After we both completed law school, my best friend Ashley and I made a promise to each other that we would go on a girls trip somewhere at least once a year. We are realizing how difficult it is to make time for visits now that we both are working full time. Life just gets so busy, but I’m so thankful that we made time for this trip. This year we chose to spend a couple days in Seattle and then rent a car and drive down the west coast to spend a few days in Portland. The drive was incredibly beautiful – lush evergreen trees all around you and the Pacific Ocean coming in and out of sight.
TO EAT & DRINK
A classic French boulangerie and patisserie located in the heart of Pike Place Market. Chocolate croissants, macarons, & lattes for breakfast. We woke up early both days to spend our morning at Le Panier – it was that good.
Ivar’s on Pier 54
Ivar’s is renowned for its clam chowder, but we both had the fish ‘n chips. We sat out on the pier for lunch and fed the seagulls French fries.
The Pink Door
The most adorable and quaint little Italian place. We sat outside on the patio with a view of Elliot Bay. I had the Campanelle Alla Caprese pasta, and it was so palatable. Also, it’s quite literally the pink door in Post Alley. There’s not really a sign that says The Pink Door. We wandered around a little bit before figuring that out, so I thought I’d save you some time.
TO SEE & DO
So touristy, but it was my first time to Seattle, so it was a must. It’s similar to the Empire State building or the Chicago Skydeck in that you do it at least once just because.
Pike Place Market
Oh, what I would give to have a farmer’s market like this every day! In Houston, our farmer’s markets are mostly limited to Saturdays, and some of them are only once a month. I loved waking up early both Thursday and Friday morning to see Pike Place Market already in full swing. More fresh fruit, vegetables, and flowers than you can even imagine.
Take the scenic ferry ride to Bainbridge Island
The ferry ride itself is worth it. It’s only $8 and it takes you there and back. There is more than one and they run constantly so you don’t have to worry about time too much. You get an incredible view of the Seattle skyline both ways and the view of Bainbridge Island is gorgeous as well. The downtown area is walkable from the ferry. There are so many charming boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream parlors, and a few wineries. Speaking of…
Bainbridge Island is covered in wineries. However, you can’t reach any of them without a car. Island Vintners is a little wine tasting nook in downtown Bainbridge, and it represents two local craft wineries – Amelia Wynn & Fletcher Bay. If it’s nice outside, sit on the patio in the back. You must get the three cheese small plate! It’s served with crackers, prosciutto, and Italian olives soaked in oil. It’s. so. good.
Mora Iced Creamery
Homemade ice cream and sorbet. When I say homemade, I mean the old-fashioned way – toasting pistachio nuts, melting Belgian chocolate, squeezing fresh fruit, fresh milk, real eggs, and cane sugar. “Mora” means blackberry in Italian and Spanish, and Bainbridge Island is home to the wild blackberry.
Despite Ashley’s disappointment in finding out that most of Grey’s Anatomy was not actually filmed in Seattle, we loved our short time there. We were also terribly lucky that it didn’t rain on us. Details on the second half of our trip are coming soon!