Seattle is one of those cities where you need to just don your comfy shoes (women of the world, do not – I repeat: DO NOT – only pack 2” heels as I did! OUCH.) and simply walk around to discover the city’s treasures. Here are a few spots we were pleased to discover during our #2DaysInSeattle adventure.
Pike Place Bakery
Spotted: largest donuts ever!
Beecher’s Homemade Cheese
Spotted: on-site cheesemaking and incredible selection of grilled cheese sandwiches
Spotted: beautiful selection of Marimekko clothes, décor, accessories, shoes, and more. Design-lovers heaven!
Dragon Box Toystore
Spotted: vast array of high quality toys, puzzles, games and more. Stop here for unique kids’ gifts!
Bill & Melinda Gales Foundation Visitors Center
We lucked out and were in town for the grand opening day of this truly interactive, fascinating exhibit highlighting the numerous give back programs of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. I cannot begin to explain how incredibly modern, well thought-out, intuitive, and just plain BRILLIANT this center is. You have to go and see, feel, move, draw, photograph, experience for yourself. Take the kids. The last exhibit in particular is made for curious kids and will undoubtedly bring out their creativity.
It’s a tall building. You go up in an elevator. You see amazing views. Maybe you dine at the restaurant. It’s pretty cool. I have been there many times since childhood but we didn’t have time to go this time. Definitely check it out if you have never been to Seattle before.
Pike Place Market
Finally, there is of course the famous Pike Place Market. It’s an eclectic mix of hundreds of merchants, bakeries, restaurants, gift shops. The fresh produce is so beautiful to see first thing in the morning, and the vast array of fresh seafood available each day is astounding. It’s a busy, active, interactive, colorful, lively circus of joy. Grab a coffee at the First Starbucks Coffee shop ever, and stroll around without an agenda. You will be amazed at what you will find!
There are many, many more stops to check out but these are just a few to get you started. If you are visiting Seattle, be sure to check out 2DaysInSeattle.com where you can create your own itinerary, and be sure to follow & tweet with @SeattleMaven, who works for the Seattle Convention & Visitors Bureau for great tips & more ideas!
Many thanks to the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau for funding this trip and offering us this absolutely amazing opportunity. Thanks to Klout as well for the opportunity, and for making the generous travel arrangements for us. My husband and I are beyond grateful to have had the chance to participate and are overwhelmed by the generosity of the all of those involved. Thank you a thousand times over for showing us a side to Seattle we had never seen, and will always remember.