Hello, gorgeous! Can we just take a moment to appreciate the Seattle skyline at sunset?! Jake and I made our way to the west coast for the first time together at the end of October. To say this vacation was a long time coming is a bit of an understatement. We are celebrating our 9 year anniversary this coming February and this is the first vacation we've ever taken (alone) together!
I would always see couples heading to and from trips together at the airport and would dream of the day I got to experience a trip with my Jakey. The morning of our trip felt like Christmas!
We set off from Buffalo and had a brief layover at JFK before boarding for Seattle. Our first stop after the flight was Pike Place Market, of course! Seeing the iconic sign was a reminder of how lucky we were to have the opportunity to travel across our beautiful country within hours and step foot in a brand new city. We took in the sights, smells, and ate an incredible lunch before checking into our rental. Jake checked off a bucket list item, too catching a flying fish in front of the crowds inside the market! Oh, and the gum wall was everything I had hoped for! Equal parts icky to awesome. I want to know how the skull & star designs got started...ART!
After lunch it was time to catch the water taxi to Alki Beach in West Seattle. We rented through HomeAway and couldn't have been happier with the accommodations! The view of the skyline out front coupled by our own lush oasis in the back (including a naturally-sourced waterfall) meant we were in heaven! We had the best of both worlds...secluded and close to it all at the same time. The weather was on our side, too. Slight drizzles for the first day and blue skies for the rest! #blessed
After checking in at our house we made a point to take it all in, relax, and go wherever the wind blew us! We ordered in, took in the views, explored Alki Beach, and tried to snap a few photos along the way! We met some incredible business owners (shout out to the Moondrop Coffee for making us breakfast every morning) and we never experienced the infamous "Seattle freeze" that we had heard about! Great experiences all around.
Saturday was our last full day of the trip and we made our way downtown for our final night's stay. We ventured back to Pike Place for lunch (the chowder and fish sandwich were calling to us...) and we spent the entire afternoon walking the streets shopping, drinking tons of coffee, and taking in as much as we could before our departure! Our feet were absolutely killing us but it was all worth it.
We left feeling well rested and connected with a new desire to travel together more in the future! Thank you to the kind people of the Emerald City...we'll be back!