I know what you’re thinking…you did all of Seattle in 24 hours?? You must not have slept! (Sleepless in Seattle…get it? no, ok moving on). Yes I went to Seattle for 24 hours and it was a blast. I honestly think it really forced us to make the most of every minute we had in the new city (by we I mean my adventure bud #1 – Tay) and see all the landmarks in the one day. Given that this was such a short trip I guess I can’t really go day by day as per usual, so instead we’ll do it like this:
We landed in the evergreen state. The time change was really a bro here and helped A LOT with the whole time maximization thing. We skirted on over to the hotel, which was right downtown, and quickly got changed into things we didn’t just wear on a four hour flight.
The hunger was FIERCE. It was 2:30 p.m. Toronto time, 1:30 p.m. Winnipeg time, morale of the story is it was far past lunch time and the hanger was setting in. We wanted to have the classic Pike Place Chowder because we only watched like seven thousand videos of people getting the chowder sampler so we already knew what we were going to order before we even got there. PRO TIP: there are two Pike Place Chowder locations, one in the Pike Place Market and one in the downtown mall and 10/10 would recommend you hit up the mall one because the food is identical and the line is non-existent. This is in comparison to the approximately 3km line for the market location (not an exaggeration for effect).
So since we were full to the brim with chowder we had to go walk that shit off stat. We headed towards the water front to take in the market in all it’s glory. Of course stopping to get the CLASSIC market sign pics and gloat about our genius decision to go to the other Pike Place Chowder location.
There was a lot of action in this market. Aside from the normal touristy shops and souvenir stores, there was also fish flying everywhere and a lady stirring cheese in a vat the size of a hot tub. The fresh flowers were INSANELY beautiful and it’s peony season in case you’re not educated in horticulture like myself so those were basically everywhere. It was actually quite depressing because everything I just mentioned cannot be carried across the border but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
There is a ton of little alley ways (I love me a back alley) to explore and I’m assuming you could probably spend an entire day here but I only had ONE so that didn’t happen. Just around the corner was the original Starbucks, i.e. the very first one. It was cool to see but all the sites I read pre-trip (so like 3) all said it’s just a normal Starbucks and is a tourist trap which I cannot confirm or deny because again we opted to not wait in the 3km line (again not exaggerating).
Moving swiftly on! We speed-walked in the direction of the space needle (don’t ask me what direction that is). This is mostly because Taylor is the world’s fastest walker and I will put him up in a race against any of your significant others any day TRY ME. We walked around the gardens, checked out the massive Boeing IMAX science complex, and yes we got some Starbucks ok get over it. We were so lucky that we got an incredibly sunny day for our escapades, because all I picture when I think of Washington is like…Twilight, so like lots of grey and rain and stuff but they sure showed me.
At this point we had to have a costume change, and headed back to our very conveniently located hotel to get ready for dinner. It was at this point that we realized that we forgot to see The Great Gum Wall and that was just unacceptable. So we doubled back and took in the glory that was millions of pieces of bubble gum on a wall. The scent was as amazing as you would think.
So with that we were able to have a nice dinner without the lingering need to see this disgusting phenomenon. To address the elephant in the room…yes we do eat at five we are old and also the happy hour menus are poppin’ in Seattle ok. Our west coast seafood dreams were answered at Umi Sake House and we ate sushi like it was going out of style. It was killer, like the rice…idk how to even describe to you how perfect it was. Afterwards we went next door to Local 360 for a bevvy before our evening plans.
If there is a boutique movie theatre within a city, Tay will sniff it out. He found one in downtown Seattle called Big Picture, which only had about 40 seats and one screen. It was 21 plus because they have a bar service that makes drinks themed to the movie they’re showing that evening and it was so cute
By the time the movie finished we were completely deceased from being up at 5 a.m. that morning, it feeling like 11:30 p.m. our time, and the looming reality of having to be up at 4:30 a.m. the next morning to head home. We walked from the theatre back to the hotel and hit the hay.