10 must do activities in Seattle

10 must do activities in Seattle

I have lived in Seattle for 4 years now, and during these 4 years I have had over 15 visitors. All of my visitors wanted to do all the same touristy fun things so I have become quite the pro, in fact some days I consider making it a permanent job. So if you are coming to the Emerald City and want to know the “must do” things in Seattle, look no further than my list!

1. Space Needle

I believe this one goes without mention, however seeing the Space Needle is a must do when visiting Seattle. If you are able to go on a clear day you will get a 360 view of all the mountain ranges that Washington has to offer and a stunning view of our favorite peak Mount Rainier. It’s about $20 to go up and you can stay as long as you like but cannot go back up unless you pay for a night pass.

Bonus: Combine with the Chihuly exhibit for $32. The Chihuly exhibit is a beautiful assortment of artfully blown glass created by a Washington local Dave Chihuly. If you have time it’s a great escape from the rain if you are here during our rainy season.

2. Visit Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market is an Iconic Seattle must see. You can view the famous “fish throwing” at the front of the market, purchase a $10 bouquet of wild flowers that would cost you over $30 elsewhere, or purchase a souvenir from the many local booths that set up in the hallways of the market. If you’re broke then just take it all in and try some of the many delicious samples that you will find in your venturing.

Don’t forget to take a picture with the Pike Place Pig, for good luck!

Bonus: Try the donut holes to the left of the fish throwing. Maple Bacon is my personal fave.

3. Go see the Fremont Troll

Famous for appearing the movie “10 Things I Hate About You”, the Fremont Troll is a unique monument to see while in Seattle. It is located in Fremont a few miles north of Pike Place. If you don’t want to take an uber you can always go on the “Duck Tour” which will take you right to the troll amongst other fun things. Oh and yes that is a real VW car the troll is holding.

Fremont Troll

 4. Check out the view from West Seattle

The view from West Seattle is indeed one of my favorite Seattle views. To get to West Seattle on foot simply hop on the ferry and it will take you across the water to some incredible views of the Seattle skyline.

West Seattle

5. Go to Kerry Park

Kerry Park may possibly be the best view you will find in all the city of Seattle. Combine this with a cloudless sky and you will think you have landed in heaven. With a scenic Seattle skyline and Mount Rainer perfectly positioned in the background you will find a photographers dream.

Kerry park

6.Eat Fish and Chips

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Well when in Seattle, eat fish and chips. If you’re going to be on the coast you cannot leave without at least trying some of our famous fish and chips. It’s delicious fresh cod with tartar sauce that Long John Silver’s has no idea exists. My favorite place to get fish and chips is Red Mill or Market Arms in the neighborhood of Ballard, but really it’s so fresh no restaurant will lead you astray.

7. Sip on some local brew

Photo by @ArnieJacobsen

Seattle is known for it’s micro brews and they grow by the day. A famous brewery “Fremont brewery” is in the same neighborhood as the Troll and a great place to stop during your travels. If you are looking for a fun day out check out Ballard and their many breweries. We currently live in Ballard and have 7 breweries all within a mile walk.

8. Take a walk on the wild side

So I know this post is about Seattle but the best part about living in Seattle is being able to get out of the city and see our beautiful mountains. A great hike I always suggest is Rattlesnake Ledge in the Snoqualmie mountains. It is about an hour outside the city and the hike usually takes around 2 hours, if you decide to eat a picnic lunch at the top. It’s only about 3 miles RT but if you are not in shape make sure and take it slow or at the top you will find yourself wanting to give up right before it gets really good!

Rattlesnake Ledge

9. Golden Gardens

Within my favorite neighborhood of Ballard you will find our “beach”. It looks like a true sandy beach but you probably won’t find anyone actually swimming in those cold waters. Instead pull up a chair by a fire pit and relax while gazing at the majestic Olympic mountains.

Golden Gardens Seattle

10. Hike inside the city

The next best thing to taking a drive outside the city for a hike, is to go to one of our many large parks and take a stroll on the trails. Discovery Park is a favorite of mine for many reasons. You will find a tough enough trail that will lead you from the forest right down to a rocky beach with a lighthouse to top it off. On your way back admire the old military base and glare in envy to the new owners of those houses who get to bask in the beauty of the Olympic mountains every day.

Seattle is full of things to do no matter what time of year. So come visit and you will realize why it is one of the fastest growing cities.

