Washington State Road Trip Part 1: Seattle

For the (Canadian) Thanksgiving long weekend, I took a trip across the border with my boyfriend and another friend. It was a memorable one, and it seriously made me see the state in a new light.

Washington State Road Trip Part 1: Seattle

Washington is the neighbouring state to BC, so I’ve been several times. I’ve always found it pretty similar to home (it’s still the Pacific North West), but during on this trip we went to new places that really showed the state’s diversity.

Our first stop was Seattle. I hadn’t been in about 3 years, so it seemed like a completely new city to me. Before I never really noticed the pretty architecture and sloping streets with lush tree canopies. It has a cool vibe that’s definitely different from Vancouver’s. Vancouver is beautiful, but it’s more outdoorsy. Seattle has more of an urban, big city feel.

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Unfortunately we arrived late. Usually it’s a 2.5-3 hour drive depending on border wait times, but we got stuck in highway traffic. We started driving at 10am but arrived at our hotel around 5pm! It sucked, but so did the weather. And being in a warm car is better than being on a stormy street.

I have to give a shout-out to our hotel. It was actually an apartel (apartment/hotel) called Puget Vista. It was central, clean, spacious, and under $200! A truly amazing deal because all the hotels and airbnbs close to downtown cost around $250-300 per night. This isn’t a sponsored post – we were all genuinely impressed. And when I say spacious, I mean it – our 1 bedroom apartment could easily sleep 8 people.

The view of downtown Seattle from our apartel.
The view of downtown Seattle and the famous Space Needle from our apartel balcony.

Starving after the long trip, we immediately headed to Pike Place Market to eat. Though it’s touristy, it’s really cute and there are so many options for food. We went for Russian at Piroshky Piroshky (buns with sweet or savoury fillings). I noticed all sorts of ethnic places around the city (Moroccan, Ethiopian) too, I’ll have to try them on my next visit.

After eating it was late enough so we got ready to go out. I’d never partied before in the States and was not disappointed. We went to a cool bar called The Unicorn, where I drank some Unicorn Jizz (best cocktail name ever). I loved the vibe – everyone was chill and friendly. In Vancouver people tend to get drunk to the point it’s gross.

We started the next morning with the most delicious waffles at Sweet Iron. Luckily the weather cleared up (it wasn’t raining, at least) so we were able to walk around downtown for a bit. Before heading out of town we stopped by Volunteer Park. It’s a pretty park, especially now with all the colourful leaves. It has some views of the city, a conservatory, Asian art museum, a water reserve and a historic water tower.

Since the weather wasn’t great and our time was limited I didn’t get to take as many photos as I wanted to. I really want to go back just to take photos all day (or weekend?). But here are some from downtown and Volunteer Park. All the clothes I packed were with city and nature in mind, so I wore combat boots, grey jeans, and the bomber jacket that dreams are made of (it’s lined with the softest faux fur). And the snake print halter top to make things interesting.

Thanks for reading! Have you been to Seattle?

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BOMBER JACKET & JEANS: TOPSHOP | TOP: GOLDIE LONDON | BOOTS: JOIE

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20 Comments

    1. Maria 17/10/2016 at 17:17

      Thanks Alice!

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    1. Maria 18/10/2016 at 17:48

      Thanks Paola! x

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  1. Nataliya Ogle 18/10/2016 at 10:17

    I’m so sad I haven’t been to Seattle yet!! I really want to go. The weather is actually right up my alley.

    Unicorn jizz..omg..now I have to go just for that LOL!

    xo
    N
    Style Tomes ||ST on IG

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    1. Maria 18/10/2016 at 17:49

      You should go! And then come up to Vancouver for the nature 🙂 haha right? It’s really sweet but worth drinking just so you can say you’ve had unicorn jizz.

      xx

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    1. Maria 19/10/2016 at 19:27

      Thank you! x

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  2. Neguine Boustantchi 20/10/2016 at 11:29

    Babe! Ioved reading this article, it sucks for the weather but you still looked stylish as hell! Loved this bomber on you, the color is bae! So happy you had a great time, I should do that from time to time too! love you babeee <3

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    1. Maria 20/10/2016 at 16:59

      I’m used it, it’s always rainy over here! And the next day was actually semi-nice weather, it’s more the traffic that bugged me. Thank you babe! And yeah you should, I think from Toronto you can easily visit Montreal or NYC! xx

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  3. Christina Gliati 20/10/2016 at 12:51

    I love this outfit! Never been to Seattle but here we surely know how to make and eat piroshky ( with potato, cheese of meat filling). Wonderful that you had a nice time although the weather was bad. Kisses!

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    1. Maria 20/10/2016 at 17:00

      Thanks Christina! Oh that’s cool, I didn’t know that piroshkis were popular in Greece! xx

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    1. Maria 25/03/2017 at 10:55

      Thanks Agness! Seattle is nice, and there are lots of great hikes around the area too 🙂

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