Sleepless in Seattle. May 2010

My trip to Seattle is one of my favorite trips I’ve ever been on. I constantly daydream about moving there, but for now I’ll have to settle with blogging about it and saving money for another visit there. Kraig and I stayed at a very charming bed and breakfast The Salisbury House.  The Salisbury House closed in 2011, but I hear that one of the owner’s innkeepers opened her own bed and breakfast.

Our first day in Seattle started off with walking around Pike Place Market,  viewing the Gum Wall, and having lunch at Pike Place Chowder.  We decided we needed a coffee to go after an indulgent lunch and ended up at  Le Pichet for sit down cappuccinos and wine. The food at Le Pichet looked good so I was sad I had no appetite after stuffing myself with chowder earlier.  We did some more walking around the city and then had oysters and beers at Elliot’s Oyster House. Any place with an Oyster Happy Hour is good in my book.  We didn’t go to the top of the Space Needle, but that’s because we climbed to the top of the Water Tower in Volunteer Park instead. This is a free and non-crowded activity if you want a more intimate experience than The Space Needle. I do plan on going to the top of the Space Needle someday. Next time! 😉

Our second day in Seattle was spent on an Evergreen Escapes excursion to The Olympic Peninsula.  Alice our tour guide was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and outgoing. She made our small group of four feel very comfortable. The Hoh Rainforest, Lake Crescent, and the trees in the Olympic Peninsula are so impressive and beautiful. This tour is Twilight themed, but would be fun for Twilight and Non-Twilight fans alike. Kraig and the other male on the tour both enjoyed themselves because there wasn’t just a focus on Twilight. I really enjoyed myself and I’m very happy I did this tour.

The third day was spent on another Evergreen Escapes excursion at Mt. Rainier.  Our tour guide Matt was laid back, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. He made the snowshoeing experience fun and educational at the same time. One part of the trip that I particularly liked was when Matt was driving us up the mountain.  Picture being in a car climbing up a mountain in circles as the snow on the ground increases and trees grow larger. We didn’t get to see Rainier per say on our trip, but it was still a once in a lifetime experience.

I really think the Evergreen Escapes excursions made our trip the best trip I’ve ever been on.  Perhaps I might try renting a car the next time I’m in Washington, but it’s fun to have a smart naturalist guide educate you on all the beauty surrounding you.

*Tip – ABC Transportation provides affordable and easy transportation to and from the airport. Make sure to book in advance!

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