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Long Weekend in...Seattle

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As a culinary capital of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is full of great places to eat and drink. From the dimly lit coffee houses of Capitol Hill to the open-air vendors at Pike Place Market, its easy to get swept up in Seattle's rich cultural offerings. If you've only got 48 hours to spend, this is your guide to the most delicious ways to spend them.

Day One

Start your trip off right by heading down towards the water to grab breakfast at Le Panier. Take your pick of the beautifully crafted French pastries, paying close attention to the feuilletés (savory puff pastry tarts). If you can find a seat, this is the perfect place to enjoy a cappuccino and plan the rest of your day.

Next, take a leisurely stroll over to the International District where you'll stop at Henry's Taiwan for a mid-morning snack. The beef bing at Henry's may look like a Taiwanese version of Taco Bell's Crunchwrap Supreme, however, the taste is world's different. Dumpling dough is filled with tender chunks of five-spiced infused beef and pan-fried — a serving of beef bing comes with two large dumplings, so pace yourself and split an order with your travel buddy.

From there continue your walking tour by heading upwards towards Capitol Hill, you'll pass by Seattle's train station, public library, and Occidental Park on the way.

Take a break and boost your energy at Victrola Coffee Roasters in the heart of Capitol Hill. Seattle is a city known for taking coffee very seriously, this roaster and cafe has quite a lot to do with that. Most recently Victrola has garnered attention for its involvement with Nathan Myhrvold's super-cookbook, Modernist Cuisine. The photos included in the book's chapter on coffee were taken at Victrola.

By this time your stomach is probably starting to grumble again, head over to Baguette Box just around the corner to quell your hunger pains. This Vietnamese sandwich shop serves a selection of intriguing banh-mi, soups, and fries. Order the roasted pork loin sandwich with apricot aioli, cilantro, and caramelized onions and a side of truffle fries. The pork, which is slow-roasted in white wine, is so moist that it falls apart as soon as you take your first bite. The crunchy baguette, sweet and tangy aioli, and crisp cilantro harmoniously support the meat.

Best Things To Do In Seattle Over A Long Weekend

A flight from Anchorage to Seattle is short and sweet. With a long 4-day weekend we were able to accomplish, and of course, eat a lot. This is my list of Best Things To Do In Seattle Over A Long Weekend.

First stop right off the tram from the airport was…

Starbucks Reserve: Okay, this place was magical. The roasting equipment, fancy bar, and the bakery were stunning. Try the shakshuka eggs with toasted bread and a specialty latte, you won’t be disappointed. A flight of their coffee is also worth it, if you truly enjoy coffee alone, it’s a great way to find your favorite roasts. Their mugs are super cute too.

Pike’s Place Market

Going to local markets is one of my favorite things to do regardless of where I am traveling. Pike’s Place is pretty spectacular because it’s right on the water and has a variety of options for everyone.

Pike’s Place Favorite Stops:

Le Panier– The ham and cheese croissant is a must. Don’t forget a macaroon and a palmier with a cup of coffee.

Ellenos– Life changing Greek yogurt. No bitterness, just pure creamy bliss. I love their creative flavors and quality ingredients! Even my husband (who is not a yogurt fan) went back twice, he loved it so much!

Fresh fruit and veggie stands- Don’t just look at them! The berries and apples were my favorite. Most market stands let me try a sample of unique produce like golden berries and cotton candy grapes. Bring a produce cooler bag!

The Crumpet Shop– Typically, I go for sweet flavors but the salmon cream cheese and pesto was a savory delight. There’s just something about the texture of crumpets that make them a perfect carb indulgence.

Beechers– There is literally a bath of cheese inside the shop. Their mac and cheese is something I have almost missed my flight for while stopping in Seattle’s airport where they have acute little shop. You better believe I grabbed a few cheeses to take home from their market location. Don’t miss their flagship cheese, they usually have samples in the back.

Mee Sums– The beef curry hum bao…was so flavorful I could eat 10 of them. Perfect amount of spice with fresh sweet puffy dough.

Piroshky Piroshky– Everything. Just get one of everything. If you’ve never had a piroshky, these should be something you wait in line for.

Other Favorite Places in Seattle

Places to Eat in Seattle:

Portage Bay Café– As soon as I walked in and saw a mug that said “Eat Like You Give a Damn” and their pancake topping bar…I was in love. Their homemade whip cream alone is a reason I’d go back. My omelet with fresh veggies and savory cheese was super satisfying.

Bahn Thai– I could literally drink their peanut sauce. This cute little Thai restaurant was right down the street from the Queen Anne apartment we stayed in. The chicken satay and Pad Thai were unforgettable. Definitely, walked back up the Queen Anne hill with a full belly.

Ivar’s– Can’t go wrong with a cup of chowder anywhere in Seattle but loved being able to grab a quick fish and chips and chowder before the ferry. Pike’s place chowder was also really good.

