DAY 3: FREMONT
DO: Walk along the canal and see the houseboat rows that will make you feel like you’re in a different country, walk around and stop into the cute boutiques and vintage stores and visit the Fremont Bridge Troll.
EAT: Have lunch at Revel for some yum yum Korean fusion. DRINK: At Milstead and Co. for great coffee and a nice shaded patio. Go to Miir Flagship for a really cool space and delish pastries.
DAY 4: WEST SEATTLE
Ok, this was my favorite day of the trip for me. It’s probably because I took myself furthest out of my comfort zone by hopping onto a water taxi solo, eating lunch and spontaneously biking down the West Seattle coast. West Seattle has such a great beach vibe. It’s much more California then Washington, which was a nice little surprise.
DO: Take the water taxi over to West Seattle. It’s a short little trip, but its a fun way to get there. Rent a bike at the bike shack right off the water taxi (I named it that becuase I don’t remember the actual name, but they had Bob Marley playing and I loved it) and ride along the coast to Alki beach.
EAT: At Ma Kai. It’s also right off the water taxi dock and is a great cheap eats place to sit eat, have a beer and take in the city skyline on the opposite coast.
I always had a feeling that the Pacific NW was my spirit home and our trip to Seattle pretty much confirmed that indeed it is. A bustling metropolis on the water surrounded by islands, lush forests and mountains. It was perfection. And since we were there for a week, we really got to take it in beyond the obvious tourist stuff. It was our first time leaving Des ever. And guess what? He totally survived and had so much fun with Mimi that he barely noticed were gone. Charlie had all day training sessions for 4 of the 5 days to become tech certified for La Marzocco (espresso machines), so I got to explore on my own, which was new territory for me. It was amazing and surprisingly fulfilling to venture out alone, so I’m really glad I did. Each day was centered around little neighborhoods, so I’ll go ahead and share my highlights for each.
DAY 1: DOWNTOWN/ BAINBRIDGE ISLAND
DO: Go to Pike’s Place Market – its cliché, but its amazing and the views are great. Ps. you can basically get a wedding centerpiece of peonies here for $10. That’s what I pay for one peony at the grocery store. Then take the ferry to Bainbridge Island! Such a scenic and relaxing boat ride. Gawk at the mansions along the shoreline and then walk to the little downtown and grab a pastry and a beer. EAT: Brunch at The London Plane in Pioneer Square.
DAY 2: BALLARD
DO: Walk down to The Locks and through the lovely gardens. Peruse the vintage/record/book stores. EAT: Breakfast at The Fat Hen. OMG it’s so good and I want to live inside because it’s so damn cute. Also eat a banh mi at Monkey Bridge. It’s the best $8 lunch you will ever have. DRINK: The deconstructed latte at Slate Coffee Roasters. You will feel fancy. Walk the neighborhood around Slate too. The houses are adorable and Seattle has the craziest vegetation that I’m obsessed with. Pine trees next to palm trees. Flowers EVERYWHERE. I don’t know how its even a real place.
It’s been a loooong time since we’ve done any roadtripping. Why? Becuase once you say good-bye to the guaranteed to sleep in the car seat the whole way phase, the thought of the being trapped in a car with a toddler for any extended period of time phase is terrifying. Columbus seemed like a fairly safe destination to dip our toes back in the water. Not too far and somewhat familiar. Plus one my best friends lives there, plus we’ve been dying to check out Fox in The Snow, plus the model train show with a ride-on Thomas the Tank Engine was in town. Sold. We did it and it went seamlessly. Des slept most of the way there and got in his nap and he perfectly pleasant most of the way home. Fox and the Snow was delightful; its such a beautiful coffee shop. And the train show? Well it was worth the Thomas which resulted in a melt down because “what?, i can’t just stay on this ride all day?”. No Des, other parents have waited in line for 45 mins to watch their kids go around in a 30 second circle, so we have to share.