Things to do in Dallas: Weekend Trip!

I went to Dallas in the beginning of March for a long weekend and the weather was absolutely stunning. It was the perfect time of year to escape the Chicago chill for sunshine and jean jacket weather down south.  We were able to check out many of the different neighborhoods in Dallas and I highly recommend bouncing around to discover the different areas.

Best Places To Stay In Dallas

South Side Dallas

Our first night we stayed at the Nylo Dallas South Side. A friend mentioned they had one of the best rooftop views of the city, and we thought, why not take advantage? Oh they did indeed.  The rooftop SODA bar was a great way to introduce ourselves to the city views. The bar includes an indoor/outdoor patio and a pool that closes at sunset.  The other great part of this boutique hotel was the lofty and industrial feel along with bright artsy inspiration. The staff was more than accommodating and seemed to really enjoy their jobs.

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Downtown Dallas

The rest of the weekend we stayed in The Adolphus Hotel downtown. Rated among one of the top hotels in Dallas, this is quite the opposite of where we stayed our first night.  The Adolphus was dreamed up by Anheuser Busch founder Adolphus Busch as a luxury hotel back in the early 1900s and while the lobby maintains the historic feel, the rooms were up-to-date and well designed. I had some major envy for the hotel room mirrors! The hotel also has a great rooftop pool to relax in during the day and apparently a bar, but we didn’t’ get a chance to see it while we were there. Good news is there is a bar right in the lobby area that is hopping during happy hour and late evening.

Things to Do in Downtown Dallas

There are some great things to do in Downtown Dallas within walking distance of the Adolphus Hotel.

Food & Drink

  • Frankies Bar: This fun underground sports bar was right around the corner from the hotel and is great late night hang. The bar plays 90s music videos you can watch late at night when your eating their pizza or chicken wings!
  • Crafty Irishman: We stopped here for a quick snack and drinks. They had good appetizer options – we chose the corn beef and cabbage egg rolls.  The drinks were also really good. The restaurant is known for its Crafty Coffee which is an Irish Coffee with Baileys. My favorite was their Gun Powder which is crafted with Hendrick’s Gin, Elderflower, Lime, and Cucumber. I think this is going to be my new summer drink – refreshing!
  • Flying Horse Cafe: This is located in the Magnolia Hotel, directly next door. They make great lattes, power smoothies and breakfast tacos!

Sites

  • Klyde Park: Every time I passed this beautiful park it was loaded with food trucks, and people dancing, playing games, picnicking or just relaxing!
  • Eye: It’s always watching you!
  • JFK Assassination Tour: While I didn’t get the chance to do this, I heard great things about this historical experience.
  • Reunion Tower: Also on my list – another great way to see the skyline!

Things to Do in Dallas South Side

The South Side is a growing area and has some newer top-rated Dallas restaurants.  Here are some of the hot spots we visited while we stayed at the Nylo hotel.

  • Melted: This was our first stop, and home to some great cocktails and an abundance of cheesy sammies! I ordered The Beach, a chicken, bacon, avocado, cheddar and cream cheese sandwich. *Melted* in my mouth! The bar also opens up to an outdoor picnic area, so everyone’s happy.

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  • Mac’s Southside: A late night win on my part.  This neighborhood bar had a friendly bar staff and even better pizza menu.  I took a risk and ordered a margarita pizza with pepperoni and can’t believe I waited 33 years to try this invention! Delish!
  • Opening Bell Coffee Shop: This cute coffee shop and live music venue has been well received by both locals and Dallas visitors.  We went here for breakfast and got the avocado toast, breakfast tacos and a mocha latte. All food was well presented and yummy!

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Places I want to check out next time I’m in South Side: Industry Alley Bar, Checkered Past Winery, Full Circle Tavern, and Midnight Rambler.

Things to Do in Uptown Dallas

When you have a chance, check out a Dallas Stars or Mavericks game at the American Airlines Center. Otherwise, here are some great outdoor bars and Dallas restaurants to hang out:

  • Happiest Hour: A bit closer to Downtown, this bar is top rated for its large rooftop and patio area. It’s within walking distance to the American Airlines Center, so a perfect pre or post game hotspot! 
  • Nickel & Rye: An outdoor Whiskey bar with other creative cocktails
  • Blackfriar Pub: A casual doubledecker pub perfect for people watching
  • Parliament Dallas: A small cocktail bar with a speakeasy feel

Place I want to check out next time I’m in Uptown: Quarter Bar, The GingerMan.

