That Time we Spent the Weekend in Seattle, WA

When we lived in Canada, we used to do a lot of local tourism. We enjoyed hikes, random adventures and weekend trips. 

For us, we feel this trip was the beginning of our need for 'Wanderlust' We walked during our whole trip in Seattle, and enjoyed every minute.

For a spur of the moment weekend trip, we decided to go to Seattle after work and spend the weekend  as tourists with our friends.



On August 3rd, 2014, We took the ferry after work and drove from Vancouver to Seattle. It took about 4.5 hours total to make our journey there.

In our hotel window.
We checked into the "Sheraton Seattle Hotel" It was reasonably priced for being in city centre.
Random guy in our hotel. We became instant friends.
Our first evening in Seattle, we went to find somewhere to hangout and have some drinks. We soon learned that everything closes early on a Friday night. We managed to find one cocktail bar that was open until midnight, then we went back to the hotel and had some drinks. We found some girls having a bachelorette party on the steps of our hotel. They couldn't find a bar either. We joined them in the steps and socialised. Some other guys walking past who happen to be from Manchester, stopped to join us. We tried to go up to the girl's hotel room, but the security complained that we were being too loud. We had a lovely adventure.

The next morning we made our way to the Space Needle. It was about a 25 minute walk from our hotel. We looked into public transportation, but thought that 25 minutes wasn't that bad and decided we liked the adventure of walking to our destination.

Space Needle sticking out behind the buildings. 

We didn't really need a map to get here, as it was a straight stretch in walk, and we could always see the Space Needle in the distance.



Ah, there it is.
We also searched on happy cow before leaving, so we could have some vegan grub for breakfast. Plum Pantry had good reviews and it was situated near the Space Needle. They are a vegan stall and food truck.
Dessert for breakfast!
Waiting for our food.
Sandwiches and a brownie. Yum
The food was really good, and we would definitely go back if we are ever in Seattle again.
Figuring out our game plan.
We waited in line for the Space Needle for over an hour to get to the ticket booths. We than would learn that we wouldn't be able to go up the Space Needle for another 2.5 hours. Our plan was to head to the other end of the city for our underground tour. We didn't have time to wait around 2.5 hours for the views of Seattle. Especially considering we had some nice views from our own hotel window.

We decided against the Space Needle and made our way to Olympic Sculpture Park.

First we walked past the Experience Music Project which is a crazy building and a cool rock and roll museum to check out if you are ever in Seattle. We looked in the gift shop for a bit and then carried on.



We found Olympic Sculpture Park where they have all sorts of pretentious pieces of art.

We listened to the sound of silence. Which was absolutely pointless and supposedly based on the John Cale recording of silence. One one of the listening stations was silent, the others had sounds. We thought it was broken until we read the explanation of the piece.


This thing was pretty cool though.

It was pretty hot so we hung out under this thing for the shade.



This is the view we had
We weren't that far from the Space Needle.

We made our way down the stairs to the waterfront.


It was fleet week or something so there were cool ships like this one that had tours.
We walked up Pike Place Market which is a famous market in Seattle and went to the gum wall.
The gum wall is a disgusting wall of chewing gum that people take photos in front of for fun.

You don't want to stand too close to the wall.

In November 2015 the gum was cleaned off the walls so it doesn't look like this anymore. People have started to re-gum the walls so there is a bit of a gum wall. It had been 20 years since they cleaned the gum off the walls.
We thought that we saw the first Starbucks because it was in Pike Place Market so we waited in a massive line to get some refreshing caffeinated beverages. The Starbucks logo looked like an older version, the inside looked pretty old, and the inside had more of a independent coffee shop feel with a hand draw chalkboard menu. Also the line up was so huge that we assumed it must be the first Starbucks. We planned to meet our friends at the original Starbucks and they messaged us saying that they didn't see us there. We were pretty confused.
Not the first Starbucks
We were wrong. This is the real first Starbucks.

It is a lot smaller than the one we were at before which makes sense. We didn't wait in line cause we had better things to do than wait in Starbucks lines all day.

We all walked down to the waterfront.

It was a beautiful day.
There was a lot of goats hanging out under a bridge...

We may have missed out on the space needle but we all went on a Ferris wheel together which was probably a lot better.






Going around offered some beautiful views



Afterwards we split up with our friends to find some food. Our friends wanted seafood which we were not so keen on so we tried to find something on the waterfront that wasn't seafood. We ended up going to Subway.

We went on the Seattle Underground tour which is a tour of the old parts of Seattle that the city is built on top of. It is worth checking out. Our tour was the adult tour which had more adult theme to the history stories and it came with a free drink at the end.

The underground area is fun to see and the tour guide gives you some insight into the pioneer history of Seattle.



In the morning before heading back home, we stopped at 'Veggie Grill' for breakfast. We had walked passed it last night and walked to go back and check it out.



We soon realised that it was a 100% Vegan American fast food chain. We absolutely loved it, and instantly had dreams of opening our own Veggie Grill one day. If they decide to expand to Canada, we will consider opening one.

Burger

Nachos
We were quite excited with our 'breakfast'


After breakfast we met back up with our friends and started our journey back home. We stopped at the outlet stores on the way and we found some shoes.

It was a wonderful weekend and one we think back on often. We do really think this is the weekend that started the snowball effect that is our Wanderlust today.

If you enjoyed our throw back post, check out our post "Disastrously Positive Cuban Vacation" when we went to Cuba in 2012 and tried to make the most of a bad situation!

Comments

  1. I completely agree to do all sightseeing by WALKING! Most of the time city centres are reachable by walking and it´s also amazing way how to connect with local people. Btw, gum wall?? Really?! Super weird but interesting :D

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  2. Seattle is such a fun and lively city! I'm impressed that you were able to do so much in a weekend! It's nice that you live decently close by so you can visit again. I would love to try veggie grill sometime!

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  3. I always wanted to visit Seattle, since I based my project in the Starbucks's Mkt and PR campaigns and found out it started in Seattle.
    Really cool article, congrats! I'll definitely check it out when visiting the city whenever I'm in the west coast.

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  4. Bubblegum wall! I'm Googling it right now. We've 'missed' on Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Sky Tree but I always find them kind of pointless. I enjoy better going for places that offer good views of the towers themselves than being inside them. :)

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  5. Looks like a fun weekend! I've never been to Seattle myself but maybe will someday. :) I love that you include so many photos in your blog posts, by the way!

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  6. Looks like a great trip! I'm hoping to go to Seattle in March, and this post definitely gives me some ideas - the Experience Music Project and Underground tour look like my kind of thing! The food looks pretty damned good too!

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  7. Eww. I've seen the gum wall - not pleasant. Strangely artistic? If that's what you want to call it. Seattle is amazing, I love it there, especially for the coffee. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I wish I could find a vegan restaurant in my city so easily! It was cool to read your experience from Seattles. That's why I like travel blogs - you can travel alround the world with the authors, being at your home at the same time :)

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  9. my hometown so enjoyed this blog as a result. very detailed series of photos...makes me want to go back!

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