Favorite Seattle Coffee Places:

Slate Coffee– Unbelievable. I got the deconstructed latte which was fun and a vanilla latte. It may not look like much inside but it is hands down the best coffee I’ve had…outside of Italy espresso.

Moore Coffee– This coffee shop has expert baristas in coffee art. Their flavored lattes are delicious, I recommend the Madrid. They also have fresh creative waffles and breakfast options.

Seattle’s Best Desserts:

Mighty-O-Donuts– The organic lemon poppyseed was delicious. If you can’t choose a flavor get a few of the mini’s and sample them all! The dough was a mix between funnel cake and cake. So good.

Salt and Straw: Salted caramel cupcake. YUM!

Sugar and Spoon– Cookie dough to go from a truck. What more could you possibly want? I would definitely get kidnapped for some of this dough.

Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery– The name says it all. Hot melty cakes with chocolate lava inside.

Where We Stayed In Seattle:

Queen Anne Apartment– We stayed in a cozy little apartment with great views where everything was in walking distance (we typically walk 8-12 miles a day). It was a nice little distance from the busy city and close to skyline views.

Day One

Start your Seattle vacation with an incredible breakfast: Portage Bay has four locations that serve hefty portions and take reservations. The restaurant serves classic fare such as Dungeness crab cake and smoked salmon eggs benedict. To work off the food coma, amble along historic Market Street afterward and peek into shops like Secret Garden Books, Ketch, and Horseshoe Boutique.

For a taste of Seattle’s unique vibe and quirky culture, take a 10-minute drive south to the neighborhood of Fremont. If you dare, visit the Fremont Troll, an 18-feet sculpture gripping a Volkswagen car sitting beneath the Aurora Bridge. After browsing Fremont’s art galleries and shops, step into Theo Chocolate Factory, a pioneer of sustainable and organic cocoa bean practices, which offers free samples and tours. If you’re a cider guru, award-winning Schilling Cider House has more than 30 craft ciders, as well as classes and tastings.

Make your way to Manolin for happy hour drinks from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ($2 off cocktails). The restaurant takes its name from a fisherman’s apprentice in Hemingway’s The Old Man and The Sea and has a nautical theme. Split a few small plates with your companions to start, and grab one of the fish dishes as your main meal (we recommend the ceviche).

Tulalip Resort Casino: A Little Slice of Vegas

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Want to jet away to Vegas, but don’t have time? The next best thing in Washington State is a trip to Tulalip Resort Casino.

This full-service casino resort provides a high-end Vegas experience, including table games and slots galore, live entertainment, luxe hotel rooms, and a number of excellent restaurants all on the resort property. The Tulalip Resort Casino, which is owned by the Tulalip tribe, is decorated with beautiful northwest Indigenous art and designs. They have a cultural center you can visit within a short drive from the casino.

Getting There: The casino, located in the town of Tulalip, is just 40 minutes north of Seattle right off of Interstate 5.

Travel Tips: If the casino isn't enough for you, then right next door are the Seattle Premium Outlets, a large upscale outlet mall.

Mother/Daughter long weekend food and fun

Hi, Seattle area Chowhounds! I have poured over many of your posts and am working up an itinerary for a long weekend in February. I'm coming up from San Francisco with my mom for her 60th birthday - a mother daughter weekend of food, sights, and probably shopping. We love good food (who doesn't) and appreciate use of local, fresh products. Love oysters, beer, and cocktails. We are staying at the Sheraton downtown, for reference. This is the first time in Seattle for both of us. I'd be happy to hear any feed back on my rough plans below:

arrive Friday noon (set)

* lunch: Salumi - split sandwich for late lunch and buy some meats for home
* happy hour: Elliott's Oyster House - arrive between 3 or 4 for progressive oyster happy hour
* dinner: any suggestions for something light not too far from the Sheraton?

* lunch: Pike's Place Market - stroll and snack late morning into early afternoon - What are some of the best things to hit up? Is it worth it or necessary to get a reservation at Steelhead Diner?
* happy hour: Zig Zag or Bathtub Gin - late afternoon cocktail after Pike's Place Market and head back to hotel to spruce up for dinner
* dinner: Spinasse - we have chef's counter reservations for the big birthday dinner. Is this worth it and a strong option for a "nice" and interesting dinner?

* lunch: .
* happy hour: .
* dinner: The Walrus and the Carpenter

* breakfast: Petit Toulouse for "happy hour breakfast" - saw this on Best Thing I Ever Ate. what do you all think? Then shopping and strolling in Queen Anne neighborhood.
* lunch: .

leave to the airport mid-afternoon

I could use your advice on:
1 - Any suggestions or thoughts on the above in general are welcome.
2 - Will any of the places be not quite age appropriate for my mom? She's 60 and can feel a bit out of place in very hip or young bars and restaurants. Zig Zag? Bathtub gin?
3 - Are we missing anything major? Not renting a car, and mom isn't huge on public transpo, so not venturing too far in general.
4 - Is Walrus/Carpenter worth going out of our way or are there other good things nearby?
5 - I'm sure there are a lot of answers to this one: Where to go for a good cup of coffee and to feel very "Seattle".
6 - What else should we try to visit? Any particular specialties to seek out?
7 - The Brooklyn also sounds good, but I'm not sure how to fit it in.
8 - Do we need to try for fish and chips on the water? If so, where?

