After years of literally begging my friend Marissa to come visit me in the Emerald City, she finally caved in, bought a ticket and came to Seattle for four days. She’d never been here before and I want her to move here permanently, so the pressure was on to show her the best time that I possibly could. Here’s what we did:
After she took the Link Light Rail from Sea-Tac International Airport and then the #10 bus up to Capitol Hill (living car-less in Seattle!) we dropped off her bags and headed back out for lunch at Skillet Diner. My love for Skillet has not, thus far, been documented on Seattle by Sarah – but don’t worry, it will be. In the meantime you can watch me gush about it on Check, Please NW. We ate the kale salad and the burger with bacon jam and had a lovely time chatting with our servers behind the counter.
From there, we walked down to the Elliott Bay Bookstore because it’s such a wonderful space with an awesome selection of books. I included Elliott Bay in our tour so that I could stop in and take a look at the Smitten Kitchen cookbook but also because I feel so lucky to have such an amazing bookstore within five blocks of my apartment!
Wednesday night was Halloween, and so we tried to find last-minute costumes at Value Village, but I ended up unearthing my costumes from two and three years ago. Once we were dressed up (Marissa as a gift and me as candy buttons) we headed back out for drinks at the Unicorn and Narwhal, even more drinks with with my roommate and her friend at Grim’s, did a stop-in at the ChaCha, ran through Barboza and ultimately ended up eating the last two Seattle dogs off the grill at the hot dog stand outside of The Comet. And then we went home.
On Thursday morning, we got up really late and hustled downtown to meet Elizabeth. The three of us visited the Gum Wall (pictured below) and then embarked on my Sample Tour of the Pike Place Market and discovered that I’d left out about 10 different spots, so stay tuned for an update in the very near future!
After filling ourselves up on samples of cheese, cherries, jellies, honey and more, we headed to the Seattle Art Museum, which was free because it was the first Thursday of the month. We checked out the permanent collection and the free part of the new ELLES exhibit. After getting a healthy dose of culture, we went down to Il Corvo for some fresh handmade pasta – which you can read about by clicking the link! Then we said goodbye to Elizabeth and hopped on the Monorail to the Seattle Center so Marissa could see the Space Needle up close and walked through the Center to see the International Fountain and EMP (which is NOT free on Thursdays anymore, fyi).
Then I took Marissa to the Olympic Sculpture Park and then we walked all the way down the Waterfront, popped in to the Edgewater to take in the view and marvel at the lobby and restaurant, and took my secret path of escalators up the hills to the Central Library. We toured the library (one of my favorite places in Seattle!) and then headed back up to Capitol Hill where I took Marissa to her first conveyor belt sushi experience at Genki Sushi and then we walked down Broadway to pick up my Full Circle Farms box at Eat Local.
Friday morning, we got up and headed for Cuban roast sandwiches at Paseo and then walked down Fremont Avenue and through Fremont to take the Theo Chocolate Factory Tour. This was literally the best $6 I’ve ever spent. SO FUN! I’ll elaborate more in a future post, but if you’re planning a visit to Seattle, go ahead and book a ticket for a tour now because they sell out quick!
After gorging ourselves on chocolate and walking it off by going to Gasworks, we took the bus back down to South Lake Union and to Brave Horse Tavern, arguably my favorite bar in Seattle. We spent almost four hours drinking beer with Kendall, Jason and Emily and finally it was time to get back up to Capitol Hill for the Aqueduct show at Neumo’s – but not before we hit up Poquitos for some margaritas and Mexican food.
On Saturday, Marissa wanted to do what any local Seattleite would do, so we headed over to Vivace for coffee and pastries and then back to the Elliott Bay Bookstore so we could have lunch in their Elliott Bay Cafe. We ordered crepes and sandwiches and people-watched for an hour before Kendall picked us up to take us over to Woodinville for an afternoon of wine tasting!
We visited three different wineries (Darby, DeLILLE and some other place that I didn’t like very much) and had a DELIGHTFUL time until another patron told Kendall she looked like Sarah Palin, at which point we decided to get out of the country and head back to Seattle. We spent the rest of the evening cooking up food for a night of cards (the men played poker and we women played Hearts) and then headed down to The Duchess for some pitchers of beer, games of pool and a couple more rounds of cards. On our way home, we stopped by the hot dog stand in front of Neumo’s because once you’ve had one Seattle Dog, you simply must have another. 😉
All in all, I think it was a successful visit – we visited four neighborhoods and saw/went to over 30 different tourist attractions, bars and restaurants. I was sad that I had to leave Marissa to her own devices on Sunday so that I could go on a LivingSocial Adventures wine tour, but apparently she was so exhausted that she just slept the day away before going to the airport. If anyone knows of any jobs out here that Marissa should apply for in order to expedite her moving process, please let me know!