 

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Must Eat Brunch spots in Ballard

Must Eat Brunch spots in Ballard

My current Neighborhood in Seattle is Ballard. Ballard is constantly growing and a great place for young or old business professionals. My favorite thing to do on the weekends is to eat brunch which if you know me, should come as no surprise. When I first came to Seattle it was a tough transition where food is concerned. I would often spend $10-15 dollars on a plate and walk away dissatisfied. Over time I was able to find exactly what I was looking for in a restaurant and figure out if a place had what I desired just by looking at the line at the door. One rule that has held steadfast for me in Seattle is, “If there is a line, then the food is divine”. Ok maybe that’s not really my rule but it’s not a bad place to start.

So after 2 years of living in Ballard, these are my favorite brunch spots! Trust me when I say you will not be disappointed!

Morsel & Bean

Only a beautiful 3 blocks away from my apartment Morsel & Bean has proved it’s worth over the last year in Ballard. With homemade biscuits topped with decadent flavors such as the “Mama’s little pepper Aioli” or “Roasted Tomato Jam”, the foodie in you will not walk away dissatisfied. You can choose from a biscuit with one of their famous toppings or try a breakfast sammie. My personal favorite is the “Spanish Fly” which features prosciutto, over medium fried egg, arugula and that delicious pepper alioli I was bragging about.

Morsel & Bean

Skillet Diner

A fun Cafe with an old diner touch to it, “Skillet Diner” is my absolute favorite place to eat in Seattle. If you are looking for meals with tons of food and tons of flavor you have hit the right spot. For months upon moving to Seattle I searched for the perfect fried chicken,  and I found my love in the “Little Rob”, a masterpiece of a breakfast “sandwich”. Fried chicken topped with a egg, cheese, and their signature spicy sauce sandwiched between brioche buns with the perfect amount of crunch.

Bonus: Check out their amazing cinnamon rolls for an appetizer that feeds the entire family!

skillet

 

Hattie’s Hat

Hattie’s Hat, a Ballard staple is the perfect place to go Sunday morning after a fun Saturday night. The bar is perfectly dark and cozy allowing you to cure that hangover with their perfectly tuned bloody mary and big surprise fried chicken (maybe I’m obsessed with fried chicken ok?). The environment is friendly while you watch old movies like “Weekend at Bernie’s”. What is also great is they are open on holidays when many places are closed.

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Have you been to Seattle? What are your favorite brunch spots?

 

 

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5 Amazing Hikes an hour from Seattle

5 Amazing Hikes an hour from Seattle

My favorite thing about living in Seattle is how close we are to a variety of breathtaking hikes only an hour or so away. In the 3 years of living here I have been on countless hikes and these so far are my absolute favorites only 1-2 hours from the city.

My favorite hike of all time which happens to also be a crowd favorite is….

RattleSnake Ledge

Only 45 minutes away, exit 32 off highway 90, Rattle Snake Ledge offers a view that is sure to calm that ever moving mind of yours. The hike is about 2 miles Round trip and although I wouldn’t consider it hard, the last 1/4 mile can be a bit challenging. So Brace yourself and expected to be wowed.

Rattlesnake Ledge

 

Cedar Butte

Cedar Butte is in the Iron Horst State park parking lot right next to Rattlesnake Lake. Once parked head down the main dirt road and follow it until you see a tiny trail and sign for “Cedar Butte”. This trail is much less crowded than you will find at RattleSnake but the view is still incredible. Great hike to take dogs on and is a quick 3.5 miles round trip.

 

Cedar Butte

One more hike along I-90 that is worth your time and effort…

Twin Falls

Twin Falls is also a very popular hike but for good reason. Take exit 32 or 38 and you can access Twin Falls. The hike is not particularly a hard one with 3.5 mile round trip and it is pet friendly. This just might be my new go to hike to bring visitors to instead of rattlesnake 🙂

 

Twin FallsTwin Falls

 

Now heading off towards Highway 2, Northeast of Seattle

Bridal Veil Falls

 

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls is an epic waterfall with amazing mountain views that you definitely will not want to miss. The first 1.5 miles is a breeze however beware of the last half mile which can prove to be a little challenging. If you have kids or a small pup you might be carrying them part of the way. Once you get to the top all those worries just disappear….

Wallace Falls

Wallace Falls which is also off of Highway 2 is another Waterfall hike that makes the tough climb worth the trouble. Wallace Falls is the most tough hike out of all of these but still is doable by my fitness levels. It is a great hike for kids and dogs as it is well maintained. I suggest going all the way to the top but if you can’t make it to the third waterfall you still have beautiful views on the 1st and 2nd waterfall stop.

Wallace Falls

 

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