Thanks for any thoughts and info you can share!

Steelhead Diner
95 Pine Street, Suite 17, Seattle, WA 98101

The Best Seattle Itinerary in 3 Days

With islands, quirky sights, and more, this is hands down the ultimate three days in Seattle itinerary.

Day 1 of Your Three Days in Seattle

To kick off your long weekend trip to Seattle, it&rsquos all about seeing some of the most popular sights the city has to offer. We&rsquore talking about coffee, a famed market, and the iconic Space Needle.

Coffee & Breakfast

Start your morning off grabbing a cup of the famous Seattle coffee. We&rsquore not talking about Starbucks here. A place I really enjoyed during my visit to Seattle was Cherry Street Coffee House at their Pioneer Square location. If you go, definitely get a dirty chai latte and thank me later.

Then wander over to grab an amazing breakfast at Biscuit Bitch (also their Pioneer Square location). Okay, I know that biscuits sound more like a southern staple than pacific northwest, but this place is incredible! And that&rsquos coming from a southerner.

Grab one of their many biscuit sandwiches such as the Bitchwitch egg and cheese, the Bitchwitch Veggie, the Canadian Bitch (with maple peanut butter and bacon), or even the sweeter Nutty Bitch (with nutella and banana).

Both the coffee and biscuit should fuel you up for the day of sightseeing ahead of you!

Cherry Street Coffee House Address: 700 1st Ave, Seattle WA

Cherry Street Coffee House Hours: Monday-Friday 7 am-2 pm, Saturday 8 am-2 pm. Closed on Sundays.

Biscuit Bitch Address: 621 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA

Biscuit Bitch Hours: Daily 8 am-1 pm.

Pioneer Square and Underground Tour

Pioneer Square is Seattle&rsquos first neighborhood dating back to 1852 and well worth your time to visit. Witness Seattle&rsquos early history at the small Pioneer Park that has the pergola, a water fountain with a bust of Chief Seattle, as well as a Tlingit totem pole.

Then, pick up a Trail to Treasure map and learn about the Klondike Gold Rush and even more history of the area as you walk along to the exhibits throughout. Be sure to check out the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and museum while exploring this trail.

There are a few other small parks to enjoy in the area like the City Hall Park, Occidental Square Park with its beautiful wood carvings, totem poles, and shade trees, and Waterfall Garden Park with a hidden 22-foot waterfall.

After taking in the history of Pioneer Square, be sure to check out its modern-day charms from the several murals to its thriving art scene. If you happen to be in Seattle on the first Thursday of the month, you can even enjoy the Art Walk!

This area is fantastic for shopping, art, and history. So it is a must-see during your trip to Seattle.

However, after exploring above ground in Pioneer Square, I recommend doing a tour underground . Get a more detailed history of Seattle including the 1890&rsquos architecture, hear stories underneath of Pioneer Square, learn about Seattle&rsquos role in the Yukon Gold Rush, the history of Skid Row, and learn about the Coast Salish, a group of indigenous peoples that first resided here.

The great thing about this Seattle Subterranean Walking Tour is that it covers both ground level and underneath of Pioneer Square. So you can get a good feel for the place and its history on this tour. After that, you can explore more of the art galleries and boutique shops before wandering over to the next spot!

Pioneer Square Hours: Most parks are open daily 6 am-10 pm. Waterfall Garden Park is open daily 8 am-3:45 pm. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is open daily from 10 am-5 pm.

Seattle Subterranean Walking Tour Starting Point: 102 Cherry St, Seattle, WA

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market is iconic. If you&rsquove ever watched The Real World: Seattle, or any travel show that ventures to the Emerald City, you&rsquoll see the men tossing a fish amongst applause from shoppers.

But Pike Place Market is so much more than that! Sure, there is the fish throwing, but there are SO many things to see and do at this market. First of all, you&rsquore going to want to get lunch here. While there are plenty of options, hands-down you&rsquove got to eat at Market Grill.

They specialize in fish sandwiches on the grill and it is amazing! I loved my grilled salmon sandwich with crusty, chewy bread, and paired with a warm bowl of clam chowder. I can&rsquot wait to get back to Seattle and have more of it. It was SO good.

Then you&rsquoll want to snag some dessert. Cobb&rsquos Popcorn has tasty caramel corn, and mini donuts at Daily Dozen Donuts is sure to please.

