On our first full day in Seattle, we didn’t have an itinerary planned but we knew we wanted to explore the downtown area near our hotel. We stayed at the W Seattle and couldn’t have been happier with our choice. It’s ideally located in the center of the city which made it easy for us to walk to most places, and was only one block from the link rail station which we used every day for heading further out into the city, and four blocks from the Seattle piers and Elliot Bay. We also had incredible views of downtown with Mount Ranier in the distance, and on the day we arrived, we had truffles and champagne waiting for us along with a handwritten note wishing us a happy anniversary. It was an amazing experience and we’d stay there again in a heartbeat!
When we woke on our first morning, we ate breakfast at a little cafe across the street from our hotel, Belle Epicurean, and then took the link rail over to Capitol Hill for some sightseeing and exploring. It had the cutest local pubs and shops and was a popular place for college students. While up there we stopped at a market and picked up some snacks and water, which is something we do on every trip to stay fueled for lots of walking and save money from having to sit down at restaurants throughout the day. We stayed at Capitol Hill until early afternoon and then hopped back on the link rail to downtown to continue exploring other parts of the city.
After a quick stop at the hotel to drop off our groceries, we walked the few blocks down to the pier with one quintessential Seattle location in mind: Pike Place Market. If you’ve ever been to or researched things to do in Seattle you almost certainly know of Pike Place Market; it’s an incredible farmer’s market that’s over 100 years old and is most famously known for the fresh fish that you can buy as well as the most beautiful flower bouquets you’ll ever see in your life! I’ll admit that in drafting this post I spent more time trying to choose which pictures of these flowers to use than anything else because I had so many amazing photos of them.
We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around Pike Place and our last stop was to buy some fresh blueberries and blackberries from one of the fruit stands before heading for dinner nearby at Japonessa, which had amazing sushi and definitely the largest rolls we’ve ever eaten. I have to give kudos to Blake for picking the restaurant every night we were in Seattle; I had some of my favorite meals I’ve ever eaten at the places he chose! For my outfit on the first day I wore a classic combination — this denim shirt (another of my anniversary sale buys — you can never go wrong with staple pieces like this!), my white destroyed denim, these blush suede espadrilles that were a great choice for a day filled with walking, and this navy and rose gold watch that was my anniversary gift from Blake. I actually bought this during the anniversary sale as well because the discount was too good to pass up, and we just agreed that it would be an early anniversary gift :)
I’ll be sharing more of our Seattle trip soon so check back this weekend!
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