It's safe to say one night in Seattle will leave you only wanting more... but that's all the time we had. After taking a beautiful Amtrak ride from Portland, we arrived at a rainy Seattle with just over 24 hours to explore before our flight home.
Thanks to Hoteltonight, we were able to get a great deal at the brand new Thompson Seattle, just steps away from Pike Place Market. It was easily one of the coolest hotels we have stayed in, the staff was very friendly, and the location could not have been better. It also has a rooftop bar with beautiful views of the city and Puget Sound. We enjoyed getting to see these views at night!
With our limited time we did not want to spend it traveling around the city. We primarily spent our time in the Pike Place Market area, besides heading to the Ballard neighborhood in the evening. After spending some time exploring the Pike Place Market area, we headed over to Athenian Seafood Restaurant & Bar. This gem has been open since 1909, was featured in Sleepless in Seattle, and will fill your stomach with great seafood while enjoying beautiful views of Puget Sound. Cody enjoyed a wild coho salmon & bacon sandwich. Sarah had the NW salmon fish & chips. Both were delicious! Heading to the Ballard neighborhood, we met up with our friend, Declan, for drinks at Ballard Station, a cool little bar owned and ran by two friends. It offered great local crafts, shuffleboard, darts, and a few TV's. We had a great time catching up and then headed across the street to Pestle Rock for some killer Thai cuisine. All three of us had great entrees and it was packed the entire time we were there. Our only caution is to take their hot indicators seriously. It can get really spicy, really fast.
Pike Place Market, is a famous and extremely popular destination in Seattle. This was Cody's first time in Seattle and was a must visit for us on our short trip. Pike Place has a very special atmosphere around it. Everywhere you look there are local vendors, fish being thrown, and people enjoying the moment. MarketSpice, has been located in Pike Place Market since 1911 and makes incredible teas. Do not leave Seattle without purchasing a bag of cinnamon-orange tea. Post Alley features more local restaurants and vendors, located just across the street from Pike Place Market. You can also visit the original Starbucks. We are big coffee fans, but due to the limited time we chose not to wait in the line to see the inside. The Gum Wall is another great spot to visit in the area. It is massive and everyone is leaving their mark. Olympic Sculpture Park is a free outdoor area that is ran by the Seattle Art Museum. It features 9 acres of outdoor exhibits that are open 365 days a year. We enjoyed a casual walk throughout the park before heading down to Myrtle Edwards Park, a beautiful waterfront park. It features beautiful views of the Sound, walking and biking trails, as well as a small fishing pier. It would be the perfect spot for a picnic in the summer months.
That is a quick snapshot of our time in Seattle. We have more and more friends moving to the area and can't wait to spend more time there. Fingers crossed it won't be raining next time, but chances are it probably will.