After a full meal, I recommend walking it off around the Farmer&rsquos Market. If fresh Washington cherries are available for sale, that is an absolute must to buy. Check out the incredible fruit, veggies, and gorgeous flowers on offer at the market here.

Peruse the Crafts Market for an incredible souvenir. Take a photo with Rachel the Piggy Bank, and delight in the street performers all around as well.

And lastly, you&rsquove got to at least spot the original Starbucks. If there is one thing that is kind of overrated at Pike Place Market, it is this place. Not so much a cafe than a place to quickly snap a photo and grab a souvenir or cup of coffee and leave. It is tiny and super crowded. But coffee lovers definitely need to check it out.

Once you&rsquove finished exploring the incredible Pike Place Market, you&rsquove got to wander down to the famed Gum Wall.

Yes it is full of gum. Yes, it is kind of gross when you think about it. But yes, you HAVE to leave your own stamp (aka piece of gum) on the wall too. It&rsquos tradition, right?

And if exploring this massive market complex is overwhelming on your own, there is a fantastic market tour you can take too!

Pike Place Market Address: 93 Pike St, Seattle, WA

Pike Place Market Hours: Produce stands are open from 9 am-5 pm daily, the fish market is open Monday-Saturday from 9 am- 3 pm, and the crafts market is open Thursday-Monday from 10 am-3 pm. Restaurants and retail shops have their own hours that vary.

Gum Wall Address: 1428 Post Alley, Seattle, WA

Space Needle & Chihuly Garden and Glass

It has been a pretty exciting first half to the day, and now the adventure continues at Seattle&rsquos most famous landmark: the Space Needle.

Built for the 1962 World&rsquos Fair, whose theme was &ldquoThe Age of Space&rdquo this futuristic galactic-themed tower was built to reflect the ambitions about space travel.

Now the 602 foot tower offers the most incredible 360º views of downtown Seattle and the surrounding nature. On a clear day, expect to see Mount Rainier, Puget Sound, and so much more. It is absolutely incredible to go up to the top and enjoy the views.

I recommend purchasing a ticket in advance (this one also includes entrance to Chihuly Gardens!)

After getting a stunning bird&rsquos eye view of Seattle, it is time to head next door to check out one of the best art museums: Chihuly Garden and Glass!

The famed Washington artist Dale Chihuly is a wizard with glass sculptures. His art can be viewed at many museums around the world, but to see a lot of it in one place, Chihuly Garden and Glass is where to go!

Colorful glass flowers, orbs, and other installations comprise this museum as you wind your way around gardens and dim lit rooms full of his vibrant work. This is an incredible museum to visit whether you enjoy visiting art museums or not!

Space Needle Address: 400 Broad St, Seattle, WA

Space Needle Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 am-8:30 pm, Friday-Sunday 11 am-9 pm.

Chihuly Gardens and Glass Address: 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA

Chihuly Gardens and Glass Hours: Daily 11 am-7 pm.

More Coffee and Some Pho

You began the day with coffee&hellipso why not end it that way? If you&rsquore able to have coffee and still sleep, I highly recommend visiting Starbucks Reserve & Roastery next on your Seattle itinerary.

While the original Starbucks is overrated, this place is amazing! It&rsquos not just where you&rsquoll grab a cup of Pike Place Roast and go about your day. This place has all the coffee you can&rsquot get at your typical Starbucks.

I recommend doing a coffee and chocolate flight where coffee and chocolates are paired perfectly to enhance every flavor. They have the Origin Flight, Cold Brew Flight, Espresso Flight, and the Brew Comparison Flight. It is a relaxing and delicious way to wind down your first day in Seattle.

And to complete your day, get some incredible Pho at Pho Than Brothers . They have tons of beef pho options and a fantastic vegetarian pho as well. Feel warm and cozy after a large bowl of this delicious soup.

Starbucks Reserve and Roastery Address: 1124 Pike St, Seattle, WA

Starbucks Reserve and Roaster Hours: Daily 7 am-9 pm.

Pho Than Brothers Address: 527 Broadway E, Seattle, WA

Pho Than Brothers Hours: 11 am-9 pm.

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Day 2 of the Best Trip to Seattle Itinerary

After a fun-filled first day checking out the main sights of Seattle, it is time to explore an island and a fun neighborhood outside of downtown.

Coffee + Breakfast

I mean&hellipwhen in Seattle coffee is a must, no? Start your morning off grabbing coffee at Street Bean Coffee Roasters . This place doesn&rsquot just have great coffee, but they&rsquore also doing amazing things for the community.

They created an apprenticeship program for young people who are living on the streets to give them job experience, resources and information to succeed, and support to help them create the foundation for successful employment in the future.

So grab a delicious cup of coffee and donate to their organization to help fellow Seattleites.

After coffee, head over to Portage Bay Cafe for brunch. With a nice list of eggs benedicts ranging from the classic to Dungeness crab cake benedict, you&rsquoll love the options here. Plus, they&rsquove got pancakes and a delicious mole Verde burrito. The huge menu will certainly keep you full for another day of wandering around Seattle.