Things to Do In Dallas – Deep Ellum

One of our favorite places in the city was Deep Ellum and artsy area chock-full of fun bars, restaurants, murals and sculptures!

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  • The Backyard: An extremely large bar full of games and dog art!
  • Pecan Lodge: This Dallas restaurant is known for its lines that wrap around the corner. We got in around 4:30 with no wait on a weekend for this Texas BBQ joint. The brisket was fantastic!

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  • Stirr: Another great rooftop bar with amazing sunset views of the city. Their drink specials were on point – $5 for your choice of a handful of their craft cocktails.

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  • Anvil Pub: We hit this place up for a few drinks and had the best time talking to the bartender. Apparently it’s a must for bloody’s and brunch on the weekend! Next time!
  • IdleRye: A hip restaurant with Polish and Louisiana roots.

We heard great things about Idle Rye, Brick & Bones, Frank, Hide Cocktails, and Truck Yard, which we will be sure to visit during our summer trip.

If you are going to try to drive around the outskirts of Dallas, my number one recommendation is to go into Highland Park.  The most beautiful mansions are built here and fun to cruise through! Who knows, you may run across a celebrity!

Would I go back to Dallas?

Of course I would. The weather was perfect, people were friendly, and bars and restaurants were all a great experience. I’m just getting started!

Looking for more things to do in Texas? Check out my post on Austin!

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays and I’m so lucky that Chicago is one of the most popular places to celebrate the Irish.  I visited for the holiday before I moved to Chicago, and the city’s energy during this time was definitely an influencer in my decision to make Chicago my home.

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

The main attraction for St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago is the River Dyeing.  This always happens the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day at 9 am. Boats cruise up and down the river dropping an orange vegetable dye in the water turning it a beautiful shade of green similar to the Emerald Ilse in Ireland.  You need to grab your spot early, as the crowds populate the river starting around 8:15 am.  The best point to watch the river is at the intersection of Michigan Ave. and Wacker Drive. On the same day, at around 12 noon, Chicago hosts its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Michigan Ave.

Dyeing the Chicago River

Chicago River Dyeing

Chicago Green River Boats

The day after the river dyeing is the South Side Irish Parade.  This long-standing tradition is also rumored to have been quite the party in the past and one of the favorites among the locals.  Overtime, this has been a great day for families to gather, celebrate the holiday and eat and drink any Irish fare.

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Bars

If you are going to watch the river dyeing but want a place to enjoy some libations after, anywhere along the Riverwalk will be fun during this time.  Two that are known for the shenanigans are:

A place I’ve gone to in the past which is a bit of a walk from the river in the Loop is called Plymouth, which has a fun enclosed rooftop to keep you warm but enjoy some sunshine.

One place I’ll always recommend is Butch McGuire’s which is a fantastic Irish Pub completely decorated with green stringlights for the holiday. I love to celebrate holiday’s here.

More Chicago Irish Pubs

Regardless of the holiday, Chicago has many fun Irish bars throughout the city.  Here are a few to consider checking out if the crowds are too much close to the river:

More Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Events

There is no lack of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Chicago, and many last throughout the month of March.  Here are some other things to do within the Chicago area during the great St. Patrick’s Day season.

  • Oak Forest Fleadh – The first weekend of March is a great way to kickoff events in Oak Forest. This includes a 5K, Family Parade, and Open Bars.
  • Tinley Park Irish Parade – This event happens the Sunday after St. Patrick’s Day

If celebrating in Chicago is so fun you’re ready to go celebrate with the Irish, check out my post on my visit to the wonderful country.

Bachelorette Party in Austin, Texas

I love Austin, Texas! I headed down south to host a Bachelorette party for one of my best friends this past August.  The weather was hot, but bright and sunny – perfect for our plans the short weekend.  I was there only Friday-Sunday so I have plenty more to see, but I also have plenty to share already about my amazing time.

Hotels in Austin Texas

We stayed at the Hilton Austin and I would definitely stay there if I went back again.  The staff was fantastic – they welcomed the party with open arms, made sure that we had cold water in our refrigerator each day, and did what they could to suit our needs.  In addition to the rooms being comfortable, they have a great spa which includes a rooftop pool and tiki bar overlooking the skyline that we got to relax and enjoy during the day on Friday.

