Oh Seattle, how you pull at my heart. Having the chance to live there, on a boat (yes, on a boat) with my best friend and her new baby was one of the best times of my entire life. I fell in love with this city. I hadn’t been back for a visit in quite a long time and jumped at the chance to plan a trip. I was especially excited about this one, because I got to bring Shane with me and share all of my favorite spots. We had just a little more than two days to soak in the city and fill up on our share of caffeine (and we sure did drink A LOT of coffee).
Where: Seattle, Washington
How Long: 48 Hours
Flight: Frontier Airlines
Hotel: Hotel Five, Pineapple Hospitality
Booking Agent: Expedia $584.18
We decided to try out Frontier Airlines for this trip, the tickets were really inexpensive, especially for a Phoenix to Seattle trip (we typically expect to pay around $170 one way, per person for this trip), we found a really great deal on Frontier and paid around $100.00 round trip for each of us. This is pretty much unheard of, so I jumped at the chance. Keep in mind that Frontier does charge for both checked and carry on bags, so you’ll want to make sure you add this to the price of your trip before booking. It can be an unpleasant shock while waiting to get your boarding pass, but is easily avoidable if you remember that they do charge for all your luggage (minus one personal item per person). The plane was very clean, it did not come with the “perks” of flying a more expensive airline, like complimentary drinks and that bag of peanuts you stick in your purse for later, but you can bring your own. Also, unless you’re a really tall person I would save your money on the “roomier” seats (a $40 extra). The staff was pleasant and the flight was on time, that’s all that really mattered to us.
We stayed at Hotel Five in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle. This is one of the #staypineapple boutique hotels and is AMAZING!!! The rooms are super cozy, you get your own fluffy duvet, free slippers to take home and a robe to relax in while you’re hanging out in your room. There’s also, yup, there’s more, free bicycles to use when the weather is nice, Max’s Restaurant is right downstairs and serves delicious breakfast until 12:00pm, Top Pot Doughnuts is just around the corner and your right in the middle of all the Seattle landmarks. The best part about staying here though was the Cupcake Happy Hour, let’s just say this hotel had me a complimentary cupcakes.
We took a quick nap after our early morning flight and headed out to explore. Shane wanted to go to Pike Place Market, if you’ve never been I highly recommend it, but try and avoid the market on the weekends, because it’s packed! Also, if you’re a Starbucks fan (we’re not, but if you are) I would say don’t waste your time standing in line at the Original Starbucks. The inside looks exactly the same as the others stores around the city and the merchandise is also the same. So for saving time, especially on a short trip like we were on, grab a photo out in front and enjoy the rest of the market. There’s also a ton of other local coffee shops that are just amazing and serve some of the best coffee you’ll ever have.
While at the market, we drooled over the piroshky at Piroshky Piroshky. If you’re an Anthony Bourdain fan you may have seen him visit on his No Reservations trip. The Smoked Salmon Pate is my absolute favorite, but you can’t go wrong with delicious meat or a sweat treat wrapped in their flaky, buttery crust. There amazing and I want one right now.
We grabbed some fresh fruit to snack on before dinner and of course totally had to visit the famous gum wall. I was surprised to see that most of the gum had been cleaned off since my last visit, but the tradition of sticking a piece to the the walls on Post Alley was still going strong. It’s gross and I’d totally bring some hand sanitizer with you, but it’s a must see/do, especially if it’s your first trip.
Dinner was Ahh-mazing! We splurged at Elliot’s Oyster House and enjoyed this gorgeous Celebration Platter, the Elliot Bay Oysters were my favorite here. This is definitely a place you’ll spend a little extra, but it’s totally worth it if you plan for it. After dinner we walked around a little bit more, but decided to head back to the hotel early, since we would have a long day of sightseeing tomorrow. Look for Day 2 of our Seattle trip, there will be more cupcakes, donuts, and the Space Needle!