After telling several close friends I was traveling to Seattle for an extended weekend, the common consensus from them was, “The Food!” Of course, being right on the water I figured the seafood would be impeccable, and I could not wait to try the various dishes that Seattle had to offer.
Our first meal was during happy hour at a sushi restaurant called Japanessa Sushi Cocina. Our concierge at The W Seattle made the recommendation, and he did not disappoint. This was by far my favorite meal on our journey. The sushi truly did melt in my mouth, which was something I had yet to experience when eating the delicacy. We ordered several different rolls, trust me-you can’t go wrong here; and, toasted to the beginning of our adventure.
The next morning we enjoyed breakfast at Tulio. The restaurant is quaint, understated, and very welcoming. It is actually connected to the Kimpton Hotel, which you completely forget once you enter the restaurant. We had the best service I’ve received in a long time from a lovely waitress named Becky. She even offered to make me “half of a Belgian Waffle” (which is pictured) because I knew a whole one would be too much.The breakfast menu offered all of the classics, fresh brewed tea, and mimosas. It was a great way to start the day. Tulio was a little hidden gem, and I’m glad we stumbled upon it. Oh! And the yogurt parfait…order it. You will not be disappointed.
Unfortunately, the rest of the meals were not nearly as exciting. They were not bad, but certainly not memorable. We tried various restaurants that were highly recommended by the concierge and locals, but they all fell a bit flat. I am definitely planning to return to Seattle. Restaurant recommendation are welcome!
50 degrees does not feel like 50 degrees! Being from Texas, when the temperature dares to drop below 60 we all break out our scarves and Uggs. Well. Let’s just say I was slightly overdressed in my faux chinchilla vest and thigh-high boots.
The weather was amazing. The sun was shining. It did not rain. And it felt like fall. I would suggest layering because the mornings tended to feel significantly colder than the rest of the day, and if you enjoy exploring the city by walking then you may get warm.
My outfit of choice for the majority of our trip was black leggings, boots, and a running jacket.
I must talk about the fall foliage. One of the reasons I wanted to go to Seattle was to see leaves. This may sound strange, but in the south we don’t always get seasons, and in Austin, Texas we get hot, extremely hot, and two weeks of “cool.” So, if you have not been to Seattle during autumn, I would highly recommend it. Seeing the leaves cascade from the trees, animals playing in their natural habitat, and the water dancing as it crashed against the shore was worth the 4.5 hour plane ride.
Fashion is an impossibly important part of my life. I enjoy mixing bold patterns and pairing the right pop of color with generally muted garments. Black is my go to color along with nudes, so that was the basis of my color palette when packing.
Seattle fashion in simple, understated, and authentic. They are very true to the grunge roots of the city while mixing in sleek, modern accesories. When I stepped off the plane in my ribbon trimmed floppy beige hat and matte lipstick I quickly felt out of place. Not necessarily overdressed, but I certainly wasn’t in Kansas anymore. For me, traveling is about being part of the climate and culture of whatever city I’m exploring. And for that weekend, I wanted to be a Seattleite.
This trip came at the right time in my life, and it was one of the best trips that I’ve ever experienced. The city is nestled amongst so much natural beauty. So if you’re like me and enjoy the tranquility of nature as much as the bustle of the city, then Seattle is the perfect destination spot for a quick getaway. We also ventured to several wineries in Bellevue, WA. This was a first for me, and I am so glad I was able to experience it with my cousin. Chateau St. Michelle was amazing. And I am fully stocked up with Riesling for the next 3 months. I will definitely return to the Pacific West Coast; it offers so much serenity, and Seattle is such an alluring city.