Hilton Austin Skyline Views

Austin’s Rainey Street

My favorite place to go when I was in Austin was Rainey Street. This is a stringlight filled street lined with Bungalow House bars.  Every ‘house bar’ is close together so you can easily walk up and down the street trying out new places.  The bars are usually open to enjoy the weather and lead out to a backyard for continued libations.  There are also plenty of places on this strip that have live bands.  While I failed to take some photos of this awesome and innovative bar design, I wanted to make sure I shared some fun stops.

Container Bar Rainey Street

Austin Bar Scene

Other than Rainey Street, the place to be is around 6th street to experience amazing outdoor and rooftop bars, food, and live music.  I did a quick round of bar hopping here and got to check out a handful of fun places and some amazing music. If you are tired of walking around, make sure to try their Pedi Cabs to get from one street to the next.

Austin Food

Austin is another popular place for Food Trucks! We got to enjoy a fun dinner by Boca, which is located right next to Container Bar. I ordered the Chips & Queso, Ground Beef taco and Berkshire Bacon taco.

Our nice dinner out was at Emmer & Rye which is right off of Rainey Street. We had a pre fixe menu set up for us since we were such a large group and the food was incredible.  I would definitely go back there.

Lake Travis

While I didn’t get to take in as much of downtown and the foodie scene I wanted (next time), I spent almost a full day on Lake Travis while I was there. It was well worth it and absolutely fantastic.  We rented a boat with a slide (and a Captain to drive I might add) and did a Saturday Funday out on the lake.  What I didn’t expect was about 30 boats tying themselves up next to each other and the most fabulous day party of my life.  If you are going to Austin for a Bachelorette party, do not miss taking advantage of a day party out on Lake Travis.

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If I went back to Austin

I will definitely be back in Austin, Texas, and there is way too much that I still have to see and do. I’d check out a few of their hot restaurants, including checking out their best pizza. I’d also continue to take advantage of the live music capital of the world and try to hit up Austin City Limits.

Additional Bachelorette Party Travel Ideas

I’ve been to quite a few bachelorette parties that have included travel! Here are some additional posts you may be interested in checking out:

Bachelorette Party in Clearwater Beach, Florida

I had never really placed where Clearwater Beach, Florida was until I kept telling my friends and coworkers I was headed to the beach in Tampa for my sister-in-law’s bachelorette party in January.  Most responses were, “you are staying in Clearwater, right?” I had no idea how close it was to Tampa and that it was such a popular destination spot.

First of all, if you are looking to leave the cold, depressing weather in the middle of winter (especially if you experience anything like Chicago’s) this is a fantastic place to go in January or February.  The weather was in the mid-to-high 70’s the entire weekend we were there and everyone immediately had a smile on their face once we hit the beach.

Where to Stay in Clearwater Beach

We found a great rental house north on the island that was right off of Mandalay Avenue.  We were able to walk to all the beach bars on the strip within 10-15 minutes.  It was great exercise and was just close enough to get to where we needed to go.

Fun Beach Bars in Clearwater Beach

  • Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar – this was my ultimate favorite place to be. Think a nice huge white patio overlooking the beach with live music and a fantastic breeze.

Palm Pavilion View

  • Jimmy’s Crow’s Nest – located in the Pier House 60 Hotel, this was my second favorite place in in Clearwater. A big rooftop that play music videos on a big screen and overlooks the island strip and marina.

Jimmys Crows Nest View

  • Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill – this colorful bar had fantastic live music and a great variety of fruity cocktails. It’s also known for some good seafood!
  • The Shipwreck – A pirate-like hole in the wall that serves some funny named shots that pack a punch
  • Beach Fire Bar & Grill – A smaller beach bar that plays calm, local music
  • Surfside Taphouse – If you are looking for beer and a more regular bar feel, this is a great spot to stop
  • Marina Cantina – right on the Marina there is a triple-decker set of restaurants that you can go to and hang out on the rooftop, order drinks, food and enjoy the marina

Cantina Marina View

Food in Clearwater Beach

We ate a home a lot during the trip but I must say I had some fantastic Mexican food. Spotted Donkey Cantina in the Hilton had some amazing house margaritas and probably the best white queso I’ve ever had in my life.

