(You can catch our Seattle, Part 1 here!)
Since this was my first time in Seattle (and in the Pacific Northwest, even), I had no qualms about pulling out my inner tourist. And the Space Needle (along with Pike Place Market and Starbucks) was at the top of the list. We went to the Space Needle on the sunniest day during our visit, and it was really the only time that the mountains were visible. We had great views of the Northern Cascades and Olympic mountains, and we were able to see (albeit, not very well) Mt. Rainier! The mountains with the water all around were incredibly beautiful, and the views definitely made the Space Needle worth it.
And the tourist in me wouldn’t call any trip to Seattle complete without a visit to the original Nordstrom for a little Black Friday shopping (and John was equally excited about the REI and Filson flagship stores, so I wasn’t the only one with a shopping bug – they even have a Filson outlet and Arc'Teryx… my hubby’s dream!).
The shopping was great, and we enjoyed walking around downtown soaking in the cold (and yes, rainy) weather with all of the Christmas lights! I guess when you live in Arizona you’re better able to appreciate a little Hunter boot and scarf wearin’ weather!
On Saturday morning we headed about 2 hours north of Seattle to Whidbey Island which is one of the islands located in Puget Sound. It was so beautiful, but the wind was so strong (and cold) that it could have blown us away! John did a little bit of running around while I enjoyed the views from the car (ha!).
We left Whidbey Island earlier than we had planned since the weather was so cold and headed back to Seattle for dinner at The Walrus and the Carpenter. We attempted to eat at this fabulous seafood restaurant the night before but the wait time for a table exceeded the time they were open!
John wanted to get there right when they opened (4pm) to make sure we could get a table. We showed up a 4pm, and I was trying to convince John that we were way too early and going to be the only losers in the restaurant with no one else around us, blah blah blah… I was quickly quieted when the line for the restaurant wrapped around the entrance! By the time we got to the hostess (at 4:05pm), there was already an 1.5 hour wait! Needless to say, the food was amazing – fresh oysters, fried oysters, clams, salmon belly, and yummy dessert and drinks. The food was definitely not for those who are timid with seafood, but it was absolutely amazing (and worth the wait) if you enjoy that kind of stuff.
It was sad to leave Seattle, but we had such a great time exploring the beautiful city and surroundings – and we have already decided that we will be coming back this summer when it isn’t quite so rainy, ha!