trip tips: pacific northwest.

h and I are a few weeks away from our one-year wedding anniversary! can you believe it? The year has flown by! to celebrate, we are taking a week-long trip to Seattle and Portland. Portland is a special city for us (we got engaged there) and it will be nice to visit the Pacific Northwest in the summer. 

We will spend the first half of the week together in Seattle and then we're meeting up with h's family to celebrate his brother's wedding in portland! It will be a vacation full of family, love and FOOD. And that's where you come in...

Do you have any suggestions on where to eat or what to do in Seattle or Portland?


  1. Oh wonderful! My fiance and I met on a Seattle/ Portland trip (though we live in Chicago - so that's a neat similarity!).

    An absolute must in Portland, in my opinion, is Mother's Bistro for brunch. The wild salmon hash is melt-in-your mouth good and the crunchy french toast is perfection.

    You should also get ice cream at Salt & Straw - it is delicious and the space is wonderfully cute.

    Also in Nob Hill is 23Hoyt which has a great happy hour menu snack menu with little dishes ranging from $1 - $8 so you can try a lot of different things!

    After happy hour you should hop across the street to the Moonstruck Chocolate Café and try one of their adorable truffles or their Mayan Chocolate Milkshake (you might want to share, it is quite rich).

    If you're interested in vintage and antique jewelry you should stop by Gilt Jewelry, also in the area, to maybe pick up a 1 year anniversary gem!

    For shopping, though a bit out of the way, Schoolhouse Electric has amazing home decor and share their space with a small café and florist.

    Oblation Papers in the Pearl District has a wonderful selection of stationery and paper goods. They're a letterpress studio so you may be able to sneak a peek at letterpress in action.

    In Seattle I would go to Portage Bay and enjoy their fresh toppings bar for your french toast, pancakes, waffles, etc. It is indulgent and fresh!

    You might also visit the Honey Hole for a big, delicious sandwich.

    If you or your husband is interested in music/music history visit the EMP Museum. It is quite interactive and they have great exhibitions. It's located in the Seattle Center so you could make a day of it and visit the Space Needle and other festivities in the park.

    Have a great time!

  2. Seattle Fish Company- the salmon fish and chips were so yum!

  3. I loved Seattle for our first anniversary trip. We really enjoyed the underground tour and if you're able to be a little adventurous Wallace Falls is less than an hour away, beautiful and great hiking.

  4. I loved Portland! I went in November. Get to some of the microbreweries and make sure and wine taste in the Willamette Valley.

    You're going to have a great time!


  5. When you're in Seattle be sure to visit Von Trapps. It's a really fun and beautiful German style bar. Also, Molly Moon's ice cream is to die for!

  6. I've never been to Portland. Have been to Seattle...but it's been a long time. Can't believe your anniversary is almost here! :)

  7. Ah, I hope to visit Portland soon. Have a lovely time!

  8. Gosh dying to go to both places...but I have never been. My cousin just moved to Portland and I can't wait to go visit.

  9. I used to live in Seattle & miss it!

    Must eats: ravioli at The Pink Door, pizza at Serious Pie, splurge on fish at Ray's Boathouse, sandwiches at Salumi, brunch at Portage Bay Cafe, lunch at Mioposto, bahn mi in the International District - you can't go wrong with any of those. So good!

    Go up the Space Needle (but only if the weather is clear), take the ferry to Bainbridge Island, take a boat tour, wander around Ballard or the UDistrict, explore Mount Baker or any of the cute neighborhoods along Lake Washington, check out Seward Park (on a clear day - the view of Mt. Rainier is amazing!), kayak on Lake Union, picnic in Gasworks Park, visit the troll under the bridge in Fremont, stop at Theo Chocolate Factory. There's so much to do and see (both in and out of the city).

    Have a great trip!

  10. Oh, you're going to have a wonderful time! I have a few "must do" shopping destinations and favorite restaurants over here: http://www.shoppingsmycardio.com/pdx-picks/ Best time of the year to be there - enjoy it!

  11. I was born and raised in Seattle and miss it so much...I'd skip the Space Needle and do a ferry ride instead. And if you have time, take the ferry out to Whidbey and then drive up to Deception Pass and back down around Puget Sound. A really awesome but kind of long trip would be going around the entire Sound, south through Tacoma and up the Olympic Peninsula (fun fact - it's a rainforest!) and then up through Port Townsend and Deception Pass.

    As far as local attractions...the statue of Lenin and the Fremont troll, both in Fremont (a neighborhood) are Seattle landmarks - this is the same neighborhood as the Fremont Summer Solstice Parade (look it up, it's...interesting). Stop at Brouwers after for microbrews and/or whiskey tasting. I'd skip the Pike Place Market unless you want to be inundated with other tourists and the smell of fish and unwashed bodies/bathrooms...go to a farmer's market in the University District or Ravenna instead. The Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Symphony are both nationally renowned if you like that sort of thing. And you for sure have to eat as much local seafood and produce as you can stand.

    Also if you have time, a drive out to Snoqualmie Falls is totally worth it - classic Northwest scenery (unfortunately marred by suburban sprawl in recent years).

    As far as Portland...Powell's used bookstore is a national treasure and spans multiple city blocks. Good luck avoiding the hipsters though.

    Have fun!!!


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