A couple of months ago I made my third trip to Seattle and I have to say that I’m a fan of the Emerald City. The reason I like Seattle so much is firstly because it is absolutely beautiful – it’s surrounded by water (Elliott Bay to the east, Lake Washington to the west and Lake Union to the north), Mt Rainier, with its permanent blanket of snow and ice and fiery center, looms over the city where flower baskets hang from street lamp posts in summer and fairy lights turn alleyways into magical avenues in winter. Secondly, despite its relatively small size (Seattle has a population of only about 700,000), it is always busy and it feels exciting – probably because some of the biggest companies in the world (think Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks and Boeing) are all from Seattle.
So when I had to be in Leavenworth (about 2.5 hours drive east of Seattle) for work, a colleague (and friend of mine) and I decided to spend an extra night in Seattle and as with my previous visits, we had a fabulous time! On this particular trip though, there were two highlights – dinner at The Pink Door and sailing on Elliott Bay.
The Pink Door is situated on Post Alley in Pike Place Market. It’s incredibly easy to miss as from the street all you see is a small door and some steep steps heading underground. You enter into quite a large, but rather dark, dining room with a stage in one corner. We weren’t able to make a reservation online and the show was also fully booked but luckily there was a table available on the patio out back when we arrived, which we realized is the only place you want to sit anyway. The patio is below the street level of Post Alley but because of the steep rise from Elliott Bay, the patio offers fabulous views of Pike Place Market and Elliott Bay through the planter boxes and hanging flower baskets that surround it. The patio also offers a much more casual dining space (which is exactly what we were after) and has plastic floral table clothes and a mix of wooden benches and colorful metal chairs. Luckily though the menu served on the patio is the same as that served inside and we dined on very tasty italian-american cuisine. We order bruschetta to share and ended up sharing two pasta dishes and a dessert as well and between our own meals and the plates of food that we saw being served, the only thing that I wouldn’t recommend is the Pimm’s cup which was very sour.
Sailing in Seattle is always something that I’ve wanted to do – probably because I’ve never actually been sailing before and because Seattle seems like the perfect spot for it especially when the weather is as divine as it was on our last day! We spent about an hour and a half sailing around Elliott Bay and had a lovely time basking in the sun, admiring the views of the city, getting to know one another outside of the office and drinking wine (out of the bottle as we hadn’t brought cups with us). It really was the perfect way to spend an afternoon in Seattle.
Other top tips for Seattle
- Space Needle (although I wouldn’t recommend going to the top – rather head to the top of the Columbia Center (see point below) which is less expensive and from where you can enjoy a view of the city with the Space Needle in it)
- Sky View Observatory (Columbia Center) offers wonderful views of the city from the 73rd floor
- Pike Place Market (it can be incredibly busy and I wouldn’t recommend standing in line for a coffee at the original Starbucks but I do love the stands of brightly colored fresh flowers and produce)
- Pioneer Square (if it’s a rainy day then take the Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour from here else enjoy wandering down Occidental Avenue and 1st Avenue where there are some great little bars and restaurants)