A girls trip to Seattle has been on my radar for quite some time. I am kind of embarrassed to admit how long it took for me to coordinate this trip for three dear, long-time girlfriends. Two of them have been to Seattle several times, but we had one newby in the group, Barbara.
Barbara has been all over this great big beautiful globe, but never has spent any time in one of my favorite cities! We managed to coordinate three different schedules around Karin’s trip to Alaska, made a date and stuck to it! It was a miracle of timing, but we did it!
Planning an itinerary for a girls trip is not something I do often. Until we are Empty Nesters, we don’t really have the freedom and flexibility to go on trips like this one. Our weekends are happily filled with sports activities and family obligations but when the nest is empty (or in Barbara’s case, almost empty) there is more time.
One of the best things about traveling with these three ladies is that they just said, “Plan whatever you think we will like!” and I could not have asked for better travel partners. We all seem to love the same things like food, architecture, history, hand-crafted cocktails, laughter, you get the idea…
I was given carte blanche to create the itinerary and even to dictate the hotel I wanted to stay in, the restaurants I wanted to revisit and anything else I adored about Seattle.
We even included my husband (he was there on business) and my daughter, a resident of Seattle for the last 12 years in to some of our plans. Craig and I have been visiting our daughter Alex for many many years and the Emerald City has become our home away from home. In fact, we even lived there for 9 months while we renovated our home in Southern California.
The Girls Trip Itinerary
- Mid-day arrival Sea-Tac Airport – Accommodations – The new Hyatt Regency Seattle!!
- Brunch – Urbane – Hyatt Olive 8
- Walked to Pioneer Square for Underground Tour 75 minute tour – Need comfy shoes!
- Tavolata Dinner (Our favorite) A delicious farm to table Italian restaurant by Ethan Stowell.
- Rob Roy – After dinner drinks (across the street from dinner)
- Walk to Space Needle/Tour Chihuly Gardens
- Take Monorail from Space Needle to Nordstrom Flagship Store – Shop!
- Walk to have lunch at Café Campagne (near Pike Place Market)
- Visit Watson Kennedy (my favorite store and right next door to the café)
- Drinks at Smith Tower Roof Top Bar
- Dinner at Casco Antiquo – Outdoor casual, no reservations. Easy walk from Smith Tower.
- Olympic Sculpture Park – A beautiful place to see outdoor sculptures and a walk by the water – We saw a bald eagle high in a tree in his nest.
- Pike Place Market Lunch/snacks – Donuts & Visit – This teeny tiny donut stand offers fresh warm donuts served in a simple brown paper bag. Strolled the world famous market.
- Gum Wall – A must see.
- Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
- Tour The Amazon Spheres– This is a tricky one. My husband works at Amazon so we were able to get in with him. You can learn more about The Spheres and obtaining reservations – HERE.
- Deep Dive – Directly under The Spheres is the coolest bar ever! Get there when they open at 4:00pm to get a seat.
- Palace Kitchen for Dinner – Walk from The Spheres, Must share signature Coconut Cream Pie, Tom Douglas Restaurant.
Day Four – Half Day
- The Starbucks Roastery – A unique Starbucks concept with a bakery and a cocktail bar!
- Elliot Bay Bookstore – A charming 40 year old bookstore in the Capital Hill area
Extra stops we did not get a chance to visit:
- Molly Moons – My favorite ice cream!
- Anchorhead Coffee – My favorite coffee house downtown
- A visit to University of Washington
- Gasworks Park
- A walk around Lake Union
- Seattle Art Museum
- Washington State Park
Space Needle fun, Chihuly Gardens was spectacular, Smith Tower views and conversation, Deep Dive design and creative cocktails!
Space Needle, seeing the bald eagle, and the great combination of nature and urban experiences.
Fun at the Space Needle, views from Smith Tower, delicious food throughout the city, handcrafted cocktails galore!
We did not rent a car, so our adventures were contained within downtown. We only used Uber once and walked everywhere. In between stops we spent a great deal of time walking, enjoying the architecture and ambiance of the city. The weather was warm and beautiful! Lucky us!
Many restaurants have added a 20% tip on every bill. Restaurant owners now pay the employee’s insurance and retirement and this included tip helps pay for this change. Make sure you check your bill so you do not over tip.
Seattle is the kind of city that you can enjoy during any season of the year. Yes it rains, but it honestly does not rain nearly as much as other places in the US. The tulips are abundant in April, the pumpkin fields are bursting in October, Downtown sparkles at Christmas and there is no prettier city than Seattle on a warm, blue-sky day in the summer.