Earlier this year, BFF Vera moved from Boston to Seattle to work for a very prime company. Last weekend, BFF Scott and I headed out for a visit. My friend Drew was also in Seattle the same days as us, but had other friends to stay with, although we were able to meet up for some activities.

It was a great trip, we saw many sites, and I’m already starting to plan my next trip. (Or at least make a mental list of the places I’d like to go.)

A brief rundown of our trip:




Vera lives in the Eastlake neighborhood and has some pretty sweet views of Lake Union and downtown Seattle from her roof. We spent a lot of time up there relaxing and chatting and enjoying the views. Thankfully, we had beautiful weather (highs in the 60s and no rain).




Of course, we had to go for a run (Vera is the reason I started running in the first place, 7 years ago). And of course, we had to take a selfie on our run. Vera took me through some very scenic spots, including a run uphill on Interlaken Blvd, which was a mile-long tall, dense tree canopy on what felt like a secluded road. In the middle of Seattle. But since that road had no sidewalk, and we were running against oncoming car traffic, I did not snap any photos.




Half of our group (Scott and Drew) were Twin Peaks fans, and the other half (Vera and me) had never watched the show. So while we enjoyed the beauty of Snoqualmie Falls and the quaint “Double R Diner” (yes, we ordered pie and coffee), the cultural relevance was lost on two of us.

Not pictured: Watching salmon swim upstream in Issaquah, driving past Kurt Cobain’s home in Seattle, and a delicious dinner at Babirusa, a small, intimate bar & restaurant.  




Deception Pass Bridge in Deception Pass State Park, about 80 miles north of Seattle.

Not pictured: Passing through the tiny but adorable town of Edison (seems to be an artist enclave), and running into Drew and his other friends, who were stopping for lunch after also visiting Deception Pass. 


Vera enjoying the view of Samish Bay as we kept heading north.

Not pictured: Bellingham, WA. We were less than 30 miles from Canada … but sadly Scott and I didn’t have valid passports. (Remember when I had the goal of renewing my passport? Still hasn’t happened.) We did stop at Asland Brewery for dinner (and beers) and Structures Brewery for more beers.




Mount Rainier National Park, about an hour and a half outside of Seattle. Fun fact, Mount Rainier is an active volcano. And 90 miles from Mount St. Helens. Anywho, we drove up to Paradise (pics 2 and 3), which is at the treeline and 5,400 ft elevation. (The peak is 14,410 ft.)  There was snow, but the air temp was probably around 50 degrees up there. Had we hiked up, we would have dealt with two feet of snow and colder temps. We saw plenty of people outfitted for hiking, we had no such plans. On the way back down, we stopped at Reflection Lake (first pic) and Narada Falls (last pic).  It was a beautiful trip and everyone’s favorite part of the weekend!

Not pictured: Vera teaching us to play Ticket to Ride that night, the delicious almost-Reuben sandwich I got from Mammoth.  




Monday was our last full day and the only day I spent really seeing the city of Seattle. Drew and I went on an Underground Tour and learned some history of Seattle. (Did you know that they, too, had a great fire? In 1889.)  We walked through Pike’s Place (pictured above) but it was crowded with tourists so we didn’t stay long.

Not pictured: Breakfast at 14 Carrot Cafe.  


After Vera got off work, we went for a hike at Discovery Park with Drew and Vera’s husband Neil. It’s a beautiful spot on Puget Sound with lots of trails and beautiful views. It’s also the site of the music video for Hunger Strike by Temple of the Dog.  We walked the 2.8-mile loop trail.

Not pictured: Delicious sandwiches for dinner from Geo’s Cuban & Creole Cafe.   

We flew home on Tuesday, getting Taco Chukis on the way to the airport.

We saw a lot in the four full days we were there, but there is so much more to see! Hopefully, I’ll be able to visit again in 2018.

Have you been to Seattle? What were your favorite things to do/see/eat? 

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2 Comments on “PNWonderland”

  1. This is super impressive! I think you saw more of Washington in the four days you were there than I’ve ever seen in the dozens of trips I’ve taken! But I suppose that’s the difference between going to visit your thirtysomething friend and going to visit your ninetysomething grandparents, haha.

    I don’t know if I implored you to visit Ivar’s when you mentioned you were going last time, but the next time you go back, you MUST go to Ivar’s. MUST. Well, unless you’re allergic to and/or severely repelled by the idea of clam chowder. I can’t speak to anything else on Ivar’s menu because the clam chowder is all I ever get. BUT, if you are not strictly anti-clam chowder, then you have to go to the walk-up counter on Puget Sound (it’s not too far from Pike Place Market), order their clam chowder and a side of fries (which are only kind of for you…they’re mostly for the seagulls), sit at one of the picnic tables outside, and enjoy the greatest clam chowder known to man. And feed your fries to the seagulls, since they encourage it, and the seagulls are very friendly (but no feeding the pigeons. That’s against the rules.). Even though my grandparents live in the suburbs, it’s ALWAYS a family priority to get downtown to Ivar’s when we go to Seattle (and to walk through the market and ogle at the insanely cheap prices on fresh flowers). So, next time you go, you should do that.

    If you have more time, the Olympic Peninsula is really something, and definitely worth the trip. It’s a bit farther than Mt. Rainier, so it might be a little tight for a day trip, depending on how much time you wanted to spend there, but the National Park really is so beautiful. The San Juan islands are also great.

    1. You did mention Ivar’s and I think we briefly considered it for dinner but ended up going to a place basically across the street from where my friend lives. I’ll keep it in mind for next time!

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