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.
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.
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?