Beautiful Pacific Northwest Vacation

Our beautiful Pacific Northwest vacation was our best vacation to date.  Can’t even decide which part was our favorite.  Loved Seattle, all the sites driving south through Portland, Bend, down to Crater Lake, cutting over to the Redwoods, then back to Seattle along the coast.  Absolutely beautiful!  Not to mention the wonderful people we met, the fantastic food, the perfect weather, and the fact that you can get really good coffee on almost every corner.

Pacific Northwest

The entire trip we kept saying how lucky we were with the weather.  It was unseasonable warm and sunny.  Out of the week we were on our beautiful Pacific Northwest vacation I think we only had 2 days that were overcast.  If you’ve ever spent time in Washington or Oregon, you know that, in October, sunshine is rare.  After packing for cooler weather, we found ourselves in T-shirts for several days.

Beautiful Pacific Northwest Vacation | Seattle

After leaving our home in FL at 3:00 a.m. for an early morning flight, we arrived in Seattle at 10:30 a.m.  Loved the 3 hour time difference that gave us more time on our first day.  Got our rental car and headed for downtown Seattle.

Our first stop was Pike Place Fish Market.  You can’t go to Seattle without stopping there.  It was so much fun watching the guys toss the fish and yelling to each other. I picked up a few souvenirs one being a cook book featuring all the guys that work at Pikes and they all signed it.  Can’t wait to try some of the recipes.

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Many people have tried to catch a huge fish while at Pikes, which is something they are known for.  I wanted to get some pictures of us catching the fish, but found out you had to buy the fish first.  A couple hundred bucks for a fish was not in our budget.  They were huge, fresh, wild salmon.  But we did get to sample some smoked salmon and will probably order from them in the future since they ship anywhere.

 

The Farmers Market had many booths with the freshest vegetables.  Just beautiful!

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veggies1veggies2We certainly got our exercise while in Seattle.  Not only did we walk down to and around the entire market, zig-zagged around the downtown area to find a hotel for our first night, and a nice little spot to have lunch, but some of the streets are very steep.  We did really well for not having much sleep the night before.  It was tempting to just get a taxi, but figured most of our trip was going to be sitting in a car driving so we just toughed it out.

Had dinner our first night at the Fishermans Restaurant near the ferris wheel right on the water.  The crab stuffed salmon was awesome.  Great dining if you’re only going to be in Seattle a few days.  It was overlooking the Puget Sound and was very nice to finally sit and relax watching the ferries and dinner cruises on the water.

By now, we were so exhausted that we went back to our beautiful room and crashed.  The next morning, we made one more trip to Pike Place Fish Market and right up the street was the first Starbucks coffee shop.  Couldn’t miss that…  I really wanted to get a coffee there, but since there was a line out the door, I settled for pictures.  There are many street musicians so couldn’t pass up the photo op.

1st Starbucks Street Musician

Next stop… the Space Needle.  Although it didn’t rain, it was an overcast day and not the best for viewing at the top of the Space Needle.  It was still exciting and wouldn’t have missed it.

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Spiders painted on rooftop seen from elevator going up Space Needle.

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Right next to the Space Needle was the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit.  Wow!  This is a “must see”.  Dale Chihuly’s glass art is on display both inside and in an outside garden.  Although he is from the Pacific Northwest, his work has been displayed around the world.  His glass sculptures are nothing short of amazing and we talked about the exhibit several times during the drive of our beautiful Pacific Northwest vacation.

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We headed out of Seattle around 2:00 on our second day.  So much more to see on our beautiful Pacific Northwest vacation.  My vacation tales will continue on my next post.  Please sign up for future blogs if you want to continue on our journey or to keep in touch for future recipes.

 

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