A couple weeks ago, Joe and I had the chance to visit Seattle with PicMonkey! As most of you know by now, I am helping (along with a few other Youtubers and Instagrammers) to launch their all NEW PicMonkey platform! I am not going to go into too much detail about this until later, so I’ll stop there with news from PicMonkey. I did, however, get this awesome chance to visit Seattle for the occasion and Joe and I stayed the weekend to do a little traveling for ourselves. My travel guides from here on out will show you the best places to get that sought after Instagram photo, but also go off-the-beaten-path in true “bohemian” style. I hope you enjoy!
Being at the forefront of the technology industry (hello Amazon HQ!) Seattle is filled with aesthetic coffee shops, fine dining restaurants, and quirky lounges galore. When we first arrived to Seattle, the atmosphere was perfect- it was like San Francisco (tech) meets Colorado (nature). The fresh breeze filled our lungs as we walked along the oceanfront pathways. What an amazing feeling… and we hadn’t even eaten anything yet! Seattle has this way of being pretentious but not in-your-face pretentious. For example, the outside of some of these restaurants we visited would be hidden down an alleyway or under an old sign the owners “forgot” to update. Then the inside would be extravagant, well thought out and the food incredible. See what I mean? Some of my favorite restaurants where as follows:
Biscuit Bitch: This was one of the first places Joe and I ate. We got the biscuit sandwich with bacon. It was good, but nothing extraordinary. Still worth a trip! If you go here, make sure to get what they are famous for, their biscuits and gravy, and that will do the trick. Skip the sandwich!
The Pink Door: The Pink Door is a must see in Seattle. We went here on the second day with PicMonkey and the atmosphere is indescribable. First of all, you walk down an alleyway to a pink door (get it?!) and through the Pink door down a staircase to a stage area, where they do live shows at night. You then walk around a corner to the most beautiful dining area, complete with vintage chandeliers and old art. It’s such an interesting mix- sort of like a 1920’s theme luxury circus vibe, whatever that means. Definitely go here to see for yourself!
MBar: Great food and incredible sweeping views of the city. This restaurant is a bit hidden on the upper level, but definitely go here purely for the almost 360 degree views of Seattle.
Storyville Coffee: Some of the best coffee I’ve had in a long time! I got an almond milk latte and the creaminess was to die for. The atmosphere is also great here, you can read or do work by the fire or in booths that overlook Pike’s Place Market. So cozy!
Geraldine’s Counter: This restaurant is south about 30 minutes outside of downtown Seattle, but you MUST VISIT it. Do you hear me?! YOU MUST GO HERE. Geraldine’s Counter has the best biscuit I’ve ever had in my life. It’s filled with fresh cream and is just the right amount of thickness to fluffiness ratio. We loved this restaurant so much that we went back two days in a row, since it was walking distance from our Airbnb. There’s no one that does a classic, fresh, healthy breakfast like Geraldine’s.
Since this area is my forté, in every travel guide from here on out, they will include the best places to Instagram in each city I visit. Some of these will be obvious, but one of the best tips for Instagram is to go to some places that people know and will automatically recognize and therefore like, and others that are less known but are absolute gems to visit and Instagram!
Pike’s Place Market: This is a given. When traveling to Seattle, this is one of the first things you should do. Pike’s Place Market is a thriving market in downtown Seattle, filled with artisans that sell everything from fresh caught fish to beautiful big bouquets of flowers. That was my favorite part… the FLOWERS! Rows and rows of the biggest, most beautiful flowers you’ve ever seen. What a lovely sight to see. Of course I grabbed a bundle and shot near the classic “Public Market Center” neon sign. So Instagramable.
Starbucks Reserve: One of the neat things about Seattle is that the Starbucks are actually good here. It’s where the chain started, so Starbucks definitely takes their time to craft a perfect brew in this city. Starbucks Reserve isn’t where the original Starbucks is (near Pike’s Place Market) but it is where the heart of the company lies in the trendy Capitol Hill area. Super neat to look inside at their processes!
Kerry Park: On the drive up to Kerry Park in the Northern Area of Seattle, you begin to see the old wealth that the city has. Up the hill are these beautiful homes, some large and some small, but all with character. Driving past these homes right before sunset after a quick rain shower made me fall so in love with the city. There’s such a romantic charm about Seattle with these gems of houses scattered throughout. When you get to the park, there are views for days! Pick your place for a perfect Seattle view and picture.
And finally, I’ve saved the best for last. After we toured the city for a few days, it was time to get out of the city and drive 30 minutes south to our Airbnb. I had high expectations for this place, since Joe was the planner and he always excels, but this place blew me away. Nestled in an oasis of large trees sits The Winston House, owned by an excellent super host, Sebastian. When we arrived, we went around the back of the house to our door entrance, and passed the cutest hot tub surrounded by tall trees. Our door was a double door that led to a small room. When we opened the door, Sebastian had given us a little gift package of wellness goodies for our stay! He even gave us t-shirts. Already above and beyond. We got settled in our room and then made our way upstairs to meet Sebastian.
The upstairs was beautiful! The common space was filled with plants, resting chairs, and two cats that come to greet you. After looking around, we met our host. Upon meeting Sebastian, you can tell that he prides himself on making his guests feel at home. We had a conversation for almost 2 hours about anything and everything. He even gave us wine and snacks to make us feel welcome. Talk about going above and beyond for your guests! After our conversation, Joe and I headed downstairs back to our room to have a few snacks we got from the Pike’s Place Market.
In the two days that followed, Joe and I ate dinner with Sebastian, went on a walk with him, talked with him, and realized that not only was he just our super host, he was becoming a friend to us. One remarkable thing about him is that he wants The Winston House to become a go-to place for rejuvenation and connection. I took his words to heart and made Saturday a social media free day, and man, did I feel refreshed. It’s so so important to take some time for yourself and others and disconnect for a while, even just a day. I felt more creative and more connected to Joe and my surroundings than I have ever been. And I owe almost all of that to Sebastian, who connected me to my inner self and nurtured us in a way that I had not felt before. He wasn’t just a host, he was a spiritual/mental/health guide. Thank you, Sebastian!
When it came time to leave this magical place filled with nature, home cooked meals, conversation and love, I felt like I was leaving home. It was really like I belonged there, and no where else. It was an odd feeling that I hope to get rid of by returning someday. What a beautiful experience it was at The Winston House. If you are ever headed to Seattle, do yourself a favor and book a stay here.
As if this wasn’t enough inspiration to plan your next vacation to Seattle, a vlog of the trip will be coming soon! 🙂
Let me know what you all think in the comments! I’d love to hear if you’ve ever been to Seattle or if you plan to go sometime in the future!