Food = LOVE
Big surprise, some of my favorite things include FOOD!
Sunfish Fish & Chips,
Issaquah Brewery, Issaquah
Hands down, best BBQ I’ve ever eaten. Everyone has their favorite BBQ place, and this one is ours. Worth the drive to Issaquah for this stuff. They BBQ with a dry rub and then serve sauces (Sweet, Mild, Hot) on for dipping or slathering. I’m a sucker for their coleslaw and creamed corn (it’s got a kick, don’t say I didn’t warn you!).
Neighborhood steak joint. All the quality of a super expensive, trendy steakhouse but without the dress code or $$$. Don’t me wrong, you’ll still pay $30-40 for a steak (more depending on the cut) but the price includes salad, bread, veggies and starch (garlic mashed potatoes, YUM!) so you can easily share something if budget is on your mind. Very Frank Sinatra old
kind of vibe. New York
At least once a month, usually on a Saturday, you’ll find us sitting at the bar here. The Saturday night bartender is a dude by the name of Drew. He’s Scottish, loud and utterly hysterical. Be warned, he’s more than a little crude but after a pint who really cares? This is the closest thing I’ve found to an authentic British pub outside of
My favorite special occasion restaurant. Be prepared to spend $200+ (more if you order wine) for 2 people. But once a year for a birthday or anniversary, it is so worth the splurge. Northern Italian flare, itsy bitsy restaurant, and superior service. It can’t be beat!
Beer = HAPPINESS
One of my and hubby’s favorite things to do on a weekend, is to try out new breweries or just go chill at one of our stand-bys.
has great micro-brews and there are always new seasonal beers to try! Seattle
neighborhood brewery. In an old small industrialish building just down the street from the main drag in Seattle . Fremont
REI meets local bar. This neighborhood tap house in historic Ballard is a total gem. Lots of wood décor, a small travel / map library in the back, and loads of local brews and a fantastic selection of ciders. It can get a little crowded and folks tend to linger. So show up early and grab a table and stay a while.
Shopping = BEST FRIEND FOREVER
Ok, so hubs doesn’t really like to shop obviously, but if I’ve got a girlfriend for an afternoon, shopping is the way to go! Honestly, you can’t go too wrong with any of the Seattle Neighborhoods (Magnolia, Fremont, South Lake Union, Phinney Ridge etc) but these are a few of my favorite neighborhoods:
Historic Ballard, Seattle
Oodles of cute little shops, most of them local. Lots of options for cute clothes shops, art, jewelry and house stuff. Wander around, I’m sure you’ll find one you like!
Similar to historical Ballard, just up the across the canal and up the hill. Lovely views of downtown from the top of the hill. I love the little post office / girly shop on the north end of
Historic Snohomish, Snohomish (about 40 minutes from downtown
An antiquing girls dream. Even if you don’t like antiquing, the downtown main street is very cute and old town feeling. But if you do like antiquing, well then this is the place for you! Lots of great stores to get lost in or find a treasure. I always come home with something! Oh, and while you are here make sure you stop by and get a piece of pie from the Snohomish Pie Company.
Finally, we’re surrounded by the great outdoors within 30 minutes to an hour from
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This is a popular walking, running biking trail that actually runs along the valley between Bothell, Woodinville and
My favorite thing to do with folks new to
. Some many fun locations that are made more accessible by a quick 20-30 minute ferry! Although if you go to the San Juan’s that is a bit more of a commitment (1 ½ hours from Seattle by car plus the 1+ hour ferry ride) but it’s totally worth it for a day trip (or overnight!). The easiest one I think is to walk on to the Ferry from Seattle Edmonds to Kingston and then walk around . There are several fun little restaurants (the Crepe place is my favorite!) and a couple little shops. Perfect for a quick little trip (3 hours max including roundtrip ferry). Kingston
This is really more in the day-trip category then outdoor category but the San Juans have some of the best views in the state in my opinion. For a weekend or a week, you can’t go wrong with the
’s. Lots of hiking, biking, or water activities to keep you moving. In certain seasons you can even whale watch! San Juan
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Classic, timeless. Love the
Pike Place Market! No trip is complete without a wander through Pike Place.
weekend involves casual dinner Friday night, at a place like the Issaquah Brewhouse or Three Lions Pub. Then Saturday, I’d probably take the Ferry up to Whidbey Island, Seattle Kingston (to make my way to Port Townsend), or the ’s to have a bit of a day trip. I’d then spend Sunday having a mellow morning at San Juan Pike Place and wandering the Market Steps. Breakfast would include Starbucks Coffee and a pastry from the French Bakery. Lunch at Sunfish Fish & Chips while enjoying the view from the beach. Finish the day at one of ’s finest breweries and life is GOOD! Seattle
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