For our sixth wedding anniversary Al and I flew up to Seattle for fun.
We stayed in the awesome Moore Hotel – it’s right in downtown Seattle, just a few blocks from Pikes Place Market, and is great-priced. I highly recommend it!
We started off our first day by brunching at the Space Needle’s restaurant SkyCity. The food is a bit pricey, but really good, and obviously it has great views!
Afterwards we strolled around the park beneath The Needle.
Then we hit up Pike’s Place Market later in the afternoon, but just as stalls were closing, so we didn’t buy anything and planned to come back again the next day.
On recommendation from my sister-in-law we found the White Horse Trading Co, a cool British style pub.
Then we strolled along the Embarcadero and came across the Seattle Great Wheel.
Of course Albert had to ride it, and again we were treated to the beautiful views of Seattle, but this time at sunset.
In planning our trip I was most excited about all the amazing restaurants in Seattle. I came across the Ethan Stowell restaurants, and they all sounded so good!
So I planned for us to go to Tavolata in Belltown. It was the best meal we’ve had in memory. I mean, the BEST! The service was excellent, everyone was so friendly. We got a great intimate little booth to eat in by candlelit, and the food was to die for!
We started out meal with a wonderful bottle of Italian wine, and grilled green beans with lemon and ricotta. My mouth is watering, just thinking of it.
Then Al had pork with escarole and blackberries. The portion was a kinda huge, but he said it was really good.
I got this amazing tonarelli pasta with clams & shrimp. The sauce was so unique, but so tasty.
The next morning, 8/22/15, we woke up to our 6th wedding aniversary, and nice gray skies out our window:
But soon the sun was shining and we walked back down to Pike’s Place Market to taste some of the goods!
Next we rented a car, and drove to the ferry landing and took a ferry over to Bainbridge Island. Little did we know it would be a 2 hour wait to get on the ferry with our car. So we used the time to take a nap.
Bainbridge Island is covered in trees and is reachable via the east only by ferry. There is a road leaving the north end of the island, but it’s quite a drive to Seattle.
We stopped into the quaint Bainbridge Vineyards. The vineyard is nestled amongst the tall trees and was such a pretty place to sip our wine.
We found a cool beach campground:
And I tested out the waters.
Then we headed to Via Rosa, a tiny family-run Italian restaurant to pick up fresh pasta & sauce to make for our anniversary dinner.
We then found our amazing Airbnb rental.
We stayed in a remodeled old farm house on the 2nd floor looking out into the trees.
That night we just chilled, had wine, and made dinner.
The next day we explored the property and gardens surrounding the owner’s house.
They had the biggest and most impressive garden I’ve ever seen.
They grew rows and rows of dahlias.
So of course I had to take a million photos of the gardens. I took a lot with film and will share them later.
Then we picked up some pizza for lunch and took the ferry back to Seattle.
Once in Seattle we headed to Pioneer Square and strolled around.
Seattle Good Bar was a really cool place, it was an old bank turned restaurant. We had some bread, some super tasty Washington cheese and a few drinks. Crazily, they had Alpine Beer Co on their menu!
Then we headed up to the Ballard neighborhood where I found us another Airbnb place to stay. Then we headed out to another great meal. (I told you I was excited about the food!)
We went to another Ethan Stowell restaurant, well, actually two! I wanted to go to Staple and Fancy, but there was a wait, so we got started at Chippy’s Fish and Drink with an appetizer.
Once again, our food was to die for! I had the best scallops ever, and Albert had some pretty great spaghetti (as you can see he really like it).
On our last day in town we headed to the EMP Museum. I loved the building. It’s made entirely of metal on the outside, and had the most awesome reflections.
Once inside the reflections continued.
The exhibits were so thoughtfully curated and so detailed in their design. There was one on fantasy and they designed the space to be forest-like. The floor was covered in pine needles, the walls in bark and there were trees throughout.
They had an exhibit on indie video games (of which I wasn’t too interested), but I loved the neon lighting and super cool decor.
After the museum, we grabbed a late lunch and headed to the airport.
It was a great trip! We ate very well, stayed in unique little places, and Seattle & it’s surroundings were beautiful.