Spotted Donkey Queso

We also hit up a popular casual spot called Frenchy’s Original Cafe which had some delicious garlic french fries and fried oreos for dessert.

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Cruising Around Clearwater

We also did a booze cruise on the Calypso Queen which was a great deal – all you can eat buffet and all you can drink. We boated around on the ocean for a few hours and passed Hulk Hogan’s house and some other C-level celebrities. Speaking of, apparently Hulk Hogan is a big thing there.  He even has his own store.

Pier 60, the main pier in Clearwater, is also a fun place to walk up and down.  You can people (and bird) watch.

If I went back to Clearwater Beach…

There are a bunch of spots on the strip that I’d like to check out if I went back to the beach.  I was not in a wine mood this weekend, so a lot of the spots I’d like to go center around checking those out!

Weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana

In September, we headed to Indianapolis, Indiana for a short weekend to celebrate one of my friend’s weddings.  I was excited to take advantage of this roadtrip since I had never been to Indy! About a three hour drive from where I live in the Chicago Suburbs we enjoyed our sunny travel through all the rural windmills to get to this fine little city.

Indiana Windmills

Hotels in Indianapolis

We stayed at the Omni-Severin Hotel which is located centrally in the city near the Lucas Oil Stadium and Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Around for over 100 years, the hotel gives an early 1900s vibe and the hotel in itself is a great place for a staycation.  The wedding was held there and had a beautiful reception, but in addition the hotel offers a great bar that has a speakeasy feel called Bar Severin.  They also have a restaurant and another wine focused bar called Wine Thief.

Food and Drink in Indianapolis

Our first night we were there we stayed close to the hotel and hit up Kilroy’s, a relaxed American-pub known for its Stuffed Breadsticks and wall menu of giant 32 oz Long Island Iced Tea varieties.  Be careful, they are strong!

Kilroys Stuffed Breadsticks Indianapolis

We also went to the Claddaugh Irish Pub which offered fun Whiskey flights. Close by is Howl at the Moon for those who have never had the opportunity to go to this popular tourism spot in cities.

Claddagh Irish Pub Indianapolis

The next day we went to lunch on Massachusetts Avenue, which is a cute strip known for more for the foodie culture.  We went to Bru Burger Bar which was fantastic.  It has a great patio area to eat and a nice variety of burgers on the menu.

Mass Ave Indianapolis

Bru Burger Bar Indianapolis

Touristy Things to do in Indianapolis

Points of interest in Indianapolis are all very close together.  We saw or past the following on just a short walk at night and the next morning in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Colts Lucas Oil Stadium

Soldiers and Sailors Monument Indianapolis

What I Would Do If I Went Back to Indianapolis

Being a short weekend and also one to celebrate a fun wedding, I did not get a chance to really experience the food culture and the nightlife.  These are a few spots I’d hit up if I went back:

The Best Food & Drinks in Portland

After an amazing experience in Seattle, I had to go back West. I took a week long summer trip to Portland, Oregon in July. With the perfect amount of time to explore I took advantage of both the city and the hot spots in surrounding areas!

Portland is a beautiful clean little city with amazing things to do within a short distance whether you are interested in eating, drinking, exploring, hiking, relaxing, shopping – you name it.

It is also a foodie city, so my first post about this trip is centered around foods and libations! Below is a snapshot of the great places to go within the city.

Portland Happy Hour

I’d say the biggest thing I learned in Portland is that happy hour is a thing.  Almost all the restaurants participate in happy hour from around 4-6 pm and then after 9 pm.  Definitely take advantage of this staple if you are looking to try out a new hot spot restaurant or looking for a good deal.  Most restaurants list their happy hour menus on their website so you can get a feel for what you are getting into.

  • Departure was one of our favorite spots to hit because it has an amazing rooftop for both happy hour and outdoor dining with some great views. It’s also a top place to eat thanks to Top Chef finalist Gregory Gourdet and his Asian fusion cuisine.  We chose to focus mostly on the happy hour menu when we ate there. We got the happy hour white wine of the day which was a delicious Chardonnay (and I’m not typically a Chardonnay person).  We then split the Pork Belly & Kimchi Fried Rice, Chicken Skewers, Vegetarian Maki, Spicy Tuna Bowl and BBQ Shortrib Buns. Do not leave there without the fried rice and dim sum buns!

