Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Seattle, Part 2!

(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!
 

30 comments :

  1. ahhh i miss nordstrom sooo much! the water is gorgeous! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  2. Everything is so beautiful! And your hair looks fabulous in all of these pictures! I'm a HUGE seafood fan so that restaurant sounds right up my alley - you know it's good when there's an insane wait!

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  3. You look gorg, as always! Sounds like y'all had a great trip!

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  4. This looks like the perfect getaway!! I am going to Seattle in March for a wedding so I will be coming back to these posts for site seeing ideas!! So glad y'all had fun!

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  5. Looks like y'all had the perfect trip out to Seattle, and y'all were lucky to have a sunny day while you were in there in November!

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  6. yup! My husband and I HAVE to visit this beautiful place!!! How much fun!

    ps, I have the same sweater that you are wearing in the last photo.... F21, right?!? Love it!
    -Cas
    www.livingoncloud9ine.blogspot.com

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  7. These pictures are STUNNING! You guys look like you had so much fun!!

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  8. Looks like so much fun!! If we ever go there, I'll remember your tip to go during summer so it's not so cold and rainy lol

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  9. Great pictures! That island looks really pretty, too bad it was so cold! Looks like an awesome trip! You guys got to spend way more time in Seattle than we did and it looks so fun.

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  10. Girl- this looks like the most amazing trip ever!! The city & space needle look so pretty and then you get the nature side of it too with the beautiful trees and mountains. Glad y'all had a great time and I'm sure the Hunter boots come in real handy up there :)

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  11. You guys did so much on this trip, it sounds like it was amazing! Did you have it planned out before you went, or did you just kinda go with the flow once you got there and decided what you wanted to do? What a beautiful view of the mountains!

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  12. Can I just say how impressed I am with your hair? It looks fabulous. If I were there, my hair would be a huge puff ball haha. How fun you got to Black Friday shop at that Nordstroms!

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  13. Such a fun trip and so glad you got some shopping in too!!! I think I would totally be a tourist too with some many great things to see and do!!

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  14. ahhh so much fun! I'd love to go there for a visit, I've never been that far west. I'd probably freeze to death, but that could be part of the fun! Starbucks and shopping and sightseeing all sound great. I'd have to skip the seafood though, not my fave. My husband though would probably love it. If they had a bread basket though I think I could manage =)

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  15. This looks like such a fun trip! Love your hair in these pictures! Thanks so much for sharing!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  16. Looks beautiful there. It's definitely someplace I want to visit someday.

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  17. Once again, I'm itching for a trip here!!!!! It looks amazing. So much to do and see!

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  18. Sounds like such a fun trip! The views from the Space Needle are gorgeous and that restaurant looks so delicious! I've never been to Seattle but I'm adding it to my list!

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  19. It looks like you had such a fun time!! Jameson and I are planning a Pacific Northwest trip for this summer with a stop in Seattle, perhaps we could coordinate times to see each other!!! Happy Wednesday girl xoxo

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  20. Those pictures of the island are gorgeous! Sorry that it was so cold though. That food all sounds delicious (I'm hungry now!!) and I'm so glad that you guys had a nice trip! :-)

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  21. This trip looks like so much fun! I especially like the picture you took of the bridge. =)

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  22. This city seriously has it all - water, shopping, good food. Sold!

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  23. You look gorgeous! Vacation suits your! Thanks for sharing your awesome photos and expriences!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  24. The island pictures are just gorgeous, too bad it was cold! When you and John went to the Space Needle did you eat up there? The restaurant up there is so cool!

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  25. Your Seattle recap posts make me want to go back so badly! It is such a fun city! Looks like you guys had an amazing time!

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  26. Love your pics!!!! Sounds like an amazing day!!! Can't believe how long the wait was after 5 minutes!!!

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  27. Your entire trip looks fantastic! Some day I'm going to get my booty up there to join the hiking fun. It looks so much like Alaska, and we loved hiking there!

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  28. I can't get over those views! Such a beautiful place! So glad y'all had a great trip!

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  29. I need to catch up on part one still, but it looks like such an amazing trip! I've never been to the Pacific Northwest either, but would love to go one day-- your pictures definitely make me want to go even more! That sounds like such a great restaurant-- if the wait is always that crazy you know it's worth it!

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  30. What an awesome trip! Again, beautiful pictures! I can't believe that wait time for that restaurant! At least it was worth it! My brother lives near Whidbey Island! :)

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