Preparing for our west coast road trip had taken at least 2 weeks, or about as long as we would be gone. From planning where we would stop, to researching restaurants, things to see, booking hotels/cabins/airbnbs, and accommodations for Penelope Rabbit (shout out to Aunt Sammie for being the best and pet sitting), there was a great deal of time put into this trip!
Getting to Seattle was beyond exciting! But, being from Ottawa, I think we take for granted how easily the downtown core is laid out – in a simple grid. This was not the case in Seattle, a ton a winding roads and bizarre intersections! We stayed in a charming airbnb in the most picturesque neighborhood of Queen Anne. Lucky we were a quick 20 minute bus ride from Belltown and Seattle Centre, so we headed out on the town!
We stumbled across the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, which was a super neat chance to shop around for Starbucks paraphernalia, but also a great behind the scenes look at Starbucks’ roasting process.
We ended up at the The Grill from Ipanema for dinner, a Brazilian BBQ joint that was insanely packed. We had made a reservation, but we ended up being 20 minutes late after getting lost, and were super pleased and relieved that they were still able to seat us, because there was an hour wait!
There was a delicious selection of every grilled meat you can think of! Fillet mignon, sirloin, rib eye, bacon wrapped turkey, garlic steak etc! There was also a great selection of none meat items at the salad bar, and the best part – Grilled Pineapple!
The following morning, we headed to the Pike Place Market where there was hours worth of shops to poke around in. The market was packed, and being a huge supporter of the eat local movement, this was definitely my kind of place! It was amazing to see Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, the place where the cheese I had eaten for brunch the next previous day was made!
After some walking around we settled into the Pike Brewing Company for some drinks and lots to see in their pub.
I also wanted a chance to get to see the Seattle skyline from the water so we took a ride on the water taxi that goes to West Seattle. Even though there in nothing really on the other side, the ride there and back provided a great view and a fun ride!
All in all a great first couple of days in this BEAUTIFUL city!!