Street Bean Coffee Roasters Address: 2711 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA

Street Bean Coffee Roasters Hours: Monday-Friday 6 am-5 pm, Saturday 8 am-3 pm. Closed on Sunday.

Portage Bay Cafe Address: 391 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA

Portage Bay Cafe Hours: 8 am-1 pm weekdays, 8 am-1:30 pm weekends.

Seattle Waterfront and Bainbridge Island

The Puget Sound is truly beautiful. From the water to the mountain views in the background, a fantastic way to take it all in is to walk along the waterfront! You can start from the Olympic Sculpture Park and walk down Elliott Bay Trail/Alaskan Way Road down toward the piers.

Continue down to the Seattle Ferry Terminal and catch the ferry to Bainbridge Island. Check here for ferry times and prices.

The 35 minute ferry ride provides beautiful views over Puget Sound, and Bainbridge Island is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Seattle.

With wineries, gardens, cafes, parks, and more, there are ample things to keep you busy during a visit to Bainbridge Island.

While you could spend several days exploring this beautiful island, if you only have a long weekend in Seattle, I recommend checking out just a few things within this half day trip.

First up is kayaking on the Puget Sound. It is so serene and peaceful. And after some time kayaking on the water, I recommend renting a bike and biking around to a winery or two like Eleven Winery, Eagle Harbor Wine Company, and Bainbridge Vineyards.

For the ambitious bikers, head up north to explore the gorgeous Bloedel Reserve. Rated one of the top 10 best botanical gardens in North America, the flowers, reflecting pool, and more make it well worth a visit.

And if you don&rsquot want to bike up there, you can snag an Uber or public transport up north to the reserve as well.

Also, to make things even easier, here is an incredible tour that&rsquoll show you the main spots and history about Bainbridge Island from Seattle.

After that, it is time to head back to Seattle!

Olympic Sculpture Park Address: 2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA

Seattle Ferry Terminal Address: 801 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA

Bloedel Reserve Address: 7571 NE Dolphin Dr, Bainbridge Island, WA

Bloedel Reserve Hours: Open Tuesdays-Sundays and closed on Mondays and holidays. Summer hours are 10 am-6 pm, fall hours are 10 am-5 pm, and winter hours are 10 am-4 pm.

Explore Gas Works Park & Fremont

After an exciting afternoon on Bainbridge Island, it is time to explore the incredible Fremont neighborhood of Seattle.

Start out exploring Gas Works Park, a park on the former site of the Seattle Gas Light Company that has an industrial feel and overlooks Lake Union. It is a great spot to enjoy the scenery before strolling over to Fremont.

If there is one thing you&rsquove got to see in Fremont, it is the Fremont Troll. I recall seeing this troll during the movie 10 Things I Hate About You and knew I wanted to visit it in person. This giant troll is located underneath the bridge under Aurora Ave North (or &ldquoTroll Ave&rdquo).

It is clutching a Volkswagen Beetle and was inspired by the &ldquotroll under the bridge&rdquo that is famous in Scandinavian legends. The Fremont Troll is iconic in Seattle and a must-see during your time there. Grab some photos of the troll before getting dinner.

A short walk from the troll is an incredible Turkish restaurant: Cafe Turko . This is a fantastic spot for vegans and meat-eaters alike. With several Turkish pides with meat or veggie fillings, falafel, doner kebab pita sandwiches, and tons of great appetizers like hummus and stuffed grape leaves, there isn&rsquot a bad option at this place.

Pair it with a nice mint tea or Turkish coffee to complete your meal!

Lastly, while you&rsquore in the area, walk on down to Fremont Brewing Urban Beer Garden for another of Seattle&rsquos great beverages: beer!

Sample a flight of beer or enjoy a glass of their year-round selections like Sky Kraken Hazy Pale Ale or Disco Wolf Double IPA, or their seasonals on tap like Space Danger IPA or Summer American Pale Ale.

Gas Works Park Address: 2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA

Gas Works Park Hours: Daily 6 am-9:30 pm.

Fremont Troll Address: N 36th St, Seattle, WA

Cafe Turko Address: 750 N 34th St, Seattle, WA

Cafe Turko Hours: Daily 11:30 am-8:30 pm.

Fremont Brewing Address: 1050 N 34th St, Seattle, WA

Fremont Brewing Hours: Daily 12-9 pm.

Day 3 of an Incredible Long Weekend Trip to Seattle

On your last of 3 days in Seattle, it is time for a full day trip. As there are a few national parks near Seattle, you&rsquod be remiss if you didn&rsquot try to visit one while you&rsquore in the area. However, as they are a couple of hours away, it is something that takes most of the day to visit.

I ended up visiting Mount Rainier National Park on a tour and it was absolutely incredible!

Start your morning off grabbing a latte and a breakfast sandwich or pastry at Storyville Coffee .

