Day 1: we arrived in Seattle in the evening so decide to take it easy. After checking in the hotel, it was a good idea to shower and freshen up. We booked a sushi restaurant for tonight and headed over there. after dinner, we decided to take a walk to get a feel of the city. Pike Marketplace was close by.
Day 2: We headed over to xx for brunch. It was a short walk from our hotel and wasn’t too busy. We got a croissant sandwich and Shakshuka. The restaurant was spacious and had good seating doors as well as some patio seating. After brunch, we headed over to Chihuly Gardens, which is next to the Space Needle. You can buy tickets for both together at the venue, or by a CityPass if you are interested in museums, etc. Chihuly glass and gardens was a delight to experience. It took us about 30 minutes from start to end. There was time left until our space needle reservation, so we decided to head to the food court right around the corner.
After having a small bite at the food court, we headed for the space needle. It’s reservation only, so make sure to buy the tickets ahead of time. The elevator took about 15 minutes to arrive. the elevator itself is pretty fast and once at the top, you can take off your masks outside in the open air. The view from here is worth it; not only do you get a 360 degree of the whole city of Seattle but also a magnificent view of Mt. Rainier. I enjoyed my time up here immensely.
We decided to then go downstairs to the revolving restaurant and the glass floor. It was exciting but a bit scary to see all the way down. The restaurant was closed so we decided to head back and grabbed a couple of souvenirs from the store. We were pretty tired from all the walking so deiced to take it easy for the night.
Day 3: the most exciting day as we had planned a hike to Mount Rainier. We chose the Paradise trail as this was the most scenic trail. It wasn’t easy due to the incline, but totally worth it. Bonus: This trail also had the most wildflowers and 360 views. The pictures speak for themselves. By We reached around 2 pm and left at 6. It was 2.5 hours each way from Seattle.
Day 4: Day trip to Bainbridge Island. We got on the ferry from Seattle (bought our tickets at the port). The ferry runs almost each hour from Seattle to Bainbridge and back. It’s a fun ride as the cars can be left on the ferry and you can easily go to the deck and enjoy fresh air and lovely views of the city and the water. it’s about a 20 minute ride but took about an hour total with waiting in line and parking the car onto the ferry. Once you each Bainbridge, we decided to head to Pegasus coffee(built in 1984). It was a hot day so I got an iced latte. The interior is so chic and it a lovely spot to hang out in. This location is by the dock, which also features a. seafood restaurant. We decided to head to the town center. They have local eateries which offer delicious food. Most of them close by 3 so reservations are recommended. We went to the local Italian restaurant which had wood fired pizzas. I definitely recommend checking out this spot as the food was delicious and it was a great spot for just chilling and people watching. Next, I headed over to Mondo’s for some ice cream, which didn’t disappoint. I tried the white chocolate, hazelnut chocolate and orange flavors. They also had summer special flavors such as lavender.
At this point we started noticing the air quality which started to decline, due to the wildfires in Oregon and California. So we decided to head back and cut our trip short.
We wanted to visit Cascade falls, however, the heatwave combined with the bad air quality was not a good combination for any outdoor activity
As for coffee, I tried Fulcrum Cafe, Union Coffee &wine, Victrola Coffee Roasters and Mr. West. My top choices were Victrola Coffee Roasters, Fulcrum Cafe and Mr. West.