A Long Weekend in Seattle

Gosh, where to begin?! Seattle was a blast. We ate, hiked, shopped, laughed, ate some more, walked, and seriously enjoyed a few days out of the office and away from social media.

My intent was to share more of our trip with you in real time on my Instagram, but it just felt so good to be with friends, and in the moment, and away from all social media. So I apologize I didn’t share more with you then, but I’m here now spilling all the deets.

A long weekend getaway to Seattle isn't complete without lots of rain, a trip to Pike Place Market, the Starbucks Roastery, and a hike up Rattlesnake Ridge. | hungrybynature.com

Last Thursday, Pat and I flew to Seattle to visit two sets of friends – Pat’s best friend from college and his wife, and my best friend from Chicago and her husband and adorable son. After landing, we were immediately picked up and taken to a delicious dinner at Cantina Lenaย – I had the pork shoulder plate with a side of roasted carrots and a frozen marg. Perfect way to kick off our vacation.

The following morning, we stopped by the Starbucks Roastery before heading out on a hike to Rattlesnake Ridge.

A long weekend getaway to Seattle isn't complete without lots of rain, a trip to Pike Place Market, the Starbucks Roastery, and a hike up Rattlesnake Ridge. | hungrybynature.com

The roastery was incredible – super cool mid-century design, delicious drinks (whiskey barrel aged cold brew served in an old fashioned glass?!), and a fun gift shop! The roastery is where Starbucks pilots all of their new blends and drinks.ย We got a flight of three blends all brewed in the same way. My favorite was the Rwanda Maraba.

You can see in the photo below, those copper tubes actually carry the fresh roasted beans from the roasting area right to the barista bar! SO COOL.

A long weekend getaway to Seattle isn't complete without lots of rain, a trip to Pike Place Market, the Starbucks Roastery, and a hike up Rattlesnake Ridge. | hungrybynature.com

To say the hike is incredible doesn’t do it justice. We were incredibly lucky that Mother Nature decided to stop raining during the entirety of our hike (but it did rain 100% of the rest of our trip). Our friends took us to Rattlesnake Ridgeย where we hiked 2 miles through the greenest forest I’ve ever seen.

Seriously, I stopped so many times to take pictures because of how green EVERYTHING was. It was gorgeous.

A long weekend getaway to Seattle isn't complete without lots of rain, a trip to Pike Place Market, the Starbucks Roastery, and a hike up Rattlesnake Ridge. | hungrybynature.com
A long weekend getaway to Seattle isn't complete without lots of rain, a trip to Pike Place Market, the Starbucks Roastery, and a hike up Rattlesnake Ridge. | hungrybynature.com

But you guys, the view from the top was better than I imagined. Again, Mother Nature realllllly helped us out with the no-rain semi-clear day. And that made all the difference.

A long weekend getaway to Seattle isn't complete without lots of rain, a trip to Pike Place Market, the Starbucks Roastery, and a hike up Rattlesnake Ridge. | hungrybynature.com

I mean, is this real life?!

A long weekend getaway to Seattle isn't complete without lots of rain, a trip to Pike Place Market, the Starbucks Roastery, and a hike up Rattlesnake Ridge. | hungrybynature.com
Gosh, it was so beautiful. We just sat up on the ridge for awhile, looking out in awe of our surroundings. You know, I love Chicago and living in the city and all that the city offers. But man, it feels SO good to get out of the city, and away from all the people. You can breathe out there, like really breathe.

A long weekend getaway to Seattle isn't complete without lots of rain, a trip to Pike Place Market, the Starbucks Roastery, and a hike up Rattlesnake Ridge. | hungrybynature.com

The rest of the day was spent exploring Seattle, eating Thai food, and just hanging with our friends. P.S. I feel asleep while we were watching a moving at 10pm… that hike wore me out!

The following morning, Mike made the most perfect over-easy eggs (props to Elise for teaching him your ways) before heading out to Miir in Fremont. One almond milk latte later and we were off to the Volunteer Park Conservatory.

A long weekend getaway to Seattle isn't complete without lots of rain, a trip to Pike Place Market, the Starbucks Roastery, and a hike up Rattlesnake Ridge. | hungrybynature.com
A long weekend getaway to Seattle isn't complete without lots of rain, a trip to Pike Place Market, the Starbucks Roastery, and a hike up Rattlesnake Ridge. | hungrybynature.com

It was a nice reprieve from all the rain. SO MUCH RAIN. Seriously, why?

A long weekend getaway to Seattle isn't complete without lots of rain, a trip to Pike Place Market, the Starbucks Roastery, and a hike up Rattlesnake Ridge. | hungrybynature.com

After the conservatory, I was off to spend the rest of the trip with my friend Bridget and her fam! We spent Saturday afternoon doing what we do best – hangin, snackin, shoppin. Bridget took me to a fancy grocery store where I finally got my hands on a few snacks I’ve been wanting to try – Healthade Kombucha and Perfect Bars! We also stopped at Flying Apron (a GF bakery!) for a scone and a few cookies.

A long weekend getaway to Seattle isn't complete without lots of rain, a trip to Pike Place Market, the Starbucks Roastery, and a hike up Rattlesnake Ridge. | hungrybynature.com
A long weekend getaway to Seattle isn't complete without lots of rain, a trip to Pike Place Market, the Starbucks Roastery, and a hike up Rattlesnake Ridge. | hungrybynature.com

We had girl time and dinner out and pretty much just ate and laughed our way through the day – like nothing has changed! I love when you have a friend who you haven’t seen in ages, but you pick up right where you left off. That’s what it’s like with Bridget.

Our last full day was jam-packed with action. Brunch at Skillet (ohhhhh my gosh, so good!), followed by a trip to Pike’s Market, the flagship REI store, and more tacos. Because you can never have enough Mexican food. ๐Ÿ˜‰

A long weekend getaway to Seattle isn't complete without lots of rain, a trip to Pike Place Market, the Starbucks Roastery, and a hike up Rattlesnake Ridge. | hungrybynature.com

A long weekend getaway to Seattle isn't complete without lots of rain, a trip to Pike Place Market, the Starbucks Roastery, and a hike up Rattlesnake Ridge. | hungrybynature.com
A long weekend getaway to Seattle isn't complete without lots of rain, a trip to Pike Place Market, the Starbucks Roastery, and a hike up Rattlesnake Ridge. | hungrybynature.com

A long weekend getaway to Seattle isn't complete without lots of rain, a trip to Pike Place Market, the Starbucks Roastery, and a hike up Rattlesnake Ridge. | hungrybynature.com

And we flew out the next day, back to Chicago. Until next time Seattle!

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14 thoughts on “A Long Weekend in Seattle

    1. Ellie Post author

      I’ve never been to Portland, but I have heard such wonderful things! The hike was INCREDIBLE. We were seriously blessed with the weather and the view was stunning!

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  1. Emily

    Ooh I guess all that rain is what makes Seattle so green; I’m glad you ventured out and you were able to see so much of the wondrous beauty there.

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    1. Ellie Post author

      Thanks Emily – and YES. The rain definitely plays a big factor in Seattle’s natural green beauty!

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    1. Ellie Post author

      It was incredible! You would absolutely love it – so many places to hike and RUN and such good food ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy

    I got to explore Seattle and the PNW a few years ago – Pike’s Place is awesome (we did the food tour through the market and loved learning a little bit more and sampling everything). Seattle is truly beautiful! Portland had great hikes too.

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    1. Ellie Post author

      Pike’s is amazing! And I didn’t even know they did food tours… I definitely would have done that! Portland is next on my list!

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