I had a strong, nearly complete post that sat in my drafts for a few months. I was nearing the completion of it, at the end of February. As the virus gained more attention, my inner voice/common sense/discernment/intuition, whatever we call it now, told me, “Shhh, be still now. Time to go inward, prayer, family, time to rest and go within. Stay centered.”, and just very deep root and heart chakra stuff. Then I saw the American freedoms and all over the world quickly change as we have come together as human beings for a greater cause. Now we are called to adjust and take care of each other. <3
The news that would follow in the coming weeks and over these past 2 months would get most everybody on the same page.
As you can imagine the situations surrounding the virus unfolded, life changed, and the draft of this post needed more thought.
I always have that energy to head out for adventure, visit a cool places and spaces, try new things! Just travel to get out and see something awesome. Maybe go somewhere cool that wasn’t too far, but just enough to feel newish and well.. you get it, I hope. Also Southwest airlines had the best deals advertised, the “$59 Wanna-Get-Away?” deals were just incredible, in terms of average airfare prices?! Since I enjoyed Seattle so much a few years ago on a girls trip, naturally I had to see just how fun it would be to visit Seattle in a day; Like a 12-hour travel/eat/take pictures/fun-filled day! What the heck you only turn 33 once and my mom wants to come with me?! It was honestly one of the best birthdays ever so special to my soul! Mom-Daughter day trips rock!
No. I am not sponsored by Southwest Airlines ….yet? I wish I was!
So in my spontaneous birthday seasoned mind, I’m thinking, “$120ish to travel to and from Seattle? Short 2-hour flight?” What fun could be had in 8-9 hours on foot and using LYFT to get around in this beautiful city? Hmmm….”
If you are on the West Coast and you have an entire day to spend, it is possible and so worth it, to have an amazing day in Seattle and be back in time to iron out your clothes for the next work day! Of course, you could just take off some vacation time and have a 2-3 day or extended visit. For me, I was just very busy in every area of life, but for some reason, this year I had this need to go somewhere. It was also the thought and experience of getting to travel inexpensively to a cool coastal city, all in 1 day (11-12 hour day total). We departed San Jose at 8:45 AM, landed in Seattle at 10:30 AM. When it was time to head back home, we departed from Seattle that evening around 8:30 PM, landing back in San Jose at about 10:20 PM. I live about 10-15 minutes away from the airport. I went home, got ready for bed with my family, and then we all had the next weekday routine ready and carried on with the week.
- Check out the Southwest Airlines Wanna Get Away airfare low price calendar. Also, there is a new travel app called Hopper with great airfare and hotel deals.
- Aim for a departing flight early in the morning and the latest possible return flight back home to really get the maximum use of time.
- Use LYFT to get around the city. Don’t rent a car if you’re only there for the day. It’s just one day [about 8 -10 hours of feet on the ground free time]. I hear the public transportation in the city is actually very good and inexpensive, but in respects to time, especially if you are unfamiliar, I wouldn’t want to waste precious free time possibly getting lost or detoured. We used LYFT and we loved it! I do hear the monorail can be taken from the shopping mall to the Space Needle and museums very quickly and it’s a lovely train ride. I think we just wanted to do things easy and without any possible hassles.
Now, here are some pictures of freedoms enjoyed before many of our ways of life changed, to protect ourselves and the vulnerable populations now.
The beauty of this is the easy-going way about it. No intense packing/unpacking. Just your phone, a cute bag, and a light but windproof jacket. When you think Seattle, you think rain, but I would totally wait on buying an umbrella or rain boots. That could be better spent once you are there and you see all the cool and unique things at Pike Place Market.
2 legit reasons not to buy an umbrella or rain boots before arriving in Seattle:
- I would want to buy these in Seattle for that genuine and unique attachment to your trip, like a souvenir.
- Would if it doesn’t rain? Don’t go and buy rain boots and an umbrella before your trip there, unless they are really that cute, I guess.
Pssst…. It didn’t rain when we went, but I think we were just very very lucky and blessed. Chances are you own these items already, anyway.
My mom is so much fun to travel with. She has a fun spontaneous heart! Seattle is a great city that is not as far as some might think. Being from Northern California, it is a very enjoyable day trip that you can fit 2-3 activities in. We spent a good 9 hours just taking in the city, walking, shopping, and dining. We used LYFT to get around to places that were too far or to save some time. We departed San Jose Mineta airport at 8:45 AM, landed in SEA-TAC airport at 10:30 AM. We caught a LYFT and began ourY
Our LYFT dropped us off in front of Pike Place around 11:00 AM the place came alive and bustling with action. The fish were in full toss! The musicians were jamming. All this on a Tuesday morning!
Pictured above were some lively fisherman singing and offering us samples of delicious smoked salmon. I bought the cup of fresh crab salad for about $10.00. Let me tell you… it was super delicious and freshest seafood I’ve ever had. The crab salad was served with with their market-made spicy cocktail sauce. I think the portion size was very good for the price, given the high quality. The Ocean-to-Table freshness was a real treat. You can get great sea food in SF but I think the water quality is just a lot better in Seattle? That is just a guess. It just tasted so good.just amazing, This is served in a clear disposable cup you can walk around with. Onward!!
