The city of seasons... rain or shine they make the best of any day no matter the weather. With 152 rainy days a year, it's safe to say they get a splash of it all; pun intended, literally. There's truly something special about a rainy day; that is, if it catches you in the right place, or if it spontaneously turns your day around in the right kind of way. In our case, we made light of a very wet bike tour around the city, laughing our way along the Burke Gilman trail with nothing but a couple of t-shirts on our backs. This definitely made the coffee, wine, and donuts taste that much better once we managed to continuously dry off inside somewhere new along the tour.
Here is a break down of the stay, stops, eats, drinks, and adventure we created on our little Seattle Summer Tour!
- Bike along the Burke Gilman Trail
- Touristy stop #1: Hit Pike's Place Fish Market for the flying fish and amazing mac and cheese from Beecher's Handmade
- Touristy stop #2: Gum Wall and Pier 55 are popular go-to's as well
- Touristy stop #3: Space Needle
- Parks with a view: Kerry Park, Discovery Park, Gas Works Park, Volunteer Park, Lake Union Park, and our favorite was Meydenbauer Beach Park in Bellevue (Bellevue is a bit outside of Seattle but a gorgeous little pop-over if you have time)
- For any rugged outdoorsy shoppers, the first and oldest original Filson store is based in downtown Seattle, and they do tours of their production line as well
- Looking to get outside the city? The hikes surrounding Seattle are in a lump sum, and you truly cannot go wrong. Mount Rainer is a hot spot, but unfortunately for us, the weather just wasn't in our favor. So, we picked up a rental car from the airport and drove up to Wallace Falls for the day to get a little outdoorsy amidst our extended foodie tour around the city.
- Brunch: Oddfellows Car, The Fat Hen, Bakery Nouveau, Portage Bay Cafe, Verve Bowls
- Coffee: La Marzocco Cafe*, Rosellini's Fine Cakes & Baked Goods, Starbucks Reserve Roastery, Fulcrum Coffee Roasters, Elm Coffee Roasters, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Tough Coffee Co.
- Lunch/Dinner: Bottlehouse* was our all-time favorite, Little Water Cantina, Purple Cafe and Wine Bar, The Pink Door, San Fermo
- Sweets: General Porpoise, Hello Robin*, Hot Cakes
- Rooftop bars: M Bar, The Mountaineering Club, Mezcaleria Oaxaca, The Nest Rooftop
- Resto/Bars: Terra Plata, Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar, Melrose Market, Bottle House*
- Breweries: Freemont Brewing, Optimism Brewing, Populuxe Brewing, Stoup Brewing, Obec Brewing, Peddler Company Brewing
Transportation: The options are endless. At times we would jump in an uber if we wanted to avoid the rain or make it to a dinner reservation. But for the most part, there is plenty of walking, bike rentals, Limes, or any other type of quick rentals surrounding the entire city. We never used the public trans system like buses but they were frequent and accessible as well.
Where we stayed: Montlake Airbnb - it was adorable, quaint, and romantic with easy access to everything... and the hosts were lovely! If you've never used Airbnb before, click THIS link and get $40 off your first stay. Score!