Last weekend I headed out to Seattle to visit Matt (he was out there for 2 weeks for work). It’s a great town – I was never there before – and reminds me of San Fran…although it could never replace my beloved San Fran!
I have 3 general observations about Seattle:
1. It’s cold. Really cold. Temps ranged from low 50s to low 60s each day. Not bad, right? But Seattle’s 50 degrees is on par with Philly’s 30 degrees. Guess I really do like humidity?
2. There really is a Starbucks on every corner. Seattlers are well caffeinated. We did visit the first Starbucks – total tourist trap – but it was cool.
3. 7-Elevens are really clean, which is totally not the case in Philly. If you’re from the east coast, Seattle 7-Elevens are on par with Wawa. I could practically eat off the floors. Philly 7-Elevens smell nasty and I purposely walk on my toes so my pants don’t drag on the ground when I walk into one.
I arrived on Friday and had a few hours to kill until Matt was done with work. Naturally, I went for a run. Nothing felt better after sitting on a plane all morning. I love that so many people were out and about running over lunch.
We did typical tourist stuff – The Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit.
We love Farmers’ Markets so we checked out Fremont Market. Definitely not our scene – a little too hippy-ish and flea market-ish. Although they did have a large pig truck in the back where Matt enjoyed some pulled pork.
We loved Discovery Park and walked the Loop Trail – a 2.8 mile trail with incredible views of the Puget Sound.
We even saw the Fremont Troll.
It was a great weekend overall. For only having 2 and a half days we saw a ton of sites. I just have to remember to pack winter clothes next time.
Ever been to Seattle? Or live in Seattle? What’s your favorite place, park, running route?
I’ve always wanted to go to Seattle! The 7-11’s in northern VA all have the same smell. It’s not a bad smell — just a certain stench in all of them. Not sure why that is. Random fact: I haven’t had a Slurpee in over 5 years, but pretty much loved them when I was a kid. The taste of summer!
Wow, looks like a fantastic whirlwind trip!! I haven’t made it to Seattle….yet.
Kristy @PghRunner.com says
Looks like you had a good time! I want to run the Seattle marathon! It’s in Nov., so I bet it’s freezing.
I’ve never been to Seattle but I’d love to go… and I’m with you, NO CITY will ever replace my beloved San Francisco. That city has my heart!
As I’ve already said, I’m super jealous, I’ve always wanted to go to Seattle! Despite the cold, I still do! I will visit that Starbucks one day!
lisa @ early morning run says
Looks like you had a great time, even in the cold! We went out there for vacation a couple summers ago (much warmer) and also really enjoyed Discovery Park. Such a fun city!
Went to Seattle this fall – loved it! And love how you are wearing the infinity scarf in town of Oiselle HQ!
Amanda Budzowski says
This is so funny…. my boyfriend and I were just talking that we want to run a marathon (or something) in Seattle! I am glad you had a blast while there!
Beth @ RUNNING around my kitchen says
Ha ha, yes, I know what you mean about temps in one place feeling totally different somewhere else! I even think that when comparing spring and fall – 50 degrees when it’s warming up to summer versus 50 degrees when it’s cooling down for winter….but maybe that’s just me 🙂 And I have a hard time imagining a 7-11 that is comparable to Wawa! Glad you had a fun trip 🙂
I love all the pics. Still looks beautiful. I’m cracking up at your observations — and yes, I agree with the 7-11s out here on the east coast. Some are real ghetto. And instead of Starbucks being on every corner — there are Dunkin’ Donuts.
And here i thought it was always just raining in the movies that are taken in Seattle. LOL – I could never live in a place where it’s always raining. How depressing to me…
I understand the weather year, I have to deal with it everyday. However, it doesn’t rain as much as people think. Just grey most of the winter.
Did you have a chance to go to the piers or ride the Ferriswheel? That has become quite the tourist attraction.
Never been to Seattle, but it looks pretty!! It’s definitely on my to-travel-list:)