Welcome to another Rich Life Travels post!
I love to travel and so does my husband. For my birthday this year, rather than a tangible gift, my husband wanted to take me on a trip. It occurred to us that we have not been outside California since 2013. We were overdue for a new adventure!
My husband suggested Seattle. Our local Sonoma County airport has flights to Seattle daily. It is a very small airport, as you would imagine, and the planes are small as well (yikes!). Only one commercial airline flies out of the airport, Alaska Airlines.
Unfortunately, we missed our flight. A lingering breakfast followed by the discovery of a long forgotten mini pocket knife buried in my makeup bag slowed us down considerably and they wouldn’t hold the plane for us even though it was on the tarmac with the stairs still down. Rules are rules after all.
After being rerouted through Los Angeles and spending a very long day traveling, we finally made it to Seattle. My suitcase, however, did not.
Thankfully our hotel, the Fairmont Olympic in downtown Seattle, was a lovely and charming place. Quite a welcoming sight for us!
Waiting for us when we arrived in our beautiful room were chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of Prosecco. Just what we wanted after a frustrating day.
Our room was elegant and spacious. We had a separate sitting area, a nice large bedroom and roomy bathroom.
Below our room, which was on the 10th floor, we could see the indoor pool.
After a sound night of sleep, we woke up to begin our day of exploring Seattle. But first: coffee. We enjoyed a couple cups of joe in our room every morning and, once I found a swimsuit to replace the one lost in my luggage, we headed to the indoor pool afterward.
The pool and jacuzzi were such a wonderful luxury during cool fall weather. What a treat!
Once we were ready for the day, we headed out into the cloudy and chilly weather.
Eventually we made our way to Pike Place Market. My friend, Michelle (who you may remember from this post), told me about “the baby doughnuts” that were a must-eat. Daily Dozen Doughnuts are fresh and tasty and tiny and fun to eat! We visited Daily Dozen not once, but twice.
Later during our trip we went to Pike Place Market again – this time on a Saturday and found it a tiny bit crowded 😉 Not my thing! My advice is, if at all possible, go on a weekday.
The selection of products for sale is endless! Fresh seafood, cheeses, crafts, produce, meats, nuts, scarves, lotions, coffee, and flowers – lots and lots of flowers. I couldn’t resist buying a $10 bouquet of dahlias for our room.
There are vendors selling their wares outside Pike Place as well. We came across a big table full of glass pumpkins in all different sizes and colors. I chose this baby one and its big brother.
Pike Place Market is not the only area of Seattle we visited. We walked along the waterfront and passed by the Seattle Great Wheel.
The Great Wheel is right next to the Seattle Aquarium. On a whim, we went inside and spent a couple of hours, buying a Seattle CityPASS so we could save a little money when visiting Seattle attractions.
What a special treat to see this sleeping river otter….a definite highlight of the day!
Unknowingly, we walked right by the famous Gum Wall. You may have heard, that after over 20 years of letting the Gum Wall be covered in chewed gum (2,350 pounds of the stuff – yuck!), Seattle decided to steam clean the wall to preserve the brick wall. We had no idea a good cleaning was being planned and happy that a stranger offered to take our photo in front of it.
Another highlight of our trip was a visit to a charming lounge in downtown Seattle. Leslie of Hostess of the Humble Bungalow lives in Victoria, British Colombia, a few hours from Seattle and frequents the Emerald City. She suggested we stop by Oliver’s at Mayflower Park Hotel for a drink and a bite to eat and we are so glad we took her advice! The martinis were as close to perfect as I have had and our lunch was delicious. Bill had a prime rib sandwich with grilled onions that he still talks about and has become the measure to which all other sandwiches are rated.
One day we decided we’d take a friend’s recommendation and ride the ferry over to Bainbridge Island, about a 45 minute trip across the bay.
What a great way to capture some of Seattle’s city skyline!
Soon we were pulling into the harbor in Bainbridge. What a darling island!
We walked around, shopped a bit and explored the quaint little town.
We came upon these whimsical stone people on our way to lunch.
And dined on the patio at The Harbour Public House. This was our view!
We were stuffed from lunch but there is always room for ice cream, right? We enjoyed some tasty frozen yumminess at Mora Iced Creamery. A delightful shop!
Back on the ferry to Seattle we went. Seattle at night is a beautiful thing to see. The Great Wheel is lit up…
as is the Space Needle.
Pike Place Market at night was my favorite! All those colors and reflections on the wet pavement are so brilliant.
The food in Seattle is fantastic. We only had one unsatisfying meal in the five days we were there.
My top three suggestions for good eats are:
- The Mac and Cheese and Grilled Cheese at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. WOW!
- Sushi at Momiji
- Everything at The Pink Door (went here for my birthday and it did not disappoint!)
Speaking of my birthday, my stepdaughter, Kayla, surprised me first thing in the morning by ordering room service for us. Fresh fruit, pastries and more chocolate covered strawberries were delivered to our door. Later, Bill and I opened a bottle of Louis Roederer and toasted to 48!
Besides exploring and eating I also did a bit of clothes shopping in Seattle since my luggage was gone. I bought a new swim suit, as mentioned above, and some extra underwear (my favorite brand), this light blue tunic (sold as a dress) and the Free People tunic I blogged about earlier this week.
I also bought these sparkly pumps by J. Renee that are not only feminine and kind of sexy but they have a low heel. They are perfect for holiday parties! And made a big purchase by buying a pair of Aquatalia waterproof booties. A splurge but worth it!
While we’re on the subject of fashion, I wanted to mention another highlight of our Seattle trip. I had the pleasure of meeting the gorgeous, stylish, warm and vivacious, Angie Cox of You Look Fab. She is such a delightful woman!
We met in the lobby of the Fairmont and spent well over 90-minutes chatting and getting to know each other. I am so grateful she took the time to meet with me. She is truly one of the busiest – and most successful – women I know! Do check out her site if you haven’t done so already. I adore her and her style!
A non-fashion item I bought is this coloring book while shopping in Bainbridge. It’s by artist, Lisa Congdon – part of her Just Add Color series. I just love it! I also bought some new markers and colored my brains out on the plane ride home – the best thing, in my opinion, for calming the flying jitters!
Thank you for letting me share tons of photos – and a few stories – about our fall getaway to Seattle. I look forward to returning someday in the not too distant future to experience more of this fantastic city. Next time I’m only bringing carry-on!
Don’t forget that How I Wear My: Brooch is happening next week! The deadline for submissions is Monday (12/7). Please email a photo of you showing us how you wear your brooch, along with a brief description to [email protected]. Jill and I can’t wait to see how you wear your brooch. Post goes live next Wednesday!
Make it a rich day!