It wasn’t my first time in Seattle. That occurred in 2002 followed by two visits in 2008 that just happened to fall a month apart from one another. But it was definitely the best of the bunch, even though winter had already cloaked the Emerald City and my senses were in for a shock.
These days, I only tend to travel based on two criteria: 1) if I am being sent somewhere for work (as is usually the case) or 2) if I’m attending a wedding (I’ve already booked five such trips for spring 2014 alone). This visit fell into the former category, as I just began my second year as an Office Champion for Microsoft. But it was definitely not an all work, no play kind of week, as the fine folk at Microsoft made sure we got a little taste of the Pacific Northwest with us while there.
On the first afternoon, I had my own plans, though. My blog crushes Kent and Caanan swooped me up and took me on a bit of a midday bar tour of Seattle. I’ve only adored these guys for years, and it’s all kinds of ridiculous that it took us this much time to meet IRL. But bottom line: It happened, was awesome, we drank lots of bourbon together, and now they’re moving in with me in Tennessee (I wish that last part were true … but seriously, don’t you want to reach through the screen and snuggle them?).
The next day, after a couple brief Microsoft presentations at our hotel, we were off to see the sights. First stop: Chihuly Garden and Glass (again, more on that in a future post and how my usual “I hate museums” mantra did not ring true here).
We had a sinfully decadent lunch at the museum’s Collections Cafe, complete with chocolate chip cookies and Kentucky bourbon caramel. (I gained five pounds just looking at this cookie again.)
Then, since we were already there, we took a little ride up the Space Needle to check out the view.
Not shabby, Seattle. Way to do your best to glamour me!
From there, it was on to Pike Place Public Market for a tour with Savor Seattle, which is the first thing I’d tell you to do if heading to town as it was a whole heck of a lot of fun and educational, too. For example, we learned that much of the city was built upon a past of prostitution! Again, Seattle, with the glamoring.
Also, that Rachel the Pig saved the market from an untimely demise when she was pummeled by a taxi but took the hit like a lady, rather than letting it collapse the whole of Pike Place.
What I didn’t realize is that it’s so affordable to be a vendor at the market—anywhere from $18 to $35 a day—and priority is given to those with seniority. Everything, with a couple exceptions, is home-grown or homemade. I love the support of the local economy and makers.
During our “free time,” my new friend Turner met me at the Pinball Museum in Chinatown, which is every bit as rad as it sounds.
It’s $13 to play unlimited games, but the four-year-old museum was closing soon so instead we bought a couple of beers and fawned over the antique machines.
We ate at some pretty stellar restaurants, too—La Spiga, Marjorie and Maximilien—but I was too busy having fun to capture it (sometimes you just have to put the camera down). All in all, it was an excellent trip and all too short. Now if only an airline would take pity on us Nashvillians and add a direct flight to Seattle so I could take advantage of its beauty and culture more often!
love all of it
…And I don’t know if it was the beers, the company, or the feeling in the air, but the pinball museum stole something dear to me: my heart.
Great to see you. Next time we will burn down a building or something.
I think one that makes virus-filled subpar products would do.
Enjoy the ville
It was so great to meet you in Seattle! Swooning over those vintage pinball machines and so glad we weren’t stripped of our iPhones upon arrival on campus!
So nice meeting you, too! Yay, fellow iPhone users who love Microsoft products 😉
Seattle is my second favorite US city next to SF. Lived in a sailboat on Lake Union for a summer and really explored this diverse city. Love everything about it except the long winter grays.
What a beautiful place to live! The gray would definitely get to me too, though.
And we DO love being snuggled!
Glad it finally happened – the fun, the laughter, the tears***, the solving world problems, the sharing a box of Malay food, the passed out hipster on the street corner. We don’t regret any of it, dammit.
Let’s do it sooner next time. Seattle, Nashville, where ever.
***this part is untrue
You didn’t shed any tears when I got on that bus for the last time? Guess I was the only one…
And that man hanging holding a bulb touch, i am in love with that photo.
Looks like so much fun – I can’t wait to go back to Seattle
This trip definitely gave Seattle a good boost up my “favorite cities in America” list!
I love Seattle – what a fun photo essay. I also totally feel you on the whole abandoning the heavy DSLR in favor of the iPhone – sometimes, it’s just so much easier!
Looks like you had a fabulous time! Absolutely beautiful captures those that you have shared, the beauty of the place shines through. And Kent and Canaan are one of my favorites too!!
I didn’t love Seattle when I visited, but we did do an Underground Tour that was really, really cool. I love learning the history of cities and I will say it’s a beautiful place.
Travel is very important to gather knowledge and know about citys,.. Washington has a great history for his visitor ..
What a town! Thanks for the digital tour and amazing photos. Built on prostitution, eh? Funny, I always thought it was Starbucks. (:
I wish to visit Seattle someday and visit my relatives there. Thanks for making me realize how beautiful Seattle is, Kristin. The food there looks tasty there too, ugh. Makes me want to visit there soon! 🙂
Ah, your photography is always so fantastic! This was my first travel blog to ever stumble upon about five years ago and I feel confident that it will always be my favorite. Thanks for the constant inspiration!
I have a cousin who works at Microsoft and I haven’t been there…how crazy is that? I need to remedy this wrong. Beautiful pictures, as always!
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Seattle has a very special place in my heart. I think you captured it well.
AH! We’re so sad we missed you! Looks like Seattle put on one heck of a show. I can’t believe you got a cloudless picture from the Space Needle. You have to let us know when you’re coming back. We want in on the action 😉