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  • Another great spot we were recommended was Portland City Grill. This is a classy spot and an incredible way to take advantage of the views of the city from inside (it feels like a 360 view of the city).  The list of happy hour specials is endless there.  We did a 9 pm happy hour and got the Poblano Mac N Cheese and Crab & Avocado Rolls.  Both delicious.
  • Clyde Common has also been on the top restaurants in Portland list and we were able to take advantage of their happy hour. They have great cocktails (I went with the Pacific Standard) and a nice selection of food specials including hamburgers, french fries, spring rolls, and skewers.  My boyfriend went bananas over the skewers so I would suggest those as a must for this stop.

Great Portland Restaurants

  • Apizza Scholls was mentioned repeatedly to me as the very best pizza in Portland. New Haven style, I can agree that this place is fantastic. Go with your gut. You will be happy with whatever toppings you choose.

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  • The Good Earth Café was my favorite breakfast spot because it was fast and delicious with fantastic service. I got the bacon, egg, and guacamole sandwich.

Fun Bars and Breweries in Portland

Portland offers a variety of places for fun libations and bar eats, including:

  • Barlow – A1920’s inspired cocktail spot with amazing drinks.

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  • The Independent – This place deserves a shout out due to its great service, all American music, shuffle board, and pool.
  • Deschutes Brewery – Probably one of the most popular breweries in Portland. The restaurant itself is huge with great outdoor seating and plenty of bar space. Their food is great – especially the grilled cheese and french fries!
  • Kelly’s Irish Pub & Brewery is right by the riverwalk so you can hit this place up on your way. They have outdoor seating and a solid menu full of drinks and eat – including fish & chips!
  • Portland is known for its brewery offerings including:
  • Teote is noted as one of the best outdoor patios in the city

Voodoo Donut Portland

Voodoo Donut is a fun touristy place to stop by and get your sweet fix. They have a crazy selection of donuts in flavors you can’t even start to imagine.  I stopped by on a morning jog during the week so I wouldn’t have to wait in lines and got the Portland Creme, Voodoo Doll, Bacon Maple Creme, and Apple Cruller. Although I’m not a big donut person and I thought they tasted just as good as other donuts, my boyfriend and I agreed the Portland Creme was the best! The fun part is their designs and the range of flavors.

Restaurants and Bars People Can’t Stop Talking About

If you’ve read my blog previously, you know there is always an ‘if I went back’ list.  Although I covered a ton of food territory, we stayed mostly in the downtown area and Pearl District and didn’t make it across the river often. Here are some places that I’d recommend testing out.  I definitely will when I go back!

 

Seattle, Washington: Best Vacation of 2015

Looking back on 2015, I’d say my favorite trip of the year was to Seattle, Washington.  I had heard amazing things from friends and colleagues about how Seattle was one of their favorite cities so I had to check it out.  I headed out there with my mom, sister and aunt at the end of June and the weather was unseasonably warm and sunny.  Apparently you don’t typically need air conditioning in Seattle, so multiple times during our trip we saw people lugging around box window fans they just bought.  What was uncomfortable for Seattleans was perfect for us – we got sunshine all four days we were there! I’ve outlined a few of my favorite experiences and then ones I wish I had time for!

Seattle Hotel

We stayed at the W Hotel downtown, and it was perfectly located to get to restaurants, shopping, and the Pike Place Market daily.

Seattle Restaurants

Salty’s on Aliki Beach:  Aliki Beach is where Sleepless in Seattle was filmed, and looks right across to the city so you get some amazing sunsets and views if you go there for dinner and eat outside.  The service was fantastic. We started with the Seafood Trio which included the Dungeness Crab Cake, Calamari, and Coconut-Crusted Prawns.   I also got the world-famous seafood chowder with crab for my meal and split the salmon with my sister.  I’d suggest sticking with a cub of the soup for an appetizer – its delicious but heavy.  The salmon was perfection as was the rockfish. I paired my meal with La Crema Chardonnay – light and crisp!

