Winter in Seattle
This past weekend I had the pleasure of spending a night in downtown Seattle with two of my closest friends. The weekend was extremely special for all three of us as we took in the Christmas street lights and displays at every store. Of course we shopped till we dropped and ended the night with dirty martini’s at Oliver’s Lounge– the best martini spot in town. The entire time I felt a Christmas nostalgia that I once felt on our annual Seattle trip as a little girl…
After living in and around the Seattle area for four years now, I’ve found that winter time here is truly my favorite. Sure the summers are a great season with the unbeatable mild temperatures- but nothing beats the hustle and bustle the city holds around Christmas time. Every street is filled with beaming lights, fancy Christmas trees, and everyone is most likely holding a Starbucks coffee or hot cocoa in hand.
When I was a young girl, my grandpa held an annual Seattle trip for us girls (my mom, aunts, sister, and cousins) at his condo downtown Seattle. This was the only time we usually came to the city, so the excitement was always way more than I could bear. I would save up every dollar I had (mostly from previous birthday presents) as we geared up for the weekend trip. The goal was to spend the entire weekend Christmas shopping, catch a Broadway play, head out to dinner, turn around and come home. It was a packed weekend that always went by in a flash.
Since my grandpa’s passing, and years have gone by in which we are all now grown adults, the Seattle trip tradition has slowly diminished over time, though we hold every last memory dear in our hearts. From all of the Spaghetti Factory meals to the Peter Pan play (where I got REAL fairy dust from one of the actors), my grandpa made each year especially unique.
This year, my mom, sister, and I got together to celebrate the Seattle trip just us three girls. We stayed at the hotel where we stayed the last few years of the trip, after my grandpa had sold his condo. And while we went for shopping and martini’s, we ended up talking and laughing together more than we have in a very long time.
So, here is a recap on the weekend that stole all of my excitement year after year as a little girl, to now as a grown adult. It’s what I find the only way to spend a Winter in Seattle. Here is to the Christmas shopping that ends up turning in to shoe shopping for yourself. Here is to quality girl time, too many martini’s, good food, Christmas scenery, and so much laughter. Here is to my grandpa.
Winter in Seattle- where we stayed, ate, shopped, and more.
Where we Stayed
Where we Ate
Storyville Coffee– Such a unique ordering experience and delicious coffee + house made dairy-free milks. Located upstairs at Pike Place Market. My recommendation: Americano with naturally sweetened almond milk.
Market Grill– Located inside Pike Place Market. They grill their wild caught fish directly in front of you, have a catch of the day always on special, and have seasonal salad dressings that are to die for. My recommendation: The Salmon Platter.
The Pink Door– Italian-American, open since 1981 and one of Seattle’s top restaurants. My recommendation: Pink Door Lasagna (it’s a fan favorite and the only recipe that’s stayed true to the menu since when they first opened!)
Other Winter Activities
Broadway Plays at 5th Avenue theatre
Annual Jingle Bell Run
Annual Gingerbread Village