We just got home from a long weekend in Seattle Washington and we had the best time! We wanted to go somewhere that we likely wouldn’t bring kids – and do all the things that are more difficult with kids! We chose Seattle because it has the best of both worlds – a big city to explore with great shopping, views and restaurants, and gorgeous hiking and wineries outside of the city.
WHERE TO STAY
The Thompson Hotel Seattle: We spent Friday night, Sunday and Monday night in downtown Seattle. We stayed at The Thompson Hotel right on Stewart and 2nd, which is the best location. It’s just a few blocks from Pike’s Market, tons of great restaurants and shopping on 5th and Pike (Nordstrom, Anthro, Madewell, Lulu, etc.). Not to mention, they have a rooftop bar that overlooks the bay area that has the most amazing views.
The service is wonderful (they greet you with a glass of bubbly!) and the rooms are clean and sleek. They have a fantastic work out room with treadmills, ellipticals, and Peloton bikes (what?!) and plenty of weights and machines that made my husband very happy.
We had a funny incident where I could have swore I booked us at the Hyatt Grand (when I called to confirm they didn’t have our reservation anywhere). So I actually found a great rate for The Thompson on HotelTonight.com. So if you have the ability to be flexible, I would definitely recommend using that site on your next adult-only trip! I didn’t have to book through HotelTonight.com, The Thompson Hotel just honored the rate, which was awesome.
Willows Lodge Woodinville: A few months prior to our trip I was looking for an upscale lodge to stay at for a night outside of the city. Willows Lodge was the first place that came up and I am so happy it did. This place was stunning. Every inch of it was romantic, cozy and welcoming.
They have 2 fabulous restaurants right on the grounds (Barking Frog and The Herb Garden) that had delicious food, a romantic ambiance and wonderful service. Our room had a huge tub and fireplace, and even though we didn’t use it – the hotel has a beautiful outdoor hot tub and is well known for it’s spa. The lodge is right next to many wonderful wineries, so the location is perfect if you’re spending some time in Woodinville.
WHERE TO EAT
The Pink Door: Upscale Italian. Right near The Thompson and Pike’s Market – delicious pasta and seafood options.
Serious Pie: Delicious flatbread pizzas right near all the shops on 5th and Pike. A world-renown chef’s restaurant that’s been featured on the Food Network and won many awards. This was a great option for a more casual (and less pricey!) dinner option.
Citizen: This was in the city but a little bit of a walk. This is a quaint little spot with delicious breakfast options. I think my husband and I will be dreaming about their cheddar chive biscuits for years to come. They also have a great patio space if you are visiting at a warmer time of year!
Matador: We shared nachos and a margarita here and they were delicious! A perfect place to grab happy hour after exploring the shops in the Ballard area.
Barking Frog: Right on the grounds of Willows Lodge, this was an upscale surf and turf dinner that was worth every penny.
The Commons: Delicious coffee and baked goods. Great for breakfast!
Hollywood Tavern: A great spot for lunch or brunch. Right next to the Woodinville Whiskey Co. which my husband was happy to wander into after lunch!
WHAT TO DO
Ballard Neighborhood: Great shopping and restaurants! We walked around this area on our first night and found some great Christmas presents and enjoyed an appetizer at the Matador – but there were so many other cute restaurants to try too.
Pike’s Market: Of course – you have to visit this place and explore the market! It’s great for people watching and there are many places you can taste different fresh seafood, cheeses, olive oils, etc.
The first (original) Starbucks: Right across from Pike’s Market is the very first Starbucks. There is usually a long line so try to go in the evening to avoid the crowds.
Starbucks Roastery: This was definitely a highlight for us. You can taste all different types of espresso, and it’s a beautiful spot. We had some coffee and hung out there for a few hours reading etc.
Woodinville: This area has tons of wineries, tasting rooms and distilleries. We checked out Chateau St. Michelle and went on a complimentary tour, and then played bocce ball at JM Cellars. There are many other tasting rooms as well – but these were our two favorites!
Rattlesnake Ledge: There are so many gorgeous options and places to hike driving distance from Seattle. We chose Rattlesnake ledge, and loved it. It is not an easy feat, but the views are well worth it. It took us about an hour and 45 minutes to complete, and I would definitely recommend going earlier in the day rather than later. We got there shortly after it opens at 8am, and on our way down it was getting pretty crowded.
Kerry’s Park: This is a small look-out that is known to have some of the best views of the city. Unfortunately it was super cloudy the day we were there so we couldn’t even see the space needle. But on a clear day (or in the evening) I bet it would be beautiful!
If Seattle isn’t on your bucket list you definitely need to add it! We loved it. Happy exploring!