Part II of my Seattle adventure begins with a few scenic lookouts that are absolutely stunning. The first spot we visited, Kerry Park, is tucked in the middle of Queen Anne, a classic residential neighborhood filled with expensive homes, curvy streets, and steep hills. Kerry Park was by far my favorite view of the iconic Seattle skyline and we took tons of beautiful photos.
No scenic tour is complete without visiting a place near and dear to Kristin’s heart: where her grandparents used to live. Their former abode, perched on an overarching hill, offers another spectacular view of the city. I was lucky to visit when most days were clear and sunny–the picturesque skyline and even the majestic Mount Rainier were easily visible!
My final destination with Kristin was spent at a fantastic lil’ gem called Westward Seattle. The inviting interior is tastefully decorated with a whimsy nautical style, complete with an open kitchen and 25-foot illustrated wooden boat as a backdrop to the bar.
The outdoor ambiance of this restaurant is like none other: there’s a lovely terrace, patio with adirondack chairs, bon fire pit (with blankets), and amazing waterfront views of Lake Union. Every table, nook, and cranny was decorated with champagne and they even had a few lawn games set up. We met up with Kristin’s sister and brother-n-law for a few cocktails and soaked in the charming atmosphere.
The 2nd part of my trip to Seattle was spent with my dear friends, Ron and Chelsea, who recently moved to the city from Michigan. They are currently staying in an adorable condo with a pretty sweet view of Lake Union (right by Westward, actually!) They also live a few blocks from Gas Works park, a great spot for laying down a blanket, people watching, catching Pokemon, and taking in amazing views of the city. During our first stroll through Gas Works, we happened to witness a game of human bowling which was pretty hilarious/ entertaining…
Sunset and dance class at Gas Works
My final days in Seattle were spent at the beach, checking out a few more fantastic restaurants, and catching up with Chelsea. It was an incredible visit and I’m so glad I got to spend ample time touring the city. Here’s a snapshot of a few other things I got to see/ experience:
The Fremont Troll: A giant troll that lurks under a Seattle bridge overpass.
Vegetarian sushi/ champagne for lunch!? Yes please! Kristin and I dined at Japonessa, a fabulous sushi restaurant, while touring the market
Dinner with Chelsea at El Camino: a traditional Mexican restaurant in the bustling Seattle neighborhood of Fremont
Golden Gardens Park: Spent the day at the beach with Chelsea and her kiddos
International Fountain: Located at the Seattle Center, we found kids laughing hysterically at the huge explosion of water… It’s pretty impossible to stay dry near this fountain!
Annnnnnd a Seattle travel post is not complete without a shot of CenturyLink field, which I conveniently took from Pike Place Market
Thanks for following my Seattle travel journey! If you’re planning a visit, I hope you found some of my place reviews helpful! If you missed it, be sure to check out Seattle Part I for more info/ place reviews. Questions? Thoughts? Comment below!