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36 Hours in Seattle

36 Hours in Seattle

If you follow my Instagram (which, you should by the way), you know that I wandered aimlessly around Seattle during spring break. It was fabulous, and my pal and I enjoyed the Emerald City and all it has to offer. As we left at the end of our second day, I realized that while the trip had been short, we hadn't really missed anything. A mere 36 hours and we had fit in exactly what we needed to! Here are my findings, tips, and hopes for next time! 

Lodging
We stayed at the Oyster Bay Inn in Bremerton, WA - right across the sound from Seattle. This cut major costs that come with Seattle hotels, and also provided us the experience of taking the ferry into the city both days! I would highly suggest staying somewhere other than the immediate city scene. You'll save a bundle! 
For next time: Probably not the dear old Oyster Bay. Next time we're shooting for a hotel name we recognize! 

Food
We planned our entire days around food, and I encourage you to do the same. In order to eat the most, we split everything (coffees included!) so we could try more. Each evening, we dined at the local seafood eateries; Ivar's and The Crab Pot. Delightful fish and chips at each, but Ivar's very clearly won out. 

Our real gold winner as far as food was concerned was Bacco Cafe, the spot we brunched on Saturday morning. We shared the Dungeness Crab Benedict...swoon. It was a delightful blend of flavor, with hints of avocado sneaking through the creamy hollandaise. Accompanied by breakfast potatoes, the dish was a treat and one I cannot wait to taste again. 

The other food stops on our list were treats from Dahlia Bakery and Three Girls Bakery. Dahlia was a little bit of a walk from our initial Pike Place wanderings. It received rave reviews, and so we had to check it out. To continue with our strategy, we split a *very large* chocolate truffle cookie. It was super tasty! We only wished our stomachs were able to fit more! 

At Three Girls, we sampled a chocolate croissant and a peanut butter, chocolate chip cookie. Delightful, convenient (located right in Pike Place), and housing loaves of bread that I'm fairly certain I could devour in one sitting - this was a win! 

There were a few places we so desperately wanted to visit, but had too full of stomachs for. 

For next time: We got to Sweet Iron (think gourmet waffles...) just as it had closed, so it's on the list for next time. Also, Top Pot Doughnuts are a big deal in Seattle; 17 locations means they must be the real deal! 

Tourin' 
We decided that paying for transportation was a no go, so we did a lot of walking. The nice thing is, you can get pretty much anywhere you like on foot! We walked around Pike Place, headed over to Pioneer Square, bustled through Downtown, and even caught a glimpse of the Space Needle! This is the very best way to go - we didn't spend a dime, walked off our excessive eating, and saw sights we would not have if we took an Uber. There are so many nifty little shops in Seattle, and stumbling across them provided great deals, and just fun times! 

Tips
- First things first, Seattle is known for its massive quantities of rain, no matter what season it is. Bring a water-proof jacket. Personally, I'm not an umbrella gal, but if you will use it pack one of those along. 
- You will also need to wear shoes you can comfortably walk in. Boots that are worn in, sneakers, or Birkenstocks are solid options. Make sure your socks are also thick enough to outlast the day. 
- Go through the day with a few "musts", but try not to plan too much. Let the day take you as it comes. 
- Have a set amount of money you want to spend, and then carry that amount in cash. Especially with coffee trips, little trinkets at shops, and must-have snacks, its easy to spend little amounts that add up. Carrying cash will give you an accurate representation of how much you're really spending. 
- Don't rush through this city. Seattle is an artsy, diverse place - look around! Don't get so lost in your own journey that you miss the beauty of someone else's. 
- Know the ferry schedule. Trust me, running for your boat is not nearly as glamorous as the movies make it seem. 

Happy traveling darlings! 

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