Splurging in Seattle for the Weekend

We were so excited to come to the Pacific Northwest on this trip – 2 states that neither of us hadn’t visited! After a few days in the woods, we were also pretty hyped to check into a nice hotel for a couple of days. We snagged a deal on the W Seattle on Hotwire (of course) for about 50% off. Not too shabby! We were able to cruise right into town without much traffic and find a parking garage adjacent to the hotel. Hotel parking was $61 per night! Ouch! We saved a lot by parking the car ourselves, but any big city means parking can cost a pretty penny.

All of my parking woes dissipated once we checked into our swanky room.

mmmm... plush beds!

mmmm… plush beds!

I made haste with the extra Bliss bath products and jumped into a bubble bath. Priorities, right? We ran to Target – 3 stories, by the way – for a few restock essentials. A quick Yelp search yielded tons of restaurant options, but we were in the mood for a good pizza and headed a few blocks to Serious Pie. And serious it was! I wish I would have gotten a picture! After a restful night in that cozy plush bed with some HGTV, we got up the next morning with one thing in mind – food!

We are self-proclaimed foodies, and Seattle’s Pike Place Market is the place to sample. We created our own “food tour,” if you will, starting with the city’s best macaroons at Belle Epicurean.

come to mama

come to mama

IMG_4349After that nutritious breakfast, we headed straight to the market. I was overwhelmed with how many booths there were! And the fresh flowers were amazing. I told Clint that it would be perfect for a wedding – show up and pick out what looks nice for $5 or $10 per bouquet! I wish we could have gotten some.

had to sample some roasted nuts

had to sample some roasted nuts

lavender!

lavender!

didn't sample the octopus

didn’t sample the octopus

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We continued the food walk at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. I’m kind of a cheeseaholic, so this place was right up my alley. We ordered the Flagship grilled cheese sandwich and the “Worlds Best” Mac and Cheese. I have to say, it was pretty darn good! I know a good mac and cheese…

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perfect balance of flavors - jack cheese, fresh basil and tomato

perfect balance of flavors – jack cheese, fresh basil and tomato

soooo creamy

We had a few other snacks, but finished up at Le Panier, who also claimed to have some of the city’s best macaroons. We ordered croissants, and they were perfect!

i bought one of these cute prints from le panier to hang in my office!

i bought one of these cute prints from le panier to hang in my office!

I finished out the day shopping at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale right down the street from our hotel. We had the best day being tourists in Seattle. This is a city that I can’t wait to visit again. Next up – a mini family reunion in Yellowstone!

Magic in the Rain Forest

Olympic National Park in northwestern Washington is truly a magical place. It’s pretty remote and boasts some pretty unique ecosystems – the coast, dense rain forests, and several 7,000 foot glacial peaks. It is also huge – encompassing nearly one million acres! During our visit, our priority was visiting the Hoh Rain Forest for a hike. There are several trails, including one that weaves 18 miles into the forest to the base of Mount Olympus. We chose to take a more leisurely route 😉

The rain forest was like no other- moss and ferns covered nearly every surface. We couldn’t believe how green and lush everything was. Here’s my personal photo tour of the trail: 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
 
Next up- Seattle!