Fall Getaway to Seattle

Fall Getaway to Seattle

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.

Fall Getaway to Seattle Fairmont

Below our room, which was on the 10th floor, we could see the indoor pool.

Fall Getaway to Seattle

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.

Fall Getaway to Seattle

The pool and jacuzzi were such a wonderful luxury during cool fall weather. What a treat!

Fall Getaway to Seattle

Once we were ready for the day, we headed out into the cloudy and chilly weather.

Fall Getaway to Seattle - Rich Life

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.

Fall Getaway to Seattle

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.

Fall Getaway to Seattle

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.

Fall Getaway to Seattle

Pike Place Market is not the only area of Seattle we visited. We walked along the waterfront and passed by the Seattle Great Wheel. 

Fall Getaway to Seattle

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!

Fall Getaway to Seattle

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.

Fall Getaway to Seattle

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.

Fall Getaway to Seattle

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.

Fall Getaway to Seattle

What a great way to capture some of Seattle’s city skyline!

Fall Getaway to Seattle

Soon we were pulling into the harbor in Bainbridge. What a darling island!

Fall Getaway to Seattle

We walked around, shopped a bit and explored the quaint little town.

Fall Getaway to Seattle

We came upon these whimsical stone people on our way to lunch.

Fall Getaway to Seattle

And dined on the patio at The Harbour Public HouseThis was our view!

Fall Getaway to Seattle

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!

Fall Getaway to Seattle

Back on the ferry to Seattle we went. Seattle at night is a beautiful thing to see. The Great Wheel is lit up…

Fall Getaway to Seattle

as is the Space Needle.

Fall Getaway to Seattle

Pike Place Market at night was my favorite! All those colors and reflections on the wet pavement are so brilliant.

Fall Getaway to Seattle

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:

  1. The Mac and Cheese and Grilled Cheese at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. WOW!
  2. Sushi at Momiji
  3. Everything at The Pink Door (went here for my birthday and it did not disappoint!)

Fall Getaway to Seattle

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!

Fall Getaway to Seattle

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.

Fall Getaway to Seattle

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!

Fall Getaway to Seattle

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!

Fall Getaway to Seattle

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  1. December 4, 2015 / 11:18 am

    Great post ! Didn’t know anything about Seattle yet… apart from what I’ve seen in Grey’s Anatomy 🙂 Looks like a beautiful city though… and that trip to Bainbridge Island definitely seems like a must. Love, Kathleen

    • Adrienne Shubin
      December 6, 2015 / 8:05 am

      Ah yes! Grey’s Anatomy takes place in Seattle. I had forgotten that! It’s a wonderful city. I could easily live there if I wasn’t so in love with wine country. If you go, be sure to see Bainbridge. It’s adorable!

  2. December 4, 2015 / 12:52 pm

    Dear Adrienne, I am so happy that you both got away for this much deserved fabulous trip!! LOve seeing all of the great photos and scenery, thank you for sharing with us!!

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    • Adrienne Shubin
      December 6, 2015 / 8:04 am

      Overall the trip was really wonderful. And an upside to losing all my stuff is that I didn’t really have to think much about what I would wear every day. Jeans and tall boots with a black trench – every single day!
      Beautiful scenery is right. It’s a photography lovers dream!

  3. Kathy
    December 4, 2015 / 1:16 pm

    What a first day – I would have gone nuts. Missing the flight, re-routing, and then no luggage. You seem to have taken it pretty well. It looks like a beautiful city and you both obviously had a good time.
    Bainbridge Island is somewhere I’d like to visit as well, it seems so idyllic. Great birthday trip!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      December 6, 2015 / 8:02 am

      It was challenging to not want to just forget about the trip altogether and stay home! I initially thought my luggage getting lost was my fault – for missing our flight – but it turns out it was put on the wrong flight from the get-go. I tried to not let losing my things – some of my very favorite things – bother me but it was hard. There were some irreplaceable items in there that I adored. Still feel badly about losing them but in the end, they’re just material things.
      Bainbridge is darling! I loved it and could live there…but maybe it would start to bother me that the only way off is by boat or plane?

  4. December 4, 2015 / 2:55 pm

    Seattle has been on my list of places to visit for a while now! Sounds like you had a very nice trip despite the lost luggage…

    I love all the photos in this post!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      December 6, 2015 / 7:59 am

      It’s a lovely city – lots of fun things to do and see. And the food is great!
      Thank you for stopping by the blog!

  5. Linda Salazar
    December 6, 2015 / 8:42 am

    Hi Adrienne,

    Looks like a fun time in Seattle! (other than the luggage mishap) When I went to Idaho this summer I wore my favorite white jeans on the plane to and from because if my luggage went missing I would have been very upset. They were so hard to find! Anyway, I’m glad that you didn’t let it ruin your trip, at least you were in a city that had plenty of shopping available and known for one of the first Nordstroms! 🙂

    I haven’t been to Seattle since I was 18, so obviously it’s changed a lot since then. My very first trip was to the World’s Fair in 1962 when I was 5, when the Space Needle was first built. My dad’s brother lived in Seattle and I still have one cousin in the Seattle area. I have never been to Bainbridge Island but it looks like quite a charming place.

    Have a good week!


  6. December 6, 2015 / 10:26 am

    🙂 Looks and sounds like you had a lovely trip to Seattle. – Thanks for sharing pictures and the stories to go with them.
    Will the airline refund your expensed? My suitcase was gone for 3 days when I came to CA in October and the airline I used offered me a for a fraction of the amount.
    A very HAPPY 2nd advent Sunday to you and yours 🙂

  7. December 6, 2015 / 11:35 am

    I’m so sorry the airline lost your luggage, but it looks as though you really made the best of it and had a wonderful time anyway. I’d love to get back to Seattle again and spend more time there.

  8. December 7, 2015 / 8:42 am

    looks like a very fun trip!

  9. December 7, 2015 / 10:40 am

    Thanks for sharing! You managed to do — and eat! — an impressive amount of stuff in the short while you were in Seattle. I’ve never visited this city but now I really want to go. The market (an addiction of mine) and those mini donuts are high on my to do list! 😉

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  10. December 7, 2015 / 6:33 pm

    Adrienne, the pleasure was all mine, and Seattle misses you already! You look and are radiant, and as gracious as you are statuesque. I’m glad you had a wonderful time with your sweetie despite losing your luggage. Come back soon. xo

    • Adrienne Shubin
      December 8, 2015 / 8:08 am

      It was such a delight to meet you in person, Angie! Thank you for meeting up with me.
      I hope to visit Seattle again someday – next time it’s carry-on only! xo

      • December 8, 2015 / 10:23 am

        Good idea! xo

  11. December 11, 2015 / 11:17 pm

    So glad you had such a good time in Seattle, and so happy that you stayed at the Fairmont. My husband and I stayed there on our wedding night, and have gone back many times since. Your pictures are lovely, and remind me why I love living here so much!

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