to show him your post it looks amazing!

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  20. SO fun!! Two of our friends play baseball for the Mariners and their wives always post pictures of the market... I am dying to go! I would literally have flowers all over my house. Swoon!

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  21. Mt. Rainier looks incredible and I love all the pics of Pike Place Market. Welcome back!

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  22. Yay!! I'm so glad you made the trek to Mt. Rainier!! Looks like a great trip :)

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  23. Ah it looks so gorgeous despite the rain!! Definitely need to make it to Seattle for a trip! I can't believe that Starbucks line! haha

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  24. What an amazing way to spend the Holiday! I love that you traded the sun for snow/rain and we traded the snow/rain for sun! I'm hosting a Whole Foods Market Giveaway on the blog hope you can join the fun. (http://icecreamandfrenchfries.blogspot.com/)

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  25. Oh my gosh I have aways wanted to go to Seattle! Your pictures are so cool and I am a tiny bit jealous of your hair! it is gorgeous! Are you planning on coming home for Christmas? (Michigan)

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  26. Your pictures are gorgeous! I'm planning a trip to Seattle for the spring and reading this post just made me even more excited! It also made up my indecision on if I was going to trek to Mt. Rainier and it looks so pretty - it's a definite!

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  27. As a Seattleite, myself....I have to agree with you....Seattle is an awesome city. :) I am definitely biased, but it is my favorite. And, believe it or not, we have beautiful summers here. It makes up for all the rain (for me anyway). Glad you had a great time!

    Erika

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  28. Yaaayyyy! So glad you shared this!!! I'm off to Seattle tomorrow and I'm so excited! I know we're doing most of the same things so I'm pumped! Thanks for sharing, Lisa! AND, I'm sharing one of your recipes tomorrow :)

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  29. You have absolutely convinced me to go here ASAP!!! Always wanted to go to that market. WOW! So pretty!!!! :) looks like you guys had a great time!!!!

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  30. So glad you loved Seattle and the market! When we lived there, our biuse was shut across the bridge from the market so I was only a10 minute drive away! It was heaven!

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  31. Such beautiful scenery! And I love that you watched Twilight before you went!

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  32. What a beautiful trip!!! I remember going to that market too and it was awesome! Seems like it never fails to rain in WA but it still looks like you made the best of it! Love all the pics!!!

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  33. So jealous! I'm dying to go to Seattle! xo

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