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SEATTLE CITY GUIDE

SEATTLE CITY GUIDE :: MY PHOTO JOURNAL

Earlier this month, my sister and I (and our families) took a refreshing trip to the Pacific Northwest to celebrate my mom’s birthday!  Seattle is a place my mom has always wanted to visit — so we surprised her with this getaway.  The blue skies, clean air, the perfect weather (it only rained once!) and the endless fresh chowder and seafood made it all superb. We checked out all the touristy must-sees — as we felt they were kid friendly prerequisites for us first-time visitors.  Here’s a small glimpse of our travels.   Enjoy my Seattle City Guide!



SEATTLE Sign
SEATTLE CITY GUIDE

SEATTLE CITY GUIDE

t was our first time renting a house for vacation (rather than staying at a hotel) and we had a phenomenal experience.  We stayed at one of these Seattle Vacation Homes and I recommend that you guys do too!

I think it’s safe to say my girls loved it and made themselves at home.


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PIKE PLACE MARKET:  A FUN, PREREQUISITE STOP


PIKE PLACE MARKET:  A FUN, PREREQUISITE STOP

SEATTLE CITY GUIDE - PIKE PLACE MARKET

PIKE PLACE MARKET:  A FUN, PREREQUISITE STOP

SEATTLE CITY GUIDE - PIKE PLACE MARKET

FLOWERS - SEATTLE CITY GUIDE - PIKE PLACE MARKET

CRABS - SEATTLE CITY GUIDE - PIKE PLACE MARKET

SEAFOOD - SEATTLE CITY GUIDE - PIKE PLACE MARKET

SEATTLE CITY GUIDE - PIKE PLACE MARKET

PIKE PLACE MARKET

PIKE PLACE MARKET


THE INFAMOUS GUM WALL DOWNSTAIRS


THE INFAMOUS GUM WALL DOWNSTAIRS

THE INFAMOUS GUM WALL DOWNSTAIRS


STARBUCKS :: A necessary glance at the first Starbucks ever!  As much as I love my Starbucks, I couldn’t wait in the 45 min line.


SEATTLE CITY GUIDE - STARBUCKS


SEATTLE AQUARIUM


SEATTLE CITY GUIDE - SEATTLE AQUARIUM
photo by Chris Miller

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND FERRY TO OLYMPIC MOUNTAINS


We took the 35 minute ferry ride, across the open waters of Puget Sound so we could stand on beautiful Hurricane Ridge!


SEATTLE CITY GUIDE -BAINBRIDGE ISLAND FERRY TO OLYMPIC MOUNTAINS


After disembarking, a long, beautiful road trip followed.


After disembarking, a long, beautiful road trip followed.


En route to the mountains, we were famished and stopped at an adorable restaurant called Butcher and Baker Provisions which had delicious coffee, desserts, salads.  The restaurant was cute, quaint and adorned with the most adorable art.


 Butcher and Baker Provisions

SEATTLE CITY GUIDE - Butcher and Baker Provisions


SEATTLE CITY GUIDE - Butcher and Baker Provisions Menu


SEATTLE CITY GUIDE - Butcher and Baker Provisions


Kids at Butcher and Baker Provisions


Then as we were driving, we saw all these trees chopped down.  It was a beautiful sight to see – yet, the deforestation is heartbreaking.


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We made a stop at the Elwha River.  It’s one of the few rivers in the Pacific Northwest with all 5 species of native Pacific salmon!


We made a stop at the Elwha River.  It's one of the few rivers in the Pacific Northwest with all 5 species of native Pacific salmon!

SEATTLE CITY GUIDE - We made a stop at the Elwha River.

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After this, we made one more stop at Dungeness Bay before we headed up the mountain.


After this, we made one more stop at Dungeness Bay before we headed up the mountain.

Kids playing at Dungeness Bay

Kids playing at Dungeness Bay

SEATTLE CITY GUIDE - Dungeness Bay


FINALLY, FINALLY (!) we made it to the top of Hurricane Ridge.  It ascends over 5,242 feet!


the top of Hurricane Ridge.

Kids at the top of Hurricane Ridge.

Elaine Sir's family at the top of Hurricane Ridge.

Hurricane Ridge


CHIHULY GLASS MUSEUM:: The following day we headed to Chihuly Garden and Glass, a breathtaking exhibit showcasing the works of Dale Chihuly.


CHIHULY GLASS MUSEUM
SEATTLE CITY GUIDE - CHIHULY GLASS MUSEUM

CHIHULY GLASS MUSEUM

CHIHULY GLASS MUSEUM

CHIHULY GLASS MUSEUM - SEATTLE CITY GUIDE

 Space Needle. The Hollywood Sign of Seattle.


Then we made it up the Space Needle.  The Hollywood Sign of Seattle.


 Space Needle.  The Hollywood Sign of Seattle.

SEATTLE CITY GUIDE - gorgeous view taken from the top of the space needle
gorgeous view taken from the top of the space needle

On our last night, we celebrated our mom’s birthday at BLUE ACRE.  Tons of food, tons of fun.  The food was delicious and the ambiance was elegant –  while also being kid-friendly, a rare combination.


On our last night, we celebrated our mom's birthday at BLUE ACRE.
photo credit: Blue Acre

BLUE ACRE - Seatltle


And then we returned home back to Los Angeles.  We can’t wait to head back to Seattle — but next time, our trip must be much longer!  HAPPY TRAVELS!



 

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