Then, just before 8 am, you&rsquoll be picked up from your hotel and on your way out to Mount Rainier. This 10-hour tour includes a visit to waterfalls (like Christine and Nerada Falls), lookout points, and you get some time to explore around Paradise. There is a lot to see and do around the park, and this tour made me feel like I saw so much great stuff!

After that incredible day of hiking and exploring Mount Rainier National Park, it is time for your last delicious dinner. I recommend Elliott&rsquos Oyster House to end the trip with a bang! Being on the water, seafood is divine in Seattle. Elliott&rsquos Oyster House is no exception. Split some incredible oysters before tasting fresh Alaskan king salmon and tasty crab legs.

It isn&rsquot the cheapest meal to end the trip on, but it is certainly worth the splurge.

And to finish your time in Seattle, I recommend checking out some breweries! I love the Capitol Hill area of Seattle with great breweries like Elysian Capitol Hill Brewing, Optimism Brewing Company, and Redhook Brewlab. In Belltown (in downtown Seattle) there is Old Stove Brewing, Seattle Beer Company, and The Pike Brewing Company.

Obviously you can&rsquot visit all of them, but definitely check out one or two during your last evening in Seattle.

Storyville Coffee Address: 1001 1st Ave, Seattle, WA

Storyville Coffee Hours: 6:59 am-11 am daily.

Elliott&rsquos Oyster House Address: 1201 Alaskan Way, Ste 100, Seattle, WA

Elliott&rsquos Oyster House Hours: 1-9 pm daily.

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Seattle 3 Day Itinerary Map

If you have 4 Days in Seattle or More&hellip

If you have more than a 3 day Seattle itinerary, I recommend adding another day trip or visit places outside of downtown. Here are a few options if you have more time in Seattle:

Best Time to Visit Seattle

Seattle is known for its rainy weather, but the summer months are the driest and sunniest times of year to visit. I visited in June one year and it hardly rained and there was quite a bit of sunshine.

Summertime temperatures average 70-75º F (21-24ºC) during the day and 53-57ºF (12-14ºC) at night. Spring and fall temperatures range from 52-70ºF (11-21ºC) during the day and 39-53ºF (4-12ºC) at night. And winter temperatures range from 47-51ºF (8-11ºC) during the day and around 36ºF (2ºC) at night.

So while temperatures are pretty moderate throughout the year, Seattle sees most of their rainfall in the late fall and winter months. The least rainfall is typically around July and August. So the best time to visit Seattle for great weather and exploring outdoors is July and August. However, that is also its busiest time of year for tourism. If you want to save a little money, then go in the off season, especially in winter.

In winter, most of the precipitation in the mountains is snow, so if you are looking to go skiing, winter is obviously ideal.

Also, fall is an incredible time of year to visit for fall foliage. I know that isn&rsquot as well-known as the northeast, but Seattle has its fair share of colorful leaves in the fall.

Where to Stay During your 3 Day Seattle Itinerary

There are a ton of great places to stay around Seattle, and if you are on a tight budget, then VRBO has a lot of great options! Many VRBOs are under $100 per night. Check out Seattle VRBOs here !

There are also a lot of hotel options, and here are a few based on your budget. To keep things simple, I recommend staying closer to downtown near Pike Place Market and Belltown.

Located within walking distance of the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass, this hotel is affordable, comfortable, and has great views of the city. Prices start around $120 per night.

Read reviews on TripAdvisor and book here !

This place is super close to Pike Place Market and the waterfront, so you&rsquoll enjoy great views, chic rooms, and cocktails at the rooftop bar. Prices start around $200 per night.

Read reviews on TripAdvisor and book here !

With luxurious suites, a rooftop pool, and a delicious restaurant all with sweeping views of Elliott Bay, Puget Sound, and the mountains, you&rsquoll be in paradise here. They also have a spa and fitness center. Prices start at $890 per night.

Read reviews on TripAdvisor and book here !

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Getting to & Around For 3 Days in Seattle

There are several flights per day that go to Seattle-Tacoma Airport. All major US airlines fly here, making it easy to find a flight. I always check Skyscanner for the best deals on flights.

You can also take the train to Seattle from cities like Vancouver, BC, Canada, Portland, OR , Salem, OR, and Eugene, OR via Amtrak.

There is also the option to drive here from surrounding areas like those listed above.

Once you get to Seattle, there are plenty of ways to get around including the Link Light Rail (perfect for getting from the airport to downtown), buses, streetcars, as well as Uber, Lyft, and taxis. If you plan to get outside of downtown on your own, especially if you plan to visit a national park, I recommend renting a car for the day. I love Sixt for checking rental car prices.

Also, many places are easy to walk to, especially in the downtown area. There are also plenty of rental bikes and scooters all over.

What to Pack for Seattle in 3 Days

First and foremost, have either a light jacket or umbrella on you during your 3 days in Seattle. Unexpected rainfall can happen, so it doesn&rsquot hurt to have it on you.

