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On Seattle Being Awesome

Oops, it’s been three weeks since I wrote about the first part of our “mini-moon” – {Portland} – didn’t mean for it to take that long to write about the second half of our week away.

After our 3 short days in Portland, we drove our rental car up to Seattle.  It took us less than 3 hours to get there, which is pretty awesome – and the drive was so pretty.

When we first arrived, we just drove straight to our hotel. We stayed at Hotel Deca, which is located in the university district.  It’s a super adorable boutique hotel and we definitely had a great stay. Our room was adorable and had great views (I believe we were on the 14th floor), plus they gave us some free honeymoon goodies including some champagne and chocolates 🙂

It was kind of late in the afternoon and we were starving, so we decided to head downtown to Pikes Place Market right away and find something there to eat.  Can I just say that I hate parking in big cities (especially when I’m driving) and it gives me MAJOR anxiety? That is all.

We ended up grabbing some delicious chowder at Pikes Place Chowder, and then spent the rest of the day walking around, exploring and hitting some some shops.

And since our trips are all about food, we had a late dinner at a sushi place that was right down the street from our hotel, Village Sushi.  It was really good and the restaurant was on a street with older houses – so it was in a super cute old house!

The next morning we went to a diner that has been featured on Diners Drive-ins and Dives, Voula’s Offshore Cafe.  The cafe was super cute and we had a great meal – you could tell it was a really popular place, and for good reason. I have no idea what we ate but it was probably delicious 🙂

That day we drove about an hour and a half away to a a wildlife park called Northwest Trek.  We wanted to see more of the outdoorsy part of WA, so that’s why we went there. Plus…we love animals and it sounded pretty neat.   The whole places was located within a dense forest, on acres and acres of land.  All of the animals there are native to the area, some were in enclosed habitats, and there was another part of the park where you go on a tram tour through all these different habitats and see heards of different animals roaming around. That was pretty dang neat, because you were right next to them.  Here’s some of my favorite animals we saw.

That evening we ate at RAM Brewery and grabbed some coffee at Satellite Coffee, both in Tacoma, WA.   Weird story, that night when we got back to our hotel in Seattle, we turned on the news and saw there had been a shooting at a “popular restaurant” that night and Chris said “that would be funny if it was the restaurant we went to”…and it TOTALLY WAS. Weird right. I mean…Tacoma is kind of a drive from Seattle, and we just happened to be at THAT restaurant that same night. Crazy.

Our last full day in Seattle was spent visiting some random places that I had read about online…they were kind of all over the city so we drove a lot.  In West Seattle we visited Bakery Nouveau (I had an AMAZING almond croissant), Cupcake Royale (we tried lavender, red velvet, salted caramel and tripe threat chocolate, all so good!), a store called Click (lots of handmade goodies – I got some cute stuff), and stopped at the farmers market (it was a Sunday).   That night we hit up another brewery, down the street from our hotel, Big Time Brewery.  We mostly just went there to try their beer (which was good!) and we ate pizza 🙂

Aaaannndd, the last day of our trip, we had to drive back to Portland from Seattle. It was raining really bad – so bad that sometimes I couldn’t see and I felt like I was going to crash! But we made it 🙂  (and just so Chris doesn’t sound lazy, I had to drive THE WHOLE TIME because I am the only one 25 or older and we didn’t want to pay more for him…boo!).  Before we went to the airport, we met a friend for lunch at – you guessed it- another brewery. We had lunch at Widmer Brothers, and I think Chris is the only one that actually had beer. At this point, I wanted to die from all the beer and food we had been ingesting – lol.  After that, we headed to the airport and we had a safe flight home (yay!).  Actually, boo…I was really sad to leave that gorgeous area and kind of depressed to come home. Can’t wait to go back.

And that, was the longest trip recap of all time 🙂 Hope you got through it all. Whew!

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On Portland Being Awesome

I can’t remember if I had mentioned it here or not (I probably did, who am I kidding..because Portland is awesome!), but after we got married we went on a little trip up to the beautiful Northwest. Our first stop was Portland. Chris and I have been dying to go to Oregon and Washington for the past few years because we both see it as somewhere we just NEED to live (asap). So our “mini-moon” was a perfect time to go! We flew from Bakersfield to Portland (which was awesome..not a fan of having to fly out of LA) the Tuesday after our wedding – and spent the first 3 days of our trip in Portland.

We stayed in downtown Portland in a super adorable hotel called Hotel Modera. This was our view from the 5th floor room:

 

That was our room! It was super cute and stylish! 

Best part? There were outdoor firepits on the patio. And since the hotel has a fabulous restaurant as part of it, we were able to eat and drink out by the fire (luckily for us, it wasn’t raining!). It was just perfect.

This was our rental car, I felt so gangster driving it!
One day we drove about 30 minutes (or more?) west of Portland, along the river, and stopped at a bunch of different waterfalls, a fish hatchery, some parks, and a dam. 

Chris was kind enough to pose next to a gigantic fish 🙂 

Spawning salmon.

 

 

We spent the rest of the time trying to find the best restaurants, breweries, bakeries, coffee shops, stores, etc. to go to! Luckily we have friends in Portland who were able to hang out with us for a bit and take us to some neat place. Here are a few of my favorite places we went: 

Deschutes was rad, from the decor to the beer. Their food was AMAZING – I wanted to try so many things, but alas, we could not. We had some beer samples and I got a large glass of the Black Butte XXI. Oh and their sweet potato fries are a must!

We also did some shopping, hit up Powell’s bookstore, Pearl Bakery (where we saw this lady), VooDoo Doughnut, and this adorable Anthro store!

Another place we had breakfast that I just cannot forget, Slappy Cakes. All you need to know is from the picture below. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Awww, this post made me really miss our trip! Portland/Oregon was pretty amazing and I was SO sad when we had to leave! I cannot wait to go back and explore more (and have more Stumptown coffee)

Next up, Seattle!