Further down our walk through this wondrous market, there were all these fresh fruits, dried fruits, vegetables, pastries, cool souvenirs, dumb souvenirs, and live musicians playing their heart out!
So my mom and I LOVE LAVENDER anything. We stopped at this beautiful lavender stand that sells self-care and cooking products. All of their products are infused with Washington grown lavender essential oil. The company is called All Things Lavender – Pike Place Market. The owner was super sweet. My mom picked up some a couple bottles of the Chocolate Lavender Hand and Body Lotion. It smells so good and yummy at once. I chose the Lavender Rose scent. I’m on the rose everything obsession right now. I keep it at my dresser and use it all the time.
Another treasure I picked up: Lavender infused honey (pictured below). I love a good local honey, even if not local to me. Whatever, its just so good! Honey for toast, teas, dip your french fries in it, use it in place of syrup!
We walked all the way through the Market, where all the hand crafters and artisans sold their eclectic arts and unique goods. This is my favorite part of the market because it is so charming and inviting. There are so many treasures and so much great food to try. It would probably take me 2 entire weeks to try all the culinary treats that this city has to offer!
We must have spent a good 1.5 hours browsing, taking pictures, and picking up cool finds. Next, just across the the street, we visited Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. Beecher’s has two locations – Seattle and New York City. You can see the cheese cream being made and stirred right from outside the store front window! It’s like the Ghirardelli Square of Cheese in Seattle. While we were here I tried Beecher’s World’s Best Mac & Cheese. It is hands down the best Mac & Cheese I have ever tasted as of yet! Seriously good and seriously creamy and sharp mac and cheese. I bought the regular size at $6.00. The portion was generous. It was the perfect snack size fro 2 people or maybe a very fulfilling portion for 1 person. My mom and I shared it. We knew we were saving our appetite for the other treats and lattes along the way. Everyone, this is a must when you visit Pike Place Market. I promise I’m not trying to overhype this.
Truth be told, Beecher’s makes some bitchin’ mac & cheese!!
I also took home some a modest block of Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar. It fit right in my purse and since it was a solid good, it’s was OK to take back with me as a carry-on back home…lol yes I carried a block of cheese in my purse. LMBO!! So worth it, who cares.
Also, there was absolutely no lines anywhere. II credit this to visiting the city on a Tuesday. A Tuesday morning. at that. I highly this. Who cares if it’s not Saturday or Sunday, especially for a day trip. Saturdays and Sundays really only matter if you are interested in the night life or a specific event.
Next, we headed just a short few steps up to the alley way to Pike Place Market Chowder Company. Here we had the flights tasting of the award winning chowders they offered, pictured below.
We sat at the bar stools and enjoyed some award winning chowders. It was served with fresh sour dough already which is very soft and fresh. I skipped the bread bowl to just be one with the chowder. Some posts will say oh my gosh don’t get caught in the hype of Pike Place Market chowder. Supposedly there are so many other places for chowder; which I am sure there are. Being someone who has favorite places for chowder in the San Francisco Bay Area and Santa Cruz, I think I know some good chowder. You have got to try Pike Place Market Chowder. It will not disappoint you, I guess unless you’re a super bougie food snob. I think even a someone with a snobby taste palate would not be able to resist this chowder.
Of course you can’t go wrong with the classic New England Clam Chowder. It boasts bacon and it is super delicious! Still I recommend trying the flight of 4 chowders, your choice on which ones you choose from the menu (there are 7 different ones to choose from). They also ship chowder back home in case this is something you may be interested in. They’ve got it covered when it comes to making sure you try their world famous chowder, so order the chowder flight/tasting!
There was Just a sprinkling of tourists such as ourselves and the rest really gave off the local vibes. Speaking to this, the people in Seattle are very nice and friendly from what I experienced. It was so open and free because of how relaxed and uncrowded it was. It felt a lot less touristy. It made feel like a local because of how light we packed and without all the crazy stressful packing that a typical tourist would probably do. I think we were the cool kids that day!
Next, we caught our visit to the Space Needle. The Space needle is 605 feet tall. It was built in 1962 for the World’s Faire Expo. The grounds where the Space Needle is located, is where the World’s Faire Expos were formerly held, since the early 20th century.
…a beautiful coastal metropolis…
If you enjoy those famous bustling foggy coastal cities with vibrant culture (2nd best to SF in terms of culture), and a culinary scene that’ll make you wanna stay a while, put this on your West Coast bucket list. I’m from Northern California and I love San Francisco naturally, despite the recent observations and opinions. After visiting Seattle twice now, i terms of travel love – I can say all of the SF bay area has 1/3 of my heart, Kauai, Hawaii has another 1/3 of my <3, and now Seattle has the last 1/3 of my heart!