I also recommend comfortable walking shoes, jeans, and a light top in the summer. A light jacket or flannel (kind of a staple in Seattle) is helpful as mornings and evenings can be pretty cool that time of year. Even daytime temperatures can be chilly.

During the winter, I recommend wearing boots , jeans, a sweater (I love this sweater !), a scarf, and this comfortable and warm parka .

If you plan to go hiking during your trip to Seattle, I love my Merril Moab hiking boots , hiking socks, running leggings, and these sweat-wicking long sleeve shirts . Also, as the mountains can be quite chilly, a warm jacket is helpful to have. Be sure to pack plenty of water (I love this 3L bladder that fits into my Osprey HikeLite Pack ). And a LifeStraw Water Bottle is a good idea, especially if you are hiking alone.

For taking great photos, I just use my iPhone most of the time with my tripod . And if you need new luggage, we always travel with our Osprey 40L backpacks and these packing cubes .

If you&rsquore traveling internationally to the US, it is helpful to grab a universal adapter to plug in your things too.

Tips for the Perfect Weekend in Seattle

Your Seattle 3 day itinerary will be perfect with these extra tips:

  1. If you plan to see and do a lot in Seattle, opt for the Seattle CityPass. It includes admission to attractions like the Space Needle, the Seattle Aquarium, a harbor cruise, plus a choice of 2 other attractions for only $108.
  2. Always keep an eye on your things. I say this for every big city. I love my Travelon anti-theft purse to keep my things safe. I also leave most of my cash, credit cards, and passport in the hotel safe to prevent those from being stolen.
  3. Be prepared for hills. It is a hilly city, so be prepared to hike up some steep hills if you wander around. You can also take public transportation or an Uber to get around if needed too. But definitely wear comfortable shoes.
  4. Seattle does have rain, but it isn&rsquot all the time or an all-day kind of rain. You&rsquoll definitely have a quick rainfall, but it blows over a lot, especially in summer.

We hope you have the perfect 3 day itinerary in Seattle! From the incredible coffee to amazing attractions, Seattle is a place you&rsquoll quickly fall in love with too.

Long Weekend Journalling – My Easy Bruschetta Recipe and A Walk At The Marina

We took a long sunny walk Friday May long weekend and people were out enjoying the weather. Boaters and kayakers on the water, a beach volleyball game at Concord Park and picnic blankets on the grass at Science World. Long weekends usually mean empty streets and a city void of people but with Covid restrictions in place, everyone’s stay-cationing.

We watched a great film this week called Fantastic Fungi “A film about the magical, mysterious and medicinal world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth.” I’ll leave you the free link here if you’d like to watch it. We love watching documentaries at home and especially how they invite deep conversations afterward.

I put a Charcuterie board together for dinner Saturday. We set up on the sunny patio and watched my sister’s Flamenco show streaming live from a theatre here in the city. She is a professional Flamenco singer and dancer trained in Spain. I love when the weather warms and we can eat dinner al fresco. Flamenco, cocktails and lot’s of duende. I made Bruschetta to go with our Charcuterie. My recipe below.

Recipe for Bruschetta

About 1 lb. cherry tomatoes

About 16 fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces (I picked basil from my garden)

8 slices coarse bread, each about 1/2 inch thick – I bought a green olive loaf

1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil

slice the tomatoes into 1/4 or 1/2

In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, basil, and salt (to taste) and set aside

Place the bread slices on a baking sheet and broil, turning once, until crisp and golden on both sides, about 3 minutes.

Immediately rub one side of each bread slice vigorously with a garlic cloves.

Arrange the bread slices, garlic side up, on a platter. Spoon the tomato mixture onto the toasted bread and drizzle with the oil. Serves 4.

My patio garden is a haven above the busy city. I ordered string lights and placed them around the pots. When the sun sets I turn them on and the magical glow creates a serenity that both the cats and we love to be in. I’ve been meditating out there too, especially in this little corner where my Blueberry bush, mint, basil, lavender and geraniums are growing. I love cozy corners.

This morning fared cool and overcast. I took a walk to Spruce Harbour Marina. I’ve always found marinas enchanting. I would love to have a boat large enough to take long trips up and down this beautiful coast. I’m drawn to life on the ocean perhaps because of my astrological sign in Cancer boats, light houses, fishing docks, fog. If I need a break, a walk along the ocean always helps The salty air, Crows hunting for mussels on the rocky shore and the algae scent at low tide stir my spirit to adventure. Some places on my list to sail would be Haida Gwaii, The Inside passage and around Vancouver Island. There are so many villages and coves to explore.

I feel as though I’ve been away on holiday this weekend. Moving slowly and not filling my to-do list certainly made for a very relaxing few days. I hope you’ve all enjoyed this May long weekend.

