Our Seattle and Portland Trip

We had the best past weekend in the Pacific Northwest. Dave and I feel like we got so much done in a short amount of time which is usually how we roll since getting time off from work is precious. The first day in Seattle we had some brick oven pizza at Serious Pie and then saw a baseball game- the Cardinals (our team) lost but it was still super fun being at a new ballpark and watching a live game. Also, I had a pretty delicious soy latte at the stadium that gave me new life at the end of our travel day. The next day we got up early, had a super yummy hazelnut milk latte at Elm Coffee Roasters and then hit the road to Portland where we hiked to Multnomah Falls & later drank more coffee at, of course, Stumptown. The falls were beautiful but bursting with tourists. Our favorite part of visiting Portland might have been the road trip itself because the scenery was so picturesque, like we were driving thru a massive Bob Ross painting and, not to mention, our car karaoke battles were pretty epic. 

On our full day in Seattle we did a ton of stuff including more coffee! Our Airbnb (which by the way was super cute and in a quiet neighborhood-totally our jam) was in Central District. There, we found a small coffee shop called Tougo Coffee that made the best almond milk lattes that we had the entire trip (we had to hit them up twice). After fueling up we explored Pike Place Market and then Pier 54 for fresh fish and chips at Ivar's. Of course we had to check out the Space Needle but we didn't go up it because it was a busy weekend in Seattle with the Pride Parade. Later in the day we visited the Fremont Troll (remember that scene in 10 Things I Hate About You?) which was neat because it was right in the middle of this residential neighborhood, it kind of sneaks up on you as you're driving through. The Fremont neighborhood reminded us a lot of some parts of one of our favorite cities, San Francisco. 

One of the highlights of the trip for me was when we visited Discovery Park. You may have seen photos of it, it's a beautiful beach that has driftwood scattered along the sand and has an amazing view of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Mountains. It was breathtaking and unlike anything we'd be able to see where we live. Also, despite there being lots of visitors, it almost felt like we had the beach to ourselves because of how expansive it is which I loved.

Other places we visited:
- Rachel's Ginger Beer- great cocktails!
- Barrio Mexican Kitchen & Bar- surprisingly good nachos

As if I even have to mention it, the weather was freaking amazing. 72 degrees and sunny was the norm and we were in pure heaven. This week in Austin we are expecting 4 days in a row of triple digits- GROSS. We'd love to visit the PNW again without question and it's now a goal of ours to road trip up the coast starting at Northern California (mmm wine) thru Oregon and up to Washington- maybe one day!

And now for some iPhone snaps:

Happy long 4th weekend, I'm looking forward to an extra day of rest and to bust out the grill for some kabobs or burgers!
Thanks for reading!!
-B