I wasn’t going to write about our trip to Seattle. It wasn’t for public consumption. I posted some Instagram photos and a few Facebook status updates, but that’s about it. We went purely for us. Nothing was comped, I didn’t pull the “blogger” card. It was just David and me enjoying a rare few days alone.
The funny thing is that once I got back home, all I kept hearing was, “Why did you go to Seattle?” as if it was an odd place to go or I must have had a reason to be there. So I thought I’d straighten out the questions…
We went to be alone without the kids.
Shocking, isn’t it? Yes, I love my kids dearly, but I also like to have a few days a year away from them. You know… to remember why we got married in the first place.
And why Seattle? Because I wanted to go somewhere I had never been before… but it had to be in our same time zone, and it couldn’t be in California, Nevada, or Arizona (places I was all too familiar with). We settled on Seattle because it was the perfect distance away without being TOO far away.
Did I love Seattle? It really doesn’t matter. What matters is that we got to spend 4 days alone, no whining, no carpooling, no homework, no work, no dogs barking, no distractions.
We drank a lot of coffee, ate a lot of food, walked a million miles and enjoyed the sunshine. Yep… we had sunshine in Seattle. We slept late and shopped and hung out at a bookstore. We did the things WE like to do.
It wasn’t always easy to get away without the kids. We didn’t really have anybody we could leave them with for extended periods of time. Not too many people want to take on 3 kids. The fact is, we actually really do like spending time with our kids, but we know that it’s important for us to spend time alone together. We’ve never had enough of that in our almost-18 years of marriage.
So off we went. It was relaxing and fun and we got to explore a new city.
Yes, we went to the first Starbucks… which really isn’t the first Starbucks… it’s just the oldest existing Starbucks. No, we didn’t stand in line forever to get coffee. That seemed a little ridiculous when there was so many other amazing coffee places to explore.
Yes, we had some great food. I highly recommend The Pink Door if you are heading to Seattle. Where else can you see acrobats flying over your head while you are eating dinner? True story.
We watched the fish fly at Pike Place Market. It’s an awesome place… just go! Thank you to the fishmonger who broke open a crab leg so we could taste it. Mmmm… fresh crab.
Take the ferry to Bainbridge Island. Nothing like a great ferry ride to relax you. And if you have time, sit down by the bay and watch the boats come in. Enjoy the glistening of the water and breath the clean, salt air.
Stay at the Mayflower Hotel – one of the oldest hotels in the city and a historic landmark. Also, the nicest people are working there.
Go on the Boeing Tour – the one where you see the planes being built. Think it isn’t for you… think again. Just go. Really. You’ll thank me later.
So that’s it. That was our trip. Because every couple needs to just get out of town sometimes.
And one more thing… Seattle was awesome. But I think that had more to do with the company than the sights.