Evening Day 2: Fremont

TripSavvy / Noah Kreyenhagen

Seattle is a city of neighborhoods with distinct atmospheres, but one of the most unique neighborhoods is Fremont with its ample amounts of unique things to see and places to eat. It’s the perfect place to see a less touristy side of Seattle, as well as a good mix of what makes this city a fun place to be. You can easily park and walk between all of the sights in Fremont.

Best Places to Stay for City Breaks in Seattle

While you'll never run out of things to see and do right in Seattle, there are several destinations nearby you may want to consider day-tripping to. Majestic falls, volcanoes, and national parks are within a day's drive. Or, if you’d like to experience a bit of Canada, hop on a ferry to beautiful Victoria, BC.

A 30-mile drive east of Seattle will bring you to the striking 270-foot Snoqualmie Falls along the Snoqualmie River. Take in the views from its observation deck, or indulge in a spa treatment at a local lodge before heading back to the Emerald City.

If you're seeking outdoor adventure, you’ll find everything from spectacular mountain views to hiking and skiing at Mount Rainier National Park, only 64 miles southeast of Seattle.

Take a ferry ride with Clipper Vacations to Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, Canada. Check out the stately Parliament Buildings, enjoy a classic British-style afternoon tea service, or see the colorful 55-acre Butchart Gardens.

Nearly three hours' drive south of Seattle is Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in Gifford Pinchot National Forest. There's an informative visitors center explaining the 1980 eruption devastation, as well as volcano views from the Johnston Ridge Observatory. You can go hiking in summer and snowshoeing in winter.

The Best Things to Do During Long Weekend Trips From Seattle to Leavenworth

As the capital of Washington, Seattle is the largest and most bustling city in the entire state. With a vibrant food culture, seemingly endless entertainment, and lovely water-front scenery, how could anyone ever want to leave? While the fast-paced lifestyle can be exciting, it can also take its toll after a while, leaving you in need of a much-needed getaway. If you have a long weekend coming up, pack your bags and head to Leavenworth, WA! Located just over 2 hours from Seattle, our Bavarian-inspired village in the Cascade Mountains is perfect for romantic escapes , family vacations, and even solo travelers. Ready to get out of the big city and make memories that will last a lifetime? Here are the best things to do during long weekend trips from Seattle to Leavenworth!

Find more activities for your long weekend trips from Seattle when you request our free Leavenworth Vacation Guide! This handy vacation planning tool helps you find all the best recommendations for local attractions, dining, shopping, and more all in one place.

4 Things to Do During Long Weekend Trips From Seattle to Leavenworth

After checking in at Pine River Ranch Bed & Breakfast , there are numerous activities for you to discover in our one-of-a-kind destination. Just to get you started, here are some of the most popular along with a couple of our personal favorites!

Explore Downtown Leavenworth

Exploring our Bavarian-inspired village is a must for weekend getaways in Washington state. In addition to traditional architecture and fairy-tale worthy charm, you will discover a wide range of unique shops and restaurants. Many visitors love to browse through downtown’s museums, candy shops, and boutiques before stopping for a delicious meal at Andreas Keller or Alley Cafe . It’s a great way to spend the day together while experiencing the best that Leavenworth has to offer.

Embark on a New Adventure in the Parks

If you foster an adventurous spirit, you’re bound to fall in love with Leavenworth’s local parks. From the heartbeat of downtown known as Front Street Park to the magnificent wilderness of the Enchantments , you’ll find plenty of ways to explore, relax, and discover rare natural beauty. The parks grant visitors with great opportunities to search for wildlife, embark on local hiking trails, or take part in special events.

Visit a Winery

As one of the most respected wine countries in the Northwest, Leavenworth hosts a plethora of wineries for you and your sweetheart to choose from. Besides, you’ll hardly find a more romantic setting than a lovely vineyard in the Cascade mountains! Here are just a few of our personal favorite local wineries that provide quality and bursting flavor in each glass.

Seasonal Activities

No matter what time of year you visit Leavenworth, there is always something to do! However, planning accordingly is important since some activities are only seasonal and may not be available when you arrive for long weekend trips from Seattle. Take a look at some of the most popular things to do in the great outdoors and when you can enjoy them!

Fall and Winter Activities
Spring and Summer Activities

Experience the Best Long Weekend Trips From Seattle With Pine River Ranch

You’re invited to enjoy only the most memorable romantic getaways near Seattle and family weekend getaways in Washington state! Our inn provides guests with peaceful ambiance without sacrificing convenience to their favorite local attractions. You and your sweetheart will also enjoy rustic-style guest suites with modern amenities , a piping hot breakfast delivered straight to your door, and much more! We’re the perfect alternative to the typical hotel experience and the ideal choice for unique Washington state getaways. What are you waiting for? Book your escape with Pine River Ranch today!

If you haven’t already, be sure to download your free copy of our Leavenworth Vacation Guide for great recommendations on local restaurants, activities, shopping, and more!

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