One of the cornerstones of our marriage is traveling together and truly enjoying the experience. A and I both say that the other person is our favorite travel buddy and our most recent trip to Seattle and Vancouver definitely proved that.
A little backstory: we’d been planning this trip since probably January as it was our post-deployment vacation and two locations we’d always dreamed of visiting. So imagine how freaked out I was when I woke up a few days before our departure with a 103 degree fever! Long story short: I got marginally better before we left, A got way worse and by the end of our trip, we were both feeling ok-ish. But we didn’t let a little cold/flu bug stop us from enjoying as much of the two cities as humanly possible.
Our first night in Seattle was a bit of a dud because despite it being St. Patrick’s Day, A was feeling really crummy so we stayed in the hotel. (Don’t worry, I got my revenge later in the trip.) But the next day, we were up bright and early (like 6:30 a.m. early) and off to explore the city. In an added wrinkle to our visit, the forecast called for rain every.single.day and the first morning in Seattle lived up to that prediction. But come lunchtime, the sun was out, the sky was perfect and we enjoyed super weather the rest of our time in the Emerald City.
We hit all the high points including Pike Place Market, the aquarium, the Space Needle and not one, but two boat rides. Most of all, we loved walking around the city, trying so much delicious food and just gaping at how beautiful the area was, especially when we caught a glimpse of the mountains.
Favorite spot in Seattle: A and I both commented on multiple occasions about how beautiful the city was (and how we could see ourselves living there) so it’s hard to pick just one favorite spot. I’d say it’s probably a tie between Olympic Sculpture Park and Pike Place Market. If we lived in Seattle, I feel pretty confident we’d spend quite a bit of time at both places.
Favorite restaurant: We had some delicious food in Seattle, including excellent clam chowder. But the best food we had was Italian! Assaggio Ristorante served up the best Italian food we’ve had since Rome. It was amazing and made us wish we had far bigger stomachs!
Best tourist trap: We are not a couple to shy away from touristy transportation. If there’s a bus or trolley tour, odds are we’re on it. For Seattle, we turned to a boat cruise (with drinks!) to get our fill of cliche transportation. And it was so much fun! I loved being able to see the city at a distance and the tour guide had a lot of great information to share about Seattle. I definitely recommend Argosy Cruises. Take advantage of the option to pair other attractions with your cruise tickets for added savings.
Best tip we learned: Get to Pike Place Market early in the morning! Everything officially opens at 9 (with a few exceptions here or there), but we were there closer to 8:30 and had almost the entire place to ourselves. Many vendors were already open (including the famous fish throwing stand) and the smaller crowds allowed us to browse at our own pace.
I don’t think either of us really wanted to leave Seattle, but before we knew it, the time had come to head to Vancouver. I’ll have more on that next week, but I’ll leave you with this teaser: a train, a mudslide and an entire night lost to exhaustion.