Sunset at Salty's on Aliki Beach

Purple Café and Wine Bar: Although I can’t remember what wine flights I had, I can tell you the wine was on point and the layout of the restaurant is beautiful. The servers did a great job at helping you pair your food orders with the type of wine you were drinking. The number one recommendation in terms of food is the Maine Lobster Baked Mac N’ Cheese, regardless of what it pairs with.  We also split some of the pizzas and did a meat and cheese board which all worked perfectly with the tastings.

Wines at Purple Cafe and Wine Bar, Seattle

Trace Seattle: We didn’t have to walk far to get to this restaurant as it was located right in the W!  We ate here at the very end of our trip because we were exhausted and it did not disappoint.  We shared the Spinach & Artichoke dip, Brick-Fired Pizza and Crispy Fried Brussel Sprouts.  All incredible.

Serious Pie: I can’t make a trip without going to one of the top-rated pizza shops! We decided on Serious Pie which was located pretty close to Pike Place Market. A cute little pie shop where you can watch the staff make the pies, don’t be intimidated by the wait outside! It moves quick.  We had the Buffalo Mozzarella pizza.

Woodinville Wineries

If you get the time to travel outside the city, there are a cluster of wineries within a 30 minute drive in Woodinville, WA.  When there’s wine, you can always make time!

JM Cellars: This winery was gorgeous and hidden within the sky-high trees – think of jumping around the tress in Twilight.

Wine in Tress, JM Cellars

Chateau St. Michelle: A more widely known winery and one of the oldest ones in the area, the estate is well suited for weekly live music and picnics throughout the grounds.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine Bar

A few others in the area I heard good things about but didn’t get the chance to explore were Columbia Winery, Novelty Hill, Silver Lake, and Woodhouse Wine Estates.

Seattle Activities

Pike Place Market: Obviously one of the most talked about points of interest in Seattle with good reason.  Pike Place was our favorite thing to do first thing in the morning.  We would get our walk in, get coffee (yes, we got to check out the first Starbucks!), and basically wake up with the vendors in the market. Imagine seeing people setting up the freshest fruit, flowers, and fish you could imagine.  The flowers were beyond memorable and if I lived there I would go weekly for a gorgeous bouquet. We also stopped by and stocked up on some of Beecher’s handmade cheese for our winery trip!

Pike Place Market, Seattle

Pike Place Flowers

Discovery Park:  A couple miles outside of downtown, I highly recommend hiking this trail while you are out there.  A great way to see the views and exercise at the same time.  We did about three miles and walked along the Pugent sound and then into what felt like the rainforest. There were breathless views with every step.

Discovery Park

Washington State Ferries: We quickly did the ferry to Bainbridge Island one afternoon so we could see the city from the water and also experience a different part of town.  The island was quaint with beautiful little shops, bars and restaurants. We wish we set aside a bit more time to just relax and enjoy the island a bit. A great thing about the ferries is that you get a wonderful view of Mt. Rainier from the water as well.  It was wild to see a snowcapped mountain in the middle of June!

View of City from Ferries

Space Needle: This iconic Seattle staple is a must for a 360 view of the city!

Space Needle Seattle

View from Space Needle, Seattle

Chihuly Garden & Glass: Right next to the Space Needle, you can buy a companion ticket to go to the glass blowing museum.  Be prepared for beautiful bright and bold colors in shapes and sculptures you would have never imagined.  Very impressive.

Chihuly Garden & Glass, Seattle

Chihuly Garden

Yellowleaf Cupcake: On our walk to the Space Needle, I spied some amazing looking French Macarons.  I had to go in and devaour a birthday cake flavored delicacy.

Underground Tour: Make sure to learn more about the history of Seattle with Bill Spiegal’s Underground Tour. Not only do you learn about (and walk) the world of Seattle that was once a floor below what it currently is today, you hear ghost tales, and get some interesting scoop on the Madame who basically ran the town, Lou Graham.

If I went back to Seattle

When I go back to Seattle, I definitely  plan to spend more time at the wineries in Woodinville, but also make some time to travel around Washington a bit more to see some vineyards.

The Alibi Room was one of the restaurants/bars on our list but from all of our activities we never got the chance to make it. Located in Post Ally of Pike Place Market, the locals had great things to say. I would also get chowder at Pike Place Chowder – when we were there the line was too long and it was in the high 80s.

Gladly I can say that I feel like I made the most out of my first trip and would add it to my list of favorite U.S. Cities!