I now truly understand how the movie “Sleepless in Seattle” got its title! I recently had the opportunity to take a few days with my husband to visit the Seattle area. I was pleasantly surprised to learn about so many things to do and I didn’t even scrape off the top layer of activities! Here are a few things I did that I think are a must if you’re planning a trip there!
Salish Lodge & Spa
What a beautiful establishment. I loved the “ski resort” vibe this place had. The aroma of logs burning and crackle of wood on the fire, greeted me as I walked in the doors and made you want to cozy up and read a good book. The rooms were well appointed and the staff was friendly. The restaurant at the lodge served a wonderful breakfast and offered a breathtaking view of the Snoqualmie Falls. (These falls are actually 100 feet taller than Niagara Falls! Who knew?!) They have a tradition where they serve local honey on your biscuit and put on a little show while doing so! I don’t want to spoil it with details so you must go experience it for yourself!
*View while having breakfast. Falls were to the left.*
Seattle Brewing Company
This is a cool spot in downtown Seattle to go grab a brewsky. I chose a beer flight that consisted of 3 6oz pours for $8. Classic Rock played in the background and the tables had a map of the area so you could plan your next adventure while sipping your beer!
The first in my beer flight was the Hale’s Wheat Wine which has a ABV of 10%. (Yes they had me at “wine” in the name! 😉 ) To me, this one felt a little fizzy when it hit my palate and had a super after taste like an IPA. It’s medium colored and is aged in a whiskey barrel so I noticed it had an oaky flavor.
Next I tried Hale’s Nitro Cream Ale which has a ABV of 5.7%. It’s a light colored beer and honestly didn’t seem to have a lot of depth to the flavor. If you’re not a big beer drinker, this could be a good “starter beer” for you.
Last on my beer flight was Bad Jimmy’s Hyper Squirrel Nut Brown, and yes I chose it because of the name! It’s a darker beer which I do not usually drink nor like. I was pleasantly surprised with this one! For me, it had a Root Beer soda flavor just without the sweetness of the soda.
And a bonus beer, I also tried the Seattle Cider which had a green apple flavor and was quite refreshing!
*Picture of my beer flight and table with map!*
This is a MUST if you are visiting the Seattle area. For $20 you can take a tour of the Boeing Factory and see how they make airplanes. The building where the planes are crafted covers almost 100 acres and is the largest building by volume in the world! It’s really interesting to see behind the scenes on how planes are made and the systems they have in place. I was very surprised to learn that machines have not taken over the jobs of humans here, and they employee 35,000 people! It really gives you a sense of appreciation when sitting on an airplane.
*This is a picture of the Boeing Museum area you can walk around after your tour.*
There are so many hiking trails in the area and the views are something you would only think to see on a desktop screen saver. Absolutely stunning. We chose to hike the “Rattlesnake Ledge” trail which was a total of 4 miles and 1,100 feet in elevation. It winds its way up the mountain and the trails are beautifully groomed. You can just wear tennis shoes if you’d like but they may get a little dusty so be aware of that. This hike seemed great for all fitness levels and the reward at the top is totally worth it!
*The picture explains for itself… just wow!*
The Bindlestick Restaurant, Bar and Coffee Shop
This crazy all in one, quaint and eclectic place is definitely where the locals go. You can choose from breakfast sandwiches, panni’s, salad, coffee and beers on tap; they certainly have something for everyone! As I devoured my delicious kale salad, I was visually occupied by the local art for sale hanging on the walls, admired the antique furniture and cute décor. The owner was there working and knew everyone’s name and if she didn’t know it, she knew it by the time you left!
*Seriously one of the best kale salads I’ve ever had!*
If you can ever venture out to Seattle and the surrounding areas, I would certainly encourage you to do so! There are so many things to do and a lot of them are either free or inexpensive. The locals had a sense of southern hospitality to them which made me feel right at home, and the crisp clean air and warm sunshine on my face is something I will remember for a lifetime.
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