Seattle Weekend Guide

Back in July, I was hankering for a summer vacation but found myself in a predicament: I didn't have much time, and didn't have anyone to go with! I asked some coworkers for advice, and with a week's notice, I booked my very first trip to Seattle.

Below, I've showcased this special summer weekend trip through photos -- I chose to edit each picture in a rosier hue (I use Color Story, if you are curious!) because I had a warm, wonderful experience in Seattle. It is truly a city of neighborhoods, each which has a totally different personality and charm.

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After doing some more research, I found a gorgeous boutique hotel in a central area: The Hotel Sorrento. Built in 1909, it's a stunning brick beauty with a gorgeous patio (hello, French bistro chairs) and comfortable rooms. I really enjoyed my time here... the bed was soooo comfy and they had amazing Le Labo bath products and the fuzziest robes.

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On Friday evening, I ventured downtown and stopped in Watson Kennedy Fine Home. They have a gorgeous storefront with sweet goodies that are organized by color. I picked up a pretty tea towel for my kitchen, some coasters for my living room and a little book for my mom.

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Traveling solo is really fun (I did some travel alone in Europe last year) but can also get a little lonely. Luckily, I sprinkled each day of my trip with friends who live in the Seattle area. Christina and I met working for Kappa Delta right after graduating college, and she's been in Seattle for a couple of years now. I was so grateful to see her and explore Pike Place Market along with her fiancΓ© Austin and his sister, who was also in town visiting! We split some Mac & cheese from Beechers, which was SO decadent and delicious. Luckily, I hit up a 7:30 am Soul Cycle class so I didn't feel too bad about all the indulging!

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My favorite part of Pike Place were the fresh flower stands. I'm a sucker for bouquets! There were so many gorgeous arrangements with dahlias (one of my faves), but I spotted some peonies that were heart-eye worthy, too!

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This is not the "original" Starbucks because that storefront is long gone, but is the oldest one that remains in the city. The line was so long, which is so crazy to me because it's just like every other Starbucks. Some people really amuse me!

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I spent the afternoon in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, which is so sweet and totally somewhere I could see myself planting roots if I ever lived in Seattle. It has a really great young vibe. My first stop was Station 7, which was a sweet vintage home goods store. I couldn't leave without this amazing painted porcelain whiskey jug (pics to come later) and a gorgeous candle.

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I had to drag myself away from the store... so I got my nails done and then had a late lunch at The Patio, a Thai restaurant in an old Victorian home with a big wraparound patio out front. I took a suggestion from Yelp and had the green curry with avocado. It was SO good! It was sunny and so lovely to sit outside and rest my feet. I walked 20,000 steps on Saturday!

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This store with the flowers above, Glasswing, came at recommendation of several people I met at other boutiques in Seattle. I wasn't really in love with the clothing in the store (not my style), but it was merchandised so beautifully and had a whole section up front greeting you with fresh flowers and plants. That's my dream... own a cute home goods store and pair it with a nursery/flower stand. Le sigh.

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Don't tell anyone... On Saturday evening, I ordered room service and lit my new candle in my hotel room to test it out 😜

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Sunday morning's first stop was Cafe Flora, a beautiful and bright vegetarian restaurant in the Washington Park neighborhood. I sat in their atrium section and enjoyed avocado toast and eggs. It was definitely one of the best avocado toasts I've had, especially with the pesto on the plate and the crunch of the radishes.

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I had to head down to the ferry terminal mid-morning, so I took a Lyft to General Porpoise Donuts on 1st Street. Guys... this space is gorgeous. I couldn't get over the floor, and the light, and these elephant light fixtures.

Of course, the donut was just as good as the ambiance. I had a lot to eat on this trip... hah! Forgive me Lord!!

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I finished my ELLE magazine and enjoyed an almond milk latte before heading to the ferry.

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One of my Mizzou sorority sisters lives on Bainbridge Island, which is a short 35 minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle. And on a day as clear as this one, who wouldn't want to be on a boat in the sunshine? I may have gotten a little sunburned but I think the views were worth it.

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We docked in Bainbridge and I met up with Jessica for lunch at Hitchcock Deli (we had the vegetarian sandwich with hummus) followed by some wine tasting at a local wine bar. It was so fun catching up and getting out of the city! I can see why she loves living on the island. I also got to meet her new husband, Rory, who was so sweet! They are a wonderful match.

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I think you can guess why I had to leave the island and get back to the city...

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The Chihuly museum was stunning (smaller than I expected, but what can you expect when it's blown glass by one artist... it's a whole life's worth of art)! And the light in this space was just perfect.

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After Chihuly I wasn't ready to eat a meal but had a sweet tooth... I also really wanted to follow my original itinerary and explore Queen Anne. I hope in a Lyft to Molly Moon's, the Seattle ice cream spot and got earl grey in a cone. So yummy. Thanks to my co-worker Lauren for the recommendation!

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I walked with my sweet treat to Kerry Park, a gorgeous overlook of the city. My favorite part of this neighborhood besides the view were the gorgeous, stately homes and manicured landscaping. It reminded me a lot of Marin... specifically Ross, Kentfield and San Anselmo. Seattle's abundant flora was definitely one of the most pleasant surprises of this trip!

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And for a view from Kerry Park... a la 10 Things I Hate About You. Can you spot Mount Rainier in the background?

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Monday was my last day in the city before heading home, so I set out early in the AM to make the most of my experience.

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I visited several stores that were on Ashley's list, including Homestead (above), Totokaelo (below, where I purchased two really pretty gifts... one for me and one for my mom!) and the Elliott Bay Book Co. I could have spent hours there, since I'm such a bookworm.

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I said goodbye to Capitol Hill and headed downtown, where I visited the Moorea Seal store... I loved her book, The 52 Lists Project and thought her store was so freakin cute.

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I grabbed coffee with a friend from high school, and then ended up at The Pink Door on the patio for my Seattle grand finale. My favorite intern from last summer met me for a drink and we chatted into the early evening before I left for the airport. I will totally come back to The Pink Door for dinner and enjoy that famed crab risotto... it was WAY too hot to order it this time.

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I was so inspired by Seattle and can't wait to return! It's not often that I can picture myself living in a city besides my beloved San Francisco, but Seattle could definitely be a contender one day.

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