The skyline is etched in my veins. You can never put that out, no matter how hard it rains.
I honestly thought that 48 hours in Seattle would be more than enough. After speaking to a few locals, my sister and I quickly realized that we were going to really have to hustle to make the most out of our time in this city.
We took the Greyhound from Vancouver to Seattle. For $20 USD each way, we were surprised upon arrival at how clean the busses were, as well as having Wifi and plugs in the seats. KEY for a 4 hour ride with one break. We took a 06:00 departure because we were still running on Toronto time and we really wanted to make the most of the day arriving around 10:30. We checked into the Roosevelt Hotel (beautiful and GREAT location) and were off on the first adventure.
Most people know Seattle is famous for the first ever Starbucks, but few people know that they have opened the only Starbucks Reserve Roastery in the world, in Seattle. It is essentially a GIANT Starbucks where they roast their own coffee and have all of the same foods as other Starbucks with with a bit of a twist and all made fresh in the restaurant located inside the coffee shop. Aside from the most delicious grilled cheese my sister and I have ever had, they also tried several flights of coffee. I am not a huge fan of coffee BUT this was too cool, and one is enough to share between two people. Throw in the coolest Starbucks swag I have ever seen and you have lost 3 hours in this place.
From there we were off on a food tour through the city. I learned a few years ago that food tours are the BEST way to see a city. For the price of a nice meal you get several fancy meals at some of the best restaurants in the city, a great understanding of the layout of the city and a proper city tour with lots of local knowledge sprinkled in throughout. My favourite part was our chance to taste the local speculates at the most famous places for them. From fresh pasta to chowder to President Obamas favourite chocolate all with drink parings. We were in heaven.
After a spot of shopping we headed back to the hotel to relax for a bit and get ready for a big night out. We went to a bar called “Linda’s Tavern“which was the last place that Kurt Cobain was seen alive. It was a cool little bar and nice and cheap BUT we stood out like a sore thumb. After speaking to a few locals we learned that it was a pretty big drug trafficking hub for the city so I would advise you approach with caution. It was also curious as the website gives off a very country vibe which we never really experienced while we were there. After a quick late night pizza snack we were off to bed to rest up for a busy day two.
A great start to the day was breakfast at BISCUT BITCH. You read that right… and it was as amazing as it sounds. A twist on the American favourite of biscuits and gravy we very much enjoyed ourselves and they had some great vegetarian and vegan options. Day. Made.
From there we started a tour of the Underground City mid morning. There are some great companies that do it but there is one that does an “adult” version that includes a cocktail at the beginning called The Underworld Tour . If I could do it all over again I would do this tour but I did really enjoy all that was to see on the regular Underground tour. I had no idea that something like this existed in the city, and I loved all the history that came with the tour.
Then headed to the Pike Place Market for another chowder in a bread bowl and some poking around and stumbling upon the first Starbucks. A nice leisurely afternoon and the best place in the city to get the most beautiful bouquet of flowers I have ever seen.
A quick Uber to the Space Needle to poke around for a bit and we were back at the hotel grabbing our things to hop on the bus back to Vancouver.
Seattle is such a great weekend away from the Vancouver area I would 100% recommend it to everyone. They have a great inter train/subway system that is very affordable as well as it being very walkable. We were lucky for wonderfully sunny weather but remember, don’t head that way without an umbrella!