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Seattle Long Weekend Itinerary

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2016 has been a big year of travel and our Seattle long weekend was definitely a highlight for me. I don’t typically fly cross-country for just a three-day weekend, but we made it work to attend a family wedding and see the sights. We squeezed a lot into that long weekend in Seattle so I wanted to share our itinerary and favorite spots.

Day One

We flew into town late on Thursday night so our visit really began first thing Friday morning. It was a fairly typical Seattle day, or at least what you’d expect. Slightly overcast, slightly misty and cool enough for a light jacket. We settled into our hotel for the night, The Fairmont Olympic Hotel. In addition to being incredibly convenient to downtown, the hotel blended old and new worlds with a stunning lobby paired with modern guest rooms. And fun fact: it’s 92 years old and listed on the National Register of Historic Places!

Since this was my first trip to Seattle, there were a handful of touristy highlights I knew I wanted to hit on our first day. We really packed things in! We started at the Gum Wall, which is certainly odd but still worth a quick drive by on your way into Pike Place Market. The market was everything I’d hoped it would be, and honestly more. I grew up with The Real World and first saw the fish being thrown at Pike’s Place Fish Co. on the Seattle season. The teenager inside me loved seeing it in real life!

If I lived in Seattle, I would always have fresh flowers in my house. Braving the tourists during an early morning trip to the market would be worth it to scoop up the type of bouquets being sold for $15-20 there!

Desperately in need of a snack but not willing to brave the original Starbucks line, we headed for Daily Dozen. It’s just inside the market (to the left of the entrance) and you can watch the little donut holes being freshly made.

After my sister joined us (who took all of the amazing photos above), we ate a yummy Asian fusion lunch at Wild Ginger, walked through the market for a second time, and caved on Starbucks. Afterwards, we headed down to the waterfront, browsed a great antique shop and rode the Great Wheel — told you we were being touristy! But, my sister captured this amazing timelapse of it so… #worthit.

Seattle Long Weekend // Our 3-day Weekend itinerary
For the evening, we opted to explore Pioneer Square, which was surprisingly quiet on a Friday evening. It might’ve been due to the Mariner’s game happening right down the street. Regardless, we thoroughly enjoyed cocktails at Damn the Weather, a ’36 Hours’ recommendation. Then we browsed some of the local shops — my favorites were E Smith Mercantile {which also has a bar/restaurant} and Cone & Steiner General Store. We ended the night with dinner at Bar Sajor, which is now called Good Bar, and cocktails at The Pine Box, a converted beer hall-mortuary.

 

Day Two

On Saturday morning, we decided to give the Starbucks Roastery & Tasting Room a try for breakfast and I highly recommend it! Not only were the drinks unique and delicious, the whole experience was top notch. As a marketer, it made me really jealous that Starbucks has such a great place to tell it’s entire brand story in an incredibly luxurious, engaging setting.

From there, we hopped in our rental car and headed for Port Townsend where the wedding would be held. We wanted to take the ferries through Bainbridge Island but heard some horror stories about wait times during the summer. Instead, we opted for a pretty drive through the Pacific Northwest and were thrilled to get a few views of Mount Rainier along the way.

Sadly, we only had a few hours to explore downtown Port Townsend once we arrived. We ate and walked along the waterfront and could’ve easily spent a whole day there. The weather was beautiful and made for a picturesque setting for the wedding we attended at Fort Worden State Park. In case you missed it, here’s what I wore — the most complimented wedding guest dress ever.

Seattle Long Weekend // Our 3-day Weekend itinerary

 

Day Three

After a raucous wedding, we managed to get one last glimpse of Port Townsend on Sunday morning. I would liken it to the west coast version of Martha’s Vineyard — quaint, quiet, and just absolutely beautiful. It was also a nice contrast to the hustle of city sightseeing on Friday. I imagine it’s a popular summer weekend destination for Seattlites.

Since we were on a red eye Sunday evening, we hustled our way back to Seattle to see a few more sights including the Space NeedleSeattle Center {just as the Pride Events were winding down}, and the outside of the EMP Museum. Fun fact: from the Space Needle elevator you can see the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital from Gray’s Anatomy. We also managed to sneak in a sweet treat at Molly Moon’s, an ice cream recommendation from the locals.

If we’d had more time, I would’ve loved to see the Seattle Public Library, a surprisingly beautiful spot, the full Chihuly Exhibit and the Olympic Sculpture Park.

Seattle Long Weekend // Our 3-day Weekend itinerary

Phew — that was a doozy of a post! Hopefully it was interesting and informative especially for anyone looking to book a Seattle long weekend trip soon. All in all, we lucked out with the weather and saw the major highlights. Plus, we were able to explore a little off the beaten path, which I find particularly fun. But, it was too short a visit and I certainly hope to make my way back in the near future.

I would love to hear if you’ve been to Seattle before and what your favorite parts were, too!

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