We took a quick trip up to Seattle for the weekend to visit some friends for Halloween. While we've lived on the West coast for years, we've never managed to make it up to Washington so we were really excited.
Our hosts have lived in the city for years, so we knew we were in great hands as the weekend got kicked off. They live in Columbia City so we'll start from there.
What a beautiful little town. We loved the quaint neighborhood streets, up and coming homes, and how easy it was to get downtown on the train.
Right in there back yard was an amazing little brunch spot named Geraldine's . You can tell its a local favorite by the calm and comfortable line that forms each weekend morning. Toss your name in and wait out the line in one of the nice little stores just around the corner.
Once we fueled up on biscuits and brunch we realized we needed to get out a bit and head into the city. We'd never been, so we were blissfully following our tour guide's lead. First stop, tourist town. The Pike Place Farmers Market is not exactly a hidden gem, but its certainly a gem. You can see the local boys throw fish, the famous gum wall, or peruse the many beautiful flower dealers.
From there we continued through town got right to business with one of the main draws to Seattle....COFFEE! When our friends told us we were heading to Starbucks I was a little disapponted. That is until they told us about The Roastery on our walk up from the market.
This Starbucks isn't like any you've been to before. Gourmet through and through. I highly recommend sitting in "The Library" and ordering the cold brew americano flight. It was amazing (especially the sparkling water blend).
Once we got all hopped up on delicious blends, we went on to the other Seattle tasting experience we'd heard so much about. Being from San Diego we were skeptical that Seattle's beer scene could keep up with us, but we were pleasantly suprised!
By this point as you can imagine we'd had our fill of biscuits, beers, and Seattle memories. Our friends made the perfect call for our final activity. A little exercise on a beautiful Seattle day. Originally we were going to drive an hour outside town for long hike, but opted to stay closer to town. Less travel, same amazing pacific northwest experience at the beautiful Seward Park.
We may have gotten lucky with weather and amazing hosts but we recommend Seattle in October (or any month). It was an incredible time filled with delicious food and drink.
Brian @ Lokely