April 22, 2012

Seattle weekend

Mike and I just got back from a long weekend in Seattle. We made use of our Groupon for a night at the Executive Hotel Pacific downtown, across the street from the Central Library. We kept postponing this weekend trip due to other activities, but managed to sneak in under the wire with just a week left before it expired. It turns out that we "planned" the trip perfectly, as you can see in the photo above, the weather was fantastic.

The hotel was in a great location for downtown wandering, and our groupon purchase also landed us a free bottle of wine and box of chocolates. The rooms aren't large, but big enough, and they also gave discounted parking passes (very helpful in this city).


We spent the first day and a half downtown, walking from our hotel on 4th & Spring, to the Pike Place Market, The Pike Street Brewery, and the  Olympic Sculpture Park, then up to Capital Hill to the Elysian Brewery (we also snuck in a movie at the Regal AMC along the way).

I made Mike pose on a chair at the sculpture park.
Mike made me hug a tree at the sculpture park.  
Breakfast along the waterfront
Fresh flowers from the market

Saturday afternoon we headed to Beacon Hill to visit Katie, Jamie and Max in their new home and neighborhood. After a backyard BBQ and some "battle axe battling", we headed to the park next to their house to check out the awesome view of Seattle, then over to Bar Del Corso for pizza - highly recommend it if you're in the neighborhood. Along with pizza, I can vouch for their mussels, sunchoke & arugula salad, and meatballs.


We finished up the trip with breakfast and coffee in the u-district, and happened to run into an old Portland friend on the street! We made the 3-hour drive home in 80 degree weather, hatching plans for another Seattle visit this summer.

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