Our week-long Pacific Northwest road trip began in Seattle, but after landing we immediately headed to Olympic National Park and then down the Washington and Oregon coasts. After four days of travel we headed back inland through the Willamette Valley and Portland. Then we headed back to Seattle for the real reason for our trip – my college roommate’s wedding. We got into town late Friday and had all day Saturday and Sunday to explore Seattle for the first time.
The first thing that we did on Saturday morning was make our way to Pike Place market. I visit Findlay Market and Hyde Park farmer’s market in Cincinnati often so I was really excited to see another great public market. We arrived early enough to beat the crowd and spent some time wandering around to see what all of the shops and vendors offered.
I had heard about the amazing flowers, but was still surprised to see the number of vendors selling beautiful, inexpensive flowers. I had also never seen the variety and colors of dahlias that were available in the market. They’re officially my favorite flower now – so pretty and colorful! I picked out a huge bouquet for only $5 to take back to the hotel. We also stopped into Beecher’s and I had some of their “World’s Famous” mac and cheese. It’s totally ok to have mac and cheese for breakfast, right?! We also walked by the original Starbucks but decided it wasn’t worth waiting in the huge line outside when there was another Starbucks half a block away.
After the market we wandered down the waterfront and stopped to admire the view of downtown Seattle and the skyline. After that it was back to the hotel to get ready for the wedding.
The wedding was in a really cool loft location, the bride looked stunning and there were gorgeous flowers everywhere. It was fun to see some old friends from the University of Dayton and to socialize after a week of traveling.
The next morning we enjoyed a breakfast with wedding attendees in Gas Works park. There was a great view of Seattle and the Space Needle from the park. It was a nice way to end out trip that had begun a week earlier.
We loved the Pacific Northwest so much that we decided to return a year later to travel the rest of the Oregon coast and northern California. More to come soon on that trip!